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.

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