MILLCREEK TOWNSHIP — Patrick Stevens set the pace for an outstanding day for local teams at the McDowell Cross Country Invitational on Saturday.

Stevens was the top finisher in the boys race, completing the course in 16:04.5 to take the gold medal. McDowell’s Christian Mattern was second (16:10.9), a little more than six seconds back of the Bulldog. Zane Cartwright of North East took third in 16:11.8.

Stevens’ finish was also good enough to lead MASH (218 points) to a seventh place team finish at the invitational. Joining Stevens in a Top-40 medalist position was teammate Matthew Puleio. Puleio took 20th with a time of 17:22.2.

The top finishing local team in the boys race was Cambridge Springs with 189 points. The Blue Devils saw four runners earn a medal. Hunter Spaid (17:40.2) was the first to cross the line in 29th place. Teammates Christian Kline (17:50.5), Alec Bidwell (17:53.2) and Elijah Mamula (17:53.7) were not far behind in 32nd, 33rd and 34th, respectively.

The final local team was Saegertown, which placed ninth with a score of 340. The highlight for the Panthers came from freshman Sam Hetrick. Hetrick circled the course in 16:57.4 to place 16th for Saegertown.

In girls action, it was Saegertown the topped the local contingent.

The Panther grabbed sixth with a score of 206. Paige Fuller led the way for Saegertown with a 17th place finish in 21:09.1. Karleigh Steiner crossed the line in 21:58.8 to place 33rd.

Cambridge Springs was 10th in the girls race with a team total of 292. Elizabeth Kline led the Blue Devils — and the local contingent — with an 11th place finish in a time of 20:43.4.

Meadville only had one runner in the race, but she did earn a medal. Erica Peters earned a 20-place finish with a time of 21:15.2.


McDowell Invitational


Team Standings: 1. Butler 52; 2. New Castle 63; 3. North East 84; 4. Allderdice 89; 5. McDowell 120; 6. Cambridge Springs 189; 7. Meadville 218; 8. Shenango 252; 9. Saegertown 340; 10. Corry 347; 11. Seneca 347; 12. Smethport 348; 13. Eisenhower 372; 14. Saint Marys 377; 15. Harbor Creek 388; 16. Erie 394; 17. Iroquois 412; 18. Conneaut (Ohio) 417; 19. Fort LeBoeuf 443; 20. Oil City 524.

Individual Medalists

1. Patrick Stevens, Meadville, 16:04.5; 2. Christian Mattern, McDowell, 16:10.9; 3. Zane Courtwright, North East, 16:11.8; 4. Eli Anish, Allderdice, 16:15.9; 5. Anthony Litrenta, New Castle, 16:20.6; 6. Skyler Vavro, Butler, 16:26.8; 7. C.J. Singleton, Butler, 16:38.4; 8. Sage Vavro, Butler, 16:39.5; 9. Zac Gibson, New Castle, 16:40.5; 10. Timothy Patterson, Butler, 16:42.6; 11. Jonah Miller, New Castle, 16:46.2; 12. Thomas Presnar, Shenango, 16:47.4; 13. Ryan Hunyadi, New Castle, 16:47.7; 14. Isaiah White, Allderdice, 16:53.5; 15. Brock Pennington, North East, 16:53.8; 16. Sam Hetrick, Saegertown, 16:57.4; 17. Colton Martin, McDowell, 16:58.9; 18. Eric Rohrer, Allderdice, 17:09.4; 19. Tanner Kloss, North East, 17:13.9; 20. Matthew Puleio, Meadville, 17:22.2; 21. Raine Gratzmiller, Butler, 17:24.4; 22. Jack Barnhisel, Allderdice, 17:25.6; 23. Jason Seevers, North East, 17:27.9; 24. Lucas Boyd, North East, 17:31.9; 25. Gavyn Hansotte, New Castle, 17:33.7; 26. Christian Maxwell, Shenango, 17:37.7; 27. Cole Lyons, Butler, 17:38.7; 28. Jordan Pavlock, Smethport, 17:39.9; 29. Hunter Spaid, Cambridge Springs, 17:40.2; 30. Nick Kelley, McDowell, 17:41.3; 31. Aleff Teshome, Allderdice, 17:46.3; 32. Christian Kline, Cambridge Springs, 17:50.5; 33. Alec Bidwell, Cambridge Springs, 17:53.2; 34. Elijah Mamula, Cambridge Springs, 17:53.7; 35. Eli Louis, McDowell, 17:54.3; 36. Jaden Levine, McDowell, 17:54.7; 37. Owens Landon, McDowell, 17:55.2; 38. Anthony Haskins, North East, 17:57.9; 39. Ethan Nannen, Smethport, 18:04.1; 40. Ron Davenport, Allderdice, 18:05.4.


