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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
Posted: November 13th, 2013

Fort LeBoeuf's Abby Rose tries to tip a ball over the net, but is blocked in the process by Conneaut's Angie Vicker, left, and Kristen Baker, right, during the PIAA Class AA volleyball semifinals. JARID A. BARRINGER/Erie Times-News


The Fort LeBoeuf girls volleyball team celebrates after beating Conneaut in the PIAA Class AA semifinals. JARID A. BARRINGER/Erie Times-News


The PIAA started conducting girls volleyball state championships in 1974. Until last fall, no Erie County team had ever won a girls volleyball state title. Fort LeBoeuf made history by defeating Delone Catholic and now the Bison are headed back to York with a chance at more history. District 10 has a total of eight state titles, but no D-10 program has won state titles in consecutive years. D-10 has claimed state titles in consecutive years with Cochranton in 2004 and Maplewood in 2005 along with Linesville in 2011 and Fort LeBoeuf in 2012. Fort LeBoeuf will need to beat Delone Catholic, again, on Saturday at 1 p.m. to win another state title. The Bison have six players back that played in last year’s state title match, including seniors Jolene Young, Courtney Oberlander, Abby Rose, Alex Carroll and Caitlin Ebert along with junior Larissa Cass.

•Fort LeBoeuf punched its ticket to York by sweeping Conneaut on Tuesday night in the PIAA Class AA semifinals. Each game was tightly contested as the Bison pulled out a 25-22, 27-25, 25-23 win. Both teams had their moments, but as Conneaut coach Tim Schleicher said after the match, Fort LeBoeuf didn’t make mistakes in key moments like the Eagles did. Sophomore Kaley Fucci came up big for the Bison with eight kills, while Cass collected 14. Young added six kills and nine digs, while Rose had 27 assists. Oberlander and Carroll were tough on defense with 19 and eight digs, respectively. Conneaut was just as tough with big-time performances all around. Challen Litwiler had 15 kills and 16 digs, and Kristen Baker had 11 kills and 14 digs. Fort LeBoeuf players mentioned that stopping Litwiler was their main gameplan on defense. Kim Litwin had 13 digs and Kristen Laird added eight, while Aliya Hutman finished with 30 assists and five digs.

•Cochranton will join Fort LeBoeuf in York as the Cardinals swept Bishop Carroll 25-18, 25-21, 25-21. The Cardinals will play Marian Catholic for the PIAA Class A championship at 11 a.m. Cochranton won its first state title in 2004 and like Fort LeBoeuf, the Cardinals are chasing their second title. Kendell Dickson had 20 kills and five blocks for Cochranton in the semifinal win, while Madison Bernarding was tough from the service line. Kassidy Dickson added seven kills for the Cardinals. The match started almost a half hour late because of a late arrival by Bishop Carroll. The Huskies were delayed after being stuck behind a car crash and a train.

Click here for video highlights from the Fort LeBoeuf-Conneaut instant classic, and click here for video interviews with Fort LeBoeuf after the match. As always, we will have live coverage of the state championships Saturday and news and notes leading up to the matches.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 13th, 2013

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Volleyball

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