Varsity
Blogs » Varsity
By Mike Copper, Tom Reisenweber, Jeff Kirik Erie Times-News staff bloggers
The Varsity blog is the 2013 winner of an international EPPY award for best sports blog. EPPYs are awarded to media-affiliated websites by Editor & Publisher, an industry trade publication. Varsity is primarily maintained by Times-News sports writers Mike Copper and Tom Reisenweber and sports editor Jeff Kirik.   Read more about this blog.
 Phone: 814-870-1700
Posted: July 29th, 2014

Brian Milne

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 31 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29:

Number of the day: 31

That’s the number of touchdowns Brian Milne scored during Fort LeBoeuf’s 1989 season. His 2,419 rushing yards that season are the fourth most in District 10 history.

Milne’s story is well known, but always worth repeating. He never got a chance to duplicate or surpass the statistics he posted as a junior after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1990.

Although Milne didn’t play for the Bison as a senior, Penn State coach Joe Paterno didn’t rescind the football scholarship offered by the Nittany Lions even if Milne never played a down for them.

Milne recovered and returned to the football in the 1991 Erie Lions Club Save-An-Eye All-Star Game. He went on to play for Penn State and then four seasons in the National Football League with Cincinnati, Seattle and New Orleans.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 28th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 32 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29:

Number of the day: 32

That’s the number of seasons Dan Budziszewski was the head coach at Harbor Creek.

Budziszewski teams went 165-146-3 between 1982 and 2013. His victory total trails only Mina George (230) and Gus Anderson (167) among District 10 head coaches who spent their entire careers in charge of Erie County programs.

The highlight of Budziszewski’s tenure were Harbor Creek’s 2004 and 2007 teams. Each reached District 10 Class AA championship games, with the former losing to Grove City and the latter to Wilmington.

Budziszewski also was a six-year assistant with Harbor Creek’s coaching staff before he took over for John Ballard.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 27th, 2014

Bryan Divido will forever be remembered in Erie Lions Club Save-An-Eye All-Star Game history thanks to his two interception returns during Friday night’s game at

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 27th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 33 days until the opening night of the high school football season on

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 26th, 2014

Any District 10 fans who didn’t get enough football watching former Erie stars in the Save-An-Eye Game on Friday night can get their fix today

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 26th, 2014

The 76th annual Save-An-Eye Game was a memorable one Friday night at Veterans Stadium. The County beat the City 21-14, thanks in large part to the

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 26th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 34 days until the opening night of the high school football season on

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 25th, 2014

Live Blog Save-An-Eye live blog

Posted in: Football
Posted: July 25th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 35 days until the opening night of the high school football season on

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 24th, 2014

The full rosters — with jersey numbers, weights and positions — have been released in advance of Friday’s Save-An-Eye Game. Read more about the Save-An-Eye

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 24th, 2014

Here’s a list of District 10 football players who have committed to play for colleges for the 2014 season. The Erie Times-News and GoErie.com would

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 24th, 2014

McDowell Trojans Coach: Brad Orlando (1st season) 2013 overall record: 7-6 2013 region record: 4-1 (second) 2013 playoff results: Defeated Allderdice 49-19 and Mifflin County

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 24th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 36 days until the opening night of the high school football season on

Read the rest of this entry »

Switch to our mobile site