April 4th, 2011
ST. MARYS â€“ Game MVP Jenna Matzinger of Coudersport scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Blue Team to a 92-76 win in the 12th annual Alice R. Kozel Foundation District 9 Girls All-Star Basketball Game played Saturday night at Elk County Catholic High School.
Blue used a 15-5 run at the end of the first half to build a 47-36 halftime lead and then built the lead to as many as 23, 86-63, late in the second half before White made a late run getting within 10, 86-76, with 42 seconds to play.
Force native Jim Brunelli has been involved with basketball since his childhood days on the playground. Throughout his high school and college years, he never lost his connection with the sport, and now helps others develop their own skills and love of the game as head womenâ€™s basketball coach at Anderson University in Anderson, S.C.
â€śI love basketball. I love college athletics. There is nothing more pure than college sports,â€ť Jim said.
The 38th annual Big 30 Don Raabe Charities Classic will be played Saturday, Aug. 6 at Parkway Field in Bradford.
Ricky Pearsall, a 5-11, 165-pound running back and safety for the Crusaders of coach Travis Skrzypek, has been named to the Pennsylvania squad.
Pearsall was selected to the Olean Times Herald Big 30 All Star team in both 2009 and 2010, and is a two-time Allegheny Mountain League All Star.
Viola K. Leathers, 87, died at the Latrobe Area Hospital on Thursday, March 31, 2011.
She was born July 7, 1923 in DuBois, the daughter of Samuel and Twila Stewart Thomas, the last of a family of eight children. She married Armand A. Leathers, who predeceased her on Feb. 18, 1996, shortly after their 50th wedding anniversary.
Hilda C. Mearkle, 79, of Baltimore, Md. passed to her eternal reward Thursday, March 24, 2011 at Bayview Hospital in Baltimore.
Hilda was born Nov. 6, 1931 in Ridgway, daughter of Donald J. Alabran and Ellen I. (Ecklund).Â She was married forÂ several years to Bertram Mearkle.
Ms. Mearkle was a resident of Ridgway until 1940 when the family moved to Baltimore to get help for her. Hilda had cerebral palsy since birth. She received therapy through the Maryland League for Crippled Children and walked without assistance at 9 years of age.Â Hilda attended public schools through high school.
Florence S. Dietz, 88, of 7452 Ridgway-St. Marys Rd., Ridgway, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at Elk Regional Health Center.
She was born Oct. 7, 1922, in Ridgway, daughter of the late United and Etta Mae (Birchfield) States.
On July 21, 1951, she married Paul E. Dietz , who preceded her in death on April 10, 1999.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg track and field team opened the season against Oswayo Valley Tuesday at Johnsonburg Area High School.
Johnsonburg won in the girlsâ€™ events by a team score of 80-66. Oswayo Valley won 87-46 in the boysâ€™ events.
In the girlsâ€™ events, Chelsea Benson of Johnsonburg won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.5. Teammate Carissa Imdorf was second with a 19.57 and Tracey Ecklund was third at 20.59.
In the javelin, Kiesha Dornish of Johnsonburg won with a mark of 116-11 1/4. Cody Anderson was second with a 93-0.
Larry Lee Serafini, age 54, of 3399 Rt. 219 Brockway, died March 29, 2011 at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born Oct. 10, 1956 in DuBois, son of Albert and Elda Sicheri Serafini.
He was baptized catholic and was a member V.F.W. Club at Crenshaw.
Larry was an avid fan of all sports, but he especially enjoyed football and the Dallas Cowboys.
He was employed at Owens-Brockway where he was employed as a Utility Worker.
Angeline Petro of Livonia, Mich. passed away on Feb. 19, 2011 after a long illness. She was born in Johnsonburg, daughter of Antonio and Pasqualina Defranco.
She is survived by her husband, John; two sons, John and wife Lisa, and Joseph and wife Amanda; one daughter, Marianne and husband Stefan; six grandchildren, Vincent, Dominic, Samuel, Benjamin, Daniel and Logann; two sisters, Rose Guidice, and Josephine Quattrone and husband Frank of Ridgway; and two brothers, Roy Defranco and wife Julia of Johnsonburg, and Fred and wife Monica of St. Marys.
Vincent Drago, 102, of Portland Mills Road, Ridgway, and formerly of St. Louis, Missouri, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at Elk Regional Health Center, after complications from pneumonia.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Hope Coville Drago of Ridgway; son Tyrone Drago of St. Decorah, Iowa; four daughters and one son-in-law, Pat Hicks of Manchester, Missouri, Carole Ewald of Baldwin, Missouri, Vicki and Jim Krebs of St. Charles, Missouri and Joy Drago of Cranberry Twp; 8 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.