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Posts categorized "Softball"
Posted: July 5th, 2014

The Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association has released its all-state teams with several District 10 athletes. Jolene Young of Fort LeBoeuf and Alexa Bupp of Warren were first team in Class AAA, while McDowell’s Jenna Pecar was first team in Class AAAA. Warren’s Kaitlin Ishman was second team in Class AAA, while Lexi Fuller (McDowell), Paige Wilson (Warren), Kelsey Kuzma (Fort LeBoeuf), Alli Kaliszewski (Iroquois), Rachel Prather (Iroquois) and Jordyn Allen (West Middlesex) are honorable mention in their respective classes.

Class AAAA
First team
1B Jenna Pecar, McDowell
Honorable mention
OF Lexi Fuller, McDowell

Class AAA
First team
1B Jolene Young, Fort LeBoeuf
P Alexa Bupp, Warren
Second team
SS Kaitlin Ishman, Warren
Honorable mention
C Paige Wilson, Warren
C Kelsey Kuzma, Fort LeBoeuf

Class A
Honorable mention
C Alli Kaliszewski, Iroquois
P Rachel Prather, Iroquois
P Jordyn Allen, West Middlesex

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Softball
Posted: July 4th, 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 spring athletes of the year during the past 10 years: (Look for the winter athletes Saturday and the fall athletes Sunday on the Varsity blog.)

2004-05: Shawn Valenly, Sharpsville
2005-06: Chris Hyde, Northwestern
2006-07: Bob Revesz, Grove City
2007-08: Jaymee Shephard, Hickory
2008-09: Addison Dunn, Warren
2009-10: T.J. Mitchell, Mercyhurst Prep
2010-11: Jeff Revesz, Grove City
2011-12: Steve Sada, Saegertown
2012-13: Adam Bleday, Titusville
2013-14: Zach Guth, Franklin

2004-05: Allison Hasbrouck, Corry
2005-06: Danielle Chase, Iroquois
2006-07: Becky Zill, Iroquois
2007-08: Ali Grab, Villa Maria
2008-09: Becky Zill, Iroquois
2009-10: Cari Conway, Wilmington
2010-11: Kelli Rohan, McDowell
2011-12: Raven Rozantz, Fairview
2012-13: Raven Rozantz, Fairview and Amanda Krolczyk, Fort LeBoeuf
2013-14: Alexa Bupp, Warren

Boys track and field
2004-05: Jed Christiansen, Greenville
2005-06: Cody Cipalla, Northwestern
2006-07: Zach Dow, Corry
2007-08: Dan Kwiatkowski, McDowell
2008-09: Sam Havko, Fairview
2009-10: Alex Beardsley, North East
2010-11: Jacob Kildoo, Grove City
2011-12: Ryan Smathers, North East
2012-13: Clay Allen, West Middlesex
2013-14: Luke Lewis, Hickory

Girls track and field
2004-05: Nicole Smith, McDowell
2005-06: Natalie Clickett, Union City and Amanda Seigworth, Northwestern
2006-07: Ajla Glavasevic, McDowell
2007-08: Kristy Woods, Grove City
2008-09: Lauren Zarger, Harbor Creek
2009-10: Emily Woods, Hickory
2010-11: Morgan Richards, Hickory
2011-12: Lauren Lubarski, Hickory
2012-13: Rebekah Petty, Greenville
2013-14: Emily Campbell, Slippery Rock

Boys volleyball
2004-05: Tyler Mattera, Conneaut Valley
2005-06: Jordan Varee, Conneaut Valley
2006-07: Robert Cierniakoski, Maplewood
2007-08: Ben Wetsell, Saegertown
2008-09: Nick Bancroft, Maplewood
2009-10: Adam Barba, Meadville
2010-11: Dave Rion, McDowell
2011-12: Alex Minnis, Meadville
2012-13: Shane Rigby, Saegertown
2013-14: Logan Herzberger, Cochranton

Boys tennis
2004-05: Derek Taylor, Keith Whittingham, McDowell
2005-06: Kevin Riley, Fairview
2006-07: Jeff Nuhfer, Warren
2007-08: Landon Williams, McDowell
2008-09: Landon Williams, McDowell
2009-10: Landon Williams, McDowell
2010-11: Alex Brzozowski, Cathedral Prep
2011-12: Alex Brzozowski, Mario Nicolia, Cathedral Prep
2012-13: Nick Ward, Cathedral Prep
2013-14: Nick Donovan, McDowell

Boys lacrosse:
2011-12: Ben Lorei, McDowell
2012-13: Josh Baronner, McDowell
2013-14: Hunter Emerson, Cathedral Prep

Girls lacrosse:
2011-12: Jen Hartmann, McDowell
2012-13: Erin Gleason, Fairview
2013-14: Alex Zielinski, McDowell

