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.”
Eighth grade students collected items for Women’s Services as part of #socktober.
By Stephen Boylan, Director of Marketing
“Kid President is so profound I can’t even take it,” said eighth grade student Charlie Johnson. He was referring to internet sensation Kid President, the “self-appointed voice of a generation” and the person responsible for the #socktober movement to collect socks and other household items for people in need. Over thirty of the junior high students participated in this event, collecting socks, toothpaste, hats, gloves, deodorant, shampoo, and other items for Women’s Services of Meadville.
“I think that this experience has really opened the students’ eyes to the fact that even the smallest acts of kindness help,” said communications teacher Mrs. Susan Norwood, who brought the idea to Saegertown. Many students were surprised when they heard from Women’s Services that some local women and children live in fear and could leave or be
kicked out of their homes, taking nothing with them but the clothes on their backs.
“It will really help the women and children in need this winter,” said Rose Hilliard from the Women’s Services of Meadville when she received Socktober donations from Saegertown Junior High. Hilliard was grateful for all the students who participated, and she noted that Women’s Services is always accepting donations, which can be dropped off at 204 Spring Street in Meadville. To learn more, visit http://www.womensservicesinc.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
By Kaylee Luchansky, Web Site Editor
Mr. Greco’s advanced bio classes took their dissection practical on Thursday, Nov. 6.
This week in Mr. Chris Greco’s Advanced Biology classes, the juniors and seniors have been dissecting crayfish. This is their first dissection. After picking their crayfish from a bucket, the students studied the outer anatomy before the inner anatomy.
“It’s interesting to see and understand the functions of a body, and the daily struggle it goes through,” said junior Nick Harnett. After three days of dissection and two of review, the classes had a practical [test] today. Junior Lindsey Price said, “It was really neat to see the internal structure of a crayfish.”
After this first activity, the class will dissect dogfish, bullfrogs, and then rabbits. According to Mr. Greco, the benefits of dissection include hands-on learning opportunities and seeing things better than you could in a text book. “Students always have fun dissecting,” Mr. Greco said.