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Posted: July 5th, 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 winter athletes of the year during the past decade: (Check out a decade of fall athletes Sunday on the Varsity blog. The D-10 spring athletes were posted Friday.)

Boys basketball
2004-05: Cory Knight, Cathedral Prep
2005-06: David Jackson, Kennedy Catholic
2006-07: Shawn Walker, General McLane
2007-08: Shawn Walker, General McLane
2008-09: Kyle Randall, Kennedy Catholic
2009-10: Josh Chojnacki, Mercyhurst Prep
2010-11: Adam Blazek, Cathedral Prep
2011-12: Sheldon Zablotny, Cathedral Prep
2012-13: Jaymon Mason, General McLane
2013-14: Trey Staunch, West Middlesex

Girls basketball
2004-05: Carrie Nolan, Girard
2005-06: Jence Rhoads, Slippery Rock
2006-07: Jence Rhoads, Slippery Rock
2007-08: Kirsten Olowinski, Mercyhurst Prep
2008-09: Kayla McBride, Villa Maria
2009-10: Kayla McBride, Villa Maria
2010-11: Lisa Mifsud, Villa Maria
2011-12: Lisa Mifsud, Villa Maria
2012-13: Alex Artise, North East
2013-14: Nikki Arbanas, Hickory

Wrestling
2004-05: Pat Bradshaw, Saegertown
2005-06: Adam Farrell, Fort LeBoeuf
2006-07: Kellen Harris, Sharon, and Steve Waite, Fort LeBoeuf
2007-08: Jordan Moss, Sharon
2008-09: Caleb Kolb, Grove City
2009-10: Steve Spearman, McDowell
2010-11: Mason Beckman, Reynolds
2011-12: Steve Spearman, McDowell
2012-13: Austin Matthews, Reynolds
2013-14: Sam Breese, Lakeview

Boys swimming and diving
2004-05: Billy Bauman, Cathedral Prep
2005-06: Tommy VanVolkenburg, Cathedral Prep
2006-07: Tommy Van Volkenburg, Cathedral Prep
2007-08: Jared Heine, Corry
2008-09: Joseph Stark Cathedral Prep
2009-10: Danny Roberts, Fairview
2010-11: Danny Roberts, Fairview
2011-12: Richard “R.J.” Petrella, Fairview
2012-13: Phil Emerson, Franklin
2013-14: Phil Emerson, Franklin and Brent Benedict, Corry

Girls swimming and diving
2004-05: Margo Ekstrom, McDowell
2005-06: Margo Ekstrom, McDowell
2006-07: Kelsey Herbst McDowell
2007-08: Caitlin Lehberger, Wilmington
2008-09: Marie Georger, Mercyhurst Prep
2009-10: Marie Georger, Mercyhurst Prep
2010-11: Marie Georger, Mercyhurst Prep
2011-12: Marie Georger, Mercyhurst Prep
2012-13: Lauren Barber, Wilmington
2013-14: Lauren Barber, Wilmington

Posted: April 29th, 2014

Former PIAA wrestler Cary Kolat, a four-time state champion at Jefferson-Morgan, has been hired to coach the Campbell University Fighting Camels in North Carolina.

Kolat went 137-0 between 1989-1992 for the WPIAL program. He graduated as the seventh PIAA wrestler to win four gold medals, but only the third with a perfect record.

Kolat went on to win two NCAA titles at Lock Haven University. He arrives at Campbell from the University of North Carolina, where had been a member of the Tar Heels’ coaching staff since 2010.

– Mike Copper

Posted in: PIAA, Wrestling
Posted: April 24th, 2014

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: April 1st, 2014

Bermudian Springs wrestler Tristan Sponseller, who beat Corry’s Ryan Morris in the 195-pound final at the PIAA Class AA wrestling tournament on March 8, was a finalist in that same division for the National High School Wrestling Championships.

The 25th annual meet, which attracts some of the nation’s best talent, was held over the weekend at Virginia Beach, Va.

Marcus Harrington, a two-time Iowa champion, decisioned Sponseller 7-5 in their final. Harrington plans to wrestle for Iowa State, while Sponseller is a Lock Haven recruit.

– Mike Copper

Posted: March 8th, 2014

Match updates of District 10 wrestlers in Saturday’s PIAA Class AA tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey. The medal session starts at 2 p.m.

The top eight wrestlers in each division will receive medals.

– Mike Copper
Posted: March 8th, 2014

Match updates of District 10 wrestlers in Saturday’s PIAA Class AAA tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey. The semifinal session starts at 9 a.m. and the championship session at 7 p.m.

The top eight wrestlers in each division will receive medals.

– Mike Copper
Posted: March 7th, 2014

Match updates of District 10 wrestlers in Friday’s PIAA Class AA tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey. The morning session starts at 9 a.m. and the evening session at 6:30 p.m.

The top eight wrestlers in each division will receive medals.

– Mike Copper
Posted: March 7th, 2014

Match updates of District 10 wrestlers in Friday’s PIAA Class AA tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey. The championship quarterfinals start at 1:30 p.m., followed by the consolation second round.

The top eight wrestlers in each division will receive medals.

– Mike Copper

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Posted: March 7th, 2014

Class AA

Class AAA

Posted in: Wrestling
Posted: March 6th, 2014

Match updates of District 10 wrestlers in Thursday’s PIAA Class AAA tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey. The championship first round starts at 4 p.m., followed by the consolation first round.

The top eight wrestlers in each division will receive medals.

– Mike Copper

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Posted: March 6th, 2014

Match updates of District 10 wrestlers in Thursday’s PIAA Class AA tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey. The championship first round starts at 9 a.m., followed by the consolation first round.

The top eight wrestlers in each division will receive medals.

– Mike Copper

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Posted: March 3rd, 2014

First-round pairings for the PIAA Class AA and Class AAA wrestling tournament, scheduled Thursday-Saturday at the Giant Center in Hershey. Entrants are listed by region abbreviation and seed, name, grade, school, district and record. The top eight in each division will receive medals:

– Mike Copper

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