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Posts tagged "Sharon football"
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Sharon Tigers
Coach: Jim Wildman (27th season, 214-81-6)
2013 overall record: 6-5
2013 region record: 5-2 (third)
2013 playoff results: Lost to Girard 22-19 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top player lost: Carnell Hawkins
Top returning players: Aroyal Ali, Da’mon Rudolph, Andrew Tomko, Jeff Price
Assistant coaches: Dan Schneider, Matt Schneider, Justin Schweiss, Carmone Parchman, Brad Powell
Outlook: Sharon had a rough and emotional end to its season as the Tigers made their way to the District 10 Class AA playoffs. Two Sharon players passed away and two others were hospitalized the night before the playoffs. The Tigers found the courage to play the game three days later and allowed a late touchdown to fall to Girard by three points. Sharon is looking for another trip to the postseason this fall as the Tigers had a full offseason with legendary coach Jim Wildman. Sharon will have to find a substitute for speedster Carnell Hawkins, who graduated in the spring. He ran for 1,617 yards and 19 touchdowns last season and caught 14 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns. In fact, almost every Tiger to catch a pass is gone. Junior Jonathon Williams caught three passes for 37 yards and is the only returning receiver. Sharon also graduated its top two rushers, but sophomore Jeremiah Norris and junior Da’mon Rudolph are back after rushing for 138 and 131 yards, respectively. A big upside for the Tigers is the return of junior Andrew Tomko. He had a breakout sophomore season with 977 yards and nine touchdowns through the air. Jeff Price is back to anchor the offensive and defensive lines after being voted to the all-region second team on the defensive line. Sharon has some rebuilding to do, but the proud program will stay competitive this fall.

29 at Jefferson (Ohio) 7
5 at Hickory* 7
12 Titusville* 7
19 at Corry* 7
26 Warren* 7
3 at Grove City* 7
10 Northwestern 7
17 at Slippery Rock* 7
24 Greenville* 7
31 Lakeview 7
*Region 3 game

Up next: Sharpsville

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: July 31st, 2013

Sharon Tigers
Coach: Jim Wildman (1st season back at Sharon, 26th season overall, 208-76-6)
2012 overall record: 1-9
2012 region record: 1-6 (seventh)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Jesse Rodgers, Wanya Smith-Austin, Michael Bonner, Jarrell Lampkins, Nate Jacoway, Kwentel Teague
Top returning players: Carnell Hawkins, Trent Mosley, Dustin Austin
Outlook: Sharon will look to go in a new, well old, direction as former coach JimWildman is back to coach the Tigers. Wildman will have some work to do to rebuild the program. Sharon lost all-region first-team quarterback Jesse Rodgers to graduation after he ran for 579 yards and 11 touchdowns and threw for 1,033 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior. The Tigers also lost second-team wide receiver Wanya Smith-Austin, who caught 16 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns last fall. Nate Jacoway had 12 catches for 248 yards and two touchdowns but is gone as well as running backs Michael Bonner (161 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Jarrell Lampkins (133 yards). Sharon will be searching for playmakers and Carnell Hawkins could be one. As a junior, Hawkins ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns and hauled in 36 passes for 407 yards and four touchdowns. Hawkins will likely play a big role in the Sharon offense and even threw a 56-yard touchdown pass last fall. On the line, Leo Reardon graduated but Craig Osmon is back on both sides of the ball. Beau Dignall and Greg Osmon are also back, giving the Tigers some experience to operate behind. With a new coach in place, chemistry and getting used to a new system are obvious concerns for Sharon. The Tigers play in arguably the toughest region in District 10 and it won’t be easy to rebuild in this season. Sharon will need to find new explosive playmakers to turn to or this could be a long year for the Tigers. Sharon opens the season with rival Farrell and will have the first half to come together as a team before playing Hickory, West Middlesex, Wilmington, Grove City and Sharpsville in the second half.

30 Farrell 7
6 Saegertown* 7
13 at Titusville* 7
20 Greenville* 7
27 at Reynolds* 7
4 Hickory* 7
11 West Middlesex 7
18 Wilmington* 7
25 at Grove City* 7
1 at Sharpsville 7
*Region 3 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: April 22nd, 2013

Here is a look at the Sharon football schedule this fall. We will publish schedules as we receive them from schools.

