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5 things to watch in Erie County high school sports this weekend

5 things to watch in Erie County high school sports this weekend
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District 10’s winter season is approaching halfway with several big events set this weekend. COVID-19 has been tough for the teams to beat, but there are show events scheduled for the next few days for the D-10 athletes to enjoy.

Here are five events to check out:

Classic burger king

After a year-long hiatus due to COVID-19, the Burger King classic is back.

Cathedral Prep (5-3) is out with a big win in competition for McDowell, including 16 points by Tavion Spencer and 15 points from five three-pointers by Nick Lydic. Jake Sambuchino leads Prep with 13.3 points per game, while Spencer scores 8.5 ppg and Lydic adds 7.6 ppg.

The first game of the opening night between Philadelphia MCS Charter (8-4) against St. Edward’s outside Ohio at 6 p.m. MCS Charter is a PIAA junior school, including the 2019 Class 2A state championship. The Mighty Elephants features four entrees with Division I offerings, including the 7-foot Darryon Prescott Center, a Florida international commitment. Khalif Crowley, a 6-9 striker, has Division 1 showings from schools like Howard and St. UTEP.

Eds (6-2) has four recruits in DI with 6-2 senior guard Michael Bova, who signed with Bellarmine, 6-5 junior forward Cameron Grant, who got offers from schools in the Ivy League and Patriot, 6-1 senior Ranger Jayer Knight, a committed Emory, and 6-6 sophomores, Wendell Henry, who has interests in Division One.

Prep takes on Canisius (7-3), who develops into a common multisport opponent for the Ramblers. Canisius went 13-4 last year and was the runner-up in the Manhattan Cup at Buffalo. Canisius has several statewide titles and has international day prospects at 6-4 junior guard Shane Sercon and 6-7 senior center Declan Ryan.

MLK Dream Invitational

Basketball shows traditionally take place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day each season and there will be a show in Erie on Mondays. The MLK Dream Invitational will debut with four high school basketball games at Hammermill Center and move from the event to the Erie Boys and Girls Club.

The show begins with a girls’ only game where Eri High competes for Jamestown (New York). Erie (5-1) took a big win over McDowell earlier this week. The Royals have three players scoring more than eight points per game this year with Torriona Roberts (10 players per gallon), Ariana Mitchell (9.2) and Ginisa Selby (8.2). Jamestown is 3-3 this season and is coming off a tough 87-37 loss to the power of Lancaster.

After the girls’ game at 1 p.m., Erie High meets Spire Institute (Ohio) for a boys’ game at 3 p.m. The royals are set to spend a big weekend where they were due to play McDowell on Thursday before hosting State College on Saturday . Jay Smith rose to lead the Young Royals (4-5) with 12.5 points per game followed by Layveon Gore (7.1 pts), Kree Thompson (6.6) and Andreas McCollum (6.2).

Spire is located in nearby Geneva (Ohio) and plays the national schedule. The school has two teams – a high school team and a postgraduate team for players who need another year between high school and college. The high school team is set to arrive in Erie on Monday after hosting Southwest Academy outside Canada on Saturday.

McDowell plays East out of Rochester (New York) in the boys’ next game at 5 p.m. McDowell is also scheduled to play (4-4) on the big weekend. After playing with Erie on Thursday, the Trojans are set to host Allderdice on Saturday. Luke Chamberlain McDowell leads with 14.8 points per game, Tyler Grove scores 10.6 points per gallon, Nick Grimm adds 7.8 points per gallon and Isaiah Logvin scores 6.9 points per gallon.

East (3-1) is a traditional powerhouse in Rochester, and the only recent history with District 10 is Strong Vincent playing in a holiday tournament in early 2010.

The final includes Erie’s Keystone Academy against the New York Power Savior Luteran. Keystone features Dellquan Warren and Marquell Darnell from Erie. Our savior Luteran has New York’s Best in Jaquan Sanders, Seton Hall commitment.

Master wrestlers

The Cathedral Prep wrestler and heavyweight Eisenhower both have over 100 career victories, as both were gold medalists in the championship last weekend.

Van Die, the returning PIAA Class 3A champ and inductee at the University of Nebraska, improved to 12-0 this season as the 126-pound champ at Pin City in Perry, Ohio.

Black prevailed as the number one ranked 285th in the Meadville’s Tool City tournament. He started 8-0 in the 2021-22 Knights Championship.

Van Dee is set to represent the Ramblers at the Virginia Duals this weekend at the Hampton (Virginia) Coliseum but she won’t be making the trip. The Lions will be closer to home when Eisenhower competes in the Patrick J. Morales Championships in Falconer, New York.

Eri Hai and Corey are also scheduled to participate in the Jamestown suburb meet.

Other wrestling events

Wrestling teams McDowell and Hickory head to Alliance, Ohio, for the Top Gun Tournament.

The Trojans had four finalists in the Tool City tournament that took place this past weekend. Hickory’s roster includes brothers Jill, Lowe, the 2021 PIAA Class 2A champ, and Carter, a University at Buffalo recruit.

Fort LeBoeuf, Reynolds and Saegertown, which are the traditional powers of Zone 10, will travel to Brookville for the Ultimate Duals on Saturday.

LeBoeuf appeared at Mid-Winter Mayhem last weekend in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Conor McKissney, son of Bison coach Shane McKissney, was the 152nd Champion.

Saegertown took a short bus trip to Meadville for Tool City Action. Landon Caldwell of the Panthers not only won the 189th weight class, but also took home the award for Outstanding Championship Wrestler.

Girls swimming and diving

The Northeast will host the girls’ traditional swimming meet on Saturday. Courses will begin at 9 a.m. at the school district’s natatorium elementary school.

Villa Maria, holder of the last two PIAA Class 2A team titles, is among the Erie County programs scheduled to appear. The University of South Carolina is appointing Megan Mahulich spotlighting winners for 2021-22.

It is also expected to enter Fairview, another long-time competitor in the region. Tigers’ Abby Zablotny is the returning PIAA champion in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Contact Tom Reisenweber at treisenweber@timesnews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ETNreisenweber.

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