Team Standings: 1. Butler 66; 2. Saint Marys 86; 3. McDowell 96; 4. Corry 114; 5. Shenango 169; 6. Saegertown 206; 7. Harbor Creek 213; 8. New Castle 221; 9. North East 221; 10. Cambridge Springs 292; 11. Bradford 318; 12. Allderdice 324; 13. Fort LeBoeuf 328; 14. Oil City 338; 15. Seneca 371; 16. Conneaut (Ohio) 392; 17. Eisenhower 458.

Individual Medalists

1. Carmen Medvit, Shenango, 18:54.6; 2. Madeline Curtis, Harbor Creek, 19:46.0; 3. Kyla Kramer, McDowell, 19:57.8; 4. Hannah Smrcka, Corry, 20:03.0; 5. Chelsey Kabel, Butler, 20:03.6; 6. Autumn Pettinato, Butler, 20:05.6; 7. Jennifer Cichra, Butler, 20:08.7; 8. Emily Olcott, Shenango, 20:15.2; 9. Sammy Hayes, Saint Marys, 20:27.4; 10. Kyla Johnson, Saint Marys, 20:36.5; 11. Elizabeth Kline, Cambridge Springs, 20:43.4; 12. Lexi Pierce, McDowell, 20:53.8; 13. Maddie Hartner, North East, 20:57.1; 14. Mallory Jaquith, Corry, 20:59.1; 15. Gina Villella, McDowell, 20:59.5; 16. Megan Quesenberry, Saint Marys, 21:08.8; 17. Paige Fuller, Saegertown, 21:09.1; 18. Claire Belton, McDowell, 21:09.4; 19. Aurora Fuchs, Erie, 21:11.4; 20. Erica Peters, Meadville, 21:15.2; 21. Krislyn Green, Butler Area, 21:17.6; 22. Genna Feltmyer, Fort LeBoeuf, 21:20.0; 23. Olivia Mumford, Oil City, 21:24.5; 24. Hannah Lary, Bradford, 21:29.2; 25. Lexy Hasbrouck, Corry, 21:33.0; 26. Erica Marshall, Bradford, 21:38.5; 27. Brianna Grotzinger, Saint Marys, 21:39.4; 28. Tessa Grotzinger, Saint Marys, 21:48.7; 29. Monica Curtis, Harbor Creek, 21:51.8; 30. Lucy Anthony, Saint Marys, 21:52.3; 31. Kara Kemple, Butler, 21:55.2; 32. Anna Blundo, New Castle, 21:58.0; 33. Karleigh Steiner, Saegertown, 21:58.8; 34. Ivy Laffan, Fort LeBoeuf, 21:59.2; 35. Maddie Hammond, North East, 22:00.2; 36. Riley Bruce, Shenango, 22:02.0; 37. Olivia Nola, Erie, 22:09.4; 38. Jenna Gregory, Smethport, 22:11.8; 39. Anna Long, Corry, 22:14.1; 40. Kailyn Fralick, Harbor Creek, 22:27.3.




Big Reds stop Lakeview

STONEBORO — The West Middlesex defense helped the Big Reds overcome three turnovers and beat Lakeview 39-9 during non-region football action on Saturday.

The visiting team certainly made things difficult on themselves early. On Middlesex’s opening drive, which lasted nine plays and went 59 yards down to the Lakeview 1-yard line, the ball was fumbled through the end zone for a Lakeview touchback. The next drive ended with a fumble at the Lakeview 9-yard line just after the switch to the second quarter. The Big Reds did score a touchdown on drive No. 3, but missed the chance to extend the lead when the team drove to the Lakeview 14 and fumbled again.

