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.

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.”

 

Peters brings home PIAA State medal

by Nick Archacki, staff writer

GOLF1On Oct. 23 and 24, senior Ryan Peters and junior Will Phelan competed at the PIAA State Individual Golf Championships at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York, Pa.. In the event, the Panther duo came up short of the state title. Peters tied for ninth place, shooting a two-day total of 156. He finished nine strokes behind the winner, and Phelan tied for twenty-eighth place with a two-day total of 169.

Their journey to states started at the District 10 Individual Championships on Oct. 7-8 at Meadville Country Club as four Panthers had qualified for the event. The golfers were Peters, senior Michael Costello, Phelan, and sophomore Nick Archacki. Costello and Archacki did not qualify for states. Peters carded a score of 73 and Phelan came in with an 82, advancing them to the next day of competition.

Peters and Phelan were in comfortable position to advance to Regionals after their first day totals. Surprisingly though, Coach Brian Hanley witnessed something that was very special and unexpected in his words, as Peters was on a charge to win his first District 10 title. “He wanted to win. I could tell,” said Hanley in an interview with The Meadville Tribune. “The demeanor that I saw in him today was something I haven’t seen in him for four years (coaching the team). I saw him throw his tee into the weeds at one point. That’s not typical for him at all.”

Peters snatched the D10 Individual title away from North East’s Alec Hite by two strokes with a two-day total of 150 (73-77). As for Phelan, he shot back-to-back 82s, placing seventh in the tournament to move onto Regionals with his fellow Panther teammate.

On Oct. 16, the Panthers competed in the PIAA Western Regionals Championships at Tom’s Run Golf Resort in Blairsville. Peters was brilliant in his round, shooting a 75, placing second in the event that would be the final step in advancing to states. For Phelan, he got much more than what he bargained for. The junior was the final cut number tied for third place with an 85. Then he had to compete in a four hole playoff frenzy to win his spot for states. Phelan did not disappoint when he needed it most as he advanced to the state finals for his first time by winning the playoff. “I was extremely excited for Will when he won the playoff,” said Hanley. Seniors Peters and Michael Costello said that they’ve never seen Coach Hanley so fired up before in their lives as when Will won his spot for states.

On Oct. 23-24, Peters and Phelan were once again at a familiar golf course to compete for a state title at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort where they competed in 2015-16’ at the PIAA State Team Championships. Peters shot a total of 156 (76-80) placing in ninth and Phelan shot a total of 169 (85-84) placing in twenty-eighth. Disappointed with his finishing holes in his final round, Peters was still impressed with how he did as he won his second straight state individual medal, placing eighth and ninth in back-to-back years. “I’m a little disappointed because I wanted to improve from last year’s eighth place finish. It’s still pretty cool to get a medal, and I will definitely look back on this as a learning experience,” said Peters. Coach Hanley said, “I was really pleased with Will finishing tied for twenty-eighth at states. Ryan finished ninth, which is awesome, but I knew he wanted to win it because he has worked so hard as a player, so I felt bad for him.”

Saegertown sends two runners to States: McClymonds and Mondi headed to Hershey

by Braeden Kantz, sports editor

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Beka McClymonds and Maddie Mondi were honored at a state send-off celebration on Thursday afternoon. The pair will run in Hershey on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Senior Beka McClymonds and sophomore Madison Mondi qualified for the PIAA state cross country meet after placing in the top tier of single A runners in District 10. McClymonds placed ninth of 119 runners with a time of 20:41, and Mondi placed twelfth with a time of 21:05 at the District 10 Championship on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Buhl Park in Sharon. “Maddie and Beka out performed themselves in the District competition,” said head coach Bill Hetrick.

The ladies were honored with a school-wide send off on Thursday afternoon. As “Don’t Stop Believin’” played over the speakers, they took a victory lap around the halls and received lots of high fives and well wishes from the Saegertown community. They leave for Hershey with their coach tomorrow morning, and their race will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at the course, which is located near the Giant Center in Hershey.

Coach Hetrick is excited for the ladies. “They made it to states. We already got the cake, now we’re just trying to get the icing.” McClymonds, who placed fifty-ninth at states in her freshman year, said, “I feel good about my placement at Districts, and I am going to treat this like any other race.” First time state qualifier Mondi said, “My goal is top fifty, and I think I can get there.” You can follow all the action on Twitter @PantherPressSHS.

Junior high boys XC claims Region 3 Championship

by Cami Reynolds, sports editor

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Junior high boys captured the Region 3 title on Oct. 21. 

The Saegertown junior high boys cross country team kept up the pace to win the Championship at the Region 3 invite at Maplewood on Oct. 21.

