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Posted: August 19th, 2013

McDowell Trojans
Boys
Coach: Jamie Smith (6th season, 60-31-3)
2012 overall record: 13-8-0
2012 region record: 5-1-0 (champion)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Cathedral Prep 5-2 to win the District 10 Class AAA championship. McDowell then beat DuBois 3-2 in a PIAA subregional before losing to Upper St. Clair 6-0 in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Alex Mong, Jacob Hanko, Luke Troncone, Dimitri Arvantiopulos, Miguel Navarro, Corey Meyers, Sean Lynch, Josh Olszewski, Joey Schack
Top returning players: Ruben Uquillas, Eldin Sabic, Ryan Huffman
Assistant coaches: Dan Kowalczyk, Aaron Pentz
Outlook: McDowell came through with a big 5-2 win over rival Cathedral Prep in the District 10 Class AAA championship last fall. The Trojans went on to win their PIAA subregional and are looking for more this season. McDowell will have some work to do with only three starters back from last year. The Trojans will have to replace Alex Mong, Jacob Hanko, Luke Troncone, Dimitri Arvantiopulos, Corey Meyers, Sean Lynch, Josh Olszewski, Joey Schack and Miguel Navarro. Meyers was voted to the all-region first team at goalkeeper, while Troncone was a first-team selection on offense and Mong and Lynch were voted to the all-region first team on defense. Olszewski and Schack were voted to the all-region second team on offense and Hanko was voted to the second team on defense. Navarro is also a big loss after being voted to the all-region first team on offense. With lots of talent lost to graduation, McDowell will have to rely on the young players to step up this season. The Trojans have several players back to rely on, including forward Eldin Sabic, midfielder Ryan Huffman and defender Ruben Uquillas. Huffman was voted to the all-region second team on offense and Uquillas is a second-team selection on defense. McDowell’s program has developed into one of the strongest programs in District 10. The Trojans will reload instead of rebuild this year but their ability to beat the rest of Class AAA in D-10 will come down to building chemistry in camp. Look for McDowell to win D-10 again and be a tough team to beat in the PIAA playoffs.

Schedule
August
30 Pine-Richland tournament
31 Pine-Richland tournament
September
4 Girard 7:30
9 at North Allegheny 7:30
10 at Strong Vincent 5:30
12 Harbor Creek 7:30
18 Central Tech* 7:30
21 at East 4:30
24 at Meadville* 7
October
3 Cathedral Prep* 7:30
5 Fort LeBoeuf 2:30
9 at Central Tech* 6
10 Westlake (Ohio) 6:30
16 Meadville* 7:30
19 at General McLane 5:30
22 at Cathedral Prep* 7:30
24 Warren 6
28 Fairview 7:30
*Region 6 matches

Girls
Coach: Jason Perkins (4th season, 62-18-1)
2012 overall record: 15-3-0
2012 region record: 4-0-0 (champion)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Strong Vincent 5-0 to win the District 10 Class AAA championship. McDowell then beat DuBois 5-0 in a PIAA subregional before losing to State College 1-0 in a subregional.
Top player lost: Carly Pruckner
Top returning players: Hannah Manczka, Abby Kenski, Sarah Danch, Ashley Bernatowicz, Caroline Mashyna, Crystal Flagg, Kylie Kaspick, Erin Meeker, Mariah Elwell, Morgan Mellow
Assistant coaches: Sarah Palm, Sonny Vidakovic, John Stahon
Outlook: McDowell already had a stranglehold on Class AAA in District 10 and the Trojans could be even better this season. McDowell lost Carly Pruckner to graduation but everyone else is back. Pruckner was voted to the all-region team on defense as a senior and will be a big loss for the Trojans. McDowell has plenty of returning standouts, including 10 seniors. Among the returnees are Hannah Manczka, Abby Kenski, Sarah Danch, Ashley Bernatowicz, Caroline Mashyna, Crystal Flagg, Kylie Kaspick, Erin Meeker, Mariah Elwell and Morgan Mellow. Flagg is back in goal and was voted to the all-region team as a junior, while Mashyna and Kenski are big-time goal scorers out front. Both were voted to the all-region team along with Elwell, a junior. Elwell is back to start at midfield with Manczka, Bernatowicz and Kaspick. On defense, Danch, Mellow and Meeker are returning starters. Danch was voted to the all-region team last fall. With a strong group back, McDowell could also receive contributions from new players Annie Cacchione and Cameron Bujnowski. The Trojans have talent, experience and leadership back this season. McDowell looks like a strong District 10 Class AAA favorite and could make a deep run in the PIAA playoffs. The Trojans will need to sharpen their chemistry a little bit and not let an easy region schedule let them become complacent. McDowell might be the best girls soccer team in D-10 this season and this could be a big year for the Trojans.

