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Perfect ending

Warren’s 39-0 season-ending victory over St. Marys on Friday at a cold and rainy War Memorial Field was filled with a number of records and milestones, but there’s one number that stood out above all else. Six. The Dragons finish the year 6-4, the first winning mark since 2013, and as ...

Knights close season with lopsided win over Seneca

Eisenhower coach Jim Penley said after last week’s game at Cochranton that he wanted to see his seniors “go out the right way” in the season finale. Senior running back Ethan Chambers scored three first half touchdowns and the senior-laden defense stymied Seneca all night in a 56-6 rout ...

Runners ready for D-10 cross country championships

aclose@timesobserver.com Cross country runners have prepared all season for this moment – the District 10 championships are upon us. Warren, Eisenhower and Youngsville will join their counterparts, with many looking to punch that elusive ticket to states. In 2016, the Warren girls ...

Step one complete: Dragons impressive in quarterfinal win over Grove City

WATERFORD, Pa. – While it looked like business as usual on the court for Warren volleyball Thursday, the Dragons sweep of Grove City carried some extra meaning. The match inside the gym at Fort LeBoeuf High School was the first step in Warren’s march back to the District 10 title game – ...

Eisenhower’s season comes to a close at hands of state-ranked Cochranton

MEADVILLE, Pa. – Eisenhower coach Scott Olson knew it would take a ‘monstrous’ effort to knock off Cochranton. On Thursday, the Lady Cardinals, who have spent the entire season in Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association top 10 in Class A, showed why they are a state title contender ...

Dragons look to finish season with a winning record

Tonight marks the end of the regular season for the Warren Dragons when they welcome St. Marys to War Memorial Field (7 p.m.). With a victory over the winless Dutch, they would finish 6-4, the program’s first winning mark since 2013. It would also mark as many victories as they have had in ...

Knights aim for a win against Seneca in season finale

A frustratingly tough luck season for Eisenhower will come to a close at home tonight when the Knights host Seneca for Senior Night. While Eisenhower currently sits with a record of 1-8, the Knights know they are a cumulative five yards from potentially being 4-5 (they were stopped inches ...

High School Football Predictions

CLOSE'S PICKS D-10 Playoffs Erie 28, McDowell 27 Maplewood 28, Reynolds 21 West Middlesex 35, Cochranton 0 – – – Regular Season Warren 49, St. Marys 7 Eisenhower 42, Seneca 21 Harbor Creek 28, Cambridge Springs 6 North East 21, Iroquois 8 Brokville 63, DuBois ...

Better together: Warren volleyball family set to embark on postseason journey

The Warren Lady Dragons, coming off the first undefeated regular season in program history, begin what could be a very special postseason run today when they travel to Fort LeBoeuf to take on Grove City in the District 10 Class 3A quarterfinals (5 p.m.). And while their play on the court ...

Yes they did! Lady Knights get signature playoff win in 5-set stunner

HADLEY, Pa. – It took Eisenhower senior Kiara Weber a moment to realize what had just happened. Her tip over the net found the floor, past the outstretched arms of several diving Commodore Perry players and lifted Eisenhower to a 15-8 win in the fifth set on the Lady Panthers’ home ...

Eisenhower girls bounced by Mercer

GREENVILLE, Pa. – A year ago, the Eisenhower and Mercer girls soccer teams met at Greenville High School for a District 10 1A quarterfinal playoff match. The Knights were able to overcome a slow start and hold off a late Mustangs rally to come away with a 2-1 win. When the two teams again ...

Strong season for TCCS comes to an end

JAMESTOWN, Pa. – Tidioute ran into a buzzsaw in the first round of the D-10 Class A volleyball playoffs, falling to host Jamestown in three sets, 25-12, 24-14, 25-17. The Lady Bulldogs, battled, however, in what has been their most successful season to date. Leading the way were Ariel ...

Dragons set to battle LeBoeuf in first round

The Warren Dragons boys soccer program has a history of success, both in the regular season and the postseason. That being said, they begin the march to try and bring home the first District 10 championship since 2014 when they travel to Dollinger Field, on the campus of the Prep-Villa ...

Sheffield beats Brockway in thrilling finale

Following Thursday’s match against Elk County Catholic, Sheffield coach Melissa Lemay said she knew if her team played that way against Brockway Monday, the Wolverines would send their seniors off with a win. It looked bleak early, but Sheffield fought back and gave seniors Selena Foster ...

Eisenhower girls ready for playoff battle

A year ago, the Eisenhower girls soccer team went into the postseason riding a huge wave of momentum. The Lady Knights had turned a 5-11-1 team into one with a 14-4 record and were scoring goals at a torrid pace. They walked onto the field at Greenville High School somewhat nervous, but ...

Eisenhower, Tidioute volleyball set for playoffs

This season has been somewhat of a revelation for the Eisenhower volleyball program. They took a huge step forward, finishing the regular season with a 7-7 record, and will enter the District 10 Class A volleyball playoffs when they travel to take on Commodore Perry today (7 p.m.). A strong ...

JV battle: Dragons get hard-fought win over Knights

Warren and Eisenhower battled in JV football action on Monday at War Memorial Field, with the Dragons coming out with a hard-fought 30-20 victory in their season finale. Warren’s (4-4) Ethan Benedict and Micah Passmore, as well as Eisenhower’s Cael Black were all over 100 yards on the ...

Zaffino teams up for his 29th regional PBA title

N. CANTON, OHIO — The number started at 1. Then it became 5. Then 10... 15. After Warren’s Jeff Zaffino joined Sammy Ventura to win the PBA50/PBA60 Doubles Park Centre Lanes Central Open earlier this month in Canton, Ohio, the number is now 30. Because Zaffino recently earned his 29th ...

Perfection: Lady Dragons beat DuBois to cap unbeaten regular season

DUBOIS, Pa. – Simply perfect. The Warren Lady Dragons’ volleyball squad put the finishing touches on a remarkable regular season on Saturday afternoon against a very good DuBois team with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-20) win. It’s the first unbeaten regular season in program history, and ...