PAHS Fall Sports: Week 1 notes

Last Friday’s dress rehearsal at Gator Field went off without a hitch, as a decent amount of observers checked out the new-and-vastly-improved bleachers while Port High scrimmaged Elk County Catholic under the lights.

“There’s a lot of curiosity and interest in things,” athletic director Dan Stavisky said.

The old wood-and-steel stands, part of the landscape for more than 40 years, had become a legitimate safety concern as the school’s maintenance department tried to keep up with replacing splintered and worn-out boards. There are no such worries with the aluminum model: With handrails on slip-resistant steps, a ramp for handicapped access, fencing around a camera deck which runs the full length of the much-larger pressbox – a far cry from when radio and television crews used to climb onto the slanted roof of the original to broadcast games, and the only access to the second-floor coaches’ boxes was via a ladder leading up through a hole in the floor – and no open spaces to the ground below, the structure should serve the school’s needs for many years to come.

On the night of the scrimmage, a sprinkler soaked a large patch of fresh green sod in the corner of the end zone near the concession stand, where Mike Kallenborn of Pine Valley Landscaping was called in to deal with a drainage problem that had bubbled up to the surface. But with that and a few other late odds and ends taken care of, Stavisky feels that everything should be in order for Port Allegany’s official introduction to “Friday Night Lights.” The Gators kick off at 7 p.m. against the Athens Wildcats, a Class AA team from District 4 which replaced Johnsonburg on the schedule.

“Definitely a different environment,” said Mike Bodamer, the coach of the two-time defending Allegheny Mountain League and District 9 champions. “Hopefully we’ll get some more people to the games. Even when we’ve had good years, Saturday afternoon is still awful tough to get people to come to games – there are a lot of things to do on the weekends. High school football is without a doubt Friday night; it’s good to bring it here finally. We’ll see how it goes. It will definitely save the end of August, early September heat games where we’re all dying of heat exhaustion. That will definitely be nice.”

“It’s good for our kids to have good support at the games. The more fans, the more excited the kids are to play,” Stavisky agreed. “It will be exciting. There will be some adjustments, but we’re ready to go.”

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Both Gator soccer teams will also be in action this weekend, with the girls heading to the Bradford Tournament on Friday afternoon and the boys opening with a non-league home game against Coudersport at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

The boys’ game is one of three additions to the schedule, along with a third game against Smethport on Oct. 10 and a trip to Wellsville (N.Y.) on Oct. 15, to give them the regular-season maximum of 18 games.

“I like having a full schedule. My opinion is, you don’t get better by sitting at home,” head coach Aaron Clark said. “I told Dan to give us a game against anyone in the state, or even in New York state, and we’d go and play them. I didn’t care if it was the state champs.”

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Like the football team, both the boys soccer and volleyball squads are coming off back-to-back league championships. The Lady Gators travel to Portville next Tuesday for their season opener, before beginning their North Tier League title defense at Smethport on Thursday. Tuesday also marks the beginning of the cross country schedule, when the Gators and new coach Jeanette Burleson travel to Coudersport.

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The Port golf teams were the first fall sport to swing into action, with the girls dropping a 39-16 match at Bradford last Tuesday. Debbie Andrus led the Gators with a 61, Hannah Buchsenschutz shot a 71, Kaylee Ernst 76, and Alysa Dickinson 78.

PAHS roundup: Sept. 5 – 11

Boys soccer:

As the 2012 soccer season began with Port Allegany having to replace all four starters on defense, head coach Aaron Clark wasn’t quite sure how good the unit was going to be.

After his Gators notched back-to-back shutouts, taking care of Olean Archbishop Walsh 3-0 last Thursday before surprising Elk County Catholic 4-0 on Monday afternoon, it looks like they’re exceeding expectations.

“They’re playing great soccer,” Clark said. “Charlie Kysor, Aaron Majot, Logan Hutton and Garrett Talkington started the last game in the defensive backfield and they did great. Trent Miller started the other game. As a collective group, they’re doing just fine.

