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Posted: April 5th, 2014

BASEBALL
Region 2
Commodore Perry at Sharon, ppd. TBA
Mercer at Hickory, ppd. until April 14
West Middlesex at Reynolds, ppd. TBA
Sharpsville at Wilmington, ppd. until Tuesday
Region 4
Iroquois at Franklin, ppd. until Tuesday
Eisenhower at Titusville, ppd. until Tuesday
Region 5
Mercyhurst Prep at Fairview, ppd. until Tuesday
Northwestern at Seneca, ppd. TBA
Region 6
Meadville at Slippery Rock, ppd. until Friday
Region 7
Fort LeBoeuf at Corry, ppd. until Monday
General McLane at Warren, ppd. until Monday
Harbor Creek at Girard, ppd. until Monday
Region 8
Central Tech at McDowell, ppd. until 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12
Non-region
Cochranton at Rocky Grove, 4 p.m., ppd. TBA
North East vs. Youngsville, ppd. TBA

SOFTBALL
Non-region
Strong Vincent at Corry, ppd. until April 14
Union City at Eisenhower, ppd. TBA
General McLane at Harbor Creek, ppd. until Friday
Saegertown at General McLane, ppd. TBA
Titusville at Grove City, ppd. until April 30

BOYS TENNIS
Region 1
Sharon at Hickory, ppd. until Tuesday
Region 3
Mercyhurst Prep at Girard, ppd. until Thursday
Non-region
Grove City at Titusville, 3:30 p.m. ppd. until Tuesday
Corry at General McLane, ppd. until April 21

TRACK AND FIELD
Region 3
Franklin at Corry, 4 p.m. ppd. TBA

Posted: May 24th, 2013

The District 10 softball and baseball playoffs continue today with three softball games at Penn State Behrend and four baseball games — two at Ainsworth Field and two at Slippery Rock University’s Critchfield Park.

The first game of the day features Iroquois vs. Sharpsville in a Class A softball semifinal. Cathedral Prep plays Warren at 2 p.m. in a Class AAA baseball game at Ainsworth.

It has rained in the Erie area, but we have not received word of any postponements. Updates to follow soon.

End of 1 inning: Sharpsville 2, Iroquois 0. Sharpsville is the home team. The Blue Devils score on an RBI single by McKenzie Popatak and a sacrifice fly from Megan Whalen. They leave the bases loaded.

Bottom of 2nd inning: Iroquois 3, Sharpsville 2: Iroquois scores three runs in the top of the second inning to pull ahead.  Jordan Finotti hits an RBI double, and Brianna Ashley and Hannah Tombaugh add RBI singles. Sharpsville now batting in the 2nd.

Top of 3rd inning: Iroquois 3, Sharpsville 2: Blue Devils did not score in the bottom of the second.

End 3 innings: Iroquois 3, Sharpsville 2: Neither team scores in the third as the pitchers settle in. Joanna Ragen is pitching for Iroquois, and Madelyn Shuttleworth is pitching for Sharpsville.

End of 4 innings: Sharpsville 4, Iroquois 3: Sharpsville scored on a sac fly by Eugena Davies and went ahead on a wild pitch.

End of 1 inning: Cathedral Prep 0, Warren 0. Cathedral Prep is home. Prep starter Eli Flynn worked out of a jam in the first after Collin Fantaskey’s leadoff triple. Prep’s Carter Cross was hit by a pitch with one out in the first, but was called out on appeal for leaving second base early on Ted DeSanti’s  flyout to center.

Top of 2nd inning: Cathedral Prep 0, Warren 0. Easy inning for Flynn, who gets a comebacker and two strikeouts.

End of 5: Iroquois 7, Sharpsville 4. Iroquois took the lead with four runs. RBI doubles by Joanna Ragen and Ali Kaliszewski and a two-run single by Emily Martin.

Bottom of 2nd inning: Cathedral Prep 0, Warren 0. Prep gets back-to-back two-out walks but Matt Flanigan looks at strike three to end the threat.

Top of 3rd: Cathedral Prep 0, Warren 0. Flynn loads the bases with two out on a walk, an infield single and a hit batsmen but gets a ground ball to end the inning.

Top of 7th: Iroquois 7, Sharpsville 4. Braves three outs away from moving on.

After 3: Cathedral Prep 0, Warren 0. Fantaskey gets a popup to end the inning after allowing a two-out single and a walk.

Final: Iroquois 7, Shaprsville 5. Braves moves on to face the winner of Reynolds-Saegertown on Monday at noon at Penn State Behrend. Joanna Ragen gets the win for Iroquois (16-5), striking out four. Sharpsville drops to 13-6.

M iddle 4: Cathedral Prep 0, Warren 0. Flynn works out of trouble again after a two-out, two-on single to center, taking the relay and gunning down Ed Ord, who had rounded second.

After 4: Cathedral Prep 0, Warren 0. Fantaskey strikes out the side around a two-out walk to Chris Francis.

Middle 5: Cathedral Prep 0, Warren 0. Flynn pitches around a two-out error, striking out cleanup hitter Matt Holtquist with a runner at second to end the inning.

End 5: Cathedral Prep 1, Warren 0. Prep breaks the seal on a two-out RBI single by Ted DeSanti scoring Carter Cross, who doubled.

Middle 6: Cathedral Prep 1, Warren 0. Flynn works a 1-2-3 inning and Prep is three outs away from ending a lot of frustration against Warren.

