Meadville Tribune


December 31, 2013

Best of the best: Top sports stories of 2013

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

defense held.

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.

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  • Kissing the bricks Gordon wins at Indy for record 5th time

    With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again.
    Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight days before his 43rd birthday and on the weekend Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first Brickyard victory.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Roethlisberger OK with choice to wait on new deal

    There are days when Ben Roethlisberger can feel every single hit he’s absorbed during a decade as one of the NFL’s most fearless quarterbacks.
    And there are days when the Pittsburgh Steelers star sees the young faces surrounding him in the huddle and it seems like he can play forever.

    July 26, 2014

  • Teen doping Survey: Teens experimenting with HGH on the rise

    Michael Guerreri wanted to try human growth hormones so he could look like a pro wrestler. Joe Badalanato hoped HGH would help him become a better football player. James O’Brien figured the drug would improve his fastball.
    The three 18-year-olds from suburban Philadelphia told The Associated Press this week that they bought bottles of HGH online in the past year. Turns out, what they bought was fake.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Montoya back at Indy intent on winning for Penske

    Juan Pablo Montoya is back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — one night only, an encore of sorts, in a guest-starring role for Team Penske.
    The Colombian is entered in the Brickyard 400 for the explicit purpose of winning at Indy in NASCAR and giving team owner Roger Penske one of the few trophies missing from his collection.

    July 25, 2014

  • Haley Wise District 1 looking forward to bigger goals

    The members of the District 1 Senior League softball team haven’t spent a whole lot of time playing together.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meadville's magical season comes to an end

    The state run is over for the Meadville Junior League All-Stars.
    Guess they’ll just have to content themselves with a District 1 championship, a Section 1 championship and an incredible turnaround from the year before.

    July 24, 2014

  • AP source: Gordon to meet with league Aug. 1

    The Cleveland Browns may soon learn whether they’ll have Josh Gordon this season.

    July 24, 2014

  • Mitchell Wood FCV’s season comes to an end

    The end of an era.
    So it was with French Creek Valley dropping a 5-4 decision to Albion Post 567 in the Region 8 Tournament at Northwestern High School on Wednesday. For several key players, it was the last time they would put on the blue uniform for head coach Brandon Crum.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meadville falls to NA in Junior League state opener

    The Meadville Junior League All-Stars spent all baseball season perfecting the art of winning.

    July 23, 2014

  • Rookie CB Gilbert signs with Browns

    Justin Gilbert’s got his contract with the Browns. Now he needs a starting job.

    July 23, 2014

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