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Erie Times-News Breakout Team of the Week

Fans can vote for the Breakout Team of the Week on the top right corner of the page. Voting continues through Friday at 4:59 p.m. with the winner being featured in Sunday’s edition of the Erie Times-News. Fans are encouraged to submit nominations of teams by Tuesday night each week. Teams that have won the award this season are no longer eligible.

Grove City football – The Eagles continued their dominant play this season with a 63-21 win over DuBois. Grove City is off this week and will likely have next week off with a first-round bye in the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Sharpsville football – The Blue Devils shut out Conneaut Valley 35-0 to move to 8-0 this season. Sharpsville will be a top seed when the District 10 Class A postseason begins next week.
McDowell football - The Trojans routed Altoona 59-0 to build some momentum heading into the playoffs. McDowell earned its first District 7 playoff home game in Gus Anderson Field history.
North East boys soccer – The Grapepickers pulled off a huge upset by taking out Warren in the quarterfinals of the District 10 Class AA playoffs. The Dragons entered as D-10′s only unbeaten boys team and the defending D-10 champions. North East has been on a roll in the second half of the season with 10 wins in its last 11 matches.
Hickory girls soccer – The Hornettes moved to 18-0 this season with a convincing 5-0 win over General McLane in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals. Hickory will take on defending PIAA champion Mercyhurst Prep tonight at Veterans Stadium.
Grove City boys soccer – The Eagles shut out Hickory 2-0 for the second time this week to advance in the D-10 Class AA playoffs.
Mercyhurst Prep cross country – The Lakers wrapped up the girls team title at Saturday’s District 10 championship meet. Carly Vicary led the way with a fifth-place time of 21 minutes, 19 seconds, while Catherin Stark finished the race in 21:47 to take 19th place.
Grove City cross country – The Eagles rolled to the District 10 Class AAA team title on Saturday behind D-10 individual champion Daniel Jaskowak. Ben Hoffman took fourth to contribute for Grove City, while Aaron Benka and Ian Brown finished ninth and 10th, respectively.
McDowell girls cross country - The Trojans dominated Saturday to claim the team title at the D-10 Class AAA championship meet. Kelsey Swantek won the individual title, while Melissa Perseo took second and Katie Manno finished third.
Linesville volleyball - The Lions rolled through the regular season without losing and kept it going Tuesday. Linesville swept Kennedy Catholic, Maplewood and Eisenhower to win its pool in the District 10 Class A bracket and reached Saturday’s semifinals.
Saegertown volleyball - The Panthers are on a roll late in the season and swept their way through pool play. Saegertown is in Saturday’s semifinals against Maplewood.

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