“In particular, Charlie Kysor playing sweeper. I think both (assistant coach) Mr. Lawton and I are both ecstatic with Charlie’s progress at sweeper. When we played Ridgway and Archbishop Walsh, even against ECC, (goalkeeper) Ben Edgell didn’t have to do much at all. They were easy games for Ben.”

Edgell stopped seven shots against the Eagles and 11 versus the Crusaders to pick up both wins.

Meanwhile, the offense is in midseason form, with the trio of Scotty Brookens, Sam Kysor, and Tyler Kittilson leaving opponents wondering who to stop. Brookens, Kysor, and Eli Knapp each scored against Walsh, while Kittilson tallied a hat trick and Brookens netted his team-leading ninth goal of the young season at ECC.

“They’re right where we knew they would be and could be,” Clark said. “Against ECC, we jumped out 4-0 in the first half and then kind of took the gas off. I subbed down a lot in the second half. I think we just completely took ECC by surprise. It was kind of nice to go and be able to do that against ECC. In the past they’ve – I don’t want to say bullied us, but had their way with us.”

Now 4-1, the Gators have three more road games this week, facing Brockway (Wednesday), Smethport (Thursday) and Saint Marys (Saturday) before finally returning to their home field next Tuesday for a match against Coudersport.

“I’m honestly very pleased with where we’re at,” Clark said. “If we can walk out of this monster week at 6-2, I think we’re setting ourselves up nicely for the rest of the season.”

Girls soccer:

After a rough start to the season, the Port Allegany girls soccer team picked up its first win on Monday night, dropping Smethport 5-2 on the Hubbers’ home turf to reclaim the ‘Ten Mile Trophy.’ Somer Buchsenschutz tallied a hat trick to take over the Gators’ scoring lead from fellow sophomore Lynae Delacour, who made her presence known with a goal and two assists, and Jessica Achar added a goal and an assist to cap the scoring.

“She controlled the middle and became a very dangerous player,” Port coach Travis Cowburn wrote of Delacour. “They have to respect somebody who has speed, control and the ability to score from anywhere. She and Somer are developing into a fine tandem.”

Laura Fox stopped four shots to pick up her first win in the Gator net, while Cowburn noted that sisters Cheyenne and Erika Helo “anchored the defense.”

“They are learning to work so well together and it takes the pressure off the other girls. I appreciate their maturity with and without the ball,” he wrote. “The mid-field play of Gabrielle Drabert and McKenna Johnson dictated the flow of the game from the outside in and opened up Lynae to do her thing. Very proud of all. I was especially proud of the bench players. They were able to do what I asked of them in sparing minutes.”

After making the long trip south to Brockway for a Thursday-evening game, the Gators (1-4) return home for an 11 a.m. kick against Kane on Saturday before heading to Elk County twice next week for matches against Ridgway and Saint Marys.

Golf:

With the local high school golf season underway, the teams from Port Allegany are once again hitting the road for every practice round and match. Those circumstances present a significant challenge, but even if team success is tough to come by, coaches Bob Raudenbush and Dave Roae are both still intent on continuing to teach the game.

Zach Austin is the only returning letterman on the boys’ squad, joined by fellow senior Devin Baker and newcomers Bryce Stahlman and Michael Ernst (both juniors), sophomore Alex Dynda, and freshman Andrew Rosenswie.

“We have many challenges to overcome this year,” Raudenbush wrote, “but the boys are working hard at Pine View Driving Range and look forward to improving each week.”

Junior Debby Andrus is the lone letterwinner back for the girls, with seniors Kira Nolder and Lindsay Howard and junior Kaitlyn Donnelly joining the team this year.

“She’s definitely the leader of the team,” Roae said of Andrus, who carded a team-best 56 in Monday’s 36-18 loss at Coudersport. “My other three girls are new to the sport – basically the first time they’ve been out on the course was our first match. So this year is basically a teaching and learning year due to the lack of experience. But the girls have progressed well and they’re working hard; we’ve had three or four matches now and their scores are gradually coming down. So we’re not really looking to win a lot of matches this year, but I’m looking for the girls to keep getting better and trying to lower their scores.

