LINESVILLE — As fans of the Franklin High School football team watched Friday night’s Region 5 game at Conneaut Area High School, they started to notice a metamorphosis taking place on the field.

The change they were witnessing was in the play of the Knights as they slowly — but surely — improved as the game wore on, eventually taking over in the second half to record their first win of the season, 23-16 over the Eagles.


YORK — Clarion’s brother-sister tandem of Kameron and McKayla Kerle each placed in the top half of their classes on a windy Monday in the PIAA Class 2A State Golf Championships held at Heritage Hills Golf Resort.

KIRTLAND, Ohio — For the past 15 years, the Kirtland Hornets football program has been nearly unstoppable in the state of Ohio under head coach and former Oil City High School graduate Tiger LaVerde, racking up six state titles, including the past three in a row.

Franklin’s Nadalie Latchaw took first place in the varsity girls race while Cranberry’s Matt Woolcock and Oil City’s Jack Mumford finished second and third, respectively, in the varsity boys race on Saturday in the Rocky Grove Invitational held at Two Mile Run County Park.

Christian Life Academy cruised to its second straight New-Penn Christian Conference championship on Saturday at Hepler’s Gym by beating Crawford County Schooling Initiative in the semifinals before going on to take down Grove City Christian Academy for the title.

After leading 2-0 at the midpoint, Franklin surrendered three unanswered goals in the second half — including the deciding goal with just 33 seconds left — as the Knights dropped a 3-2, non-region boys soccer game to visiting Karns City on Saturday.

Over the past several seasons, Oil City’s running game has run roughshod over its opponents, racking up yardage and re-writing its program record books. But, on Friday night at the Oil Field against Meadville in the Region 5 finale, the shoe was on the other foot.

Looking to recover after a pair of humbling defeats, the Franklin Knights football team saved one of its best performances of the season for Homecoming against visiting General McLane in a Region 5 matchup on Friday night at the Franklin High School field.

WEST MIDDLESEX — Despite getting 20 service points and seven digs from Rylee Reed and 15 points and 15 assists from Courtney Clark, Rocky Grove’s girls volleyball team fell in four sets on the road to West Middlesex, 25-16, 25-19, 26-28, 25-19 in a showdown of unbeaten Region 1 teams Friday night.

EMPORIUM — Union/Allegheny-Clarion Valley pushed its win streak to six in a row on Thursday night as the Falcon Knights traveled to Cameron County to pull out a 20-6 victory in District 9 Football League Small School crossover play.

After a rough outing against Meadville last week, the Franklin Knights football team will look to end a two-game losing streak tonight as they host General McLane for Homecoming in a Region 5 matchup at the Franklin High School field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Cranberry’s boys and girls cross country teams each ran to victories on Thursday at home against North Clarion and, in the process, clinched the Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference titles as well. It was a showdown in which all four teams entered with unbeaten conference records. Cranberry…

After losing the first set by a 25-14 score, Oil City rallied to win the next three sets by scores of 25-12, 25-16, 25-19 to defeat homestanding Franklin in a Region 3 girls volleyball match at the Castle.

Coming off a disappointing loss to Warren a week ago in which it squandered an 18-point halftime lead, Oil City will try to rebound tonight, but it won’t be easy as Meadville comes to the Oil Field for a 7 p.m. Region 5 showdown.

FOXBURG — Cranberry’s boys and girls cross country teams each remained undefeated in the Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference on Wednesday following identical 15-50 forfeit victories over homestanding Allegheny-Clarion Valley/Union.

Cranberry’s girls volleyball team racked up its sixth win in a row on Tuesday night with 25-12, 25-15, 25-15 victory over Venango Catholic in a Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference clash at the Berry Dome.

TITUSVILLE — Oil City’s cross country team closed out its regular season on Tuesday in a Region 3 tri-meet with Cambridge Springs and homestanding Titusville. The Oilers’ boys team picked up a sweep, beating the Rockets 15-50 and the Blue Devils 25-30, while the girls notched a split, upendi…

Franklin’s girls soccer team pulled off an upset on Tuesday, taking down North East by a 2-1 margin in a Region 5 showdown at Franklin High School.

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Franklin’s Hailey Yard scored a pair of goals and assisted on another as the Knights posted a 4-1 road win over Oil City in a non-region girls soccer match on Monday at the Oil Field.

Rocky Grove’s Courtney Clark, Paige Cresswell and Abby Cable combined to serve for 48 points Friday night as the Orioles cruised past visiting Commodore Perry, 25-17, 25-19, 25-20 in a Region 1 girls volleyball contest at the Nest.

WARREN — On the gridiron in 2021, Oil City has been a textbook case of Jekyll and Hyde. At times, the Oilers look unstoppable. Other times, they can’t seem to get out of their own way.

CLARION — Freshman quarterback Jase Ferguson threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as Central Clarion pulled away in the second half for a 33-14 win over Ridgway in a District 9 Large School game played at Clarion University’s Memorial Stadium.

Franklin’s boys soccer team got goals from five different players and goalie Reston Weismann recorded another shutout Thursday as the Knights blanked visiting Eisenhower, 5-0 in a Region 4 matchup.

After losing to their biggest rival last week, the Franklin Knights football team will have to regroup in a hurry as they travel to face Region 5 leader Meadville in a league matchup today at Bender Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

KNOX — Through its first seven drives of the game against homestanding Keystone on Friday night, Union/Allegheny-Clarion Valley committed four turnovers and had a punt blocked. And, that was on top of surrendering a kickoff return for a touchdown to open the game.

Ayanna Ferringer recorded 18 kills, 10 points, including four aces, and two blocks as Cranberry swept visiting Allegheny-Clarion Valley by scores of 25-19, 25-22, 25-20, on Thursday night in a Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference girls volleyball match at the Berry Dome.

With last week’s 54-8 romp over Franklin, Oil City officially has its first winning streak of the football season, and the Oilers will try to make it three in a row today when they make the trek north to take on Warren in a Region 5 clash. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

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