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Posts categorized "Water polo"
Posted: October 23rd, 2013

Boys soccer
Non-region
Slippery Rock 1, Commodore Perry 0
Mercer 1, Wilmington 0, 2 OT
Sharon 4, West Middlesex 0

Girls soccer
Non-region
General McLane 2, Fairview 0
Seneca 6, Sharpsville 0
Cambridge Springs 5, Eisenhower 0
Slippery Rock 5, Wilmington 2
Hickory 5, Mercer 0
Girard 9, West Middlesex 0
Iroquois 2, Central Tech 0

Boys water polo
Western Conference
Cathedral Prep 19, McDowell 9

Girls water polo
Western Conference
Villa Maria 6, McDowell 5

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Soccer, Water polo
Posted: October 15th, 2013

Cross country
Region 1
Commodore Perry swept Jamestown
Kennedy Catholic at Lakeview, 4 p.m.
West Middlesex swept Sharpsville
Region 2
Grove City at Reynolds, 4 p.m.
Greenville swept Slippery Rock
Hickory swept Wilmington
Non-region
Oil City at Youngsville, 4 p.m.

Girls soccer
Region 1
Sharpsville 3, Kennedy Catholic 0
Mercer 5, Sharon 1
Wilmington 10, West Middlesex 0
Region 2
Slippery Rock 5, Meadville 0
Grove City 6, Oil City 0
Hickory 14, Titusville 0
Region 3
Seneca 1, Fairview 0
Conneaut 3, Maplewood 0
North East 9, Eisenhower 0
Region 4
Villa Maria 15, Corry 0
Mercyhurst Prep 3, Bradford 1
Region 5
Fort LeBoeuf 8, Cambridge Springs 4
General McLane 3, Girard 0
Region 6
Strong Vincent 2, Central Tech 1
Non-region
Harbor Creek 3, Iroquois 0

Girls volleyball
Region 1
Sharpsville def Commodore Perry 25-12, 25-15, 25-10
Reynolds def Jamestown 23-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 15-8
Farrell def Kennedy Catholic 25-16, 26-28, 25-18, 25-18
West Middlesex def Lakeview 25-21, 26-24, 26-24
Region 2
Cambridge Springs def Saegertown 25-22, 25-16, 17-25, 25-18
Union City def Eisenhower 25-8, 25-23, 25-15
Cochranton def Rocky Grove 25-8, 25-7, 25-10
Maplewood def Youngsville 25-12, 25-17, 25-11
Region 3
Wilmington def Greenville 25-15, 25-12, 25-13
Hickory def Mercer 27-25, 26-24, 25-9
Slippery Rock def Sharon 25-10, 26-24, 25-15
Region 4
Corry def Oil City 25-12, 25-11, 25-18
Conneaut def Franklin 25-11, 25-8, 25-17
Titusville def Warren 27-25, 26-24,25-16
Region 5
Fort LeBoeuf def North East 25-22, 25-19, 25-17
General McLane def Girard 25-15, 25-15, 23-25, 25-22
Iroquois def Seneca 25-23, 25-22, 25-18
Fairview def Northwestern 25-19, 26-24, 25-17
Region 6
McDowell def Harbor Creek 25-12, 25-15, 25-27, 25-15
Mercyhurst Prep def Central Tech 25-17, 25-17, 25-21
Villa Maria def East 25-11, 25-9, 22-25, 25-21

Girls water polo
Western Conference
McDowell 11, Fairview 9

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: October 14th, 2013

Boys soccer
Region 1
Mercer 2, Commodore Perry 0
Conneaut 2, Kennedy Catholic 1
Sharpsville 4, West Middlesex 0
Region 2
Grove City 3, Slippery Rock 3
Hickory 3, Franklin 1
Wilmington 5, Sharon 1
Region 3
Seneca 2, Eisenhower 0
Mercyhurst Prep 2, North East 0
Fairview 7, Iroquois 1
Region 4
Bradford 4, Saegertown 3
Corry 9, Oil City 0
Region 5
General McLane 4, East 2
Strong Vincent 2, Fort LeBoeuf 1
Harbor Creek 5, Girard 2

Girls soccer
Non-region
Fort LeBoeuf 6, Sharon 0
McDowell 2, Mercyhurst Prep 0

Girls volleyball
Region 4
Corry def Meadville 25-10, 25-17, 25-19
Non-region
Farrell def New Castle 25-21, 25-14, 25-8
Girard def Union City 25-10, 25-13, 25-12
Grove City def A-C Valley 19-25, 25-22, 25-18, 23-25, 15-12
Mercer def Commodore Perry 12-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-7

