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Posted: July 8th, 2014

During the 10 years since District 10 realigned into regions, the Erie Times-News has been selecting athletes of the year in each District 10 sport.

Here’s a look at all of the fall athletes of the year during the past 10 years: (The winter athletes and fall athletes were previously listed on the Varsity blog.)

2004: Zac Kuchta, North East
2005: Drew Astorino, General McLane
2006: Kolten Hoffman, West Middlesex
2007: Tyler Sargent, Fairview
2008: A.J. Fenton, McDowell
2009: Shyquawn Pullium, Cathedral Prep
2010: Mark Kulinski, Oil City
2011: Wes Phipps, Grove City
2012: Damion Terry, Cathedral Prep
2013: Blake Reddick, Lakeview

Boys soccer
2004-05: Dan Howell, Iroquois
2005-06: Kyle Campbell, North East
2006-07: Afrim Latifi, Cathedral Prep
2007-08: Aaron Meehl, North East
2008-09: Adam Clement, McDowell
2009-10: Mitchell Mack, Cathedral Prep
2010-11: Max Weber, Mercyhurst Prep
2011-12: Jose Abdala, Mercyhurst Prep
2012-13: Eric Campbell, Harbor Creek
2013-14: Eric Campbell, Harbor Creek

Girls soccer
2004-05: Tami Krzeszewski, Mercyhurst Prep
2005-06: Taylor Hilinski, Harbor Creek
2006-07: Samantha Kaiser, Mercyhurst Prep
2007-08: Amanda Lewis, Villa Maria
2008-09: Chrissy Keck, Fairview
2009-10: Amanda Lewis, Villa Maria
2010-11: Becca Costello, Mercyhurst Prep
2011-12: Steph Corey, Harbor Creek
2012-13: Sarah Kaiser, Mercyhurst Prep
2013-14: Sara Suler, Hickory

Boys cross country
2004-05: Jed Christiansen Greenville
2005-06: Mike Stolar, Mercyhurst Prep
2006-07: Mike Stolar, Mercyhurst Prep
2007-08: Dan Dillon, General McLane
2008-09: Sam Havko, Fairview
2009-10: Alex Beardsley, North East
2010-11: Jacob Kildoo, Grove City
2011-12: Dan Jaskowak, Grove City
2012-13: Dan Jaskowak, Grove City and Austin Pondel, Corry
2013-14: Sebastian Curtin, Mercyhurst Prep and Jeremy Parsons, Maplewood

Girls cross country
2004-05: Nichole Smith, Mercer
2005-06: Lauren Zarger, Harbor Creek
2006-07: Lauren Zarger, Harbor Creek
2007-08: Lauren Zarger, Harbor Creek
2008-09: Lauren Zarger, Harbor Creek
2009-10: Elesia Wilson, Meadville
2010-11: Morgan Richards, Hickory
2011-12: Morgan Richards, Hickory
2012-13: Bernadette Prichard, Villa Maria
2013-14: Reilly Walsh, Cambridge Springs

Girls volleyball
2004-05: Allison Harvey, Titusville
2005-06: Amanda Bancroft, Maplewood
2006-07: Angela Groshner, Maplewood
2007-08: Angela Groshner, Maplewood
2008-09: Becca Beightol, Maplewood
2009-10: Courtney Lydick, General McLane
2010-11: Nicole Brunot, Maplewood
2011-12: Amber Litwiler, Linesville
2012-13: Maria Peluso, Fort LeBoeuf
2013-14: Challen Litwiler, Conneaut

Boys golf
2004-05: Mike Wolfe, McDowell
2005-06: Cameron Peterson, Grove City
2006-07: Greg Gurdak, Corry
2007-08: Gregor Orlando, Cathedral Prep
2008-09: Gregor Orlando, Cathedral Prep
2009-10: Greg Podufal, Cathedral Prep
2010-11: Ryan Prokay, Grove City
2011-12: Cameron Zbrzeznj, Cathedral Prep
2012-13: Brett Rinker, Slippery Rock
2013-14: Andrew Britton, Cathedral Prep

Girls golf
2004-05: Ellen Ciacchini, Villa Maria
2005-06: Ellen Ciacchini, Villa Maria
2006-07: Ellen Ciacchini, Villa Maria
2007-08: Jackie Dill, Villa Maria
2008-09: Jenna Rinker, Slippery Rock
2009-10: Karlie Zabrosky, McDowell
2010-11: Karlie Zabrosky, McDowell
2011-12: Karlie Zabrosky, McDowell
2012-13: Megan Moylan, North East
2013-14: Megan Moylan, North East

Girls tennis
2004-05: Allison Haener, Mercyhurst Prep
2005-06: Stephanie Novakowski, Mercyhurst Prep
2006-07: Stephanie Novakowski, Mercyhurst Prep
2007-08: Stephanie Novakowski, Mercyhurst Prep
2008-09: Rebecca Haener, Mercyhurst Prep
2009-10: Daraja Hill, McDowell
2010-11: Maggie McLaughlin, Mercyhurst Prep
2011-12: Adrianna Jeffress, McDowell
2012-13: Adrianna Jeffress, McDowell
2013-14: Katie Elia-Brittany McBride, Mercyhurst Prep

Posted: February 28th, 2014

Harbor Creek standout soccer player Eric Campbell signs with Air Force.

