May 10th, 2011
Organizers are prepared for their annual Go Topless Day scheduled for Saturday, May 14, as Jeep enthusiasts will help clean up the Allegheny National Forest.
The T-Bones Offroad Club is sponsoring the Litter Pickin' Jeep Ride and participants will start and finish at Sandy Beach Recreational Park in Ridgway Township.
DuBOIS - St. Marys Areaâ€™s Brandon Romain won the District 9-AA Singles Tennis Championship Monday afternoon at the DuBois Area High School courts.
Romain defeated DuBois Centralâ€™s David Gangeware 6-1, 6-1 in the championship match.
Brandon started the day by defeating Brockwayâ€™s Fabio Fortunato 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Romain beat DuBois Centralâ€™s Kevin Blakely 6-2, 6-0 to reach the finals.
Romainâ€™s teammate Keith Meyer lost in the quarterfinals to Elk County Catholicâ€™s Ben Wortman 6-4, 3-6, 0-6.
Wortman lost in the semifinals to DCCâ€™s Gangewere 6-2, 6-3.
Rachel Ginther pitched a no-hitter on Monday afternoon at the St. Marys Area softball field against the visiting Brookville Lady Raiders. The Lady Dutch won the game in five innings by a 12-0 score. The victory was the 10th of the season for the Lady Dutch.
Ginther was one pitch away from a perfect game, having retired 14 straight batters before issuing a walk to the 15th batter after running the count to 3-2.
"Rachel was definitely in command of her pitches today," said Coach Manny Gerarge of the Lady Dutch. "She was in a zone, as she was throwing strikes."
BROOKVILLE â€” St. Marys Areaâ€™s Ryan Uhl reared back and fired, unleashing a fastball that Brookville's Brandon Bietz couldn't catch up to in the fifth inning Monday in Brookville.
Uhl fanned 12 Brookville (2-8) batters and picked up his first career no-hitter during the Flying Dutchmenâ€™s (6-7) 12-0 win in five innings.
He missed hurling a perfect game after walking the Raiders' Seth Connor in the fourth inning.
Uhl could hardly hide his excitement after the game.
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors unanimously approved the proposed general fund budget for the 2011-12 school year during their regular meeting held Monday evening.
"I think this is a good budget. We've all tightened our belts and our programming is still in place," said Superintendent Ann Kearney.
She noted the 2011-12 budget of $23.6 million is actually less than this year's budget of just over $24 million.
The entire Fox Township Elementary school has joined together in finding a cure for childhood cancer, embarking on the Alex's Lemonade Stand project to raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes.
"We decided to participate in the project in honor of Connor (Bobik)," explained fifth grade teacher and project organizer, Amanda Vollmer. "Now our efforts are focused on awareness, specifically the cause and finding a cure."
Among the many items approved by the Fox Township Supervisors during their most recent meeting were paving bids and the use of facilities.
The supervisors approved a request to use the community park for the Fox Township Farmer's Market taking place from 4-6 p.m. on Thursdays from June through October, weather permitting.
Debby Agosti, recreational facilities director, noted there have been changes for vendors. The change requires that vendors who sell baked goods must have produced them in a state-certified kitchen.
The Elk County Catholic Crusader baseball team captured the 2011 Elk County Baseball Tournament crown Saturday afternoon at Berwind Park by defeating the Johnsonburg Rams by a 10-6 score in the title game.
The Crusaders were able to score at least one run in five of the six innings at the plate.
â€śWe hit the ball when we had to,â€ť said ECCHS coach Father Eric Vogt.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch baseball team took third place in the Elk County Baseball Tournament by defeating the Ridgway Elkers by a 10-0 score in six innings Saturday at Berwind Park.
The Dutch used the one-hit pitching of Nate Geist to record the victory over Ridgway. Geist went the distance for the Dutch, giving up only one hit--a single in the top of the sixth-- walking four, and striking out six.
D.J. Skraba started on the mound for Ridgway, going 5 1/3 innings and giving up 11 hits, walking two and striking out three. Zack McKnight faced two batters,giving up two hits.
The first of two medicine collections scheduled to be held this year by the Elk County Recycling Office took place Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Education Center at Elk Regional Medical Center in St. Marys. Over 60 individuals had dropped off medicine by 11 a.m., a figure that Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner was pleased with. She said she was also happy with the turnout, particularly since the sun was shining in Elk County on Saturday morning after a few weeks of rainy weather.