Class AA softball semifinals end 1: Titusville 0, Fairview 0. Fairview is the home team.

End 6: Cathedral Prep 1, Warren 0. Prep catches a tough break when Billy Fessler is called out for running into Warren catcher Todd Fasenmyer for the third out. Fessler was caught in a rundown after pinch runner Vinny Schohn stole second.

Middle 7: Warren 3, Cathedral Prep 1. Flynn was one pitch away from the win, but a two-out error started a three-run rally. Warren scored on a passed ball and a two-run Holtquist single to take the lead.

Final AAA baseball semifinal: Warren 3, Cathedral Prep 1. Prep gets the tying run at first with one out, but Warren gets a pickoff and a fly ball to hold on to beat the Ramblers for the third straight season and advance to the AAA title game.

Final AA softball semifinal: Fairview 6, Titusville 0. Tigers advance to the title game Monday at 4 p.m. at Penn State Behrend. They will meet the winner of Northwestern-Harbor Creek.

Up next, the AA softball semifinal between Harbor Creek and Northwestern at Penn State Behrend.

AA baseball update: Sharpsville 3, Mercyhurst Prep 2, 6th inning.

AA softball after 1: Harbor Creek 1, Northwestern 0. Holly Miller with a two-out, RBI single for the Huskies.

AA softball after 2: Harbor Creek 1, Northwestern 0.

AA softball after 3: Harbor Creek 2, Northwestern 0. Miller with another RBI single.

AA softball after 4: Harbor Creek 2, Northwestern 0.

AA softball after 5: Harbor Creek 2, Northwestern 0.

AA baseball update: Mercyhurst Prep 4, Sharpsville 4, 8th inning.

AA softball middle 6th: Harbor Creek 4, Northwestern 0: Olivia Purpura scored on a wild pitch. Kirsten Reilly then drove in a run with a sac fly.

AA softball after 6: Harbor Creek 4, Northwestern 1: Brittany Miniaci hits a two-out RBI single for Northwestern.

Final score, Class AA softball semifinal:  Harbor Creek 4, Northwestern 1. HC will face Fairview in the championship game Monday.

Final score, AA baseball semifinal: Sharpsville 5, Mercyhurst Prep 4, 9 innings.

Posted: April 22nd, 2013

Youngsville Eagles
Baseball
Coach (season): Wayne Marino (1st season)
2012 overall record: 4-12
2012 region record (place): 1-5 (fourth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top player lost: Cory Craig, Sawyer Dininny
Top returning players: Jake Marino, Caleb Linkerhof, Brandon Cochran, Tyler Lehman, Dan McLaughlin
Assistant coaches: Dennis Lehman, Kevin Hoover
Outlook: Youngsville will be under new direction this season as Wayne Marino takes over as head coach. The Eagles lost a big-time player in Cory Craig, who was voted to the all-region first team at shortstop and pitcher and was voted the region player and pitcher of the year. Sawyer Dininny is also gone after being voted to the all-region second team at first base. The Eagles have an experience group back, including Jake Marino, Caleb Linkerhof, Dan McLaughlin, Brandon Cochran and Tyler Lehman. Marino was voted to the first team at outfield, while Horn is a second-team catcher and Linkerhof and McLaughlin are second-team outfielders. The Eagles are looking to rebuild but contend right away. Youngsville has a new region to compete in and will need to come together under a new coach right away to stay competitive.

Schedule
April
4 at North East L, 1-11 6 innings
5 Northwestern PPD
10 at Rocky Grove PPD
12 Iroquois* PPD
17 Titusville* 4
19 Franklin* 4
22 at Fairview 4
24 at Eisenhower* 4
29 Mercyhurst Prep 4
May
1 at Iroquois* 4
2 Maplewood 4
6 at Titusville* 4
8 at Franklin* 4
13 Eisenhower* 4
15 at Seneca 4
17 Union City 4
*Region 4 games

Softball
2012 overall record: 10-10
2012 region record (place): 9-9 (tied for fifth)
2012 playoff results: Lost to West Middlesex 8-4 in the District 10 Class A quarterfinals.

Note: A preview was not submitted by the head coach.

Schedule
April
8 Venango Catholic L, 6-7
11 Eisenhower* PPD
15 at Iroquois* 4
16 at Rocky Grove* 4
18 Titusville* 4
23 Franklin* 4
24 at Union City 4
25 Iroquois* 4
30 at Eisenhower* 4
May
2 Maplewood 4
6 Seneca 4
7 Rocky Grove* 4
9 at Titusville* 4
14 Franklin* 4
*Region 5 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: April 22nd, 2013

Wilmington Greyhounds
Baseball
2012 overall record: 12-8
2012 region record (place): 6-4 (third)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.

Note: A preview was not submitted by the head coach.

Schedule
April
1 Mohawk W, 10-6
4 Reynolds* W, 2-1
5 West Middlesex* W, 10-8
8 at Sharpsville* L, 3-4 8 innings
10 at Sharon* PPD
12 at Jamestown PPD
13 Union noon
15 Hickory* 4
17 Mercer* 4
19 Lakeview 4
22 at Commodore Perry* 4
24 at Reynolds* 4
29 at West Middlesex* 4
May
1 Sharpsville* 4
6 Sharon* 4
8 at Hickory* 4
13 at Mercer* 4
15 Commodore Perry* 4
*Region 2 games

Softball
2012 overall record: 15-6
2012 region record (place): 4-2 (second)
2012 playoff results: Defeated North East 5-3 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals and Titusville 4-3 in the semifinals. Wilmington then lost to Fairview 11-0 in the D-10 championship and Deer Lakes 5-4 in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.

