Bowlers fall one pin short at Ven-Craw Championship

By Garrett Johnston, Assistant Features Editor

The Saegertown Bowling team was tied with Cranberry after their championship match on Feb. 11. The two teams headed to sudden death. Saegertown came up short, losing 4-3 and finishing in second place, a repeat of last year’s finish, where they lost to Meadville. They went into the match ranked first while Cranberry was ranked second. They may have not improved their overall finish from last year, but it was still a successful season. “The season went really well. We were in first place by 16 points going into the last match,” said senior Tristan Higby. “I was really happy with the season I had this year, and I am going to miss this a lot.” In addition to Higby, senior CJ Mook also ended his high school career with this final match.

Mini-Panthers prepare for high school basketball

By Becca Siple, Assistant Sports Editor

Max Fuller going up for a layup in his recent game on Saturday against Maplewood. Photo contributed by Becca Siple.

Max Fuller going up for a layup in his recent game on Saturday against Maplewood. Photo contributed by Becca Siple.

A fifth and sixth grade boys basketball league was brought to Saegertown from Cambridge 16 years ago by  Dan Bidwell, who coached the program along with Tim Wilson and Bob Beatty. The men each had kids who participated, and as their children would enter the high school, the parents would stop coaching and leave it in the hands of another set of parents. Todd Siple and Jim Amy were the most recent coaches, and as of 2014, they left it in the hands of Brant Fuller and Kelsy Reisinger. The program aims to teach young kids the basic fundamentals of the game and prepare them for their high school career.

This year there are two fifth grade teams and one sixth grade team. Mr. Fuller and Ms. Reisinger have spent many hours preparing the boys for game time. Teams from Cambridge, Fort LeBouf, General Mclane, Union City, and Maplewood participate in the program. They play on Saturdays, and high school basketball players volunteer to referee and work the scoreboard.

Panthers pummel Fort LeBoeuf Bison

Contributed photo of Jarrett Ruhl facing his opponent on Jan. 20.

Contributed photo of Jarrett Ruhl facing his opponent on Jan. 20.

By Alanna Stafford, staff writer

Tuesday January 20, Saegertown wrestlers took on their long time rivals the Fort LeBoeuf Bison. Jarrett Ruhl started the match off with a decisive victory in the 120-pound weight class, pinning his opponent in 2:54. Saegertown went on to throttle Fort LeBoeuf 36 -19, for their first victory in the rivalry since 2006.

Prior to the match against the Bison, Saegertown head coach Jim Mulligan ordered 500 assorted chicken wings that the team members enjoyed as part of a huge celebration that took place after the victory. Senior Garrett Zuver said, “This [beating Fort LeBoeuf] was our goal since we were little.” Focus has now shifted to the upcoming postseason for the team. On January 31, the team will travel to Sharon for the District Duals, and the top three teams will advance to the state finals. “If we wrestle up to our ability, we should be celebrating down in Hershey in a couple of weeks,” said senior Lance Neuscheler.

Reynolds earns ‘IRON (ironman) POWER (powerade)TOOL (tool city)’ status

By Jessica Tomiczek, Social Media Editor 

Reynolds displays medal.

Senior wrestler Dylan Reynolds (shown here atop the podium at the IronMan Tournament) has recently won three major tournaments.

After a third place finish at the state championship last year, senior Dylan Reynolds felt like he had something to prove. In the Fall of last year, he committed to Clarion University, where he will follow his dream of wrestling for a Division I program with his brother, Shawn.

Then, he won the number one nationally ranked Iron Man tournament at Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio on Dec. 12-13. Next, he went on to be the first District 10 wrestler since 1993 to win the Powerade Tournament Dec. 29-30 at Canon McMillian High School in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

“I felt relieved after the match (the finals) because I was under a lot of pressure,” said Reynolds. The Powerade Tournament is the toughest tournament in Pennsylvania and the third toughest in the USA according to poweradewrestling.com. Four days later, he beat his opponent 4-3 in the finals, claiming his third consecutive Tool City Tournament title at Meadville High School. “I knew I had to win because I felt like I had something to prove,” he said. Head coach Jim Mulligan said, “It is an unbelievable feat what Dylan has done. Not many people in the country can do what he did. He’s ranked number eight in the country for a reason, but we can’t get too high about it. The ultimate goal is down the road.” Reynolds is now 19-0 on the season and has a career record of 136-21.

Vath and Reynolds commit to D1 wrestling programs

By Emily Callan, Design Editor

Dylan Reynolds and Tyler Vath signed commitments to D1 wrestling programs at Clarion and Edinboro respectively on Dec. 2 in the Saegertown High School Iibraries. (photo by Casey Fetzner)

Dylan Reynolds committed to Clarion and Tyler Vath signed with Edinboro on Dec. 2.

On Tuesday, December 2, Saegertown seniors Dylan Reynolds and Tyler Vath formally signed commitments to local colleges for wrestling.

Reynolds, a two-time state medalist, will be an Eagle at the University of Clarion. “It was an offer I couldn’t pass up, especially because I get to be with my brother,” said Reynolds, whose brother Shawn is a junior at Clarion. Vath, a three-time state medalist, signed to be a Scot at Edinboro University. Vath said he selected Edinboro because the school is D1, close to home, and offers his intended major (health and physical education).

