PMEA District II Band Festival: Six advance to regions

By Ally Shenk, Staff Writer

Musicians from forty schools took the stage Jan. 7-10. (Casey Fetzner/SHS)

Musicians from forty schools took the stage Jan. 7-10. (Casey Fetzner/SHS)

Saegertown High School played host to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District II Band Festival last week (Jan. 7-10). One hundred-seventy students came from forty high schools across the three-county region to compete for a position in Region II Band, which will be held at Fort LeBoeuf High School in February.

The musicians were supposed to begin practice and participate in auditions on Wednesday night, but, due to weather delays, they didn’t start until Thursday, January 8. The community concert was held Friday at 8 p.m., with a second concert on Saturday at 1 p.m.  The guest conductor Robert W. Smith said, “Preparation was easy, and I got a sense of where the students were at skill wise.” The only difficulty he seemed to face was getting the students to play as a whole. Smith is a nationally known composer who has over 700 works to his name. Saegertown band director Mr. Patrick Baldwin called him a “rock star” among composers of concert band music.

Several students from Saegertown made it to the Region II Festival: seniors Kristina West, Matt Peters, and Makayla Miller; juniors Ben Courson and Jared Shaffer; and sophomore Jesse Stewart (who earned first chair in a field of eight tubas). “We learned how to transpose Mary had a Little Lamb,” said senior Kristina West. At Region Band, students will have the opportunity to compete for a position in All-State Band, which will be held in Hershey, Pa. To see more photos from the event, visit http://www.edline.net/pages/Saegertownjshs.

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.”

Greco’s class cuts up the crayfish

By Kaylee Luchansky, Web Site Editor

Mr. Greco's advanced bio classes took their dissection practical on Thursday, Nov. 6.

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.