Note: A preview was not submitted by the head coach.

Schedule
April
4 Kennedy Catholic W, 13-3 5 innings
5 West Middlesex W, 6-2
6 at Slippery Rock W, 15-0 3 innings
8 Grove City W, 7-0
9 Sharon* W, 6-4
11 at Jamestown* W, 2-1
15 Neshannock 4
18 at Lakeview* 4
23 at Mercer* 4
25 at Sharon* 4
27 Union noon
30 Jamestown* 4
May
2 Sharpsville 4
7 at Laurel 4
9 Lakeview* 4
11 at West Middlesex 4
14 Mercer* 4
16 at Hickory 4
*Region 2 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: April 22nd, 2013

West Middlesex Big Reds
Baseball
Coach (season): Jerry Novosel (34th season)
2012 overall record: 15-6
2012 region record (place): 6-0 (champion)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Linesville 8-0 in the District 10 Class A semifinals before losing to Mercyhurst Prep 1-0 in the District 10 championship. Mercyhurst Prep then forfeited the D-10 championship and West Middlesex advanced to the PIAA playoffs. The Big Reds lost to Elk County Catholic 6-2 in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
Top player lost: Ryan Snyder, Kyle Gilmore
Top returning players: Mike Ginther, Jerrod Palmer, Dom Pape, Sage Pope, Riley Atterholt, Chaz Burger, Mark Colella, Mike Comninos, Christian Porterfield, Aaron Webb, Dillon Fair
Assistant coaches: Todd Anthony, Walter Novosel, Geno Colella
Outlook: West Middlesex went through an emotional roller coaster in the District 10 playoffs. The Big Reds fell to Mercyhurst Prep in the D-10 championship before finding out the next day that they were still alive. Mercyhurst ended up forfeiting the D-10 title, giving the Big Reds a spot in the PIAA playoffs. West Middlesex has almost its entire team back with the exception of Ryan Snyder and Kyle Gilmore. Gilmore was voted to the all-region team as an outfielder. The Big Reds have a strong group back, including Mike Ginther, Jerrod Palmer, Dom Pape, Sage Pope, Riley Atterholt, Chaz Burger, Mark Colella, Mike Comninos, Christian Porterfield, Aaron Webb and Dillon Fair. Porterfield is an all-region catcher and the region player of the year, while Ginther is an all-region pitcher and the region pitcher of the year. Staunch (first base), Pape (second base), Palmer (shortstop), Pope (outfield, pitcher) and Colella (designated hitter) are returning all-region selections. The Big Reds will face new challenges this year with a move up to Class AA. Among the road blocks to repeating as D-10 champion is Saegertown and several Erie and Mercer County powerhouses. West Middlesex will need to adjust to Class AA baseball right away to stay competitive. The Big Reds have the experience and talent to make some noise this season and adjusting to a higher level will determine how far they can go.

Schedule
April
3 Mercer* W, 7-0
5 at Wilmington* L, 8-10
6 Maplewood W, 8-0
8 Reynolds* W, 4-0
11 Hickory* L, 1-5
12 at Lakeview PPD
15 at Commodore Perry* 4
17 Sharpsville* 4
19 Jamestown 4
22 at Sharon* 4
24 at Mercer* 4
29 Wilmington* 4
May
1 at Reynolds* 4
3 Bookfield (Ohio)
6 at Hickory* 4
8 Commodore Perry* 4
13 at Sharpsville* 4
15 Sharon* 4
*Region 2 games

Softball
Coach (season, record): Gene Rubeo (13th season, 177-63)
2012 overall record: 15-6
2012 region record (place): 9-3 (tied for second)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Youngsville 8-4 in the District 10 Class A quarterfinals before losing to Saegertown 1-0 in the semifinals.
Top players lost: Dani Monaco, Amanda Bowers, Amanda Novosel
Top returning players: Chelsey Reed, Jade Kroesen, Taylor Gilliland, Aly Andrusky, Jordyn Allen
Assistant coaches: Rachel Catale, Bob Michaels, Dan Kristyak
Outlook: West Middlesex gave Saegertown everything it could handle in the District 10 Class A semifinals last year. The Big Reds have a solid team back to make another run in the playoffs. West Middlesex will have to replace Dani Monaco, Amanda Bowers and Amanda Novosel, who graduated in the spring. Novosel was voted to the all-region first team at shortstop, while Bowes was a second-team third baseman and Monaco was a second-team outfielder. The Big Reds return everyone else, including Chelsey Reed, Jade Kroesen, Taylor Gilliland, Aly Andrusky and Jordyn Allen. Allen was voted to the first team as a pitcher and Andrusky (catcher) and Kroesen (second base) were named to the second team. West Middlesex has to replace its corner infielders and corner outfielders but everyone else is back. The Big Reds will also be without Megan Hazlett for a few weeks as she rehabs from an offseason injury. Freshman pitcher Tori Roth could step in and start right away or at least contribute this season. The Big Reds have experience and a strong program but they will need several underclassmen to step up this season to get back to the postseason.