“Especially for girls, golf is such a great sport, and a sport they can take with them for the rest of their lives. They can play it now, and they can play it when they’re 80.”

PAHS roundup: Almonacid on to regionals, soccer teams 3-0

Gator golfer Maximilano Almonacid carded a two-day total of 79-77-156 to place second at last week’s District 9 Championships, earning a trip to the PIAA Western Region qualifier on Oct. 18 at Toms Run Country Club in Blairsville.

The Port Allegany High School exchange student finished five strokes behind Bradford’s Josh Stauffer, who fired a 72-79-151 to win the district title at Pine Acres Country Club in Bradford, and six shots ahead of John Gaylor (Clearfield) and Calvin Christoff (Johnsonburg), who tied for third.

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It was a winning week for both Port Allegany soccer teams, with the boys notching a pair of shutouts while the girls defeated Kane to split the season series with the Wolves.

Scott Brookens continued his Big 30-leading pace with his 16th, 17th, and 18th goals of the season, finding the back of the net once in the Gators’ 6-0 victory over Johnsonburg and adding a pair in Monday’s 3-0 win at Bolivar-Richburg. Tyler Kittilson scored twice against the Rams, with Adam Koehler, Derek Johnson, and Sam Kysor rounding out the attack. Johnson also scored against B-R, the third game in a row for the senior.

Ben Edgell stopped three shots in each game to record the second and third consecutive shutouts for Port, now 8-4 on the season heading into Tuesday’s trip to Smethport, then Thursday’s showdown against visiting St. Marys.

The Gator girls’ freshman forwards came through again in their 5-3 win over Kane, with Lynae Delacour scoring twice and Somer Buchsenshutz once to tie for the team lead with five goals apiece. Erika Helo and McKenna Johnson also netted goals and Jordan Edgell made 10 saves for Port, which won its third game in the last four to improve to 4-7.

Last Thursday’s game at DuBois Catholic was postponed until Oct. 8, with the return match scheduled for Oct. 20.

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.

PAHS roundup: Sept. 23-29

Boys soccer:

Before the season, Port Allegany coach Aaron Clark suggested that Coudersport was a team to watch. The Falcons lived up to his expectations last Wednesday, defeating the Gators 2-1 in Port to remain the sole unbeaten team in the Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League at the midpoint of the schedule. Ken Kysor scored the lone goal and Willie Postlewait stopped six shots for the Gators in the close loss.

Port returned to the field on Friday in St. Marys, for a game against defending league champion Elk County Catholic. With the score tied 2-2 and just over a minute remaining, Sam Shaffer knocked home a pass from Ben Osani to lead the Gators to their first victory against the Crusaders in the program’s short history.

“We’ve beaten a lot of teams we’ve never beaten before this year, won at different places. It was nice to be able to beat Elk County for the first time,” Clark said. Ken Kysor scored both of the other Gator goals, and Postlewait made 10 saves to pick up the win.

Port returned home on Tuesday to face Johnsonburg, with Kysor notching a first-half hat trick – and scoring for the fourth consecutive game – and brother Sam adding two goals in the Gators’ 7-1 win over a young Rams squad. Ben Osani and Max Parana also found the net, and Willie Postlewait, Tyler Smith, and Ben Edgell combined for three saves in a game which allowed Clark to give everyone on the team some playing time.

“Two in particular who really stood out were Jacob Stehle and Zack Sigafoes. I thought both of them, coming off the bench, did a fantastic job. Good effort from everyone,” he said.

Heading down the home stretch, Clark is pleased with where his team stands.

“Most of our games are at home in the second half, which is terrific,” he said. “If we could have been at .500 heading into our home games, I thought we would have been doing good. To be at 7-4 (6-2 league) and having all but two of our remaining games at home, I feel very good. So long as we can keep playing like we did tonight, we can start racking up the wins, clinch playoffs soon, and start playing for home-field advantage a little bit.”