For the first half, West Middlesex had the ball five times. In those five drives the Big Reds ran 35 plays for 210 yards and found their way into the red zone all five times. However, the end results was just 14 points because of the three fumbles.

Offensively, Zeb Rubaker led all players in the game with 20 carries for 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Big Reds. Jason Davis also scored twice on runs, while Alex Rea caught a 34-yard TD pass and scored on an 85-yard kick return.

The Sailors were held to just 56 total yards — 52 of which came on Gavin Murdock’s 52-yard TD run in the third quarter.


West Middlesex     0     14     13     12     —     39

Lakeview               0     0     9     0     —     9

Second Quarter

WM — Jason Davis, 2 run (kick failed).

WM — Alex Rea, 34 pass from Ty Tate (Zeb Rubaker run).

Third Quarter

WM — Rea, 85 kick return (Ian Smith kick).

WM — Davis, 5 run (kick failed).

Lk — Team safety.

Lk — Gavin Murdock, 52 run (Justin Osborne kick).

Fourth Quarter

WM — Rubaker, 7 run (pass failed).

WM — Rubaker, 12 run (kick failed).

Individual Statistics

RUSHING: West Middlesex — Zeb Rubaker 20-167, Alex Rea 7-53, Ian Smith 13-49, Jason Davis 11-48, Ty Tate 8-17, Connor Haddon 2-15; Lakeview — Gavin Murdock 9-34, Kendall Crocker 3-6, Lane Barber 2-2, Dylan Kerr 1-(-2), Dominic Leonard 6-(-3).

PASSING: West Middlesex — Ty Tate 1-1-0  34; Lakeview — Gavin Murdock 6-11-0  19.

RECEIVING: West Middlesex — Alex Rea 1-34; Lakeview — Lane Barber 3-7, Dylan Kerr 2-4, Dominic Leonard 1-8.

RECORDS: West Middlesex 2-0, Lakeview 0-2.


Girls Volleyball


Eagles win Rocket title

SLIPPERY ROCK — Conneaut Area got off to a good start to the fall season, going 9-0 on Saturday to win the Slippery Rock Invitational.

CASH went 6-0 in pool play, picking up victories over Mercyhurst Prep (25-14, 25-10), Farrell (25-13, 25-19) and Cranberry (25-15, 25-19).

In the playoffs, the Eagles opened with a 25-8 win over Reynolds, and followed that up with a 25-12 win over Cranberry. The locals capped the run with a 25-10 win over Karns City in the championship game.

Cassidy Snider led the Eagles with 26 kills, 21 digs, 18 points and nine aces. Emily Bortnick tallied 63 assists, 19 digs, 18 points and eight aces, while Taylor Kersnick posted 14 kills, 25 points and 14 aces. Jamie Decker contributed 15 digs, 23 points and 10 aces, and Rylee Jones 20 digs 25 points and eight aces. Emma Stevens chipped in with 14 kills in the tournament.


Girls Soccer


Bulldogs top Mercer

Meadville opened its 2019 girls soccer season with a 1-0 victory over Mercer on Saturday at Bender Field.

The difference in the game was a pair of sophomore. After the two team played to a 0-0 tie in the first half, Phoebe Templin finally made the play that set up the game-winning goal. Templin broke out on a beautiful corner run and was able to hit fellow second-year Addie Phillis with a crossing pass. Phillis didn’t miss on her opportunity and buried the ball in the back of the net for the game’s only goal.

Junior goalie Riley Olson did the rest in net to secure her first career shutout.


College Sports


Women’s Volleyball


Gators split at Bearcat Challenge

LATROBE — The Allegheny women’s volleyball team wrapped up play at the Bearcat Challenge, hosted by St. Vincent College, with a split on Saturday. In their opening match, the Gators defeated the host Bearcats 3-1 (26-24, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19), but fell in their second match to Westminster College 3-0 (25-12, 29-27, 25-15).

