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Posted: April 16th, 2014
Michael Beck

Michael Beck

McDowell standout basketball player Michael Beck will continue his basketball career close to home as he has committed to Edinboro.

Beck, a 1,000-point scorer at McDowell, helped the Trojans win the District 10 Class AAAA championship. He averaged 16.5 points per game as a senior and was named to the all-district team.

For more on the commitment, check out Thursday’s Erie Times-News.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Basketball
Posted: November 28th, 2013

McDowell Trojans
Boys
Coach: Kevin O’Connor (5th season, 2nd season at McDowell, 35-55 overall, 14-10 at McDowell)
2012-13 overall record: 14-10
2012-13 region record: 0-4 (third)
2012-13 playoff results: Defeated Central Tech 69-55 in the District 10 Class AAAA semifinals before losing to Cathedral Prep 64-46 in the District 10 championship.
Top players lost: Carson Lewis, Jake Wolf
Top returning players: Michael Beck, Andrew Stromenger, Dalton Grafius, Matt Hansen, Quinn Lewis
Assistant coaches: Justin Izbicki, Cliff Beck, Jason Keim, Mychael Molnar, Tim Caputo
Outlook: McDowell collected 14 wins, including a playoff win, under first-year coach Kevin O’Connor last winter. It took some time, but the Trojans bought into a new uptempo style of play and it paid off in the postseason with an upset win over Central Tech in the District 10 Class AAAA semifinals. McDowell is looking for more this season and could contend for its first D-10 title since 2008. The Trojans will have to replace Carson Lewis and Jake Wolf after the two starters graduated in the spring. Lewis was voted to the all-region team and was a team captain and leader. Wolf was a force in the paint and his size is a big loss for McDowell. The Trojans have an experienced group back, including Michael Beck, Andrew Stromenger, Dalton Grafius, Matt Hansen and Quinn Lewis. Beck, a 6-3 senior guard, is one of the top players in District 10 and averaged 15.5 points per game last winter. Grafius, a 6-3 forward, is solid at several positions and scored 8.2 points per game last year, while 6-foot guard Andrew Stromenger could take over at the guard position. He has plenty of experience handling the ball along with 5-10 senior Matt Hansen, who is recovering from an injury. Quinn Lewis is quick junior point guard that could step in and replace his brother, while juniors Max Kerr and Jake Tarasovitch could contribute as well. Tarasovitch is occupied right now with the football team and might need some time to get into basketball shape once the Trojans’ season is over. McDowell has several impressive seniors, but its junior class could stand out this winter. Add in sophomore Dylan Dirkmaat and the Trojans are loaded and primed for a big season. O’Connor breathed new life into the McDowell program last winter and despite some bumps in the road, the Trojans finished with a playoff win. With Cathedral Prep and Central Tech being hit by graduation, this season could be the perfect opportunity for McDowell to take a big step forward. If the Trojans continue to buy into the program and build chemistry, they will be a tough team to beat this winter.

Schedule
December
6 Bethel Park tournament
7 Bethel Park tournament
10 at Meadville 7:30
11 at Strong Vincent 8:30
18 Warren 7:30
20 Hollidaysburg tournament
21 Hollidaysburg tournament
26 Florida tournament
27 Florida tournament
28 Florida tournament
January
3 General McLane 7:30
9 at Central Tech* 7:30
11 at Girard 7:30
18 MLK Classic
23 at Cathedral Prep* 8:30
25 East 7:30
29 Perry 7:30
February
1 Corry 7:30
7 Central Tech* 7:30
8 at DuBois 5:30
12 Mercyhurst Prep 7:30
14 Cathedral Prep* 7:30
*Region 7 games

Girls
Coach: Megan Fiala (2nd season, 13-11)
2012-13 overall record: 13-11
2012-13 region record: 6-0 (champion)
2012-13 playoff results: Defeated Central Tech 49-26 to win the District 10 Class AAAA championship before losing to Gateway 50-49 in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Hailey Wilwohl, Bri Krysiak, Caryn Kopay
Top returning players: Krissy Fromknecht, Haley Stewart, Anna Kemper, Katy Zech, Marissa Molnar, Molly Rinkevich, Mary Smith, Ciana Kaczmarek
Assistant coaches: Rand Garrity, Tori Hansen, Elisha Pancoast
Outlook: McDowell had immediate success last winter under new head coach Megan Fiala. The Trojans won the Region 7 title and the District 10 Class AAAA championship. McDowell then played WPIAL power Gateway tough in the first round before losing a heartbreaker. The Trojans were hit hard by graduation, losing Hailey Wilwohl, Bri Krysiak and Caryn Kopay. All three were voted to the all-region first team as seniors. Wilwohl led McDowell with 10 points per game, while Krysiak scored 7.2 ppg and is currently playing at Penn State Behrend. The Trojans return two starters in Krissy Fromknecht and Marissa Molnar along with an experience group in Haley Stewart, Anna Kemper, Katy Zech, Molly Rinkevich, Mary Smith and Ciana Kaczmarek. Fromknecht averaged 5.9 points per game as a junior, while Molnar had a breakout sophomore season with 4.8 points per game. McDowell had a young team last year and with a new system in place, the Trojans still managed to win their third straight District 10 Class AAAA title. With a lot of younger players gaining varsity experience, McDowell will look to turn that experience into repeated success this season. The Trojans look like a strong favorite in the region and district, but their goals are much higher with another trip to the PIAA playoffs likely on the way. If McDowell can come together as a team, they could surprise a few WPIAL powers in the PIAA playoffs.