Next up: a home rematch against Kane, who the Gators defeated 2-0 earlier in the season, at 4 p.m. Thursday. Port concludes its non-league schedule Saturday morning at 11 a.m. with a visit from the Class AAA St. Marys Dutchmen.

Girls’ soccer:

The Lady Gators made the long trip to Curwensville on Monday, falling to the Golden Tide 5-2 to drop to 3-4 in league, 3-7 overall. Bryanna Evans and Shanel Halle scored for Port, and Jordan Edgell stopped 22 shots in the loss.

“We just were not clicking for some reason,” coach Travis Cowburn admitted. “The defense had an off night, but the offense wasn’t doing well either.”

Asked about the team’s early-season rash of injuries, he said, “We’ve had chronic injury problems – four of our starters have just been hurt constantly – but I don’t think it mattered in our wins or losses. We should have more control than we do. Winning is an attitude, and right now we don’t have the attitude. I don’t know why, but we’re working hard to fix it.”

He added, “The league got better with us; after last year, everybody seemed to get better as well. We’re dealing with that right now.”

With seven league games remaining, Cowburn know his squad has some work to do to qualify for the playoffs.

“We play everybody again starting tomorrow (Wednesday), and hopefully we’ll make some noise … This is our season now,” he said. “If we want to make districts, we’re only allowed to lose one more game. (Other than ECC), we can stay with everybody, it’s just the attitude. If we don’t have the attitude, we’re not going to do well. The offense is coming, then it goes away. If they can do those little things that we work on in practice and do them in the game, we can do it. If not, it’s going to be a long second half.”

Next up: DuBois Catholic visits on Wednesday for a game slated to begin after this edition’s deadline. After that, the Lady Gators will travel to Smethport for a 9 a.m. Saturday kickoff.

Boys’ golf:

On Sept. 28, Kyle Hildebrandt shot a 98 and Kody Taylor 117 in the opening round of the District 9 Championships, played at Pennhills in Bradford. The Gators concluded the regular season last week, matching last season’s 4-8 record.

Girls’ golf:

At the Penn-York Invitational Sept. 24 at the Emporium Country Club, Lynea Gustafson shot a 45 to finish second to medalist Keri Hamilton, who carded a 41 for team champion Coudersport. Both girls were named to the league all-star team, along with Ashley Mackey and Olivia Chapman of Bradford, Bre Dunsmore (Cameron County), and Hannah Fink (Coudersport). Mackey was named this year’s Most Outstanding Athlete with a 45-stroke average in league play.

Next up: the final regular-season match of the year at Kane on Thursday, followed by the District 9 Championships Oct. 5 at Clarion Oaks, with golfers trying to earn a trip to the PIAA Western Region tournament.

Cross country:

This Saturday morning at Genessee Valley Park just ouside Rochester, N.Y., the Port High runners will join teams from across the Northeast and Ontario at the 45th Annual McQuaid Invitational, with well over 200 teams and 7,500 runners entered in one of the largest meets in the country. Port’s junior high squad will step to the line first, in a race slated for a 9:36 a.m. start. The varsity team will run in the unseeded A-3 (smaller schools) race, which is scheduled to begin at 9:48.

Volleyball:

The Lady Gator spikers stretched their North Tier League record to 3-0 with a four-set win over Smethport on Sept. 22, before dropping tough matches to two of the league’s best teams, Oswayo Valley and undefeated Otto-Eldred. They took a break from the league schedule on Saturday, advancing to the semifinals and tying for third place in the 10-team Sheffield Tournament.

Next up: defending league champion Coudersport visits the Port High gym on Thursday night for a match against the 4-4 (3-2 NTL) Lady Gators, with the junior high match scheduled for 6 p.m.

Results, and head coach Sharon Daniels’ comments on each match:

Port Allegany 3, Smethport 1 (25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 26-24)

“Port jumped out to an early lead in the first set, 11-0 before winning 25-14. The second set was that much closer and we dropped the third set. The fourth set was a real nail-biter right down to the last point.”

