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Posted: August 13th, 2013

Harbor Creek Huskies
Boys
Coach: Joe DiSanto (9th season, 111-47-8)
2012 overall record: 19-2-1
2012 region record: 9-0-1 (champion)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Saegertown 3-0 and General McLane 3-0 to win the District 10 Class AA championship. Harbor Creek then defeated Belle Vernon 2-0 in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs before losing to Bedford 1-0 in the quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Cory Kuzilla, Nick Barclay, Nick Hesch, Phil Hesch
Top returning players: Eric Campbell, Koltin Hammer, Nate Angelo, Andrew Heitzenrater, Dan Kuhn, Mike Ferry, Jonny Warren, Zach Wainwright
Assistant coaches: Dave Schumacher, Keven Beringer
Outlook: Harbor Creek had one of its best seasons in recent history in 2012 with a District 10 Class AA championship and appearance in the PIAA playoffs. The Huskies have some work to do to repeat that success this fallCory Kuzilla, Nick Barclay, Nick Hesch and Phil Hesch are gone to graduation. Kuzilla scored five goals and dished out 11 assists to be voted to the all-region first team on defense, the Region 5 player of the year and to the all-district team. Barclay recorded 10 shutouts as a second-team goalkeeper, while Nick Hesch had eight goals and six assists to be voted to the all-region first team. Phil Hesch was also a first-team selection offense after recording seven goals and 12 assists. The Huskies have a loaded team back, including Eric Campbell, Koltin Hammer, Nate Angelo, Andrew Heitzenrater, Dan Kuhn, Mike Ferry, Jonny Warren and Zach Wainwright. Campbell scored 25 goals and had 16 assists to be named the District 10 player of the year and all-district. Hammer is another big-time offensive threat with 25 goals and nine assists to be named all-district and voted to the all-region first team. Angelo and Heitzenrater were voted to the all-region second team on defense, while Kuhn had six goals and seven assists. Ike Hodapp, Mitch Hillhouse and Connor Needham are three sophomores that could compete for playing time as well this year. Harbor Creek has most of its lineup set this year. Hammer, Campbell, Kuhn and Warren are back on offense, with Angelo, Ferry and Heitzenrater on defense. Wainwright started at midfield last year but will move into net to replace Barclay. There will be at least two open spots to fill in camp, creating plenty of competition for the Huskies. Harbor Creek has high expectations this year. With arguably the two biggest offensive threats in the area with Campbell and Hammer, the Huskies could score early and often in matches. If Wainwright can adjust to his surroundings at keeper and Harbor Creek fills in a few holes left by graduation, the Huskies should contend for the region and district titles this fall.

Schedule
August
30 Harbor Creek tournament
31 Harbor Creek tournament
September
4 at Central Tech 4
7 Warren 11 a.m.
10 Iroquois 6
12 at McDowell 7:30
16 at Fort LeBoeuf* 4
18 Strong Vincent* 6
21 Meadville TBA
24 General McLane* 6
26 at Girard* 5:30
October
1 at East* 6
2 Fort LeBoeuf* 6
5 at Cathedral Prep 4
8 at Strong Vincent* 7:30
10 at General McLane* 4
14 Girard* 6
16 East* 6
*Region 5 matches

Girls
Coach: Taylor Hilinski (1st season)
2012 overall record: 12-3-3
2012 region record: 5-1-2 (second)
2012 playoff results: Lost to Slippery Rock 3-2 in overtime in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Tash Brigham, Kaylee Lewis, Court Slowikowski
Top returning players: Ania Gorski, Jenny Angelo, Taylor Yount, Taylor Lewis, Dani Dougan, Olivia Brown, Maria Detar
Assistant coaches: Josh Richardson, Abby Ruminski, Kara Prokopchak
Outlook: For the first team in more than two decades, Harbor Creek will have a new coach. Dale Claypoole retired in the offseason and one of his former players, Taylor Hilinski, will take over. Hilinski spent the past three years as an assistant coach at Harbor Creek and Iroquois and is eager to take over as a head coach. She will have some big holes to fill after the graduation of Tash Brigham, Kaylee Lewis and Court Slowikowski. Brigham was voted to the all-state team and was all-district as a goalkeeper, while Lewis and Slowikowski were voted to the all-region first team on offense and defense, respectively. Harbor Creek has a strong group of returning players back led by Ania Gorski, Jenny Angelo, Taylor Yount, Taylor Lewis, Dani Dougan, Olivia Brown and Maria Detar. Angelo was voted to the all-region first team on offense as a sophomore, while Gorski was first team on defense. Yount had a breakout freshman year by being voted to the all-region second team on offense. Lewis is back from injury last season, while Dougan is back at sweeper and Brown and Detar return to lead the defense. The Huskies could also receive contributions from new players Rachel Green and Taylor Reinsel at forward and Sammie Desser, Morgan York an Miriam Syed at midfield. The Huskies’ biggest need will be at keeper. Brigham has been a solid keeper that Harbor Creek could count on the past few years. The Huskies will need to find a keeper the defense can trust and continue to develop their offense. Harbor Creek is a small but brutal region where each region match is a tough win. The Huskies’ program is strong and could reload quickly instead of rebuild. Harbor Creek has a new coach and system in place and building that connection will be important in camp. The Huskies make the playoffs each year and this fall likely won’t be different. Watch for Harbor Creek to contend for another region and district title this season.

