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Posted: July 18th, 2014

Ryan Smock has been hired to return as the Harbor Creek boys basketball team. Smock replaces Jason Dolak, who resigned after five seasons to move to Pittsburgh. Smock coached the Huskies in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. Harbor Creek went 8-16 in his first season and 15-8 in the second with playoff appearances both years. Smock will also enter his 21st season as the girls volleyball coach this coming fall.

For more on the hire, check out Saturday’s Erie Times-News.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Basketball
Posted: December 9th, 2013

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Basketball
Posted: November 24th, 2013

Harbor Creek Huskies
Boys
Coach: Jason Dolak (5th season, 39-50)
2012-13 overall record: 7-15
2012-13 region record: 5-9 (sixth)
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Joe Zoltowski, Jacob Stanopiewicz, Adam Renshaw
Top returning players: Isaac Mattson, Charlie Mazur, Adam Whitcomb, Zach Mattson
Assistant coaches: Jeff Dolak, Nick Haller, Dan Haller

Adam Whitcomb is a top returning player for an experienced Harbor Creek team.


Outlook: Harbor Creek is looking to become a consistent contender for the playoffs each season. The Huskies seem to always be right one the edge of the postseason and made it to the District 10 playoffs two years ago. Harbor Creek has some work to do this winter to stay competitive and get back to the postseason. The Huskies have to replace all-region sharpshooter Joe Zoltowski, who scored 13.2 points per game last winter, along with Jacob Stanopiewicz and Adam Renshaw. Stanopiewicz scored 10.3 ppg, and Renshaw averaged 2.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. The trio scored 26 of Harbor Creek’s 46 points per game last season. The Huskies return a group of players hungry to compete in Region 6. Isaac Mattson, a multisport standout, was injured last season during the third game of the year and did not return. He is a solid senior guard, while classmates Charlie Mazur (guard) and Adam Whitcomb (forward) could be big contributors as well. Sophomore forward Zach Mattson had a big freshman season with 6.4 points per game, while Whitcomb scored 6.3 ppg. Mazur added 5.5 ppg, giving the Huskies a strong foundation to build on from last year. Nick Harayda, Gabe Mattson, Ryan Kaschalk and Nathan Kujan all played in at least 10 varsity games last year and provide depth for the Huskies along with senior Malique Mitchell, who is back after not playing last year. Harbor Creek dealt with plenty of injuries and up and down moments last winter. With all of that behind the Huskies, they have depth and experience back this season. If Harbor Creek can replace the production lost to graduation, they could not only be a tough out in region play, but the Huskies could contend for a playoff spot.

Schedule
December
6 at Titusville 7:30
9 Seneca 7:30
14 North East 2:30
16 Cathedral Prep 7:30
21 at Iroquois 7:30
27 Grove City tournament
28 Grove City tournament
January
3 Warren* 7:30
6 at General McLane* 7:30
9 Corry* 7:30
11 Central Tech 4
13 at Strong Vincent* 8:30
17 Girard* 7:30
21 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
23 at East* 7:30
28 at Warren* 7:30
31 General McLane* 7:30
February
3 at Corry* 7:30
6 Strong Vincent* 7:30
8 at Girard* 7:30
11 Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
14 East* 7:30
*Region 6 games

Girls
Coach: Mark Corey (3rd season, 26-18)
2012-13 overall record: 14-8
2012-13 region record: 5-5 (fourth)
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Tasha Brigham, Sadie Zielinski
Top returning players: Maggie Lawrence, Theresa Fachetti, Tiffany Taccone
Assistant coaches: Bob Rzodkiewicz, Scott Hinman

Theresa Fachetti had a breakout sophomore season last winter and was voted to the all-region first team.


Outlook: Harbor Creek has a little bit of a chip on its shoulder this year after being left out of the playoffs last season. The Huskies finished in fourth place in Region 6, but they were left out for Conneaut. Harbor Creek will have to replace Tasha Brigham and Sadie Zielinski after both graduated in the spring. Zielinski scored 6.1 points per game, and Brigham averaged 3.6 ppg as senior starters. The Huskies have an experienced group back, including junior Theresa Fachetti. She had a breakout sophomore season with 16.3 points per game to be voted to the all-region first team. Fachetti is a returning starter along with Maggie Lawrence and Tiffany Taccone. Lawrence scored 7.4 points per game, and Taccone was at 6.1 ppg last winter. With two starting positions open, Harbor Creek will have competition in practice to fill out the starting lineup. Junior Maddie Carnell and sophomore MacKenzie Kertulis could step in and compete for playing time right away. The Huskies are looking for several younger players to come up big this year and help replace the lost production in Brigham and Zielinski. Harbor Creek is in a brutal region with powerhouses Mercyhurst Prep and Villa Maria. The Huskies thought they did enough by finishing in fourth place to make the playoffs before District 10 went with Conneaut, which compete in a Class A-AA region. Harbor Creek is looking to not leave any doubt this year by winning more games and finishing higher in the region. If the Huskies keep developing, they will be a team to watch in Region 6.

