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Posted: December 2nd, 2013

Oil City Oilers
Boys
Coach: Mark Cochran (2nd season, 10-12)
2012-13 overall record: 10-12
2012-13 region record: 5-11 (tied for sixth)
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Evan Carll, Hunter French
Top returning players: Logan Way, Andrew Williams, Devon Geib, Cullen Flaherty, Frank Serbati
Assistant coaches: Chris Delmonaco, Nick Woods, Bundy Fulmer
Outlook: Oil City had some success in a new system under first-year coach Mark Cochran last winter. This season, the Oilers are looking to improve not only on their 10-win season, but to contend for a playoff spot as well. Oil City will have to replace Evan Carll and Hunter French. Carll scored 4.2 points per game as a senior and French had 3.5 ppg. The Oilers have everyone else back, including a loaded senior class. Logan Way, Andrew Williams, Devon Geib, Cullen Flaherty and Frank Serbati are all back to fill in the regular rotation for Cochran. Way scored 18.1 points per game as a senior and was voted to the all-region first team, while Williams scored 14.2 ppg and is getting Division II interest. Geib added 13.3 points per game, while Serbati scored 4.8 points per game. Oil City could also receive immediate contributions from sophomores Tyler Lukasisak, Morgan Hadley, Jackson McFall. The Oilers had no problem scoring last season but they had trouble stopping the powerful offenses in Region 5. Oil City is on the brink of being a competitor and just needs to shore up its defense in camp. The Oilers are in a brutal region where every night means something in region play. If Oil City can play tougher defense and get more of a presence on the boards, the Oilers will head to the District 10 Class AAA playoffs this winter.

Schedule
December
6 Fort LeBoeuf tournament
7 Fort LeBoeuf tournament
11 Titusville 7:30
17 at Grove City* 7:30
20 Franklin* 7:30
27 Oil City tournament
28 Oil City tournament
January
2 Sharon* 7:30
4 at Hickory* 2:30
8 Slippery Rock* 7:30
10 at George Junior* 7:30
14 Farrell* 7:30
17 at Meadville* 7:30
24 Grove City* 7:30
25 at Titusville 7:30
28 at Franklin* 7:30
31 at Sharon* 7:30
February
4 Hickory* 7:30
6 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
8 George Junior* 7:30
11 at Farrell* 7:30
14 Meadville* 7:30
*Region 5 games

Girls
Coach: Paul Flickner (4th season, 15-51)
2012-13 overall record: 10-12
2012-13 region record: 3-9 (tied for fifth)
2012-13 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Weslee Clyde
Top returning players: Carlee Wenner, Steph Stevenson, Erin Wilfong, Riley Davis, Jen Stevenson, Sarah McCauley, Allie Domer, Lena Carll, Miranda Williams, Susan Parsons, Shania Kulling
Assistant coach: Lyndsay Burneisen
Outlook: Oil City took a big step forward last winter with 10 wins after winning five games the previous two seasons combined. The Oilers will look to keep improving this winter in a region going through some transition. Franklin was hit by graduation and Hickory is still loaded. The rest of the region is up for grabs, including one or two playoff spots. Oil City will have to replace Weslee Clyde, who scored 6.5 points per game last season. The Oilers have an experienced team back, including Carlee Wenner, Steph Stevenson, Erin Wilfong, Riley Davis, Jen Stevenson, Sarah McCauley, Allie Domer, Lena Carll, Miranda Williams, Susan Parsons and Shania Kulling. Davis scored 10.7 points per game in a breakout sophomore season to lead the Oilers in points, rebounds and blocks and be voted to the all-region second team. McCauley and Stevenson had big freshman seasons with 7.6 and 4.5 ppg, respectilvey, while Wenner averaged 5.3 ppg and Steph Stevenson scored 4 ppg. Jen Stevenson started every game as a freshman at point guard and is developing into a leader for the Oilers. Wenner and Steph Stevenson are three-year starters for Oil City and bring plenty of senior leadership along with Wilfong. The Oilers could also receive immediate contributions from Julia Serbati and Jamie Stack. The Oilers started to play really well toward the end of the last season and they are looking to carry that over to this season. Oil City has plenty of experience and depth from last season and if the Oilers can play at a high level in Region 5, they will be in the mix for a postseason spot.

