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Posted: July 25th, 2013

Billy Fessler and Charlie Fessler, brothers who attend Cathedral Prep, are scheduled to compete in the Big 26 Baseball Classic starting Friday.

Billy Fessler, a 6-foot first baseman, will be a senior in the fall. Charlie Fessler, a 6-foot 4-inch outfielder, will be a junior. Also selected were Franklin junior-to-be pitcher Zach Guth and Meadville senior-to-be middle infielder Ted Williams.

The Pennsylvania players will face a team of Maryland all-stars in a three-game series today through Sunday at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg. Pottsgrove’s Mike Welch will serve as the Pennsylvania team’s head coach.

Players statewide who completed their sophomore and junior seasons in the spring of 2103 were eligible to try out for the Big 26, which is baseball’s version to the Big 33 Football Classic.

Posted in: Baseball, District 10
Posted: July 20th, 2013

Carter Cross

Carter Cross, who will be a sophomore at Cathedral Prep, was named to the MaxPreps Underclass All-American Team as an outfielder this week.

He was one of 30 players to be honored nationally after their freshman seasons.

Cross led the Ramblers with a .450 average, piling up 27 hits in 60 at-bats. He was second on the team with 17 RBIs.  As a pitcher, he went 4-0 with a 1.75 earned-run average.

Last week, Cross was named to the Class AAA all-state second team.

Posted in: Baseball, District 10
Posted: June 11th, 2013

Charlie Fessler

Billy Fessler

A pair of brothers who attend Cathedral Prep, Billy and Charlie Fessler, have been selected to compete in the Big 26 Baseball Classic in July.

Players who recently completed their sophomore and junior seasons from throughout the state were invited to try out for the Big 26, which is baseball’s equivalent to the Big 33 Football Classic. College coaches and Major League Baseball scouts were invited to attend the tryouts.

The Pennsylvania players selected will face a team of Maryland all-stars in a three-game series July 26-28 at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg.

Billy Fessler, a 6-foot first baseman, will be a senior in the fall. Charlie Fessler, a 6-foot 4-inch outfielder, will be a junior. Also selected were Franklin junior-to-be pitcher Zach Guth and Meadville senior-to-be middle infielder Ted Williams.

Pottsgrove’s Mike Welch will serve as the Pennsylvania team’s head coach.

Check out the complete Pennsylvania roster.

Posted in: Baseball, District 10
Posted: March 10th, 2013

Cathedral Prep Ramblers
Baseball
Coach (season, record): Dave Hess (5th season, 66-24)
2012 overall record: 18-5
2012 region record (place): 6-2 (second)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Meadville 16-1 and General McLane 5-1 in the District 10 Class AAA playoffs before losing to Warren 2-0 in the D-10 championship.
Top players lost: Kody Kondrlik, Brent Torchio, James Lauria, Mike Piotrowski
Top returning players: Eli Flynn, Scott Hess, Ted DeSanti, Chris Francis, Billy Fessler, Blaine Bensur
Assistant coaches: Phil Sorensen, John Ronan, Randy Colish
Outlook: Cathedral Prep is still looking for its first District 10 championship since moving down to Class AAA. The Ramblers came close last season but fell to Warren 2-0 in the title game. Prep will need several players to step into big roles this year. Kody Kondrlik, Brent Torchio, James Lauria and Mike Piotrowski graduated in the spring. Kondrlik hit .441 with 8 doubles, 4 home runs and 26 RBIs last season to be named all-district, all-region and the region player of the year. Torchio hit .261 with 16 RBIs and 4 doubles to be named all-region at second base, while Lauria and Piotrowski were also named all-region. Lauria hit .269 and went 6-3 with a 1.71 ERA and 57 strikeouts on the mound to be voted the region pitcher of the year. Piotrowski was also effective on the mound at 6-2 with a 2.38 ERA and 36 strikeouts.

