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Posted: July 18th, 2014

Hickory Hornets
Coach: Bill Brest (5th season, 43-9)
2013 overall record: 12-2
2013 region record: 6-1 (second)
2013 playoff results: Defeated Fort LeBoeuf 56-7, Northwestern 52-14 and Girard 21-10 to win the District 10 Class AA championship. Hickory then defeated Martinsburg Central 37-27 in the PIAA quarterfinals before losing to South Fayette 23-20 in the semifinals.
Top players lost: Matt Voytik, De’Quan Lewis, Anthony Cannone, Daulton Linton, Dylan Brenneman, Tyler Reardon
Top returning players: Zach Cirillo, Lou Derloni, Chuck Carr, Austin Aikins, Nate Aikins, LaRon Allen, Anthony Nardone, Andrew Pryts, Jordan Wombacker
Assistant coaches: Jon Kolb, Mike Pilipovich, Dontell Morgan, Dave Bodien, Brad Paulson, Brandon Chambers, Mike Nardone

For the outlook and team schedule, click below.

–Tom Reisenweber
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Posted: November 23rd, 2013

Here’s a look at high school beat writer Tom Reisenweber’s picks for today’s games:

District 10 Class AA championship game
Hickory 31, Girard 14

PIAA Class AAAA subregional title game
McDowell 31, Mifflin County 20

POLL: During the past week, the Varsity home page has featured the following poll:

Will the Girard football team upset Hickory to end Erie County’s District 10 Class AA title drought at 19 years? Here were the results with 544 votes cast as of 9:30 a.m.:

Yes, Girard’s a team of destiny: 30 percent

No, Hickory’s too tough: 70 percent

PREVIEW COVERAGE: Fans can check out the capsule previews for the two games, as well as the Girard-Hickory preview story and the McDowell-Mifflin County preview story.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: November 22nd, 2013

Two District 10 football championship games will be played tonight, so it’s time for the Our Call predictions. Here are beat reporter Tom Reisenweber’s predicted outcomes for tonight’s games:

Class A championship
Lakeview 24, Sharpsville 21

Class AAA championship
Cathedral Prep 38, General McLane 7

Also, get a look at previews for both games, including the Prep-McLane story.

The Our Call picks for Saturday’s Girard-Hickory and McDowell-Mifflin County games will be posted Saturday morning. Have you voted in our Varsity poll on the Varsity home page?  Here’s the question:

Will the Girard football team upset Hickory to end Erie County’s District 10 Class AA title drought at 19 years?

More than 400 people already have voted. Vote now on the Varsity home page.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 13th, 2013

Hickory Hornets
Coach: Bill Brest (4th season, 31-7)
2012 overall record: 11-2
2012 region record: 6-1 (champion)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Northwestern 48-22, Grove City 35-13 and Wilmington 39-7 to win the District 10 Class AA championship. Hickory then lost to Richland 38-12 in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: DeShawn Coleman, Joe Hines, Jaylen Sharper, Mike Palumbo, Mike Nardone, Calvin Pryts
Top returning players: Matt Voytik Daulton Linton, DeQuan Lewis, Davon Tindall, Lou Derloni, Austin Aikins, Alonzo Scott, Dylan Brenneman, Anthony Cannone, Jordan Wombacker
Assistant coaches: Jason McElhaney, Mike Pilipovich, Dontell Morgan, Dave Bodien, Clarence Stanfield, A.J. Staul, Brad Paulson, Tim Peterson, Brian Burdette, Tyler Krivosh, Phillip Frye
Outlook: Hickory has been the class of AA in District 10 the past two years. The Hornets have back-to-back D-10 championships and will need some help to win a third straight title. The Hornets were hit hard by graduation, including all-time rusher DeShawn Coleman. Coleman, a West Virginia recruit, was named to the all-district team at running back and voted to the all-region first team at running back and second team at defensive back. Joe Hines, Jaylen Sharper, Mike Palumbo, Mike Nardone and Calvin Pryts are also gone for Hickory. Coleman led the Hornets with 1,730 yards and 28 touchdowns on 151 carries and caught nine passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Palumbo was Hickory’s third-leading rusher at 171 yards and four touchdowns. Pope was voted to the all-region first team at wide receiver and defensive back after hauling in 14 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns. Pryts was voted to the first team at linebacker and second team at tight end, while Hines and Sharper were voted to the second team on the offensive and defensive line. With plenty of losses to graduation, Hickory will look to its returning starters to lead the way. Matt Voytik Daulton Linton, DeQuan Lewis, Davon Tindall, Lou Derloni, Austin Aikins, Alonzo Scott, Dylan Brenneman, Anthony Cannone and Jordan Wombacker are back this fall. Wombacker is an all-region first-team kicker, who had 46 extra points and two field goals last fall. Cannone was voted to the all-region second team at all-purpose and linebacker. He caught 12 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown last year. Voytik might have to be the biggest leader for the Hornets this season. Voytik, a quarterback, threw for 832 yards and seven touchdowns last fall and ran for 448 yards and eight touchdowns. Aikins is back on both lines, while Scott and Brennenman are returning offensive linemen. Derloni is a returning two-way starter at running back and linebacker, while Linton and Wombacker are back at linebacker and Lewis is back at defensive back. Ross Passalinqua, Zach Cirillo, Anthony Nardone, Nate Aikins, Dylan Mitchell, Laron Allen, Zachariah Sewell and Noah Bianco are new players to the varsity level that could contribute right away. Hickory has plenty of experience back but the Hornets need a player to step up and fill in for Coleman. Region 3 is loaded with talented teams and Hickory will need big contributions from new players to stay in the region race. The Hornets open the season in Erie against Strong Vincent before opening region play with three brutal games against Greenville, Wilmington and Grove City. If Hickory can escape the first half of the season unscathed, they probably need just a win at Sharon to wrap up another region title. The Hornets have experience and speed but they’ll need several players to step up to repeat as D-10 champions.

