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Posted: August 30th, 2012

Get expanded coverage of District 10 sports every Friday with the Varsity Letter e-newsletter.

A new feature we’ll unveil this week is the Triple Option. Three games. Two prognosticators. One weekly showdown.

In Triple Option, high school beat writer Tom Reisenweber and sports editor Jeff Kirik will make predictions about three D-10 football games they disagree on each week. See which games they pick, why they picked them and then track to see who gets them right.

This week, Tom and Jeff face off on the Conneaut-Girard, Sharon-Farrell and Mercyhurst Prep-Central Tech games.

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Posted: October 2nd, 2009

Readers can vote for their top performers in the new poll at upper right, or they can vote for one of the following by posting a comment at the bottom of this blog post. We put our finalists in the poll, but they are not the only nominees.

We had many strong performances Friday, including a career milestone and a superb defensive game. Here are some top choices:

Scottie Frisina, QB, Corry: 8-of-19 passing, 217 yards, 4 TDs. He also topped the 4,000-yard passing mark for his career.

Josh Rzepecki, TE, Harbor Creek: 6 receptions, 168 yards, TD catches of 9, 26, 27 and 70 yards.

Josh Giannamore, QB, Harbor Creek: 12-of-20 passing, 235 yards, 4 TDs

Mike Bizzarro, WR, McDowell: 2 receptions, 80 yards, TD catches of 17 and 63 yards

Scott Harris, RB, McDowell: 8 rushes, 113 yards, 2 TDs

Noah Ackerman, PK, Cathedral Prep: Three extra-point kicks and field goals of 35 and 43 yards. The 43-yarder tied him for the third-longest in Prep history.

Jordan Kerner, LB, Fairview: 12 tackles and 2 sacks, including key sack on Fort LeBoeuf’s final drive

Jared Lane, RB, Fairview: 15 rushes, 138 yards, 61-yard TD run, despite playing with injured hamstring

Corey McWilliams, WR, Fort LeBoeuf: 10 receptions, 168 yards

B.J. Arrowsmith, QB, Fort LeBoeuf: 13-of-22 passing, 220 yards

Casey Pace, RB, Fort LeBoeuf: 32 rushes, 147 yards, TD

Courtney Harden-Pullium, WR, Strong Vincent: 3 receptions, 95 yards, 2 TDs

Cory Lee, RB, General McLane: 15 rushes, 155 yards, TD

Casey Baker, QB, Conneaut Valley: 6-of-12 passing, 193 yards, 2 TDs

Nick Copeland, RB, Northwestern: 3 rushes, 102 yards, 2 TDs

Jared Burger, RB, Union City: 33 rushes, 169 yards, TD

Cody Johnson, RB, Oil City: 16 rushes, 200 yards; TD runs of 37 and 68 yards

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 5th, 2009

Last year Linesville, Mercer and Farrell all finished with one loss in the region to be crowned co-champions. The key game among those teams was in Week 2 when Mercer knocked off Farrell 20-0. The Steelers were missing some impact players and the Mustangs took advantage with a huge win. Region 1 is one of two Class A regions, and was clearly the most talented. Three of the final four teams in the District 10 Class A playoffs were from Region 1, including both teams in the D-10 title game. Here are the final Region 1 standings from last season.

Region 1
Region Overall

w-Mercer 7-1 10-2
w-Farrell 7-1 12-3
w-Linesville 7-1 10-3
z-Sharpsville 5-3 6-5
West Middlesex 4-4 6-4
Lakeview 3-5 4-6
Conneaut Lake 2-6 2-8
Kennedy Catholic 1-7 1-8
Conneaut Valley 0-8 0-10
w-co-region champions
z-qualified for playoff spot

Key 2009 games: Sept. 11 Mercer at Farrell, Oct. 2 Farrell at Linesville, Oct. 30 Mercer at Linesville
Predicted champion: Farrell

Posted: July 1st, 2009

Conneaut Valley Indians
Coach: Scott Hoover
2008 overall record: 0-10
2008 league record (place): 0-8 (ninth in Region 1)
Playoff results: Did not make District 10 playoffs

Andrew Butterfield

Andrew Butterfield

Top players lost: B/CB Kyle Welker, HB/LB Mike Leonard, WR/CB Jacob Walters, TE/DE Jeff Conley, T Cody Kubeja, C/DE Derek King, T/G Sam Naas
Top returning players: FB/LB Andrew Butterfield, QB/S Casey Baker, FB/LB Jake Conley, T Dan Yearick
Key games: Sept. 18 vs. Conneaut Lake, Oct. 9 at Linesville
Outlook: Conneaut Valley did not win a game last season, so there is no where to go but up. Casey Baker and Kyle Welker split time at quarterback last season. Welker has graduated, so Baker (317 yards passing) is the favorite to take the reins this year. He threw no touchdowns and five interceptions last season. Valley has its leading rusher returning in Andrew Butterfield (515 yards, 4 TDs). The Indians’ second leading rusher, Mike Leonard, was lost to graduation. Leonard was also the team’s second best receiver statistically. Conneaut Valley also loses Jacob Walters, the team’s top receiver from a year ago,.and three senior offensive linemen graduated as well. The Indians will have a lot of new faces on the field next year. That group will try to rebound from a winless season in which Conneaut Lake allowed opponents to score an average of 37.8 points per game and the Indians scored just 10.8 themselves.


4 Iroquois
11 at Lakeview*
18 Conneaut Lake*
25 at Farrell*
2 Kennedy Catholic*
9 at Linesville*
17 Mercer*
23 Sharpsville*
30 at Union City
6 at West Middlesex*

* Region 1 game

Thursday: Region 1: Farrell

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