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Posted: April 1st, 2014

Baseball
Region 2
Reynolds 5, Wilmington 4
Commodore Perry 14, Sharpsville 8
West Middlesex 7, Mercer 2
Non-region
Harbor Creek 12, Union City 2, 5 innings
Warren 15, St. Marys 2, 5 innings
North East 12, Cochranton 0, 6 innings
Slippery Rock 9, Girard 3
Hickory 19, Rocky Grove 5
Grove City 11, General McLane 10
Sharon 7, Kennedy Catholic 4

Softball
Region 5
Iroquois 12, Youngsville 0, 6 innings
Non-region
Rocky Grove 5, Meadville 4
Cochranton 4, Commodore Perry 0
Corry 6, Hickory 4
Union City 10, Kennedy Catholic 5
Franklin 3, Sharon 2
Mercer 19, Slippery Rock 2, 3 innings
West Middlesex 11, Grove City 1, 5 innings
Wilmington 13, Saegertown 1, 5 innings

Boys lacrosse
Non-region
Fairview 12, Allderdice 1

Girls lacrosse
Non-region
Fairview 16, Allderdice 5

Boys tennis
Non-region
Warren JFK (Ohio) 4, Hickory 1
Harbor Creek 5, Corry 0
General McLane 4, Meadville 1
McDowell 5, Kiski Prep 0
Grove City 5, Oil City 0

Track and field
Region 1
West Middlesex swept Sharpsville
West Middlesex swept Kennedy Catholic
Sharpsville swept Kennedy Catholic
Lakeview swept Reynolds
Wilmington swept Mercer
Region 2
Hickory swept Grove City
Region 5
North East swept Northwestern
Region 6
Mercyhurst Prep swept East
Fort LeBoeuf swept East
Cathedral Prep def Central Tech
Cathedral Prep def Strong Vincent
Villa Maria def Central Tech
Villa Maria def Strong Vincent
Central Tech swept Strong Vincent
Non-region
Titusville def Oil City (boys)
Oil City def Titusville (girls)

Boys volleyball
Non-region
McDowell def Rocky Grove 25-9, 25-11, 25-17

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: March 31st, 2014

Baseball
Non-region
DuBois 10, Warren 6
Slippery Rock 11, Cambridge Springs 2
Cathedral Prep 17, Santa Cruz (Ariz.) 0

Softball
Non-region
Lakeview 7, West Middlesex 4
Corry 3, Titusville 2, 9 innings

Girls lacrosse
Non-league
Cardinal Mooney (Ohio) 11, Villa Maria 7

Boys tennis
Region 1
Greenville 4, Grove City 1
Hickory 5, Kennedy Catholic 0
Region 3
Fairview 5, General McLane 0
Harbor Creek 5, Girard 0
Non-region
Cathedral Prep 4, Mercyhurst Prep 1
Oil City 4, Sharon 1

Track and field
Non-region
Franklin swept Cranberry

–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 tom.reisenweber@timesnews.com 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 24th, 2013

Over the next few days leading up to 2014, we will take a look at the top moments of 2013 in District 10 sports. If you have a moment or moments you want mentioned, e-mail tom.reisenweber@timesnews.com or tweet @ETNreisenweber with your moment. There have been several moments turned in already and not all of them will appear right away. We will post a handful each day and the nominated moments will be posted at some point.

Girard' Joe Dunn shakes Sharon's Troy Hejazi's hand before the start of the District 10 Class AA football quarterfinals. JARID A. BARRINGER/Erie Times-News


•Joe Dunn’s sportsmanship – Girard quarterback Joe Dunn had arguably one of the top off the field moments in 2013. The night before the Girard-Sharon District 10 Class AA football quarterfinal, four Sharon players were involved in a car crash. Corey Swartz and Evan Gill were killed in the crash and twins Craig and Greg Osmon were hospitalized with bad injuries. The playoff game was postponed indefinitely until Sharon’s football team decided to play in their teammates’ honor. Two days later, Sharon was minutes from a big-time emotional win over Girard in a blizzard before Dunn found Bryan Divido for a game-winning touchdown catch in the final minute. After Girard secured a 22-19 win, several Sharon players were overcome with emotion and dropped to the turf. Dunn went over to Trent Mosley, a player that intercepted him during the game, picked him up and put his arm around him telling him everything will be OK. Click here for video of the touching moment.

Clay Allen runs to history in Shippensburg – West Middlesex speedster Clay Allen decided not to play football in 2012 so he could focus on track and field. That decision paid off in a big way as he won four gold medals, an unprecedented performance by a District 10 male athlete. Allen won the 100, 200, long jump and was in the winning 400 relay. His big-time performance led the Big Reds to a PIAA team championship as well.

