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The Varsity blog is the 2013 winner of an international EPPY award for best sports blog. EPPYs are awarded to media-affiliated websites by Editor & Publisher, an industry trade publication. Varsity is primarily maintained by Times-News sports writers Mike Copper and Tom Reisenweber and sports editor Jeff Kirik.

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Posted: July 23rd, 2014

Albion wins Region 8 championship

The Albion legion baseball team dominated the Region 8 tournament going undefeated and winning the championship today after beating St. Marys 8-0. Albion went undefeated in the tournament, including a big 5-4 win over Millcreek on Monday. Albion heads to Boyertown next week for the state tournament. Albion will play the Region 6 champion on [...]


Posted: July 23rd, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown: 37

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 37 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29. Number of the day: 37 That’s how many seasons, including the upcoming one, Terry Verrelli has been the head coach at Wilmington. Between 1978 and 2013, Verrelli’s [...]


Posted: July 22nd, 2014

Moylan, Maginnis latest Flagship winners

One golfer expanded her lead in the standings while another saw his shrink after Tuesday’s Erie Sports Store Flagship Junior Tour stop at Elk Valley Golf Course. Warren entrant Megan Smoulder finished a distant second to North East graduate Megan Moylan in the girls 16-18 division. Smoulder’s round of 92 was 14 shots more than [...]


Posted: July 22nd, 2014

Prep assistant swims across Lake Erie

Elliot Spaeder, an assistant coach for Cathedral Prep’s swimming team, successfully crossed Lake Erie on Tuesday. Spaeder took off from Long Point, Ontario, around 7 a.m. The former swimming standout at Prep and Gannon University arrived 11 hours, 28, minutes, 6 seconds later at North East’s Freeport Beach. The possibility now exists that two members [...]


Posted: July 22nd, 2014

Bonito had history with Save-An-Eye Game

Friends and family will say farewell to Fort LeBoeuf coaching great Carm Bonito today at his funeral in Waterford. The longtime, beloved football coach and athletic director died July 15 at the age of 91. This is also Save-An-Eye Game week, and some fans might not know that Bonito had an extensive history in the all-star [...]


Posted: July 22nd, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown: 38

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 38 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29. Number of the day: 38 That’s the number of touchdowns Wilmington graduate Chris Burns scored in 2007. His 228 points that season rank fourth on District 10′s [...]


Posted: July 21st, 2014

Summer Huddle – Maplewood

Maplewood Tigers Coach: Bryan Borkovich (3rd season, 7-14) 2013 overall record: 5-6 2013 region record: 3-4 (tied for fourth) 2013 playoff results: Lost to Lakeview 61-6 in the District 10 Class A quarterfinals. Top players lost: Brandon Bishop, Tyshaun Johnson, Austin Binkert, Marcus Hays Top returning players: Dane Barker, Miller Peters, Noah Marvin, Jeremy Dahl, [...]


Posted: July 21st, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown: 39

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 39 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29. Number of the day: 39 That’s the number points Hickory scored to beat Wilmington in the 2012 District 10 Class AA final. The Hornets claimed the second [...]


Posted: July 20th, 2014

D-10 grads complete P.I. Half Marathon

Recent high school graduates Chris Jiuliante of McDowell and Raven Clark of Villa Maria were among more than 1,100-plus runners who completed Sunday’s Presque Isle Half Marathon. The 13.1-mile race comprised one loop around Presque Isle State Park. Jiuliante, who didn’t take up competitive running until last year, placed second in the boys age 19-under division with a time [...]


Posted: July 20th, 2014

Future D-10 tennis players in Erie County finals

District 10 tennis got a peek at two of its incoming players for 2014-15 during Sunday’s Erie County Tennis Tournament. The five-day event concluded with seven championship matches at Fairview High School’s Chris Batchelor Memorial Courts. Two of them, the boys and girls age 18-under finals were won by players who start their high school [...]


Posted: July 20th, 2014

Summer Huddle – Lakeview

Lakeview Sailors Coach: Dan York (15th season, 75-71) 2013 overall record: 12-2 2013 region record: 5-1 (champion) 2013 playoff results: Defeated Maplewood 61-6, Mercer 52-21 and Sharpsville 27-0 to win the District 10 Class A championship. Lakeview then lost to Clarion 35-20 in the PIAA first round. Top players lost: Zach Bigley, Conner Stankovich, Blake [...]


Posted: July 20th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown: 40

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 40 days until the start of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29. Number of the day: 40 That’s the number of touchdown passes Mercer quarterback Logan Clarke has thrown going into his senior season. Clarke enters the Mustangs’ 2014 opener [...]