The Meadville Tribune presents the top sports stories of 2013. From individual triumphs to team championships, the area had its share of memorable moments in 2013. The following is a list of the 10 best moments of the year.
10. Titusville golf team
wins first D-10 medal
The Titusville boys golf team made school history on Oct. 5, as the team of Eric Maginnis, Matt McCord, Seth Mehlenbacher and Taite Foley combined to shoot a team score of 335, 18 strokes better than the competition, to win the District 10 Class AA team title. Zack Richards totaled a 93 for the Rockets as the team’s fifth golfer.
The Country Club of Meadville played host to Titusville’s unforgettable day, with Maginnis leading the charge by shooting a 3-over-par 75. The Rockets’ No. 1 golfer, McCord, turned in an 81, with Mehlenbacher’s 88 and Foley’s 91 rounding out the winning score.
For Maginnis, it was the first time the sophomore broke 80 on a course, choosing a great time to come though with his best round of his career.
The Rockets went on to defeat Ridgway in a PIAA sub-regional battle at Treasure Lake in DuBois. That victory advanced the Rockets to their first-ever state championship tournament. There, at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York, the team finished as the No. 5 team in Pennsylvania.
9. Lakeview/West Middlesex go five OTs in D-10 title classic
It was 52 minutes of back-and-forth action between the Lakeview and West Middlesex boys basketball teams on March 1. And the Big Reds needed all 52 minutes to pull off a 71-65 win in five overtimes to claim the District 10 Class AA title.
West Middlesex ran the clock down at the end of regulation with the game tied at 48 but failed to connect on a final shot. The same scenario took place in the first overtime, with a similar outcome, as the Big Reds let the game clock run down but couldn’t connect on a game-winner.
In the third overtime, West Middlesex led by three (59-56) with time running out, but Lakeview’s Casey Greggs knocked down a 3-pointer from the wing to tie the game once again. In the fourth overtime, the Big Reds held for the final shot for a third time, and once again the Lakeview
West Middlesex finally caught a break in the final overtime, as Greggs fouled out, making him the third Sailor starter to leave the game. That allowed the Big Reds to hold on for the championship.