Reisinger travels to national 4-H Avian Bowl

by Morgan Radwick, staff writer

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Saegertown students competing at the Avian Bowl.

Sophomore Kimmy Reisinger knows more poultry trivia than the average person, and she recently attended the National 4-H Avian Bowl held in Louisville, Kentucky. The contest challenges its participants’ knowledge on poultry. Contestants are given a manual to study over the summer before the competition and are tested on the content. In addition, each contestant receives a day old chick that they raise and take to the competition.

Reisinger qualified for Nationals this year after she and her team, which includes Heidi Wentz from Maplewood and John Reinman from Cochranton, took first place in the competition last year which was held at Penn State University Park. The national competition was held this year from Nov. 14-17.

“I like everything about it,” Reisinger said. Her favorite part is raising the chick she was given and learning anything and everything she can about the small hen.

The qualifying contest is comprised of twenty-five questions including short answer multiple choice, and spelling questions.  

Reisinger’s competition took place on Thursday, Nov. 16. She and her team also toured the Louisville Slugger bat factory and Churchill Downs on Wednesday. ”It was very stressful, but after my first round I relaxed and just had fun,” Reisinger said. “We were first up which was very scary.” Despite being nervous, Reisinger and her team came in fifth out of 13 teams.      

Concluding the competition, Reisinger said, “The day of showmanship is stressful, but it’s worth it in the end.”

Shelenberger inducted into Erie Jr. Philharmonic

By Hannah Myers, photo editor

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Sam Shelenberger

Each and every one of us has a passion; for sophomore Sam Shelenberger, his passion is music. On September 11, Shelenberger was accepted into The Erie Jr. Philharmonic, as a trombone player.

The Erie Jr. Philharmonic is a performing ensemble for students in fifth through twelfth grades who excel in instrumental performance. The ensemble was started in 1953 by Music Director James Sample and President William Schuster. The group is currently celebrating its sixty fourth anniversary.

“I felt like it would give me an excellent opportunity to grow as a musician. It certainly has done that, and we’re only halfway through the season,” Shelenberger said. He has already had two performances with the group, including a combined side-by-side concert with the Erie Philharmonic on Nov. 1.

Shelenberger plays in both the orchestra, where he is on the trombone two part and in the brass ensemble. “I was told by Jesse Stewart to do it, so I auditioned and got in.” SInce Stewart graduated last year, Shelenberger is currently the only student from Saegertown to play in the Jr. Phil.

The group practices at General McLane and performs at Cole Auditorium in Edinboro. His upcoming concerts are the Winter Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Cole Auditorium (general admission $5), and the Winter Ensemble Concert at Blasco Library in Erie on Thursday Dec. 7 at 7:00 p.m. which is free to the public.

With two concerts next week, Shelenberger is ready. “I am kind of nervous, but I think we will pull it off.”

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

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