Bova named PAC Player of the Week

Thiel quarterback Willie Bova

(Photo courtesy of http://www.thielathletics.com)

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
October 8, 2009

Now in his third season as the starting quarterback for Thiel College, 2006 Port Allegany High School alumnus Wille Bova continues to add his name to the Tomcats’ record book.

On Oct. 3, Bova completed 22 of 33 passes for 304 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead Thiel to a 24-21 comeback victory over the Westminster Titans, a performance which earned the senior signal-caller the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week award. The second touchdown, an 86-yard strike to Brendan Taylor to give Thiel (2-3, 1-2 PAC) a 21-14 lead with 1:27 left in the game, was also the second-longest passing play in school history.

Westminster surged back to tie, and just 0:18 remained when the Tomcats offense took the field at their own 32. Bova coolly fired a 30-yard completion to Taylor, then found Ross Gorgano for another nine yards down to the 29, setting up kicker John Madeline for the game-winning field goal as time expired.

This is Bova’s second PAC Player of the Week honor. Last October, he set or tied Thiel single-game records for passing attempts (63), completions (32), and yardage (374) as he threw for four TDs and ran for another in the Tomcats’ 50-44 four-overtime win over Bethany. The Political Science major and Dean’s List student ranks among Thiel’s all-time leaders in most major passing categories, with several career records within reach.

AML Week 5: Gators slog past Hubbers, 34-0

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
October 8, 2009

For the first quarter and a half of last Friday’s Port Allegany – Smethport football game, a downpour and a stout Hubber defense combined to keep the score deadlocked at zero. And when the Hubs began to mount a drive of their own, pushing past the Gators’ 40-yard line, it was beginning to look like yet another throw-out-the-records brawl in the long history of the rivalry.

Those looks were deceiving. Fifteen seconds after the defense stuffed Smethport’s fourth-and-short run just shy of the first-down marker, Camrin Stuckey found solid footing down the right sideline, sprinting 68 yards for the first points of the game.

“We knew they were coming, so we said, ‘Let’s try a counter,’ and it broke wide open,” Port coach Mike Bodamer said.

The Gators added another score just before halftime, then opened up the offense after the break. Freshman quarterback Matt Bodamer tossed two touchdown passes, one each to brother Ryan and Lucas Kline, and the elder Bodamer added a 34-yard fumble return to cap off a 34-0 victory against an undermanned but determined Hubbers squad.

“Slow start, but a good finish,” coach Bodamer said. “Just a good team effort. We started out slow – they had a good defense for us – but we kind of loosened them up with the pass in the second half to break the game open.

“They definitely changed things up on defense and kind of confused us. They were bringing nine guys to the line every time, and Seth (Lowery) just couldn’t seem to find room. Their run defense was tough. We said at halftime, ‘We can’t do this. It’s raining, but we’re going to have to come out and throw the ball.’ Matt hit a couple – Ryan on the crossing route and Lucas on the long one – and kind of loosened them up a bit, and put the nail in the coffin. He did a decent job of scrambling, and hit the passes when he had to.”

While the Gator receivers found a path through the mud, the Hubbers went nowhere, managing only one first down and 20 yards in the final two quarters. Port’s defense has found its groove following the season-opening loss to Curwensville, allowing just three touchdowns and an average of 146 total yards in the last four games.

After watching yet another starter – the eighth of the season, by Smethport coach Ryan Yingling’s count – carted off the field when running back Kolin Strawcutter was injured on his second carry of the game, Yingling could have been reflecting on the entire season instead of just speaking about that night’s game.

“The kids that we still have are trying hard, but the younger kids are still learning,” he said. “They’ve been thrown into this situation, but they’re giving us everything they have. We just couldn’t get anything started on offense. That’s what happens when you’ve got low numbers, but we just keep coming back, using the people we’ve got.”

“They’re definitely a tough bunch of kids; they’ve just had some bad breaks with injuries,” Bodamer agreed. “I knew they were going to play us tough coming over here. I kept telling the kids, ‘You guys can’t look past this. They’re going to be ready for us,’ and they were.”

Now alone in second place behind AML North-leading Cameron County (5-0), Port Allegany returns to Gator Field on Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff against the Sheffield Wolverines (1-4), who are coming off a heartbreaking 35-29 triple-overtime loss to Otto-Eldred. The game broadcast is available on WHKS-FM (94.9) and at http://www.whksradio.com.

Score by quarters:

PA 0 13 8 13 – 34

S 0 0 0 0 – 0

Second quarter:

PA – Stuckey 68 run; Lowery kick, 7-0

PA – M. Bodamer 1 run; kick failed, 13-0

Third quarter:

PA – R. Bodamer 18 pass from M. Bodamer; R. Bodamer run, 21-0

Fourth quarter:

PA – Kline 60 pass from M. Bodamer; kick blocked, 27-0

PA – R. Bodamer 34 fumble return, Burr kick, 34-0

PA S

First Downs 14 4

Rushes-Yards 50-265 30-91

Passing Yards 80 10

C-A-I 3-5-0 1-6-0

Total Yards 345 101

Fumbles-Lost 5-0 4-2

Punts-Avg 4-38.8 8-36.9

Penalties 5-50 2-19

Plays 54 36

PAHS sports roundup: Sept. 30 – Oct. 6

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
October 8, 2009

Volleyball:

Defending North Tier League champion Coudersport visited the Port Allegany gym on Thursday, coming away with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-21) victory.