Harbor Creek senior Eric Campbell will play soccer for the Air Force Academy. Campbell was a four-time Erie Times-News District 10 All-Star and a two-time District 10 Player of the Year. He was also a four-time D-10 champion, leading Harbor Creek to Class AA titles the past two seasons after helping Mercyhurst Prep to back-to-back Class A titles during his freshman and sophomore years. Campbell closed his career with 101 goals and 55 assists, including a combined 62 goals and 33 assists the past two seasons with the Huskies. In addition to being a standout soccer player, Campbell was an all-region tennis doubles player and a two-year member of the National Honor Society. Air Force is a Division I team in the Western Athletic Conference.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Soccer
Posted: February 5th, 2014

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Football, Soccer
Posted: January 25th, 2014

Hershey has been the ultimate destination for most of the PIAA’s fall athletic programs over the years. It will remain that way after its board of directors voted where to stage upcoming finals during that season at its Jan. 22 board of directors meeting.

State championships in football, soccer, cross country and tennis will be determined in Chocolatetown each year through 2017. Hersheypark Stadium will host the football and soccer finals, cross country at the Parkview course outside the Giant Center, and tennis at the Hershey Racquet Club.

The PIAA golf tournament returns to York’s Heritage Hills Golf Resort for another three seasons. Field hockey, a sport not played in northwestern Pennsylvania, will hold its state finals at Whitehall High School.

A site for the PIAA girls volleyball finals, held at Central York High School in recent seasons, wasn’t voted on during the meeting. The board will announce in March where those future matches will be held.

– Mike Copper

Posted: January 1st, 2014

Here’s a look at the District 10 champions from the fall season:

Class A – Lakeview
Class AA - Hickory
Class AAA – Cathedral Prep
Boys soccer
Class A – Mercyhurst Prep
Class AA - Harbor Creek
Class AAA – McDowell
Girls soccer
Class A – Wilmington
Class AA – Hickory
Class AAA – McDowell
Girls volleyball
Class A - Cochranton
Class AA – Conneaut
Class AAA – McDowell
Girls tennis
Class AA singles – Lauren Petrella, Mercyhurst Prep
Class AA doubles - Katie Elia and Brittany McBride, Mercyhurst Prep
Class AA team – Mercyhurst Prep
Class AAA singles - Adrianna Jeffress, McDowell
Class AAA doubles – Lauren Fadden and Larissa Chen, McDowell
Class AAA team – McDowell
Boys cross country
Class A individual – Sebastian Curtin, Mercyhurst Prep
Class A team – Saegertown
Class AA individual – Aaron Benka, Grove City
Class AA team – Grove City
Class AAA individual – Bobby Danielson, Central Tech
Class AAA team – McDowell
Girls cross country
Class A individual – Reilly Walsh, Cambridge Springs
Class A team – West Middlesex
Class AA individual – Lexi Bible, Hickory
Class AA team – Villa Maria
Class AAA individual - Kelsey Swantek, McDowell
Class AAA team – McDowell
Boys golf
Class AA individual – Matt McCord, Titusville
Class AA team – Titusville
Class AAA individual – Andrew Britton, Cathedral Prep
Class AAA team – Cathedral Prep
Girls golf
Class AA individual – Megan Moylan, North East
Class AA team – Villa Maria
Class AAA individual – Megan Kaverman, McDowell
Class AAA team – McDowell

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: January 1st, 2014

We’ll be wrapping up the fall season today with several posts. Here is a look at the District 10 Player of the Year for each sport:

Football – Blake Reddick, Lakeview
Boys soccer – Eric Campbell, Harbor Creek
Girls soccer – Sara Suler, Hickory
Girls volleyball – Challen Litwiler, Conneaut
Girls tennis – Katie Elia and Brittany McBride, Mercyhurst Prep
Boys cross country – Sebastian Curtin, Mercyhurst Prep and Jeremy Parsons, Maplewood
Girls cross country – Reilly Walsh, Cambridge Springs
Boys golf – Andrew Britton, Cathedral Prep
Girls golf – Megan Moylan, North East

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: December 27th, 2013

Here are even more top moments from this past year in District 10 high school sports. Remember to send your favorite moments to 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.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: December 2nd, 2013

All enrollments and classifications will be announced by the PIAA in either late December or early January. Here is an exclusive look at the male and female enrollments turned in by District 10 schools competing in soccer. Please keep in mind, this list does not reflect if any team decides to play up. Schools have until Dec. 10 to decide if they want to stay in their class or play up.

