Wrestlers look for a sweet victory at Team States

By Payton Brooks, social media editor

The Panther wrestling team has had an incredible season, but it’s not over yet. They are now seeking gold at the Team State Championship in Hershey, Pa.

They qualified to go to Team States at the District Duals tournament on Feb. 4. At the Duals, they won 45-21 against Titusville in the first round, lost 53-13 against Reynolds, and then beat Fort Lebeouf 32-25. The team earned third place, so they had to travel to Moshannon Valley on Monday, Feb. 6 to see who would get to make the leap to Hershey. The Panthers did it again with a 37-21 victory.

“I think we’re going to do well, and I think we’re going to put forth our best efforts,” freshman starter Matt Posego said.

The first match the Panther’s have is at 4 p.m. on Feb. 9 against Bishop McDevitt. You can follow all the action on Twitter @PantherPressSHS.


Decorations brighten up the bathroom

By Hillary Twiford, staff writer

This year, there has been an effort to beautify the halls. At the beginning of the year, there were homecoming posters plastered in every hallway. More recently, there was a holiday hallway decorating contest. While these displays were temporary, there is one subtle message that is making a significant difference.


“The butterflies were beautiful, and they would add some personality and color to the school.”

Mrs. Keller also wanted to send an empowering message to the girls of Saegertown High School. “In today’s world of social media, there is so much pressure to look a certain way.  I wanted to remind the ladies of the school that they were born beautiful; they don’t need to work to attain what someone else thinks they should be.”

The Votes are in: Republican Donald J. Trump is President-elect

By Sydney Kightlinger and  Kaitlyn Walsh, editor in chief and features editor

For the first time since 1988, Pennsylvania’s electorate has voted Republican for the office of the president. And early on Nov. 9, Republican Donald J. Trump (helped in part by Pennsylvania’s swing) won the election by surpassing the mark of 270 electoral votes. His ability to capture key states like Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Arizona, North Carolina, Georgia, and Pennsylvania in addition to states that normally vote Republican carried him to victory with 289 electoral votes at this point.

Locally, Trump won Crawford County with 67.2 percent of the vote (23,912 votes). These results seem in accordance with the result of the Saegertown Jr. Sr. High School’s mock election where Trump captured 65.6 percent of the vote, while Hillary Clinton polled at 21 percent. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson won 11.2 percent of the vote, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein held 2.2 percent.

Maplewood Jr. Sr. High School polled similarly, with Trump receiving 63 percent of the vote. Johnson polled at 16.7 percent, Clinton at 14.9 percent, and Stein at 5.5 percent.

The local results did not mirror the national popular vote. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton captured the popular vote with 47.7 percent compared to Trump’s 47.5 percent. This is the fifth time in american history a president-elect has won the electoral college, but lost the popular vote.

Final results from Minnesota, Michigan, and New Hampshire have not been released as of press time.

Trump will be inaugurated on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

Saegertown to celebrate Shawn Morelli Day on Nov. 3

By Bailey Kozalla, sports editor

SAEGERTOWN, PA –Two-time paralympic gold medalist, Shawn Morelli will return to Saegertown High School on Nov. 3 to be honored at “Shawn Morelli Day.” Students and faculty will celebrate her achievements and learn about her story. The day will begin with a school-wide welcome assembly in the school’s auditorium. Then Morelli will visit Saegertown Elementary School and attend a special luncheon with students in the high school library. The afternoon will include a press conference with the staff of The Panther Press and visits to health, anatomy, and biomedical engineering classes. This will be Morelli’s first trip back to her alma mater.  “I think it is pretty cool. To be recognized by the school is something I never thought of. It is an honor for me to give back my school and hometown,” said Morelli.

Shawn Morelli is a 1994 graduate of Saegertown Jr. Sr. High School. She attended Penn State and Webster Universities in 1998 and 2001. After graduating, she became an engineer officer in the United States Army. In 2007, Morelli was injured by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. It left her with neck and nerve damage, traumatic brain injury, and permanent blindness in her left eye. Two years later, Morelli decided to take up cycling. “I took up cycling as a way to heal mentally and physically. After I was wounded it awoke so much in my life that was different and my therapist and PT were thinking of ways to get me active again as I regained ability to walk and balance. They suggested cycling believing it would give me back some of that freedom I had lost,” Morelli said. She now lives in Colorado Springs, Colo., and is working on a Ph.D. in public and community service. She coaches a high school soccer team, mentors kids at a local community center, and speaks to health classes.

Morelli has a total of six medals in her cycling career. Two gold were from her recent win at the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio. Morelli was one of nine cyclists competing in the C4 road race category. Crossing the finish line with a time of 29:25:40 enabled her to capture gold, after 9.3 miles of pedaling. In the individual pursuit race, Morelli competed against eight other cyclists in the C4 category. She placed first in the preliminaries and won the gold medal match against Australian Susan Powell with a time of 3:59.407, five seconds ahead of her competitor.


Junior high football: Saegertown doubles down in rematch tonight

By Tyler Brooks and Jeff Baldwin, staff writers

Hopes were high after halftime for the Saegertown Panthers. During the first game against Maplewood on Sept. 15. Jacob Reisinger, eighth grade quarterback, ran back a kick return for a Panthers touchdown. Reisinger would have three more scores for his team, racking up 24 of the team’s points. Unfortunately, the Panthers could not rally back and beat the Tigers, resulting in a 32-44 loss.  

“We really need to work on team chemistry,” Reisinger said. “We don’t really do as well as we should.”

The junior high Panthers will face off in a rematch against the Tigers tonight. The underclassmen are especially excited for the rematch.

“We need to block better,” seventh grader Alex Kightlinger said. “If we do we can kick some butt!”

Even though team captain, Jaden Reagle, has been sidelined with an injury he suffered during their game against Wilmington, he still hopes for a big win.

The crew is prepared to face the rest of the year, but Reisinger warned the team that they need to be confident without being cocky, a problem they have been having all year.

The team is hoping to win the rest of their games as well as build a team bond that lasts through their senior year. Head coach Mike Gregor said it best: “In the end, we just want the kids to stick to the program and have fun.”

For live updates from the game, follow us on twitter @PantherPressSHS.