Prep returns a solid group, including Eli Flynn, Scott Hess, Ted DeSanti, Chris Francis, Billy Fessler and Blaine Bensur. Flynn was voted all-region as a utility player and can play a variety of positions for the Ramblers. He hir .500 with 33 hits, 18 RBIs, 9 doubles and 22 stolen bases. Hess was voted all-state at catcher with a .453 average along with 29 hits, 7 doubles, 5 home runs and 25 RBIs. Hess was also voted to the all-region first team. DeSanti was voted all-region second team at shortstop with a .431 average as well as 28 hits, 3 doubles, 15 RBIs and .513 OPB, while Francis hit .348 and had a 1.30 ERA in 27 innings on the mound to earn a 2-0 record and collect 31 strikeouts. Fessler, a junior firstbaseman, hit .333 with a .438 OPB to be voted all-region and Bensur went 3-0 last season without allowing an earned run and striking out 27 in 20 innings. Junior Sam Riley could make the rotation this spring, while sophomore outfielder Charlie Fessler and freshman pitcher/outfielder Carter Cross could be impact players as well. Prep has speed, experience up the middle and a strong work ethic but developing depth, pitching and the outfield will be key this season. Alex Geanous, Francis, Charlie Fessler, Cross and Riley could be in the mix in the outfield, while Dan Blazek, Matt Flanigan, DeSanti, Flynn, Hess and Billy Fessler will compete for playing time in the infield. Bensur and Francis look like the top of the pitching rotation and keep an eye on Dan Makowski to make the lineup as a designated hitter. Prep has a loaded schedule, once again, and could be a dangerous team when the playoffs roll around. Aside from the usual trip out west and two showdowns with McDowell, the Ramblers could have interesting games with Saegertown and Conneaut this spring.

Schedule
March
23 at Bishop Canevin 11 a.m.
April
1 at St. Mary’s (Col.) 5
3 at San Tan Foothills (Ariz.) 7
4 at Santa Cruz Valley (Ariz.) 6:45
10 Strong Vincent* 4
12 East* 4
15 at Harbor Creek 4
19 Central Tech* 4
20 St. Edward (Ohio) 1
20 St. Joseph’s (N.Y.) 4
24 at McDowell* 4
26 Strong Vincent* 4
29 Grove City 4
30 East* 6:30
May
2 Saegertown 6:30
8 Central Tech* 6:30
10 at Franklin 4
13 McDowell* 6:30
14 Conneaut 4
18 Central Tech noon
*Region 8 games

Note: Cathedral Prep does not have a softball team.

Monday: Central Tech and Cochranton

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: February 6th, 2013

McDowell running back/outside linebacker James Conner signs his National Letter of Intent with Pitt Wednesday at the McDowell's lirbary. MATT MEAD/Erie Times-News

Today is National Letter of Intent Day, and many area football players and other athletes are set to sign with Division I and Division II schools or commit to program at other levels.

The Erie Times-News took a look at the area football players expected to sign today. Read a short bio on each player. Here’s the list:

Damion Terry, Cathedral Prep – Michigan State (Update: MSU reports that his letter of intent has been received.)
Delton Williams, Cathedral Prep – Michigan State (Update: MSU reports that his letter of intent has been received.)
John Chereson, Cathedral Prep – Notre Dame (walk-on)
Erik Swanson, Cathedral Prep – Pennsylvania
Jake Plonski, Cathedral Prep – Mercyhurst
Nick Dubowski, Cathedral Prep – Indiana (Pa.)
Brendan Klemensic, Cathedral Prep – Gannon
James Conner, McDowell – Pittsburgh (Update: Pitt reports that his letter of intent has been received.)
Sean Gallagher, McDowell – Edinboro
Riley Dunbar, McDowell – Mercyhurst
DeShawn Coleman, Hickory – West Virginia
Dionte Pope, Hickory – Edinboro
Artrel Foster, Meadville – Temple
Quinn Thompson, General McLane – Connecticut (Update: UConn reports that his letter of intent has been received.)
Aidan Graham, General McLane – Clarion
Nathan O’Brien, Eisenhower – Lock Haven
Aaron Lundmark, Eisenhower – Grove City
Logan Rickert, Reynolds – IUP
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Following are the athletes from other sports who plan to sign today. Read a short bio on each athlete.