Boys water polo
Western Conference
Cathedral Prep 12, McDowell 4

Girls water polo
Western Conference
Villa Maria 7, McDowell 3

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: September 28th, 2013

Boys soccer
Non-region
Bradford 4, DuBois 1
Meadville 1, Saegertown 1
Mercyhurst Prep 4, Sewickley Academy 0
Fairview 2, Wilmington 0
Jackson (Ohio) 3, Cathedral Prep 0

Girls soccer
Peters Township tournament

South Park 2, Mercyhurst Prep 1
Non-region
Seneca 4, Girard 0
Strong Vincent 5, North East 1
Titusville 4, Conneaut 0
Fairview 2, Wilmington 0
Jamestown (N.Y.) 2, Warren 0
DuBois 4, Bradford 0

Boys water polo
Western Conference
North Allegheny Tiger Classic
North Allegheny 17, McDowell 9
McDowell 15, Napoleon 12
North Penn 14, McDowell 6
Cumberland Valley 16, McDowell 11
North Allegheny 9, Cathedral Prep 6
Cathedral Prep 16, Napoleon 2
North Penn 17, Cathedral Prep 11
Cumberland Valley 16, Cathedral Prep 11

Girls water polo
Western Conference
North Allegheny Tiger Classic
North Allegheny 10, McDowell 3
Napoleon 7, McDowell 6
North Penn 7, McDowell 3
Cumberland Valley 16, McDowell 2
North Penn 12, Villa Maria 6
Villa Maria 7, Napoleon 4
Cumberland Valley 14, Villa Maria 8
Fairview vs. Napoleon, 1:10 p.m.
Fairview at North Allegheny, 7 p.m.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Soccer, Water polo
Posted: September 27th, 2013

Girls soccer
Region 4
Villa Maria 2, Warren 0
Peters Township tournament
Seneca Valley 6, Mercyhurst Prep 0

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Soccer, Water polo
Posted: September 21st, 2013

Boys soccer
Non-region
Grove City 1, General McLane 0
Mercer 4, Slippery Rock 3
Bradford 9, Brookville 2
Central Tech 4, Fort LeBoeuf 1
Girard 3, Corry 2
Harbor Creek 2, Meadville 0
McDowell 7, East 0
Hickory 1, Commodore Perry 0
Mercyhurst Prep 3, Cathedral Prep 2
Forest 3, Oil City 2
Jamestown (N.Y.) 3, Warren 1
Sharon 3, Sharpsville 2 OT
Wilmington 4, Kennedy Catholic 0

Girls soccer
Non-region
Grove City 2, Fort LeBoeuf 1
Central Tech 3, Cambridge Springs 0
Gilmour Academy 2, Villa Maria 1
Girard 9, Maplewood 0
McDowell 6, Nichols (N.Y.) 2
Strong Vincent 3, Meadville 1
General McLane 7, Warren 1
Forest 3, Oil City 1
Karns City 2, Hickory 1 OT

Water polo
Beast of the East tournament
Muhlenberg 8, Fairview 2
Fairview 12, Pottsville 3
Wilson 12, Villa Maria 6
Governor Mifflin 7, Villa Maria 4
Cumberland Valley 9, Cathedral Prep 8
Penn Charter 15, Cathedral Prep 12

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Soccer, Water polo
Posted: September 20th, 2013

Girls tennis
Non-region
McDowell 4, Nichols (N.Y.) 1

Boys water polo
Beast of the East Tournament
Cathedral Prep 16, Pennington 10
Cathedral Prep 21, Muhlenberg 8

Girls water polo
Beast of the East Tournament
Villa Maria 9, Germantown 7
Villa Maria 14, Muhlenberg 9
Upper Arlington 12, Fairview 3
Hazleton 9, Fairview 6

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Tennis, Water polo
Posted: September 14th, 2013

Boys soccer
Non-region
Bradford 6, DuBois 2
Eisenhower 3, Oil City 1
Mercer 3, Hickory 2
Saegertown 8, Strong Vincent 2
Cathedral Prep 4, Warren 0
Corry 2, Iroquois 1
Kennedy Catholic 3, South Side Beaver 0
Meadville 7, Conneaut 0
Fort LeBoeuf 7, West Middlesex 1

