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Posts tagged "Meadville basketball"
Posted: November 29th, 2013

Meadville Bulldogs
Coach: Mark McElhinny (16th season overall, 1st at Meadville, 208-163)
2012-13 overall record: 16-7
2012-13 region record: 11-5 (tied for second)
2012-13 playoff results: Lost to Strong Vincent 73-41 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Zak Price, Trevor Clune, Donte Hollingsworth, Malik Anderson, Phil Mottillo
Top returning players: Jake Gregor, Faizon McClure, Jason Clune
Assistant coaches: Mike Pero, Chuck Jones
Outlook: Meadville will be under new direction this season as Mark McElhinny takes over for Norm Price, who retired. McElhinny has plenty of experience after coaching for 13 years at Maplewood and two at Conneaut Valley. He brings a new approach to Meadville, which lost most of its scoring to graduation. Zak Price, Trevor Clune, Donte Hollingsworth, Malik Anderson and Phil Mottillo all graduated in the spring. Price and Clune were voted to the all-region second team as seniors. Price was a big-time 3-point shooter and paced Meadville with 17.8 points per game, while Clune scored 15.7 ppg and Hollingsworth had 13.2 ppg. The Bulldogs will be young and inexperienced but have an up and comer to turn to in Jason Clune. He head a breakout freshman season with 9.2 points per game, while senior Jake Gregor and junior Faizon McClure are back as well. Meadville could also receive contributions from Shaquan Lindsey, Nathan Martin, Jacob Jageman, Derek Niemann, Ryan Harkness, Alex Parker, Alex Brown, Anthoni Boitnott, Roman Pero, Cottrell McDonald and Armoni Foster. The Bulldogs have some work to do in building chemistry and learning a new system. Meadville has traditionally remained competitive no matter which players graduate, meaning the Bulldogs could be a tough team to beat in the second half of the season.

6 Meadville tournament
7 Meadville tournament
10 McDowell 7:30
13 at Sharon* 7:30
17 Hickory* 7:30
20 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
27 Meadville tournament
28 Meadville tournament
2 George Junior* 7:30
4 at Farrell* 7:30
7 at Franklin* 7:30
14 at Grove City* 7:30
17 Oil City* 7:30
21 Sharon* 7:30
24 at Hickory* 7:30
28 Slippery Rock* 7:30
31 at George Junior* 7:30
4 Farrell* 7:30
6 Franklin* 7:30
8 at Central Tech 7:30
11 Grove City* 7:30
14 at Oil City* 7:30
*Region 5 games

Coach: Casey O’Shea (2nd season, 5-17)
2012-13 overall record: 5-17
2012-13 region record: 3-9 (tied for fifth)
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Shauntia Vactor-Pope, Katie DeWalt, Franki Mullen
Top returning players: Cadi McCoy, Alex Smith, Carley Glatch, Kiashiah Newsome, Tomera Schweter
Assistant coaches: Chuck walker, Tony Boca
Outlook: Meadville went through some growing pains last season under new head coach Casey O’Shea, formerly Casey Heller. The Bulldogs won five games but had only a few seniors in the lineup. Meadville will have to replace the graduated trio of Shauntia Vactor-Pope, Katie DeWalt and Franki Mullen. Vactor-Pope scored 11.3 points per game, while McCoy averaged 9.4 ppg. DeWalt added 4.5 points per game as the three leave big holes for the Bulldogs to fill this winter. Meadville returns Cadi McCoy, Alex Smith, Carley Glatch, Kiashiah Newsome and Tomera Schweter. Newsome had a breakout freshman season with 7.7 points per game last winter and could be counted on as a leader for a young team this season. McCoy and Glatch are returning starters for the Bulldogs, while the other three starting positions will be determined in camp. Meadville is in a brutal region with powerhouses like Franklin, Hickory and Slippery Rock. The Bulldogs are young but could keep developing as the season goes on. If Meadville keeps buying into O’Shea’s system, they might surprise a few teams this year and built toward the future.

