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Harbor Creek sports are riding high 

Photo By: Mason Bennett/ Behrend Beacon

10-1-2019

Mason Bennett, S&T Editor 

The 2019 fall sports season for the Harbor Creek Huskies is seeing uncanny success for the first time in decades.

After Friday night, Harbor Creek’s varsity football team is undefeated with a 6-0 record. One of their biggest rivals, Mercyhurst Prep, proved to be a difficult but secure with for the Huskies this season, pulling through with a 7-0 win. “…keeping them focused and trusting that I know what I’m doing goes a long way with discipline,” said Troy Budzizsewski, the head football coach. Budzizsewski went on to say that he can attribute his overwhelming success to the talent among his players as well as his ability to make himself credible.

The Huskies boys and girls varsity soccer teams are doing exceptionally well, too. Currently, the girl’s team is 8-1-1, and head coach Scott Gotham has high hopes for his team going forward: “Even when we played those two 10 minute games against Mercyhurst, you could see there was no drop in play. They were able to play a full 80 minutes plus two 10 minute overtimes, and play at a high level the entire time.” Gotham says that in combination with new conditioning strategies and a lack of injuries so far this season, his talented players are able to perform at their maximum 100 percent of the time and beat some of the fiercest competition in their circuit.

Moreover, the boy’s varsity soccer team matches the girl’s success with an undefeated 8-0 record. Head coach Joe DiSanto also describes his team’s success through the confidence of his players: “Yeah, we gotta find out who’s gonna be able to go out there and not play nervous.” Coach DiSanto continued, “I like to think the coaching staff does a pretty good job managing the bench and our players in general.” 

Coach DiSanto says he believes in his team’s ability to do well this year, and he thinks a large part of his player’s confidence comes from a history of good players and coaching. “I really think success breeds success, this has been a really good program for years…”

If Harbor Creek’s fall sports teams continue to do well, they may set groundbreaking history for high school sports in this region.