D9 Class A Semifinal: Gators move on to title game

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PORT ALLEGANY 49

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
November 23, 2011

Last year, Port Allegany was a late entrant into the District 9 Class A football playoffs, parlaying a Week 9 win over Coudersport into a pair of upsets before falling to Curwensville in the title game.

That was last year. The Gators entered the 2011 season with a talented roster and the lessons learned from their unexpected postseason push, making them one of the favorites to claim this year’s D-9 crown.

On Saturday afternoon in Bradford, Port High took the penultimate step toward that goal, shrugging off an early Brockway touchdown to score the next 42 points in an emphatic 49-21 semifinal victory over the defending Class AA district champs. The Gators’ third win in as many tries over the Rovers sets up a meeting with the Clarion Bobcats (8-4), who defeated Coudy (9-2) in the second half of the doubleheader, next Saturday at Frank Varischetti Field in Brockway (1 p.m., WHKS-FM 94.9).

“It’s been our main goal the whole season, to get back and see what we can do,” Port coach Mike Bodamer said. “Our kids are playing well enough, I like our chances against anybody. Hopefully we get a better feeling than we did last year.”
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Gators No. 1 in final Olean Times Herald poll; Bodamer claims Big 30 Player of Year Award

From left to right, 2011 Big 30 All-Stars Tyce Miller, Nick Budd, Matt Bodamer, and Charlie Buchanan. (Lori Chase / Reporter Argus)

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
November 17, 2011

A congregation of Gators was on hand for Tuesday night’s 44th annual Olean Times Herald Big 30 Football Testimonial, with a quartet of players named to the all-star team and Matt Bodamer capturing the night’s biggest prize, the Gary Sage Memorial Player of the Year Award.

Bodamer is just the second Port Allegany representative among the 53 players to claim the Big 30’s highest honor, which has been given out by the Times Herald since 1960. He joins running back Barry Bova, who won the award after his senior season in 1978.

“It’s such an honor,” the junior quarterback said. “I know how much it means, with my dad being a coach and everything.”
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D-9 Class A Quarterfinal: Gators strike gold against Knights

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PORT ALLEGANY 37

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
November 17, 2011

The football sailed high into the blue November sky. Underneath it, Tyce Miller sprinted toward the goal line, a Union defensive back trailing in his wake.

And just when it looked like the Gator receiver wouldn’t be able to catch up to the pass, he stretched out one orange-and-black-gloved hand, gathering the ball in as he tumbled into the end zone.

Touchdown, Port Allegany.

Tyce Miller makes a highlight-reel-worthy touchdown catch in Port Allegany's 37-8 D-9 playoff win over Union. (Pam Fischer / Reporter Argus)

“I had to hold myself back from spiking it, I was so excited,” Miller said. “I was pumped.”

Judging by the reaction both on the field and in the stands, he wasn’t alone.

The spectacular 39-yard grab – one that a Big 30 committeeman would call the best he’d ever seen in a high school game – was the middle of three second-quarter scores for Port Allegany, which forged a 22-0 halftime lead on the way to a 37-8 victory over Union in Saturday’s District 9 Class A quarterfinal round.
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AML Championship Game: Second-quarter explosion vaults Gators to title

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BROCKWAY 27

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
November 10, 2011

Even Port Allegany coach Mike Bodamer had never seen anything quite like it.

Trailing 7-0 after the first quarter of Friday night’s Allegheny Mountain League championship game against the Brockway Rovers, his Gators exploded for five touchdowns in a nine-minute stretch of the second frame to take a 34-21 lead into the break, then continued to pour it on after halftime to roll to a 56-27 victory over the defending AML champs.

“I’d like to see my heart rate (during the second quarter), be hooked up to a monitor. It was going up and down, I know that,” the Gator coach said with a grin afterward.
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Volleyball: Lady Gators make it to D-9 Final Four

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
November 10, 2011

Port Allegany’s most successful volleyball season of the last decade came to an end on Saturday afternoon, but not until they’d earned a trip to the District 9 Class A Championship “final four” at St. Marys High School.

The top-seeded Lady Gators (16-3) ran into some tough opposition in the “Dutch Oven,” dropping two-set matches to Ridgway (26-24, 25-21), Allegheny-Clarion Valley (25-18, 25-17), and eventual district champ Clarion (25-8, 25-23), but for coach Sharon Daniels, making it there was something to be proud of.

“Seriously, the best of the best is who’s here. It doesn’t matter what seed you are, if you end up here in the final four, you are one of the top four teams in the district,” she said. “When we talked to the team after our first practice, I told them, ‘You know what, guys? Collectively, you have so much potential that you could win the league, but that’s not our goal.’ The very first day of practice, I said, ‘Our goal is to be at the final four.’ That’s what we’ve worked for all year long, and hey, here we were.”
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AML Football: Gators ground Falcons to claim North crown

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Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
November 3, 2011

Friday night’s football game between Port Allegany and unbeaten Coudersport was supposed to be a showdown between the top two teams in the Allegheny Mountain League North Division.

Then the game started, and any pretense of suspense ended.

Firing on all cylinders despite the late-October chill at CARP Field, the Gators scored five first-half touchdowns, rolled up a season-best 523 yards while stifling the Falcons offense, and eased to a 49-7 victory to claim the North title and a berth in this week’s championship game at Brockway.
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