Sheffield's Ethan Finch

Year In Review: 2020 Was A Special Time For Warren County High School Sports

December 31, 2020

We know we haven’t been around all year, but that’s not going to stop us from reviewing the year that was in 2020. Yesterday, we told you about some of the biggest news stories of 2020. 

Today, we take a look at some of the biggest local sports stories in 2020.

  1. Wrestling hardware: It was a season to remember on the mat for Eisenhower senior Logan Jaquay, sophomore teammate Cael Black and Sheffield’s Ethan Finch. It was the first time since 1993 that three Warren County wrestlers earned state medals in the same season. Jaquay finished fourth, while Black and Finch both took home sixth-place finishes. Jaquay parlayed his brilliant career into a scholarship to Edinboro, while Finch recently committed to the University of Pittsburgh. Black will no doubt follow in their footsteps to wrestle at the next level.
  2. Warren Girls Soccer Makes Undefeated Run Through Regular Season, Wins Second Straight D-10 Title: The Lady Dragons beat Meadville 2-0 to win the D-10 title, as Paige Johnson scored a pair of goals. They outscored their opponents 144-2 before losing to eventual state champion Mars in the PIAA playoffs. Kyleigh Wilson and Kyra Wotorson were first and third in District 10 with 45 and 31 goals, respectively. Georgie Bickling led the way with 38 assists. Warren’s defense, though not in the limelight as much as the offense, was every bit as dominating. “They (the defense) didn’t get a lot of credit or the spotlight because it was such an offensively oriented season,” Bickling said. “But we know how good they are and we know what sort of pressure they can handle.”

3. Sheffield Volleyball Has Dream Season: It was a truly special season for the Lady Wolverines, as they at one point won 9-straight matches and won a playoff game for the first time in anyone’s recent memory. “Getting to the point where we got to, 13-3 in the regular season and getting to the playoffs which hadn’t happened since 2014 is a great accomplishment,” said Sheffield coach Melissa Lemay. “Winning a playoff game, which, I can’t remember how long it’s been. We went when I played, but we’re not going to say what year that was. I’m grateful.”

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4. Eisenhower Football Goes Unbeaten In Regular Season, Advances to D-10 Final: It was a spectacular season for the Eisenhower Knights, as they steamrolled their way to a 7-0 regular season and a Region 5 title before beating West Middlesex in a double-overtime thriller at the Pasture of Pain in the D-10 semifinals. And although they fell short in the D-10 title game, this was a season for the ages for the Knights. That included Region 5 Player of the Year honors for senior Owen Trumbull and second team all-state honors for fellow senior Dillon Benson.

5. Sheffield Football Halts Season, Co-Ops With Warren: It was a negative that turned into a positive. After a season-opening loss to Keystone, it was decided that the Sheffield football program forfeit the remainder of its season. That left the Wolverines that still wanted to play without a home, until District 10 and the PIAA approved a co-op with Warren for the 2020 season. The results, as you may have guessed, were overwhelmingly positive. 

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