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DuBOIS — It was back in early September. It was Cochranton’s second match of the 2019 season. The Cardinals were taking on Conneaut Area. And while Cochranton won that match in four sets, head coach Marci Malliard admitted that she still didn’t quite know what kind of team she had on her hands. 

While you couldn’t quite hear the messages that were being passed helmet-to-helmet between the Maplewood and Farrell players in the handshake line following Friday night’s District 10 Class 1A championship game, it was easy to get the gist of it. 


Farrell was used to the District 10 title game. After all, the Steelers have celebrated with the plaque for four straight seasons and were looking for a fifth. Meanwhile Maplewood’s players weren’t born the last time the Tigers had this opportunity. 

If you had told Tyler Barnes that he was going to shoot his highest series ever after the eighth frame in his second game at Eastway Lanes in Erie on Saturday night, Barnes probably would have thought you had a little too much to drink.

Veteran head coach Marci Malliard and the Cochranton girls volleyball team worked through a number of rotations throughout the season trying to find the right combination. When all was said and done, Malliard ended up with a lineup that included 11 players. 

COCHRANTON — Franklin Regional’s Hannah Flick fired her serve into the back corner of the court. Her shot landed right before the line sealing the match for the Panthers. It was that kind of day for Franklin Region, who rallied to win over District 10 Class 3A champion


Region 3 was a dogfight all season long in girls volleyball. No one expected it to be any different with two of those teams batting for the District 10 Class 1A on Saturday at Meadville Senior High School’s House of Thrills. 


COCHRANTON — Conneaut and Meadville punched their tickets to the District 10 Class 3A girls volleyball championship tilt with head-turning performances during their semifinal matchups on Thursday night.

There were two things Maplewood coach Sheila Bancroft knew for certain going into the Lady Tigers’ District 10 Class 2A title match against Corry on Saturday.

Over the previous two weeks the Allegheny Gators football team has had some stingy defensive performances. This week, the offense tried to steal the show while rolling up 496 yards against Hiram.

HERSHEY — A couple Crawford County cross country runners ended their high school careers on a high note during the PIAA championship meet, held Saturday at Hershey’s Parkview Cross Country Course. 


EDINBORO — It is not news that the Meadville girls volleyball team’s success revolves around its performance at the service line. It’s also not news that Lucy Smith is clutch at the net when the Lady Bulldogs need some big points.


EDINBORO — The Region 4 champion Conneaut Area girls volleyball team looked the part once again on Thursday night. Effective serving and passing led to a strong match for the Eagles against 2018 PIAA Class 3A runner-up Warren.

WATERFORD — Once Warren received the foul call, the Dragons had a chance to go for goal from over 30 yards out. Warren head coach Jeremy Bickling knew who’s number to call for the kick. He chose No. 16 Sawyer Mohney, a senior who also played kicker for the Dragons football team this season.

The Fairview girls volleyball team runs a pretty stout offense out of the middle. So the focus for Maplewood going into Wednesday’s District 10 Class 2A semifinals against Fairview was simple: do what they have done so well all year long. Serve tough.

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After a rough first set, Saegertown was a different team the rest of the way. Seemingly always in the right place, the Panthers made things extremely difficult for Region 3 champion Union City. The Panthers used effective defense, crisp passing and strong hits to get past the Bears.


FRANKLIN — Allegedly, before the Meadville and Hickory girls soccer teams went into overtime during Monday night’s District 10 Class 3A semifinal match at Franklin High School, one of the referees was chatting with Bulldogs sophomore Addie Phillis.

WATERFORD — In the first meeting between the Cambridge Springs and Iroquois girls soccer teams back in September, the Blue Devils came away a 2-1 winner. Not even a month later, the Blue Devils and Iroquois played to a 1-1 tie, resulting in shared ownership of the Region 3 championship. 

The last time out, the Meadville hockey team was impressive during a 5-1 win over Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League foe Quaker Valley. A week later, those same young Bulldog skaters got a wakeup call.

EDINBORO — Folks rarely remember how you start a game, but rather how the game ends. If that’s true, then people will mostly remember the positives from the Meadville football team’s win over Warren on Saturday.

EDINBORO — Lakeview entered its playoff matchup with Region 3 champion Northwestern with nothing to lose. The Sailors had one win on the season and were trying for an upset in the opening round. While the Wildcats avoided playing a part in Lakeview’s Cinderella story, the Sailors have a prog…


Union City was shorthanded in its playoff game with West Middlesex. Yet, in the effort to try and exact revenge from last year’s season-ending loss to the Big Reds, the Bears put up a good fight. But in the end West Middlesex once again left as the victor.

Allegheny will try to make it two in a row when it travels to Greencastle, Ind. today to face DePauw in a North Coast Athletic Conference football showdown. Kickoff at Blackstock Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m.

The Lakeview Sailors football team enters the 2019 playoffs as huge underdogs following a 1-8 season. As the No. 4 seed from Region 4, the Sailors get the enviable task of facing Region 3 champion Northwestern tonight at 7 p.m. at Edinboro University.


The Region 4 champion Conneaut Area Eagles needed a bit of a wake-up call following two losses last week to Meadville and Saegertown. The losses were uncharacteristic for a team that led the region for most of the season. In their playoff opener, the Eagles returned to form in a big way agai…

In its opening round win over Jamestown, the Cochranton girls volleyball team played decent, but with room for improvement, especially in the passing and serving categories.

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Visitation for Mary Ann Affinito is from 10-11 AM on Friday at St. Mary of Grace Church, 1085 Water St., Meadville, with Memorial Mass following at 11 AM. Arrangements by Stephen P. Mizner FH & CS, Inc., Meadville.