Port Allegany Reporter Argus
September 11, 2008
Sept. 3 – Coudersport 31, Port 24 / Oswayo Valley 33 ½, Port 21 ½
In their only match of the week, the boys’ golf team dropped a double-dual to Coudersport (31-24) and Oswayo Valley (33 1/2-21 1/2) on the Falcons’ home course. Sophomore Kyle Hildebrandt led the Gators with a round of 43 for nine holes, and freshman Charlie Buchanan added a 52. Other Port golfers competing included Terry Gleason (54), Marcus Borowsky (59), and Frank Austin (61).
Port finished eighth out of 11 teams participating at the Coudersport Invitational last Thursday, ahead of two other teams from their league. Lynea Gustafson “had the round of her life,” said coach David Roae; the Gator junior’s score of 89 for 18 holes was the lowest recorded by any Big 30 golfer at the tournament. Earlier in the week, Sarah Gordon earned medalist honors by shooting a 49 at Pine Acres in Port’s 33-22 loss to Bradford.
Before the season began, Gators head coach Aaron Clark was confident his soccer team could compete with anyone on their schedule. So far, so good. In the opening week of Upper Allegheny Valley league play, Port dominated Johnsonburg by an 8-2 score on the Rams’ home turf, then returned to their own field to notch a 2-1 win over Kane.
Tyler Payne paced the onslaught in Johnsonburg with three goals, while Jon Burkart found the back of the net twice and Kirby Elliott, Jonathan Binder, and Ryan Michelitsch all chipped in with a goal apiece. Ryan Sabolcik had a quiet day in the Gator net, recording two saves for the win.
Against Kane, it was Burkart’s turn to lead the attack, as the senior midfielder accounted for both Gator goals. Sabolcik kept the Wolves at bay, saving six shots as Port improved its record to 3-1 for the season (2-0 in league).
With a 3-2 victory at DuBois CC last Tuesday, the girls’ soccer team has already matched their win total from last season. Amanda Kelly scored two goals, Kaitlyn Kio added the third, and Cortney Barnett made 8 saves for the Lady Gators. The team traveled south again on Thursday, dropping a 4-1 final to Elk County Catholic. Kelly continued her scoring streak, tallying Port’s only goal in the loss. Port, now 1-2 on the season, continues their long road trip this week with games at Kane, Saint Marys, and Smethport before finally playing its home opener on Sept. 16.
Team scoring wasn’t kept for the home dual meet against Otto-Eldred, but Justin Lewis and Jessica French apparently found the new course above Edison Bates Drive to their liking. Both Gator runners finished first, with Lewis recording a time of 21:02 to win the boys’ race and French crossing the finish line in 24:59 to pace the girls.
Desi Tanner (27:09), Jackie Lewis (28:21), and Melissa Haggard (31:44) also completed the 3.08-mile course on a hot, humid afternoon, with freshmen Elliott Binder (22:56), Jacob Stehle (23:38), and Adam Johnson (29:46) doing the same for the boys’ squad. Both teams resumed their schedule with a dual meet at Oswayo Valley on Tuesday afternoon, and will also run in the Franklinville Invitational Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.
The Gator spikers dropped two tough matches last week, falling to a powerful Wellsboro squad 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-21) before coming up just short in a five-set loss at Allegany-Limestone. Port lost the first two sets 25-20 and 25-21 before rallying to tie the match with 25-15 and 25-18 decisions, but the other Gators managed a 25-19 win in the deciding set to secure the win. According to Olean Times Herald statistics, Alyssa Bowser and Rachel Edgreen led the Port attack with 10 kills apiece, while Stacey Johnson recorded 17 assists and Kelsey Pistner added seven kills.