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Posted: November 24th, 2013

Grove City Eagles
Boys
Coach: Don Fee (24th season, 404-203)
2012-13 overall record: 5-17
2012-13 region record: 3-13 (eighth)
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Jordan Dolan, Matt Thrasher, Mack Young
Top returning players: Derek Turner, Foster Reznor, Danny Torok, Colby Polkabla
Assistant coaches: Anthony Leone, Jeff Loughry
Outlook: Grove City went through some growing pains last winter with a young and inexperienced team. The Eagles are hoping to turn that around into a winning season this year. Grove City, under 400-win coach Don Fee, will have to replace Jordan Dolan, Matt Thrasher and Mack Young. All three started at some point last season and played significant minutes. Theasher led the small senior group with 8.8 points per game. The rest of the Eagles are back, including starters Derek Turner, Danny Torok and Foster Reznor. Turner led Grove City in scoring with 13.3 ppg last winter, while Torok scored 9.7 ppg and Reznor added 8 ppg. Colby Polkabla is another returning senior that could contribute for the Eagles this season. Grove City will need some of the younger players to step up and create some depth in a brutal region. Madison Yarletts, Jake Cline, Warren Marlowe, Kaiden Young and Spencer Marnich all played some minutes on the varsity level last year and each could fight for playing time this season. Grove City was a very young team last winter and felt the downside of their youth with only five wins. The Eagles have plenty of experience back and they need to develop quickly. With 16 league games ahead of them, Grove City has little time to build chemistry and each practice will be important.

Schedule
December
6 Kittanning tournament
7 Kittanning tournament
10 at Sharpsville 7:30
13 Franklin* 7:30
17 Oil City* 7:30
20 at Sharon* 7:30
27 Grove City tournament
28 Grove City tournament
January
2 Hickory* 7:30
4 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
7 George Junior* 7:30
10 at Farrell* 7:30
14 Meadville* 7:30
21 at Franklin* 7:30
24 at Oil City* 7:30
28 Sharon* 7:30
31 at Hickory* 7:30
February
4 Slippery Rock* 7:30
6 at George Junior* 7:30
8 Farrell* 7:30
11 at Meadville* 7:30
14 at Central Tech 7:30
*Region 5 games

Girls
Coach: T.L. Eller (7th season)
2012-13 overall record: 13-10
2012-13 region record: 6-6 (fourth)
2012-13 playoff results: Lost to Villa Maria 56-13 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: None
Top returning players: Corianne Hyduchak, Arianna Sprando, Hailey Hall, Jenn Ferguson, Jordyn Wyllie, Danyelle Lucido
Assistant coach: Mike Hostetler
Outlook: Grove City was without coach T.L. Eller on maternity leave last season and didn’t have any senior starters. The Eagles still managed to make the playoffs before running into a buzzsaw in Villa Maria. With Eller back and plenty of experience, Grove City is looking for a return trip to the postseason and to surprise a few teams as well. With no starters to replace, the Eagles will have a similar look with Jordyn Wyllie, Danyelle Lucido, Hailey Hall, Corianne Hyduchak, Jenn Ferguson and Arianna Sprando. All six started at some point last year and all six will see significant playing time. Hyduchak led the Eagles with 10.6 points per game last year to be voted to the all-region first team, while Wyllie scored 8.3 ppg and was voted to teh second team. Hyduchak and Wyllie were Grove City’s main scoring threats followed by Ferguson at 5.6 ppg and Sprando at 4.7 ppg. Region 5 will be interesting this season as Franklin was hit hard by graduation and has a new coach, while Slippery Rock has a former coach return and Hickory has several talented players back. Grove City figures to be a part of the playoff picture with an experienced team back, but the Eagles need to keep improving as well. If Grove City can build more chemistry and develop more scoring, the Eagles will be a tough out this year.