Baseball
Eli Flynn, Cathedral Prep – Concord College (W.Va.)
Scott Hess, Cathedral Prep – Indiana (Pa.)
Cross country
Ethan Louis, Cathedral Prep – Dayton
Austin Pondel, Corry – Penn State
Hunter Johnston, Saegertown –Dayton
Soccer
Cory Kuzilla, Harbor Creek – California (Pa.)
Olivia Augustyniak, Mercyhurst Prep – Duquesne
Sarah Kaiser, Mercyhurst Prep – Cleveland State
Track and field
Jaynee Corbett, Corry – Youngstown State
Volleyball
Maria Peluso, Fort LeBoeuf – Shippensburg
Wrestling
Evan Daley, Fort LeBoeuf – Clarion
Water polo
Michael Squeglia, Cathedral Prep – Gannon

Note: Coaches are encouraged to notify the Times-News if an athlete plans to commit to a college.

Posted: March 12th, 2012

Cathedral Prep Ramblers
Baseball
Coach (season, record): Dave Hess (4th season, 48-19)
2011 overall record: 17-5
2011 region record (place): 6-2 (second)
2011 playoff results: Defeated Harbor Creek 17-2 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals before losing 4-0 to Warren in the semifinals.
Top players lost: Eric Hess, Dan Fromknecht, Jimmy Smith, Adam Tome, Adam Caskey, Paul Vojtek
Top returning players: James Lauria, Brent Torchio, Kody Kondrlik, Eli Flynn, Mike Piotrowski
Assistant coaches: Phil Sorensen sr., Randy Colish, John Ronan
Outlook: Cathedral Prep will have some big holes to fill this spring. The Ramblers lost all-district first baseman Eric Hess to graduation along with Dan Fromknecht, Jimmy Smith, Adam Tome, Adam Caskey and Paul Vojtek. Hess was also a first-team selection and is playing at Pitt. Fromknecht was an all-region first-team selection at shortstop, while Smith was first team as an outfielder. Tome (catcher), Caskey (third base) and Vojtek (pitcher) were second-team selections. Tome is playing at John Carroll, while Vojtek is competing for Allegheny.

The Ramblers return four starters this season, including all-district pitcher and Region 9 Player of the Year James Lauria. Lauria will also see time at first base and outfield when he isn’t pitching and is getting interest from almost every collegiate level. Also back are Brent Torchio, Kody Kondrlik and Eli Flynn. Torchio hit .306 last year and was a second-team selection, while Kondrlike was second team and hit .364. Flynn was a second-team pick as an outfielder with a .371 average. Kondrlik is being recruited by Jamestown Community College, while Flynn is getting several Division I looks. Looking at the players coming up, Scott Hess (catcher) and Ted DeSanti (infielder) could be impact players right away. Troy Braendel, a senior infielder, is back this season after recovering from injury.

Prep loaded its schedule up once again with talented teams. The Ramblers head west for a few games after opening at Butler on March 28. Prep also heads to General McLane and Commodore Perry before finally opening its home schedule against Central Tech on April 13. The two biggest games of the year come April 20 at McDowell and at home May 9 against the Trojans.

Schedule
March
28 at Butler 6
April
2 at San Tan Foothills (Ariz.) 7
4 at Tonopah (Ariz.) 7
5 at Santa Cruz Valley (Ariz.) 7
9 at Commodore Perry 3
11 at General McLane 4
13 Central Tech* 4
16 East* 4
17 Franklin 4
20 at McDowell* 4
25 Strong Vincent* 6:30
28 St. Edward (Ohio) 1
28 St. Joseph’s (N.Y.) 4
30 Fort LeBoeuf 6:30
May
2 at Central Tech* 4
4 at East* 6:30
7 at Grove City 4
9 McDowell* 6:30
11 at Strong Vincent* 6:30
18 Corry 4

Tuesday: Central Tech, Cochranton

– Tom Reisenweber

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