March 13th, 2011
SMA finishes season with outstanding 22-2 record
CLARION - The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch basketball team was eliminated from the PIAA Class AAA tournament on Saturday by a 69-23 score by the New Castle Hurricanes. The first-round game was played at Clarion Universityâ€™s Waldo Tippin Gymnasium.
The Hurricanes jumped out to an early lead in the contest, opening a 24-4 advantage after the first eight minutes of play. In the second quarter, they outscored the Lady Dutch by a 27-8 margin to take a 51-12 halftime lead.
ALTOONA - The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders' season came to on end on Saturday afternoon at the Altoona Area High School gym, as they were defeated in the opening round of the girls' PIAA Class A State Championship tournament by two-time defending state champion Bishop Guilfoyle. The Lady Marauders handed the Lady Crusaders a 36-19 loss in that opening-round game.
CLARION - The Elk County Catholic Crusaders advanced to the second round of the PIAA Class A Tournament with a 58-49 victory over the Serra Catholic Eagles last night at Clarion Universityâ€™s Waldo Tippin Gymnasium.
The Crusaders will meet Lincoln Park Charter on Tuesday night at a site and time to be announced by the PIAA. Lincoln Park defeated West Middlesex by a 70-35 score last night.
In last nightâ€™s game, the Crusaders used an 8-2 run late in the third period and outscored the Eagles 21-13 in the fourth quarter to record their victory.
CLARION - The New Castle Hurricanes proved to be too quick and too hot from the field for the Dutchmen of St. Marys last evening as they handed the Dutch an 80-54 setback in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs at Clarion University.
While many area residents may be wondering when the early spring predicted by Punxsutawney Phil is going to arrive, almost 200 area women were able to beat the winter blues on Sunday afternoon as they gathered in the cafeteria at Elk County Catholic High School for the ninth annual Women's Winterfest.
Women's Winterfest Chairperson Chrissie Schneider indicated that approximately 180 women were at this year's event, which also featured nine differently themed tables hosted by an individual or group.
Event organizer Sue Shick and others are preparing for the Third Annual Preparedness Fair, scheduled for Saturday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1159 Shelvey Summit Rd.
The opening speaker this year is Oak Norton, who served in the U.S. Army and Air Force for 24 years as an intelligence officer.
As an extension of the Christmas in Kentucky program, Laura Kuntz of St. Marys is requesting any donations of prom gowns, wedding dresses and accessories to distribute to needy girls in poverty-stricken Beatyville, KY.
"I used to hear of high school girls that wanted to attend the prom but couldn't afford a dress to go, so I would make purchases here and send them down," said Kuntz, a kindergarten teacher at St. Marys Catholic Elementary School. "The need became so overwhelming that I began the gown collection."
Henry P. â€śHineyâ€ť Jesberger, 93, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of 185 Center St., Elk Towers, St. Marys, died Sunday morning, March 13, 2011 at the Elk Haven Nursing Home after a brief illness.
He was born March 21, 1917 in St. Marys, son of the late Fred and Clara Wehler Jesberger.
On June 30, 1945, in the St. Maryâ€™s Church in Erie, he married Mary C. Burdick, who preceded him in death on Nov. 23, 1999. They enjoyed 54 years of marriage.
Richard C. James, 69, of Stow, Ohio, and formerly of Kersey, died on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at Akron City Hospital in Akron, Ohio following a short illness.
He was born March 2, 1942 in St. Marys, a son of the late Carl R. and Marie Klausman James.
Linda A. (Gordon) DeSalve, 56, of DeSalve Road, Penfield, died at her home on Saturday, March 12, 2011.
She was born April 22, 1954 in Philadelphia, daughter of the late William and Margaretta (Gill) Gordon. On July 15, 1972 she married Lon A. DeSalve Sr., who survives.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, she lived in Ridgway from 1969 through 1972, and spent the remainder of her life in Penfield. She was a graduate of Ridgway High School, Class of 1972.