Saegertown boys cross country dominates in Hershey – Saegertown’s boys cross country program continues to improve and the hard work over the past few years paid off in the form of the PIAA Class A team championship in the fall. The Panthers finished with 60 points to beat District 12′s Masterman with 93 points. Morgan Schenberg led the way with a time of 17 minutes, 1 second to finish in 14th place, while Brendon Barclay was 18th with a time of 17:05. Brad Amy contributed with a 25th place (17:16), and Matt Schenberg ran a 17:35 to take 37th place. Wyatt Fleischer rounded out Saegertown’s top five runners with a 17:42 to finish in 48th place.

Mercyhurst Prep PIAA Class AA girls tennis championship team is honored by Senator Sean Wiley.


Mercyhurst Prep girls tennis repeats – The Mercyhurst Prep girls tennis team made District 10 history in 2012 by winning the first PIAA team championship. The Lakers repeated that feat and continued the state’s longest active winning streak by winning another state title this fall. Mercyhurst Prep defeated Scranton Prep 4-1 in the PIAA Class AA championship to win its 38th straight match. The Lakers also picked up a doubles state title as Brittany McBride and Katie Elia dominated the PIAA Class AA bracket.

West Middlesex beats Lakeview in five-overtime thriller – The West Middlesex and Lakeview boys basketball teams had classic games throughout the season but the most exciting matchup had to be in the District 10 Class AA championship. The two teams battled through five overtimes before West Middlesex pulled out a 71-65 win. There were numerous big plays throughout the extra periods, including Casey Greggs of Lakeview hitting a 3-pointer with seven seconds left in the third overtime to force another overtime period. He finished with 16 points for the Sailors, while Dalton Boggs had 25 points and Coty Gander had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. West Middlesex graduate Matthew Dogan had a huge game with 36 points, while Trey Staunch had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Jeremy Jancso added 12 points.

Check back throughout the week for more moments as we remember 2013.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: December 23rd, 2013

Runners with current ties to District 10 cross country swept the top three spots in the female open division at Sunday’s Miller Mistletoe Mile. The race was connected by Heard Park and Gibson Park in North East.

Villa Maria junior Grace Trucilla was the women’s overall gold medalist with an even time of 5 minutes, 51 seconds. Trucilla is a returning PIAA track champion for the Victors.

Second place went to Jeannette Boyd. The Union City girls cross country coach crossed the finish line in 6:02.3.

Third went to Taylor Pletz (6:10.3), who recently completed her junior cross country season at Mercyhurst Prep.

– Mike Copper

Posted: September 16th, 2013

McDowell boys tennis coach Richard Beck will have a difficult time disputing Chris Jiuliante’s endurance on the court when the Trojans begin practicing for their 2014 season.

Jiuliante was among the 978 runners who finished Sunday’s Erie Marathon at Presque Isle. The senior placed 10th overall and had the fastest time in the men’s 20-under age group at 2 hours, 53 minutes, 13 seconds

William Host, 19, of Clarksburg, W.Va., (3:27.32) was a distant second in that division.

– Mike Copper

Posted: September 4th, 2013

Harbor Creek High School will conduct ceremonies this weekend for its new athletic hall of fame inductees.

The 2013 class will be informally honored before and during Friday’s 7 p.m. football game between the Huskies and North East at Paul J. Weitz Stadium. The official ceremony will take place Saturday at 6 p.m. at the high school cafeteria.

Those scheduled for induction are Kristen DePlatchett (class of 1999), Don Dougan (1963), Missy Watson Grudi (1990), Steve Moorhead (1958), Lee Palloto (1950), David Uglow (1979), Heather Norder Weismiller (1994) and the late Norman Decker (1949).

Tickets are still available by calling (814) 897-2100, extension 1367, or by e-mail at pbruce@hcsd.iu5.org.

– Mike Copper

Posted: August 4th, 2013

Grace Trucilla, a junior-to-be at Villa Maria Academy, was the overall female champion of Saturday’s Dan Rice Days 5K.

Trucilla completed the Girard course in 19 minutes, 29 seconds. Blythe Cody, 32, of Girard was second at 21:55, with Ginny Sackett, 49, of Erie third at 22:17.

Trucilla capped her sophomore year at Villa with a gold medal in the PIAA Class AA track and field meet. She comprised a leg of the Victors’ 3,200-meter relay team, which won that event at Shippensburg University.

– Mike Copper

Posted: May 25th, 2013

Updates of District 10 entrants at Saturday’s PIAA track and field meet at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium. The top eight entrants in each event will receive medals.

Earlier updates will appear in the previous entry section.

