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Posted: November 26th, 2013

Kennedy Catholic Golden Eagles
Boys
Coach: Rick Mancino (7th season)
2012-13 overall record: 17-7
2012-13 region record: 8-0 (champion)
2012-13 playoff results: Defeated VisionQuest 68-46 and Cochranton 58-37 to win the District 10 Class A championship. Kennedy Catholic then lost to Lincoln Park 54-45 in the first round of the PIAA Class A playoffs.
Top players lost: Mac Hartman, Jeff Thompkins, Jimmie D’Onofrio
Top returning players: Gerald Zachar, Sam Crow, Gavin Cianci, Jacob Feeney, Matt Hurton, Andre Campbell, Matt Perrico, Nolan Cianci, Jake Stanek
Assistant coaches: Corey Djackovich, Tyler Babcock, John Heutsche
Outlook: Kennedy Catholic has a strong tradition of boys basketball and Rick Mancino has continued that tradition since taking over five years ago. The Golden Eagles retook the District 10 Class A championship last winter since having their 12-year title streak snapped in 2010. Kennedy Catholic will need to rebuild quickly to keep its recent success going. The Golden Eagles lost Mac Hartman, Jeff Thompkins and Jimmie D’Onofrio to graduation, Brennan Wassil to Hubbard in Ohio and Chris James to Farrell. Hartman, Thompkins and D’Onofrio were all voted to the all-region first team last year, while Hartman was also voted the region player of the year. Thompkins averaged 14.5 points per game, while Hartman was at 13.9 ppg and D’Onofrio scored 6.9 ppg. James was also voted to the all-region first team after scoring 12.6 ppg but will suit up for Farrell this winter. Kennedy has some experience back in Gerald Zachar, Sam Crow, Gavin Cianci, Jacob Feeney, Matt Hurton, Andre Campbell, Matt Perrico, Nolan Cianci and Jake Stanek. Zachar was voted to the all-region second team and is a solid senior leader. Crowd, Gavin Cianci, Feeney and Hurton are returning seniors, while Campbell, Perrico, Stanek and Nolan Cianci are juniors. The Golden Eagles could also receive immediate contributions from sophomores Carmen Schuville and Nikolo Lima. Kennedy Catholic lost quite a bit of production, but the Golden Eagles have a strong program and enough experience and tradition to stay competitive. The biggest key for Kennedy Catholic is building depth and having several players step up this season. If the Golden Eagles can accomplish those things, they’ll be a strong favorite to repeat as D-10 champions.

Schedule
December
6 Farrell tournament
7 Farrell tournament
10 Lakeview 7:30
13 at Mercer 7:30
17 West Middlesex 7:30
20 North Catholic 7:30
January
7 at Jamestown* 7:30
10 VisionQuest* 7:30
14 at Cochranton 7:30
16 Central Tech 7:30
17 Commodore Perry* 7:30
21 Rocky Grove* 7:30
22 Lincoln Park 7:30
24 at Greenville 7:30
28 Jamestown* 7:30
31 at VisionQuest* 7:30
February
1 Farrell 7:30
4 at Sharpsville 7:30
6 Erie First 7:30
7 at Commodore Perry* 7:30
11 at Rocky Grove* 7:30
18 at Cardinal Mooney (Ohio) 7:30
*Region 1 games