Schedule
August
31 at North Allegheny 4:30
September
3 Villa Maria 7:30
7 at Butler 3
9 Bradford 6:30
11 at Corry 4
14 Mount Lebanon 11:30 a.m.
17 at Central Tech* 6
19 Warren 7:30
23 at Fairview 7:30
October
1 Strong Vincent* 7:30
5 at Mercyhurst Prep 7
9 Central Tech* 5
12 General McLane 11:30 a.m.
21 at Strong Vincent* 3:30
22 at Villa Maria 5:30
24 at Harbor Creek 6
*Region 6 matches

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: January 24th, 2013

A pair of area high school graduates, Adam Clement and Ryan Zapolski, have had a great week in their respective sports.

Clement, who starred in soccer for McDowell, was drafted by the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the Major League Soccer supplemental draft Tuesday. He recently completed his career with Duquesne University and could be headed for a pro soccer career.

Zapolski, who was a hockey standout at Cathedral Prep, has had a big year in the East Coast Hockey League. The former Mercyhurst University star also was named MVP of the ECHL All-Star Game Wednesday.

Posted in: Hockey, Soccer
Posted: November 10th, 2012

Dimitrios Arvanitopulos

The McDowell boys soccer team possessed a potent offense this fall. The Trojans’ defense was equally as a tough for the District 10 Class AAA champions.

A clutch player in the defense turned out to be senior Dimitrios Arvanitopulos.

While defenses focused their attention on Eldin Sabic and Miguel Navarro, Arvanitopulos stepped up with one goal in a 5-2 win over Cathedral Prep in the D-10 championship.

He then contributed another goal in a 3-2 win over DuBois in a PIAA Class AAA subregional.

Poll results:

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Posted: November 3rd, 2012

Abby Kenski

Abby Kenski put together an impressive week to continue her breakout junior season with the McDowell girls soccer team.

Kenski started the week with one goal in a 3-1 win as the Trojans clinched the Region 6 championship. A few days later, Kenski scored twice as McDowell defeated Strong Vincent 5-0 in the District 10 Class AAA championship.

The forward added one more goal in a 5-0 win over DuBois and will be a big part of McDowell’s offense during the rest of its PIAA playoff run.

Poll results:

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Posted: October 27th, 2012

Miguel Navarro

The McDowell boys soccer program goes through plenty of turnover each year. This season, with numerous players vying for playing time, junior midfielder Miguel Navarro has stood out for the Trojans.

Navarro has put together a terrific season.

This past week, Navarro started with two goals in a 6-0 Region 5 win over Meadville before scoring all three goals in an impressive 3-0 victory over General McLane.

Navarro finished his big week with both goals in a 2-0 win over rival Cathedral Prep to clinch the region championship.

Poll results:

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Posted: October 22nd, 2012

The McDowell girls soccer team will chase its 18th District 10 Class AAA championship Thursday at Dollinger Field. The Trojans, who have won five D-10 titles in a row, will play Strong Vincent at 6 p.m.

The Class AAA girls championship has to be played earlier than the rest of the D-10 playoffs because the winner will have to win two PIAA subregion matches to make it to the first round on Nov. 6.

The D-10 champion will host DuBois at a site and time to be determined on Oct. 30 in the first subregion match. The winner moves on to another subregion match Nov. 1 against the District 6 champion in D-6.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Soccer
Posted: October 13th, 2012

Corey Meyers

The McDowell boys soccer team is starting to build some momentum in the second half of the season and senior goalkeeper Corey Meyers is a big reason why.

In the past six matches, the Trojans are 5-1 including four shutouts.