Schedule
August
30 Harbor Creek tournament
31 Harbor Creek tournament
September
3 at North East 4
7 at Warren 11 a.m.
10 at Villa Maria 7:30
17 General McLane* 6
19 at Fort LeBoeuf* 4
23 Cambridge Springs* 4
25 Strong Vincent 6
October
1 at Girard* 5:30
3 at General McLane* 5:30
7 Fort LeBoeuf* 6
9 at Cambridge Springs* 4
12 Warren 7:30
15 Iroquois 6
17 Girard* 6
21 Central Tech 6
24 McDowell 6
*Region 5 matches

Tuesday: Hickory

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
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: September 8th, 2012

Tash Brigham

The Harbor Creek girls soccer team was hit hard by graduation in the spring but the returning veterans, including Tash Brigham, have led the Huskies to a 3-0-0 record to start the season.

The Huskies have not allowed a goal in those three matches behind the strong play of goalkeeper Brigham, an all-region selection as a junior.

Harbor Creek has wins over Seneca (3-0), Fairview (1-0) and North East (8-0) this season and is a threat to repeat as District 10 Class AA champions with Brigham in goal.

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Posted: September 8th, 2012

Dan Kuhn

Dan Kuhn is in his first year of varsity soccer at Harbor Creek and is already making an impact for the Huskies.

The freshman midfielder scored in the final minutes to give Harbor Creek a tough 2-1 win over Bradford in the Harbor Creek tournament semifinals.

The Huskies went on to win the tournament with a 1-0 victory
over Fairview and remain perfect on the season at 3-0-0.

Kuhn has size and speed and is starting to put together a solid freshman season.

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Posted: August 7th, 2012

Harbor Creek Huskies
Boys
Coach (season, record): Joe DiSanto (8th season, 92-45-7)
2011 overall record: 11-7-0
2011 region record (place): 8-4-0 (third)
2011 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs
Top players lost: Tyler Peterseim, Addam Bostwick, Kevin Nowakowski, Matt Wasielewski
Top returning players: Cory Kuzilla, Phil Hesch, Koltin Hammer
Assistant coaches: Dave Schumacher, Keven Beringer
Outlook: Harbor Creek watched its girls team dominate in 2011 and win a District 10 championship. It could very well be the boys’ turn this season. The Huskies return eight starters and are bolstered by transfer Eric Campbell from Mercyhurst Prep. Harbor Creek will have some holes to fill. Tyler Peterseim, Addam Bostwick, Kevin Nowakowski and Matt Wasielewski have graduated for the Huskies. Peterseim (offense), Bostwick (defense) and Nowakowski (defense) were all-region first-team selections, while Wasielewski was a second-team pick on offense after collecting six goals and 13 assists as a senior. Peterseim was Harbor Creek’s fifth-leading scorer with 13 points on five goals and three assists. Among Harbor Creek’s eight returning starters are Cory Kuzilla, Phil Hesch and Koltin Hammer. Kuzilla was a first-team pick on offense after scoring nine goals and dishing out four assists, while Hammer and Hersch were second-team selections on offense. Hammer led the Huskies with 11 goals and four assists and Hesch had eight goals with four assists. Campbell’s transfer to Harbor Creek brings another big-time scorer for the Huskies to utilize. Campbell, an all-district selection as a sophomore, had 22 goals and 11 assists last fall. He is the younger brother of Harbor Creek graduate Scott Campbell, a starter at California (Pa,). Dan Kuhn and Ike Hodapp are incoming freshmen that could contend for starting positions this fall. With a successful season in 2011 where the Huskies barely missed the playoffs, they return this season as a serious contender to win the District 10 Class AA championship.

