Gator track: Third time’s the charm

Two school records fall as PAHS boys earn North Tier title threepeat

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
May 20, 2010

In the span of 48 hours last week, the Port Allegany boys track team completed another unbeaten season, won the North Tier League meet to go along with its dual-meet championship threepeat, and broke two school records along the way.

That’s a pretty good week’s work.

“I couldn’t be more proud,” coach George Riley said after his squad edged Otto-Eldred 83-67 on Wednesday to secure its 25th consecutive head-to-head victory (including an 8-0 record this year), then trounced the rest of the eight-team NTL field Friday afternoon in Coudersport, scoring 161 points to easily surpass runner-up O-E’s 94. The Port High girls came close to matching the feat, finishing the dual-meet season at 5-2 with a 113-35 win over the Terrors, then recording 95 points to take second place at the NTL meet, just shy of the host Falcons’ 99.

One of the stories of Friday’s meet – and the season – was the boys’ 400-meter relay team, which has spent the last two months chasing the school record in the event. Six different Gator lineups qualified for districts this year, but Adam Greenman, Ben Osani, Max Morris, and Cameron Lane finally broke through on the Coudy track. In a race Riley called “pretty close to perfect,” the foursome blazed to a winning time of :45.37, the fastest in the area this year and more than a tenth of a second below the old PAHS mark of :45.5 set in 2006. Continue reading “Gator track: Third time’s the charm”

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Baseball: Gator bats go quiet

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
May 20, 2010

The Port High baseball team was building some momentum coming into the home stretch of the regular-season schedule, winning six of seven games and scoring 10 or more runs in each of the last four. But after a heartbreaking 3-2 loss at Oswayo Valley followed by a pair of 13-3 setbacks, the Gators will need to regroup before next week’s District 9 playoffs begin. Continue reading “Baseball: Gator bats go quiet”

Raabe Classic teams meet the press

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
May 20, 2010

With team rosters set and the coaching staffs announced, Media Day for the 37th Don Raabe Charities Classic, held Sunday at UPB, opened the official countdown to the annual all-star football game slated for Aug. 7 at Parkway Field in Bradford.

Port Allegany High School will be represented by six members of the Class of 2010. James Nellis joins Big 30 All-Stars Ryan Bodamer and Lucas Kline on the Pennsylvania squad, with cheerleaders Amarae Reinard and Brittany Drabert and Homecoming Queen Kaitlyn Kio also participating in the weekend’s festivities.

Youngsville’s Tony Tridico and the Eagles staff will be on the sideline for the Pennsy team, marking the first time the Warren County school’s coaches have participated in the event. Across the field, Wellsville mentor Frank Brown and his assistants will try to stop the Keystone State’s current two-game winning streak.

Formerly known as the Big 30 All-Star Game before being renamed in honor of its founder, the first 36 games of the Raabe Classic produced over $1,350,000 donated to numerous charities and personal causes throughout the Twin Tiers. New York won the first five games in the series, but Pennsy has made up significant ground in the last decade to close the gap to 18-16-2.

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Baseball: Gators edge Kane in extra-inning thriller

As Port Allegany designated hitter Ryan Bodamer strode to the plate to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning, the Gators trailed Kane by a run and were staring squarely at the end of a modest two-game winning streak.

Three swings of the bat – well, two swings and a bunt – changed that in a hurry last Thursday afternoon. Bodamer worked the count full against Wolves reliever Logan Depto, then ripped a double to left field on the payoff pitch. Younger brother Matt followed by driving the next pitch deep to center, taking second as Ryan deftly avoided a desperate tag attempt to plate the tying run. And when the throw to first base on Charlie Buchanan’s bunt missed its mark, Matt came around from second to end the Gators’ wild 10-9 extra-inning victory as his teammates poured out of the dugout to celebrate.

“I was going to give Matt a swing and then get a bunt down,” Port coach Nate Zitnik explained. “Playing for two; I didn’t necessarily want to play for a tie and keep this game going. I wanted to give Matt a chance to swing the bat. After playing through a long varsity season, he knows how to handle pressure, and he came through huge. He traded places with Ryan, and Charlie executed (on the bunt).” Continue reading “5/13 PAHS roundup”

Gator track teams sweep Coudy, CC

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
May 6, 2010

One more.

After dispatching Coudersport 133-16 on a gorgeous afternoon at Gator Field, next week’s visit to Otto-Eldred is the last hurdle between the 7-0 Port Allegany boys’ track team and a third consecutive undefeated dual-meet season and North Tier League championship.

As it has all spring, Port’s depth paid off against Coudy. Nick Conway (110 hurdles, high jump, 400 relay), Cameron Lane (100, 200, 400 relay), Tyce Miller (800, 1600 relay, 3200 relay), Adam Greenman (400 relay, 1600 relay), and Paul Woods (shot put, 1600 relay) were all multiple winners for the Gators, while Kory Majot won the long jump and pole vault to pace the Falcons. Continue reading “Gator track teams sweep Coudy, CC”

Hello, anyone home? Hello?

Wow. December? It’s been that long since the last time I updated this blog? Wait, I can explain. The cat ate my homework newspaper. Not buying it? Umm, would you believe … witness protection program? No?

Okay, okay, I’ll ‘fess up. Thanks to a busted knee, I spent the better part of the winter sports season on the long-term DL, lounging in my living room with my leg propped up on a pillow. Kind of tough to cover games from the couch, so the local hoops and wrestling coaches got a break from having to put up with me.

Their spring-sports counterparts weren’t as lucky, though. I’ve been back out at the ballfields and tracks (and in the pages of the Reporter Argus) since early April, which means that sheer lethargy is my only excuse for not putting those reports here or sending them along to Doc McCormick’s excellent site, PortAllegany.net.

My bad. Since this blog was essentially created as an archive for my RA stories, I’ll be going back and adding a few forgotten pieces before getting around to the current stuff.

And if anyone’s still out there, I promise it won’t be another five months until the next update.