Varsity

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: August 23rd, 2014

Corner Kick – Commodore Perry

Commodore Perry Panthers Boys Coach: Charlie McErlane (7th season, 61-45-1) 2013 overall record: 11-6-0 2013 region record: 8-2-0 (second) 2013 playoff results: Lost to Mercyhurst Prep 5-0 in the District 10 Class A semifinals. Top players lost: Colin Kytchak, David Jefferies, Sebastian Coburn, Kinser Demarco, Jon Stapchuck Top returning players: Christian Riggle, Brandon Moss, Devan [...]


Posted: August 23rd, 2014

Win a Kickoff magazine; tell us who’s on Varsity blog header

Prior to each school year, the Erie Times-News/GoErie.com sports staff changes the header on the Varsity blog. Before we change the Varsity blog’s look this year, we’d like to offer readers a chance to win a free edition of the Kickoff football magazine. (Readers can choose from one of three covers.) To win the Kickoff, [...]


Posted: August 23rd, 2014

Help complete our list of former D-10 players on D-II, D-III football rosters

The On Campus blog currently features a list of former District 10 football players on Division II, Division III and NAIA rosters. Check out the list and let us know if we left an active playoff off.


Posted: August 23rd, 2014

Northwestern football video season preview

The Northwestern football team has won a share of the Region 4 title each of the past two seasons. The Wildcats lost a lot of key players to graduation, but they have some solid talent back. Watch the Wildcats’ video season preview and read the Northwestern Summer Huddle preview.


Posted: August 23rd, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown: 6

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 6 days until the start of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29: Number of the day: 6 That’s the uniform number worn by quarterback Damion Terry throughout his career at Cathedral Prep. He graduated in 2013 not only as the [...]


Posted: August 22nd, 2014

East football video preview

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Posted: August 22nd, 2014

Strong Vincent football video preview

The Strong Vincent football team will try to bounce back from a 2-8 season. The Colonels will have to improve to compete for a playoff spot in District 10 Class AAA. Watch a video season preview and read the Vincent Summer Huddle preview.


Posted: August 22nd, 2014

Harbor Creek football video preview

The Harbor Creek football team has a new coach for the first time in more than three decades. The Huskies will aim to improve their win total under Ned Bailey after back-to-back one-win seasons. Watch a video season preview and read the Harbor Creek Summer Huddle preview.


Posted: August 22nd, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown: 7

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 7 days until the start of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29: Number of the day: 7 That’s the number of rushing touchdowns Josh Kneiss scored in Slippery Rock’s Oct. 13, 2000, game against Grove City. He carried 22 times [...]


Posted: August 22nd, 2014

Corner Kick – Central Tech

Central Tech Falcons Boys Coach: Bob Plonski and Dave Plonski 2013 overall record: 12-7-0 2013 region record: 4-2-0 (champion) 2013 playoff results: Lost to Cathedral Prep 5-1 in the District 10 Class AAA semifinals. Top players lost: Dawson Baloga, Logan Henry, Jasmin Husenovic, Zhafar Dzhuburov, Alex Yacabozzi, Jason Aguirre, Patrick Frawley Top returning players: Manzur [...]


Posted: August 21st, 2014

Jump Serve – Commodore Perry

Commodore Perry Panthers 2013 overall record: 1-17 2013 region record: 1-13 (seventh) 2013 playoff results: Did not qualify for the District 10 playoffs. Note: A preview was not turned in by the head coach. Schedule September 3 Kennedy Catholic 7:15 4 Farrell 7:15 9 at Greenville 7:15 10 Lakeview* 7:15 16 Jamestown* 7:15 18 at [...]


Posted: August 21st, 2014

Jump Serve – Cochranton

Cochranton Cardinals Coach: Marci Malliard (17th season) 2013 overall record: 19-1 2013 region record: 14-0 (champion) 2013 playoff results: Swept Maplewood and Cambridge Springs to win the District 10 Class A championship. Cochranton then defeated Neshannock in the PIAA first round, Clarion in the quarterfinals and Bishop Carroll in the semifinals before falling to Marian [...]