Schedule
August
30 at Strong Vincent 7
September
6 Greenville* 7
13 Wilmington* 7
20 at Grove City* 7
27 Titusville* 7
October
4 at Sharon* 7
11 at Farrell 7
18 Saegertown* 7
25 at Reynolds* 7
November
1 Bye
*Region 3 games

Saturday: Iroquois

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: April 26th, 2013

Here is a look at the Hickory football schedule this fall. We will publish schedules as we receive them from schools.

All times p.m. unless otherwise noted.


Hickory Hornets
Date Scrimmages Time
Aug. 17 at West Middlesex 10 a.m.
Aug. 23 at Conneaut 6
Date Regular season Time
Aug. 30 at Strong Vincent 7
Sept. 6 Greenville* 7
Sept. 13 Wilmington* 7
Sept. 20 at Grove City* 7
Sept. 27 Titusville* 7
Oct. 4 at Sharon* 7
Oct. 11 at Farrell 7
Oct. 18 Saegertown* 7
Oct. 25 at Reynolds* 7
Nov. 1 Bye

*Region 3 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Football
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: January 29th, 2013

Pennlive.com is currently running a list of the top 50 football recruits in Pennsylvania. Reporter Andrew Shay has compiled the list, which includes five District 10 players.

Shay ranks Central Valley wide receiver Robert Foster as the No. 1 recruit in Pennsylvania. Foster, an Alabama recruit, has made several All-America teams.

Check out the top 50 list. Here’s how District 10 players rank, along with their college choices:

9. Damion Terry, Cathedral Prep quarterback, Michigan State
12. Delton Williams, Cathedral Prep defensive back, Michigan State
16. DeShawn Coleman, Hickory RB, West Virginia
17. James Conner, McDowell RB/OLB, Pitt
38. Artrel Foster, Meadville DB, Temple

Pennlive.com is providing a countdown of the top 20 leading up to the Feb. 6. signing day. James Conner is featured today.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: December 19th, 2012

The Class A and AA editions of the Pennsylvania Sports Writers all-state football teams have been released. Hickory standout DeShawn Coleman was named to the Class AA team at running back after rushing for 1,730 yards and 28 touchdowns on 151 carries. He also had nine catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns and finished with 210 points this season.

In two seasons at Hickory, Coleman has rushed for 4,123 yards and 59 touchdowns to make him the all-time rusher in school history. He has also won the District 10 scoring title the past two years. Hickory claimed the District 10 Class AA championship in both of Coleman’s seasons but he will graduate in the spring and play for West Virginia next year.

No other District 10 players were named to the A or AA teams. The Class AAA and AAAA teams are due out Thursday.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Football
Posted: November 2nd, 2012

Matt Voytik

When starting quarterback Mike Nardone was injured during a scrimmage, the Hickory football team appeared to be in trouble. That was, until Matt Voytik stepped up.

