Noah Kockler

Franklin’s Noah Kockler fires a pitch during Friday’s 13-3 win at home against Seneca.

Luke Guth ripped a pair of doubles and drove in five runs on Friday as Franklin routed visiting Seneca on Senior Night, 13-3, in a five-inning Region 4 baseball clash.

The Knights’ had a trio of seniors step up big in the contest in Noah Kockler, Donovan Fike and Colton Cunningham.

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Clarion-Limestone’s Bryson Huwar and Moniteau’s Branson Carson shared the baseball MVP award while Karns City’s Marra Patton was awarded the softball MVP award as the Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference released its spring sports all-conference teams on Wednesday.

STRATTANVILLE — Allegheny-Clarion Valley/Union’s baseball season came to an end on Tuesday as Clarion-Limestone pushed across a run in the fifth and another in the sixth to break away from a 3-3 tie and record a 5-3 win over the Falcon Knights in a District 9 Class 1A quarterfinal playoff matchup.

ERIE — Franklin’s Luke Guth and Ethan Nightingale combined on a three-hitter while Guth and Carson Wible each belted home runs on Monday as the fifth-seeded Knights opened up the District 10 Class 3A playoffs with a resounding 12-2 victory over North East in a game played at Mercyhurst University.

TIONESTA — Faith Dietrich cracked a pair of bases-clearing doubles and Izzy Flick tossed a four-inning, no-hitter as Forest Area rolled to a 16-1 win over Clarion on Monday in a District 9 Class 1A softball quarterfinal matchup.

Cranberry came out swinging on Monday in the quarterfinals of the District 9 Class 2A softball playoffs in a showdown with visiting Kane, and the Berries clubbed their way to an 11-3 victory while also getting a standout effort in the circle from Alisha Beggs.

WARREN — Koen Bearer and Charlie Motter collected three hits apiece as Oil City rallied in the seventh inning on Monday for a 6-5 win over Warren in the season-ending baseball finale for both teams.

SLIPPERY ROCK — Oil City’s Baine Snyder and Franklin’s Ashley Alcorn each claimed two gold medals while the Oilers’ Jack Mumford also claimed a gold medal and Cam Crocker qualified for the state meet with a second-place effort on Saturday at the District 10 Class 2A-3A Track and Field Champi…

BROOKVILLE — Mylee Harmon earned gold in three individual events while she also helped the Redbank Valley 1,600 relay team take a decisive second place as the Bulldogs claimed the District 9 Class 2A team title on Friday night at Brookville High School.

Oil City’s Koen Bearer fired a three-hit shutout, Will McMahon smacked three singles and Conner Lockhart blasted a two-run home run on Friday as Oil City stunned visiting Wilmington, 12-0 in a five-inning non-region baseball matchup.

Cranberry’s Kenny Lavrich and Austin Fento combined on a five-hitter Thursday as the Berries wrapped up their 2022 baseball season with a 4-2 home win over Allegheny-Clarion Valley/Union in Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference action.

MEADVILLE — Despite getting nine service points from Wyatt Gregory and seven apiece from Alex Zinz and Brett Stevenson, Rocky Grove’s boys volleyball team had its season come to a close Thursday night following a 25-10, 25-13, 25-16 setback to Cochranton in the opening round of the District …

After rallying for seven runs in the fourth inning to beat Saegertown back on April 25, Rocky Grove’s baseball team had an opportunity to clinch the Region 3 title on Tuesday with another win over the Panthers on the Orioles’ diamond.

FAIRVIEW — Caleb Doyle ripped a bases-clearing double in the top of the fourth inning and three pitchers combined to throw a two-hitter as Franklin recorded a 7-4 victory over Fairview on Tuesday in Region 4 baseball action.

Still trying to unearth that odd 40-point game in Venango County basketball from an era that not only didn’t produce many points but nobody remembers anyway.

KNOX — Emma Gruber went 3-for-3 while Natalie Bowser and Leah Exley combined on a three-hitter Monday as homestanding Keystone outlasted Redbank Valley, 4-1, in a Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference softball matchup.

MILLERSVILLE — Slippery Rock University’s Cecily Greggs leaped her way to a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference title on Saturday, taking first place in the high jump at the track and field championships held at Millersville University.

Sydni Hoobler belted a triple and a single to go along with three RBIs as Franklin remained unbeaten with a 10-1 victory over visiting Grove City on Thursday in Region 4 girls softball action.

Despite playing for a third straight day and outhitting Grove City, 12-10, Oil City’s baseball team fell at home to the Eagles on Wednesday, 9-5, in a Region 2 contest.

Trinity Edge hurled a four-inning one-hitter and also enjoyed a big day at the plate by drilling three doubles as Franklin rolled to a 17-0, four-inning victory over homestanding Oil City on Tuesday in Region 4 girls softball action.

Paced by triple winners Kaiden Shreve and Jack Mumford, Oil City’s boys track and field team clinched the Region 3 championship on Tuesday with an 82-68 home win over Corry. It was the first Oilers’ boys team to win a region title since 2011. Corry wound up earning a split by taking the girl…

ALBION — Carson Wible and Kyle Alexander each cracked a pair of doubles while Zach Boland and Kadin Karns combined to throw a five-inning one-hitter on Tuesday as visiting Franklin cruised to a 14-2, five-inning win over Northwestern in Region 4 play.

Oil City’s Spencer Greene, Sam Smith and Dylan Bly, who normally play doubles’ matches, notched straight-set singles’ victories on Monday as the Oilers’ boys tennis team closed their regular season with a 5-0 Region 1 home win over Titusville.

Rocky Grove’s lone senior, Sierra Toland, drilled a game-winning two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning during Senior Night on Monday as the Orioles rallied for a 7-6 win over Eisenhower in Region 2 softball action.

Isaac Clayton blasted a home run and Eli Moreland fired a complete-game shutout as homestanding Rocky Grove rolled to a 10-0, five-inning victory over Cochranton on Monday evening in Region 3 baseball play.

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