Schedule
December
6 Grove City tournament
7 Grove City tournament
10 Mercer 7:30
12 at Sharpsville 7:30
16 Butler 7:30
20 Meadville* 7:30
26 Conneaut tournament
28 Conneaut tournament
January
3 at Oil City* 7:30
6 Titusville* 7:30
7 at Central Tech 7:30
10 Kennedy Catholic 7:30
13 Franklin* 7:30
16 Slippery Rock* 7:30
20 at Hickory* 7:30
23 at Meadville* 7:30
27 Oil City* 7:30
30 at Titusville* 7:30
February
3 at Conneaut 7:30
6 at Franklin* 7:30
10 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
13 Hickory* 7:30
*Region 5 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: December 28th, 2012

Jordyn Wyllie

The Grove City girls basketball team is young this season, but if sophomores like Jordyn Wyllie continue to play well, the Eagles could be a force down the line. Wyllie, a 5-foot 10-inch forward, is off to a fast start this season and is Grove City’s second-leading scorer at 9 points per game. Her season highlight came in an important 59-40 region win over Meadville. Wyllie dropped 23 points to lead Grove City over the Bulldogs. The Eagles have a brutal region to rebuild in, with Franklin and Hickory, but Wyllie is a reason for Grove City fans to be hopeful for the future.

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Posted: November 6th, 2012

Grove City Eagles
Boys
Coach (season, record): Don Fee (23rd season, 399-186)
2011-12 overall record: 17-6
2011-12 region record (place): 12-4 (champion)
2011-12 playoff results: Lost to Girard 33-32 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Alec Goodwin, Torin Smith, Donte Robinson, Alex Hall, J.P. Patterson
Top returning players: Foster Reznor, Matt Thrasher, Mac Young, Jordan Dolen, Danny Torok
Assistant coach: Terry Ruffo, Rob Haggart
Outlook: Grove City made its way through a brutal region last winter to win the Region 5 championship. The Eagles were hit hard by graduation and could go through a rebuilding season. Grove City graduated Alec Goodwin, Torin Smith, Donte Robinson, Alex Hall and J.P. Patterson. Smith was voted to the all-region first team while each of the graduates played a huge role in last year’s success. The Eagles will turn to Foster Reznor, Matt Thrasher, Mac Young, Jordan Dolen and Danny Torok. Thrasher, Young and Dolen provide senior leadership, while Reznor is a talented junior guard. Torok is only a sophomore but could be a big-time contributor right away. Grove City will be lacking size this year but can make up for it with scrappy play. Region 5 is loaded with talented Class AAA teams and the Eagles’ chances to return to the postseason will depend on how quickly the younger players buy into longtime coach Don Fee’s system.

Schedule
December
7-8 Indiana tournament
11 Sharpsville 7:30
14 at Franklin* 7:30
18 Oil City* 7:30
21 Sharon* 7:30
27-28 Grove City tournament
January
3 at Hickory* 7:30
5 Slippery Rock* 7:30
8 at George Junior* 7:30
11 Farrell* 7:30
15 at Meadville* 7:30
22 Franklin* 7:30
25 at Oil City* 7:30
29 at Sharon* 7:30
February
1 Hickory* 7:30
5 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
7 George Junior* 7:30
9 at Farrell* 7:30
12 Meadville* 7:30
15 Central Tech 7:30
*Region 5 games

Girls
Coach (season, record): T.L. Eller (7th season, 51-87)
2011-12 overall record: 14-9
2011-12 region record (place): 6-6 (fourth)
2011-12 playoff results: Lost to Mercyhurst Prep 48-26 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Vanessa Sprando, Brogan Foster
Top returning players: Corianne Hyduchak, Jen Ferguson, Hailey Hall, Arianna Sprando, Danyelle Lucido, Jordan Wyllie, Kennedy Young
Assistant coach: Mike Hostetler
Outlook: Grove City put together another solid season last winter but ran into a buzzsaw in Mercyhurst Prep in the playoffs. The Eagles will have one of more experienced teams in Region 5 this year. Grove City graduated Vanessa Sprando and Brogan Foster in the spring but everyone else is back. Corianne Hyduchak, Jen Ferguson, Hailey Hall, Arianna Sprando, Danyelle Lucido, Jordan Wyllie and Kennedy Young return to lead a young team. Hyduchak was voted to the all-region first team last winter and is one of the top returning players in the region. Hyduchak, Ferguson, Arianna Sprando and Hall are returning starters, while sophomores Carrie Grace and Rachel Hughes could contribute right away. The Eagles also have a strong freshman class including Brenna Deyarmin, Alexis Deyarmin, Mekenzie Wolfe, Anna Burch and Catie Jaskowak. The Eagles have size, depth and a strong work ethic but outside shooting could be an issue. Grove City has an experienced team back and could be a surprise threat to Franklin and Hickory atop the Region 5 standings.