All times p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Sharon Tigers
Date Scrimmages Time
Aug. 17 at Franklin 10 a.m.
Aug. 23 Strong Vincent 7
Date Regular season Time
Aug. 30 Farrell 7
Sept. 6 Saegertown* 7
Sept. 13 at Titusville* 7
Sept. 20 Greenville* 7
Sept. 27 at Reynolds* 7
Oct. 4 Hickory* 7
Oct. 11 West Middlesex 7
Oct. 18 Wilmington* 7
Oct. 25 at Grove City* 7
Nov. 1 at Sharpsville 7

*Region 3 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Football
Posted: August 30th, 2012

Get expanded coverage of District 10 sports every Friday with the Varsity Letter e-newsletter.

A new feature we’ll unveil this week is the Triple Option. Three games. Two prognosticators. One weekly showdown.

In Triple Option, high school beat writer Tom Reisenweber and sports editor Jeff Kirik will make predictions about three D-10 football games they disagree on each week. See which games they pick, why they picked them and then track to see who gets them right.

This week, Tom and Jeff face off on the Conneaut-Girard, Sharon-Farrell and Mercyhurst Prep-Central Tech games.

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Posted: July 29th, 2012

Sharon Tigers
Coach (season, record): Bob Fromm (8th season, 54-36)
2011 overall record: 2-8
2011 region record (place): 1-4 (tied for fourth)
2011 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 Class AA playoffs.
Top players lost: Dallas Rodgers, Zack Porterfield, Jason Sypolt, Jason Ondic, Donte Bagnall
Top returning players: Jesse Rodgers, Anthony Johnson, Craig Osmon, JeVontes Torres, Beau Dignall, Cory Buchanan, Jarrell Lampkins
Assistant coaches: Tony Molinari, Dan Schneider, Jeff Krecek, Matt Schneider, Ken Smith, Mike Schneider, William Henwood, Kevin Burns, Dontell Morgan, Justin Schweiss, Casey Smith, Chris Wallace, Lyle Bieber, Mike Snyderwine
Outlook: Sharon struggled in 2011 and had its frustrations carry over against Hickory in a game that ended early in the fourth quarter because of a fight. Coach Bob Fromm has been through it all with the Tigers and is looking to change direction and attitude this fall. Dallas Rodgers, Zack Porterfield, Jason Sypolt, Jason Ondic and Donte Bagnall were all-region picks for Sharon last year but all have graduated. Rodgers was a first-team wide receiver and Porterfield was a second-team offensive lineman. Sypolt was a two-position selection as the second-team kicker and punter, while Bagnall was a second-team linebacker and Ondic was a second-team defensive back.

The Tigers will look to rebound their proud tradition with the return of Jesse Rodgers, Anthony Johnson, Craig Osmon, JeVontes Torres, Beau Dignall, Cory Buchanan and Jarrell Lampkins. Rodgers is getting some college looks and returns at defensive back and either quarterback or running back. Rodgers saw time at both positions on offense last year and might replace Ondic right away at quarterback. Johnson is a returning starter at tight end and linebacker, while Osmon is back to anchor the offensive and defensive lines. Sharon has no other starters back on offense but plenty of experience on defense. Torres and Dignall are returning defensive linemen, while Buchanan is back to lead the secondary and Lampkins the linebackers. The Tigers had a young team last year and gained valuable experience. A big key could be the offensive line coming together early in the season. The biggest challenge will be overcoming the bad memories of last season and changing the direction of the program.

Sharon is already dealing with a brutal region schedule this year with the addition of Grove City, but the Tigers also schedule three tough non-region games as well. Sharon will travel to Farrell to open the season with the Steel Bowl and later to West Middlesex in October. The Tigers wrap up the regular season at home against defending District 10 Class A champion Sharpsville, one week after taking on D-10 AAA champion Grove City. If Sharon can get through the first half of the season with a decent record, the second half of the season will be a huge test for a young team.

31 at Farrell 7
7 at Saegertown* 7
14 Titusville* 7
21 at Greenville* 7
28 Reynolds* 7
6 at Hickory* 1
12 at West Middlesex 7
19 at Wilmington* 7
26 Grove City* 7
2 Sharpsville 7
*Region 3 games

Monday: Sharpsville

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted: April 12th, 2012

The Sharon Tigers will be looking to get back on track this season after a disappointing 2011. Sharon starts the season, as usual, at rival Farrell before four winnable region games. The toughest stretch will come in the second half of the season with road games at Hickory, West Middlesex and Wilmington before hosting Grove City for Homecoming on Oct. 26 and Senior Night the week after against Sharpsville.

