Archive - 2011 - Sports Article
As Mark Guido enters his third year at the helm of the St. Marys Area Flying Dutch basketball squad, he has an enthusiastic group of players battling for the starting spots.
Guido has been coaching basketball for 23 years, eight with the St. Marys Area program.
â€śThis year we will have an athletic team. We have good overall team speed and quickness,â€ť said Guido. â€śWe have an enthusiastic group of kids. They are high-energy. Now we just have to convert that to the basketball court.â€ť
The Dutch have two returning letter winners in seniors Jimmy Werner and Justin Quiggle.
As Ken Pistner enters his 10th year as the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader head coach, he has six letter winners returning to form the nucleus of the 2011-2012 squad.
â€śOur strengths are our depth and experience,â€ť said Pistner.
The six returning letter winners are seniors Abbi Petroski, Jena Struble, Lexie Meholic and Maggie Sorg and juniors Kristy Hanes and Taylor DaCanal.
Looking to fill the guard slots are Struble, Hanes, Sorg and junior Michelle Imbrogno.
The roster of this year's Elk County Catholic High School varsity boys' basketball squad is filled with new faces. While the team returns four seniors, there are no returning starters or letter winners on the 16-member roster.
"Any time you don't return any starters and you don't return any letter winners, I think that is a challenge," said head coach Aaron Straub. "By the same token, besides the challenge, there is a big upside and a big opportunity. I think this is a team that will get better as the season progresses."
ST. MARYS - The Bavarian Hills recently hosted their third annual Bavarian Hills Honoree Dinner recognizing some of the people who volunteered their labor during the earliest stages of building the golf course and clubhouse.
For 2011, the honorees were David Herzing, Dick Schneider, the late Alan Mulcahy and the late Art â€śSpiderâ€ť Krieg.
Herzingâ€™s godson, Dennis â€śBuckyâ€ť Lecker, spoke to the crowd about the way Herzing is able to quietly â€śget things doneâ€™ without seeking the publicity some would expect for his efforts.
DuBOIS - The Clearfield Bisons defeated the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen by a 28-7 score Saturday afternoon at DuBoisâ€™ E.J. Mansell Stadium to capture the 2011 District 9 Class AAA football championship.
Clearfield will now meet Johnstown, the District 6 representative, Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Clearfield took a 21-0 halftime lead. Each team scored a touchdown in the second half.
â€śI am really proud of my guys,â€ť said St. Marys coach Joe Schlimm.
â€śOur season has had some incredible highs and some real lows but such is life,â€ť said the coach.
CLARION â€“Â The Elk County Catholic Crusader football squad saw their season come to an end on Friday evening as the team fell to the Clarion Bobcats 22-20 in the opening round of the Class A District 9 playoffs. The Crusaders dominated the first half of the game, leading 20-0 at halftime before allowing the Bobcats to score 22 unanswered points during their second-half rally.
The St. Marys Area Fall Sports Awards Program was held Wednesday evening at the school. The evening started with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the awards portion of the evening in Carpin Auditorium.
Elk County Catholic High School held its annual Fall Athletic Awards program on Wednesday evening in the high school auditorium to honor the school's numerous fall sports athletes.
According to Athletic Director Aaron Straub, 189 of the 272 students in grades 9-12 at ECC participated in a fall sport this year. Along with this, there were also numerous 7th and 8th grade students from the St. Marys Catholic Middle School who also contributed to the success of the school's sports teams this fall.
HERSHEY â€“Â The Elk County Catholic High School and St. Marys Area High School cross country teams each had a runner medal in the AA Girls' 5K race at the PIAA Finals in Hershey on Saturday. ECC's Kennedy Weisner finished second in a time of 18:52, while SMA's Adair Gennocro was third in 18:58. Angel Piccirillo, a senior at Home-Center, finished first in 18:31.
CLARION - The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch volleyball team competed in the District 9-AA volleyball championships at Clarion Area High School on Saturday.
The Lady Dutch finished tied for first place with a 2-1 record after pool play along with Bradford and Punxsutawney, necessitating a three-team playoff to decide the District 9-AA champ.