Sam Hetrick placed first, running a time of 10:17. Landon Caldwell trailed behind him getting third. Ryland Lutz placed eighth, Conrad Williams placed eleventh, and Ed Hazelett placed twenty-third. When asked about the junior high season overall, coach William Hetrick said, “The team exceeded my expectations. Our top group of runners were exceptional.”

Throughout the season, the Panthers have been training to increase their speed and improve their form. “We’ve all improved this season we all peaked at the same time,” said runner Landon Caldwell.

The team competed in the Junior High District Invitational at Union City High School on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Sam Hetrick placed second overall with a 9:46 time, and the team placed sixth out of 22 teams. “Teamwork makes the dream work,” runner Conrad Williams said.

Saegertown teacher first woman to complete Great Lakes Marathon Series

By Kassie Boyd and Braeden Kantz, news editor and sports editor

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Mrs. Heather Patton has collected medals from all 25 of the marathons she completed for the Great Lakes Marathon Series. She is the first female to finish the series.

Saegertown High School alumni and teacher Heather Patton developed an affinity for running after falling from her horse at the age of eight.

“I think I originally started running when I fell off a horse and refused to get back on,” Patton said. “I decided I wanted to go along with my mom horseback riding, and so I’d run along beside her.”

From there, her love for running only flourished.  Patton started running competitively as a member of the cross country team at Saegertown High School. During her senior year, she was selected as the female representative for Pennsylvania to the USA Track and Field Team through the World Sports Exchange. In July of 2000 she sold her horse to support her trip to Sydney, Australia, where she participated in the Sun Herald City to Surf road race. She then continued her running career at Seton Hill University from 2001-2004.

She eventually turned to marathon running. And it was in this sport that Patton would become a trailblazer.

On October 15, Patton became the first woman to complete the roughly 629-mile Great Lakes Marathon Series, which she started in November 2013. The GLMS manually records each runner’s time and was recently able to verify Patton’s accomplishment. “She’s our first female finisher, and we are very proud,” said Tara Sieve, director of the GLMS.

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Patton finished the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon in May with a lap around Lambeau Field.

The Great Lakes Marathon Series is a chain of 25 marathons along the five Great Lakes. Partnered with the Alliance for the Great Lakes, it invites runners to appreciate the individuality of each race, while raising awareness for the protection and conservation of the environment.

In May of 2013, after Patton ran the Buffalo Marathon, her husband Dan Patton

introduced the Great Lakes Marathon series. “I really never gave it any thought,” Heather said. “It basically went in one ear and right out the other.”

Five months later, while on the Erie Marathon website, she saw information about the GLMS. This time her interest piqued. She signed up for the series on Oct. 12, 2013 at 9:27 p.m.

Patton started the series on Nov. 3, 2013 at the Hamilton Marathon in Ontario. She planned to ease through the competition running two or three marathons a year, but soon escalated to six or seven. “She always has been very competitive,” Dan Patton said. “That’s just how she is.” She finished with a time of 3:44:25 in the Hamilton Marathon. Her personal best time at that point was 3:44:14 at the Erie Marathon at Presque Isle in 2009. “When I crossed the finish line, I stopped my watch and was happy but a bit disappointed,” Patton said. She did eventually set a new personal record of 3:39:59 at the Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon.

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Heather Patton, along with her husband Dan and her parents Cheryl and Kenny Eckart, appeared at a press conference with the staff of The Panther Press on Tuesday, Oct. 24. 

The Saegertown graduate faced many challenges throughout the series. Blisters, stress fractures, jetlag and a nasty case of plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the connective tissue between the heel bone and the toes, hindered her journey. The 97 degree weather during the Oktoberfest Marathon in Michigan  proved difficult. She didn’t let that stop her. “I just kept thinking that I need to keep positive and keep thinking about the finish line. I didn’t travel this far not to finish,” Patton said.

Despite injuries and geographical complications, Patton went on to run two consecutive marathons in one weekend in Ashland, WI, and Detroit, MI to finish the series. That is an equivalent of 52.4 miles in a total of 48 hours. The race in Detroit was nearly cancelled due to bad weather. “I was watching the sky,” Patton said. “It was my anxiety of not being able to finish.”

The GLMS has taken her to eight states, and across the border to Canada. Her daughters Paige and Olivia, ages five and six, and husband have accompanied her to 14 of the GLMS marathons. “My husband and daughters are my main motivation,” Patton said. She noted that her favorite marathon was the Glass City in Toledo because she could see her family as they drove to cheer her on at several points during the race.

The first person to finish the series was Canadian Steve Wilkinson, who completed the series in two years, finishing ten marathons in the first year and 15 the next. Patton will receive an official jacket for completing the marathon series, and she still seems a bit surprised that it’s over. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but I’m still thinking about marathons.”