Schedule
April
2 at Grove City W, 13-3 5 innings
4 at Mercer L, 5-6
5 at Wilmington L, 2-6
6 Maplewood W, 5-1
9 at Kennedy Catholic* W, 7-5
11 Commodore Perry* W, 10-0 5 innings
12 at Lakeview PPD
16 at Reynolds* 4
18 at Sharpsville* 4
23 Farrell* 4
25 Kennedy Catholic* 4
30 at Commodore Perry* 4
May
2 Mercer 4
7 Reynolds* 4
9 Sharpsville* 4
11 Wilmington 4
14 at Farrell* 4
*Region 1 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: April 22nd, 2013

Warren Dragons
Baseball
Coach (season): Rick Eaton (1st season)
2012 overall record: 16-4
2012 region record (place): 8-2 (co-champion)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Grove City 6-3 and Cathedral Prep 2-0 to win the District 10 Class AAA championship. Warren then lost to Thomas Jefferson 4-2 in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Matt Jaskolka, Hank Morrison, Andrew Bevevino, Chris Danielson, Eddie Dorunda, Kory Thomas, Kevin Van Ord, Preston McMeans, Dan Maeder
Top returning players: Carter Cerra, Cameron MacIntosh, Ed Ord, Collin Fantaskey, Jason Stanton
Assistant coaches: Andrew Teconchuk, Jeff Eaton
Outlook: Warren will have a new look this season as longtime coach Jess Passaro retired. Rick Eaton takes over at Warren and will need to develop some of the younger players right away. The Dragons lost Matt Jaskolka, Hank Morrison, Andrew Bevevino, Chris Danielson, Eddie Dorunda, Kory Thomas, Kevin Van Ord, Preston McMeans and Dan Maeder to graduation. Bevevino (catcher), Dorunda (second base), Danielson (outfield), Jaskolka (outfield) and Van Ord (designated hitter) were voted to the all-region first team last season, while McMeans (first base) and Morrison (third base) were voted to the second team. Jaskolka and Dorunda were also second-team pitchers. Jaskolka is playing for Bloomsburg and Morrison is at Mercyhurst. Dorunda is playing for Mercyhurst North East. With a team full of talent that won a D-10 championship gone, the Dragons will need to rebuild quickly in order to repeat. Carter Cerra, Cameron MacIntosh, Ed Ord, Collin Fantaskey and Jason Stanton are back this spring to lead a young team. The returning group could be bolstered by new players Tanner Teconchuk, Todd Fasenmyer, Austin Schwanke, Ryan Gustafson, Tyler Bradly, Tanner Stanz, Matt Hultquist and Johnny White. Warren has a deep pitching staff and plenty of young talent, but developing chemistry will be the biggest key. The Dragons lost nine senior starters to graduation but the next generation looks solid. If Warren doesn’t repeat this season, keep an eye on the Dragons over the next few years. Warren is loaded with sophomores and juniors and this could be a development year to make another run in 2014.

Schedule
April
5 St. Marys L, 2-6
6 Bradford W, 13-2
8 DuBois L, 2-8
10 at General McLane* PPD
12 Corry* PPD
15 McDowell 4
17 at Girard* 4
19 at Harbor Creek* 4
20 Strong Vincent noon
22 at Jamestown (N.Y.) 4:30
24 Fort LeBoeuf* 4
26 General McLane* 4
27 at Mercyhurst Prep 1
May
1 at Corry* 4
6 Girard* 4
8 Harbor Creek* 4
11 Titusville 11 a.m.
13 at Fort LeBoeuf* 4
18 Jamestown (N.Y.) 11 a.m.
*Region 7 games

Softball
Coach (season, record): Mark Bupp (7th season, 87-29)
2012 overall record: 18-2
2012 region record (place): 15-1 (co-champion)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Hickory 6-2 in the District 10 Class AAA semifinals before losing to Fort LeBoeuf 9-2 in the D-10 championship.
Top players lost: Samantha Bevevino, Rachel Hasselman, Kristin Hultquist, Shaley Williams
Top returning players: Erica Blair, Jaimie Eaton, Taylor Mineweaser, Alexa Bupp, Kaitlin Ishman, Kennedy Walter
Assistant coaches: Mark Blasdell, Tony Hasselman, Ed Loutzenhiser, Terry Wilson, Keith Confer, Chet Munksgard
Outlook: Warren was frustrated by Fort LeBoeuf last season but that could change this year. The Dragons return a loaded team with plenty of experience. Warren has some roster spots to fill with the graduation of Samantha Bevevino, Rachel Hasselman, Kristin Hultquist and Shaley Williams. Hasselman was voted to the all-region first team at first base and Hutlquist was a first-team outfielder. The Dragons return Erica Blair, Jaimie Eaton, Taylor Mineweaser, Alexa Bupp, Kaitlin Ishman and Kennedy Walter. Bupp has been dominant since her freshman season and is primed for a big junior year. She was voted to the all-region first team at pitcher and the region player and pitcher of the year. Ishman is a returning first-team selection at second base and Mineweaser is a second-team designated player. Warren lost four starters to graduation but has plenty of talented players back to make a run at the D-10 championship. The Dragons will get two shots at Fort LeBoeuf in region play before a possible third meeting in the D-10 playoffs. Warren has become deep enough to fill in graduation losses but building that extra chemistry will be key this spring.

