January 13th, 2012
BROOKVILLE - The St. Marys Area High School swim and dive team had a very successful first regular meet of the season when they traveled to Brookville on Thursday evening. Both squads won their meets, with the Lady Dutch outpacing the Lady Raiders 115-33, while the Dutchmen scored 114 to the Raidersâ€™ 40.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch wrestling squad won six of the last eight bouts to come from behind to defeat the Corry Beavers by a 37-32 score Thursday night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The Dutch were trailing 25-3 when Ray Dent won by forfeit at 106 pounds. Dutchman Willie McGonnell won a major decision and Evan Smith won by forfeit. Dylan Smith picked up a pin at 126 to knot the score at 25-all. After Corry won a decision at 132 to go up 28-25, Dutchman Tyler Yetzer won by a pin and Sam Miller won by forfeit to make the score 37-28 with one match remaining.
Over 30 St. Marys Area High School students are preparing for the state DECA competition taking place from February 22-24 in Hershey.
Recently 57 SMAHS students competed in the DECA District 1 competition held in December at the Royal Inn where 36 students advanced to the state competition by placing in the top three in 40 events.
"For most, this was their first academic award that they have received while in high school," said SMAHS DECA Advisor Michelle Jackson.
WETMORE TWP. - The judge overseeing the Jerry Sandusky criminal case is establishing a schedule for prosecutors and defense attorneys, and says he plans to hear argument on pretrial issues in less than three months.
The court system on Wednesday released an order by Judge John M. Cleland that requires the attorney general's office to turn over material to Sandusky's lawyers by Monday.Â
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader basketball team remains undefeated after picking up a 47-29 victory over the visiting Punxsutawney Lady Chucks on Wednesday evening at ECCHS.
"I thought we played a pretty good basketball game," said ECC coach Ken Pistner. "It wasn't real sloppy, and I had us for 14 or 15 turnovers. I thought Punxsy played really hard, too. It was a good basketball game tonight."
Elk Catholic held a 12-5 lead at the end of the first period, was up 23-13 at the end of the second, and 29-22 at the conclusion of the third.
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch basketball team raised their District 9 League record to 2-1 with a 56-46 victory over the DuBois Area Lady Beavers last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
After the Lady Dutch outscored the Lady Beavers 11-6 in the first quarter, they outscored DuBois 37-23 in the next two quarters to take a 48-29 lead with only eight minutes remaining.
â€śItâ€™s all about defense and we played great defense tonight,â€ť said St. Marys coach Leona Hoohuli.
James T. "Perch" O'Connell, 58, of 225 Fairies St., Wilcox died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2012 at Bradford Regional Medical Center.
He was born July 21, 1953 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Daniel and Dorothy Heglen O'Connell.
On Sept. 11, 1976, in the Wilcox Presbyterian Church, he married Debra "Debbie" Stanley, who survives.
Arnold L. â€śArnieâ€ť Trayer, 59, of Caledonia Rd., Weedville, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 at DRMC West after a two-year battle with cancer.
He was born July 3, 1952 in Punxsutawney, the son of the late M. LeRoy and Gertrude (Fetterman) Trayer.
On June 3, 1972, he married Betty J. Nunamaker Trayer, who survives.
He lived all his life in Bennetts Valley. He graduated from St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1970. He worked 40 years at the same manufacturing plant in St. Marys, which carried many names, including Airco Speer, Airco Carbon, and CG Graphite.
ST. MARYS - The 2nd Annual Elk County Catholic Alumni Spirit Night is set for Friday evening. This year's event is being held in conjunction with the much-anticipated ECC versus St. Marys Area boys' basketball game.
The cross-town rivals will meet at ECC this year and event organizers are encouraging alums to sport their alma mater's colors of maroon and gold to cheer the Crusaders. The junior varsity game is set for 6 p.m., with the varsity matchup tipping off at 7:30 p.m.
At Monday's meeting of the St. Marys Area Board of School Directors, the board approved several new personnel items.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation.
Resignations were accepted for the following: Molly Uberti of Force as tutor at Fox Township Elementary, effective January 6, 2012.
The following supplemental contract hires were approved: Andrew Yost as intramural assistant boys' basketball coach at a renewed rate of $331.