Girls soccer
Non-region
McDowell 3, Mount Lebanon 2, 2 OT
Meadville 2, Conneaut 0
Kennedy Catholic 4, Corry 0
Cambridge Springs 6, Sharpsville 0
Grove City 3, Wilmington 1
Knoch 4, Slippery Rock 2
Strong Vincent 2, General McLane 1
Hickory 6, Manchester (Ohio) 0
Bradford def Ridgway

Girls tennis
Non-region
Fairview 5, Knoch 0

Boys water polo
Erie Challenge
Wilson 15, Cathedral Prep 7
North Allegheny 22, McDowell 18
Wilson 12, McDowell 2
North Allegheny 17, Cathedral Prep 9
North Allegheny 11, Wilson 9
Cathedral Prep 19, McDowell 8

Girls water polo
Erie Challenge
North Allegheny 11, McDowell 5
North Allegheny 14, Fairview 10
Wilson 14, McDowell 11
Wilson 12, Fairview 4
North Allegheny 14, Wilson 6
Wilson 13, Villa Maria 5
Villa Maria 9, North Allegheny 5
Villa Maria 13, Fairview 10
Villa Maria 8, McDowell 6

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Soccer, Tennis, Water polo
Posted: September 2nd, 2013

There was too much to go over from the past weekend in Sunday’s post. Here are a few more news and notes:

•Cathedral Prep’s water polo team got off to a nice start to the season at the McDowell Invitational. The Ramblers beat defending state champion North Allegheny 15-13 and rival McDowell 17-6 while losing to Greenwich 22-6. Daniel Baumann is a swimming standout and had four goals in each of Prep’s wins and two in the loss. Zach Miller, Stephen Bretz, Anthony Paolella and Rex Riley each had key goals for Prep over the weekend. The Ramblers have continued to build their program up and so far, Prep has competed with the best in western Pennsylvania this season.

•Villa Maria, Fairview and McDowell will have plenty of showdowns this season before taking on the rest of the state in water polo. The most recent Victors-Trojans match was an instant classic. Villa edged McDowell 9-8 behind two goals from Sam McGregor. McDowell beat Fairview 7-3 on Friday to start the McDowell Invitational. Colleen Bolmanski scored three goals for the Trojans, while Alyssa Linden had two.

•The Bradford girls soccer team won its own tournament this past weekend. The Owls routed Port Allegany 7-3 in the first round before beating Portville 2-0 in the Bradford tournament championship. Courtney Shade and Sara Moore each scored a goal for Bradford in the title match. Villa Maria lost to Butler 2-1 and Mercyhurst Prep was shut out twice down in Pittsburgh. Region 4 has always been dominated by the Victors and Lakers but maybe the Owls will make it tough on the two rivals this season?

•Fairview’s football team might have found its 1-2 punch in the backfield. Shannon Jackson ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in a 42-0 win over Youngsville. The Tigers also found a new running back in Harold Coles, who had seven carries for 109 yards. He ran for two touchdowns and caught a 23-yard touchdown pass, yes a pass, in the rout. Fairview has a solid quarterback in Ben Kocan and might be able to give Jackson some help with Coles. The Tigers’ big test will come this week as they travel to rival Girard. The YellowJackets were handled by Conneaut 27-17 and will have a chip on their shoulders heading into the rivalry game.

•No surprise that Northwestern took care of business in a 31-7 win over Meadville. Brandon Reiser ran for 57 yards on eight carries but also scored three touchdowns. Austin Miczo added 92 yards on seven carries, including a 77-yard touchdown run. The Wildcats didn’t put up gigantic offensive numbers but they only ran 33 plays on offense. Northwestern has become a strong team in ball control and making plays count. The Wildcats have a big showdown looming at Girard in Week 3.

•What a start for converted running back Jake DeHart of Cathedral Prep. The speedy wide receiver moved between the tackles this fall for the Ramblers and played a big role in a 55-0 win over Perry. DeHart carried the ball six times for 25 yards but scored four touchdowns. Prep looked good against a mediocre Pittsburgh city school and could roll this week against Strong Vincent. The Ramblers are a District 10 Class AAA contender, once again, and will look to improve each week. Among Prep’s top players is Old Dominion recruit Felix Manus-Schell. He recorded his first touchdown Friday not on offense but recovering a fumble in the end zone for a defensive TD.

