ST. MARYS â The Johnsonburg Ramettes handed the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch basketball team a 41-35 non-league loss last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven in the opening game of the 2011-12 season for both squads.
This was the first game in four years that the Lady Dutch have played without the schoolâs all-time scorer, Kayla Hoohuli, now a member of the Canisius College Golden Griffs basketball team.
Last nightâs game was a close contest for 32 minutes as neither team was able to get a run. The Ramettes led 11-10 after one period, 20-18 at the half and 28-27 at the end of three quarters.
JOHNSONBURG â The Johnsonburg wrestling team is looking to the upcoming season with optimism with a mix of new and returning wrestlers.
âWe should be a competitive young team,â Johnsonburg coach Mike Votano said. âWe have three kids that have wrestled previously who havenât wrestled in the past couple years but theyâre back out on the team.â
Zebb Zilcosky will be wrestling at 126 pounds and Votano said he has high expectations for him along with Cory Schneider at 138 pounds.
Ridgway gymnastics will field a smaller amount of roster members this season and will have a solid core of seniors this season.
âWe have a smaller team, we have 11 this year and five are seniors,â Ridgway coach Edna Maddalena said. âThis is probably the best mesh, the best group of girls with us getting along and helping each other in the gym that weâve had.â
SHIPPENVILLE â Five players who were first team All American Awards & Engraving D9Sports.com All-District selections a year ago headline the 2011-2012 All American Awards & Engraving D9Sports.com Preseason All-District boysâ and girlsâ basketball teams.
Boys' Pre-Season All-District 9 Team
JOHNSONBURG â Johnsonburg football honored the varsity and junior high football teams during a banquet Sunday afternoon at Johnsonburg Area High School.
Varsity head coach Jesse Schreiber expressed his apprecation to the administration for giving him the chance to coach the players and the gridiron boosters for their help. He also acknowledged the junior high coaches for their work in restarting that program.
The Ridgway football team celebrated its season with a banquet Friday night at Laurel Mill Golf Club.
The team finished with a 6-4 record this season.
âThis season started as a season of âWhat ifsâ and ended in a season of prominence,â Ridgway varsity football head coach Mark Heindl said. âWe started at Edinboro where we implemented a new offense, the Wing-T. By the end of the weekend, you saw the results as the season went on. From the second half on, you saw what these kids did. We never looked back.
LAWRENCE TWP. âÂ Numbers were down at the Lawrence Township Fire Hall bear check station this weekend compared to in past years when the check station was operated at S.B. Elliott State Park. The check station was relocated to the fire hall, which is located in Clearfield County, this year. In 2010, a total of 101 bears were processed at the station after being harvested on opening day; however, this year only 64 bears were brought to the site on Saturday, followed by three more on Sunday.
The Ridgway Lady Elker volleyball team celebrated its 2011 season with a banquet Thursday night at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
Varsity head coach Janet Redmond welcomed everyone and expressed appreciation to the coaching staff which consists of Kayleen Ford, Chris Woodford and Dan Healy, a newcomer to the staff this season. She also recognized the booster club with the members being Woodford, Mike and Carol Ames and Keith and Debbie Oknefski along with parents who helped at the concession stand.
JOHNSONBURG â Teammates, family, friends and coaches gathered Thursday for a banquet to close out the Johnsonburg Ramettes' 2011 volleyball season.
"When we started the season, I really wasn't sure how we were going to end up," said Johnsonburg head girls varsity volleyball coach Bill Shuey said. "I didn't know what our record would be and after the Union tournament and a slow start, we did end up playing some volleyball later in the day and we actually took second to Elk County Catholic."