“We had moments of brilliance and some excellent volleys but couldn’t get anything going in succession. Coudersport played solid ball,” head coach Sharon Daniels said.

Becky Andrus: 26 digs, 7 service points
Jenny Shelley: 10 service points, 3 kill, 7assists
Alyssa Bowser: 5 kills, 2 blocks, 15 digs
Kyley Mickle: 8 service points, 7 assists
Rachel Taylor: 4 kills, 4 blocks

The Lady Gators returned to the court on Tuesday at Northern Potter, where they played the Panthers close in the first two sets before dropping the match 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-16.)

“At Northern Potter we never got anything started. During the third match, Kris Ann Raymo, Becca Culver, Kelsey Payne and Jillian Edgreen all got substantial playing time and played up very well,” Daniels said.

Alyssa Bowser: 5 kills, 5 service points, 8 digs
Rachel Taylor: 5 kills
Jenny Shelley: 8 service points, 8 assists, 4 kills
Kyley Mickle: 6 service points, 8 assists
Kelsey Pistner: 4 kills, 2 blocks, 10 digs

Next up: Port High, now 4-6 (3-4 NTL), opens the second half of the North Tier League schedule by traveling to Austin for a match on Thursday night before returning home to face Cameron County next Tuesday.

Boys’ soccer:

The Port Allegany soccer team ran their winning streak to three games last Thursday, cruising past Kane 5-0 for their third shutout victory of the season. The Gator offense was a balanced attack, with Ben Osani, Ken Kysor, Denzel Middleton, Scotty Brookens, and Jacob Stehle all finding the net against the Wolves.

Port stepped out of its Upper Allegheny Valley league schedule on Saturday morning for a home game against St. Marys Public. The Gators seemed to be on their way to a program-building win against the Class AAA squad, with Ken Kysor (two goals) and Osani again providing the scoring punch, but the Dutchmen managed to tie the game in the final minute of regulation before notching the game-winner late in the second overtime.

The Gators (8-5, 7-2 UAVSL) were scheduled to face Ridgway on Wednesday evening, then take a few days off before next Tuesday’s rematch against Smethport, slated for a 4 p.m. start at the field on Mill Street.

Girls’ soccer:

The Lady Gators had a busy week, winning two matches and tying another to remain alive in the District 9 playoff hunt. DuBois Central Catholic was up first, making the trip to Port Allegany on Wednesday, where the two teams battled to a 2-2 tie. Nicole Lovell tallied both Gator goals – her first of the season – and Jordan Edgell stopped 17 shots to keep the score deadlocked.

A trip to Smethport was next on the schedule; with the field still soggy from the previous night’s downpour, Port used goals from Bryanna Evans, Kaitlyn Kio, and Amanda Kelley to avenge an early-season loss to the Lady Hubs by a 3-2 score. Edgell was again strong in the net, making 16 saves to pick up the win.

In St. Marys on Monday, Port spotted the Lady Dutch a 4-0 halftime lead before roaring back to stun the Class AAA team with five unanswered goals and a 5-4 victory. Kelley drove home the game-winner, with Evens, Amarae Reinard, and Kaitlyn Kio (two goals) also finding the net and Edgell recording 13 saves.

Next up: After taking on undefeated Elk County Catholic in St. Marys on Tuesday, the Lady Gators (5-7-1, 4-4-1 UAVSL) continue their travels with a trip to Kane on Thursday.

Girls’ golf:

Senior Lynea Gustafson concluded her stellar high school career at the District 9 Championships at Clarion Oaks Country Club on Monday, shooting a 105 to finish seventh overall and third among Big 30-area golfers. Junior Alesha Shatley also competed for Port High at the event, carding a 126. Keystone’s Jillian Love won the individual championship with a 95, while Coudersport rolled to the team title behind a 101 from Hannah Fink and matching 107s from Tori Brown and Angela Smoulder. The top three individual finishers, along with the Lady Falcons team, will next tee it up at the PIAA Western Region tournament, slated for Oct. 21 at the Tom’s Run course at Chestnut Ridge Golf Club in Blairsville.

Cross country:

Last Saturday morning, the Port High runners got a chance to compete at one of the largest meets in the country, joining 7,500 other athletes at the 45th Annual McQuaid Invitational just outside Rochester. The junior high squad was first to the line for their race, with Adam Koehler completing the 1.57-mile course in 9:20.79 to finish fourth among more than 260 entrants. Logan Hutton (11:08.28), Stephen Blankenship (11:09.50), Dallas Taylor (11:28.16), and Jefferson Stehle (13:36.18) also helped the Gators earn 18th place in the team competition. Oswayo Valley’s Spencer Cole won the race in a time of 8:54.22, with teammate Grant Nolan (9:17.23) edging Koehler for third.

Aaron Majot (20:10.09) paced the four Port freshmen entered in the varsity A-3 (small-school) race, with Jameson Haskins (20:48.61), Jacob Undercofler (22:33.55), and Lucas Manning (23:09.96) finishing close behind. Another OV runner, Barrett Kemp, was the top area contestant, finishing sixth in 16:27.25.

The Gators returned to North Tier League competition with a trip to Northern Potter on Wednesday, with a meet against Coudersport scheduled for next Tuesday.