HOW SHE DID IT: Patton’s path to completion of the GLMS

  • 11/3/13 Hamilton Marathon Hamilton, ON
  • 4/27/14 Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon   Toledo, ON
  • 5/18/14 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon     Cleveland, OH
  • 7/12/14 Waugoshance Trail Marathon    Carp Lake, MI
  • 8/30/14 Marquette Marathon    Marquette, MI
  • 9/21/14 MVP Health Care Rochester Marathon   Rochester, NY
  • 10/12/14 Towpath Marathon    Cleveland, OH
  • 5/2/15 Wisconsin Marathon Kenosha, WI
  • 5/24/15 Buffalo Marathon Buffalo, NY
  • 6/27/15 Charlevoix Marathon Charlevoix, MI
  • 10/11/15 Chicago Marathon Chicago, IL
  • 10/25/15 Niagara Falls International Marathon Niagara Falls, ON
  • 5/1/16 Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon Toronto, ON
  • 6/18/16 Grandma’s Marathon Duluth, MN
  • 7/23/16 Grand Island Trail Marathon Munising, MI
  • 9/11/16 Erie Marathon at Presque Isle Erie, PA
  • 10/1/16 Sleeping Bear Marathon Empire, MI
  • 10/16/16 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Toronto, ON
  • 5/7/17 Mississauga Marathon   Mississauga, ON
  • 5/21/17 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon   Green Bay, WI
  • 6/24/17 Two Hearted Trail Marathon Paradise, MI
  • 9/10/17 Erie Marathon at Presque Isle   Erie, PA
  • 9/23/17 Oktoberfest Marathon    Spring Lake, MI

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For more information about the Great Lakes Marathon Series, visit their website.

(With additional reporting by sports editor Cami Reynolds and editor in chief Bailey Kozalla. This article appeared in The Meadville Tribune on Oct. 30. All photos contributed.)

 

 

 

Panther Marching Band: Music makes a comeback

by Hannah Myers, photo editor

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The Saegertown High School Marching Band performs during a recent football halftime show.

Although the Saegertown High School Marching band was dissolved in 2016, it has reemerged this season with a new band director and almost all new members.

“I saw it as a real opportunity to lay a foundation to rebuild the marching band, I also have a real passion for it,” said Jason Papinchak, the Saegertown band director.

This year’s show is titled “Wings” and consists of four themes; Ascension, dissension,  hope,  and rebirth, each of which is represented by a song: “KA Flight,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Journey of Man,” and “Firebird Finale.”

“I chose this show because it’s about rebirth, and this is the rebirth of the band. It also personally represents my faith,” Papinchak said.

The band is competing in class A this year in the Lakeshore Marching Band Association (LMBA). So far they have been to General McLane, McDowell, Bradford, Girard, and Harbor Creek. There are 20 members in the band including 12 winds, 4 percussion, 4 color guard, and several managers. 7 of the 12 members are first year marchers, and all of the percussion are brand new.

“I feel like the band has done well so far,” said drum major Sam Shelenberger. “I’m confident we’ll break 80 points like we planned.”

The band will perform in the LMBA Championships at Veterans Stadium on October 28, performing at 4:30 p.m.

Panthers plunge into playoffs tomorrow night

by Laura Monico, social media editor

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Members of the Girls Varsity Volleyball team competing in an intense match.

As the volleyball season comes to an end, the Lady Panthers have redeemed themselves after winning only three games in the 2016 season.  The girls finished Region 3 play with a record of 7-7 this year.

Halfway through the season, Coach Tim Houck had playoff aspirations for the team.  “If we beat the teams we should, we have a good chance at making it. After we make the playoffs, anything can happen,” Houck said.Senior middle and outside hitter Haley Hess also has her mind set on going far in the playoffs. “We need to come with our A game. We need to stick together and play as a team,” Hess said.

The ladies knew coming into this season that Cambridge, Maplewood, and Cochranton were going to be tough to beat, so they had their targets set on defeating Union City and Seneca. They knew wins against these two teams throughout the season would be crucial in achieving their goals. Although they fell to Seneca earlier this season, they redeemed themselves in a convincing series win against the Bobcats. The Panthers defeated Union City twice throughout the season.

The SHS student body has also been making an attempt to help the team in their playoff run. “Our volleyball team is amazing. They are athletic and talented. However, I feel like our superfanning section has no school spirit at times. If more people would stand and cheer it would be more beneficial to the team,” said senior superfan Colton Beck. Hess agrees that if the students who do attend the games would stand up and cheer, the ladies would reap the benefits.

The Panthers will be taking on the Iroquois Braves in the first round of playoffs. Junior setter and captain Carlie Schlosser said,  “We already swept them. We played fairly well but I think they were missing one of their main hitters.” Junior Mikayla Balog has high hopes for the team as well. “We plant to work hard and play well,” Balog said. 

The Lady Panthers will be in action tomorrow night, Oct. 26, at Saegertown High School at 7:30 p.m.