Girls
Coach: Chris Mele (1st season)
2012-13 overall record: 24-3
2012-13 region record: 10-0 (champion)
2012-13 playoff results: Defeated Commodore Perry 68-28 and Cochranton 67-45 to win the District 10 Class A championship. Kennedy Catholic then defeated North Catholic 45-36 in the PIAA first round and Port Allegany 70-21 in the second round before losing to Vincentian Academy 68-51 in the quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Alex Ricketts, Courtney Sargent, Rachel Burns
Top returning players: Taylor Hood, Tatum Kress, Rebekah Kish, April Bocian
Assistant coach: Kellie O’Brien
Outlook: Kennedy Catholic will be under new direction this season as Chris Mele takes over. The Golden Eagles are looking to keep their strong program going after winning the District 10 Class A championship last winter. Kennedy Catholic will have to replace leaders Alex Ricketts, Courtney Sargent and Rachel Burns. Ricketts and Burns were voted to the all-region first team as seniors and Sargent to the second team. Ricketts scored 17.4 points per game, while Burns was at 11.2 ppg. Sargent added 13.2 ppg and the three leave a big hole of production. The Golden Eagles have a talented group back, including Taylor Hood, Tatum Kress, Rebekah Kish and April Bocian. Hood scored 7 points per game as a junior to be voted to the all-region second team, while Kish scored 6.6 ppg. Kennedy could also receive contributions from sophomore guard Alivia O’Brien and sophomore transfer Taylor Zacherl. The Golden Eagles have a nice combination between upperclassmen and strong freshmen and sophomore classes. Kennedy Catholic is a Class A powerhouse and if the Golden Eagles can adapt to a new system, they could repeat as D-10 champions.

Schedule
December
6 Franklin tournament
7 Franklin tournament
9 Neshannock 7:30
13 at Ford City 7:30
19 Center 7:30
21 at Ursuline (Ohio) 1:30
27 Penn State-Beaver tournament
28 Penn State-Beaver tournament
January
6 at Jamestown* 7:30
10 at Grove City 7:30
11 Gateway tournament
13 Reynolds* 7:30
16 Commodore Perry* 7:30
18 Cardinal Mooney (Ohio) 2:30
20 at Farrell* 7:30
23 at Rocky Grove* 7:30
27 Jamestown* 7:30
30 at Reynolds* 7:30
February
3 at Commodore Perry* 7:30
8 at Girard 2:30
10 Farrell* 7:30
13 Rocky Grove* 7:30
*Region 1 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: January 25th, 2013

April Bocian

April Bocian arrived at Kennedy Catholic this season and has made an immediate impact for the Golden Eagles.

The 6-foot 3-inch freshman had 16 points, 21 rebounds and two steals in a 
66-35 win over Commodore Perry.

Bocian is averaging only 4.5 points per game, but her presence underneath the hoop gives the powerhouse Golden Eagles another weapon to alter opponents’ gameplans.

Her Kennedy Catholic career is off to a terrific start and she could emerge as one of Mercer County’s top players over the next four years.

Poll results:

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Posted: January 18th, 2013

Jeff Thompkins

The Kennedy Catholic boys basketball team is a traditional powerhouse in Class A and Jeff Thompkins is a big reason why the Golden Eagles could reclaim the District 10 championship.

Thompkins, a 6-foot 2-inch, senior guard/forward, is averaging 18 points per game this season.

Recently, Thompkins erupted for 27 points in a 99-60 win over VisionQuest and is one of the top players in Mercer County this winter. Kennedy is 7-3 overall and 2-0 in Region 1 this year and is looking for its first D-10 championship in four years after winning 12 in a row.

 

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Posted: January 18th, 2013

Rachel Burns

Kennedy Catholic’s Rachel Burns decided she wasn’t going to let a season-ending knee injury last year affect her as a senior.

Burns, who  tore an ACL during the District 10 Class A playoffs, is back this year and is scoring 10.3 points per game. The 5-foot 10-inch, guard/forward has stepped up as a leader for the Golden Eagles and has them looking at another D-10 championship.

Burns had 18 points in a 72-14 win over Jamestown and 10 points and three assists in a 53-34 win over Grove City. She finished the week up with 12 points in an impressive 51-40 win over Upper St. Clair.

Poll results:

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Posted: January 11th, 2013

Alex Ricketts

Alex Ricketts has made headlines for Kennedy Catholic over the past few years. The Division I recruit has been one of the top players in Mercer County and was rewarded in the offseason with an offer from Akron. The 5-foot 11-inch guard/forward signed with the Zips and will look to lead the Golden Eagles to another District 10 Class A championship this winter. She recently scored 16 points and hit several clutch free throws in a 43-38 win over Girard and averages 16.3 points per game.

