By Ed Farrrell

Herald Assistant Sports Editor

JILL PLATTEBORZE has been named the new Hickory High girls volleyball coach, replacing Carolyn Kopnisky who recently resigned.

The former Farrell High (’96) 3-time all-state standout and Clarion University performer previously coached four seasons at Kennedy Christian, effecting a turnabout in that program.

Having earned a bachelors degree in elementary education from Youngstown State University (’02) while coaching at Kennedy, Platteborze now is pursuing a masters degree in math education (grades 6-8) on line from Walden University.

The 28-year-old Platteborze is pregnant and expecting in July, but emphasized, “That won’t slow me down. Megan (Harlo, her assistant) will take over for a few weeks in July, but I’ll be ready for Aug. 14 (PIAA’s official fall sports starting date). I can’t wait to be able to get out and play with the girls. I missed volleyball these past four years.”

A daughter of Tom and Linda Platteborze of Farrell, she starred scholastically for the Steelerettes of legendary Harriett Morrison, and noted, “I learned from the greatest that perfect practice makes perfect (performance). You can show up to practice, but your performance must reflect that in game situations.

“I’ve already seen improvement (in rec workouts),” Platteborze said of Hickory’s players. “Coach Carolyn ran a great program and I’ll continue to try to do the same, with some personal touches that I’d like to add. These last couple of weeks while I’ve been getting to know the girls I’ve been impressed with their work-ethic and attitude, and that’s what it’s all about — attitude — and I’m sure attitude will come up during our discussions throughout the season.

“The Hickory staff and parents have been very supportive and excited about the season, as am I,” Platteborze continued, “and they already know my expectations and goals, and I’m confident we’ll be working together to benefit the team this year.”

ä Shenango Valley YMCA will host a youth triathlon, beginning 8:30 a.m. July 30 in Buhl Farm Park. Proceeds from the event, for youngsters aged 7-14, will benefit the Y’s youth programs and activities.

The Short Course (ages 7-10) will include a 50-yard swim, 1-mile bike ride and half-mile run, while the Long Course (11-14) will include a 100-yard swim, 2-mile bike ride and 1-mile run. Competitors may use any type of swimming stroke, and flotation devices also may be used. Helmets are mandatory for the event’s bike-racing phase. All times will be documented by Runner’s High.

Awards will be presented to the top three boys and girls finishing in each age group (7-, 8-, 9-, 10-, 11-, 12, 13- and 14-year olds), and every competitor will receive a ribbon.

The entry fees will be $20 (Y members) or $25 (non-members), and there will be discounts for multiple-competitor families ($15 each additional child). Pre-registration (which will include a T-shirt, timing chip rental and refreshments) may be conducted at the Y or from 7-8 a.m. at the Park’s casino on the day of competition. Entries postmarked later than July 19 will be assessed a $10 fee. All competitors must have parental/guardian consent.

For information, contact Joellen Arenas, Shenango Valley YMCA, 925 North Hermitage Road, Hermitage, 16148-3219, or telephone 724-981-6950, or fax 724-981-6951 or visit

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