First year head coach Megan Green has been in the Titusville Rocket softball program as an assistant for 16 years.
In taking over as head coach, she is very matter of fact about assessing this team which has won one and lost one so far in this postponed riddled season.
“I have to figure out my game plan with Mother Nature,” she said.
Their first game was a success easily defeating AC-Valley 15-3. Then another postponed game before hosting one of the best teams in District 10, the Franklin Knights.
Against AC-Valley, Green said they were glad to get up against live pitching in a game situation. She said the team played well and if there was a mistake they didn’t let it spiral out of control.
She saw something similar against Franklin, but admitted one bad inning where the Knights just exploded.
“We’re young, we graduated three seniors, one was a pitcher, we have a freshman on the mound,” she said not as an excuse, but as base for learning.
“They need to get used to each other and it’s hard to do that in a gym and to give them the simulation of dirt off a gym floor and when we do get outside it is on Carter field so we’re on turf which is a different bounce,” she said about the challenges of early season with a young team.
“I think they have a lot of potential, I see the potential, the other coaches see the potential, but now (the girls) have to buy into it.”
Green knows experiencing these games against tough teams will only make them better.
“Every game they go out there and they put up a couple runs , that’s a build, and we can build off of this, it might not be a win, we can’t win every game, but we can build off this. They have the talent, they have the training, they have the experience, they just have to believe in themselves.”
They will play Oil City on Thursday.
“The thing that girls have to remember is just keep coming at them, no matter how many times you have a disappointing time at bat, you just have to keep coming back and don’t let one at bat set the tone for the rest of the game,” Green said.
And she should know, in her senior year at Titusville in 1994, the Rockets made it all the way to the state championship game.
Joe Herman etched his name into the record board at Titusville High School this morning at Bucknell University in the PIAA State Championships. "Joe swam great this morning. He broke our school record previously held by Zach Titus with a 52.95 (time.) " The time was also good for 14th place in the heat, he was seeded 25. Though he cannot medal he is swimming in the consolation finals tonight. Only the top eight finishers medal.
Read more about his hopes going into the tournament here http://www.8and322.com/eight--27/lone-rocket
Below are more photos from Maplewood v. Greensburg.
Titusville Middle School is putting on Disney's Newsies Jr, at the high school's Colstock Auditorium this week. The cast of 63 students portrays a group of young paper delivery youth who organize to take on the rich and powerful that control the publishing industry in Manhattan. It's a tale of doing the right thing and fighting for your rights.
The performances will be Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. The show runs roughly one hour.
His eyes had red circles around them from his goggles as he stood dripping at poolside with two of his teammates in the pool behind him swimming laps. “I feel good, right now I’m tired but that’s because of tapering, but, you know, I feel good,” Titusville’s Joe Herman said Monday afternoon while taking a short break from swim practice.
Two of his swim team friends were there, despite their season being over, to show their support and help Herman stay focussed on his workout. Herman is the lone Rocket to qualify for the PIAA State Championships.
Coach Kevin Dawson said it was nice to see his friends there. "Training alone is pretty tough to do."
Tapering is a training technique where practices build to a intense physical peak and then, before competition, the workouts “taper” off to allow the body to be in the best possible conditioning for the goal races.
“Once you get to competition you feel good,” Herman said.
Any of these girls are capable of stepping up anytime as Maplewood defeats Aliquippa in opening round of PIAA tournament
Their 65-47 victory was a good rebound from the 73-33 loss to Kennedy Catholic in the District 10 finals last week in Farrell. The win also allows them to move on to the next round of the Class 2A bracket and play Greensburg Central Catholic Tuesday at a site and time to be determined.
In high school wrestling, especially in Pennsylvania, getting 100 career wins is a big deal.
Given the fact that one of the last four years was a truncated season due to COVID-19 restrictions is an even bigger deal.
Over the weekend Titusville businessman and city councilor Chad Covell posted a photo of his son on social media holding a sign reading “Congratulations Brock Covell - 100 Wins - Rocket wrestling.”
The younger Covell was at the North West AA Regional championships.
Brock’s freshman year found him really learning the craft going 17-17. His sophomore year had the makings of being a really impressive year, but the pandemic limited his chance of matches. Tournaments and dual tournaments were canceled. That was more than a dozen matches he didn't have a chance to add to his total.
He only recorded 13 wins that year.
To reach 100 career wins meant he needed two monster seasons - which he most certainly has had.
According to Titusville coach Kurt Ledebur, Brock went 34-7 as a junior and currently stands at 36-8 in his senior year which is not over just yet.
Knowing the achievement was within his grasp, the Titusville crew was prepared for the opening day of the regional tournament. On Friday he recorded two pins - Gabriel Jordan of Saegertown in 2:57 and Aiden Bliss of Port Allegany in 0:44.
Saturday was a little more of a struggle for the veteran grappler. He fell to Jaylan Wagner of Reynolds by a 3-2 decision in the semis but bounced back to defeat Josh Divins of Sharpsville with a pin in 2:43.
Covell finished the regional tournament in fourth place, losing by pin to Waylon Wehler of St. Mary’s in his final match. He was 3-2 on the weekend.
Medaling means a second swing at states for Covell. He qualified last year, also in the 172 bracket, and lost two close matches.
At the North West AA Regional, Titusville was also represented by a trio of juniors and a freshman.
Nate Stearns was even on the weekend in the 139 weight class. He went 2-2, including a pin of Anthony Ceriani of Brookville on Saturday. Stearns finished the season 28-11.
Gavin Donaldson (145) and Landen Wolfkiel (152) were both 0-2 on the weekend. Donaldson finished 29-18 on the year and Wolfkiel was 21-14. Sawyer Wolfkiel (107) was also 0-2 at regionals and 27-20 in his first season for the Rockets.
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Maplewood girls continued their winning ways Wednesday night in Meadville. It took a bit of fortune as Cambridge missed a game winning free throw with seconds left in regulation sending the game into overtime. Wood then held Ryan McKissock's Blue Devils in check for a 36-33 victory.
The Tigers move on to face top seed Kennedy Catholic who were undefeated in their region and 20-4 overall. Neither team has lost since the beginning of January. The high scoring Golden Eagles will be a challenge for Shawn Rhoades' Tigers. Kennedy has scored more than 90 points in a game twice this season. Nine times they scored 70 or more.
The Tigers, who were also unbeaten in their region and 20-4 overall, are no scoring slouches either, but their highest score was 69 against Youngsville. The teams have not faced each other this year.
The District 10 2A championship game will be at Farrell High School on Saturday with the expected tip-off at 3:15 p.m.
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