September 17th, 2011
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Catholic Crusader football squad was handed their first loss of the season on Friday evening, falling to the Coudersport Falcons 12-7 in a match played at Dutch Country Stadium.
"We never really got the offense going," said ECC coach Travis Skrzypek. "I thought we had a nice drive in the third and again in the fourth. We had to punch in at the end of the game and we didn't get the job done."
ST. MARYS â€“ It was sunny but cool on Friday afternoon for the opening round match-up between St. Marys and Ridgway at St. Marys Area High School's soccer field in this year's Bucktail Tournament. St. Marys put up a good fight, but the Lady Elkers eventually emerged with the 4-0 victory to advance to the finals.
"We played more younger players today because of injuries. We want to do well tomorrow. Our younger players are showing improvement. Ridgway is a better team right now, and I wish them luck in the final," said St. Marys coach Dr. Bob Schmidt.
New York Times bestseller Immaculee Ilibagiza gave a powerful presentation in the Ridgway Area High School auditorium Thursday night recounting her personal experience of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Deacon Larry Caggeso opened the program introducing Immaculee.
Despite dropping the first set, Ridgway regrouped Thursday night to top St. Marys 3-1 (12-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-14) to move to 5-0 in regular season play.
â€śWe started off slow [Thursday] and St. Marys has some really nice hard hitters,â€ť said Ridgway head girls varsity volleyball coach Janet Redmond. â€śThey had some really good serves that really caught us off guard, we just couldnâ€™t return them.
â€śWe had some problems with that and we just didnâ€™t move.â€ť
Laurel Mill Golf Course in Ridgway hosted a 6-team golf match Thursday and Ridgway took home a 3-1 showing,
â€śOur girls continued their great play with a 3-1 record on the day,â€ť said Ridgway head girls golf coach Gary Gerber II.
Ridgway seniors Brittanei Neubert and Selena Scarnati continue to be near the top of the leaderboard after spending the last week trading medalist honors.
Neubert paced the Lady Elkers with 49 but medalist honors went to Savannah Brosky of Brockway, who made it to the clubhouse with 46. Scarnati carded a 54 for the day.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg volleyball lost 3-0 (25-10, 25-16, 25-17) against Bradford in action at Johnsonburg Area High School Thursday night.
After winning the first set by a 25-10 score, Bradford scored the first two points of the second set before the Ramettes answered with two of their own, highlighted by a Chelsea Benson kill. The teams then alternated the next four points before Johnsonburg scored three of the next four to take a 7-5 lead.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg boys soccer lost 3-0 to Kane Thursday night at Memorial Field in Johnsonburg.
The Rams and Wolves played a fairly even first half with Kane holding just a 1-0 lead entering halftime.
In the second half, Kane scored with 15:30 and 6:14 remaining to ice the game away on a crisp night.
Nicole Kuleck, the new fourth-grade learning support and emotional support teacher at the Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School, is back in the district she grew up in.
â€śBeing a native of Ridgway, I graduated from the Ridgway Area School District,â€ť Kuleck said. â€śI love being a part of the Ridgway school district family.Â Working here has been something that I have dreamed about for a long time and I am so happy that it is now a dream come true.â€ť
MT. JEWETT â€“ A tornado in July 2003 toppled the midsection of the Kinzua Viaduct and virtually knocked out the area's major tourist attraction.
Mother Nature won this battle, but the ingenuity of man has overcome that setback with the construction of the Kinzua Sky Walk-- a pedestrian walkway built atop the very towers that once supported the historic Kinzua Bridge near Mt. Jewett.
John A. Yando, age 85, of Route 219, Brockport, died Sept. 14, 2011 at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born March 4, 1926 in Ridgway, son of Peter and Mary Stowick Yando.
He married Helen Fischer, she preceded her in death on May 2, 1988.
John was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran and was a member of Holy Cross Church at Brandy Camp. He enjoyed woodworking and gardening.
He was retired but had been employed by several local coal companies including Doane and Tamburlin Coal Company as a heavy equipment operator.