Stuckey added to Raabe Classic roster

WR/DB Camrin Stuckey is the third Gator named to the Pennsylvania roster for the 38th Don Raabe Charities Classic, slated for Aug. 6 at Parkway Field in Bradford.

Lori Chase
May 19, 2011

Any highlight videos of the Port Allegany football team’s 2010 season have to include plenty of footage of Camrin Stuckey. The 6-2, 180-pound senior receiver/defensive back defined the Gators’ big-play capability, leading the team with 30 catches for 733 yards – for a remarkable 24.4 yards per reception – and scoring 15 touchdowns, including six of more than 50 yards.

Stuckey started the year with a stellar five-touchdown performance at Ridgway, scoring on a kickoff return, a fumble recovery, and three long catches in one of his three 100-yard games. His most important touchdown of the season, though, might have been in a game where he never caught a pass but still found a way to make plays.

Port was already down 7-0 to Redbank Valley in the District 9 semifinals at the end of the first quarter, and the situation looked bleak for the Gators as they faced another fourth down.

But instead of punting, Stuckey sprinted left, cut back to the right, and took off down the Port sideline on an electrifying run. Nineteen seconds later on the scoreboard clock, Ken Kysor was lining up to kick the game-tying extra point.

“I had a lot of good blocks on that punt. I got going, just picked it up. It was pretty cool,” Stuckey said before adding with a laugh, “I ran all over on the field. I was pretty tired after running that – went one way, then came back the other.”

“We noticed that when we got our guy in motion the first time, they followed him. So we told Camrin, ‘If you see that guy following him, just keep it and take off,’” Port coach Mike Bodamer said. “He’s just an athlete; that’s what he does for you.”

Stuckey struck again on the first play of the second half, flashing into the Bulldogs’ backfield to drag running back Kyle Lee down for a safety. The Gators still trailed 17-9, but momentum was swinging their way, and they rallied for a 24-17 victory to advance to the D-9 championship game.

That playmaking ability earned Stuckey a spot on both the Allegheny Mountain League North and the Olean Times Herald Big 30 All-Star teams, and with the Big 30 honor, an automatic invitation to this year’s Don Raabe Charities Classic. Slated for August 6 at Bradford’s Parkway Field, the former Big 30 All-Star Game is in its 38th year, with the previous 37 games between teams from New York and Pennsylvania raising nearly $1.5 million to benefit local charities throughout the Twin Tiers. The Empire State squad holds a 19-16-2 edge in the series, including a 46-37 win in last year’s game.

Stuckey, Kysor, and Seth Lowery will represent Port Allegany in the game, along with cheerleaders Cora Bova, Bryanna Evens, and Caryne Healy and Homecoming Queen Renee Edgell.

Pennsy coach Jason Barner plans to use Stuckey on defense, which is perfectly fine with him.

“I’d definitely much rather play defense. As much as I liked offense, I was more of a defensively-bound player. I like flying around, being able to hit people. More exciting,” he said.

A multi-sport athlete who also made the Big 30 All-Star baseball team last year and will compete in this week’s District 9 Track and Field Championships, Stuckey plans to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania this fall.

Gator softball on a roll

Lori Chase
May 19, 2011

Early in Port Allegany’s softball game against visiting Sheffield on Monday afternoon, it looked like it was going to be a quiet day for the hometown bats.

Not for long. On the second trip through the lineup, the Gators started figuring out the Wolverines pitching. And once they started hitting they didn’t stop, bashing eight extra-base hits – highlighted by Kris-Ann Raymo’s inside-the-park home run – to rally from a 2-0 deficit for a wild 11-8 win.

“We just moved them up in the box and slowed their bat speed down. They were way out in front of it,” Port coach Dave Morey explained after watching his team win its sixth game in a row to improve to 9-6 on the season. “They’re starting to gel, and playing better. Feels good.”

Raymo (2-4, triple, HR, 3 RBI) and Kyley Mickle (3-4, triple, 3 RBI) powered the Gator attack, with Rachel Taylor (3-4, 1 RBI) adding two triples and Cora Bova drilling a double off the right-field fence on the fly. Becky Andrus and Jenny Shelley shared pitching duties for Port, with Andrus picking up the win.

Port’s winning streak began with a sweep against Oswayo Valley, but the real eye-opener came in a 9-4 victory over Otto-Eldred on Friday.

“We’d lost to them twice already, and that really helped turn things around,” Morey said.

The Gators followed that game up with another doubleheader sweep on Saturday, coming back to win both games against Northern Potter, before doing the same to Sheffield.

“The girls have been working really hard and hustling. That’s the key to it, really,” Morey said. “And they’re starting to believe they can win. That’s been our big problem; they’ve never believed in themselves, that they could actually do it. Now, they believe, and it’s happening.”