Tyler’s father Brett Vath said, “Tyler had been looking at five other schools, and it came as a surprise to me that schools can show up late in the game but still serve as their (the wrestler’s) number one choice in the end.” Both grapplers will receive wrestling scholarships.

“It’s awesome to have two boys on a D1 scholarship program, this is the first time we have signed wrestlers to D1 since Pat Bradshaw in 2005. They are both very good wrestlers, and even better kids. This shows that there are scholarships out there, and I believe there will be more hardworking wrestlers to obtain them in the future,” said Saegertown Wrestling head coach Jim Mulligan.

Cross country team celebrates seniors and state medalist

By Shaun Boyle, Sports Editor

Saegertown cross country seniors: from left Tucker Geer, Jessica Tomiczek, Brendon Barclay, Chris Guy and Rachel Smith presented gifts to the underclassmen at the banquet on Nov. 11.

Saegertown cross country seniors: from left Tucker Geer, Jessica Tomiczek, Brendon Barclay, Chris Guy and Rachel Smith presented gifts to the underclassmen at the banquet on Nov. 11.

Junior Brad Amy paced three Saegertown Cross Country runners at the PIAA State Championships on Nov. 1 in Hershey, Pa. The race took place at Parkview, which used to be a golf course.  Amy finished 24th overall. Senior Brendon Barclay and freshman Beka McClymonds also had good showings at States placing 57th and 59th respectively. “It felt amazing beating my previous time from last year at states, but I felt terrible knowing that I would never get to race with Brendon and the other seniors again,” said Amy.

The Cross Country team held their banquet November 11 at Pleasant View Alliance Church. Junior Garrett Johnston said, “I really appreciated what the coaches had to say about the team and our season.” The season may not have ended on the high of last year’s state championship, but the team will still carry its seven year 58-0 undefeated Region 3 record into next year.

Lady Blue Devils’ season ends with playoff loss

By Becca Siple, Assistant Sports Editor

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” This quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt could aptly describe the Lady Blue Devils soccer season. It has come to an end, but there was unexpected success before it was over. Senior Marissa Cormier, who plays outside midfield, said, “We did really good this season, I was really surprised how well we did. We beat the record last year and made it to playoffs.” They finished the season 13-6 and lost their first playoff matchup against Fairview on October 28, 4-1. Sophomore center defensive player Alaina Budzbanowski said, “I was kind of upset we didn’t do very good in the playoff game, but overall the season was good for us.”

Softball team hosts trapshoot to raise funds

By McKenzie Ashbaugh, Director of Marketing

Karleigh Ashbaugh and Brittany Sample sold baked goods as part of a recent softball team fundraiser at the Saegertown Sportsmen's Club.

Karleigh Ashbaugh and Brittany Sample sold baked goods as part of a recent softball team fundraiser at the Saegertown Sportsmen’s Club.

The Lady Panthers softball team got an early start on their fundraising this year. On Sunday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m., they held a competitive trapshoot to raise money for the team’s second  trip to Cocoa Beach Softball Spring Training in southern Florida that is scheduled for April.

The shoot was held at the Saegertown Sportsmen’s Club. Community member Darin Ashbaugh, who came up with the idea, said, “It was a good way to raise money in a family environment.” At the shoot, the team offered a lunch, bake sale, Chinese auction with various prizes provided by local businesses, and tickets for a gun raffle.

There were nine different classes of shooters such as a women, juniors, first-timers, and several regular classes. Hunter Peters, a junior at Saegertown and award-winning shooter, said, “It was a good time. There was cool prizes and the food was delicious!” Approximately $1800 was raised at the event. “It was good that the team can come together to raise money for the trip to Florida,” said senior catcher Jess Tomiczek.

Boys soccer wraps-up season

By Wyatt Fleischer, Assistant Social Media Editor

Seniors Zach Coon and Lawrence Brumbaugh played their final high school soccer match on Oct. 21. The team celebrated the season at a banquet on Nov. 4.

Seniors Zach Coon and Lawrence Brumbaugh played their final high school soccer match on Oct. 21. The team celebrated the season at a banquet on Nov. 4.

The boys soccer season ended at East High School on Oct. 21 with a hard loss to the Warriors, 5-4. Andrew Flynn, Peter Mattocks, Trent Krzysiak, and Iain Scott scratched up goals for Saegertown in the defeat. Then the team faced Mercer on October 23. The boys fell short 11-2 to the Mustangs. Kalib Kiser and Peter Mattocks chalked up a goal in the second half.

The Panthers were flirting with the post season, but didn’t quite make it. However, Mattocks (with 24 goals) broke the single season scoring record that had been set by alumni Matt Schenberg during the previous season. Highlights for the team this season include both Calvary Baptist upsets. Then, the second matchup with Meadville and Bradford upsets.

The boys will be graduating defensive player Lawrence Brumbaugh and goalkeeper Zach Coon.  Mattocks said, “Next season we will be the power in the region, all we need to do is improve on the little things. We are returning Trent Krzysiak, Andrew Flynn, Nate Duffy, Jason Wanner, John Reibel, Brennan Crawford.” Senior Lawrence Brumbaugh said, ”It was a great time. Made some great friends, and this season won’t be forgotten.”