A quintet of Ridgway Elker golfers turned in a combined total of 189 strokes, believed to be a new school record as they toppled visiting St. Marys, who finished with 233 shots on Thursday at Laurel Mill Golf Course in Ridgway.
The Elkers were led by Josh Roselli, whose 2-under 34 earned him medalist honors on the day. He was closely contested by teammate Josh Mitchell who turned in an under-par performance with 35 strokes. Mitchell Gilmore followed with a 39, Jake Klawuhn with 40 strokes, and T.J. Schlimm got up and down for a 41 to round out the scoring.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg girls tennis lost 7-2 to Punxsutawney Thursday afternoon at Johnsonburg Area High School.
"A little disappointed. I thought the girls could have played better than they did, should have played better," Johnsonburg coach Gregg Dauber said. "We worked on everything we did wrong in practice. Some are picking it up, some are struggling."
At No. 1 singles, Riley Fannin of Johnsonburg lost 6-1, 6-3 to Sierra Wasicki. Josie Del Rio lost 6-1, 6-0 to Amber Wood in No. 2 singles. Andrea Allegretto lost 6-3, 6-1 to Lauren Wolfe of Punxsutawney at No. 3 singles.
Four close sets, one Lady Elker victory.
Ridgway volleyball rebounded after a first-set loss for a hard-fought 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-23, 28-26) victory over Punxsutawney Tuesday night at Ridgway Area High School in the Lady Elkersâ€™ season opener.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Looking to build momentum throughout the 2012 season, the Ramettes got off to a good start on the volleyball court with a 3-1 (25-9, 25-22, 15-25, 25-13) win Tuesday night in their home opener against visiting Sheffield.
â€śI think all our hitters did well and [senior] Sam Bevacqua served quite well,â€ť said Johnsonburg head varsity volleyball coach Bill Shuey following the win. â€śWe were also able to make some good sets out of bad passes. I guess itâ€™s a good start.â€ť
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Catholic Crusader football squad opened their season with a 33-6 victory over the Smethport Hubbers at Dutch Country Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
ECC jumped out to an early 12-0 lead with a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter. Smethport scored their only points in the second quarter while the Crusaders added another touchdown, making the score at halftime 18-6. Elk Catholic finished with another pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter for the 33-6 win.
DUKE CENTER â€“ Friday night was anything but a defensive struggle between Ridgway and Otto-Eldred.
For the Elkers, it turned out to be nothing but a victory over the Terror.
Ridgway was able to withstand a second-half surge from Otto-Eldred to take a 41-32 victory at Otto-Eldred High School in the season opener for both teams.
JOHNSONBURG â€“Â Port Allegany senior starting quarterback Matt Bodamer showed Friday night that he hasn't lost a step since last season as he threw for five touchdowns and ran for three more in a dominating 54-0 victory over host Johnsonburg.
Bodamer completed 17 passes on the night for 342 yards, including seven tosses to Tyce Miller, a senior standout wide receiver who finished with 190 yards through the air and three scores. Bodamer had 312 passing yards at halftime against the Rams' 18 yards of total offense at the break.
Kathryn Polaski will return to the Johnsonburg cross country team this season as its lone member at seasonâ€™s start.
Johnsonburg coach Eric Lowry is happy to be able to see Polaski run with Johnsonburg cross country.
â€śJust to be able to see her finish her career out will be good enough,â€ť Lowry said. â€śSheâ€™s doing fine, Iâ€™m just hoping to give her a chance to qualify and go to states these next two years, thatâ€™s really the big thing.â€ť
Lowry said Polaski has a chance to be a state qualifier this season if she can have a strong season.
After a 6-4 season in 2011, Ridgway football comes into the new season hopeful after losing 15 seniors to graduation last year.
To offset the loss of 15 seniors, Ridgway has 16 sophomores coming up to the team this year.
â€śItâ€™s a great group of kids and we lost a lot last year with our 15 seniors that we graduated,â€ť Ridgway coach Mark Heindl said. â€śWe definitely have a great group of sophomores coming up through the system. The future looks bright for the football program.â€ť
JOHNSONBURG â€“ After a winless 2011 season, second-year head coach Jesse Schreiber and the Johnsonburg Rams are looking to turn the page in what they hope will be a successful year on the football field.
The Rams came close last season; they nearly defeated Cameron County on the road but succumbed in overtime. At the end of the season, they found themselves in a tight game against Keystone but a second half letdown expunged the team to a winless season. Some forfeit losses also plagued the team.
But a year later and a year wiser, Schreiber said he looks to build on lessons learned.