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Posted: December 25th, 2013

Here are five more memorable moments from 2013. Fans are welcome to submit their own moments by e-mailing tom.reisenweber@timesnews.com or tweeting @ETNreisenweber.

Fort LeBoeuf's Abby Rose, left, and Jolene Young, right, were big parts of the volleyball team. JACK HANRAHAN/Erie Times-News


Fort LeBoeuf volleyball returns to York – The Fort LeBoeuf girls volleyball team has become a state power as the Bison continue to make deep runs in the PIAA Class AA playoffs. Fort LeBoeuf lost a heartbreaker to powerhouse Conneaut in the D-10 championship before beating the Eagles in the state semifinals. The Bison then ran into a red-hot Delone Catholic team to fall in four games, but Fort LeBoeuf continues to establish itself as one of the most consistent programs in the state.
Fort LeBoeuf softball reaches state championship game – Fort LeBoeuf softball has improved each season and in the spring, the Bison reached the Class AAA state championship at Penn State University. Although Fort LeBoeuf lost to District 2 champion Valley View 5-0, the Bison made history. Fort LeBoeuf is believed to be the first girls program in the state to reach the state championship in volleyball and softball in the same school year. The Bison will have one more season in Class AAA this spring before dropping down to AA.
Hickory girls soccer makes history – The Hickory girls soccer program has always been on the cusp of competing for a District 10 championship. The Hornets had usually run into a traditional power they couldn’t get by like a Mercyhurst Prep, Villa Maria or Harbor Creek. This fall changed everything as Hickory allowed just one goal in the entire postseason. The Hornets shut out Villa Maria 6-0 and Mercyhurst Prep 1-0 to win the District 10 Class AA championship. Hickory then beat Moon 1-0 to earn its first-ever PIAA playoff win. The Hornets were eventually knocked out in the quarterfinals by Central Valley 1-0, but they made history and helped Mercer County earn some respect in soccer. Central Valley went on to win a state title. Sara Suler was named the District 10 Player of the Year and much like the rest of the starting lineup, she is only a junior.
Strong Vincent beats Central Tech on last-second touchdown – Strong Vincent freshman Lucas Harden had one of the top head’s up plays of the season. With 10.8 seconds left, Central Tech led 20-14 and was facing a fourth down. Central punter Eric Mitchell ran back to the end zone to run the clock out and once he heard the buzzer, he put his hands up to celebrate the win. However, he was still in the end zone and the play was live. Harden punched the ball loose and fell on it for the touchdown to tie the game. Vincent then scored on a 2-point conversion to win 22-20. Click here for video of the final play.
Greenville football rally - The Greenville football team finished a perfect 10-0 in the regular season, including the Region 3 title. A big reason for the Trojans’ region title is an impressive second-half rally against powerhouse Hickory. Greenville trailed 21-0 in a Week 2 showdown against Hickory. Trey VanAken then put the Trojans on the board in the third quarter with a 65-yard touchdown but Greenville missed the PAT. Greenville then scored two huge points by tackling DeQuan Lewis in the end zone for a safety after Hickory was backed up to the 1-yard line. Matt Jones connected with Luke Houpt on two touchdowns to complete the rally. Click here for video and audio of the game-winning touchdown.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: December 3rd, 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 volleyball. 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.

Boys
Class AAA (468 and above) – 1 team
McDowell 993
Class AA (467 and below) – 9 teams
Meadville 340
Conneaut 302
Fort LeBoeuf 258
Saegertown 174
Cambridge Springs 160
Maplewood 150
Rocky Grove 116
Cochranton 115
Farrell 98

Girls
Class AAA (377 and above) – 3 teams
McDowell 914
Central Tech 384
East 379
Class AA (174-376) – 23 teams
Strong Vincent 310
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
Franklin 229
Harbor Creek 213
Northwestern 199
Fairview 182
Greenville 182
Sharon 182
Seneca 177
North East 176
Class A (173 and below) – 19 teams
Wilmington 172
Mercer 170
Sharpsville 167
Cambridge Springs 155
Lakeview 146
Maplewood 141
Saegertown 141
Iroquois 136
Union City 136
West Middlesex 130
Youngsville 127
Reynolds 120
Eisenhower 116
Cochranton 113
Rocky Grove 97
Farrell 83
Commodore Perry 71
Jamestown 71
Kennedy Catholic 67

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Volleyball
Posted: November 26th, 2013

Harbor Creek all-star setter Taylor Palowski will continue her volleyball career at Edinboro. Palowski signed her letter of intent on Tuesday afternoon. She is a four-year letter winner and was selected to the all-district team as a senior. She was voted to the all-region first team in Region 6 and the region player of the year. Palowski holds the school record for aces in one season with 90 and for a career with 322. She also holds the record for career digs with 411.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Volleyball
Posted: November 18th, 2013

Cochranton

Fort LeBoeuf

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Volleyball
Posted: November 18th, 2013

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Volleyball
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 16th, 2013

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: PIAA, Volleyball
Posted: November 16th, 2013

Cochranton

Fort LeBoeuf

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Volleyball
Posted: November 15th, 2013

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Volleyball
Posted: November 14th, 2013

The Cochranton girls volleyball team will host a send-off Friday morning around 9 a.m. The Cardinals will then depart for York, where they will play for the PIAA Class A championship Saturday at 11 a.m.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Volleyball
Posted: November 13th, 2013

Fort LeBoeuf will host a send-off for its girls volleyball team on Friday morning at 7:50 a.m. in the back of the high school. The community is welcome to join the send-off as the Bison head to York for the PIAA Class AA championship on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Delone Catholic.

Fans can follow the blog all weekend for updates from York as the Bison prepare to defend its state championship.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Volleyball

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