Astros win World Series in a seven game thriller

by Nick Archacki, staff writer

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Sophomore Josh Weaver (left) and sophomore Brandon Gaus (right)

Recently, the MLB season came to an end with the Houston Astros securing their first ever world championship by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in a seven game series. The 113th World Series lasted from Oct. 24 to Nov. 1, ending with Astros reliever Charlie Morton pitching to Dodgers Corey Seager, who grounded out to shortstop José Altuve, who then threw to first baseman Yuli Gurriel to end the Astros 55-year drought without a championship with their game seven victory. “I wasn’t sure who would win, but I knew it would go to game seven. I had a feeling that the Astros would win it all,” sophomore Josh Weaver said. “I believed that the Astros were going to win the World Series this year from the beginning because of the depth of their starting pitching and young talent that they had in their lineup,“ sophomore Brandon Gaus said.  

Games one and two of the World Series were hosted at Dodgers Stadium for the first time since L.A. won the 1988 World Series. The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the series by beating the Astros 3-1. The temperature at the start of the game was 103°F, which made game one the hottest World Series game ever recorded. Game two of the World Series led to a 1-1 tie in the series as the Astros won the game 7-6 with World Series MVP George Springer driving the winning run in at the top of the tenth inning. Games three, four, and five were hosted at Minute Maid Stadium in Houston with the Astros taking a 2-1 lead in the series by winning game three, 5-3. The series was tied once again at 2-2 after game four with the Dodgers 6-2 victory over the Astros.

Game five of the World Series was by far the most significant. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Astros Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run homer  L.A’s Clayton Kershaw to tie the game 4-4. “Gurriel’s home run in the fourth was when I realized game five was definitely something special,” said sophomore Brandon Gaus. “I got goosebumps when he hit that home run and tying the game right there made it one of the best moments in the playoffs this year.” In the top of the fifth, L.A.’s Cody Bellinger hit a three run homer to give L.A. a 7-4 lead, but the Astros came right back to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth, 7-7, as AL Player of the Year José Altuve hit another three run blast to the center field seats. In the bottom of the seventh, the Astros gained four more runs on L.A. with the help of a two run homer from Carlos Correa and a solo blast from George Springer, expanding Houston’s lead to 11-8. In the top of the ninth inning the Dodgers came right back to tie the game 12-12, but in the bottom of the tenth inning the Astros finally won the monumental game with a walk off RBI from Alex Bregman winning game five, 13-12.

Games six and seven were back in L.A. to finish the homestretch of the series, and L.A. tied the series once again at 3-3 with a 3-1 victory over the Astros in game six. Finally, game seven arrived with one of the teams going home with their first or their seventh world championship. The Astros quickly put up five runs on the board in the first two innings with three RBIs and a two run homer once again by George Springer. Although the Astros didn’t score the rest of the game, it was enough to claim their first ever World Series crown by beating the Dodgers, 5-1. “I enjoyed watching the series this year,” said Gaus. “I thought it was one of the better ones in the last few years.” One week later, the Houston Astros were world champions, bringing a title back home to a city that is still healing from the tragic Hurricane Harvey in August which caused fatal flooding and millions of dollars in damage. With the celebration parade in Houston, there wasa light shining bright for the city that needed hope, and that was the 2017 World Series trophy. “I was excited that they won. Game seven was a good way to end it with pitching by both teams, baseball needed it,” said sophomore Josh Weaver.

Predictions for next year’s World Series?

Gaus: Yankees and Nationals

Weaver: Yankees and Dodgers

Archacki: Boston and Dodgers

Follow the Panther Press on Twitter @PantherPressSHS for coverage of next year’s World Series.

Career Search: The road to operating an equine facility

by Autumn Jones, marketing director

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Autumn Jones

The general public says that the little girl’s wish to have a pony is just a stage that will soon expire before she moves on to the next fad of her young mind. Many may find this theory to be true, but when you’re the young girl who grew up surrounded by ponies, it’s no longer a stage.

As a child, I was constantly watching my parents work together to train the unruly horses which would be sent to our barn for a 30 day training session. As I grew older and situations began to change, I became the one who would help my father train these horses which would come in for a multitude of reasons and at many different ages and training levels.

This experience training horses with my father further fueled my passion to make a career in the horse industry and led me to the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio.

After visiting the campus and barns in the spring of my sophomore year, I was in love. My plan was to attend the school as a double major in Equine Business Management and Equine Western Studies. After much thought, I decided that I didn’t want to spend $50,000 a year on schooling and have to drive five hours to get there.