Posted: June 15th, 2014

City-County All-Star softball game
Pink 13, Black 11, 8 innings

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Softball
Posted: June 13th, 2014

PIAA baseball championships
Class A
Devon Prep 2, Elk County Catholic 1, 9 innings
Class AA
Loyalsock Township 5, Martinsburg Central 1
Class AAA
Pope John Paul II 4, Harriton 2
Class AAAA
La Salle College 4, Conestoga 2, 8 innings

PIAA softball championships
Class A
Minersville 4, Claysburg-Kimmel 1
Class AA
Central Columbia 13, Bald Eagle 5
Class AAA
Springfield DELCO 3, Bethlehem Catholic 0
Class AAAA
Souderton 8, Lower Dauphin 3

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Baseball, PIAA, Softball
Posted: June 12th, 2014

Senior softball players from around Erie County will meet in one final game Sunday at 2 p.m. at Penn State Behrend. Below are the rosters for the game:

Pink team
Aubree Martin, Fairview
Kelsey Kuzma, Fort LeBoeuf
Jolene Young, Fort LeBoeuf
Caitlin Ebert, Fort LeBoeuf
Heather Oldach, Fort LeBoeuf
Alex Carroll, Fort LeBoeuf
Autumn Kinney, Union City
Carrie Brown, Union City
Meghan Mongera, Union City
Noelle Wienczkowski, Union City
Kayla Schlosser, Villa Maria
Jackie Colish, Villa Maria
Kaitlin Wojnarowski, Mercyhurst Prep
Bre Klenz, North East
Dani Barnes, North East
Alex Osborne, Northwestern

Coaches: Dave Smykowski, Brian Leuschen, Chris Santabene

Black team
Amy Brown, Central Tech
Alyssa Bowden, Central Tech
Kayla Wells, General McLane
Jordan Teribery, General McLane
Taylor Carrier, General McLane
Mackenzie Bonnett, Girard
Kaitlyn Wilczynski, Girard
KaitLynn Babe, Seneca
Carrie Dedionisio, Harbor Creek
Katie Dietz, Harbor Creek
Kirsten Reilly, Harbor Creek
Holly Miller, Harbor Creek
Emily Lojewski, McDowell
Crystal Flagg, McDowell
Lexi Fuller, McDowell
Baylee Burns, McDowell
Rachel Ackman, McDowell

Coaches: Jim Lojewski, Danielle Chase, Jerry Dunn

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Softball
Posted: June 11th, 2014

There are painful losses and then there’s losing a state title on a dropped third strike. In the Montana Class AA softball state championship, Billings West and Missoula Big Sky were tied 2-2 before everything that could go wrong, went wrong for Big Sky. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Kendyl Boltz struck out swinging and the pitch got away from the catcher. Boltz took off for first and the throw went down the right field line. She rounded second and took off from third when there were more throwing errors in the outfield. Boltz eventually scored to give Billings West the state title. Here is video of that at-bat:

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Softball
Posted: June 5th, 2014

PIAA baseball playoffs
Class AA quarterfinals
Northwestern 8, Bedford 1
Central 17, Franklin 7, 6 innings
Class AAA quarterfinals
Cathedral Prep 9, Punxsutawney 2

PIAA softball playoffs
Class A quarterfinals
Claysburg-Kimmel 6, Iroquois 1
Class AA quarterfinals
Bald Eagle 4, Wilmington 1

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Baseball, PIAA, Softball
Posted: June 3rd, 2014

PIAA quarterfinals
Class AA
At Rick Kuntz Memorial Field, Punxsutawney
Franklin vs. Central, 4 p.m.
At Burkett Complex, Pittsburgh
Northwestern vs. Bedford, 1 p.m.
Class AAA
At Clarion-Limestone High School, Strattanville
Cathedral Prep vs. Punxsutawney, 4 p.m.

Class A
At Slippery Rock University
Iroquois vs. Claysburg-Kimmel, 3 p.m.
Class AA
At Slippery Rock University
Wilmington vs. Bald Eagle, 1 p.m.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Baseball, PIAA, Softball
Posted: June 2nd, 2014

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Softball
Posted: June 2nd, 2014

PIAA first round
Class A
Bishop McCort 5, Eisenhower 0
Class AA
Northwestern 7, Karns City 6
Franklin vs. Seton-La Salle ppd. until Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Jerry Uht Park
Class AAA
Cathedral Prep vs. West Mifflin ppd. until Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Jerry Uht Park

PIAA first round
Class A
Iroquois 10, South Side Beaver 7
Class AA
Wilmington 8, Deer Lakes 7
Class AAA
Greensburg Salem 2, Warren 0

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Baseball, PIAA, Softball

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