Corner Kick: Hickory

   July 27, 2011 2:00 pm

 

Hickory Hornets
Boys
Coach (season, record): Mike Pascarella (10th season at Hickory, 18th season overall, 114-56-9 at Hickory, 147-158-13 overall)
2010 overall record: 15-5-0
2010 region record (place): 8-2-0 (co-champion)
2010 playoff results: Lost 3-2 to Warren in the District 10 Class AA semifinals.
Top players lost: Ross James, Nate Myers, Brennan Oppman, Tyler Montgomery, Boris Cano, Heath Hanson
Top returning players: Kevin Hodgkins, Brandon Ward, Phillip Tantuo, Mark Caracci, Ryan Myerowich
Assistant coaches: Pete Donnarummo, Gary Hodkins, Sean Zippie
Outlook: Hickory lost several talented players to graduation and will search for replacements in camp, including a goalkeeper. The Hornets lost all-region defender Tyler Montgomery as well as Ross James, Nate Myers, Brennan Oppman, Boris Cano and Heath Hanson. The good news for Hickory is the return of a veteran senior class. Kevin Hodgkins, Brandon Ward, Phillip Tantuo and Mark Carraci are returning all-region offensive players, while Ryan Myerowich made the second team on defense. Hodgkins was voted the Region 2 Player of the Year and is a game-changer for the Hornets. Hickory has reached the D-10 semifinals the past three years and the first goal will be getting back there. Coach Mike Pascarella is looking for the Hornets to improve throughout the year and reach the D-10 championship match.

Schedule
September
6 at Sharpsville 4
8 Mercer 7:30
10 General McLane 2
12 at Kennedy Catholic 4
15 at Meadville 4
20 at West Middlesex 4
22 Wilmington 7:30
24 at North East 11 a.m.
26 at Sharon* 4
28 at Commodore Perry* 4
October
1 Slippery Rock* 1
4 at Conneaut Valley* 4
10 Grove City* 7:30
12 Sharon* 7:30
18 Commodore Perry* 7:30
20 Conneaut Valley* 6
24 at Slippery Rock* 4
26 at Grove City* 7:30

Girls
Coach (season, record): B.J. Rudge (8th season as girls coach, 11th season overall, 91-39-6 as girls coach, 117-66-9 overall)
2010 overall record: 15-3-1
2010 region record (place): 4-1-1 (second)
2010 playoff results: Lost 2-0 to Harbor Creek in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals.
Top player lost: Stephanie Segarra
Top returning players: Allison Richards, Lauren Costello, Jennifer Free, Hannah Davis, Alexis McBride, Alyssa McClure, Michelle DeGerolamo and Morgan McBride
Assistant coaches: Andrew Levitt, Pat DeGerolamo, Heather Loughry and Dale Spadafora
Outlook: Hickory had its season cut short by a talented Harbor Creek team in the District 10 quarterfinals last fall. With only one senior gone to graduation – Stephanie Segarra – the Hornettes are looking to return to the postseason and make a move at the D-10 title. Segarra was elected to the all-region first team on defense and she will need to be replaced quickly in camp. Returning for Hickory is all-district forward Allison Richards, an all-region selection and the Region 2 Player of the Year. She is joined by Alyssa McClure, Jenn Free, Michelle DeGerolamo, Lauren Costello, Hannah Davis and Morgan McBride who were all-region picks in 2010.

Schedule
September
7 at Strong Vincent 6:30
10 General McLane 10 a.m.
13 Kennedy Catholic 7:30
17 Neshannock 1:30
19 West Middlesex 7
21 Grove City* 7:30
24 Villa Maria 12:30
27 at Sharon* 4
29 at Wilmington 7:30
October
3 Sharpsville* 7:30
5 Slippery Rock* 7:30
11 at Grove City* 7:30
13 Sharon* 7:30
15 North Hills 11 a.m.
17 at Mercer 7:30
19 at Sharpsville* 6
25 at Slippery Rock* 4
27 at Fort LeBoeuf 4

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