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Posted: November 25th, 2012

PIAA quarterfinals
Class A
Friday
At Altoona’s Mansion Park
Bellwood-Antis vs. Delone Catholic, 7 p.m.
At Valley View High School
Dunmore vs. Bristol, 7 p.m.
At Somerset High School
Berlin-Brothersvalley vs. Clairton, 7 p.m.
At Bradford High School
Port Allegany vs. Sharpsville, 7 p.m.

Class AA
Friday
At Central Valley High School
Aliquippa vs. Karns City, 7 p.m.
Saturday
At Northern Lehigh High School
Pen Argyl vs. Imhotep Chater, 1 p.m.
At Hersheypark Stadium
Wyomissing vs. Danville, 1 p.m.
At Slippery Rock’s Mihalik-Thompson Stadium
Hickory vs. Richland, 1 p.m.

Class AAA
Friday
At Bethlehem High School
Allentown Central Catholic vs. Selinsgrove, 7 p.m.
At Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School
Interboro vs. Archbishop Wood, 7 p.m.
At Veterans Stadium
Cathedral Prep vs. West Allegheny, 7 p.m.
District 3 championship
At Hersheypark Stadium
Bishop McDevitt vs. West York, 7 p.m.

Class AAAA
Friday
At Seneca Valley High School
McDowell vs. North Allegheny, 7 p.m.
District 1 championship
At Downingtown West High School
Coatesville vs. Spring-Ford, 7 p.m.
Saturday
At Northeast High School, Philadelphia
La Salle vs. Parkland, 1 p.m.
District 3 championship
At Hersheypark Stadium
Wilson vs. Harrisburg, 6 p.m.

–Tom Reisenweber

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Posted in: Football, PIAA
Posted: November 12th, 2012

District 10 football teams have stepped up their non-region schedules recently. Several out-of-state opponents are making runs at their respective state titles. Cathedral Prep opponent Aquinas Institute (N.Y.) recently had its run end in the Class AA quarterfinals. Class AA is the largest classification in New York.

Shifting over to Ohio, McDowell opponents St. Edward and Mentor played an instant classic on Saturday in the Division I playoffs. Mentor upset top-seeded St. Edward 63-56 in the regional semifinals. Each of the six classes in Ohio has four eight-team regions. The champion of each region makes the state semifinals. Mentor will now travel to Byers Field in Parma to take on St. Ignatius Saturday for the region championship. St. Ignatius, which also played McDowell this year as well as Strong Vincent, pounded North Royalton 56-0 in the region semifinals.

In Division III action, Central Tech opponent Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin was upset by St. Vincent-St. Mary out of Akron, which is the alma mater of LeBron James, 49-23 in the region quarterfinals.

Shifting to Division V, Ursuline out of Youngstown is making a run. Ursuline, who Prep and Vincent played this season, has put together two upsets to make the region championship. Ursuline will take on top-seeded Kirtland Saturday at 7 p.m. at Aurora High School.

One of the more intriguing D-10 opponents could be Lancaster Catholic, which is in the District 3 quarterfinals. McDowell beat the Crusaders 49-20 in Week 3. If Lancaster Catholic wins D-3, they could end up playing Prep in the PIAA Class AAA playoffs. The Crusaders host Cocalico Friday at 7 p.m. A win could set up a showdown with powerhouse Bishop McDevitt in the D-3 semifinals.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Football, PIAA
Posted: November 6th, 2012

Although sites and times won’t be determined until Wednesday morning, here is a look at who the two remaining soccer and three remaining girls volleyball teams will play. All five will play in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

PIAA soccer quarterfinals
Class AA boys
Harbor Creek vs. Bedford
Class AA girls
Mercyhurst Prep vs. Mars

PIAA volleyball quarterfinals
Class A
Maplewood vs. Clarion
Class AA
Fort LeBoeuf vs. Hopewell
Meadville vs. Mars

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: PIAA, Soccer, Volleyball
Posted: November 6th, 2012

Check back throughout the night for updates from the first round of the PIAA soccer and volleyball playoffs. We will have updates from the six remaining District 10 soccer teams and four remaining volleyball teams.

Update 32
Quaker Valley ends General McLane’s upset bid with 10:40 left in double overtime. Heck of a job by the Lancers.