Schedule
December
6 Oil City tournament
7 Oil City tournament
11 at Greenville 7:30
13 Eisenhower 7:30
27 Oil City tournament
28 Oil City tournament
January
3 Grove City* 7:30
6 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
10 at Franklin* 7:30
13 at Titusville* 7:30
16 Hickory* 7:30
19 Westinghouse 6
20 at Meadville* 7:30
22 at Keystone 7:30
27 at Grove City* 7:30
30 Slippery Rock* 7:30
February
3 Franklin* 7:30
6 Titusville* 7:30
10 at Hickory* 7:30
11 at Eisenhower 7:30
13 Meadville* 7:30
15 Warren 5:30
*Region 5 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 20th, 2012

Oil City Oilers
Boys
Coach (season): Mark Cochran (1st season)
2011-12 overall record: 6-16
2011-12 region record (place): 3-13 (eighth)
2011-12 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Nate Davis, Jeff Zimoski, Blake Hadley, Steve McCauley, Dan Yarnell
Top returning players: Andrew Williams, Logan Way, Evan Carll, Hunter French
Assistant coaches: Keith Fulmer, Nick Woods, Chris Delmonaco
Outlook: Oil City will look to go in a new direction with a new head coach in Mark Cochran. The Oilers struggled last season in a brutal region and will need to buy into a new system to find some success this year. Oil City graduated Nate Davis, Jeff Zimoski, Blake Hadley, Steve McCauley and Dan Yarnell. All five were contributors last season and leave big holes to fill. The Oilers return Andrew Williams, Logan Way, Evan Carll and Hunter French. Williams and Way started last year while Carll and French could step into starting roles this winter. Devon Geib, Cullen Flaherty, Frank Serbati and Calib Coburn are young players who could also step into playing time this year on the varsity level. Oil City is athletic, hardworking and has strong guard play but size and rebounding could be huge issues along with inexperience. The Oilers are in one of the toughest regions in District 10 and they will need to come together quickly to not only survive region play but to make strides and win some games.

Schedule
December
7-8 Fort LeBoeuf tournament
11 Titusville 7:30
18 at Grove City* 7:30
21 at Franklin* 7:30
27-28 Oil City tournament
January
2 at Sharon* 7:30
5 Hickory* 7:30
8 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
11 George Junior* 7:30
15 at Farrell* 7:30
18 Meadville* 7:30
25 Grove City* 7:30
26 at Titusville 7:30
29 Franklin* 7:30
February
1 Sharon* 7:30
5 at Hickory* 7:30
7 Slippery Rock* 7:30
9 at George Junior* 7:30
12 Farrell* 7:30
15 at Meadville* 7:30
*Region 5 games

Girls
Coach (season, record): Paul Flickner (3rd season, 5-39)
2011-12 overall record: 4-18
2011-12 region record (place): 1-11 (tied for sixth)
2011-12 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top player lost: Chelsea Hall
Top returning players: Weslee Clyde, Michaela Bernecky, Carlee Wenner, Stephanie Stevenson, Erin Wilfong, Miranda Williams, Kayleigh Serafin, Riley Davis, Susan Parsons, Shania Kulling
Assistant coaches: Autumn Witt, Sam Knight, Jessica Warner, John Davis, Jodi Gault, Katie Wenner
Outlook: Oil City improved last winter after winning only one game two years ago. The Oilers starting buying into coach Paul Flickner’s system and started to see some results. Oil City will need to replace all-region second team selection Chelsea Hall. She graduated in the spring after leading the Oilers in 3-pointers last year. Oil City returns starters in Weslee Clyde, Carlee Wenner, Stephanie Stevenson, Erin Wilfong and Riley Davis along with contributors Michaela Bernecky, Miranda Williams, Kayleigh Serafin, Susan Parson and Shani Kulling. The Oilers could also receive contributions from younger players Jen Stevenson, Sarah McCauley, Lena Carll and Lexi Scannell. Oil City has plenty of experience this year and has improved at both ends of the floor. The Oilers have to cut down on turnovers and make smarter decisions. Oil City is in a tough region with Franklin and Hickory and confidence will be key. The Oilers could run into some tough nights but if they use their experience and chemistry, they could be in the conversation for a playoff spot.

