The Elk County Catholic High School held its annual Fall Athletic Awards program on Wednesday evening in the high school auditorium. Principal Sandy Florig opened the program with an invocation and an overview of the eveningâ€™s activities. Elk County Catholic Athletic Association president Chris Schneider welcomed the parents and athletes and informed the group of the upcoming Athletic Association and school events. He also noted that the varsity programs at the school presently have a 100-16-2 record so far this season.
Athletic Director Aaron Straub gave the acknowledgements and began the awards part of the program. First was the awarding of three-year letter certificates to the following athletes - football: David Bojalad, Zac Brody, Ricky Pearsall, Sam Schneider and Scott Stubber; soccer: Dani Catalano, Jake Herbstritt, Hannah McGowan, Abbi Petrosky, Ellie Petrosky, Jena Struble and Ben Wortman; cross country: Ben Crowe, Joe Hoffman, Caleb Lecker, Hannah Pontzer and Maggie Sorg; tennis: Megan Fritz, Loreal Housler and Abby Meyer; volleyball: Emily Gregory, Anna Hawkins and Lexie Meholic.
Four-year letter winner plaques were then presented to Kylie Auman, Ally Brock and Crystal Hanes in tennis; Megan Dornisch, Dan Steudler and Eric Wehler in soccer; Taylor Frank in volleyball; Darren Simons in golf; and Kate Singer and Harley Thompson in cross country.
Junior high girlsâ€™ basketball coach Jen Pistner was called upon to introduce her players and give a wrap-up on their season. The coach noted that the the junior high season ended earlier that day, with the seventh grade team finishing with a 5-6 record and the eighth grade team finishing undefeated at 18-0. Members of the seventh grade squad were Rae Ann Bucher, Abbey Gerg, Lauren McCauley, Sarah Pistner, Elise Stebick, Sophia Viglione, Hannah Wittman, Mackenzie Gahr, Sydney Hoffman, Mary Kraus, Emily Oâ€™Neill and Tabitha Sherry. The members of the undefeated eighth grade squad were Abbey Bauer, Renee Buchheit, Madlyn Ehrensberger, Sierra Meyer, Macy Neureiter, Hannah Onink, Jolene Renwick, Madeline Schneider, Nicole Schneider, Susy Smith, Julia Sweeney, Jessica Tettis, Samantha Walker, Kirstie Wehler and Samantha Zimmerman.
Boys' soccer coach Adam Bailey was next on the program, noting that his quad finished the season at 13-5-1 and made the District playoffs. He presented letters to freshmen Corey Koss, Matt Jerko and Joey Ferragine; sophomores Mitchell Oâ€ťNeill and Peter Pontzer; juniors Tyler Anzinger, Ben Cappiello, Andrew Cotter, Jake Herbstritt, Ryan Jacobs, Mike Lovenduski, Sam Mosebarger and Ben Wortman; seniors Mitchel Haberberger, Jared Schaut, Dan Steudler and Eric Wehler; and statisticians Emma Schatz and Samantha Smith.
Seniors Dan Steudler and Eric Wehler were presented with coaches' awards as the top players on the squad.
Don Fabiano, girlsâ€™ soccer coach, noted that the Lady Crusaders finished the regular season undefeated and made it to the District finals before losing by a 1-0 score to Karns City for the District title. Coach Fabiano presented varsity letters to the following girls: freshmen Michaela Cashmer and Emma Daghir; sophomores Michelle Imbrogno, Hayley McGowan and Morgan Onink; juniors Marissa Armstrong, Abbi Petrosky and Jena Struble; and seniors Karly Carnovale, Dani Catalano, Brianna Dornisch, Megan Dornisch, Hannah McGowan and Ellie Petrosky. coaches' awards were presented to Ellie Petrosky, Karly Carnovale and Dani Catalano.
Junior high soccer coach Theresa Steudler spoke briefly on the junior high season and introduced her players. Eighth grade players were Felicia DePrator, Bryan Hansen, Marissa Heary, Ian Herzing, Nathan Koss, Aaron Meier, Drew Meyer, Austin Minard, Alyssa Mitchell, Erin Petrosky, Natalie Reichard, Ashley Schwabenbauer, Ryan Seelye and Mitchell Struble. Seventh graders were Madeline Aiello, Brant Dornisch, Jenna Labant, Elric Lavelle, Ashley Lenze, Anthony Pollick, Benjamin Hoffman, Jack Wolfe and statistician Patrick Hoffman.