One of those shutouts was a 
4-0 win over rival Cathedral Prep. Meyers has six shutouts total this season with a 1.38 GAA.

McDowell is on its way to competing for a District 10 Class AAAA championship and will be tough to beat with Meyers 
in goal.

Poll results:

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Posted: October 4th, 2012

The football showdown between Cathedral Prep and McDowell, also known as the Cureage Cup, will serve as a fundraiser for cancer research for the fifth consecutive year.

That game is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. at Veterans Stadium.

However, two upcoming soccer games will serve as cancer fundraisers as well.

McDowell and Prep meet on the soccer field today at 7:30 p.m. at Dollinger Field in the second annual “Kickin’ Cancer” game.

Shelley McQuown, a Cathedral Prep soccer parent rep, said the game will be utilized to raise money “to assist a family who has been affected by cancer.”

Last year, more than $1,000 was raised for a family at the inaugural “Kickin’ Cancer” game.

Fans can help by selling T-shirts, 50/50 tickets and raffling three baskets. In addition, $1 from each admission ticket sold will be donated. The public is encouraged to attend.

• Meanwhile, the McDowell girls soccer team will raise money for the Regional Cancer Center Foundation during its game at Gus Anderson Field Monday at 7:30 p.m. against rival Mercyhurst Prep.

A press release from the McDowell girls soccer team noted that one team member lost a grandmother to colon cancer and an aunt to lung cancer. Another McDowell player’s uncle had childhood leukemia at age 2, and “fortunately, thanks to treatment, he is now 35, cancer-free and about to be a father for the first time.”

The team chose the Regional Cancer Center “because it benefits cancer patients right here in our community. No patient is ever turned away because of his or her inability to pay and patients with financial needs are served.”

McDowell will be selling special game shirts and soccer ball cutouts with ribbons to raise funds.

For information, send an e-mail to Caroline Mashyna at carolinemashyna@gmail.com or Char Mashyna at charmashyna@gmail.com or call 881-1210.

 

Posted: September 22nd, 2012

Eldin Sabic

The McDowell boys soccer team entered the season with several big-time scorers lost to graduation.

Eldin Sabic might be the answer coach Jamie Smith is looking for. Sabic, a junior forward, has seven goals in eight matches this season, including four in a 9-1 win over Strong Vincent.

He also had the only goal in a 1-0 win over St. Francis (N.Y.) earlier this season.

McDowell will need plenty of offense to knock Cathedral Prep off the top of Class AAA in District 10, and Sabic could contribute to a Trojans run.

Poll results:

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Posted: September 22nd, 2012

Caroline Mashyna

Carolina Mashyna has stepped up as a leader of the McDowell girls soccer team this season.

The junior forward has done it all — scoring goals, dishing out assists and even playing some goalkeeper as well.

Mashyna recently scored three goals in a 7-0 win over Central Tech.

She also had an assist and shut the Falcons out in goal in the second half. In seven matches this season, Mashyna has 11 goals and four assists and is emerging as a big-time scoring threat for the Trojans.

This is the second big weekly honor that Mashyna has received recently. On Sept. 12, she was named Varsity Female Athlete of the Week in the Varsity print edition.

Poll results:

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Posted: August 12th, 2012

McDowell Trojans
Boys
Coach (season, record): Jamie Smith (5th season, 47-23-3)
2011 overall record: 9-7-1
2011 region record (place): 5-2-1 (second)
2011 playoff results: Lost to Cathedral Prep 4-2 in the District 10 Class AAA championship.
Top players lost: Dez Cifelli, Chris Cvecko, Andrew Masteller, Chad Ackerman, Shawn Matthews, Jesus Covarrubius
Top returning players: Luke Troncone, Jacob Hanko, Alex Mong, Ryan Huffman, Dimitri Arvanitopulos, Eldin Sabic
Assistant coaches: Dan Kowalczyk, Aaron Pentz
Outlook: McDowell had big expectations going into last year before devastating injuries to Dez Cifelli and Andrew Masteller. The Trojans weren’t able to handle rival Cathedral Prep in the District 10 Class AAA championship match, but McDowell is hoping to break through this fall. The Trojans have to overcome the loss of Chris Cvecko, Chad Ackerman, Shawn Matthews, Jesus Covarrubius, Cifelli and Masteller to graduation. Cifelli and Cvecko were voted to the all-region first team on offense, while Matthews (offense) and Covarrubius (defense) were second-team selections. McDowell returns five starters from last season and expects to contend right away. The Trojans return Luke Troncone, Jacob Hanko, Alex Mong, Ryan Huffman and Dimitri Arvanitopulos, Eldin Sabic. Hanko and Mong were voted to the first team on defense as juniors. McDowell has a challenging non-region schedule, but the two biggest matches of the year occur Oct. 4 and 23 against Prep. If the Trojans can reload its offense and receive big contributions on defense, they could make a run at their third D-10 title in five years.