T/F: Port boys, NoPo girls claim North Tier meet titles

Lori Chase
May 19, 2011

The Port Allegany boys and Northern Potter girls made it a clean sweep of the North Tier season, with both unbeaten teams capturing last week’s league meet at Otto-Eldred. Led by Nick Conway’s double in the hurdles – including a new meet (and school) record in the 110 – and a sweep in the high jump, the Gators eased to a 10-point win over second-place Coudersport. Tyce Miller (400), Trevor Neal (high jump), and Camrin Stuckey (javelin) were other individual victors, with Stuckey’s throw of 174-0 tying the 29-year-old NTL mark held by Port’s Ron Andreano. Sheffield’s Kalil Slaughter blazed to a new record in the 100, and added wins in the 200 and 400 relay.

Rebecca Warriner quadrupled (100, 200, 400, 1600 relay), Taryn Bennett tripled (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 1600 relay), and Clarissa Knauer broke the meet record in the discus to lead the NoPo girls to a comfortable 144-98 margin over runner-up Port Allegany. The Gators’ 400-meter relay team of Bryanna Evens, Brianna Foster, Kelsey Payne, and Sara Borro tuned up for Friday’s upcoming District IX meet with a win, and Payne (triple jump) and Renee Edgell (shot put) added individual league titles.

North Tier League Meet
At Duke Center, May 13-14:
Boys: Port Allegany 116, Coudersport 106, Sheffield 89, Oswayo Valley 86, Northern Potter 59, Smethport 46, Otto-Eldred 33, Cameron County 12.

100: Kalil Slaughter (Sh) :11.12*, 200: Slaughter (Sh) :23.24, 400: Tyce Miller (PA) :55.74, 800: Trevor Howard (OV) 2:06.21, 1600: Barrett Kemp (OV) 4:34.93, 3200: Kemp (OV) 9:44.79, 400 relay: Sheffield (Slaughter, Allen, Torres, Reynolds) :46.33, 1600 relay: Northern Potter (Lehman, Morgan, E. Kibbe, Olney) 3:57.25, 3200 relay: Smethport (Lightner, Alfieri, Groshek, Kreiner) 9:00.89, 110 hurdles: Nick Conway (PA) :15.37*, 300 hurdles: Conway (PA) :42.06, long jump: Slaughter (Sh) 19-7, triple jump: Jason Gibson (C) 39-5, high jump: Trevor Neal (PA) 5-8, shot put: Zac Cumby (C) 44-8, discus: Mitch Freeman (C) 137-0, pole vault: Seth Coscia (O-E) 9-6, javelin: Camrin Stuckey (PA) 174-0*.

Girls: Northern Potter 144, Port Allegany 98, Oswayo Valley 77, Smethport 77, Coudersport 73, Otto-Eldred 53, Cameron County 14.

100: Rebecca Warriner (NP) :13.03, 200: Warriner (NP) :27.37, 400: Warriner (NP) 1:00.29, 800: Tracy Woodring (S) 2:25.38, 1600: Bailey Kemp (OV) 5:38.92, 3200: Morgan Soule (NP) 12:18.90, 400 relay: Port Allegany (Evens, Foster, Payne, Borro) :54.34, 1600 relay: Northern Potter (Warriner, E. Kibbe, Perry, Bennett) 4:30.26, 3200 relay: Smethport (Carlson, Stratton, Smead, Woodring) 10:29.71, 100 hurdles: Taryn Bennett (NP) :18.14, 300 hurdles: Bennett (NP) :52.34, long jump: Brittany Meachem (OV) 14-7, triple jump: Kelsey Payne (PA) 30-7 ½, high jump: Erin Perry (NP) 4-10, shot put: Renee Edgell (PA) 31-0, discus: Clarissa Knauer (NP) 112-2*, pole vault: Katie Smith (O-E) 7-0, javelin: Knauer (NP) 103-9.
* – meet record

District IX Championships – May 20, Kane High School
Port Allegany qualifiers:

Boys: 100: Max Morris; 200: Morris; 400 relay team: Ben Osani, Tyce Miller, Scott Brookens, Trevor Neal; 110 hurdles: Nick Conway; 300 hurdles: Conway; long jump: Morris, Camrin Stuckey; triple jump: Osani; high jump: Conway, Miller, Neal; shot put: Seth Lowery, Brock Taylor; discus: Taylor; javelin: Stuckey.

Girls: 100: Bryanna Evens; 200: Evens, Jillian Edgreen; 400: Evens, Krista Miller; 800: Miller; 400 relay team: Edgreen, Brianna Foster, Kelsey Payne, Sara Borro; triple jump: Payne; high jump: Payne; shot put: Renee Edgell.