With the Elk County sheriff's department reportedly facing a projected budget deficit of approximately $9,000 and the board of commissioners unwilling to cover the monetary figure, sheriff Jeffrey C. Krieg said Sunday night that he, along with chief deputy Theresa Merritt, will be working "until all this is settled."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg girls basketball won 46-41 over St. Marys Friday night at Johnsonburg Area High School in the season opener for both teams.
"It was an ugly win for as many turnovers as we had," Johnsonburg coach Mike Zilkofski said. "They were just out of sync. I practiced breaking the press all week and it was just out of sync. We threw the ball around."
Starting today, the Elk County sheriff's department will be shut down until possibly the end of the calendar year as ordered by the county's board of commissioners.
RUSSELL CITY â€“ Miraculously, no one was injured Friday morning when a box truck collided with a trailer hauling a crane on Route 66 just west of Russell City in Elk County.
The Elkers are hoping one year won't make too much of a difference.
Last season, the Ridgway boys' varsity basketball team played their way to an amazing 29-2 season, a journey highlighted by several pivotal moments: a 45-38 win Dec. 30, 2011 over Johnsonburg to win the county's holiday basketball tournament; a 49-46 win Feb. 18 over the Rams to win the Allegheny Mountain League [AML] crown; and a 40-37 win March 3 against the Rams in Clarion to earn the District 9 Class title.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg boys basketball brings back virtually its entire team from last season and looks to be one of the D-9 preseason favorites after a 23-6 record in 2011-2012.
The Rams come off a year which they were the D-9 runner-up and advanced to the second round of the PIAA Class A Playoffs, falling 50-45 in double overtime to West Middlesex at Clarion University.
Ridgway girls basketball is looking to go back to basics this upcoming season in an effort to help build the program back up from two straight 1-21 seasons.
New varsity head coach Stacy Kifer said the girls have been focusing on fundamentals and refining skills.
Ridgway gymnastics will feature a young team this season with only one senior on the roster.
Ridgway graduated five seniors from last yearâ€™s team and move up seven freshmen to the varsity team.
â€śItâ€™s a little different this year graduating as many seniors as we had last year. Weâ€™re extremely young. Weâ€™re sporting only one senior, Emily Pierce,â€ť Ridgway coach Edna Maddalena said. â€śSheâ€™s a returning state qualifier so that helps but sheâ€™s our only senior. I have seven freshman that are new to gymnastics so that puts us at a very young stage but thatâ€™s OK, theyâ€™re learning quick.â€ť
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Now in his eighth season at the helm of the Johnsonburg girlsâ€™ varsity basketball program, Mike Zilkofski is looking for a little bit more this time around as his team prepares to storm the court.
â€śWeâ€™re hoping for bigger and better things this year,â€ť Zilkofski said after posting a 13-10 mark last season and an early playoff exit Feb. 21 at East Forest. â€śIt was a heartbreaker losing on the road to East Forest in the playoffs. They had a lot of seniors, a pretty good group there, and we just didnâ€™t play well.â€ť
New faces will be all around the Ridgway wrestling program this season.
First-year head coach David Fordoski takes over as the varsity head coach for Ridgway wrestling after the retirement of Gary Gerber this past winter from that post. Fordoski said the team may be limited in varsity starting experience but the team is full of wrestlers with an excitement and work ethic for the program.