Schedule
April
2 Mercyhurst Prep* PPD
4 St. Marys W, 6-2
6 at Franklin PPD
9 at Central Tech* W, 14-0 5 innings
11 at Strong Vincent* PPD
16 at Fort LeBoeuf* 4
18 McDowell* 4
23 at East* 4
25 at Mercyhurst Prep* 4
29 Corry 4
30 at Jamestown (N.Y.) 3:30
May
2 Central Tech* 4
7 Strong Vincent* 4
9 Fort LeBoeuf* 4
11 at Corry 4
14 at McDowell* 4
16 East* 4
18 at Iroquois 11 a.m.
*Region 7 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: April 22nd, 2013

Villa Maria Victors
Softball
Coach (season, record): Brian Leuschen (4th season, 12-36)
2012 overall record: 3-15
2012 region record (place): 3-15 (ninth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Katie Leuschen, Elizabeth Nawrocki
Top returning players: Kayla Schlosser, Jackie Colish, Emily Luteran, Shelby Graml, Maria Colt, DaShawna Coleman, Madison Malec, Emma Knight
Assistant coaches: Alyssa Ogrodowczyk, Kaitlin Leuschen
Outlook: Villa Maria went through a tough season in 2012 but had a young team. Katie Leuschen and Elizabeth Nawrocki graduated leaving two spots to fill in the lineup. Leuschen hit .404 as a senior with 23 RBIs on 21 hits. Nawrocki scored 11 runs and had a .232 average. The Victors return Kayla Schlosser, Jackie Colish, Emily Luteran, Shelby Graml, Maria Colt, DaShawna Coleman, Madison Malec and Emma Knight this season. Graml is a returning all-region selection as an outfielder. Colish hit .32 last year, while Coleman is back from injury. Villa could also receive big contributions from new players Alicia Olson, Lexi Lazar, Madison Jarrett, Sierra Neely, Makaela Weber, Nicole Geanous and Jess Vybril. The Victors have a strong defense and return Luteran from injury to take the mound. Villa also has a strong freshman class to contribute this season. The Victors are young in certain places but experienced in most. Villa is still building its program up and could be a dangerous team this year. Region 4 is loaded with solid teams but Villa could become one of those solid teams as well.

Schedule
April
4 Fairview* L, 1-6
5 at Northwestern* W, 16-2 5 innings
9 at Harbor Creek* L, 1-11 5 innings
11 Seneca* PPD
16 at General McLane* 4
18 Girard* 4
20 Mercyhurst Prep 11 a.m.
23 North East* 4
25 Northwestern* 4
30 at Fairview* 4
May
2 Harbor Creek* 4
7 at Seneca* 4
9 General McLane* 4
11 at Central Tech 4
13 at Kennedy Catholic 4
14 at Girard* 4
16 at North East* 4
*Region 4 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: April 22nd, 2013

Union City Bears
Baseball
Coach (season, record): Frank Cutshall (10th season, 87-80)
2012 overall record: 12-9
2012 region record (place): 5-3 (second)
2012 playoff results: Lost to Titusville 15-2 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Austin Waters, Colton Yost, Kyle Hetrick, Jarrod Ossa
Top returning players: Schuyler Hopson, Drake Burgess, Austin Kinney, Alex Hoban, Shane Russell
Assistant coaches: Kevin Woods, Josh Lesik
Outlook: Union City used 2012 as a season to develop the program and still made it to the District 10 Class AA playoffs. The Bears are hoping to use that experience to make a deep run this season. Union City will have to replace Austin Waters, Colton Yost and Kyle Hetrick, who graduated, along with Jarrod Ossa, who is out for the season after having season-ending knee surgery. Waters was voted to the all-region first team at outfield, and Yost was a second-team outfielder. The Bears return a strong infield and have added some players to the outfield. Brody Mangel, Lucas Dougherty and Quentin Maynard are new players that could contribute right away this year. Union City could actually benefit from the Conneaut teams consolidating and moving out of the region. The Bears have lined up several non-region games to test their experienced team this year. Union City will find out where it stands against Saegertown in region play, and will look to use its experience to get back to the postseason.

Schedule
April
5 Harbor Creek L, 2-8
8 at Girard L, 0-6
11 Cochranton* PPD
13 Slippery Rock PPD
15 Saegertown* 4
17 Cambridge Springs* 4
19 at Hickory 4
22 at Maplewood* 4
26 at North East 4
29 at Cochranton* 4
30 Oil City 4
May
3 at Conneaut 4
7 at Saegertown* 4
9 at Cambridge Springs* 4
10 at General McLane 4
14 Maplewood* 4
15 Corry 4
17 at Youngsville 4
*Region 3 games

Softball
Coach (season): Frank Snyder (1st season)
2012 overall record: 7-11
2012 region record (place): 6-10 (tied for sixth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Matti Uber, Katie Kirik, Caitlynn Miller, Lauren Miller
Top returning players: Noelle Wienczkowski, Morgan Peterson, Lakyn Brumagin, Stacey Boyce, Meghan Mongera, Carrie Brown, Courtney Brumagin
Assistant coaches: Mike Krause, Dawn Frontera, Denise Bisbee
Outlook: It’ll be an unusual look for Union City this season with Jerry Van Zandt retiring in the offseason. Frank Snyder, a longtime assistant to Van Zandt, takes over this spring. Snyder will have some players to replace as Matti Uber and Katie Kirik graduated, while Caitlynn Miller and Lauren Miller decided not to play this season. Kirik was voted to the all-region second team at outfield as a senior. The Bears return Noelle Wienczkowski, Morgan Peterson, Lakyn Brumagin, Stacey Boyce, Meghan Mongera, Carrie Brown and Courtney Brumagin this spring. Wienczkowski was voted to the all-region second team at pitcher last season. Autumn Kinney, Jena Chelton, Tori Migliaccio, Carly Williams, Hayley Patchen, Jordyn Kosienski, Mariah Coleman and Mikayla Conant are new players to the varsity level that could contribute right away. Union City has senior leadership and the program has become a perennial contender. The Bears will need several younger players to step up and fill four starting positions. Union City is in a tough region loaded with Crawford County teams. If the Bears can keep their strong program going under a new, but familiar coach, they will be a tough team to beat this season.

