Updates on Kinney, Stavisky

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
May 7, 2009

With the first month of the 2009 season safely in the scorebook, it’s time to check in on the two Port Allegany-area natives who can claim “baseball player” as their primary job.

Still trying to complete his comeback from the elbow problems which cost him almost two full seasons, and caught up in a series of roster moves caused by injuries in the St. Louis starting rotation, Josh Kinney is currently pitching for the Cardinals’ Triple-A club in Memphis. After a rough outing in his Redbirds debut, Kinney has settled in, striking out seven and allowing only two earned runs in his last five appearances for Memphis, which leads the Pacific Coast League’s American North Division.

Meanwhile, former high school teammate Brian Stavisky is batting cleanup and playing first base for the Philadelphia Philles’ Double-A affiliate in Reading. Through Monday night’s game, Stavisky is hitting .319 with one double, two triples, and eight RBI, and leads the team with a .405 on-base percentage. The R-Phils (14-8) are off to one of the best starts in club history, and are currently tied for second place in the Eastern League’s Southern Division.

“I think it’s a good mix of young guys and some veteran players – the Phillies’ own players and some new guys brought in, like myself, this year. I think we’re mixing very well. Whatever we have to do, we just go out and do it. I think if that’s the attitude you have, everything goes better,” Stavisky recently told R-Phils’ play-by-play man Anthony Oppermann.

Memphis doesn’t play any games within a day’s drive, but Stavisky’s return to the East Coast sets up plenty of opportunities for hometown fans to catch one of his games, including two trips to the western part of the state in May.

On May 11-13, the R-Phils will travel to Erie to play three games against the Seawolves, a Detroit Tigers affiliate. The first two games at Jerry Uht Park are slated for 6:35 p.m. starts, before the teams wrap up the series with a “School Days” special Wednesday morning at 11:05 a.m. Tickets for all three games are available by visiting the team’s Web site, www.seawolves.com, or calling the box office at (800) 456-1304.

Later in the month, Reading visits Altoona for a five-game set against the Curve, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Class AA team. That series is scheduled for May 22-25, including a doubleheader on the 23rd. Tickets for the games at Blair County Stadium can be purchased at www.altoonacurve.com, or by calling 877-99-CURVE.

PAHS Track: Boys clinch second consecutive NTL title

The current edition of the Port Allegany boys’ track team doesn’t collect banner headlines, shatter school records, or boast state-ranked superstars.

They just win.

With Northern Potter safely in their rear-view mirror and back-to-back North Tier League titles in reach, the Gators overwhelmed Sheffield and Cameron County to put the finishing touches on their second consecutive undefeated dual-meet season.

Ben Osani stole the show at Sheffield last Thursday night, qualifying for districts in the javelin with a throw of 147 feet and completing his quadruple with wins in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the 400-meter relay. Denzel Middleton (110/300 hurdles, 400 relay) added a triple and team depth took care of the rest, with Port athletes winning all but two of 17 events in a 118-23 victory over the Wolverines.

The girls were equally dominant, as Emily Schena (100/300 hurdles, 400/1600 relays) and Jessica French (800, 1600, 3200, 3200 relay) both quadrupled and Bryanna Evens (200, 400, 400 relay) tripled in the Gators’ 114-27 win. Evens also had a good showing at the Coudersport Invitational on Saturday, finishing second in all three sprints.

The story was the same in Emporium on Monday afternoon, with 13 different athletes earning first-place points as the boys’ squad rolled over Cameron County by a 107-34 score. Jason Roush (800, 1600 relay, 3200 relay) tripled for the 7-0 Gators, who officially repeated as NTL champs with the win.

The girls beat the Red Raiders 117-22 to finish the year at 5-2, with Bryanna Evens (100, 200, 400, 400 relay) quadrupling and Emily Schena (100/300 hurdles, 400 relay) and Jessica French (800, 1600, 3200) tripling in the win. After shuffling the lineups to give more athletes a chance to compete, head coach George Riley called the performances a “team effort.”