Update 31
GM and Quaker Valley scoreless after one overtime. Reports are that GM keeper Kirk Dillen is playing an outstanding game.

Update 30
Overtime for GM and Quaker Valley!

Update 29
Maplewood volleyball beats West Shamokin 22-25, 25-11, 25-20, 25-23. Much better day for D-10 volleyball than soccer.

Update 28
McLane and Quaker Valley are still scoreless with nine minutes left.

Update 27
Upper St. Clair wins 6-0 over McDowell and Harbor Creek wins 2-0 over Belle Vernon in boys soccer. General McLane and Quaker Valley are scoreless at the half.

North Allegheny wins the fourth set 25-18 to beat McDowell in volleyball. Meadville sweeps Somerset 25-21, 25-19, 25-15. Maplewood leads 2-1 in their first round match.

Update 26
USC leads McDowell 6-0 with 16 minutes to play in Class AAA boys soccer.

Update 25
Dan Kuhn with a rocket to make it 2-0 Huskies with 17 minutes left. McDowell trails USC 5-0 with 19 minutes left.

Update 24
Nick Barclay with a terrific save. Harbor Creek leads 1-0 with 20 minutes left.

Update 23
USC takes a 4-0 lead on McDowell with 30 minutes left. Meadville wins the first set 25-21 over Somerset.

Update 22
Eric Campbell fires a 35-yard shot to give Harbor Creek a 1-0 lead with 30 minutes left. McDowell wins the third set 25-20 to stay alive. Trojans trail 2-1 in a girls volleyball match.

Update 21
North Allegheny wins 25-14 in the second set against McDowell. USC leads McDowell 3-0 at the half in Class AAA boys soccer action.

Update 20
Harbor Creek and Belle Vernon are scoreless at the half. USC leads McDowell 3-0 with six minutes left in the first half.

Update 19
Sewickley Academy beats Mercer 2-1 in PIAA Class A boys soccer.

Update 18
Sewickley Academy leads Mercer 2-1 with 2 minutes left in Class A boys soccer.

Update 17
North Allegheny wins first set 25-21 over McDowell in girls volleyball.

Update 16
USC takes a commanding 3-0 lead over McDowell. Will MP girls be the only soccer team from D-10 to move on? Harbor Creek and Belle Vernon scoreless through 22 minutes.

Update 15
Upper St. Clair scores twice in a 30-second span. 2-0 USC over McDowell in PIAA Class AAA boys soccer.

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–Tom Reisenweber
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Posted in: PIAA, Soccer, Volleyball
Posted: October 29th, 2012

Due to the impending weather, District 10 soccer tournament director Andy Krahe has announced the postponement of today’s games as well as the games on Tuesday. Also, District 10 volleyball tournament director Don Wigton announced that the volleyball matches have been postponed until Wednesday.

Also, the volleyball playin-match between Iroquois and Corry has been postponed. Corry School District has called for an early dismissal today. Per school policy, the volleyball team cannot compete tonight. As a result, Corry and Iroquois will meet at Cochranton High School on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The winner would then head to Meadvillle High School to take on Conneaut at 8 p.m. in the D-10 Class AA quarterfinals. The entire volleyball schedule Tuesday was moved to Wednesday.

Below is an updated schedule.
District 10 soccer playoffs
Boys
Class A

Semifinals
Thursday
At Franklin High School
Mercer vs. North East, 7 p.m.
Site, time to be determined
Mercyhurst Prep vs. Fairview

Championship
Saturday
Site, time to be determined

Class AA
Quarterfinals
Wednesday
At General McLane High School
Wilmington vs. Saegertown, 5 p.m.
At Franklin High School
Conneaut vs. General McLane, 5 p.m.

Semifinals
Thursday

Championship
Saturday

Class AAA
Championship
Wednesday
At Veterans Stadium

McDowell vs. Cathedral Prep, 7 p.m.