Schedule
August
31 Bradford (Harbor Creek tournament) 5:30
September
1 (Harbor Creek tournament) 1 p.m./5 p.m.
5 Central Tech 6
8 at Warren 11 a.m.
11 at Iroquois 7
13 McDowell 6
17 Fort LeBoeuf* 4
19 at Strong Vincent* 5:30
21 at Meadville 4
25 at General McLane* 5:30
27 Girard* 6
October
1 East* 6
3 at Fort LeBoeuf* 4
9 Strong Vincent* 6
11 General McLane* 6
15 at Girard* 5:30
17 at East* 4
22 Cathedral Prep 6
*Region 5 matches

Girls
Coach (season, record): Dale Claypoole (23rd season, 299-122-11)
2011 overall record: 20-3-0
2011 region record (place): 12-0-0 (champion)
2011 playoff results: Defeated Slippery Rock 4-2, Villa Maria 3-1 and Mercyhurst Prep 2-1 in double-overtime to win the District 10 Class AA championship. Harbor Creek then defeated Elizabeth Forward 2-0 in the first round of the PIAA playoffs beflore losing to South Park 4-0 in the quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Steph Corey, Kristin Markiewicz, Kellie Nowakowski, Megan Yount, Morgan Hall
Top returning players: Kaylee Lewis, Court Slowikowski, Tash Brigham, Ania Gorski, Jenny Angelo
Outlook: Harbor Creek put together one of its best seasons in program history in 2011 with a District 10 Class AA championship and a win in the first round of the PIAA playoffs. The Huskies were hit hard by graduation, however, with the loss of Steph Corey, Kristin Markiewicz, Kellie Nowakowski, Megan Yount, Morgan Hall, Chrissy Zdaniewski, Melissa Tarquinio, Graceanne Domino and Sarah Angelo. Corey was named the District 10 Player of the Year and to the all-district team. She was an all-region first-team selection on offense and the Region 6 Player of the Year. Corey was named to the all-state team after scoring 21 goals and dishing out 24 assists. Markiewicz was an all-district and first-team all-region pick on offense after scoring 26 goals and collecting 20 assists, while Nowakowski was an all-district and all-region selection on defense. Yount made the all-region first team on offense after scoring 27 goals and dishing out 19 assists, while Hall was a second-team defender. With everything the Huskies lost to graduation, there is still hope for a repeat this season. Harbor Creek returns three all-region players in Ania Gorski, Tash Brigham and Court Slowikowski along with Jenny Angelo. Gorski was a first-team defender as a sophomore, while Brigham was a solid second-team goalkeeper. Slowikowski was also part of a tough Harbor Creek defense as a second-team selection. Angelo was reliable offensive player as a freshman and could take a step forward as a leader on offense this fall. Taylor Lewis is an incoming freshman that could make an impact on offense, while sophomore Dani Dougan could see time on offense or defense. Harbor Creek loaded its schedule with powerhouse teams, including Villa Maria, McDowell and possibly a showdown with Class A favorite Fairview in the Harbor Creek tournament. The Huskies, on paper, should struggle with massive graduation losses. Harbor Creek’s program, however, is in terrific shape. The Huskies haven’t lost a region match in two years and it will take a big effort to stop them this fall.

Schedule
August
31 Seneca (Harbor Creek tournament) 4
September
1 (Harbor Creek tournament)
4 North East 5:30
8 Warren 1:30
11 Villa Maria 5:30
18 at General McLane* 5:30
20 Fort LeBoeuf* 6
24 at Cambridge Springs* 4:30
27 at Strong Vincent 7:30
October
2 Girard* 6
4 General McLane* 6
8 at Fort LeBoeuf* 4
10 Cambridge Springs* 6
16 at Iroquois 7
18 at Girard* 5:30
24 at McDowell 3:30
*Region 5 matches

Wednesday: Hickory

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: September 25th, 2011

The Harbor Creek girls soccer team was dealt a big blow when all-region first-team selection Kaylee Lewis suffered a season-ending injury against Kenmore West. The Huskies have fought through it to remain perfect in region play with several impressive wins.

Harbor Creek started the week with a 7-0 win over Fort LeBoeuf behind a hat trick from Megan Yount. Yount came up big again in a showdown with Fairview. In the final minutes, Yount scored to give the Huskies a crucial 1-0 win over the Tigers. Harbor Creek finished the week with a thrilling 2-1 win over General McLane.

The Huskies will take on Girard and North East this week before a showdown with Villa Maria on Saturday.

Who is the Breakout Team of the Week?