– Mike Copper

* The West Middlesex boys, with Clay Allen’s four event victories Saturday, clinched the AA team title for Saturday’s PIAA track and field meet. This is our final post for this site. Please check back Monday, when he provide updates from the District 10 softball finals at Penn State Behrend.

* Caleb Sanford’s elimination in the AAA boys pole vault means that District 10 will have won 12 different events for the 2013 PIAA track and field meet. They include Erie County champions in North East’s Ryan Smathers (AA boys 1,600), Northwestern’s Kyle McKeen (AA boys triple jump), Seneca’s Samantha Black (AA girls discus) and Villa Maria in the AA girls 3,200 relay.

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Posted: May 24th, 2013

District 10 updates from Friday’s PIAA track and field meet at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium. The top eight entrants in each event will receive medals.

Earlier updates will appear in the previous entry section.

– Mike Copper

* We’re closing the blog for Friday’s competition, which included six PIAA champions from District 10. We’ll have similar coverage here all day Saturday.

* North East star runner Ryan Smathers, already the favorite to win Saturday’s AA boys 1,600, won his heat in the 800. His estimated time of 1:57.60 should be good enough to get him on the starting line for that final Saturday.

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Posted: May 23rd, 2013

Earlier this week, the Varsity blog listed District 10 athletes who are seeded among the top three in their events for this weekend’s PIAA championships in Shippensburg.

Today, we’ll take a look at all of D-10′s qualifiers and where they’re seeded for the state meet, which opens Friday and concludes Saturday.

District 10 has top seeds in seven events: North East’s Ryan Smathers, Class AA 1,600 meters; Hickory’s boys 400 relay, Class AA; West Middlesex’s Luke Patten, Class AA pole vault; Wilmington’s Jon Yohman, Class AA shot put; Cathedral Prep’s Malik Moffett, Class AAA high jump; Greenville’s Rebekah Petty, Class AA pole vault; Franklin’s Abby Jones, Class AAA high jump.

Check out the complete list of District 10 qualifiers and all performers with top seeds in each event:

Posted: May 19th, 2013

District 10 is in line for a solid showing at the two-day PIAA championship meet this coming weekend at Shippensburg University. Below are the performance sheets for all four meets.

Class AA boys
Class AAA boys
Class AA girls
Class AAA girls

Here are the District 10 athletes in the top three seeds heading into the final meet of the season:
Class AA boys
100 - 2. Clay Allen, West Middlesex (10.90); 3. DeShawn Coleman, Hickory (10.95) – Top seed is Jhaloni Johnson of Springfield (10.87)
1,600 - 1. Ryan Smathers, North East (4:17.13)
400 relay – 1. Hickory 42.52; 2. West Middlesex 42.75
200 - 2. Clay Allen, West Middlesex (22.46) – Top seed is Vincent Moody of Clairton (22.33)
Pole vault – 1. Luke Patten, West Middlesex (14-0)
Triple jump – 2. Johnathon Jacoway, Sharon (45-7 1/4); 3. Kyle McKeen, Northwestern (45-6 1/4) – Top seed is Daniel Reichenbach of Salisbury (46-11 1/4)
Shot put – 1. Jon Yohman, Wilmington (59-4 1/2); 3. Luke Lewis, Hickory (57-9)
Discus – 2. Jon Yohman, Wilmington (179-8); 3. Trevor Harrison, West Middlesex (160-9) – Top seed is Evan Arnott of Schuylkill Valley (182-4)

Class AAA boys
110 hurdles – 2. Greg Miaczynski, Central Tech (14.18) – Top seed is Wellington Zaza of Garnet Valley (13.86)
100 - 2. Malik Moffett, Cathedral Prep (10.91) – Top seed is Demetrius Lanier of East Stroudsburg South (10.82)
High jump – 1. Malik Moffett, Cathedral Prep (6-7)

Class AA girls
3,200 relay – 2. Villa Maria (9:29.51) – Top seed is Holy Redeemer (9:27.45)
800 – 3. Claire Brown, Villa Maria (2:15.59) – Top seed is Shannon Quinn of Trinity (2:14.73)
Pole vault – 1. Rebekah Petty, Greenville (12-8)
Shot put – 2. Rachel DeMaria, West Middlesex (41-3) – Top seed is Kailyn Clancy of California (43-0)
Discus – 2. Julie Falvo, Wilmington (127-4); 3. Samantha Black, Seneca (126-8) – Top seed is Carter Green of Northern Schuylkill (152-7)

Class AAA girls
High jump – 1. Abby Jones, Franklin (5-7)
Shot put – 2. Sophia Fustos, Hickory (43-9 3/4) – Top seed is Courtney McCartney of Selinsgrove (44-10 1/2)

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: PIAA, Track and field

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