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Ethen Knox (RB/DB), Cole Buckley (QB/DB), Nathan Pfennigwerth (K/P) and Henry Milford (OL/DL) were named to the first team all-stars as two-way performers by Region 4 coaches.  Knox was Player of the Year. 

The Erie Times News announced its region all-stars for football on Nov. 20.  Look for District 10 teams after the playoffs end in December.

Franklin's Ty Prince was second team all-D-10, heading the local all-stars in golf.

Cross country will be released by the end of this month, soccer and volleyball in early December.

Looking back, looking ahead

District 10 3A Playoffs

Quarterfinals

Sharon 28, Fairview 0

Oil City 51, North East 14

Hickory 44, General McLane 12

Grove City 35, Ft. LeBoeuf 0

Semifinals

Sharon 39, Oil City 16

Hickory 38, Grove City 7

Championship 

Hickory 14, Sharon 6

PIAA Quarterfinals

Hickory 26, Martinsburg Central 13

PIAA Semifinals

Hickory vs. WPIAL champion Belle Vernon, 7 pm, Friday, North Allegheny

District 10 4 A playoffs

Championship

Meadville  45, Corry  13

Sub-Regional

Meadville 22, University Prep 18

PIAA First Round

Juniata 21, Meadville 7

PIAA Quarterfinals

Selinsgrove 44, Juniata 14

PIAA Semifinals

Aliquippa vs. Selinasgrove, 7 pm, Friday, Central Columbia, Ebensburg

A little bit of context: Belle Vernon beat Avonworth, 26-0, for its second straight WPIAL title. Grove City opened with Avonworth the last two years, and dropped both games, 35-14, this season and 27-7 in 2022. 

In 4A, Selinsgrove drubbed Hollidaysburg, 48-7, during the regular season. This came one week after Hollidaysburg blanked Oil City, 49-0.

Kirtland reaches
state final again
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Tiger LaVerde's Kirtland Hornets blanked Garaway, 17-0, on Nov. 24 to reach the Ohio Class V state final.

The top-seeded Hornets will face the No. 2 Versailles Friday morning, looking to avenge a 20-16 defeat to the Tigers in last year final.

 

Kirtland claimed its  seventh straight regional crown, and its 12th trip to the final four in the last 13 years for the right to face Garaway Nov. 24.

LaVerde, an OCHS grad and a former Franklin aide, has rung up a 228-20 record since 2006 to go with six state titles. He is 248-30 including his three years at Franklin (2001-03).

The Hornets are 14-1, and have 11 straight wins since losing to Perry in Week 3.

LaVerde's son Jake is Kirtland's quarterback. He was the starter last year as a freshman and when his brother, Philip, made all-state as a senior.

Nate Byham finished his first season as tight ends coach at Stanford, and the results were disappointing -- a 3-9 record after a 56-23 loss to Notre Dame on Nov. 25. Nevertheless, here is a bio box on the former Franklin/Pitt star:

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Franklin graduate Gold has
Redbank Valley in PIAA 1A semis...again

Also deep into the playoffs is 2007 Franklin graduate Blane Gold, whose Redbank Valley Bulldogs are in the PIAA 1A semifinals for the second time in three years.

Redbank will play WPIAL champion Fort Cherry at 7 pm, Friday, at Farrell in hopes of reaching the title game. The Bulldogs lost to Bishop Guilfoyle in the 2021 state championship tilt.

This is Gold's fifth year as coach of the New Bethlehem school, where he is 50-10, including 12-2 and the District 9 title his season. The Bulldogs are coming off a 44-0 romp over D-10 champion Cambridge Springs, which beat Lakeview, 32-29, for the right to play Redbank.

Gold, a state co-Coach of the Year in 2021, played college football at Grove City and had been an assistant coach at Oil City.

He applied for the head job at Franklin, but the school board felt he was too young and offered him an assistantship. But when the Redbank head job opened up, he took that instead.

Rocky Grove's "Nest" gets a "reno"
 Class of 2024 off to college
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