Caldwell represents Pennsylvania at National 4-H Dairy Conference

by Laura Monico, social media editor


Saegertown senior Erika Caldwell traveled to Madison, Wisconsin Sept. 30 through Oct. 5 as one of six Pennsylvania representatives to the National 4-H Dairy Conference.

Caldwell was nominated this past summer by her 4-H leaders, Alexis and Brooke Caldwell, to apply for the opportunity. After applying, Caldwell received a phone call from the Penn State Extension Office for an interview.  Following the interview, Caldwell was selected as one of six from Pa., and one of over 200 from across the United States and Canada to travel to Wisconsin for the event.

The National 4-H Dairy Conference is an organization that was created to allow leading dairy 4-H individuals to come together, build relationships, and grow their knowledge of the industry. The event is held at the University of Wisconsin College of Ag and Life Sciences.

At the conference, Caldwell attended multiple seminars which covered the topics of proper calf feeding and precision dairy monitoring. She also participated in a lactation lab and the dissection of an udder. The group toured local dairy destinations including Hoard’s Dairymen, ABS Global, Dairy Shrine Museum, and Crave Brothers Farms.

Taking place at the same time as the conference was the World Dairy Expo, a five day event that showcases the best cattle from across the country and displays the latest technology in the industry. “My favorite part was watching the World Dairy expo. Everyone there was really nice and friendly, and they are all passionate about the Dairy industry,” Caldwell said.

Caldwell currently lives on her family’s second generation dairy farm: “Lu-JaDo Farm.”  Although Caldwell does not plan to live on a dairy farm in her future, she enjoyed her experience. “Yes, I loved it there. I did not want to come back although I missed my cows,” Caldwell said. “It made me realize how much the dairy industry is hurting. I feel that farmers do not get enough credit for what they do. They deserve more.”

Panthers golf team come up short at D10, Peters and Phelan advance to regionals

by Nick Archacki, staff writer

GOLF2GOLF1The Panthers golf team came up short at the District 10 Team Championships last Friday at The Country Club of Meadville, losing to North East by 11 strokes (324-335). Even after the loss, Coach Brian Hanley was still very proud of his team for making it this far once again. “We weren’t the favorites this year.  I’m happy with the results. Obviously, you always want to win and you always have expectations. But I know we lost to a really good team in North East,”  Hanley said in a recent interview with the Meadville Tribune.

The Panthers won another Region 4 championship this year making it six straight titles, a new school record. Although the team’s season is over, a duo of Panther golfers aren’t finished yet, as they still have a chance to qualify for the PIAA State Individual Championships in York on Oct. 23-24 after their impressive performances last weekend at the District 10 Individual Championships.

Senior Ryan Peters and junior Will Phelan have qualified for the Western Regional Individual Championships, which is currently underway, today at Tom’s Run Golf Resort in Blairsville. Peters clinched his first ever District 10 Individual title at The Country Club last weekend shooting scores of 73-77 to take the title by two strokes. Phelan qualified for his first time by placing seventh, shooting scores of 82-82. “It’s pretty cool that I won, especially after playing poorly there the last few years. I was also really happy that Will moved on to Regionals this year,” Peters said. If one of our Panthers win the state title, it would be the first time ever in school history for golf.

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Lady Devils shoot for soccer playoffs

by Cami Reynolds, Sports Editor

devils soccerDespite only having 15 players, the Cambridge Springs lady’s soccer team is racking up points this season with a 3-3 Region 3 record. The girls are hard at work this season competing against all teams, working their way to playoffs. “This season is good so far. It’s going better than I had predicted,” said junior striker Brenna Repko.

Gaby Chaffee, the backup goalie, had to step in when the Devils’ goalie, Casey Collier suffered an injury early in the season diving for a ball within the last six seconds in the kickoff game against CASH.

The team’s toughest competitions this season have been against Maplewood and Iroquois, and the team defeated Maplewood, but lost to Iroquois 3-0. “My favorite memory is when I scored the game winning goal in double overtime against Maplewood,” said Repko.

The playoffs will begin a week after region play is finished, but the date is TBA.

“Our goal is to win a playoff game and win the last few games we have left. We are trying our hardest to grow and succeed, but if we don’t win any playoff games, we will still be proud of overcoming the obstacles we have faced together,” said junior Sheena Byham.

The Lady Blue Devils’ next game is Saturday, Oct. 14 at Girard at 1 p.m.

DeVore to compete at states in Harrisburg

by Autumn Jones, marketing director

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Michaila DeVore and her miniature horse, Buster, take first in Mini-In-Hand Trail during 4-H Round-Up.

Senior Michaila DeVore will be making the long journey with her two horses, Winsome The VZ Way and Buster to compete in three classes at the state 4-H horse show.  The state show takes place at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on the weekend of October 27-29. 4-H members from all around the state qualified through their county round-up and their district show over the summer to make it to this caliber of show.

DeVore competes on her seven year old gelding, Winsome The VZ Way a.k.a. Vinnie in Hunt Seat and English Pleasure. She will be showing at states in Hunter Under Saddle, a class where the horse is judged on how long and low their strides are as well as how well trained they are, and Showmanship, a class where the horse and rider are judged on how well they complete a specific pattern from the ground.

She will also be competing in Mini-In-Hand Trail with her miniature horse, Buster. Mini-In-Hand Trail is a class which is judged based on an obstacle course. The course must be completed by the horse only, as the handler stands outside of each obstacle.

DeVore said, “I am excited about states because I got a new trainer and I’ve learned a lot more.” She also believes she has a better chance of placing in the top five as she has come close in the past, bringing home one sixth and two eighths.

Junior high students take on the new school year

by Dayna Woodruff, staff writer


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Seventh graders Savanna Manross, Kylie Beck, Trinity Umland, and eighth grader Brittany Houck (left to right) have settled in to the new year.

School is back in session, and the junior high students are loving the change. The transition from the elementary school to the junior high is challenging, but the new seventh graders are handling it well. Most kids like the freedom  they have now. Seventh graders Trinity Umland and Kylie Beck say that their favorite part of school is sitting with their friends at lunch, and having the opportunity to eat lunch outside.

As for classes, both Beck and fellow seventh grader Savanna Manross love English class. Beck said, “Mr. Wise is such a funny person, and I love to be around him.” Umland prefers music. “Mrs. James always seems to make the boring things more fun,” she said.  Eighth grader Brittany Houck said, “The teachers are more comfortable talking to us,” due to some teachers having the eighth graders in class last year.

The junior high is also gearing up for the homecoming dance, which seems to be a big event for the seventh graders. Beck said, “I’m really looking forward to homecoming and how fun it will be.” Umland is excited about the homecoming dance and the snowball dance that will take place in the winter.

Although the work and responsibility can get tough, the students seem to be loving the new school year so far.