Next up: the North Tier League Meet in Smethport, slated to get underway at 5 p.m. Friday.

At Sheffield, 4/29:
Boys: Port 118, Sheffield 23
100: Osani (PA) :12.1, 200: Osani (PA) :24.7, 400: Fox (PA) :56.1, 800: Faul (S) 2:32.0, 1600: Payne (PA) 5:13.0, 3200: Kysor (PA) 11:54.0, 400 relay: Port (Greenman, Osani, Michener, Middleton), 1600 relay: Port (Fox, Greenman, Tanner, Woods), 3200 relay: Port (Coxen, Stehle, Ballway, Conway) 11:31.1, 100 hurdles: Middleton (PA) :19.1, 300 hurdles: Middleton (PA) :45.8, long jump: Nearing (S) 18-1 ½, triple jump: Gustin (PA) 35-4 ¼, high jump: Nellis (PA) 5-10, shot put: Woods (PA) 40-0 ¾, discus: Fabish (PA) 117-0, javelin: Osani (PA) 147-0.

Girls: Port 114, Sheffield 27

100: Shaw (S), :13.57, 200: Evens (PA) :28.8, 400: Evens (PA) 1:07.0, 800: French (PA) 2:41.8, 1600: French (PA) 5:59.6, 3200: French (PA) 14:46.0, 400 relay: Port (Schena, Foster, N. Drabert, Evens) :57.6, 1600 relay: Port (Foster, Schena, Tanner, Healy) 5:09.0, 3200 relay: Port (French, Tanner, Mulcahey, Edgreen) 12:15.0, 100 hurdles: Schena (PA) :18.7, 300 hurdles: Schena (PA) :55.8, long jump: Heeter (S) 14-1, triple jump: Drabert (PA) 27-3 ¾, high jump: Heeter (S) 14-1, shot put: Anderson (PA) 29-9, discus: Anderson (PA) 72-4, javelin: Kelley (PA) 83-6.

At Emporium, 5/4:
Boys: Port 107, Cameron County 34
100: Lippert (CC) :11.7, 200: Lippert (CC) :23.5, 400: Fox (PA) :55.9, 800: Roush (PA) 2:26.1, 1600: Payne (PA) 5:06, 3200: Stehle (PA) 13:04.5, 400 relay: Cameron County (Johnson, Bardo, Schatz, Lippert) :47.1, 1600 relay: Port (Greenman, Woods, Roush, Fox) 3:52.1, 3200 relay: Port (Kysor, Coxen, Roush, Payne) 11:44.1, 110 hurdles: Middleton (PA) :18.9, 300 hurdles: Bardo (CC) :44.2, long jump: Gustin (PA) 17-1, triple jump: Binder (PA) 36-1, high jump: Johnson (CC) 5-9, shot put: Woods (PA) 41-6, discus: Fabish (PA) 118-8 ½, javelin: Schatz (CC) 162-4.

Girls: Port 117, Cameron County 22
100: Evens (PA) :13.7, 200: Evens (PA) :28.5, 400: Evens (PA) 1:05.7, 800: French (PA) 2:44.1, 1600: French (PA) 5:53.2, 3200: French (PA) 13:45.4, 400 relay: Port (Schena, Foster, N. Drabert, Evens) :57.6, 1600 relay: Port (Riley, Culver, Wise, Johnson) 6:25.2, 3200 relay: Port (Riley, Johnson, Wise, Edgell) 15.47, 100 hurdles: Schena (PA) :18.5, 300 hurdles: Schena (PA) :56.5, long jump: Kelley 13-4, triple jump: Drabert (PA) 27-1, high jump: Payne (PA) 4-9, shot put:) Schatz (CC) 31-3 ½, discus: Kelley (PA) 79-1, javelin: Zoschg (CC) 103-1.