Corner Kick: Slippery Rock

   August 10, 2011 2:00 pm

 

Slippery Rock Rockets
Boys
Coach (season, record): Jordan Wiegand (2nd season, 13-6-0)
2010 overall record: 13-6-0
2010 region record (place): 8-2-0 (co-champion)
2010 playoff results: Lost 1-0 to North East in the District 10 Class AA semifinals.
Top players lost: Scottie Laborie, Ken Tibbens, Cody Wolinski, J.J. Graham, Tyler Little
Top returning players: Brock Sloan, Braden Sloan, Cole McCandless, Quay Barnhart, Mike Stutz
Assistant coach: Austin Hawk
Outlook: Slippery Rock was once again in the mix for a District 10 championship last fall and has plenty of returning starters this season. The Rockets will need to replace all-region goalkeeper Tyler Little along with Scottie Laborie, Ken Tibbens, Cody Wolinski and J.J. Graham. Slippery Rock has several senior leaders back, including first-team all-region offensive players Braden and Brock Sloan. Junior Cole McCandless returns after being voted to the all-region second team in 2010 on offense. The Rockets have the offensive firepower to compete in the region but they need some help on defense and in goal. Quay Barnhart and Mike Stutz could contribute in a big way this season.

Schedule
September
2-3 Harbor Creek tournament
6 at West Middlesex 4
8 Wilmington 4
12 at Sharpsville 4
14 Mercer 4
20 at Kennedy Catholic 4
26 Conneaut Valley* 5:30
28 at Grove City* 7:30
October
1 at Hickory* 1
4 Commodore Perry* 5:30
10 at Sharon* 4
12 at Conneaut Valley* 4
18 Grove City* 5:30
20 at Commodore Perry* 4
22 at General McLane 2
24 Hickory* 4
26 Sharon* 4

Girls
Coach (season, record): Les Smith (5th season, 58-17-5)
2010 overall record: 16-2-2
2010 region record (place): 5-0-1 (champion)
2010 playoff results: Lost 2-1 to Villa Maria in the District 10 Class AA semifinals.
Top player lost: Molly Wietzel
Top returning players: Danielle Wissinger, Morgan Siebka, Jordan Marks, Casey Dudek, Rachael Caldwell, Charlene Doerr, Harley Boyd
Assistant coach: Bill Zimmerman
Outlook: Slippery Rock had a solid 2010 season, including a region championship and a heart-breaking one-goal loss in the District 10 semifinals. The Rockets have almost every back from last year’s team and could be a power once again this season. Slippery Rock will have to replace the offense left by graduate Molly Weitzel, a first-team all-region member. The Rockets have several all-region players back, including Danielle Wissinger, Jordan Marks, Morgan Siebka, Casey Dudek, Rachael Caldwell, Charlene Doerr and Hardley Boyd. A big key will be staying healthy this year but Slippery Rock should be a threat in the postseason once again.

Schedule
September
2-3 Harbor Creek tournament
7 Bishop Canevin 4:30
10 at Karns City 2
13 Mercer 4
15 at West Middlesex 4
21 at Sharpsville* 4
24 Fairview noon
27 Grove City* 4
29 Sharon* 4
October
3 at Kennedy Catholic 4
5 at Hickory* 7:30
11 Sharpsville* 4
13 at Grove City* 4
17 at Sharon* 4
19 at Wilmington 7:30
22 at General McLane 12:30
25 Hickory* 4

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