Archive - Mar 2011 - Sports Article
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.
LOCK HAVEN â Clarion junior shortstop Jerico Weitzel (Ridgway/Ridgway) is the PSAC West baseball Player of the Week after helping the Golden Eagles split a pair of games against Mercyhurst Saturday.
Weitzel, who is hitting .293 on the season, hit .625 (5-for-8) with three runs scored and four RBIs in the doubleheader while also stealing a pair of bases in as many tries.
Playing a key role in Clarionâs 11-8 eight-inning, second-game win, Weitzel was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBIs. He had a key RBI single and scored a run in a four-run eighth inning that gave Clarion the win.
ST. MARYS â The Elk County Catholic Crusaders opened the 2011 tennis season on Tuesday afternoon with an 8 to 1 victory over the Johnsonburg Area High Rams in a match played at Benzinger and Memorial Parks.
"This was a good start to the season," said ECCHS Head Coach Nick Caggiano. "We definitely wanted to come on strong and I believe we accomplished that. In singles, Ben and Jarid played strong tennis and imposed their game well. They were patient when they had to be and aggressive when they had to be."
ST. MARYS â The Elk County Catholic track and field teams opened their season Tuesday by hosting the Punxsutawney squads.
The Punxsy team swept the Elk Catholic squads. The Chucks beat the Crusaders 82-68 while the Lady Chucks edged the Lady Crusaders 76.5 to 73.5.
âWe had a good opening meet today,â said ECCHS coach John Schneider.
Ridgway baseball enters the new season with a senior-laden team ready to compete in District 9.
Ridgway started last season with an 8-3 record but faded in the second month of the season, finishing 4-5 in the final nine games. Ridgway lost in the first round of the playoffs to eventual District 9 champion Elk County Catholic.
JOHNSONBURG â For Johnsonburg head baseball coach Jeff Peterson, inconsistency was the difference between his squad being a good team rather than a great team.
âInconsistency was our problem last year with the older kids,â coach Peterson said. âMy older group was the group that I needed to rely on and I didnât get a whole lot out of them except for maybe the pitching department a little bit.
âOther than that, I was pretty satisfied coming away at .500 last year because I really wasnât expecting to do that well.â
Ridgway softball fields a junior-laden team in 2011 looking for more wins.
The Lady Elkers softball team had one win in 2010. Coach Gary Gerber II said he has a good mix of youth and experience.
JOHNSONBURG â Coming off a banner year in which the Johnsonburg Ramettes tallied eight wins and advanced to the first round of the playoffs, second-year head coach Melissa Myers is looking for even more this time around.
âThat was a big step for them and really built up their confidence, and I know the team is looking forward to getting back out there,â coach Myers said as her team last season even pulled off an upset over Curwensville. âWeâre a young team but Iâm looking at trying to get more than eight wins out of them.
JOHNSONBURG â The Johnsonburg boys tennis team enters this season with new faces including a new coach.
Gregg Dauber takes over as the boys tennis coach this season. Dauber is also the girls tennis coach for Johnsonburg. Dauber previously coached the boys team for seven years about a decade ago. He said the numbers are growing after only having three the first week.
âIt was three the first week of practice,â Dauber said. âNow we have five kids that came out. A couple of them donât have any experience but at least they came out and are trying it.â
JOHNSONBURG â The Johnsonburg track and field team heads into the new season with returning state qualifiers and improving younger athletes.
âWe didnât really lose too many seniors so weâre not really in a rebuilding year yet,â Johnsonburg coach Rene Timm said. âWeâre still kind of picking up from where we were last year. Weâre seeing a lot of improvement from kids that have been out the last couple years. Everyone just keeps getting better and better. Weâve got some new faces out too and some returning kids.â