Aug. 18 Franklin 10 a.m.
Aug. 25-26 at Strong Vincent TBA
Regular season
Aug. 31 at Farrell 7
Sept. 7 at Saegertown* 7
Sept. 14 Titusville* 7
Sept. 21 at Greenville* 7
Sept. 28 Reynolds* 7
Oct. 6 at Hickory* 1
Oct. 12 at West Middlesex 7
Oct. 19 at Wilmington* 7
Oct. 26 Grove City* 7
Nov. 2 Sharpsville 7
*Region 3 games

Football schedules will be posted as they are sent into the Erie Times-News. Here are links to the previously announced schedules: Union City, General McLane, Corry, McDowell, Saegertown, Cathedral Prep, Fairview and Meadville.

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Football
Posted: September 19th, 2011

Click here for video of the Hickory-Sharon brawl that ended Friday’s game with 10 minutes, 8 seconds left. Hickory was declared the winner after being ahead 43-7 at the time of the fight. Game officials met at midfield after things cooled down and decided to end the game. School administrators and PIAA officials will review video this week to see if suspensions are in order.

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Football
Posted: September 1st, 2011

Four area teams — one in each class — are ranked in the first Harrisburg Patriot-News state poll of the season.

McDowell, which competes in the WPIAL Northern Seven Conference, is ranked ninth in Class AAAA.

Grove City, the 2010 District 10 Class AAA runner-up, is No. 8 in AAA. Cathedral Prep, the two-time defending D-10 AAA champ, is listed under teams to watch.

General McLane is ranked No. 10 in AA after a 10-2 season in 2010. Meanwhile, Mercyhurst Prep is No. 10 in Class A.

Other D-10 teams to watch are Hickory and Sharon in AA and Farrell in A.

Click below to see the state poll:

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Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: August 25th, 2011

Two District 10 teams are ranked and seven others are listed among “others to watch” in the Pennsylvania Football News preseason state rankings, which were released Wednesday night.

Cathedral Prep leads all D-10 teams with a No. 4 ranking in Class AAA. The Ramblers are coming off a trip to the PIAA Class AAA semifinals and return record-breaking junior quarterback Damion Terry.

Defending District 10 AA champion Sharon is ranked 10th in AA.

Meanwhile, listed among “others to watch” are the following D-10 teams: Grove City in AAA, General McLane, Hickory and Wilmington in AA, and Farrell, Linesville and West Middlesex in A.

Click below for the complete rankings:

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Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: August 1st, 2011

Sharon Tigers
Coach (season, record): Bob Fromm (7th season, 52-28)
2010 overall record: 11-3
2010 region record (place): 5-0 (champion)
2010 playoff results: Won the District 10 Class AA championship. Lost 21-7 to Forest Hills in the PIAA Class AA first round.
Top players lost: Demond Davis-White, Justin Yuran, Jordan Rearick, Jalen Jackson, Steven Bittler, Marc Martell, Brandon Wallace, Craig Ballew, Vandell Spicer, Marion Lampkins
Top returning players: Jason Ondic, Ian Crawford, Jesse Rodgers, Joe Tomko, Dante Bagnall, Danen Malloy
Outlook: Sharon put together and impressive run in 2010 and despite a late-season injury to quarterback Jason Ondic, the Tigers claimed the District 10 Class AA championship. Sharon will need to find a few underclassmen to step up this fall to repeat that success. The Tigers lost nine all-region players to graduation and will have their work cut out for them in camp. The good news is the return of both quarterbacks – Jason Ondic and Jesse Rodgers – after solid seasons in 2010. Ondic was one of the top quarterbacks in District 10, while Rodgers was impressive running the offense with Ondic on the bench because of injury.

Ian Crawford also returns for Sharon to provide some leadership and experience along with safety Danen Malloy and Joe Tomko at linebacker. The Tigers’ biggest concerns in camp will be the offensive and defensive lines as well as the backfield. Sharon will have a brand-new set of running backs to replace Marc Martell, while all-region linemen Justin Yuran, Jordan Rearick, Jalen Jackson and Brandon Wallace are gone. Dante Bagnall is likely to take over at running back and has the ability to take on a heavy workload.

Sharon will hit the ground running this fall with the annual Steel Bowl against rival Farrell. The Tigers also have big tests against Hickory and Warren JFK in September. If Sharon can escape the first half of the season without losing a region game, the Tigers will get a chance to win the region title on Oct. 21 at Wilmington.