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Posted: December 2nd, 2012

Kennedy Catholic's Alex Ricketts signs her letter of intent to Akron


Kennedy Catholic star basketball player Alex Ricketts made her commitment to Akron official recently when she signed her letter of intent. She received a full scholarship to play hoops and is the third Division I girls basketball player to sign along with Villa Maria’s Karlee McBride to Indiana and Mercyhurst Prep standout Brenna Robbins to Longwood.

Ricketts has been a big part of Kennedy’s recent success. She averaged 13.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 3.5 steals per game as a junior. The Golden Eagles dominated Class A last year to win the District 10 championship and will be a heavy favorite to repeat this year.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Basketball
Posted: November 12th, 2012

Kennedy Catholic Golden Eagles
Boys
Coach (season, record): Rick Mancino (4th season, 45-24)
2011-12 overall record: 16-10
2011-12 region record (place): 7-3 (tied for second)
2011-12 playoff results: Defeated Cochranton 50-28 in the District 10 Class A semifinals before losing to West Middlesex 41-38 in overtime in the D-10 championship. Kennedy then defeated Cornell 64-53 in the first round before losing to Ridgway 73-50 in the second round.
Top player lost: Kenny Fill
Top returning players: Mac Hartman, Jeff Thompkins, Jimmie D’Onofrio, Gerald Zachar, Brennan Wassil
Assistant coaches: Corey Djakovich, Brian Hoover, John Heutsche
Outlook: Kennedy Catholic came within one overtime period of winning another District 10 championship in its storied program history. The Golden Eagles look like an instant favorite to win D-10 this year with the departure of West Middlesex to Class AA and an experienced and talented team returning. Kennedy will have to replace Kenny Fill, the Region 1 Player of the Year and an all-region first-team selection. The Golden Eagles return Mac Hartman, Jeff Thompkins, Jimmie D’Onofrio, Gerald Zachar and Brennan Wassil, who could make up the starting lineup this year. Hartman was Kennedy’s leading scorer and rebounder last year to be voted to the all-region first team. Thompkins, another experienced senior, could step up as a big-time scorer after being voted to the second team. Wassil could be the ‘X’ factor this year at 6-5. He brings size to Kennedy to complement Hartman, who is 6-6. Juniors Sam Crow, Gavin Cianci, Matt Hurton and Jake Feeney are back along with sophomores Aubrey Jennings and Jake Leipheimer. Jennings could compete for a starting spot in camp. Arlene Brewer is a transfer from Farrell that could contribute along with juniors Chris James and Jamie Hook. Coach Rick Mancino commented that this year’s team could be the most athletic team he’s had at Kennedy, which also has size and depth. The Golden Eagles’ only problem could be coming together as a team and building chemistry. Kennedy loaded its schedule up with talented teams, including West Middlesex, Lakeview, Lincoln Park and Ohio powers Ursuline and Cardinal Mooney. If nothing else, the Golden Eagles will be battle-tested by the time the D-10 playoffs roll around. The D-10 playoffs may only be a formality for the loaded Golden Eagles, who could aspire to a trip to Hershey.

Schedule
December
7-8 Farrell tournament
11 at Lakeview 7:30
14 Mercer 7:30
18 at West Middlesex 7:30
27-28 Grove City tournament
January
8 Jamestown* 7:30
11 at VisionQuest* 7:30
15 Cochranton 7:30
18 at Commodore Perry* 7:30
22 at Rocky Grove* 7:30
23 at Lincoln Park 7:30
25 Greenville 7:30
29 at Jamestown* 7:30
February
1 VisionQuest* 7:30
5 at Ursuline (Ohio) 7:30
8 Commodore Perry* 7:30
9 Sharpsville 2:30
12 Rocky Grove* 7:30
19 at Cardinal Mooney (Ohio) 7:30
*Region 1 games