Schedule
December
13 Mercyhurst Prep 7:30
14 at Girard 2:30
16 Harbor Creek 7:30
26 Florida tournament
27 Florida tournament
28 Florida tournament
January
2 at Central Tech* 7:30
4 Warren 2:30
6 at Villa Maria 7
9 Strong Vincent* 7:30
18 MLK Classic
19 MLK Classic
22 East* 7:30
24 at Fort LeBoeuf 7:30
25 at North Allegheny 6:30
27 Central Tech* 7:30
30 General McLane 7:30
February
1 Corry 6
6 at Strong Vincent* 7:30
13 at East* 7:30
15 at Mercyhurst Prep 7
*Region 7 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: March 1st, 2013
Jake Wolf

McDowell senior Jake Wolf has become a force inside. The 6-foot 5-inch center dominated in the paint with 17 points, including 9-of-9 from the free throw line, in a 69-55 upset of Central Tech in the District 10 Class AAAA semifinals.

Wolf has been a big contributor for the Trojans as their third-leading scorer with 10.1 points per game.

He has emerged as one of the top centers in the area and his role will be crucial on Saturday night as McDowell takes on rival Cathedral Prep for the District 10 Class AAAA championship.

Poll results: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 28th, 2012

 

Michael Beck

The McDowell boys basketball team looks like a legitimate contender in Class AAAA this season, and junior Michael Beck is a big part of the Trojans’ early success.

Beck, a 6-foot 3-inch guard, is averaging 15.3 points per game and has put together several big performances.

He scored 23 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, in a 71-60 win over Strong Vincent, and 22 points in a 66-62 loss to Transit Tech (N.Y.).

Beck has a terrific combination of size and speed and has emerged as a solid weapon for coach Kevin O’Connor’s new-look offense.

 

Poll results:

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Posted: December 21st, 2012

Carson Lewis

Carson Lewis is already enjoying McDowell’s new up-tempo offense this year.

The speedy 5-foot 10-inch senior point guard had 17 points in a 73-67 win over Detroit Westside and 14 points in a 65-29 win over Franklin.

Add in 17 points against Meadville and 15 points in a 
71-60 win over Strong Vincent and Lewis is off to a fast start this season.

He also had 19 points in an impressive 55-43 win over Mercyhurst Prep and has emerged as one of the top guards in the area to start the season.

Poll results:

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Posted: December 20th, 2012

Fans can click here to check out the final minutes of the 77-75 win by Warren over McDowell in boys basketball, including a college-range 3-pointer by Matt Sandberg in the final seconds to secure the upset.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Basketball
Posted: November 14th, 2012

McDowell Trojans
Boys
Coach (season, record): Kevin O’Connor (1st season at McDowell, 4th season overall, 21-45)
2011-12 overall record: 11-12
2011-12 region record (place): 2-4 (third)
2011-12 playoff results: Lost to Strong Vincent 63-36 in the District 10 Class AAAA semifinals.
Top player lost: Luke Nientimp
Top returning players: Carson Lewis, Michael Beck, Dalton Grafius, Josh Santillan, James Conner
Assistant coaches: Justin Izbicki, Cliff Beck, Jason Keim, Mychael Molnar, Mark Becker
Outlook: If there is one team to keep an eye on this year, it will be McDowell. Kevin O’Connor takes over the program this year and brings enthusiasm and a style of play that could translate into plenty of wins on the Class AAAA level. O’Connor was in the process of turning Fort LeBoeuf around when the opportunity arose at McDowell. The Trojans will have a similar look to their roster but the style of play could completely change to a run and gun philosophy. McDowell lost only Luke Nientimp to graduation and has seen participation increase heavily since O’Connor’s hire. Senior Carson Lewis is back to lead the offense after being voted to the all-region second team last year. Juniors Michael Beck and Dalton Grafius could make up one of the toughest scoring combinations in the area, while Josh Santillan could start as well. James Conner, a Pitt recruit in football, could play this season after not playing last year. He would bring a big-time presence in the paint and lots of speed for the Trojans. Andy Stromenger, Matt Hansen, Quinn Lewis, Jake Tarasovitch, Matt Orenick and Max Kerr could all be in the mix for playing time this year. Senior Jake Wolf could be in the starting lineup and provides leadership for the Trojans. Hansen and Tarasovitch’s speed could translate into playing time for both. McDowell has plenty of experience but buying into a new, up-tempo system will be key. With so many athletes, McDowell could turn to the style of Class AAAA WPIAL powers that sub in three, four or five at a time to keep the tempo up. Cathedral Prep is the obvious favorite in the region and district but McDowell could be right with the Ramblers at the end of the season.