Jenny Shelly: 16 service points, 5 kills, 16 assists
Alyssa Bowser: 5 blocks, 6 kills, 19 digs
Renee Edgell: 11 kills
Kelsey Pistner: 9 service points, 1 block, 5 kills, 28 digs
Rachael Taylor: 7 service points, 3 blocks, 10 kills

Oswayo Valley 3, Port Allegany 0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-20)

“Oswayo Valley is a well-balanced team who played everything well. We looked out of sync for most of each set. A positive on the night, once again the girls did not stop playing when they got down in score. At one point in the second set they were down by 12 at 18-6 and ended up only losing by five, 25-20.”

Becky Andrus; 20 digs
Jenny Shelley; 2 kills, 16 assists, 7 digs
Alyssa Bowser; 1 block, 11 kills, 30 digs
Renee Edgell; 1 block, 4 kills
Kyley Mickle; 10 assists
Kelsey Pistner; 3 blocks, 7 kills, 18 digs
Rachel Taylor; 2 blocks, 4 kills

Otto-Eldred 3, Port Allegany 2 (25-16, 25-19, 23-25, 16-25, 15-12)

“What a GREAT match! It is a shame that anyone had to lose. After a two-set deficit the girls battled back hard to take the match to five sets.”

Becky Andrus: 13 service pts, 23 digs
Jenny Shelley: 5 service pts, 21 assists
Rachel Taylor: 10 service pts, 10 kills
Alyssa Bowser: 6 service pts, 2 blocks, 7 kills
Renee Edgell: 4 blocks, 8 kills
Kyley Mickle: 6 service pts, 4 kills, 9 assists
Kelsey Pistner: 6 service pts, 7 kills, 10 blocks

PAHS Sports Roundup: Sept. 16-22

Volleyball:

The Lady Gators remained undefeated in North Tier League play last Thursday, coming up with a 3-1 (25-17, 25-12, 19-25, 25-18) victory on Cameron County’s home court.

“The girls played excellent defense and a very well-rounded offense,” head coach Sharon Daniels said. “Kelsey Pistner had a banner night at the net with 13 kills and two blocks, and defensively had 12 digs. Joining in the offensive effort were Kyley Mickle with a personal best in kills with nine, 13 assists, 8 service points, Alyssa Bowser played well all around with six kills, 23 digs, two blocks and 10 service points, Renee Edgell with seven big kills, and Jenny Shelley with 16 service points, three kills, 15 assists and six digs. Becky Andrus really picked up her game tonight and played a very tight defense with 32 digs and added 15 service points to the board. Freshman Rachel Taylor chipped in with two kills and two big blocks.”

On Monday night, Port ran up against a tough Elk County Catholic squad, falling to the Crusaders 3-1 (25-14, 16-25, 25-10, 25-21) in a non-league match.

“We were slow starting in the first set and then came back to life in the second. That was not to last long, though, and we never got going at all in the third. The fourth found us with a 10-point deficit and we came back to within three before losing 25-21,” Daniels said.

She continued, “Although we came up on the losing side, we had much that was positive. Both Kelsey Pistner (15) and Renee Edgell (13) recorded match highs in kills. The team remained composed even when trailing.”

Becky Andrus added 30 digs, Jenny Shelley 14 assists, and Kyley Mickle 13 assists for the Lady Gators, 3-2 (3-0 NTL) heading into Tuesday night’s match against Smethport. They’ll be on the road for the next two matches, traveling to Oswayo Valley Thursday and Otto-Eldred next Tuesday.

Cross country:

The young Gator squad got to see one of the best squads in District 9 on Tuesday, when Oswayo Valley swept the top five places in a dominating 15-50 victory on Port Allegany’s 3.08-mile course. Green Wave freshman Barrett Kemp shattered the course record, crossing the line in a time of 18:45.

“I told our kids, ‘Don’t be disappointed when you don’t win this meet. They’re just that good,’” Port coach Fran Reilly said.

Aaron Majot (22:47) finished sixth to lead the Gators, with Jameson Haskins (24:20), Lucas Manning (26:05), and Bryan Pritt (26:06) rounding out the top 10.