Girls
Coach (season, record): Tom Burns (6th season, 90-35)
2011-12 overall record: 22-4
2011-12 region record (place): 10-0 (champion)
2011-12 playoff results: Defeated Linesville 79-48 and Conneaut Valley 56-21 to win the District 10 Class A championship. Kennedy then defeated Riverview 59-30 in the first round of the PIAA playoffs and Clarion 59-43 in the second round. Kennedy lost to Vincentian Academy 56-51 in the quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Marina Wareham, Angelene Rapone
Top returning players: Rachel Burns, Alex Ricketts, Courtney Sargent, Rebekah Kish, Taylor Hood
Assistant coaches: Sarah Hurl, Tiffany Kress
Outlook: Kennedy Catholic rolled to the District 10 Class A championship last year and the Golden Eagles looked primed for another title. Kennedy has to replace 1,000-point scorer Marina Wareham and Angelene Rapone. Wareham was voted to the all-region first team last winter and the Region 1 Player of the Year. The two leave big holes this year for coach Tom Burns to fill in. Kennedy does have a strong, experienced group back. Rachel Burns, Alex Ricketts, Courtney Sargent, Rebekah Kish and Taylor Hood are back and could fill out the starting lineup, while sophomore transfer Tatum Kress could contributed right away. Ricketts, an Akron recruit, was voted to the all-region first team last year along with Rachel Burns, who is coming off a knee injury sustained in the playoffs. Those two along with Kish and Hood will handle guard duties, while Sargent will start at center. Rachel Burns and Ricketts will both go over 1,000 career points this winter. Kennedy has plenty of experience but Tom Burns is quick to point out how tall his team is. The starting lineup measures at 6-3, 6-1, 5-11, 5-10 and 5-7. The Golden Eagles could also receive big efforts from 5-8 freshman Reagan O’Brien and 6-3 freshman April Bocian. Kennedy looks like a very strong favorite in D-10 with aspirations for a deep PIAA playoff run as well.

Schedule
December
7-8 Franklin tournament
11 Greenville 7:30
15 Ursuline (Ohio) 2
19 at Sharpsville 7:30
26-28 Penn State Beaver tournament
January
5 Girard 2:30
7 Jamestown* 7:30
10 Grove City 7:30
12 at Vincentian Academy 2
14 at Reynolds* 7:30
17 at Commodore Perry* 7:30
19 at Cardinal Mooney (Ohio) 2
21 Farrell* 7:30
24 Rocky Grove* 7:30
26 Mohawk 2
28 at Jamestown* 7:30
31 Reynolds* 7:30
February
4 Commodore Perry* 7:30
11 at Farrell* 7:30
14 at Rocky Grove* 7:30
*Region 1 games

Monday: Lakeview

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: March 15th, 2012

The Cathedral Prep basketball team will play its PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinal game against Shaler Saturday at 2 p.m. at Sharon High School.

Prep (20-5), the District 10 champion, is coming off a dramatic 50-49 overtime victory over Pittsburgh Central Catholic Wednesday at Sharon High School.

Shaler (25-3), the No. 4 seed from the WPIAL, beat District 10 champion Gateway 62-49 Wednesday. Check out the Class AAAA bracket.

In Class A girls basketball, District 10 champion Kennedy Catholic (22-3) will take on WPIAL champion Vincentian Academy (27-1) Saturday at noon at North Allegheny High School in Wexford. Here’s the complete Class A bracket.

Posted: February 25th, 2012

Rachel Burns

It’s hard to stand out on a girls basketball team loaded with talent. Rachel Burns manages to do that for No. 4 Kennedy Catholic.

Burns is third on the team in scoring with 10.9 points per game, but her leadership has proved to be valuable for not only basketball but each sport she plays for the Golden Eagles.

This past week, Burns scored 20 points in a 71-32 win over Commodore Perry and has developed a knack for a big play or big game whenever Kennedy needed a boost this season.