I began looking into other schools and talking to many people. All applications of business stem from a regular business management degree. This degree would give me many job openings as well as teach me how to properly operate a successful business, which I could apply while operating my equine facility. There is also a predicted increase in the business management jobs of 151,100 from 2014-2024 according to the U.S. Bureau and Labor Statistics, as well as a median annual wage of $99,310 in May 2016.

As of right now, I have not applied to any colleges. Over the winter months, I plan to tour colleges on a more local level such as Slippery Rock, Edinboro, and Clarion, which all have equestrian teams. The local aspect would allow me to get a head start on my business at home while I am still in school.

If you have any questions about the business management field or equine businesses, please feel free to email me at autjones@psdmail.org.

 

Saegertown ladies attend All American Quarter Horse Congress

by Kassie Boyd, news editor

 

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Autumn Jones and Mighty Mouth with her brother, SHS alumni Ty Jones.

Saegertown seniors Hunter Trzeciak and Autumn Jones attended the All American Quarter Horse Congress in late October. Congress is the largest single breed horse show in the world, held each year in Columbus, Ohio. According to the American Quarter Horse Congress website, over $3 million dollars are given in cash and prizes, and Congress generates $285 million for the central Ohio economy.

Senior Hunter Trzeciak competed on Oct. 20-22 and 25. She and her horse Countin Downthehours, or “Cody the Wonder Pony” were finalists in the novice youth hunter under saddle, the NYATT hunter under saddle, and the 15-18 hunter under saddle classes. Trzeciak was also in the top 35 of 150 in the 15-18 hunter under saddle. This was Treziciak’s fourth consecutive year showing at Congress. “My mom always talked about it, and when I started showing it was always one of my goals to show there,” Trzeciak said. “My first time showing there was in 2014, and I’ve shown there every year since.”

Senior Autumn Jones and her horse Mighty Mouth, or “Mouthy,” competed on Oct. 26 and 27. She took 18 of 74 in the pole bending segment of the 14-18 youth pole bending and barrel racing classes, and she also took part in the senior pole bending and barrel racing class. “I’ve been competing pretty much since I could get on a horse,” Jones said, “We’ve been going to shop since I was six or seven, and it usually falls on 4H states, but I decided to go this year.”

Both girls plan to continue riding and competing in the future. “As of right now I am taking a break until further notice. I may show a few times before I go to college but that’s it,” Trzeciak said. “I am planning to get back into showing full time once I finish college and am able to buy my own horse.” Jones plans to find a career training and boarding horses.

“The best thing about showing is going into the pen and having everyone’s eyes on you, and being able to show everyone what you have worked so hard for all year,” said Trzeciak.

Mulligan brings home belt from Super 32 Challenge tournament

by Laura Monico, social media editor

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Cody Mulligan with his father and coach Jim Mulligan.

Senior Cody Mulligan was in Greensboro, North Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 29 wrestling in the 182 lbs. finals of the Super 32 Challenge tournament which is accredited as the best preseason tournament in the entire country according to flowrestling.com. Mulligan has been reaching for a Super 32 title since last year’s loss in the elimination round.  “I really wanted to win the Super 32 because not being able to compete my sophomore year made me want to win it as a senior even more,” Mulligan said.  

The tournament began on Saturday Oct. 28. Mulligan started the day with by fall. He then moved on to win in the second preliminary round, 3-0. To end the day, Mulligan had another fall, securing a spot in the quarterfinals the following morning. He knew he needed to stay focused for day two of competition. “I wrestled my match. I didn’t worry about what the other guy was doing. I wrestled my pace and dictated the guys,” said Mulligan.

On Sunday morning Mulligan came gunning for his quarterfinals opponent winning the match with a score of 10-2.  At this point Mulligan’s bracket was narrowed down to the four best wrestlers at his weight. Many would be concerned with their upcoming opponents knowing they were only going to get better, but not Mulligan. He had his eye on the prize and was not letting anything get in his way. “I didn’t really pay attention. I didn’t look at my bracket the whole time.”  He was again victorious in his semi-finals bout winning 4-0.  He then went on to win in the finals 4-3 against Josh Stillings who placed second at the PIAA class AAA State Championship tournament last year. “They set up a big stage, and I let the nerves get to me a little bit, but it felt pretty good. I think I wrestled decent throughout the tournament. It was a pretty big accomplishment,” Mulligan said.

Mulligan’s senior and final high school wrestling season will begin shortly, and he is looking forward to it. “The team should be pretty good this year. We are getting a lot of guys to come out.”  After winning this tournament and being ranked third in the nation at 195 lbs. by flowrestling.com, Mulligan feels good about the upcoming season as an individual as well. “It makes me feel good. I just need to keep improving.”