•One of great things about Erie County football is still the deception of General McLane’s offense. Not only in trying to read the Lancers’ option offense, but trying to figure out who will emerge as a leader in the backfield. McLane had a tight end at quarterback last year in Quinn Thompson. The Lancers then had four different players score touchdowns Friday in a 42-6 win over Fort LeBoeuf. Tyler Sanders ran for 67 yards and ran for three touchdowns, while Michael Suminski ran for 84 yards and one touchdown. Clay Smith hauled in a 27-yard touchdown pass from Zach Fox, who ran for a 21-yard touchdown. The Lancers’ program continues to reload instead of rebuild each season. Good luck to Region 6 defenses in trying to figure out who to focus on each play.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 29th, 2013

•Pinellas County, located between Clearwater and St. Petersburg on the west coast in Florida, has several schools cracking down on cheerleaders’ uniforms. Several schools have banned the cheerleaders from wearing the uniforms in school on each game day for the football team. Football players and cheerleaders wearing uniforms around school on game day is nothing new, in fact it is almost tradition in most schools. With a new dress code coming into place at these schools, administrators are not allowing the uniforms to be worn. Click here for the complete story from the Tampa Bay Times. Personally, I think cheerleaders have every right to wear the uniforms in school along with the football players. If they aren’t acceptable in school, why are they acceptable in front of thousands of fans every Friday night? I also love traditions in high school and I think this one builds school spirit heading into a football game with both the players and cheerleaders in uniform. There are valid arguments on both sides of the issue. Readers are welcome to leave comments on what they think. This could turn into a nationwide topic in the upcoming years, especially with the surge of competitive spirit becoming an official sport. The PIAA adopted competitive spirit this past year and held its first set of state championships during the winter season.

•One of the main things I want to do with this blog is give some of the overlooked sports some love. Water polo is a big one as District 10 only has three boys teams (Cathedral Prep, Fairview and McDowell) and three girls teams (Fairview, McDowell and Villa Maria). These athletes train hard each year and if you ever think it’s easy playing water polo, go try to stay afloat for an hour and play a sport at the same time. The McDowell water polo tournament will open the season Saturday and it should provide plenty of exciting action in the pool. Hats off to the athletes and the coaches for keeping the programs strong. District 10 has only three programs on each side but all three are stable and providing athletes another sport to play.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 25th, 2013

•There’s plenty of anticipation and talk about Friday being the start of high school football season. The attention is well-deserved as football is a big-time high school sport around the country. In District 10, the other fall sports have made a case for fans’ attention as well.

The Harbor Creek soccer tournament has become a yearly draw for local fans. The tournament never disappoints and is loaded with District 10 contenders. On Friday, Central Tech will take on Fairview and Bradford will play Harbor Creek in boys soccer. Central has started to contend in Class AAA, while Fairview is a perennial contender in A. Harbor Creek won the D-10 Class AA title last year and Bradford won the D-9 Class AA title. On the girls’ side, Seneca will play Harbor Creek on Friday followed by Slippery Rock and Fairview. Fairview won the D-10 Class A title last year and Harbor Creek won the D-10 AA title two years ago. Slippery Rock annually makes the playoffs and Seneca looks like a possible contender in Class AA this fall. The McDowell and Slippery Rock boys as well as the Mercyhurst Prep girls all head to tournaments out of town next weekend, while the Bradford girls host their own tournament.

It gets even better in girls volleyball with several tournaments around District 10. Most of the D-10 powerhouses will head to either Fort LeBoeuf or Cambridge Springs on Saturday for tournaments. Conneaut, Corry, Fairview, General McLane, Girard, Greenville, Harbor Creek, Iroquois, Mercyhurst Prep, Northwestern, Villa Maria and Warren are heading to LeBoeuf, while Central Tech, Franklin, Maplewood, Meadville, North East, Saegertown, Strong Vincent, Titusville and Union City are playing in the Cambridge Springs tournament. Slippery Rock will also host a tournament with mostly WPIAL teams and a few D-10 teams, while Wilmington and Grove City head to tournaments outside of District 10. Fans won’t be disappointed in any tournament they decide to go to.

McDowell will host a water polo invitational for boys and girls teams. Both will take place at McDowell and feature some of the top water polo teams in the western part of the state.

McDowell also hosts a cross country invitational at Brown’s Farm. The McDowell Invitational has become the de facto start to the cross country season every year and it features many of the top runners in District 10. Hickory will also host an invitational that includes plenty of talented District 10 runners.

No matter what sporting event or events that District 10 fans choose this coming weekend, they should walk away satisfied. Welcome back fall sports season.

•If you want to talk high school football, make sure to join me on Tuesday at noon as we go through all six regions and make predictions for the upcoming season. Readers will be welcome to comment on their favorite players and teams.

–Tom Reisenweber

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