Also, these numbers do not reflect any co-ops in place, which could move schools up once those are added in. These are just the raw enrollment figures. The Titusville boys and East girls were included despite canceling their seasons this past fall.

Class AAA (402 and above) – 3 teams
McDowell 993
Central Tech 422
Cathedral Prep 410
Class AA (214-401) – 18 teams
General McLane 351
Meadville 340
Strong Vincent 340
East 335
Oil City 308
Bradford 306
Conneaut 302
Grove City 295
Warren 292
Slippery Rock 283
Corry 276
Harbor Creek 272
Fort LeBoeuf 258
Hickory 255
Girard 250
Franklin 242
Titusville 234
Sharon 222
Class A (213 and below) – 13 teams
Seneca 206
North East 196
Fairview 186
Mercyhurst Prep 177
Saegertown 174
Sharpsville 174
Wilmington 173
Iroquois 146
West Middlesex 141
Mercer 140
Eisenhower 133
Kennedy Catholic 82
Commodore Perry 61

Class AAA (394 and above) – 1 team
McDowell 914
Class AA (214-393) – 18 teams
Central Tech 384
East 379
Strong Vincent 310
Bradford 309
Meadville 293
Oil City 284
General McLane 277
Slippery Rock 273
Warren 272
Conneaut 269
Corry 269
Hickory 260
Villa Maria 258
Grove City 254
Mercyhurst Prep 250
Fort LeBoeuf 242
Girard 237
Titusville 230
Class A (213 and below) – 14 teams
Harbor Creek 213
Fairview 182
Sharon 182
Seneca 177
North East 176
Wilmington 172
Mercer 170
Sharpsville 167
Cambridge Springs 155
Maplewood 141
Iroquois 136
West Middlesex 130
Eisenhower 116
Kennedy Catholic 67

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: District 10, Soccer
Posted: November 16th, 2013

District 10 football playoffs
Class AA semifinals
Hickory 52, Northwestern 14
Girard 16, Greenville 14

PIAA soccer playoffs
Class AA boys championship
Holy Ghost Prep 1, West Allegheny 0 OT
Class AAA boys championship
Upper St. Clair 4, Conestoga Valley 0
Class AA girls championship
Central Valley 2, Trinity 1
Class AAA girls championship
Neshaminy 2, Spring-Ford 1 OT

PIAA girls volleyball playoffs
Class A championship
Marian Catholic def Cochranton 25-16, 25-23, 25-17
Class AA championship
Delone Catholic def Fort LeBoeuf 25-14, 15-25, 26-24, 18-25, 15-9
Class AAA championship
Hempfield def Cumberland Valley 25-15, 23-25, 25-21, 25-27, 15-12

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 9th, 2013

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 9th, 2013

PIAA soccer playoffs
Class A boys quarterfinal
Sewickley Academy 2, Mercyhurst Prep 1
Class AA boys quarterfinal
Bedford 1, Harbor Creek 0
Class A girls quarterfinal
Greensburg Central Catholic 9, Wilmington 0
Class AA girls quarterfinal
Central Valley 1, Hickory 0

PIAA girls volleyball playoffs
Class A quarterfinal
Cochranton def Clarion 25-11, 24-26, 25-8, 25-23
Class AA quarterfinals
Fort LeBoeuf def Freeport 25-17, 25-13, 25-22
Conneaut def Indiana 25-18, 23-25, 25-19, 26-24

District 10 football playoffs
Class AA quarterfinals
Hickory 56, Fort LeBoeuf 7
Greenville 33, Fairview 30
Northwestern 28, Grove City 7
Girard vs. Sharon, ppd. until Monday at 7 p.m. at Veterans Stadium

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 8th, 2013

The site and circumstances will be extremely familiar for Harbor Creek’s boys soccer team.

Only this time, the Huskies hope their PIAA Class AA quarterfinal against District 5 power Bedford will have a different outcome.

Harbor Creek takes a perfect 21-0 record into its playoff rematch against the 18-0-2 Bison, which won 1-0 when the teams met in a 2012 state quarterfinal at North Allegheny High School’s Newman Stadium. They return to Wexford on Saturday for their 2 p.m. opening whistle.

The Huskies have never advanced beyond the PIAA quarters. Should they achieve that, they’ll take on District 6 champion Oley Valley or WPIAL titlist West Allegheny in next Tuesday’s Class AA semifinals.

– Mike Copper

Posted in: District 10, PIAA, Soccer

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