Schedule
April
4 Jamestown W, 5-2
5 Harbor Creek L, 0-4
8 at Girard L, 10-18
11 Cochranton* PPD
12 Slippery Rock PPD
15 Saegertown* 4
17 Cambridge Springs* 4
22 at Maplewood* 4
24 Youngsville 4
26 at North East 4
29 at Cochranton* 4
30 Venango Catholic 4
May
3 at Conneaut 4
7 at Saegertown* 4
9 at Cambridge Springs* 4
10 at General McLane 4
14 Maplewood* 4
15 Corry 4
17 Hickory 4
*Region 3 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: April 22nd, 2013

Titusville Rockets
Baseball
Coach (season, record): Mike Hlad (3rd season, 10-30)
2012 overall record: 18-3
2012 region record (place): 7-1 (champion)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Union City 15-2 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals and Sharpsville 2-1 in the semifinals. Titusville then lost to Saegertown 8-4 in the D-10 championship.
Top players lost: Luke Hipple, Robby Johnson
Top returning players: Adam Bleday, Jayce Corklin, Zach Foltz, Zach Horn, Ryan Schwab, Ethan Rapp, Tyler Ripper, Mike Gionti
Assistant coaches: Uriah Sampson, John Horn
Outlook: Titusville will be an interesting team to watch this season. The Rockets made their way to the District 10 Class AA championship before running into powerhouse Saegertown. Titusville is in a new region with new opponents to worry about this season. How quickly the Rockets adjust will determine how their season goes. Titusville will have replace Luke Hipple and Robby Johnson, who graduated, and will have a new head coach in Michael Hlad, who has coached Titusville in the past. Hipple (third base) and Johnson (shortstop) were voted to the all-region first team, and Hipple was a second-team pitcher. The Rockets will turn to Adam Bleday, Jayce Corklin, Zach Foltz, Zach Horn, Ryan Schwab, Ethan Rapp, Tyler Ripper and Mike Gionti for leadership. Bleday, a Virginia recruit, was voted to the first team at outfield and pitcher and Foltz is a second-team outfielder. The Rockets could also receive big contributions from new players Seth Mehlenbacher and Cody Sines, who are sophomores, along with freshman J.J. Bleday. The Rockets have a senior-laden team and will be in the mix for not only the region title but a contender for the D-10 title as well.

Schedule
April
5 North East W, 5-2
8 at Meadville W, 2-1
9 at Seneca W, 11-1 1 innings
10 at Eisenhower* PPD
12 Franklin* PPD
15 Oil City 4
17 at Youngsville* 4
20 Oil City
22 at Northwestern 4
24 at Iroquois* 4
26 Eisenhower* 4
29 Fairview 4
May
1 at Franklin* 4
6 Youngsville* 4
10 Corry 4
11 at Warren 11 a.m.
13 Iroquois* 4
16 at Mercyhurst Prep 4
17 Meadville 4
*Region 4 games

Softball
Coach (season, record): Jim Becker 10th season, 109-51)
2012 overall record: 18-1
2012 region record (place): 6-0 (champion)
2012 playoff results: Lost to Wilmington 4-3 in the District 10 Class AA semifinals.
Top player lost: Laney Brown
Top returning players: Shana Grosch, Kate Garrett, Kim Finley, Amy Clark, Marie Johnson, MacKenna Vandervort, Megan Bowser, Katie Neely
Assistant coaches: Megan Titus, Mark Sawatsky
Outlook: Titusville will face new challenges this season with a new region. The Rockets ran into former region rival Wilmington in the D-10 semifinals last season and are looking to get back to the playoffs. Titusville will have to replace Laney Brown, an outfielder who hit .445 and graduated in the spring. The Rockets have everyone else back, including Shana Grosch, Kate Garrett, Kim Finley, Amy Clark, Marie Johnson, MacKenna Vandervort, Megan Bowser and Katie Neely. Grosch (pitcher), Garrett (outfield), Finley (third base), Clark (catcher) and Johnson (second base) are first-team selections, while Vandervort (outfield) and Bowser (first base) are second-team picks. Grosch was voted region pitcher of the year and Clark is the region player of the year. Titusville returns eight of nine starters this season and has the talent to make a playoff run. The Rockets have plenty of offensive firepower and a solid pitcher in Grosch. Titusville is a strong favorite to win its new region and looks like the strongest contender to keep Fairview from winning another D-10 Class AA title.

Schedule
April
4 Corry L, 6-7
5 Grove City W, 17-2 3 innings
6 Cranberry W, 13-3
9 at Eisenhower* W, 9-3
11 Franklin* PPD
13 at Strong Vincent 11 a.m.
16 at Iroquois* 4
18 at Youngsville* 4
20 Sharpsville 11 a.m.
22 at Harbor Creek 4
23 Rocky Grove* 4
25 Eisenhower* 4
27 at Cambridge Springs noon
May
1 at Franklin* 4
7 Iroquois* 4
9 Youngsville* 4
14 at Rocky Grove* 4
16 Jamestown 4
*Region 5 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: April 22nd, 2013

Strong Vincent Colonels
Baseball
2012 overall record: 10-9
2012 region record (place): 4-4 (third)
2012 playoff results: Lost to McDowell 9-2 in the District 10 Class AAAA championship.