Voytik, a junior quarterback, has emerged as a solid replacement for Nardone this season. He has thrown for 641 yards and five touchdowns and is the Hornets’ second-leading rusher with 236 yards and five touchdowns.

Last week Voytik completed 7-of-10 passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-7 win over Reynolds.

Nardone has been in and out of the lineup because of injuries this season, but Voytik has stepped in and given coach Bill Brest some stability at the quarterback position

Poll results:

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Posted: October 16th, 2012

Here’s a look at the state football rankings:

Harrisburg Patriot-News state rankings:

CLASS AAAA
School (District)    Record     Previous
1. North Allegheny (7)     7-0     2
2. St. Joseph’s Prep (12)     6-0     6
3. Gateway (7)     6-1     3
4. LaSalle College (12)     6-1     1
5. Central Dauphin* (3)     6-1     5
6. Easton (11)     7-0     7
7. Downingtown East (1)     7-0     9
8. Harrisburg (3)     5-2     8
9. Mount Lebanon (7)     6-1     10
10. Delaware Valley (2)     7-0     NR
Teams to watch: Bethel Park (7) 5-2, Cumberland Valley (3) 6-1, Ridley (1) 7-0, Seneca Valley (7) 6-1, Upper St. Clair (7) 6-1, Wilson (3) 6-1.

CLASS AAA
School (District)    Record     Previous
1. Cathedral Prep (10)     7-0     1
2. Bishop McDevitt (3)     7-0     2
3. Montour (7)     7-0     3
4. Archbishop Wood* (12)     5-2     4
5. Central Valley (7)     6-1    5
6. Pottsgrove (1)     7-0     6
7. West Allegheny (7)     6-1     7
8. Thomas Jefferson (7)     7-0     9
9. Berwick (2)     6-1     10
10. Franklin Regional (7)     6-1     NR
Teams to watch: Abington Heights (2) 6-1, Cardinal O’Hara (12) 4-3, Clearfield (9) 7-0, Mars (7) 6-1, West Chester Henderson (1) 6-1, West Mifflin (7) 7-0.

CLASS AA
School (District)    Record     Previous
1. Aliquippa (7)     7-0     1
2. Imhotep Charter (12)     7-0     2
3. Wyomissing (3)     7-0     3
4. South Fayette (7)     7-0     4
5. Washington (7)     7-0     5
6. Jeannette (7)     6-1     6
7. Hickory (10)     6-1     7
8. Grove City (10)     6-1     10
9. Trinity (3)     6-1     9
10. Catasauqua (11)     7-0     NR
Teams to watch: Beaver Area (7) 7-0, Bermudian Springs (3) 7-0, Mount Pleasant (7) 5-2, Richland (6) 7-0, Seton-LaSalle (7) 6-1, Wilmington (10) 5-2.

CLASS A
School (District)    Record     Previous
1. Clairton* (7)     7-0     1
2. Southern Columbia (4)     7-0     2
3. Rochester (7)     7-0     3
4. Old Forge (2)     7-0     4
5. Dunmore (2)     6-1     5
6. Monessen (7)     6-1     6
7. West Middlesex (10)     6-1     7
8. Sharpsville (10)     6-1     8
9. Bellwood-Antis (6)     7-0     9
10. Port Allegany (9)     7-0     10
Teams to watch: Bishop Canevin (7) 5-2, Line Mountain (4) 6-1, Neshannock (7) 6-1, Penns Manor (6) 6-1, Williams Valley (11) 7-0.
*2011 PIAA champion.**2011 Class AA champion.

 

Pennsylvania Football News state rankings:

CLASS AAAA

Rank – School – District – Record
1. North Allegheny (7) (7-0)
2. St. Joseph’s Prep (12) (6-0)
3. Easton Area (11) (7-0)
4. Downingtown East (1) (7-0)
5. Ridley (1) (7-0)
6. LaSalle College (12) (6-1)
7. Gateway (7) (6-1)
8. Central Dauphin (3) (6-1)
9. Wilson (West Lawn) (3) (6-1)
10. Penn Manor (3) (7-0)

Others to Watch:Central Bucks South (6-1)
Cumberland Valley (3) (6-1)
Delaware Valley (2) (7-0)
Downingtown West (1) (6-1)
Mount Lebanon (7) (6-1)
Pennridge (1) (6-1)
Penn Trafford (7) (6-1)
Plymouth-Whitemarsh (1) (6-1)
Scranton (2) (7-0)
Seneca Valley (7) (6-1)
Upper St. Clair (7) (6-1)