The junior high team edged OV 27-28, with Adam Koehler (11:49, second place) setting a new personal best and Logan Hutton (14:03) and Steven Blankenship (14:07) also earning top-five finishes. A trip to Rochester for Saturday morning’s McQuaid Invitational is up next on the schedule.

Boys’ golf:

With trips to the Smethport Invitational (Friday morning, 9 a.m.) and next Tuesday’s District 9 Championships at Pennhills remaining on the schedule, the Gators conclude their Penn-York League season by matching last year’s 4-8 record.

Girls’ golf:

Led by Lynea Gustafson, who’s making a strong bid to repeat as Penn-York League MVP, the Lady Gators have already won twice and come close a couple of other times.

“It’s definitely nice to get the squad some wins,” coach Dave Roae said. “It’s been a few years.” Asked if Gustafson has picked up where she left off last year, he added, “She’s picked up – and then some, lowering her stroke average from 48 to between 42 and 43 shots per round.” Roae also mentioned Alesha Shatley’s improvement; the junior has cut four to five shots off her average, and is now consistently recording scores in the mid-50s.

At Emporium on Monday, Port’s top three golfers played Cameron County to a draw, but the Red Raiders barely managed to eke out a 29.5-25.5 victory. Gustafson carded a 45 to earn medalist honors, as she has in every match this season; Shatley (56) and Cora Bova (57) also finished in the top five, with Sasha Fischer (67) and Amber Fischer (69) rounding out the squad.

Roae noted, “Lynea had another nice round. The greens were just punched yesterday, so putting was a little difficult for most of the girls. The whole team had better scores than the last time we were there.”

The Gators, now 2-6 on the season, will head back to Emporium Country Club for the league tournament on Thursday morning.

Boys’ soccer:

The Gators’ undefeated streak in the Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League came to an end last Thursday with a 3-0 loss at Smethport.

“We played flat in the first half,” coach Aaron Clark admitted. “We were better in the second half, but we’d dug ourselves too big a hole. We had some chances; we just couldn’t find the back of the net.”

It didn’t take long for Port to find the win column again, though, as they used a late goal by Sam Kysor – his second of the game – to outlast Brockway 5-4 in the team’s long-awaited home opener.

“We jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first 15 or 20 minutes – which surprised me, because Brockway’s better than that,” Clark said. The Rovers proved his point, roaring back to tie the score before Kysor’s game-winner. “Definitely one of those ‘tale of two halves’ games,” the coach added.

With the Brockway win safely in the scorebook, the 5-3 (4-1 league) Gators face two more challenges this week, taking on a dangerous Coudersport team at home on Wednesday before visiting defending UAVSL North champion Elk County Catholic on Friday.

With the team’s goals of a 10-win season and a playoff berth in mind, “I’m comfortable with where we’re at,” Clark said.

Girls’ soccer:

After dropping games to Smethport (3-2) and Genesee Valley (3-0) last week, the Lady Gators rebounded with a solid 3-0 win at Ridgway on Tuesday night. Sophomore Jordan Edgell stopped 19 shots to record her first career shutout, and Kaylee Kio, Amarae Reinard, and Bryanna Evans all found the net for Port. “The defense really stepped up,” coach Travis Cowburn said.

Now 3-5 (3-2 UAVSL), Port is off until next Monday afternoon, when they make the long trip to Curwensville.

PAHS sports roundup: Sept 8-15

Girls’ soccer:

Elk County Christian has been the team to beat in the Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League’s North division for five years and counting, and it looks like that’s not about to change this season. Last Thursday, the Crusaders broke open their game against Port Allegany with four goals in the latter part of the first half on their way to a 6-1 win.

“We were just outclassed,” Gators coach Travis Cowburn admitted. “We’re hurting right now, with four key injuries. And when you get a fast, well-coached thing that can do the things they can do, we’re going to struggle.”

The game was tied 1-1 after the first 20 minutes, with Kaitlyn Kio scoring Port Allegany’s goal. “She ran through the ball. She’s been working on that,” Cowburn said. We’ve been working on keeping her body above the ball, and she finished. It was a good shot — well-placed in the corner.”