Following this season Mulligan will be attending Edinboro University to continue his academic and athletic career. He said his soon to be Edinboro coaches were pleased with his performance as well. “They all said all of my hard work is paying off, and they think their practices are improving my wrestling.”

 

K-9 unit visits Saegertown students

by Autumn Jones, marketing director

k9 2k9 1Saegertown’s eighth grade students received a visit from the Edinboro Police K-9 unit during eighth period, on Wednesday, November 1. The unit consists of a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois named Kenzo and his handler Officer Landon Silva. Officer Silva was asked to come in and teach the students about the consequences of drug and alcohol possession while relating it to the current lessons being taught in their health classes.

Kenzo has been training with the force since he was a puppy, learning Dutch commands as he was taught in his kennel in Europe during his very early stages before being purchased for $13,000. Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger donated $10,000 of the cost.

Kenzo assists Officer Silva in apprehending and tracking criminals as well as searching for drugs. Kenzo’s handler carries Narcan with him in case of any overdoses the dog may encounter when sniffing for drugs in a search. The Narcan would then be administered nasally and would reverse the effects of most drugs which might have been inhaled.

“I love the dog and learning about different penalties with drugs and alcohol,” said eighth grader Olivia Lallemand. The students seemed to be very interested in the subject, as they were asking questions about drugs, alcohol, and Kenzo’s role on the force.

Kamryn Fuller said, “It was good. We learned a lot about drugs and what they (the dogs) do for their job.”

Kenzo returns home every night with Officer Landon Silva where they share a pillow. Despite being a police dog, Kenzo lives a regular life of a dog while he is not on duty.

School board election today: PENNCREST filling six seats

 

by Erik Murphy, web site editor

penncrest logo.jpegUnbeknownst to many of the students in the PENNCREST School District, a hotly contested election among school board candidates is taking place today and could result in huge implications for students, faculty, and taxpayers alike.

Nine candidates are currently running for six positions on the school board. Mark Gerow, Gerry Deane, Timothy Brown, and Travis Porter are seeking reelection while Bob Johnston, Jeffrey Brooks, Staci Porter, Terrance Deane, and Robert Gullick are seeking their first term on the board.

Timothy Brown is a Crawford County native and is married to Saegertown Elementary teacher Mrs. Brown. He seeks to update the curriculum and manage the budget while acknowledging that “micromanaging every penny of the budget is almost impossible.” Bob Johnston served eight years on the board of the now closed French Creek Valley School Board. Despite its closure, he claims that they were able to work through the issues at the time.

Travis Porter is a Saegertown graduate and local business owner. His children attend Cambridge Springs. He intends to make changes in regards to the declining enrollment and spend more time breaking down the budget. His wife, Staci Porter is also seeking a position on the board. She has an accounting degree and is employed at two tax offices in Meadville. Notably, she said that she seeks to run the school board “like a business,” at the candidate forum on Oct. 25 at Saegertown, but she later said, “Kids are not dollar signs.”

Gerry Deane, current vice president of the school board, spent 38 years in Education and is concerned with the the lack of teamwork in the board and student preparation for the global economy. Her husband, Terrance Deane, worked in the district since 1983. He is well-known in the community as Saegertown’s former junior high basketball coach. Deane seeks to gain a better grasp on the concept if elected and will try to lower expenses if at all possible.

Robert Gullick spent 25 years in retail and 17 years as an elementary teacher until he retired last year. Gullick shares similar viewpoints with Mr. Deane and said that the board should discuss what fellow boards are doing right and follow in their footsteps. He related this concept to compromising among board members. Mark Gerow graduated from Cambridge Springs and, like Mrs. Porter, possesses a degree in accounting. He discussed what things used to be like in the district in regards to community boards, clubs, boosters, etc.

Navy veteran Jeffrey Brooks spent time as a student teacher and a social worker. He became more involved in the school board and parent committee after proposed cuts to school libraries were made. At the candidate forum, Brooks suggested that a functioning board will attract good superintendents.

Many have vocalized concerns involving incremental, year on year tax increases. Increases of $50-$60 per year have become commonplace in nearby school districts such as General McLane. Such increases have been cited as the way of the future for PENNCREST, for better or for worse. Moreover, some have criticized spending in PENNCREST. At the October 12 school board meeting, citizen Art Hoffman said the school board lacks a system of “checks and balances” and “is not a dictatorship.”

All nine candidates stated that they are opposed to consolidation of two or all three schools into a singular facility. However, Mr. Porter and Mr. Gerow discussed the fact that it may come to that if something isn’t done.

Regardless of who is elected, the new board could certainly bring about a huge change in direction for the future of the district.

Election results will be posted on Twitter @PantherPressSHS.