Schedule
December
7-8 Oil City tournament
11 at Warren 7:30
14 Eisenhower 7:30
17 at Greenville 7:30
20 at Strong Vincent 7:30
27-28 Oil City tournament
January
3 Grove City* 7:30
7 Slippery Rock* 7:30
10 Franklin* 7:30
14 Titusville* 7:30
17 at Hickory* 7:30
19 Greenville 12:30
21 Meadville* 7:30
26 at Eisenhower 7:30
28 at Grove City* 7:30
31 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
February
4 at Franklin* 7:30
7 at Titusville* 7:30
11 Hickory* 7:30
14 at Meadville* 7:30
*Region 5 games

Wednesday: Reynolds

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: November 25th, 2011

Oil City Oilers
Boys
Coach (season, record): John Davis (13th season)
2010-11 overall record: 8-14
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: Dallas Williams, Logan Lantz, Guy Dodge, Jeremy Siegel
Top returning players: Nate Davis, Dan Yarnell, Jeff Zimoski, Steve McCauley, Blake Hadley, Logan Way
Assistant coaches: Craig Kasunic, Keith Fulmer, Kevin Vogan
Outlook: Oil City could quietly become a contender this season with limited losses to graduation in Guy Dodge, Logan Lantz, Jeremy Siegel and Dallas Williams. The Oilers weren’t a bad team last year and will use their experience to try and climb into playoff contention this winter. Seniors Nate Davis, Dan Yarnell, Jeff Zimoski, Steve McCauley and Blake Hadley provide leadership, but Hadley did get banged up in football season. Sophomore Logan Way could also be an impact player for the Oilers. Oil City will also look for several newcomers to contribute. Evan Carrll, Jericho Hartle, Hunter French, Devon Geib, Andrew Williams and Cullen Flaherty could see varsity action this winter. Oil City was thrown into a tailspin last year when coach Jason Fulmer moved on to Franklin but with a full offseason to train and prepare, the Oilers and coach John Davis could be a tough team to beat this season.

Schedule
December
9-10 Fort LeBoeuf tournament
13 at George Junior 7:30
16 at Meadville* 7:30
20 Hickory* 7:30
28-29 Oil City tournament
January
3 Sharon* 7:30
10 Farrell* 7:30
13 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
17 Franklin* 7:30
19 at Titusville* 7:30
21 at Grove City* 7:30
24 Meadville* 7:30
27 at Hickory* 7:30
31 at Sharon* 7:30
February
4 at Farrell* 7:30
7 Slippery Rock* 7:30
10 at Franklin* 7:30
11 at Warren 2:30
14 Titusville* 7:30
17 Grove City* 7:30

Girls
Coach (season, record): Paul Flickner (2nd season, 1-21)
2010-11 overall record: 1-21
2010-11 region record (place): 0-12 (seventh)
2010-11 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs.
Top player lost: Erica Wassil
Top returning players: Chelsea Hall, Weslee Clyde, Carlee Wenner, Stephanie Stevenson, McKenzie Reck, Kayleigh Serafin, Erin Wilfong
Assistant coaches: Jessica Jack, Chyanne Shuffstaff
Outlook: Oil City went through some growing pains last winter but the Oilers could be a tougher team this year. With only the loss of Erica Wassil to graduation, the young Oilers took their lumps and earned a valuable year of experience last winter. Senior Chelsea Hall started the past two years and is a leader for Oil City, while junior forward Weslee Clyde lead the Oilers in scoring last winter. Sophomores Carlee Wenner, Stephanie Stevenson, McKenzie Reck, Kayleigh Serafin and Erin Wilfong saw varsity action last winter and could be contributors again this season. The Oilers could also receive strong efforts from freshmen Riley Davis and Lena Carll. Oil City is still developing under second-year coach Paul Flickner but the Oilers could be tough to beat each night this season.

Schedule
December
9-10 Oil City tournament
13 Union City 7:30
16 Titusville* 7:30
19 Hickory* 7:30
23 at Grove City* 7:30
28-29 Oil City tournament
January
5 Slippery Rock* 7:30
9 at Meadville* 7:30
12 Franklin* 7:30
14 Greenville 7:30
16 at Eisenhower 7:30
19 Youngsville 7:30
23 at Titusville* 7:30
25 Eisenhower 7:30
26 at Hickory* 7:30
February
2 Grove City* 7:30
6 at Slippery Rock* 7:30
9 Meadville* 7:30
13 at Franklin* 7:30
14 at Greenville 7:30

Saturday: Reynolds

– Tom Reisenweber

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