PIAA subregional
Saturday
Site, time to be determined
District 10 champion vs. DuBois

Girls
Class A
Semifinals
Thursday
At Franklin High School
Mercer vs. Iroquois, 5 p.m.
Site, time to be determined
Fairview vs. Wilmington

Championship
Saturday

Class AA
Quarterfinals
Wednesday
At Franklin High School
Hickory vs. General McLane, 7 p.m.
At Harbor Creek’s Paul J. Weitz Stadium
Mercyhurst Prep vs. Grove City, 7 p.m.
At Veterans Stadium
Fort LeBoeuf vs. Villa Maria, 5 p.m.
At General McLane’s Linden Field
Slippery Rock vs. Harbor Creek, 7 p.m.

Semifinals
Thursday

Championship
Saturday

PIAA
Class AAA subregional
Wednesday
At Harbor Creek’s Paul J. Weitz Stadium
McDowell vs. DuBois, 5 p.m.

Class AAA subregional
Saturday
Site, time to be determined
State College vs. McDowell-DuBois winner

District 10 girls volleyball playoffs
Class A
Quarterfinals
Wednesday
At Meadville High School
Cochranton (at-large) vs. West Middlesex (at-large), 4 p.m.
Saegertown (at-large) vs. Kennedy Catholic (at-large), 4 p.m.
Byes: Sharpsville (Region 1 champion), Maplewood (Region 2 champion)

Semifinals
Thursday
At Meadville High School
Sharpsville vs. Cochranton-West Middlesex winner, 6 p.m.
Maplewood vs. Saegertown-Kennedy Catholic winner, 6 p.m.

Championship
Nov. 3
At Meadville High School
noon

Class AA
Play-in match
Wednesday
At Cochranton High School
Corry (at-large) vs. Iroquois (at-large), 4 p.m.

Quarterfinals
Wednesday
At Meadville High School
Fort LeBoeuf (Region 5 champion) vs. Grove City (at-large), 6 p.m.
Slippery Rock (Region 3 champion) vs. General McLane (at-large), 8 p.m.
Harbor Creek (Region 6 automatic) vs. Meadville (at-large), 6 p.m.
Conneaut (Region 4 automatic) vs. Iroquois-Corry winner, 8 p.m.

Semifinals
Thursday
At Meadville High School
8 p.m.

Championship
Nov. 3
At Meadville High School
2 p.m.

Class AAA
Championship
Wednesday
At Seneca High School
McDowell (Region 6 champion) vs. Mercyhurst Prep (at-large), 8 p.m.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: October 24th, 2012

DISTRICT 7
-Aliquippa, the state’s No. 1 ranked team in Class AA, put on quite a show last week during a 66-7 victory over rival Beaver Falls before a regional television audience on Root Sports Pittsburgh. The Quips (8-0), who are averaging nearly 54 ppg, scored four times in the first quarter and opened a 46-7 lead at halftime. While the offense was dominating, the defense also stood out with an interception and fumble returned for a touchdown. “We played extremely well; we can’t play better than that,” said Aliquippa coach Mike Zmijanac. Aliquippa will get its shot to play better Friday against also-unbeaten Beaver to decide the Midwestern Conference title. Beaver is seeking the 600th win in program history.
-Blackhawk running back Cole Chiappialle rushed for 404 yards on 33 carries Friday in a 48-25 victory over Chartiers Valley and has now gained nearly 1,400 yards this season. He joined an elite group of WPIAL running backs that have surpassed 400 yards in a game, including Fort Cherry’s Mike Vernillo, who held the WPIAL rushing record before Pitt’s Rushel Shell broke it last year.

DISTRICT 8
-The Pittsburgh City League playoffs begin this week, as defending champion USO plays Brashear and Allderdice takes on regular-season champion Perry. Perry earned the top seed after beating USO, 12-6, last week by stuffing USO four times from the 1-yard line in the final three minutes. “That was huge,” Perry coach Bill Gallagher said. “The kids had their backs against the wall, and our defensive staff did a great job. They did it. It was awesome. That was fantastic.” USO was mourning the loss of two-way starting lineman Ne’Ondre Harbour, who was shot and killed Sunday night as an innocent bystander in Garfield, according to Pittsburgh Police.

