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DUKE CENTER â€“ Friday night was anything but a defensive struggle between Ridgway and Otto-Eldred.
For the Elkers, it turned out to be nothing but a victory over the Terror.
Ridgway was able to withstand a second-half surge from Otto-Eldred to take a 41-32 victory at Otto-Eldred High School in the season opener for both teams.
JOHNSONBURG â€“Â Port Allegany senior starting quarterback Matt Bodamer showed Friday night that he hasn't lost a step since last season as he threw for five touchdowns and ran for three more in a dominating 54-0 victory over host Johnsonburg.
Bodamer completed 17 passes on the night for 342 yards, including seven tosses to Tyce Miller, a senior standout wide receiver who finished with 190 yards through the air and three scores. Bodamer had 312 passing yards at halftime against the Rams' 18 yards of total offense at the break.
Kathryn Polaski will return to the Johnsonburg cross country team this season as its lone member at seasonâ€™s start.
Johnsonburg coach Eric Lowry is happy to be able to see Polaski run with Johnsonburg cross country.
â€śJust to be able to see her finish her career out will be good enough,â€ť Lowry said. â€śSheâ€™s doing fine, Iâ€™m just hoping to give her a chance to qualify and go to states these next two years, thatâ€™s really the big thing.â€ť
Lowry said Polaski has a chance to be a state qualifier this season if she can have a strong season.
After a 6-4 season in 2011, Ridgway football comes into the new season hopeful after losing 15 seniors to graduation last year.
To offset the loss of 15 seniors, Ridgway has 16 sophomores coming up to the team this year.
â€śItâ€™s a great group of kids and we lost a lot last year with our 15 seniors that we graduated,â€ť Ridgway coach Mark Heindl said. â€śWe definitely have a great group of sophomores coming up through the system. The future looks bright for the football program.â€ť
JOHNSONBURG â€“ After a winless 2011 season, second-year head coach Jesse Schreiber and the Johnsonburg Rams are looking to turn the page in what they hope will be a successful year on the football field.
The Rams came close last season; they nearly defeated Cameron County on the road but succumbed in overtime. At the end of the season, they found themselves in a tight game against Keystone but a second half letdown expunged the team to a winless season. Some forfeit losses also plagued the team.
But a year later and a year wiser, Schreiber said he looks to build on lessons learned.
Ridgway boys golf moved to 4-0 on the season with a 196-221 victory over Bradford in a match held Tuesday afternoon at Laurel Mill Golf Course.
Jesse Reynolds and Matt Aiello were co-medalists for Ridgway as they both carded scores of 36.
KANE â€“ Ridgway boys golf won its first road match of the season with a 201-246 win over Kane Thursday afternoon on the back nine of Kane Country Club.
Jake Klawuhn and Mitchell Gilmore were co-medalists with scores of 39 for the Elkers. Ridgway coach Dave Zawatski said he was impressed with both efforts from Klawuhn and Gilmore.
"Jake Klawuhn struggled during the first two matches at home and was close to losing his spot in the starting lineup," Zawatski said. "Going to Kane and playing the back nine in 39 when things haven't been going his way says a great deal about the young man."
Backed by a 35 from medalist Josh Roselli, Ridgway stretched their early undefeated streak to 2-0 with a 24-stroke victory Monday against visiting DuBois Central Catholic at Laurel Mill Golf Course.
Roselli was complemented by a trio of 40s fired by teammates Mitchell Gilmore, Josh Mitchell, and Jesse Reynolds. T.J. Schlimm capped off the scoring with a 41 for a team total 196.
Matt Aiello and Mitchell Stark also were on the course and fired 41, followed by Jake Klawuhn with a 44.
Ridgway golf won its season opener 202-230 over Brockway Thursday at Laurel Mill Golf Course.
Mitchell Stark of Ridgway was the medalist with a score of 38. Mitchell Gilmore was one stroke behind after carding a 39.
"It was nice to get the first match out of the way," Ridgway coach Dave Zawatski said. "I can't say enough about the way freshman Mitchell StarkÂ and Mitchell Gilmore played."Â Â
Josh Roselli finished with a 40 and Josh Mitchell ended up with a 42. Jesse Reynolds, Matt Aiello and Jake Klawuhn each carded a 43 as Ridgway's fifth-best score. T.J. Schlimm finished with a 44.
The Elk County Catholic High School and St. Marys Area High School golf teams both opened their seasons on Thursday afternoon, competing in the annual St. Marys-DuBois Challenge at Bavarian Hills Golf Course.
ECC finished in first place in the four-school event with 23 points. St. Marys was second with 16 points. DuBois Central Catholic was third with 14 points, and DuBois Area High School was fourth with 7 points. Six golfers from each school participated in the 18-hole contest.