Poll results:

 

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Posted: November 15th, 2011

Kennedy Catholic Golden Eagles
Boys
Coach (season, record): Rick Mancino (3rd season, 29-15)
2010-11 overall record: 15-6
2010-11 region record (place): 7-3 (second)
2010-11 playoff results: Defeated Cochranton 68-49 and lost to West Middlesex 59-45 in the District 10 Class A playoffs.
Top players lost: Matt Gurska, Jordan Branca, Chad Branca, Dante Vetica
Top returning players: Ken Fill, Mac Hartman, Jeff Thompkins
Assistant coaches: John Heutsche, Core Djakovich
Outlook: Kennedy Catholic fell short of another District 10 title last winter and will need to fill some important holes if the Golden Eagles want to return to the postseason. Third-year coach Rick Mancino lost Matt Gurska, Jordan Branca, Chad Branca and Dante Vetica to graduation. The good news is 6-foot 3-inch Ken Fill is back to provide senior leadership, while juniors Mac Hartman (6-6) and Jeff Thompkins are also back to help out. The trio will be counted on a lot this winter but the Golden Eagles will also need some big-time contributions from the underclassmen. Rocky Grove might be down this year but Kennedy will still have to worry about West Middlesex in region play. The Golden Eagles should be back in the postseason but whether they can win a region or district title will come down to freshmen and sophomores stepping up.

Schedule
December
9-10 DuBois tournament
13 at Cochranton 7:30
16 at Sharpsville 7:30
21 at Warren JFK (Ohio) 7:30
28-29 Grove City tournament
January
3 Greenville 7:30
6 at Reynolds 7:30
10 Lakeview 7:30
13 Jamestown* 7:30
17 at Rocky Grove* 7:30
20 VisionQuest* 7:30
24 at Commodore Perry* 7:30
27 West Middlesex* 7:30
30 Ursuline (Ohio) 7:30
February
3 at Jamestown* 7:30
7 Rocky Grove* 7:30
10 at VisionQuest* 7:30
14 Commodore Perry* 7:30
17 at West Middlesex* 7:30
21 Cardinal Mooney (Ohio) 7:30

Girls
Coach (season, record): Tom Burns (5th season, 68-31)
2010-11 overall record: 21-4
2010-11 region record (place): 10-0 (champion)
2010-11 playoff results: Won the District 10 Class A championship by defeating Linesville 51-46 and Farrell 53-35. Kennedy Catholic then defeated Rochester 41-27 and lost to Homer Center 49-44 in the PIAA playoffs.
Top player lost: Sara Ritchie
Top returning players: Rachel Burns, Alex Ricketts, Marina Wareham, Angelene Rapone, Brie Dickson, Kelsey George
Assistant coaches: Sara Hurl, Shelly Kish
Outlook: Kennedy Catholic managed to win a District 10 Class A championship with basically a team full of underclassmen. The Golden Eagles are one year older and have developed a strong chemistry together. Kennedy lost Sara Ritchie to graduation but everyone else is back. Seniors Marina Wareham and Angelene Rapone are coming off impressive fall seasons playing volleyball, tennis and cross country, while juniors Rachel Burns, Alex Ricketts, Brie Dickson and Kelsey George return as well. The Golden Eagles have plenty of talent whichs is only bolstered by freshman Rebekah Kish and 6-foot 1-inch transfer Courtney Sargent from Hubbard, Ohio. Kennedy has averaged 20 wins over the past three seasons, including two D-10 titles and three appearances in the PIAA playoffs. The Golden Eagles have the talent to make a deep run this year and will need to stay focused throughout the winter to repeat as D-10 champions.

Schedule
December
9-10 Franklin tournament
12 at Youngstown Ursuline (Ohio) 7
19 Sharpsville 7:30
23 Jamestown* 7:30
26-30 Penn State tournament
January
5 at West Middlesex* 7:30
9 at Farrell* 7:30
12 Commodore Perry* 7:30
14 Cardinal Mooney (Ohio) 2:30
16 at Rocky Grove* 7:30
19 at Wilmington 7:30
23 Warren JFK 7:30
28 at Girard 2:30
31 at Reynolds 7:30
February
2 at Jamestown* 7:30
6 West Middlesex* 7:30
9 Farrell* 7:30
13 at Commodore Perry* 7:30
16 Rocky Grove* 7:30

Wednesday: Lakeview

– Tom Reisenweber

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