He added, “The first 20 minutes we stayed with them, we really did. The better team came out after that, but we can play with them. I think we’ll do well in the league.”

After dropping a 2-1 decision to Class AAA St. Marys Public on Friday with Amanda Kelley netting the lone goal for Port, the Gators rebounded with a 4-3 victory over Kane on Monday to improve their record to 2-1 in the league, 2-3 overall. Kaitlyn and Kaylee Kio, Bryanna Evans, and Kelley all found the net, and goalkeeper Jordan Edgell stopped 14 shots to pick up the win.

The Lady Gators return to action on Thursday afternoon with a home game against Smethport, before starting a long stretch of road games next week.

Boys’ soccer:

The Gators stayed undefeated in the UAVSL last week, following Monday’s 6-1 domination of Johnsonburg with a 2-0 win at Kane on Thursday. Ben Osani and Ken Kysor both continued their hot start to the season, scoring two goals each against the Rams, with Jon Binder and Scotty Brookens also finding the net. Three Port goalkeepers faced just three shots on a quiet night in the net. Kysor and Brookens scored the goals against the Wolves, with Willie Postlewait stopping four shots for the shutout.

On Monday night, they stayed with St. Marys Public for most of the game before dropping a tough 2-1 decision to the Class AAA squad on the Dutchmen’s home field. Kysor scored for the third consecutive game; Postlewait got another start in goal, recording 10 saves.

Now 3-2, 2-0 league, the Gators’ long road trip continued this week with games at Ridgway (Tuesday) and Smethport (Thursday). Port will finally play its home opener next Monday night against Brockway, with the game slated for a 4 p.m. start at the Mill Street field.

Boys’ golf:

Following a lengthy layoff, the Gator golfers got back into the swing of things on Monday at the Smethport Country Club, defeating the Hubbers 36-19 and Otto-Eldred 28 ½-26 ½ to improve their overall record to 2-4. Kody Taylor shot a 45 to lead the way, earning medalist honors against Smethport; Kyle Hildebrandt (49), Kole Hults (54), Todd Bigley (54), and Marcus Borowsky (54) also picked up points in the wins. The Gators are slated to make a return visit to the county seat on Thursday.

Girls’ golf:

Lynea Gustafson medaled with a 41 as the Lady Gators beat Smethport for the second time in as many tries, dumping the Hubs 30-25 in a match on their home course. Also contributing to the victory were Alesha Shatley (54), Cora Bova (56), Amber Fischer (75), and Sasha Fisher (80). Now 2-2 on the season, Port is scheduled for a match at Coudersport on Thursday.

Cross country:

A strong Coudersport team defeated the Gators’ young runners by a 21-34 score on Port’s home course last Tuesday. Freshman Aaron Majot crossed the line in 22:53.8, good for third place, with fellow captain Jameson Haskins finishing fifth in 24:47. Other Gator finishers were Jacob Undercofler (27:46), Lucas Manning (29:00) and Bryan Pritt (29:46). Port’s Adam Koehler won the junior high race, completing the course in 12:49, but the Falcons’ depth led them to a 27-39 win.

The team headed to Kane for a meet against the Wolves and Smethport on Tuesday afternoon, and will also compete in the Bradford Invitational at 9:30 Saturday morning.

Volleyball:

On Tuesday night, the Gator spikers opened North Tier League play with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-15) win over the visiting Austin Panthers.

In recounting the match, Port coach Sharon Daniels wrote, “Great start to league play.  Everyone contributed and fairly evenly. Kelsey Pistner (10 points, 2 blocks, 7 kills, 7 digs) hit very effectively, Alyssa Bowser (11 points, 3 blocks, 3 kills, 11 digs) played very strong at the net defensively.  Jenny Shelley (14 points, 3 kills, 10 assists) led our offense with her serving and setting.  Becky Andrus (7 points, 8 digs) got a hand on everything in the back and for a freshman, I am very pleased with the play of Rachel Taylor (3 points, 4 kills, 4 assists).” Port hits the court again this Thursday night at Cameron County.