There will be a Warren connection punting and kicking in the 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, Division I college football game between visiting UMass and Vanderbilt in Nashville, Ten.
Much has been written about Warren Area High School graduate Colter Johnson punting for UMass. Through four games and 19 punts, Johnson, a junior transfer from Alfred State, is averaging 41.3 yards per punt for the 0-4 Minutemen, which are competing in the Mid-Atlantic Conference and Football Bowl Subdivision for their first year.
On the other sideline that day will be Vanderbilt junior kicker Carey Spear, the son of Warren Area High School graduate Tom Spear, and Teresa Spear, and grandson of Mamie Spear of Park St. in Warren, and the late Nickolas Spear.
From Mayfield, Ohio, Spear was a two-time all-state kicker for Mayfield High School and tied an Ohio state scholastic record 61-yard field goal in his senior season. He's been handling kickoff duties since his freshman season at Vanderbilt and has been the primary placekicker the past two seasons. This year, he's eight of 10 on field goals with a long of 44 yards. His misses have been from 51 and 46 yards.
Warren Area High School graduate and Pitt-Bradford men's golf team member Casey Moyer carded a team-best 79, helping the Panthers to a fourth-place team finish in the La Roche Invitational on Tuesday. Moyer's round was tied for the third lowest of the round.
Moyer and the Panthers wrap up their regular season Wednesday at the D'Youville Invitational.
Jr. high hoops
Eisenhower and Sheffield split a pair of junior high basketball games Wednesday at Eisenhower High School. The Knights won the eighth-grade contest, 25-11. Tiffany Work and Kiersten Baran scored 10 points apiece for the winners with Joni Zortman adding five points. Sierra Grubbs led the Wolverines with four points, Mya Grubbs finished with three and Shaylynn Rose and Clarice Pierson added two points each.
Sheffield won the seventh-grade contest, 23-13. Mya Grubbs scored 14 points to lead the winners with Alexia Lyons scoring six points and Ferry three. Ike had 10 points from Ana Carlton and three points Maya Edwards.
Eisenhower returns to the court Monday, hosting Youngsville.
Beaty's eighth-graders beat Franklin, 29-16, on Thursday at Beaty. Beaty was led by Maddie Loutzenhiser's 11 points. Rachel Wilson added seven points, Haley Nelson four, Caitlin Reitz two, and Miranda Jenkins two, Haley Tuller two, and Paige McCollough one.
Beaty's seventh graders fell, 24-13. For Beaty, Chelsea Wees had five points, and Abby Bouchard, Haley Justice, Jaidynn Kendricks and Jessica Sweigart two each.
Beaty hosts Oil City on Tuesday and Youngsville on Thursday.
Here is the varsity slate of action for county fall sports teams for Friday, Sept. 28 through Monday, October 1:
Football: Cochranton at Eisenhower, 7 p.m.
Oil City at Warren (Homecoming), 7 p.m.
Volleyball: French Creek at WCCS, 4:30 p.m.
Cross Country: Eisenhower at McQuaid Invitational, 10 a.m.
Football: Coudersport at Sheffield (Homecoming), 1:30 p.m.
Youngsville at Mercyhurst Prep (Veterans Stadium), 2 p.m.
Boys Soccer: North East at Eisenhower, 4 p.m.
Corry at Warren, 4 p.m.
Volleyball: North Clarion at TCCS, 6 p.m.
Girls Tennis: Fairview at Warren, 4 p.m.
The Knights of Columbus will have a soccer kick challenge at 1 p.m. Saturday at the State Hospital U15 field on the corner of Hospital Drive and Jackson Run Rd. in North Warren. The challenge is open to all boys and girls ages 10-to-14.
Jr. high grid
Cochranton defeated Eisenhower, 46-0, in eighth-grade football competition Thursday at Eisenhower High School. Justin Perrin, Ryan Schnarrs and Jaydon Hayes were the offensive standouts for the Knights and Roy Hoffman was the defensive standout.
The Knights (0-3) are back in action Thursday at Cambridge Springs.