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.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg wrestling enters this season with nine varsity wrestlers and a focus on winning more duals.
â€śAs a team, our goal is to win half of our dual matches,â€ť Johnsonburg coach Mike Votano said. â€śLast year, we won two matches. I believe we have a few more numbers this year if we can stay healthy. Looking at other teamâ€™s lineups, thereâ€™s a chance we could win half of our dual matches, we set that as our team goal.â€ť
Johnsonburg starts with nine on the varsity level.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ With a 2-7 season in the rear view mirror and the Johnsonburg varsity football program in serious jeopardy due to lack of player turnout and graduation, the current coaching staff paused Sunday for a season-ending banquet and paid tribute to the team's playmakers.
"Our seniors worked extremely hard in the summer and they were the heart and soul of this program," said Johnsonburg varsity football coach Jesse Schreiber. "They really wanted it and I was glad to be able to coach them."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg football program celebrated the 2012 football season Sunday afternoon with a banquet and awards ceremony at the high school.
Johnsonburg varsity football coach Jesse Schreiber, who earlier this year earned his first varsity victory and followed it with a 13-12 win over rival Ridgway later in the season, paid tribute to his coaching staff, players, and several individuals working behind the scenes.
A year ago, Ridgway Area High School junior Angela DeAngelo took part in the school's powder puff game.
It piqued her interest for kicking with the varsity team and DeAngelo just completed her first season as the extra point kicker for the Ridgway Elkers.
Ridgway football was honored with a banquet Friday night at The Royal Inn.
Assistant coach Rick Viglione awarded the scholar-athlete award to Ridgway senior Joe Jaques.
Chet Gardner also honored the four seniors that have been with the Ridgway football program since they were nine years old and playing with the Rockets. Those four are Cortland Smith, Zac McKnight, Brett Himes and Logan Wickett.
BRADFORD â€“Â Port Allegany quarterback Matt Bodamer put on an impressive show Friday night as he rushed for 122 yards and threw for 309, leading the top-seeded and undefeated Gators to a 48-7 rout of the Elk County Catholic Crusaders in a District 9 semi-final contest at Parkway Field in Bradford.
The Gators led all the way, racking up a 21-0 lead before the Crusaders were able to score their lone touchdown midway through the second quarter. Port responded with 27 unanswered points in the second half to come away with the victory.
According to Elk County Catholic High School Athletic Director Aaron Straub, 237 students at the high school and middle school levels participated in the fall 2012 season for ECCHS athletics. He added that about 57 coaches worked with those athletes for to prepare them for around 200 athletic contests held from August through November. Two of the school's fall sports teams-- varsity football and cheerleading-- are still competing and have not yet wrapped up their seasons.
Ridgway boys golf head coach Dave Zawatski recently recapped the team's season at Ridgway's annual banquet.
Ridgway had a number of accomplishments this season. The team was 13-1, won the AML [Allegheny Mountain League] championship and won the Elk County Golf Tournament for the first time.