Schedule
December
7-8 Grove City tournament
11 at Mercer 7:30
13 Sharpsville 7:30
17 at Butler 7:30
20 at Meadville* 7:30
22 Central Tech 2:30
27-28 Commodore Perry tournament
January
3 at Oil City* 7:30
7 at Titusville* 7:30
10 at Kennedy Catholic 7:30
14 at Franklin* 7:30
17 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
24 Meadville* 7:30
26 at Hickory* 2:30
28 Oil City* 7:30
31 Titusville* 7:30
February
4 Conneaut 7:30
8 Franklin* 7:30
11 Slippery Rock* 7:30
14 Hickory* 7:30
*Region 5 games

Wednesday: Harbor Creek

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 10th, 2011

Grove City Eagles
Boys
Coach (season): Don Fee (22nd season)
2010-11 overall record: 13-9
2010-11 region record (place): 9-7 (fifth)
2010-11 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Brady Beech, Jon Anderson, Anthony Ruffo, O.J. Orlowski, Dalton Dzadony
Top returning players: Alec Goodwin, Torin Smith, Alex Hall, Donte Robinson
Assistant coaches: Rob Haggart, Terry Ruffo
Outlook: Grove City barely missed the playoffs last year and will use that to fuel a run this year. The Eagles may be a little behind when the season begins of the success of the football team. Tyler Dagres, J.P. Patterson and Foster Reznor play both sports and could need a few weeks to get into shape. Grove City lost several contributors to graduation, including Brady Beech, Jon Anderson, Anthony Ruffo, O.J. Orlowski and Dalton Dzadony. The Eagles will lean on leading scorer Torin Smith along with seniors Alec Goodwin and Alex Hall. Donte Robinson moved from Hermitage in the offseason and could be an impact player for Grove City. The Eagles play a tough region schedule and have picked up several impressive non-region games, including East and an appearance in the Indiana tournament. The Eagles may be a little small this year but their chemistry and balance can make them a dangerous team.

Schedule
December
9-10 Indiana tournament
13 East 7:30
16 Slippery Rock* 7:30
20 at Mercer 7:30
22 Sharon* 7:30
28-29 Grove City tournament
January
3 Titusville* 7:30
6 at Farrell* 7:30
13 at Franklin* 7:30
17 at Meadville* 7:30
19 Hickory* 7:30
21 Oil City* 7:30
24 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
27 at Sharon* 7:30
31 at Titusville* 7:30
February
2 Farrell* 7:30
7 Franklin* 7:30
10 Meadville* 7:30
14 at Hickory* 7:30
17 at Oil City* 7:30

Girls
Coach (season, record): T.L. Eller (6th season, 37-78)
2010-11 overall record: 10-13
2010-11 region record (place): 5-7 (tied for fourth)
2010-11 playoff results: Lost 63-18 to Mercyhurst Prep in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: None
Top returning players: Brogan Foster, Vanessa Sprando, Corianne Hyduchak
Assistant coaches: Mike Hostetler, Gail Chutz
Outlook: Grove City fought its way to a playoff spot last winter and can use that experience to make another run this year. The Eagles didn’t lose anyone to graduation and have two important senior leaders in Brogan Foster and Vanessa Sprando. Sprando is a tough forward in the paint while Foster is a solid point guard and leader. Corianne Hyduchak lead the Eagles in scoring as a freshman last year and is on pace for a big career. Juniors Niki Eisler and Kennedy Russel are back along with sophomores Arianna Sprando, Hailey Hall, Jenn Ferguson and Diamond Basham. Basham tore her anterior cruciate ligament last year and is expected back this winter. Grove City also has a strong freshman class this season leaving a bright future for the Eagles.

Schedule
December
9-10 Grove City tournament
13 Linesville 7:30
16 at Hickory* 7:30
17 at Jamestown 2:30
20 Rocky Grove 7:30
23 Oil City* 7:30
29-30 Commodore Perry tournament
January
5 at Titusville* 7:30
9 Franklin* 7:30
12 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
16 at Northwestern 7:30
19 at Meadville* 7:30
23 Hickory* 7:30
26 Mercer 7:30
30 at Central Tech 7:30
February
2 at Oil City* 7:30
6 Titusville* 7:30
9 at Franklin* 7:30
13 Slippery Rock* 7:30
16 Meadville* 7:30

Friday: Harbor Creek

– Tom Reisenweber

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