Schedule
December
9 at Girard 7:30
11 East 7:30
14 North East 2:30
16 at McDowell 7:30
19 Central Tech 7:30
21 at Iroquois 7:30
27 Iroquois tournament
28 Iroquois tournament
January
7 Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
11 at Seneca 2:30
13 at Villa Maria* 7
16 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
18 at Cambridge Springs 1:30
20 at Corry* 7:30
23 Warren* 7:30
27 at Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
30 Villa Maria* 7:30
February
1 at Strong Vincent 3:30
4 Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
8 Fairview 2:30
10 Corry* 7:30
13 at Warren* 7:30
*Region 6 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 8th, 2012

Harbor Creek Huskies
Boys
Coach (season, record): Jason Dolak (4th season, 32-35)
2011-12 overall record: 10-13
2011-12 region record (place): 7-7 (tied for fourth)
2011-12 playoff results: Lost to Franklin 54-38 in a District 10 Class AAA play-in game.
Top players lost: Austin Griffith, Drew Barko, Bremont Robison, Lucas Mattson
Top returning players: Joe Zoltowski, Isaac Mattson, Jake Stanopiewicz, Adam Renshaw
Assistant coaches: Ryan Munson, Jeff Dolak
Outlook: Harbor Creek has been on the rise over the past few years and made its way into the postseason last winter. The Huskies have just two playoff appearances in the past nine years but they could make another run at the District 10 playoffs. Austin Griffith, Drew Barko, Bremont Robison and Lucas Mattson graduated leaving some holes in the starting lineup. Joe Zoltowski and Isaac Mattson are back as returning starters and could be counted on to lead a young and inexperienced team. Zoltowski scored 11.4 points per game last year to be voted to the all-region second team, while Mattson averaged 7.3 ppg. Seniors Jake Stanopiewicz and Adam Renshaw could step into starting roles and provide some experience for the Huskies, while Adam Whitcomb, Malique Mitchell, Charlie Mazur and A.J. Rogers could contribute right away after big years with the junior varsity last winter. Harbor Creek will have some size issues this year but leadership and talent could outweigh that disadvantage. Region 6 is even tougher this year with the addition of Strong Vincent but the Huskies could be hunting a playoff spot by February.

Schedule
December
7 Titusville 7:30
10 at Seneca 7:30
15 at North East 2:30
17 at Cathedral Prep 8:30
22 Iroquois 2:30
27-28 Grove City tournament
January
4 at Warren* 7:30
8 General McLane* 7:30
10 at Corry* 7:30
15 Strong Vincent* 7:30
18 at Girard* 7:30
22 Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
24 East* 7:30
29 Warren* 7:30
February
1 at General McLane* 7:30
2 Central Tech 7:30
5 Corry* 7:30
7 at Strong Vincent* 8:30
9 Girard* 7:30
12 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
15 at East* 7:30
*Region 6 games

Girls
Coach (season, record): Mark Corey (2nd season, 12-10)
2011-12 overall record: 12-10
2011-12 region record (place): 6-8 (fifth)
2011-12 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Stephanie Corey, Karmella Kienholz, Casey Carnell, Crystal Taccone
Top returning players: Sadie Zielinski, Tash Brigham, Cami Sicker, Maggie Lawrence, Theresa Fachetti
Assistant coaches: Bob Rzodkiewicz, Scott Hinman
Outlook: Harbor Creek had success under first-year coach Mark Corey last winter and the Huskies will look to build on that this year. Harbor Creek will have to replace three starters and experience after the graduation of Stephanie Corey, Karmella Kienholz, Casey Carnell and Crystal Taccone. Corey was one of the top passers in the area last winter, while Kienholz was voted to the all-region second team. Harbor Creek returns Sadie Zielinski and Theresa Fachetti as starters along with Tash Brigham, Cami Sicker and Maggie Lawrence. The Huskies could also receive immediate contributions from juniors Monica Warner and Khloe Kienholz along with sophomores Tiffany Taccone, Alaina Kruszewski and Maddie Carnell. The Huskies built chemistry over the summer and could be a surprise team in their region this season. Mercyhurst Prep and Villa Maria are the favorites but the Huskies are building confidence and could be a dangerous team in region play.