Note: A preview was submitted by the head coach.

Schedule
April
3 at Conneaut (Ohio) L, 2-4
6 at Corry W, 4-2
9 General McLane L, 3-4
10 Cathedral Prep* PPD
12 at McDowell* PPD
13 Franklin 4
16 Central Tech* 6:30
19 at East* 6:30
20 at Warren noon
22 at Oil City 4
24 Conneaut (Ohio) 4
26 Cathedral Prep* 4
29 at Fort LeBoeuf 4
May
1 McDowell* 4
3 at Fairview 4
6 Central Tech* 6:30
8 East* 4
13 at Mercyhurst Prep 4
*Region 8 games

Softball
Coach (season, record): Ron Niebauer (37th season, 433-213)
2012 overall record: 6-15
2012 region record (place): 6-10 (sixth)
2012 playoff results: Lost to McDowell 12-2 in the District 10 Class AAAA championship.
Top player lost: Julie Rhines
Top returning players: Davonna Battle, Sara Bogle, Alyssa Brutto, Haley Hess, Lydia Jobczynski, Tiffany Jones, Christina Lachica, Myah Malone, Taylor Munson, Heidi Peck, Stephanie Peck
Assistant coaches: Laura Morgan, Jerry Dunn, Heather Chaffee
Outlook: Strong Vincent ran into a tough McDowell team in the District 10 Class AAAA championship in the spring. The Colonels have an experienced team back loaded with talent. Julie Rhines is the only player lost to graduation in the outfield. Davonna Battle, Sara Bogle, Alyssa Brutto, Haley Hess, Lydia Jobczynski, Tiffany Jones, Christina Lachica, Myah Malone, Taylor Munson, Heidi Peck and Stephanie Peck are back for the Colonels. Lachica hit .343 last year and Munson had a .383 batting average. Peck led all Vincent players with a .517 batting average. Erin Erdely, Meghan Erdely, Katie Ghastin, Gabrielle Hess, Miranda McAllister, Hannah Rhodes and Carly Wilson are new players this season that could contribute for the Colonels. Vincent has enough experience to get back to the D-10 championship, and how well the Colonels develop as a team will determine if they can knock off McDowell.

Schedule
March
26 Piedmont (N.C.) L, 0-1
27 Weddington (N.C.) L, 4-8
April
4 at Fort LeBoeuf* L, 2-3
5 Corry W, 10-9
6 Central Tech* W, 2-1
9 at East* W, 18-1 5 innings
11 Warren* PPD
13 Titusville 11 a.m.
16 at McDowell* 4
18 Conneaut (Ohio) 4
23 at Mercyhurst Prep* 4
25 at Central Tech* 4
30 Fort LeBoeuf* 4
May
2 East* 4
4 at General McLane 11 a.m.
7 at Warren* 4
9 McDowell* 4
16 Mercyhurst Prep* 4
*Region 7 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: April 21st, 2013

Slippery Rock Rockets
Baseball
Coach (season, record): Nathan McCollough (2nd season, 8-12)
2012 overall record: 8-12
2012 region record (place): 4-6 (fourth)
2012 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs.
Top players lost: Sean White, Andrew Gieraltowski, Connor Hogue, Sam Furrh, Mike Stutz
Top returning players: Cody Stephenson, Mitch Robinson, Joe Barnhart, Levi Leonberg
Assistant coaches: Fred Pryor, Darren Schulz, Bob Stougher, Mark White
Outlook: Slippery Rock hovered around .500 under new head coach Nathan McCollough last season and will look to keep improving this spring. The Rockets will have some big holes to fill in Sean White, Andrew Gieraltowski, Connor Hogue, Sam Furrh and Mike Stutz. White Slippery Rock’s only all-region selection as a second-team pitcher. Cody Stephenson, Mitch Robinson, Joe Barnhart and Levi Leonberg are back for the Rockets to lead an inexperienced team. Jackson Kerchis and Josh Bower are new players to the varsity level that could contribute right away. Slippery Rock will need several freshmen and sophomores step up this year to help out the upperclassmen. The Rockets have a solid pitching staff and a strong lineup, but inexperience and a lack of chemistry could be tough to overcome.

Schedule
April
1 Sharon W, 4-3
3 Saegertown L, 1-13 5 innings
5 at Lakeview W, 15-2 5 innings
6 at Harbor Creek L, 1-9
10 at Meadville* PPD
12 Conneaut* W, 6-2
13 at Union City 4
15 at Seneca 4
17 at Oil City* 4
22 Girard 4
24 Grove City* 4
26 Meadville* 4
May
1 at Conneaut* 4
2 Cochranton 4
6 Oil City* 4
8 at Shenango 4
10 Hickory 4
13 at Grove City* 4
17 Franklin 4
*Region 6 games

Softball
2012 overall record: 8-10
2012 region record (place): 6-4 (third)
2012 playoff results: Lost to Corry 8-2 in a District 10 Class AAA play-in game.

Note: A preview was not turned in by the head coach.