Schedule
September
1 at Warren 11 a.m.
5 at Girard 5:30
7 St. Francis, N.Y. (Lockport tournament) 5
8 (Lockport tournament)
10 North Allegheny 6:30
11 Strong Vincent 7:30
13 at Harbor Creek 6
19 at Central Tech* 3:30
22 East noon
25 Meadville* 7:30
October
4 at Cathedral Prep* 7:30
6 at Fort LeBoeuf 4
9 Central Tech* 7:30
13 Upper St. Clair 7
16 at Meadville* 7
20 General McLane 2:30
23 Cathedral Prep* 7:30
*Region 6 matches

Girls
Coach (season, record): Jason Perkins (4th season, 47-15-1)
2011 overall record: 13-7-0
2011 region record (place): 8-0-0 (champion)
2011 playoff results: Defeated Strong Vincent 7-0 in the District 10 Class AAA championship. McDowell then lost to North Allegheny 3-1 in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Sammy Valloud, Allison Oathout, Natasia Lenox, Mackenzie Presta, Alyse Sambuchino, Alyssa Guerriero
Top returning players: Hannah Manczka, Sarah Danch, Caroline Mashyna, Mariah Elwell, Carly Pruckner, Crystal Flagg
Assistant coaches: Sonny Vidakovic, Sarah Palm, Amanda Garrity
Outlook: McDowell rolled to another Region 6 title and the District 10 Class AAA championship last fall. With only two other AAA teams, the Trojans are in line to repeat their success. McDowell will be young and inexperienced this fall after massive graduation losses. Sammy Valloud, Allison Oathout, Natasia Lenox, Mackenzie Presta, Alyse Sambuchino and Alyssa Guerriero were among the players gone to graduation after making the all-region team. Valloud, one of McDowell’s all-time scorers, was an all-district selection, an all-region first-team pick and the Region 6 Player of the Year. Lenox, Presta and Oathout were first-team selections on offense, while Sambuchino made the first team on defense. Guerriero was a second-team pick on offense. With everything McDowell lost to graduation, the Trojans will have some experienced leaders back to count on. Carly Pruckner provides senior leadership after making the all-region first team on defense, while juniors Sarah Danch, a first-team defender, and Caroline Mashyna, a second-team offensive player, are back. Goalkeeper Crystal Flagg returns along with sophomore midfielder Mariah Elwell and junior midfielder Hannah Manzcka. The Trojans received a boost in the offseason when all-region forward Abby Kenski transferred from Villa Maria. Kenski could start right away as well as freshman Erin Meeker and sophomore Morgan Mello. McDowell was gutted by graduation but coach Jason Perkins should have a solid group this season. The Trojans should dominate Class AAA in D-10 once again, but preparing for another PIAA run is important. McDowell loaded its schedule with area powerhouses Villa Maria, Mercyhurst Prep, Harbor Creek and Fairview. The Trojans should be battle-tested by the time the state playoffs roll around.