6 Meadville tournament
7 Meadville tournament
10 at Villa Maria 7:30
14 Sharpsville 2:30
20 at Grove City* 7:30
27 Saegertown tournament
28 Saegertown tournament
3 at Titusville* 7:30
8 Conneaut 7:30
10 Slippery Rock* 7:30
13 at Hickory* 7:30
16 at Franklin* 7:30
18 Central Tech 2:30
20 Oil City* 7:30
23 Grove City* 7:30
25 Strong Vincent 2:30
27 Titusville* 7:30
3 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
5 at Conneaut 7:30
7 Hickory* 7:30
10 Franklin* 7:30
13 at Oil City* 7:30
*Region 5 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 15th, 2012

Meadville Bulldogs
Coach (season, record): Norm Price (24th season, 397-204)
2011-12 overall record: 16-7
2011-12 region record (place): 11-5 (tied for second)
2011-12 playoff results: Lost to Girard 44-37 in a District 10 Class AAA play-in game.
Top player lost: Fred Epps
Top returning players: Artrel Foster, Donte Hollingsworth, Zak Price, Trevor Clune, Jacob Gregor
Assistant coaches: Todd Pearson, Chuck Jones
Outlook: If there was one team in Class AAA that could match Hickory’s experience, it would definitely be Meadville. The Bulldogs return all five starters and will only have to replace Fred Epps, who graduated. Seniors Artrel Foster, Donte Hollingsworth, Zak Price and Trevor Clune are back along with junior Jacob Gregor. Foster averaged 11 points per game as a junior to be voted to the all-region second team along with Price, who scored 13 points per game. The experienced group could be bolstered by 6-4 freshman Jason Clune, 5-10 senior Phil Mottillo and 5-8 senior Marlon McCoy. The three will be crucial in helping the starting lineup get breaks and in case any of the five get into foul trouble. Foster (677 points), Hollingsworth (592) and Price (575) could all reach 1,000 points for Meadville this season. Region 5 is brutal, once again, with talented southern teams and it is only bolstered by George Junior replacing Titusville. Much like last year, it is unlikely any team will go unbeaten in region play but the team to survive the region schedule will be formidable in the D-10 playoffs. Meadville will need several big wins to stay near the top of the region, including two showdowns with Hickory.

7-8 Meadville tournament
12 at McDowell 7:30
14 Sharon* 7:30
18 at Hickory* 7:30
21 Slippery Rock* 7:30
27-28 Meadville tournament
3 at George Junior* 7:30
5 at Farrell* 7:30
8 at Franklin* 7:30
15 Grove City* 7:30
18 at Oil City* 7:30
22 at Sharon* 7:30
25 Hickory* 7:30
29 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
1 George Junior* 7:30
5 Farrell* 7:30
7 Franklin* 7:30
9 Central Tech 7:30
12 at Grove City* 7:30
15 Oil City* 7:30
*Region 5 games

Coach (season): Casey Heller (1st season)
2011-12 overall record: 8-14
2011-12 region record (place): 4-8 (fifth)
2011-12 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Chaykala Lindsey, DaQueisha Epps
Top returning players: Shauntia Vactor-Pope, Katie DeWalt, Cadi McCoy
Assistant coaches: Chuck Walker, Tony Boca
Outlook: Meadville will start over with former Bulldog star Casey Heller. She is only a few years out of Edinboro but Heller is hungry to turn Meadville’s program around. The Bulldogs missed out on the playoffs last year but they have enough talent back to contend for a playoff spot. Meadville graduated Chaykala Lindsey and DaQueisha Epps but return three starters in Shauntia Vactor-Pope, Katie DeWalt and Cadi McCoy. Vactor-Pope and DeWalt bring in senior experience, while McCoy is a talented junior forward. The three will be important in leading a young Bulldogs team. Meadville has a few younger players that could earn playing time in camp as Heller searches for more size to complement her returning starters. The Bulldogs will have a tough road in region play this season. Franklin and Hickory are loaded while Grove City and Slippery Rock are never easy wins either. Meadville will need to buy into a new system with new players right away to return to the postseason.