Schedule
April
2 Mercer L, 5-16 5 innings
4 at Sharon L, 4-19 3 innings
6 Wilmington L, 0-15 3 innings
9 at Meadville* L, 4-19
11 Grove City* L, 3-15 5 innings
12 at Union City PPD
16 Corry* 4
18 Conneaut* 4
20 at Mercer 11 a.m.
23 at Hickory* 4
25 Meadville* 4
30 at Grove City* 4
May
2 Cochranton 4
7 at Corry* 4
9 at Conneaut* 4
10 at Commodore Perry 4
14 Hickory* 4
17 at Reynolds 4
*Region 6 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: April 21st, 2013

Sharpsville Blue Devils
Baseball
Coach (season, record): Mike Sikorski (6th season, 55-29)
2012 overall record: 17-2
2012 region record (place): 9-1 (champion)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Commodore Perry 12-7 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals before losing to Titusville 2-1 in the semifinals.
Top players lost: Kevin Yarabinec, Nick Siguenza
Top returning players: Bryan Stafford, Jake Bulick, Taylor Lenzi, Jalen Mockabee, Ross Llewellyn, Tanner Morris, Greg Popatak, Tyler Wansack, Mitch Fyffe
Assistant coaches: Shawn Valenly, Bobby Donatelli, Kyle Rupp
Outlook: Sharpsville ran into a tough Titusville in the D-10 semifinals last year, and the Blue Devils are looking for another run in the playoffs this year. Sharpsville lost Kevin Yarabinec and Nick Siguenza to graduation and both leave big holes to fill. Yarabinec hit .351 with six home runs and had 100 strikeouts with a 0.47 ERA for the Blue Devils. He was voted to the all-region first team at shortstop and pitcher and was voted the region pitcher of the year. Siguenza was another dominant pitcher with a 0.58 ERA. Losing two standout pitchers will be tough on the Blue Devils this season. Sharpsville returns Bryan Stafford, Jake Bulick, Taylor Lenzi, Jalen Mockabee, Ross Llewellyn, Tanner Morris, Greg Popatak, Tyler Wansack and Mitch Fyffe this spring. Stafford, Bulick, Lenzi, Mockabee and Llewellyn are senior leaders for coach Mike Sikorski. Stafford (catcher) and Popatak (third base) are returning all-region first-team selections, while Mockabee (first base), Wansack (outfield) and Bulick (outfield) are returning second-team selections. Sharpsville has the offensive firepower to compete for the Region 2 title but developing a new pitching staff will be key. The Blue Devils are a team to keep an eye on this spring.

Schedule
April
3 Commodore Perry* L, 1-11 5 innings
4 Lakeview W, 12-7
5 at Hickory* W, 20-12
8 Wilmington* W, 4-3 8 innings
10 at Reynolds* PPD
15 Sharon* 4
16 at Grove City
17 at West Middlesex* 4
22 at Mercer* 4
24 at Commodore Perry* 4
26 at Jamestown 4
29 Hickory* 4
May
1 at Wilmington* 4
6 Reynolds* 4
8 at Sharon* 4
13 West Middlesex* 4
15 Mercer* 4
*Region 2 games

Softball
Coach (season): Rick Grandy (1st season)
2012 overall record: 15-3
2012 region record (place): 10-2 (champion)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Reynolds 8-2 in the District 10 Class A semifinals before losing to Saegertown 11-2 in the D-10 championship.
Top players lost: Hanley Spencer, Katie Hanley, Kristy Roberts, Taylor O’Conner, Molly Gill
Top returning players: McKenzie Popatak, Megan Davis, Rachel Harenchar, Madelyn Shuttleworth, Megan Whalen
Assistant coaches: Cory Sternthal, Kirk Messett, Keith Wansack, Kelley Thompson
Outlook: Sharpsville ran into powerhouse Saegertown in the District 10 Class A championship last season. The Blue Devils will have to replace several talented players to get back to the D-10 game this year. Hanley Spencer, Katie Hanley, Kristy Roberts, Taylor O’Conner and Molly Gill are gone to graduation. Gill (first base), Roberts (second team), O’Connor (third base), Hanley (outfield) and Spencer (pitcher) were all-region first-team selections as seniors. The Blue Devils have experienced players back, including McKenzie Popatak, Megan Davis, Rachel Harenchar, Madelyn Shuttleworth and Megan Whalen. Popatak is a first-team selection at catcher and was voted the region player of the year. Harenchar was voted to the all-region second team at designated player. Sharpsville will need to play strong defense until several players step up as offensive weapons. The Blue Devils have nine freshmen on the roster and inexperience could be an issue early on. If Sharpsville can develop chemistry as the season goes on, the Blue Devils will be a tough out in the District 10 Class A playoffs.

Schedule
April
3 Grove City W, 12-11
4 at Saegertown L, 4-16 5 innings
6 Cambridge Springs W, 15-5 5 innings
8 Mercer W, 6-5
9 Reynolds* W, 4-3
11 Kennedy Catholic* PPD
13 Hubbard (Ohio) 3:30
16 at Farrell* 4
18 West Middlesex* 4
20 at Titusville 11 a.m.
23 at Commodore Perry* 4
25 at Reynolds* 4
27 at Brookfield (Ohio) 11 a.m.
30 at Kennedy Catholic* 4
May
2 at Wilmington 4
7 Farrell* 4
8 Warren JFK 4
9 at West Middlesex* 4
14 Commodore Perry* 4
*Region 1 games

–Tom Reisenweber

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