2 Farrell 7
9 at Reynolds* 7
16 Hickory* 7
23 Titusville* 7
30 at Warren JFK 7
7 at Slippery Rock 7
14 Fort LeBoeuf 7
21 at Wilmington* 7
28 at Greenville* 7
4 Oil City 7

Look for the Kickoff magazine at a Country Fair near you beginning Aug. 15. The 112-page magazine previews the upcoming District 10 football season, including top returning players, schedules, stats and more.

Tuesday: Sharpsville

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted: July 25th, 2009

Sharon Tigers
Bob Fromm
sharon2008 Overall record: 10-2
2008 Region record (place): 6-1 (second place, Region 3)
Playoff results: Lost to Slippery Rock 27-10 in the District 10 Class AA semifinals
Top players lost: QB/S Todd Rearick, WR/LB Mike Tomko, G/DT Justin Norcross, TE/DE Dustin Norcross, C/DT Tom Chavara, G/DT Terry Flaugher,  OT/DT Cody Tolonie, OT/DE Bob Bears
Top players returning: WR/CB Ron Howard, RB/LB Kevin Brown, WR/CB Louis Brown, RB/LB Cameron Brown
Key Games: Oct. 9 vs. Wilmington, Oct 23 vs. Greenville

Louis Brown is back at wide receiver for Sharon

Louis Brown is back at wide receiver for Sharon

Outlook: Sharon had a successful season last year that didn’t end one win short of the district championship game. It finished 9-1 with the only regular-season loss being a 42-7 defeat handed down by region, district and state champion Wilmington. The Tigers had the region player of the year playing quarterback and an all-district 10 wide receiver catching passes. Todd Rearick was the quarterback, and he threw for 1,840 yards and 28 touchdowns while leading Sharon in rushing with 429 yards and three touchdowns. Mike Tomko caught 45 passes for 840 yards and 13 touchdowns on his way to all-district and all-region first-team honors at wide receiver. Sharon also had four first-team all-region selections in total and nine representatives on the all-region second team. Three members of the Tigers’ offensive line made the second team, but all three graduated. Sharon returns a few skill position players who made all-region teams and who contributed last year. Ron Howard was a second-team all-region selection on offense and defense. He ran for 272 yards and three touchdowns last season and caught 15 passes for 234 yards with two touchdowns. Jordan Moss was a second-team, all-region defensive selection at defensive back along with Howard. But Sharon coach Bob Fromm said that Moss might not be able to return to the team if surgery is needed to repair an injury he suffered during wrestling season. The Tigers also return a wide receiver in Louis Brown, who had 15 catches last season and scored five touchdowns. The Tigers will have big shoes to fill on offense and defense. The huge loses on both sides of the ball could lead to a drop-off this season. Sharon had a difficult end of the season as it fell one game short of a rematch with Wilmington in the D-10 Class AA semifinals.


4 Farrell 7
11 at Reynolds*    7
17 Oil City* 7
25 Slippery Rock* 7
2 at Carrick (Pittsburgh)  3:30
9 Wilmington* 7
16 at Titusville*    7
23 Greenville* 7
30 at Seneca 7
6 at Hickory* 7

* Region 3 game

Sunday: Region 3: Slippery Rock

Posted: July 12th, 2009
Wilmington's Derrick Burns, one of the top running backs and linebackers in District 10, already has committed to the University of Pittsburgh.

Wilmington's Derrick Burns, one of the top running backs and linebackers in District 10, already has committed to the University of Pittsburgh.

Region 3 was the best Class AA region in 2008 with the best AA team in the state: Wilmington. The Greyhounds blew through the regular season schedule not losing on region game before making an impressive run to the PIAA championship. In fact, Wilmington’s only loss last year was a surprising 22-21 setback to Karns City in the final regular-season game. The Greyhounds return plenty of starters and should be a force once more in the region. Sharon is perenially a tough team but still fell short to the Greyhounds. Slippery Rock almost pulled off the upset of the year as the Rockets pushed Wilmington to overtime in the District 10 championship. Region 3 had three of the final four teams in the D-10 playoffs, including both teams in the title game. Here is a look at last year’s final standings:

Region 3
Region Overall

x-Wilmington 7-0 15-1
z-Sharon 6-1 10-2
z-Greenville 4-2 7-3
z-Slippery Rock 4-2 9-3
Titusville 2-5 4-6
Hickory 1-6 2-7
Oil City 2-4 3-6
Reynolds 0-6 0-9
x-region champion
z-qualified for playoff spot

Key 2009 games: Sept. 25 Slippery Rock at Sharon, Oct. 9 Wilmington at Sharon, Oct. 30 Slippery Rock at Wilmington
Predicted champion: Wilmington

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