Schedule
December
11 Girard 7:30
13 at East 7:30
15 at North East 1
17 McDowell 7:30
20 at Central Tech 7:30
22 Iroquois 2:30
27-28 Iroquois tournament
January
5 at Faurview 2:30
8 at Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
12 Seneca 1
16 Villa Maria* 7:30
18 Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
21 Corry* 7:30
24 at Warren* 7:30
28 Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
31 at Villa Maria* 7
February
2 Strong Vincent 2:30
5 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
9 Cambridge Springs 2:30
11 at Corry* 7:30
14 Warren* 7:30
*Region 6 games

Thursday: Hickory

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 11th, 2011

Harbor Creek Huskies
Boys
Coach (season, record): Jason Dolak (3rd season, 22-22)
2010-11 overall record: 8-14
2010-11 region record (place): 3-11 (seventh)
2010-11 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Brandon King, Adam Sestak, Adam Weismiller
Top returning players: Drew Barko, Austin Griffith, Joe McBride, Bremont Robison, Lucas Mattson
Assistant coaches: Jeff Dolak, Ryan Munson
Outlook: Harbor Creek will look to the lower levels this winter to fill in some gaps and possibly contribute daily to help the seniors. The Huskies don’t have a lot of experience back but five strong seniors in Drew Barko, Austin Griffith, Joe McBride, Bremont Robison and Lucas Mattson. Barko started nine games last year before suffering a season-ending injury. Griffith and McBride are returning starters, while Robison and Mattson were solid backups. Harbor Creek has some holes to fill with the graduation of Brandon King, Adam Sestak and Adam Weismiller. King might be the biggest loss in production at 14.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Joe Zoltowski could see more minutes on the varsity level along with Isaac Mattson, Jacob Stanopiewicz and Adam Renshaw. The Huskies have to deal with a tough region schedule along with an ambitious non-region schedule that features Strong Vincent, North East and Cathedral Prep. Harbor Creek has the talent to stick with most of their Region 7 opponents and if the Huskies can develop some chemistry and some of the younger players, they could be a dangerous team in the second half of the season.

Schedule
December
10 at Titusville 7:30
14 Strong Vincent 7:30
17 Fort LeBoeuf* 1
20 at Central Tech* 7:30
28-29 Iroquois tournament
January
3 Warren* 7:30
6 General McLane* 7:30
7 North East 3
10 at Girard* 7:30
13 at Corry* 7:30
17 at East* 7:30
19 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
21 Central Tech* 1
25 Cathedral Prep 7:30
27 at Warren* 7:30
31 at General McLane* 7:30
February
3 Girard* 7:30
9 at Northwestern 7:30
11 at Iroquois 7:30
14 Corry* 7:30
17 East* 7:30

Girls
Coach (season): Mark Corey (1st season)
2010-11 overall record: 7-15
2010-11 region record (place): 4-10 (sixth)
2010-11 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Paige Renshaw, Valerie Langer
Top returning players: Casey Carnell, Steph Corey, Karmella Kienholz, Kellie Nowakowski, Crystal Taccone, Sadie Zielinski
Assistant coaches: Bob Rzodkiewicz, Scott Hinman
Outlook: Harbor Creek went through some changes in the offseason with Mark Corey taking over the program. Corey will have plenty of experienced players to work with as the Huskies only lost Paige Renshaw and Valerie Langer to graduation. Seniors Casey Carnell, Steph Corey, Karmella Kienholz, Kellie Nowakowski and Crystal Taccone provide leadership, while Sadie Zielinski is an up-and-coming junior. The Huskies might also receive big contributions from Tash Brigham, Camille Sicker, Maggie Lawrence, Maddie Carnell, Theresa Fachetti and Alaina Kruszewski. Harbor Creek is looking to be competitive in a region that it is transition and grab one of the four playoff spots available. The Huskies have the experience and talent to make a run, but the key this season will be developing under a new system and getting some help from the lower levels to add to their depth.

Schedule
December
14 at Girard 7:30
16 at McDowell 7:30
21 Strong Vincent 7:30
27-28 Iroquois tournament
January
3 at Fairview* 7:30
5 East 7:30
7 North East* 1
9 at Warren* 7:30
12 Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
19 Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
21 at Corry* 7:30
24 Iroquois 7:30
26 at General McLane* 7:30
30 Warren* 7:30
February
2 at Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
4 at Central Tech 7:30
7 Fairview* 7:30
9 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
11 Corry* 7:30
14 at North East* 7:30
16 General McLane* 7:30

Saturday: Hickory

– Tom Reisenweber

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