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Knights celebrate three-peat in 2023!

Coach (Jason Fulmer), players and fans celebrate Franklin's third straight District 10 3A title March 4 at Slippery Rock. Damon Curry (shown leading the cheers) later was named second team all-state.


Meanwhile, despite some glum looks, Oil City had a lot to be proud of, too -- District 10 runner-up trophies for the second straight year -- in 2022 to Fairview in 4A and in 2023 to Franklin in 3A. And the Oilers made interdistricts two straight years after a 50-year hiatus.

Melat part of ' The Streak' at Cranberry

Carrie (Mason) Melat, third from left, current Cranberry girls basketball coach and past star there,

was inducted into the Virginia Tech Hall of Fame.

Melat is one of the Hokies' all-time greats in women's basketball, scoring 1,369 points in 123 games, including a school record 121 starts from 2003-06.

She's among VPI's leaders in assists, steals and three-pointers with 200, and helped the Hokies to four appearances in the NCAA tourney.

Melat and six other new inductees were honored the weekend of Oct. 8 when Virginia Tech hosts Purdue in football.

The 5-7 Melat is Cranberry's second all-time leading scorer behind Susan Blauser.


2022 all-staters

Franklin's Easton Fulmer (right) and Rocky Grove's Isaac Clayton were named to the Pa. Writers all-state team.

Fulmer was named a second teamer in 3A and Clayton a third-teamer in 2A. 

Both seniors joined the 1,000 point lists; Fulmer is No. 4 all-time in Venango County history.

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