January 28th, 2015
RIDGWAY TWP. â€“ A vehicle crash was reported late Wednesday night in the vicinity of 1456 Ridgway Johnsonburg Road in Ridgway Township. Elk Company 4 (Ridgway Fire Department) was dispatched along with the Ridgway-based state police shortly after 11:30 p.m. No further information was available at press time.
A senior-laden starting lineup for Ridgway boys basketball helped the Elkers to a 16-2 lead en route to a 48-29 win over Kane Wednesday night at Ridgway Area High School.
Ridgway honored seniors Cody Delhunty, Josh Lineberger, Ben MacDonald, Josh Roselli, Mike Sorge, Nate Steis, Jack Toncich, Phil Waddell and J.J. Klase before the game for Senior Night.
It was a tale of two halves on Wednesday night in the Wolvesâ€™ Den. The Kane Lady Wolvesâ€™ basketball team hosted the Ridgway Lady Elkers and saw the visitors jump out to a 14-10 halftime lead. Coach Dave Kiehlâ€™s Lady Wolves have struggled in the third quarter several times this season but came out of the locker room and put 16 points up on the scoreboard while holding Ridgway to two after the break. The hosts went on to post a 43-25 victory.
JOHNSONBURG â€“Â The Johnsonburg Ramettes (5-13) struggled mightily Wednesday night in a 35-21 loss to visiting DuBois Central Catholic (10-6).
The Ramettes managed just two points in the first quarter and were nearly shut out in the fourth, scoring their first points of the frame with just 93 seconds left in the game.
"We're not playing as a team," said Johnsonburg head girls varsity basketball coach Ellie Kocjancic after the game. "We were one out of seven in the first half and down by nine points. It's the little things that are falling apart.
Timothy Potts, general manager of the north operation for the RJ Corman Railroad Company visited North Central's quarterly full board meeting Wednesday to discuss the progress towards an "economic development project."
The project, which is expected to revitalize nearly 20 miles of railroad between Curwensville and DuBois that would connect RJ Corman's railroads to the Buffalo & Pittsburgh railroad, is being discussed by North Central as a significant economic development that could open up the region to additional markets, according to North Central Executive Director Eric Bridges.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Brothers involved in a canoe accident that claimed the life of Brittany Baird of DuBois waived their preliminary hearings at Magisterial District Judge George "Tony" King's office Wednesday afternoon and will proceed to the Elk County Court of Common Pleas.
Angelo Vincent Varischetti, 22, and Anthony Steven Varischetti, 26, both of Brockway, are charged with several counts of operating watercraft under influence of alcohol, reckless operation of watercraft and negligent operation of watercraft for the May 24, 2014 incident on the Clarion River near Ridgway.
KANE â€“ It wasnâ€™t that long ago that Kane native Trisha Wright was fulfilling a dream as the first athletic trainer in the Kane Area School District.
â€śI got paid to watch sports and help kids when they were hurt,â€ť Wright said. â€śI loved it.â€ť
She sometimes dealt with serious injuries such as concussions and broken bones.
Most often, Wright was just another spectator at school athletic events.
â€śYou hope youâ€™re not busy,â€ť she said.
A 1994 graduate of Kane High School, Wright served as the school district athletic trainer for 12 1/2 years between 1998 and 2010.
ST. MARYS â€“ A St. Marys man was arrested Tuesday for theft of an antique rifle, a Winchester Model 1892 44-40, from the property of Lynch-Green Funeral Home where he was formerly employed.
Based on the victim's statements, Sgt. Thomas Nicklas of the St. Marys Police Department went to the residence of Richard Alan Prow, 60, of 346 N. Michael St. where the rifle was located in Prow's car.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Prow stated that he had found the rifle while cleaning the garage of the funeral home property during his employment there. He said he was told he could have it.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ An aggressive nature to Johnsonburg's matches led to a team victory in a way not often used.
Johnsonburg used Criteria H, most first takedowns, to earn the winning team points in a 19-18 victory over Bradford Tuesday night at Johnsonburg Area High School.
After the matches were concluded and the score was tied at 18-18, the two coaches and official stood at the scorer's table to determine tiebreaking criteria. It was determined Johnsonburg had scored takedowns first in four of the five matches to give them the team win.
Headed into the final bout of the night, the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen held a slim three-point lead over county rival Ridgway Elkers, 31-28. At one point in the match, the Dutchmen had held a 22-point lead, but Ridgway had rallied and looked poised to steal the victory. Faced with a must-win scenario, St. Marys Area's Cameron Resch came through with a 4-1 decision over Ridgway's Drew Baumgratz to give the Dutch the 34-28 match victory.