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
Coming off of a district semifinal appearance in Class AA last season, the Ridgway Lady Elker girls soccer team comes back with optimism for the 2011 season.
â€śWe have a total of 22 girls this year which is about the same as last year,â€ť Ridgway coach Greg Maddalena said. â€śGood numbers, very good numbers for the co-op. This year, I got five girls from Johnsonburg. Itâ€™s really working out, Iâ€™m really loving the co-op, both schools are great to work with. I really think weâ€™re going to make it back to where we were last year.â€ť
With 26 golfers on the roster, the Ridgway golf team is already having a banner year in terms of participation.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Looking to improve on a 6-7 mark from last season, the Johnsonburg girls varsity tennis team will have "new faces in new places" this year but also a picture of consistency in lone senior Taylor Scida.
"She is, in my opinion, the best single player in Class A, the No. 1 player on our roster, and she has to go out and prove that she's the best, not just to everyone else but to herself as well," said fifth-year head coach Gregg Dauber. "I know she can do it, she just has to be mentally strong-- she really has every part of the game except for the mental part.