Schedule
September
1 at North Allegheny 6
4 at East 6:30
5 at Villa Maria 7:30
7 Lockport (Lockport, N.Y. tournament) 3:30
8 (Lockport, N.Y. tournament)
12 Corry 7:30
15 Mt. Lebanon 2:30
18 Central Tech* 7:30
20 at Warren 5:45
24 Fairview 7:30
October
2 at Strong Vincent* 6:30
8 Mercyhurst Prep 7:30
10 at Central Tech* 6:30
13 Upper St. Clair 3:30
22 Strong Vincent* 7:30
24 Harbor Creek 3:30
*Region 6 matches

Monday: Meadville

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
Posted: July 31st, 2011

McDowell Trojans
Boys
Coach (season, record): Jamie Smith (4th season, 38-16-2)
2010 overall record: 11-6-1
2010 region record (place): 6-1-0 (second)
2010 playoff results: Won the District 10 Class AAA championship. Lost 3-0 to Peters Township in the PIAA first round.
Top players lost: Mitch Kavlick, Zachary Fischer, Michael Vollant, Kyle Means, Patrick Hayes
Top returning players: Chris Cvecko, Andrew Masteller, Dez Cifelli, Shawn Matthews, Chad Ackerman
Assistant coaches: Dan Kowalczyk, Tyler Cook
Outlook: McDowell will go through some rebuilding after losing two all-district players in Mitch Kavlick and Zachary Fischer to graduation. The two were all-region picks along with Kyle Means and Mike Vollant. All four are gone leaving coach Jamie Smith some big holes to fill. Returning for the Trojans is all-region first-team selection Dez Cifelli along with Chris Cvecko, Andrew Masteller, Shawn Matthews and Chad Ackerman. McDowell has six starters back and will have a mix of experienced players with some newcomers. The Trojans have two District 10 championships in the past three years and their schedule will likely get them ready to make a run at another title. McDowell travels to the Cumberland Valley tournament to start the season and the Lockport (N.Y.) tournament a week later. Of course, the two biggest matches of the year will occur Sept. 20 and Oct. 12 against rival Cathedral Prep.

Schedule
September
2-3 Cumberland Valley tournament
6 at Fort LeBoeuf 4
8 North East 7:30
9-10 Lockport (N.Y.) tournament
12 at Saegertown 4
14 Meadville* 7:30
20 Cathedral Prep* 7:30
26 Strong Vincent* 7:30
October
4 at East* 4:30
8 at Upper St. Clair 2:30
10 at Meadville* 7
12 at Cathedral Prep* 7:30
15 Altoona 2:30
18 at Strong Vincent* 6:30
26 East* 6

Girls
Coach (season, record): Jason Perkins (3rd season, 34-8-1)
2010 overall record: 13-4-1
2010 region record (place): 8-0-0 (champion)
2010 playoff results: Won the District 10 Class AAA championship. Lost 4-0 to Pine-Richland in the PIAA first round.
Top players lost: Angela Kuhar, Emily Dahlstrand, Erica Grutkowski, Deb Comi
Top returning players: Sammy Valloud, Allison Oathout, Natasha Lennox, Sarah Danch
Assistant coaches: Sonny Vidakovic, Sarah Palm and Emily Leone
Outlook: McDowell lost some leadership in the offseason but has a strong core back this fall. The Trojans return both of their all-district selections in Sammy Valloud (offense) and Allison Oathout (defense). Both were all-region selections last season along with returnees Natasha Lennox, Caroline Mashyna, and Sarah Danch. McDowell will have to replace goalkeeper Deb Comi, Angela Kuhar, Kelsey Knauer, Erika Grutkowski, Emily Dahlstrand and Amanda Knauer. The Trojans have four sophomores back that can make an impact right away in Hannah Manzka, Ashley Bernatowicz, Mashyna and Danch. Mashyna and Danch saw plenty of playing time last year to make the all-region team, while Manzka and Bernatowicz could be a big part of this year’s squad. Expectations are high after winning the District 10 Class AAA championship the past four years. The Trojans should be the favorite once again this season and will need the underclassmen to step up in order to make a run in the PIAA playoffs.

Schedule
September
3 at Upper Saint Clair 1:30
7 at Corry 7:30
9-10 Lockport (N.Y.) tournament
13 at Meadville* 7
15 Central Tech* 4
17 Mt. Lebanon 12:30
19 at East* 6:30
24 Strong Vincent* 4:30
29 at Mercyhurst Prep 7:30
October
5 Bradford 5
8 Meadville* 4:30
11 at Central Tech* 4:30
12 at North Allegheny 7:30
13 East* 7:30
18 at Strong Vincent* 4:30
22 Villa Maria 4:30
25 at Warren 5

Monday: Meadville

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer

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