DISTRICT 9
-With wins during the final two weeks of District 9’s regular season, Clarion (8-0) will become the first Class A team to go undefeated in the Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference since 2003, when Clarion-Limestone accomplished the feat. Clarion travels to Allegheny-Clarion Valley (3-4) Friday. And next week, the Bobcats will host Brookville (6-2). The KSAC split into two divisions, one for its six Class A teams and one for its five teams who are Class AA or larger, in 2010. But several conference members, including Clarion, still fill their schedules with non-division KSAC opponents. Clarion has yet to win a game by fewer than 12 points.

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–Tom Reisenweber
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Posted in: Football, PIAA
Posted: October 23rd, 2012

North East all-star golfer Megan Moylan rallied to finish in fourth place at the PIAA Class AA championships at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center in York. Moylan shot a 78 today to finish with a two-day total of 163. Cara Basso of Villa Maria (the Eastern one) won the title with a 150. Hickory’s Rosy Hearns shot a two-day total of 166 to finish in seventh place. Erica Herr of Council Rock North dominated the Class AAA field to shoot a 140 and win the PIAA championship.

On the boys’ side, Slippery Rock standout Brett Rinker finished in second place in the Class AAA tournament. He finished just one stroke behind state champion Craig Hornberger (Manheim Township). In Class AA, Brian Ropiecki (North East) shot an 81 today to finish in 25th place with a 167 total. Trevor Rodgers of Cambridge Springs took 27th with a 168, while Harbor Creek’s Teven Vargo finished with a 177 to take 32nd.

–Tom Reisenweber

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Posted in: Golf, PIAA
Posted: October 22nd, 2012

Slippery Rock standout golfer Brett Rinker shot a 73 today at the PIAA Class AAA golf championships at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center in York. Rinker is tied for fifth place and is behind Chris Cerminaro (Scranton Prep), Marc Oliveri (Conestoga Valley) and Jalen Griffin (Wissahickon) who all shot a 71.

District 10 didn’t fare as well in Class AA boys. North East’s Brian Ropiecki is tied with Cambridge Springs’ Trevor Rodgers for 30th after rounds of 86. Teven Vargo (Harbor Creek) is in 34th place after shooting an 89.

D-10 didn’t have a Class AAA girls representative but Hickory’s Rosy Hearns is in the hunt for the PIAA Class AA championship. She had a round of 81 to tie for third place after the first day. She is behind Villa Maria’s Cara Basso (78). No, not the local Villa Maria but the Villa on the eastern part of the state.

The local Villa Maria has Annie Ciacchini in a ninth-place tie with North East’s Megan Moylan. Both shot an 85 in the first round.

Each golfer will shoot another round of 18 on Tuesday.

–Tom Reisenweber

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Posted in: Golf, PIAA
Posted: October 20th, 2012

Mercyhurst Prep and McDowell will begin their quests for a team tennis state title on Tuesday in the first round of the PIAA playoffs. Mercyhurst, the District 10 Class AA champion, will stay at Pennbriar to take on Ellis School, the third seed from District 7, at 1 p.m. At the same time, D-10 Class AAA champion McDowell will head to North Allegheny High School to play District 7 champion Peters Township.

The first-round winners move on to the quarterfinals on Friday in Hershey.

Class AA bracket

Class AAA bracket

–Tom Reisenweber

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Posted in: PIAA, Tennis
Posted: October 11th, 2012

Conneaut Area High School’s classifications in football, golf and softball will remain as they were to start the school year, contrary to a report in Thursday’s Erie Times-News.

District 10 secretary Pete Iacino on Wednesday provided the Erie Times-News by e-mail with classification changes in the three sports at the school. He later confirmed the changes, including new enrollment figures of 297 boys and 253 girls.

District 10 later discovered that Conneaut’s classification status was incorrectly interpreted and that the PIAA classifications will not change.

Conneaut – the result of the merger this year of Conneaut Lake, Linesville and Conneaut Valley high schools – had to be classified either as a new school or a merged school. If Conneaut were a new school, it would have been able use the post-consolidation enrollment figures it submitted to the PIAA in the spring.

However, Conneaut has been classified as a merged school and must use enrollment figures from October 2011.
“Conneaut is not a new school but a merger of former member schools, and it had to do with confusing enrollment policy information,” District 10 chairman Wally Blucas said today of the error in the information it provided. “The District 10 Committee has been dealing with this for the better part of the year. I will take responsibility for some of it, but you can only deal with what you get. Everybody is in too big of a hurry and likes to jump on honest mistakes, or alleged mistakes, as it turns out when the dust settles.”