  • Harbor Creek girls soccer (34%, 255 Votes)
  • Cathedral Prep soccer (27%, 202 Votes)
  • Fort LeBoeuf boys cross country (11%, 83 Votes)
  • Mercyhurst Prep girls tennis (6%, 42 Votes)
  • McDowell football (5%, 36 Votes)
  • Hickory girls soccer (4%, 33 Votes)
  • General McLane football (4%, 32 Votes)
  • Mercer boys soccer (2%, 18 Votes)
  • Mercyhurst Prep girls golf (2%, 17 Votes)
  • Slippery Rock football (2%, 13 Votes)
  • Cambridge Springs girls cross country (1%, 8 Votes)
  • General McLane girls cross country (2%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 746

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Posted in: Breakout Team, Soccer
Posted: July 26th, 2011

Harbor Creek Huskies
Boys
Coach (season, record): Joe DiSanto (7th season, 81-38-7)
2010 overall record: 11-7-1
2010 region record (place): 8-3-1 (co-champion)
2010 playoff results: Lost 2-1 to Hickory in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Jordan Tredrea, Steve Bostwick, Alex Tischenko, Zach Shumaker
Top returning players: Cory Kuzilla, Tyler Peterseim, Addam Bostwick, Koltin Hammer
Assistant coaches: Dave Schumacher, Keven Beringer
Outlook: Harbor Creek coach Joe DiSanto is looking for more offensive output from his team this year. The Huskies finished with the lowest amount of goals in program history last year but their stellar defense resulted in one of the lowest goals against totals in program history. Harbor Creek’s staunch defense was a big reason why the Huskies were able to claim a share of the region title. Goalkeeper Steve Bostwick posted six shutouts and made the all-region second team but he has graduated. The Huskies have three possible replacements for Bostwick who will compete for the starting job in camp. Sophomores Nate Angelo and Zach Wainwright as well as junior Nick Barclay all saw some playing time in goal last year and will likely see the field either in goal or on defense.

Harbor Creek will also need to replace Jordan Tredrea, Alex Tischenko and Zach Shumaker, who graduated. Koltin Hammer, a sophomore forward, is back after scoring seven goals and dishing out five assists last year as well as defenders Cory Kuzilla and Addam Bostwick and midfielder Tyler Peterseim. Hammer was the Huskies’ leading scorer last year and is looking to have another big year on the varsity level. Harbor Creek enters camp looking to replace five starters which should create an intense competition for playing time.

Schedule
September
2-3 Harbor Creek tournament
6 Iroquois 6
10 at Meadville 2
12 East 6
14 at Fort LeBoeuf* 4
20 Central Tech* 6
22 at Girard* 5:30
24 Warren 11 a.m.
26 General McLane* 6
28 at North East* 4
October
4 Saegertown* 6
6 Fort LeBoeuf* 6
10 at Central Tech* 4:30
12 Girard* 6
18 at General McLane* 7
20 North East* 6
26 at Saegertown* 4

Girls
Coach (season, record): Dale Claypoole (22nd season, 279-119-11)
2010 overall record: 17-3-0
2010 region record (place): 12-0-0 (champion)
2010 playoff results: Lost 4-0 to Mercyhurst Prep in the District 10 Class AA semifinals.
Top players lost: Kelly Reese, Nikki Rzodkiewicz
Top returning players: Kristin Markiewicz, Kellie Nowakowski, Megan Yount, Steph Corey, Kaylee Lewis, Chrissy Zdaniewski, Sarah Angelo, Melissa Tarquinio, Morgan Hall
Outlook: Harbor Creek will have one of the most experienced teams back this year after minimal losses in the offseason. All-region defender Kelly Reese graduated and the Huskies did lose goalkeeper Nikki Rzodkiewicz. Rzodkiewicz was an all-region selection at keeper but decided to concentrate on softball this year. Junior Tash Brigham and sophomore Katie Seremet could be in line to replace Rzodkiewicz in goal.

Harbor Creek has plenty of experienced players back this season. Seniors Kristin Markiewicz, Kellie Nowakowski, Megan Yount, Steph Corey, Chrissy Zdaniewski, Sarah Angelo, Melissa Tarquinio and Morgan Hall could all be impact players this fall as well as junior Kaylee Lewis. Markiewicz, Nowakowski, Young, Corey and Lewis are all returning all-region selections, while Markiewicz and Nowakowski were named to the all-district team. Markiewicz, an all-state selection, had 27 goals and 24 assists last year, while Nowakowski was named the team MVP on defense. Corey (16 goals, 12 assists), Young (14 goals, 10 assists) and Lewis (11 goals, 7 assist) were big-time contributors last year and could be once again this fall. The Huskies have the talent and experience to make a run in the playoffs and could be a big threat to Mercyhurst Prep in defending their D-10 title.

Schedule
September
2-3 Harbor Creek tournament
7 at Seneca* 4
15 Fort LeBoeuf* 6
19 Fairview* 6
21 General McLane* 6
24 at Warren 11 a.m.
27 at Girard* 5:30
29 North East* 6
October
1 at Villa Maria 2:30
3 Seneca* 6
11 at Fort LeBoeuf* 4
13 at Fairview* 4:30
17 at General McLane* 5:30
19 Girard* 6
25 at North East* 4
27 Iroquois 6

Wednesday: Hickory

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer

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