September 1st, 2011
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Catholic Crusader golf squad picked up a pair of wins on Wednesday afternoon as they defeated the Johnsonburg Rams and the Kane Wolves in a tri-match held at the St. Marys Golf Club. Elk Catholic won the match with a score of 211. Johnsonburg had a score of 219, while Kane had a score of 260. The match featured eight golfers from Elk Catholic, five from Johnsonburg and six from Kane; however, only the top five scores from each team counted for the match.
A spark to the upcoming season may have come at the end of last year's 10-game slate.
A 20-18 victory by the Elkers over Clarion-Limestone ended the 2010 football season with a win and varsity head coach Mark Heindl said he saw that momentum from the off-season to preparation for this season. He noted his appreciation for the 2010 seniors and the work they put into the program and teaching this year's team members.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg varsity football team looks to be at a disadvantage this season with reportedly only 21 players on the team and a new coaching staff but first-year head coach Jesse Schreiber is welcoming all the challenges.
"One challenge that we face is that we're a very inexperienced football team with losing 12 seniors to graduation," Schreiber said. "Two returning players are unable to play this year, one because of a transfer and the other due to medical issues, and both of those hurt badly.
Despite finding trouble off the first tee Tuesday afternoon at Laurel Mill Golf Course, Ridgway freshman Josh Roselli finished with a 41 to grab medalist honors in a 29-stroke victory over the visiting Brockway Rovers.
Roselli was joined by junior Josh Mitchell, who shot a 42. Ridgway sophomore Jake Klawuhn followed with a 45, junior Jesse Reynolds with 46, and junior Matt Aiello with 47 strokes for a team score of 221.
Ridgway sophomore Mtichell Gilmore also was out on the course and brought home a 48; he was joined by freshman T.J. Schlimm with 50 and sophomore Mason Stark with 53.
With three returning seniors on the roster, Ridgway head girls varsity volleyball coach Janet Redmond has placed leadership duties squarely on their shoulders as they head into the new season.
"The strongpoint of this team I think will be Nicole Breier," said Ridgway head girls varsity volleyball coach Janet Redmond, now in her fourth year at the helm of the program. "She's complemented by fellow seniors Erica Thorwart and Emily Ames, and [junior] Katie Oknefski, another player who has done a wonderful job, and she's going to be a middle hitter for us this year plus be a setter.
With two seniors and three underclassmen, Ridgway girls varsity golf coach Gary Gerber II will be looking for consistency and improvement on the links this year.
"For the underclassmen, they're younger golfers so you're looking for some improvement throughout the season," Gerber said. "Some of them worked on their game during the summer and some of them didn't.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ What the 2011 Johnsonburg golf team lacks in depth, it appears it will make up for it in talent this season with early-season success.
The Rams have just six players on their roster but the Rams went out and shot a blistering total of 199 in its first match against Brockway. Johnsonburg coach Matt Myers said the team lost two players to injury during the off-season and two players who decided to play football.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg volleyball brings a senior-laden group into the 2011 season, a group which experienced reaching the District 9 Final Four last season.
â€śThings are going well, theyâ€™re a coachable bunch,â€ť Johnsonburg coach Bill Shuey said. â€śTheyâ€™re eager to learn and get better at their skills. I think weâ€™re going to surprise some people this year.â€ť
After a 2010 derailed by injuries, Ridgway boys soccer looks to make a comeback this fall.
One positive that head coach John Ogden took out of the injuries was seeing younger players get a chance to play at the varsity level.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg boys soccer will field an experienced and still relatively young team entering the 2011 season.
â€śWe return quite a few lettermen,â€ť Johnsonburg coach Lance Rezmerski said. â€śWe have three seniors this year and probably around nine or 10 juniors. A lot of experience coming back. Weâ€™re working on the basics right now. Things are going smoothly.â€ť