 

CLASS AAA

Rank – School – District
1. Bishop McDevitt (3) (7-0)
2. Cathedral Prep (10) (7-0)
3. Pottsgrove (1) (7-0)
4. Montour (7) (7-0)
5. Thomas Jefferson (7) (7-0)
6. Archbishop Wood (12) (5-2)
7. Berwick Area (2) (6-1)
8. Central Valley (7) (6-1)
9. West Mifflin (7) (7-0)
10. West York (3) (7-0)

Others to Watch:
Abington Heights (2) (6-1)
Academy Park (1) (6-1)
Bangor Area (11) (6-1)
Clearfield (9) (7-0)
Cocalico (3) (6-1)
Conrad Weiser (3) (6-1)
Franklin Regional (7) (6-1)
Garden Spot (3) (7-0)
Mars Area (7) (6-1)
Slippery Rock (10) (6-1)
Springfield (Delco) (1) (6-1)
Warren (10) (6-1)

West Allegheny (7) (6-1)
West Chester Henderson (1) (6-1)

CLASS AA

Rank – School – District
1. Aliquippa (7) (7-0)
2. Wyomissing (3) (7-0)
3. Imhotep Charter (12) (7-0)
4. South Fayette (7) (7-0)
5. Washington (7) (7-0)
6. Jeannette (7) (6-1)
7. Richland (6) (7-0)
8. Beaver Area (7) (7-0)
9. Bermudian Springs (3) (7-0)
10. Berks Catholic (3) (7-0)

Others to Watch:
Athens Area (4) (6-1)
Beaver Falls (7) (6-1)
Catasaqua (11) (7-0)
Central Columbia (4) (6-1)
Grove City (10) (6-1)
Hickory (10) (6-1)
Red Land (3) (6-1)
Schuylkill Valley (3) (6-1)
Seton-LaSalle (7) (6-1)
South Allegheny (7) (6-1)
Tamaqua (11) (7-0)
Trinity (3) (6-1)


CLASS A

Rank – School – District
1. Clairton (7) (6-0)
2. Southern Columbia (4) (7-0)
3. Rochester Area (7) (7-0)
4. Bellwood-Antis (6) (7-0)
5. Old Forge (2) (7-0)
6. Port Allegany (9) (7-0)
7. Williams Valley (11) (7-0)
8. Dunmore (2) (6-1)
9. West Middlesex (10) (6-1)
10. Tri-Valley (11) (6-1)

Others to Watch:
Berlin Brothersvalley (5) (7-0)
Bethlehem-Center (7) (6-1)
Bishop Guilfoyle (6) (6-1)
Brockway (9) (7-0)
Clarion Area (9) (7-0)
Line Mountain (4) (6-1)
Monessen (7) (6-1)
Neshannock (7) (6-1)
Northern Bedford (5) (7-0
Penns Manor (6) (6-1)
Sharpsville (10) (6-1)
Sto-Rox (7) (6-1)

 


 

Posted: October 3rd, 2012

Cathedral Prep remained No. 1 in Class AAA this week in the Harrisburg Patriot-News state football rankings.

The Ramblers will host archrival McDowell Friday at Veterans Stadium. McDowell, which is coming off a second consecutive loss to an Ohio power — a 34-23 setback to St. Edward on Friday — dropped into the “teams to watch” category in Class AAAA after being ranked No. 9 for the previous three weeks.

District 10′s Hickory, Wilmington  and Grove City are ranked in the Class AA top 10, while Sharpsville remained No. 4 in Class A. West Middlesex is listed as a Class A team to watch.

Complete state rankings:

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Posted: August 20th, 2012

The Sharon Herald is reporting that Hickory quarterback Mike Nardone left Saturday’s scrimmage against West Middlesex with an apparent leg injury. He was sandwiched by two Big Reds defenders and immediately fell to the turf in pain. Nardone threw for 1,337 yards and 13 touchdowns last fall for the District 10 Class AA champions. McDowell quarterback Jarrett Koper broke his leg last week during practice. The extent of Nardone’s injury is not known but his absence could be a big blow for the Hornets. Hickory has one of the top running backs around in DeShawn Coleman but Nardone provides a balance with a strong passing attack and brings plenty of leadership as well.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Football

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