7-8 Meadville tournament
13 Villa Maria 7:30
15 at Sharpsville 2:30
20 Grove City* 7:30
26-27 Corry tournament
3 Titusville* 7:30
7 Central Tech 7:30
10 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
14 Hickory* 7:30
17 Franklin* 7:30
19 at Central Tech 7:30
21 at Oil City* 7:30
24 at Grove City* 7:30
26 at Strong Vincent 3:30
28 at Titusville* 7:30
31 Conneaut 7:30
4 Slippery Rock* 7:30
7 at Hickory* 7:30
11 at Franklin* 7:30
14 Oil City* 7:30
*Region 5 games

Friday: Mercer

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 21st, 2011

Meadville Bulldogs
Coach (season, record): Norm Price (22nd season, 379-196)
2010-11 overall record: 9-13
2010-11 region record (place): 5-11 (tied for sixth)
2010-11 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Ray Hamilton, Josh Gregor, Samer Newsome
Top returning players: Artrel Foster, Donte Hollingsworth, Zak Price
Assistant coaches: Todd Pearson
Outlook: Meadville dealt with some struggles last year and will have a new look this winter. The Bulldogs will be smaller but quicker and they have plenty of speed back. Standout Ray Hamilton along with Samer Newsome and Josh Gregor graduated in the offseason, but Meadville has several experienced players back. Donte Hollingsworth was the Bulldogs’ second-leading scorer last year at 16.9 points per game, while Artrel Foster and Zak Price were fourth and fifth in scored. Foster averaged 11.9 ppg last winter and can get up and down the court quickly, while Price averaged 8.3 ppg and drained 24 3-pointers. Price could be counted on to replace Gregor, who hit 92 3-pointers last winter. Fred Epps could see more playing time to add speed, while Jacob Gregor is an up-and-coming player. Meadville’s speed could lead to some high offensive totals but also could make way for some high point totals given up on defense. The Bulldogs have the talent to contend in Region 7 and they have been through some battles in the past few years. Meadville has experience and leadership but depth could be an issue the Bulldogs need to work on in camp.

9-10 Brentwood tournament
13 at Rocky Grove 7:30
16 Oil City* 7:30
23 at Titusville* 7:30
27-28 Meadville tournament
3 Slippery Rock* 7:30
6 at Sharon* 7:30
10 Titusville* 7:30
13 at Farrell* 7:30
17 Grove City* 7:30
19 at Franklin* 7:30
21 at Hickory* 2:30
24 at Oil City* 7:30
27 George Junior 7:30
31 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
2 Sharon* 7:30
7 Farrell* 7:30
10 at Grove City* 7:30
14 Franklin* 7:30
17 Hickory* 7:30

Coach (season, record): Darryl Jones (4th season, 45-24)
2010-11 overall record: 15-8
2010-11 region record (place): 9-3 (tied for second)
2010-11 playoff results: Lost 61-36 to North East in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Toni Feidler, Erin Chandler, Erica Chandler, Victoria Severo
Top returning players: Chaykala Lindsey, DaQuanda Epps, DaQueisha Epps
Assistant coaches: Church Walker, Casey Heller
Outlook: Meadville will look to retool in camp with four important players gone to graduation. Toni Feidler, Erin Chandler, Erica Chandler and Victoria Severo all graduated, leaving some big holes for coach Darryl Jones to fill in camp. Jones does have some experienced players back, including Chaykala Lindsey, DaQuanda Epps and DaQueisha Epps. The three saw plenty of varsity action last year and will be counted on to be leaders this winter. Katie DeWalt, Marcedes McCoy, Shauuntia Vactor-Pope and Melanie Harkness could contend for playing time and make an impact on the varsity level this year. The Bulldogs will rely heavily on defense and speed this year with several forwards gone to graduation. Meadville’s region is on the rise and it will be tough to put together wins in region play without playing well every night. The Bulldogs will need to develop some depth and chemistry in camp to get back to the postseason.

9-10 Meadville tournament
13 Corry 7:30
15 at Franklin* 7:30
19 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
23 Titusville* 7:30
27-28 North Allegheny tournament
3 at Greenville 7:30
5 North East 7:30
9 Oil City* 7:30
12 at Hickory* 7:30
16 at Strong Vincent 7:30
19 Grove City* 7:40
23 Franklin* 7:30
26 Slippery Rock* 7:30
31 at Northwestern 7:30
2 at Titusville* 7:30
4 Fairview 2:30
9 at Oil City* 7:30
13 Hickory* 7:30
16 at Grove City* 7:30

– Tom Reisenweber

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