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Posts tagged "Sharon"
Posted: August 11th, 2011

Sharon Tigers
Coach (season): Alysha Brown (7th season)
2010 overall record: 5-16
2010 region record (place): 2-12 (seventh)
2010 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Samantha Gera, Katie Bacon
Top returning players: Kendra Ham, Marcie Baker, Yonshalae Powell, Janayia Chester
Assistant coaches: Aaron Brown, Janine Stuart
Outlook: Sharon looks to make its move this fall with an experience group back. The Tigers lost two standouts in Samantha Gera and Katie Bacon but coach Alysha Brown has five starters back. Kendra Ham returns as Sharon’s captain. She led the Tigers in serve percentage last year and was second on the team in kills. Marcie Baker led the way in kills, while Yonshalee Powell led Sharon in Digs and Janayia Chester dished out the most assists. The Tigers will look for some contributions from the underclassmen to add some depth. Madison Peteros, a sophomore back row specialist, could see varsity action this fall.

6 at Reynolds 7:15
8 at Conneaut Lake 7:15
12 Farrell 7:15
13 Mercer* 7:15
15 at Hickory* 7:15
20 Greenville* 7:15
22 at Meadville* 7:15
26 Jamestown 7:15
27 Grove City* 7:15
29 Slippery Rock* 7:15
3 Kennedy Catholic 7:15
4 at Wilmington* 7:15
6 at Mercer* 7:15
11 Hickory* 7:15
13 at Greenville* 7:15
18 Meadville* 7:15
20 at Grove City* 7:15
24 Oil City 7:15
25 at Slippery Rock* 7:15
27 Wilmington* 7:15

Later today: Sharpsville

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 8th, 2011

Sharon Tigers
Coach (season, record): Adam Giglio (2nd season, 6-9-2)
2010 overall record: 6-9-2
2010 region record (place): 4-5-1 (fourth)
2010 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Dan Stonebreaker, Kyle George, Jon Muszik, Brandon Martell
Top returning players: Josh Nichols, Justin Stefanowicz
Assistant coach: Giovanni Rossi
Outlook: Sharon hung with most of the talented teams in Region 2 last year but will need to fill some big holes in order to compete this fall. The Tigers will be young and inexperienced after losing Dan Stonebreaker, Kyle George, Jon Muszik and Brandon Martell to graduation. Muszik and Stonebreaker were named to the all-region team last year. Sharon has Josh Nichols and Justin Stefanowicz back to provide some leadership, while sophomore Joey Zajac and freshman Joey Rahn are looking to make an impact right away on the varsity level. The Tigers might go through some growing pains this fall but developing the program and having underclassmen gain experience will be the most important thing for Sharon.

3 at Franklin 4
6 at Wilmington 4
8 Sharpsville TBA
12 at Mercer 7:30
14 Kennedy Catholic 4
17 Neshannock 11 a.m.
21 West Middlesex 4
26 Hickory* 4
28 Conneaut Valley* 4
4 Grove City* 4
6 at Commodore Perry* 4
10 Slippery Rock* 4
12 at Hickory* 7:30
17 at Franklin 4
18 at Conneaut Valley* 4
20 at Grove City* 7:30
24 Commodore Perry* 4
25 Sharpsville 7:30
26 at Slippery Rock* 4

Coach (season): Amanda Laurenza (1st season)
2010 season: Did not have a program in 2010.
Top players lost: Brittany Benedeto, Brittany Johnson
Top returning players: Diana Revale, Jenna Williams, Kate Calla, Kieren Zajac, Hannah Rauch, Mikaela Skiljo, Hannah Levitt, Hannah Anderson, Madison Busse
Assistant coaches: Terry Shernisky, Sam Rauch
Outlook: Sharon finally has a varsity girls soccer team. The Tigers have competed with the boys’ team and on the junior varsity level for years. Sharon approved a girls team for this fall and the Tigers are looking to make an impact right away. Diana Revale will start in goal, while Jenna Williams, Kate Calla, Kieren Zajac and Hannah Rauch will anchor the defense. Midfielders Mikaela Skiljo, Hannah Levitt, Hannah Anderson and Madison Busse are back as well. The Tigers have several underclassmen that will be in the mix for playing time in camp. Sharon is looking to gain respect and become a quality soccer program right away. Coach Amanda Laurenza said that the Tigers have become soccer players over the years instead of just good athletes that play soccer. Sharon is in a tough region but gaining respect and building a program from the ground up are the points of focus this fall.

5 at West Middlesex 4
6 Kennedy Catholic 4
10 at Wilmington 11 a.m.
13 West Middlesex 4
15 at Kennedy Catholic 4
19 Mercer 4
22 at Oil City 6
27 Hickory* 4
29 at Slippery Rock* 4
3 Grove City* 4
5 at Sharpsville* 4
13 at Hickory* 7:30
17 Slippery Rock* 4
19 at Grove City* 4
22 Wilmington 2:30
25 Sharpsville* 6
27 at Conneaut Valley 4

Tuesday: Sharpsville

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer
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

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