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The Berries celebrate (in this school photo posted on Facebook)  after eliminating Greensburg Central Catholic, 8-7, on their home field Monday in the first round of the 2A playoffs. They'll play Everett, the unbeaten (23-0) District 5 champion on Thursday. 

Carrie (Mason) Melat

Berry Proud
Cranberry's Melat:
Hall of Famer to be
at Virginia Tech

Carrie (Mason) Melat, current Cranberry girls basketball coach and past star there,

will be inducted into the Virginia Tech Hall of Fame.

Melat is one of the Hokies' all-time greats in women's basketball, scoring 1,369 points in 123 games, including a school record 121 starts from 2003-06.

She's among VPI's leaders in assists, steals and three-pointers with 200, and helped the Hokies to four appearances in the NCAA tourney.

Melat and six other new inductees will be honored the weekend of Oct. 8 when Virginia Tech hosts Purdue in football.

The 5-7 Melat is Cranberry's second all-time leading scorer behind Susan Blauser.

Melat is also part of 'The Streak' at Cranberry
Ethen Knox

of the Year!

Meet Oil City High School's
record-breaking Ethen Knox
an All-American, All-Stater
and Pa. Coaches 3A Select

His sensational junior season:

  • Max Preps Small Town All-American

  • All-USA Today Offensive team (25 players, all of whom nominated for Player of Year, which will be announced this summer

  • Mr. Pa Football Tremendous 25 (1A-3A)

  • Coaches Select 3A Player of the Year

  • Coaches Select 3A first team all-state

  • Pa. Football Writers 3A first team all-state

  • PennLive second team all-state (all classes)

  • Jim Kelly YDL sports network District 10 Player of the Year

  • Jim Kelly YDL sports network All-D-10

  • Erie Times News small school All-D-10

  • D-10 Offensive POY nominee by ETN

  • All-Region 4 first team RB/DB

  • Five-time Jim Kelly YDL Player of Week

  • Two national records with 3,705 yards rushing in a 10-game season and six 400-yard rushing games

  • OCHS single-season, career rushing records

  • 42 touchdowns, 294 points, 63 tackles, 6 INTs

  • No. 100 in Prep RedZone Pennsylvania rankings for Class of 2024. Also No. 6 RB and No. 3 in District 10.

Most photos on this site by Richard Sayer, Eight&

Ethen Knox
James O'Dell
Prep RedZone recognizes Oilers' Knox, O'Dell

Ethen Knox (pictured) apparently is Pennsylvania's  No. 1 underrated running back for the Class of 2024. A Prep RedZone article written by Pat Weider and released March 2 had this to say about the Oil City star:

"Knox plays in an old-school I offense (where) he was the featured running back...What stands out from Knox's film is how patient he is at running back. Several times he was given tosses or long handoffs and Knox was patient and waited for the blocks to be set up and then finally hit the hole. Once he hits the where Knox is special. He just explodes through it and runs through tacklers. He is also deadly in the open field. Once he gets into the open field, he is gone. Knox is also very good in the passing game because he has good hands and runs good routes. Knox is someone (who) with a big senior year should be recruited to play college football."

Prep RedZone ranks Knox No. 100 in the state for the class of 2024. One of his blockers, senior James O'Dell, is ranked No. 440. O'Dell (pictured) missed about the last two-thirds of the 2022 season with an injury. More than 500 players are ranked ad several more are placed on a "watch list."

Nick Krahe, the tackle from Harbor Creek who is headed to West Virginia, was ranked No. 21 in the Class of 2023. Oil City's Cam Crocker was 401 and Franklin's Drew Wilkinson was listed at 412. 

And, just FYI,  Khalon Simmons, the Meadville running back, was ranked 154 in the Class of 2023.


Crocker headed to West Point!

Cam Crocker family
All-stater believed to be
first Oiler to play football  for a service academy

Cam Crocker announced Jan. 9 that he's headed to United States Military Academy at West Point where he will play football for the Black Knights.

He signed his letter-of-intent on Feb. 1.

It is believed Crocker, a 6-4, 285-pound tackle, will be the first Oiler to play football for a service academy!

LOOKING PROUD: The Crocker family of (from left) dad Mike, brother Brayden, Cam and mother Missy.

Cam Crocker

Cam Crocker is pictured at signing day festivities with (clockwise from upper left) assistant coaches Nate Neely and Dave Skinner and head coach Dan York (seated).

The file on the senior two-way lineman (6-4, 285) and tight end:

  • Pa. Football Writers all-state OL

  • Jim Kelly YDL network all-D-10 OL

  • Erie Times News small school all-D-10 OL

  • D10 Offensive POY nominee by ETN

  • Mr. Pa. Football Terrific 10 Linemen (1A-3A)

  • Region 4 first team OL/DL

  • Started a school record 42 straight games

  • Oilers averaged 323 yards rushing during his career

  • 98 career tackles

Cam Crocker

But just one look was all it took.

Mike Kilroy of exploreVenango tells the story.

Franklin multi-sports star polishes skills
at national kicking camp in Florida

Nathan Pfennigwerth

And junior Nate Pfennigwerth, who also plays soccer, swims and runs track for the Knights, hopes all the hard work translates into a big senior season and attention from colleges.

About This Site

If you are from Anywhere, USA, and happened to stumble upon this site, Franklin and Oil City are about eight miles apart along Route 8 in Venango County, Pa. -- which is about halfway between Pittsburgh and Erie in the western part of the state. (formerly covers the grid doings of Oil City and Franklin high schools in Venango County. It also includes the football histories of the two schools, which date back to 1896, along with that of Venango Catholic (nee Christian and formerly St. Joseph in Oil City), which dropped the sport in the 1990s. VC has been in co-ops with Oil City and Franklin since then.

This is a Wix site with longtime but former Derrick sports editor Penny Weichel serving as webmaster. She is the former webmaster of and, and most of the information found there can be found here. Also added in the last two years is basketball covering all five Venango County schools (Cranberry and Rocky Grove, too) along with some wrestling and swimming and other fall/spring sports.

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