In the opener, Grace Lengauer led the Gators with 14 kills and 17 digs. Babic finished with nine kills while Cheyenne Wilson had eight. Jyl Russotti contributed seven kills while Kendall Crum and Alysha Crowther had six apiece. Olivia D’Andrea led the Gators with 22 assists while Raelynn Dorscheid had 19.

Rebecca MacQuarrie had a 22 dig performance. D’Andrea added 18 while Wilson had 12. Russotti had five total blocks.

In Game 2, Wilson led the Gator offense with 10 kills. She also contributed 10 digs. Crowther finished with eight kills while Kristiana Hardisty had four. D’Andrea had 19 assists. MacQuarrie led the Gators in digs, this time with 16. Dorscheid tallied eight digs while D’Andrea and Taylor Besch had six.


Cross Country


AC men, women take third at Sudeck Classic

HUNTING VALLEY, Ohio—The Allegheny men’s and women’s cross country team started their 2019 season at the Sudeck Classic Stampede 6k, hosted by Case Western Reserve University on Saturday.

The tri-meet featured the Gators, the Spartans and the John Carroll University Blue Streaks. Host Case Western Reserve won the men’s team event with a score of 25. John Carroll finished second with 36 points while the Gators took third with 85.

Tim Weighart led the way for a trio of Gators that placed 27th-29th. Weighart crossed the finish line with a time of 20:54.2. Adam Cook was just behind Weighart as he finished at 20:55.1. Lukas Dunaway crossed behind Cook as he finished with a time of 20:56.5.

Owen Isham placed 34th with a time of 21:04.7, while Mac Polny rounded out the top-five for the Gators in 36th with a time of 21:04.7. 

Ian Pierson of John Carroll won the overall race with a time of 19:19.9.

In the women’s run, Case Western Reserve won with a score of 31. John Carroll finished second with 39 points while the Gators took third with 66.

Mica Hanish led the way for the Gators, finishing fourth with a time of 15:23.9. Molly Tarvin also finished in the top-10 as she placed eighth with a time of 15:42.8. Hailey Stupay was in the top-20 as she placed 19th with a time of 16:07.6.

Jacelyn Alberts and Sarah Lucas rounded out the top-five for the Gators. Alberts finished in 21st with a time of 16:09.8 while Lucas was just on her heels, finishing 22nd with a time of 16:10.9.

Cameron Bujaucius of John Carroll won the overall race with a time of 14:57.6.


Men’s Soccer


Gators fall on late penalty kick

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – An 88th minute penalty kick proved the deciding goal as the Allegheny men’s soccer team fell to Virginia Wesleyan 3-2 on Saturday.

Kristian Snyder scored off an assist from Rory Simpson in the 10th minute, while Matt Massucci pulled in a header from Jorge Olan and knocked it home from 10-yards out in the 22nd minute as Allegheny took a quick 2-0 lead. 

The host team was able to cut the lead to 2-1 at the half. Virginia Wesleyan then scored twice in he second half — including a penalty kick by Ikechukwu Etonyeaku following a handball in the box in the 88th minute to cap the come-from-behind win.

 Nick Ferreira had a strong showing in net for Allegheny, saving eight shots in the loss.


Women’s Soccer


Lady Gators win opener

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Two first half goals help the Allegheny women’s soccer team notch a 2-1 victory over Spalding in the team’s 2019 season opener.

Taylor Renk found the back of the net in the fifth minute to open the scoring for the AC women. Shannon McGuinn added an unassisted goal of her own in the 42nd minute as Allegheny grabbed a 2-0 advantage. 

The Gators dominated offensively with 21 shots, nine on goal, compared to six shots, two on goal, for the Golden Eagles.


Field Hockey


More firsts for AC

DALLAS, Pa. — The Allegheny field hockey program played its second game ever, and it was filled with first before the Lady Gators bowed out 5-0 to host Misericordia.

Allegheny held Misericordia off the scoreboard in the first quarter. In that same period, the first penalty corner and shot in program history occurred. Ramsay Smith inserted the corner and Becca Winton hit a drive from near the top of the circle that was blocked.

The Gators ceded three goals in the second quarter and just one in each of the third and fourth periods, with the final marker coming just under two minutes to go.

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