Schedule
December
7-8 Franklin tournament
12 Meadville 7:30
13 Strong Vincent 7:30
15 at Mercyhurst Prep 7:30
18 at Warren 7:30
20-21 Hollidaysburg tournament
27-28 McDowell tournament
January
2 at General McLane 7:30
8 Central Tech* 8:30
11 DuBois 7:30
12 Girard 2:30
18-19 MLK Showcase
24 Cathedral Prep* 7:30
26 at East 7:30
February
2 at Corry 7:30
4 at Perry 7:30
8 at Central Tech* 7:30
14 at Cathedral Prep* 8:30
*Region 7 games

Girls
Coach (season): Megan Fiala (1st season)
2011-12 overall record: 17-7
2011-12 region record (place): 6-0 (champion)
2011-12 playoff results: Defeated Central Tech 56-18 to win the District 10 Class AAAA championship. McDowell then lost to Upper St. Clair 57-42 in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Kaitlyn Fromknecht, Fallon Cosgrove, Taylor Lindquist, Maddie Miller, Nicole DiLuzio, Courtney McManigle
Top returning players: Hailey Wilwohl, Bri Krysiak
Assistant coaches: Rand Garrity, Tori Hansen, Elisha Pancoast
Outlook: McDowell will look almost brand new this season. Megan Fiala takes over the program as head coach the Trojans graduated six of their top nine players. Kaitlyn Fromknecht, Fallon Cosgrove, Taylor Lindquist, Maddie Miller, Nicole DiLuzio and Courtney McManigle are gone to graduation and each of the six leaves a big hole to fill. Fromknecht, the Region 7 Player of the Year, along with Lindquist, Miller and Cosgrove were voted to the all-region first team as seniors. The group won several District 10 Class AAAA championships together and leave McDowell with almost no experience back this year. The Trojans could rely heavily on senior Hailey Wilwohl. She was voted to the all-region second team as a junior and saw plenty of varsity minutes last year. She will look to step up as a leader at the point guard position, while Angela Aronica, Bri Krysiak and Caryn Kopay are also back. Both saw some playing time on the varsity level last year. Fiala commented that she has a solid group to work with this year which has plenty of potential. The Trojans have put in plenty of work in the offseason and they could be a surprise team despite the severe lack of experience. McDowell should be able to survive in a down region and could repeat as the D-10 Class AAAA champion. The Trojans’ success beyond that point will come down to how quickly the younger players adjust to their amplified roles on the varsity level.

Schedule
December
7-8 North Allegheny tournament
10 Jamestown (N.Y.) 7:30
14 Fort LeBoeuf 7:30
15 Girard 2:30
17 at Harbor Creek 7:30
20-21 Hollidaysburg tournament
27-28 McDowell tournament
January
3 Central Tech* 7:30
5 at Warren 2:30
10 at Strong Vincent* 7:30
12 Villa Maria 7:30
19 Rochester East (MLK Showcase)
24 at East* 7:30
28 at Central Tech* 7:30
February
2 at Corry 6
7 Strong Vincent* 7:30
9 Villa Angela-St. Joseph 2:30
14 East* 7:30
16 at Mercyhurst Prep 7
*Region 7 games

Thursday: Meadville

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: February 25th, 2012

Josh Santillan

Santillan started the season as a key reserve off the bench for McDowell. The 6-foot 2-inch junior guard/forward earned more playing time as the season went on and even cracked the starting lineup at one point for the Trojans.

This past week, Santillan erupted for 28 points in a 76-63 Region 8 win over George Junior.

Santillan is McDowell’s fourth-leading scorer at 6.5 points per game and could once again be a key player during his senior season.

Poll results:

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Posted: February 11th, 2012

Fallon Cosgrove

Cosgrove can be a matchup problem for most opposing teams. It’s not that the 5-foot 7-inch senior guard is an unguardable scorer or big rebounder.

In fact, Cosgrove doesn’t have a defined role for the Trojans. She just plays hard. From finding a little space on the baseline for a jumper or boxing out girls four inches taller than her, Cosgrove does a little bit of everything for McDowell.

In an impressive 60-52 win over North East on Feb. 1, Cosgrove, who averages 8.5 points per game, dropped in 20 for the Trojans.

Poll results:

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