Here are even more top moments from this past year in District 10 high school sports. Remember to send your favorite moments to firstname.lastname@example.org or @ETNreisenweber.
•Milne’s emotional return to the Save-An-Eye game – The Save-An-Eye football game seems to produce special moments each summer. It was even more emotional this year, the 75th year of the game, as Brian Milne returned to Erie for a presentation. Milne missed his senior year at Fort LeBoeuf High School after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, which is now known as Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was able to return to the field for the 1991 Save-An-Eye game and ran for 164 yards and two touchdowns for the County. Before leaving for Penn State, Milne gave his Fort LeBoeuf jersey, the one he couldn’t wear as a senior, to Mike Gallagher‘s son Sean. In July, Milne returned to the Save-An-Eye game and at halftime, Sean Gallagher, who competed in the game, returned Milne’s jersey with the signatures from every player in this year’s game. The moment was caught on film by NFL network and was part of a television segment talking about Milne’s story. The City went on to win the game 17-13.
Mercyhurst Prep sophomore Jen Shreve, center, is mobbed by teammates after scoring the winning goal in the second overtime against Fort LeBoeuf during a District 10 Class AA girls soccer semifinal. Teammates Hannah Marchant, left, and Amanda Costello, right, hug Shreve. GREG WOHLFORD/Erie Times-News
•Shreve’s overtime heroics
– The Mercyhurst Prep girls soccer team was littered with underclassmen this season and the young Lakers weren’t expected to do much in the District 10 Class AA playoffs. Jenn Shreve
changed all of that in the D-10 semifinals. She ripped a shot from about 18 yards out in double overtime to give Mercyhurst Prep a thrilling 3-2 win over Fort LeBoeuf. The Lakers eventually lost to Hickory 1-0 in the D-10 championship, but Shreve’s shot was one of the top moments in the soccer postseason.
•District 10 has big performance in Shippensburg
– We already talked about Clay Allen
‘s four gold medals at the PIAA track and field championships in Shippensburg, but D-10 had a huge weekend overall. On the first day, Northwestern’s Kyle McKeen
won the Class AA title in the triple jump before Greenville’s Rebekah Petty
won the Class AA pole vault. Jon Yohman
of Wilmington because the third state champion from D-10 in the Class AA shot put before Seneca’s Samantha Black
won the Class AA discus and Lakeview’s Courtney King
won the Class AA high jump. Luke Patten
of West Middlesex capped a terrific first day as the sixth state champion from D-10 in the Class AA pole vault. D-10 added four more titles Saturday as the Villa Maria 3,200 relay consisting of Bernadette Prichard
, Grace Trucilla
, Alison Carson
and Claire Brown
, started the day with the Class AA title. Allen followed with his win in the Class AA long jump and 100, narrowly beating rival DeShawn Coleman
of Hickory in the 100. North East’s Ryan Smathers
followed with a blazing time of 4:22 to win the Class AA 1,600 right before the West Middlesex 400 relay won the Class AA title. Allen completed the day by winning the Class AA 200. There were numerous other D-10 medalists, making it a banner weekend at Shippensburg.
•Mason has historic night for General McLane
- Jaymon Mason
left his mark on the General McLane boys basketball program and left with the record for points in one game. Mason scored 43 points, including 33 in the second half, in an 81-73 loss to McDowell. He beat out three former Lancers tied for the school record with 42 points. Mason scored 10 points in the first half before erupting for 20 in the third quarter and 13 in the fourth. It was the sixth 40-point game in McLane history. Click here for video highlights of the game.
•Dunn’s long buzzer-beater in PIAA playoffs
– It’s not often that a high school basketball player can connected on a shot that is nearly the length of the court. Girard’s Joe Dunn
did it in a big game. Dunn drilled a three-quarters court shot in a 66-62 win over Mars. He beat the buzzer at the end of the first half to give Girard a 37-30 lead. Click here to see video of the shot.