Conneaut remains a Class AAA team in football, boys golf and softball for the current PIAA two-year cycle. The Eagles could change classifications starting in the 2014-15 school year.

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Posted in: District 10, PIAA
Posted: October 10th, 2012

DISTRICT 7
-North Allegheny (6-0) held on to its No. 1 ranking in WPIAL Class AAAA last week after knocking off No. 2 Gateway (5-1) in a non-conference battle that could serve as a preview to the District 7 championship. North Allegheny now has won 22 straight games against WPIAL opponents, heading into another marquee matchup this week against Central Catholic (5-1).
-Clairton, the state’s No. 1-ranked team won its 53rd straight game last week, a 42-7 decision over Brentwood. The Bears will face their stiffest test of the season Saturday night, when they take on Bishop Canevin (5-1) in a Black Hills Conference game. “You’re going to be the focus by everybody to see if you can be the one to stop the streak,” said Bishop Canevin coach Bob Jacoby, a 40-year veteran. “This is the kind of game you want to play in. You want to play the best. I don’t want to be one of 54, though.”
-George Trout, who served as an NFL replacement referee earlier this season, will be back on the sidelines this week as part of the officiating crew for a WPIAL Class AAA matchup between Laurel Highlands and Albert Gallatin. Trout spent the past six years doing NCAA FCS football games. He did four preseason and four regular-season games in the NFL this season, including two in one week.

DISTRICT 8
-University Prep quarterback Akil Young continued to shine Friday night, as he threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-15 victory over Allderdice. The defending Pittsburgh City League champion, University Prep is now 3-1 overall and 3-0 in league play heading into a matchup this week against winless Westinghouse.

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–Tom Reisenweber
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Posted in: Football, PIAA
Posted: October 3rd, 2012

The biggest game in District 10 is finally here. Cathedral Prep, ranked No. 1 in Class AAA, will host Class AAAA powerhouse McDowell Friday at 7 p.m. at Veterans Stadium.
Prep dropped down to Class AAA in 2008 and hasn’t defeated McDowell since. The Trojans own a four-game winning streak, including a thrilling 25-20 win in Week 1 last year. The rivalry may be in danger with McDowell likely heading back to the WPIAL in 2014.
The Ramblers enters this year’s game with the third highest-scoring offense in District 10 at 51.4 points per game and the top defense by allowing 8.2 points per game. Michigan State recruit Damion Terry has thrown for 1,327 yards and 19 touchdowns this season and is well on his way to catching Oil City graduate Mark Kulinski for the district career record of 6,045 yards.
McDowell counters with a triple-option offense that has no steady quarterback. Jarrett Koper, who broke his leg in the preseason, might be back in a few weeks at quarterback. Until then, McDowell has been using a combination of Sean Gallagher, Jake Tarasovitch and Jamie Szymczak under center.
-Franklin senior Forrest Wested has emerged as an all-around threat on offense. Wested is a part-time quarterback and part-time wide receiver. He is 21st in the district (44 teams) with 410 passing yards and five touchdowns, while his counterpart, Kyle Ritchey, is second with 883 yards and six touchdowns. Wested is 20th in rushing with 475 yards and five touchdowns, fifth in receiving with 20 catches for 348 yards and three touchdowns and 18th in scoring with 48 points.
-District 10 will feature two huge games aside from Prep-McDowell. Region 1 will be decided when Class A powerhouses Sharpsville and West Middlesex meet. At the same time, Region 5 will likely be decided when Slippery Rock (5-0) hosts Warren (5-0).
-Fairview junior Shannon Jackson is having a breakout season with 1,146 yards and 12 touchdowns so far. Lakeview’s Blake Reddick also joined the 1,000-yard club this past week by reaching 1,018. West Virginia recruit DeShawn Coleman (Hickory) and Corry’s Matt Cragg may not compete for the rushing title but the two running backs have become MVP candidates. Coleman has 706 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground and is the district’s leading scorer with 96 points. Cragg has 788 yards and 13 touchdowns on 103 carries and is right behind Coleman with 92 points.

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–Tom Reisenweber
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