Marlene Stubber, ECCHS cheerleading coach, introduced the junior high cheerleaders: freshmen Ashley Gerg, Alexandra Imbrogno, Leah Kucenski and Allison Perryman; and eighth graders Nicole Florio, Shaina Gorman, Hannah Schneider, Sydnie Stauffer and Madison Stoltz.
Stubber presented varsity letters to sophomore Jessica Chiodo, juniors Sarah Bobenrieth and Sara Kucenski and seniors Kylee Amacher, Nicole Dattoli and Stacy Wickett. The coach then presented Kylee Amacher with the coaches' award.
Volleyball coach Diane Gies spoke about the season, noting that the team finished the regular season undefeated and is presently 17-1 entering the first round of the PIAA State Tournament on Saturday at Clarion. Coach Gies presented the following players with letters: sophomore Taylor DaCanal; juniors Helen Danz, Lexie Meholic and Taylor Schlimm; seniors Taylor Frank, Emily Gregory, Anna Hawkins, Jessie McLaughlin and Alexis Schlimm; and student assistants Jenny Cappiello and Torie Gradizzi. She then introduced the J.V. squad.
The volleyball coaches' awards will be presented at a later date following the end of the team's season.
Coach Wee J. Fernan presented the cross country letter winners with their letters: freshman Kennedy Weisner; sophomores Wes Brennen, Ryan Detsch, Rob Prokop, Kaitlin Oâ€™Hara and Cassie Thompson; juniors Jessica Franco, Hannah Pontzer, Maggie Sorg, Nick Erich, Joe Hoffman and Caleb Lecker; and seniors Ben Crowe, Harley Thompson, Tess Onik and Kate Singer. Fernan presented coaches' awards to Tess Onink, Kate Singer and Ben Crowe.
The Lee Foster Memorial awards went to Kennedy Weisner, who finished second in the PIAA state meet, and Harley Thompson, who finished third in the PIAA state meet.
Sharon Weisner, junior high cross country coach, introduced her runners, seventh graders Duncan LaValle and Scott Brazinski; and eighth graders Drew Bille, Victoria Dippold, Luke Hoffman, John Kaul and Allison Prokop. She also gave some highlights on the junior high season.
Golf coach John Vollmer introduced his team and presented the following with letters: senior Darren Simons; junior Bryan Haberberger; sophomores Bruno Cavalline and Kristy Hanes; and freshmen Jess Jaynes, Brandon Schlimm and Elliott Struble.
Vollmer presented Alex Renwick with the most improved award and the MVP to Darren Simons, who finished third in the PIAA state tournament.
Tennis coach Pete Meier was next on the agenda, giving the highlights of the girlsâ€™ tennis season and presenting letters to the following girls: sophomores Kristin Dippold, Maria Gismondi, Sophie Herzing, Laira Reuscher and Abby Wittman; juniors Brittany Auman, Loreal Housler, Abby Meyer, Maddie Oâ€™Leary and Kathryn Ordiway; and seniors Kylie Auman, Ally Brock, Megan Fritz and Crystal Hanes.
Coaches' awards were presented by Meier to Megan Fritz, Ally Brock and Kylie Auman, while the newly established Gordon Daghir Memorial Award went to Crystal Hanes.
Junior high football coach Tom Heary spoke briefly on the junior high season and introducted his players: freshmen Ryan Childs, Brady Garner, Andrew Gebauer, Cory Huff, Vincent Jacob, Colton Lecker, Zachary Lovett, Jacob Renwick, Brock Sherry and Nick Werner; eighth graders Austion Amacher, John Paul Cerroni, Johathan Dippold, Matthew Feldbauer, Daniel Singer, Andrew Smith, Mitchell Smith, Joe Tamburlin, Jack Toncich, Tom Wolf and Josh Zelinski; and seventh graders Michael Stager, Noah Werner and Michael Dinsmore.
The final coach on the program was football head coach Travis Skrzypek. Skrzypek discussed the current season and urged all Crusaders fans to attend the ECCHS-Port Allegany playoff game Friday at Dutch Country Stadium. This is a first-round game in the District 9 Class A Tournament.
Skrzypek presented varsity letters to the following players: sophomores Hank Cappiello, Ben Cortina, Adam Evers, Brock McCullough, Joe McLaughlin and Shea Meyer, juniors Pat Brennen, Joe Georgino, Cole Gerber, Scott Krellner and Cory Williams; and seniors David Bojalad, Zac Brody, Jake Cortina, Ben Daghir, Josh Gebauer, Jake Geer, Tyler Herzing, Ricky Pearsall, Kyle Schneider, Sam Schneider and Scott Stubber.
Coach Skrzypek will present his coaches' awards at a later date following the end of the season.
For more on this story see the Nov. 12 edition of The Daily Press.