February 12th, 2012
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader basketball team handed the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch squad a 47-38 District 9 League setback Saturday night at the ECCHS gym.
The Lady Crusaders outscored the Lady Dutch 12-7 in the first eight minutes of play and 12-7 in the second quarter to open a 24-14 halftime lead. They led by 11 at the end of three quarters, 33-22. The fourth quarter saw the Lady Dutch outscore ECC 16-14, making the final score 47-38.
The Ridgway boys basketball seniors have seen the team go from seasons with a losing record to the best record in District 9.
The eight seniors for the Elkers were honored Friday night and closed out the regular-season home slate with a 58-46 win over Coudersport.
The seniors are Eric Matheson, Jordan Lundin, Aaron Sorge, Kyle Kinkead, Alex Oknefski, Tyler Stark, Keith Zawatski and Damon Carlson.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Brockway scored seven unanswered points in the final 65 seconds Friday night, including a fallaway jump shot from Juliana Vokes with four ticks on the clock for a 42-41 upset win over host Johnsonburg.
Down by a point entering the fourth quarter, Johnsonburg junior Brittany Watts shifted the lead to the Ramettes' favor with a layup at the 6:10 mark for a 35-34 lead.
With the Lady Rovers unable to break through on the other end, junior Rhianon Fowler hit a timely layup with 4:35 to play off an assist from Watts, who threw the ball back in as it was on its way out of bounds.
ST. MARYS â€“ You may not always see them in action, but the members of Elkland Search and Rescue provide vital emergency services in Elk and neighboring counties and across the state.
"We actually are the only Pennsylvania-certified search and rescue team in northwestern Pennsylvania," said Matt Young, current president and deputy chief of Elkland Search and Rescue. "We essentially have from where we are all the way over to Ohio and from Interstate 80 all the way up to New York, is pretty much our coverage area."
BROOKVILLE â€” Convicted murderer Steven P. Rebert, who was found guilty of two counts of criminal homicide following his jury trial in January, has filed post-trial motions for acquittal or a new trial.
On Jan. 24, the jury found Rebert, formerly of Emporium, guilty of double homicide in the shooting deaths of Victoria Lynn and Wayne Shugar, both 61, whose bodies were found April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ About 25 concerned Johnsonburg Area School District teachers attended Thursday night's board of education meeting asking the district to conclude a bargaining process that first began in January of 2010.
Teachers Lisa Gustafson and Jesse Schreiber, both proud members of the Johsonburg Area Education Association [JAEA], made statements prior to the regular meeting.
Ridgway girls basketball billed Senior Night as "Nicole Night" for the Lady Elkers' lone senior, Nicole Breier.
Breier had a career night and a victory to remember her night by.
Breier finished with 27 points as Ridgway won its first game of the season, 57-17 over Harmony.
"It was nice to win," Breier said. "It was my highest scoring game ever, that was exciting. I wasn't expecting it. I thought it would be a good game but I wasn't expecting us to win by that much."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg Area School District Superintendent Dennis Crotzer reported receiving a letter of accommodation from the Pa. Secretary of Education Ronald J. Tomalis during Thursday night's regular board of education meeting.
In the letter, Tomalis congratulated the district for the accomplishment shown by the audit of operations for fiscal years ending June 30, 2008 and 2007.
Crotzer took time in his monthly report to read aloud from the letter issued by the Department of the Auditor General.
U.S. Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson, R-Howard, recently outlined his legislative priorities for 2012 as the 112th Congress.
â€œWe start 2012 with momentum.Â On Dec. 31, 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill I introduced this year, the 'Service Members Telemedicine and E-Health Portability Act,' or 'STEP Act,' which will expand mental and health care access to our nationâ€™s service members," Thompson said.
ST. MARYS â€“ My reflections of Joe Paterno go back to Sept. 26, 1978, when I attended a luncheon in State College at Gatsby's Restaurant. Joe Paterno was in attendance; President Gerald Ford; George H.W. Bush was the national Republican chairman; Governor Dick Thornburgh; Lt. Gov. Bill Scranton; Congressman Bill Clinger were all in attendance at the luncheon. Speakers for this luncheon were President Ford, Congressman Clinger and Joe Paterno.