Stavisky finds a new home with the Phillies

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Pam Fischer / Port Allegany Reporter Argus

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009

After spending the majority of his baseball career west of the Mississippi River, Brian Stavisky signed a contract with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Philadelphia Phillies’ Class AAA affiliate, in December. He’s happy to be back home in Pennsylvania – and with the newly crowned World Series champions, no less.

“Once I became a free agent after the World Series ended, I had the option of re-signing with the Angels, but I was hoping that some East Coast teams would be interested,” the former Port Allegany star said. “At first, the Phillies showed some interest, but didn’t make a specific offer. Just after Thanksgiving, they came back with a good offer. It was just what I wanted, to be with an East Coast team, so it ended up working out great. And with them coming off a World Series win, I’m really excited to see what’s it’s going to be like around there this year. I’m sure the standards are going to be even higher.”
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PAHS 2008-09 Gators basketball

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009

Heading into the meat of the North Tier League basketball schedule, Gators head basketball coach Bob Raudenbush hopes to improve on last season’s 7-7 finish and 15-10 overall record. To make that happen, he’ll depend on an experienced starting lineup: Co-captains Bryce Healy and Josh Guerrero, fellow senior Greg Gustin (the team’s leading scorer, averaging 14.3 points in the first seven games), and a pair of talented juniors, point guard Denzel Middleton and sharpshooting forward Lucas Kline, all saw significant playing time in 2007-08.

However, the team’s depth took a hit when junior J.D. Haskins broke his collarbone in the game against Kane. “He was solid,” Raudenbush said. “He had started a game for us, and led us in scoring down at Johnsonburg, so he was a big loss giving us strength off the bench. We’re definitely relying on our starters to carry us, but some people coming off the bench need to to step up for us, give us some good minutes. That will be key to us winning some big games. There are definitely some kids there that are capable … but the starters are going to have to log a lot of minutes and carry the load for us.”
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PAHS 2008-09 Lady Gators basketball

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009

At first glance, with only two seniors on the roster, one could easily mistake this year’s Lady Gators basketball team for a young and inexperienced squad. But there are six returning letterwinners – including four starters – on that list, leading head coach Kristina Francis to believe otherwise.

“I think it helps that they’ve played a lot,” she said. “These girls have played some summer ball together, and they’ve played a lot of varsity games. Most of them have played since their freshman year, even the juniors, so really, they have essentially almost three years of varsity together. We also have some sophomores who have seen some time with the older girls, and they’re doing a nice job as well. So we’ve got a good group of about 10 girls.”

The two seniors, co-captains Kari Drabert and Jenn Anderson, are part of a balanced scoring attack. Through the first seven games on the schedule, five different players were averaging at least six points per game.

“We don’t always have the same scorers,” Francis explained. “We have six girls that can put up double figures. The juniors and seniors can all put up 10 points on any night if they want to, which is nice because it doesn’t allow other teams to key on Jenn Anderson or Shanel Halle. They have to focus on the team rather than on just stopping one girl. Plus, we have the sophomores – Renee Edgell has already scored in double figures this year, Kyley Mickle, they’re all capable of scoring in double figures. So that’s nice, as far as the offense goes.”
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PAHS 2008-09 wrestling preview

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008

There’s a change at the top of the Port Allegany wrestling program, with Sean Lathrop taking over for Aaron Rendos after the reigning Big 30 Coach of the Year decided not to return this season. But while Lathrop may be new to the head-coaching job, he’s certainly no stranger to Gator wrestling; the longtime assistant is now in his 23rd year with the team. It was that loyalty to the program – and to his wrestlers – which led him to accept the task of following in Rendos’ large footsteps.

“It’s the kids,” he said. “I’ve been involved with them for so long, since they were six, seven, eight years old. I’ve coached fathers and sons … and I’m not that old,” he added with a chuckle.
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PAHS Fall All-Stars

Lori Chase
November 25, 2008

As area basketball teams prepare to tip off their non-league schedules, with the first wrestling matches not far behind, it’s time to take a final look back at the fall sports season. Several Port Allegany High School athletes earned leaguewide recognition for their play, and for the second straight year, two selections to the prestigious Olean Times Herald Big 30 All-Star teams – one each in football and boys’ soccer – topped the list.

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Picking up right where we left off …

Okay, so between occasionally showing up for my full-time job, plus covering various local sports teams for the Reporter Argus and writing about the Buffalo Bills’ spectacular collapse over at Two Bills Drive, I guess I got away from updating this blog for the last few days. Weeks. Months. Whatever.

I’ll try to do better next time. In the meantime, I’ll toss the fall all-stars and winter sports previews on here, then add the latest update on Brian Stavisky’s baseball career, which you can also find in this week’s print edition of the Reporter. (Still only .50 on the newsstand, folks.)