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Posts tagged "Erie First basketball"
Posted: December 11th, 2013

Erie First Eagles
Coach: Phil Gernovich
2012-13 overall record: 9-11
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class A playoffs.
Top player lost: Jewelz Li
Top returning players: Valentine Sangoyami, Augustine Mathias, Luke Hess, Logan Kallay, Vitaliy Tserger
Assistant coach: Brad Kallay
Outlook: Erie First will look to make a big impression this season as the Eagles compete as an independent team in District 10. Erie First will join a region next season but can still qualify for the D-10 Class A playoffs this winter. The Eagles have a loaded team back from last year and only have to replace guard Jewelz Li. Erie First returns starters Valentine Sangoyami, Augustine Mathias, Luke Hess and Logan Kallay. Sangoyami scored 17 points per game last year and is a big presence as a 6-10 center, while Mathias is a 6-6 forward that scored 12 points per game as a junior. Hess is another senior starter that scored 13.7 ppg last year and Kallay averaged 11.8 ppg as a junior. Vitaliy Tserger could step up to replace Li this season. Erie First has plenty of athleticism and height this season but getting used to the speed of varsity basketball will be key. The Eagles have a solid schedule that includes only a few non-D-10 games. If Erie First can play at a high level this season, they could be a favorite to win the D-10 Class A title.

6 General McLane (Fairview tournament) L, 41-50
7 Fairview (Fairview tournament) L, 35-47
12 Tidioute Charter 7:30
16 at Iroquois 7:30
17 at Andrew-Osborne (Ohio) 7:30
21 at Strong Vincent 4
23 at Eden (N.Y.) 1:30
27 Farrell tournament
28 Farrell tournament
7 Cambridge Springs 7:30
10 at Cochranton 7:30
14 at Edgewood (Ohio) 7:30
16 at Rocky Grove 7:30
17 at Ursuline (Ohio) 7:30
18 Westinghouse 3:30
20 Buffalo MEC (N.Y.) 2
23 at Central Tech 7:30
28 Greenville 7:30
30 at Slippery Rock 7:30
1 Andrew-Osborne (Ohio) 7
6 at Kennedy Catholic 7:30
13 Jamestown 7:30

Note: Erie First does not have a girls varsity team that competes in District 10.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: January 4th, 2013

Logan Kallay

The Erie First Christian Academy boys basketball team officially joined District 10 in the offseason. The Eagles enter 2013 at 8-1 and look like a District 10 Class A playoff team.

A big reason for Erie First’s success is 6-foot 2-inch junior Logan Kallay. He is big enough to play forward and quick enough to play guard and spends time at both position for the Eagles. Kallay leads the Eagles with 14 3-pointers and had 24 points in a 72-40 win over Commodore Perry in the Commodore Perry holiday tournament.

Erie First is eligible for the D-10 playoffs this year and has a big game with VisionQuest on Tuesday. If the Eagles keep proving their worth, the D-10 Committee could put them in the D-10 Class A playoffs.

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