These teams were created in the first half
The football season in District 10 has reached its midpoint, and many teams are now aiming for regional titles and playoff couches.
The second half of the season promises to be eventful as teams prepare for the excitement that comes with the postseason.
Here’s a look at some of the D-10 teams that have established themselves as contenders in the first half of the season:
The Bobcats are undefeated to start the season with several big wins including Mercer, Greenville and Cambridge Springs. Seneca has several big games ahead of them as the Bobcats look to the postseason. Kendall Joint has another big season with 13 goals and two assists while Abby Wisniewski has four goals and five assists.
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As the dominant team in Class 1A, the Greyhounds score 8.3 goals per game. Wilmington’s only loss is to a talented team from General McLane as the ‘Hounds look like big favorites to win D-10 in 1A. Lindsey Martineau leads the team with 14 goals and 12 assists, followed by Becka Book with 13 goals and Analise Hendrickson with 12 goals and 10 assists. Speed ââis key as multiple greyhounds are track stars too.
The Mustangs’ only losses this year went to Seneca and Wilmington, as Mercer has had an impressive year. Julia Balaski was one of the top players in Mercer County with 19 goals and seven assists, Ryan Dubiel has 10 goals.
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Slippery Rock (7-2-0)
The Rockets have won six of their last seven games with the only losses coming to Burrell and Mercyhurst Prep. Leader in Region 2, Slippery Rock could be a threat from the south to win the D-10 Class 2A championship.
Villa Maria (9-3-0)
The Victors have one of the most balanced teams in District 10, which is an encounter nightmare for most teams. Villa Maria’s three defeats this fall went to Class 4A McDowell and two WPIAL powerhouses. Reigning District 10 Player of the Year Ella Raimondi leads the Victors with 20 goals, and Alexa Tojaga has 12 goals and 18 assists as the top player for the Victors.
General McLane (10-1-0)
The Lancers have picked up where they left off last year with 10 wins in 11 games. The only defeat was to Villa Maria, which McLane had under control two late goals in the second half. Brooklyn Respecki is one of the top scorers in D-10 with 27 goals and 16 assists, while Sydney Rotko has another big year with 19 goals and four assists and Teaghan Watkins has 18 goals and four assists.
Fort LeBoeuf (9-0-0)
The Bison started the season with a nine-game winning streak, with several tough opponents coming up over the next two weeks. LeBoeuf is playing with a chip on his shoulder this year after missing the playoffs last year despite winning the region because of the playoff fields shortened by COVID-19. Maggie Morrison leads the bison with 19 goals and Ashley Froess has 13 goals and 16 assists.
Harbor Creek (9-1-0)
The Huskies only defeat this season went to Fort LeBoeuf. Harbor Creek has inherited several strong programs, excluding four teams. Leya Bretz has a breakout season with 20 goals and eight assists, while Gabby Licata has nine goals and Jordyn Nowak has eight assists.
The Trojans have loaded their schedule and soared to that level with a 10-2-0 record. The losses came to Seneca Valley and North Allegheny, but McDowell also hit teams like Peters Township, Pine-Richland and Villa Maria. Abigail Faulhaber leads the Trojans with nine goals, while Sara Malina and Grace Emanuel each provide nine assists.
The Tigers have recovered from a difficult part of their schedule, winning nine of their last 10 games. Fairview went into the PIAA semi-finals last year and was able to go further down with an experienced team. Ali Hosseini is having a big 10 goal year while Nathan George has been a force in several areas of the field.
The Bobcats look like a District 10 contender for the first time in years. Zach Nichols and Jack Pikiewicz have had big years with six goals and Pikiewicz leads the team with four assists. The Bobcats defense has been tough as Seneca tries to make a deep playoff run.
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The Eagles scored a major one-two against Slippery Rock on Tuesday to take control of Region 2. Jacob Irani leads the team with 16 goals while Pierson Badowski 12 and Jimmy Irani scored nine goals and nine assists for the Class 2A contender.
The grape pickers set out and locked Warren out on Tuesday. North East is exactly in the mix for the Region 4 title and is being pushed hard by several players. Krew Ksenich leads with 27 goals and 11 assists, while Michael McGuigan scores 17 goals, Kaiden Langan 10 and Joel Morey 13 assists.
The Knights were one of the top teams in District 10. Franklin is in first place in Region 4 alone behind 19 goals from Gage Haniwalt, 13 from Nate Pfenningwerth, who is also the starting kicker of the soccer team, and 12 from Carson Whitling . Franklin has North East and Warren at home for the next two weeks and could run away with the region.
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The Ramblers dominate all aspects of the game and receive national recognition as the top 15 team in the Mid Atlantic region. Prep just played a prestigious tournament in Albany and the only match the Ramblers didn’t win this season was a tie against WPIAL powerhouse Mars. Noah Handzel has an MVP season with 20 goals and 13 assists, and Reece Johnson was big with 12 goals and 13 assists.
The Trojans have a big game with Prep on Thursday, but they have played 10 wins in 12 games this year. McDowell appears to be a clear favorite in Class 4A to win District 10 and make a PIAA playoff run. Max Murphy is leading with 18 goals and Andrew Danch has eight assists.