Weekend update: Football, volleyball win; boys soccer playoff game on Tuesday

Football: Port Allegany 41, Cameron County 0

With the Red Raiders focusing on stopping Port’s high-flying passing attack, the Gators turned to their ground game, rushing for four first-half touchdowns on the way to a 41-0 win at Emporium on Friday night. Trent Neal led Port High with 66 yards and two scores on 11 carries, while Matt Bodamer completed 16 of 29 passes for 240 yards, one touchdown and one interception and added a pair of rushing touchdowns.

The victory sets up a Week 9 battle of 8-0 unbeatens as Brockway, which defeated Johnsonburg 59-33 to clinch the Allegheny Mountain League South Division, makes the trip north to Gator Field. The Rovers will make the same drive a week later for the AML Championship game, with the No. 1 overall seed in the District 9 Class A playoffs at stake.

Boys soccer: Gators draw No. 3 seed in Class A, host DCC on Tuesday

District IX Boys Class A Soccer Playoffs

Volleyball: Port outlasts Elk County Catholic in finals to claim ECC Tourney

Surviving a marathon first set, the Gators defeated the host Crusaders 30-32, 25-20, 15-13 in the championship match of the ECC Tournament on Saturday in St. Marys. Now 15-1 (12-0 NTL), Port concludes the regular season this week with a visit to Oswayo Valley on Tuesday and a rematch with second-place Coudersport on Thursday.

Boys soccer: Gators rule UAVSL North

At the beginning of the 2012 season, Port Allegany boys soccer coach Aaron Clark had two goals: Take sole possession of the Upper Allegany Valley Soccer League North Division title the Gators shared with St. Marys last year, and win a playoff match for the first time since 2008.

Clark’s squad achieved his first objective in fine fashion, leaving no doubt as they dominated their UAVSL schedule on the way to a perfect 10-0 league record. The Gators completed their run to the North title with their sixth and seventh shutouts of the season last week, hitting the road to down second-place Coudersport 5-0 on Tuesday, then drilling Kane 11-0 on Thursday to compile an astounding +50 goal differential in league competition.

Reigning league Most Valuable Player Scott Brookens netted four goals in each game, with Adam Koehler adding a marker in the Coudy match and Tyler Kittilson (hat trick), Dane Kio, Eli Knapp, Trent Miller and goalkeeper Ben Edgell also finding the net against the Wolves. Edgell picked up both wins, making six stops against the Falcons and combining with Miller and Garrett Talkington for a five-save clean sheet at Kane.

The Gators hit a rare bump in the road at Galeton on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 5-4 non-league decision to the Tigers despite goals by Brookens, Kittilson, Sam Kysor, and Aaron Majot, but rebounded with a 9-3 victory at DuBois Catholic on Tuesday to close out the regular season. Kysor (two goals, six assists), Brookens (five goals, three assists), Kittilson and Kio took care of the offense, with Edgell making eight saves in net.

Now, the Gators (15-3 overall) sit back and wait for the District 9 seeding meeting, almost assured of at least one home playoff match next week.

PAHS roundup: Oct. 10-16

Cross country: OV boys, Smethport girls run to NTL titles

The calendar may change, but Oswayo Valley’s dominance over the area cross country circuit continues. On a crisp, sunny Tuesday afternoon at Port Allegany, the Green Wave rolled to a sixth consecutive North Tier League championship to match their unbeaten league dual-meet record.

Defending NTL and District 9 champ Barrett Kemp concluded his run through the league in style as the OV senior crossed the line in 17:15 to hold off teammates Spencer Cole (17:38) and Gabriel Rees (17:51) and claim yet another title in his glittering career.

Northern Potter runners Ethan Kibbe (18:09) and Tim Adams (18:14) paced the Panthers to a second-place finish, with Gabe Trimbur (Coudersport, 18:21), Grant Nolan (OV, 18:27), Adam Koehler (Port Allegany, 18:33), Michael Adams (NoPo, 18:38), and Caleb Byron (NoPo, 18:46) rounding out the top 10.

Morgan Soule (NoPo) completed the hilly 3.1-mile course in 21:04 to edge OV’s Bailey Kemp (22:10) in the girls’ varsity race, reversing last year’s order of finish. Smethport reclaimed the team crown from Northern Potter as Hubber runners Katie Arnett (22:13) and Elizabeth Tanner (22:25) were the next two across the line, with Ellen Kibbe (NoPo, 22:31), Amelia Kibbe (NoPo, 22:43), Courtney Rogers (Coudy, 22:58), Kiersten Slater (Smethport, 23:27), Kahlie Carpenter (OV, 23:38), and Anna Colebert (Otto-Eldred) 23:46 also earning medals with top-10 runs.

Coudersport won both the boys’ and girls’ junior high races, with Smethport’s Justin Tanner (8:47) and Northern Potter’s Emma Ford (9:29) claiming individual honors.

The hill-and-dale season concludes with the D-9 meet in Ridgway on Oct, 27, followed by the PIAA championships on Nov. 3 at the Parkview Country Club course in Hershey.

Girls soccer: Gators end season at 4-12

It was an up-and-down year for the Port Allegany girls soccer team, with the Gators reclaiming the “Ten-Mile Trophy” by sweeping Smethport but falling short of their goal to return to the District 9 playoffs.

“We played very well but were outmuscled in the end,” coach Travis Cowburn wrote after Port dropped a 4-1 decision at perennial Section V contender Genesee Valley last Friday night. “They were very physical as we knew they would be but no answer for it. Cheyenne Helo had an outstanding game in the back sweeper position. Somer Buchsenschutz scored on a beautiful shot, as her speed met the goalie out of position. Lynae Delacour delivered the ball on a gorgeous pass from midfield.”

Emily Chamberlain scored twice and Chelsea Halbert made three saves to pick up the win for the Jaguars (11-3), while Laura Fox stopped 15 shots in the Port net.

The Gators completed their season on Tuesday with a 2-0 loss to Elk County Catholic, as Michaela Cashmer and Morgan Onink each tallied a goal for the Crusaders and Hannah Onink earned the shutout win.

Port (4-12, 4-6 UAVSL) will lose seniors Jessica Achar, Gabrielle Drabert, Kayla Ford, Cheyenne Helo, Samantha Hughes and Mary Rosenswie from this year’s roster, but Buchsenschutz, Delacour, and Fox should provide a solid base of returning talent next season.

Volleyball: Gators stay atop NTL

Three more North Tier League matches, three more straight-set victories for the Port Allegany volleyball team, as the Gators remained on track to match last season’s perfect run through the league schedule.

Jenny Shelley (16 service points, 26 assists, 4 kills) and Rachel Taylor (8 points, 11 kills) led the way in Port’s 25-16, 25-17, 25-10 win over Austin last Tuesday, with Becca Lathrop contributing 8 kills and Ashley Woodruff adding 12 points.

Thursday was Senior Night at the Port Allegany gym, with honorees Shelley (16 points, 7 kills, 24 assists), Taylor (8 points, 12 kills, 5 blocks) and Woodruff (10 points, 3 kills, 7 digs) all playing a major role as the Gators dropped Otto-Eldred 25-10, 25-14, 25-12.

“This was a good win on Senior Night. All three seniors stepped up and played well,” coach Sharon Daniels wrote in an email to the Reporter Argus.

The Gators stepped out of the NTL the next night as Portville, a perennial Section VI power, stopped Port’s regular-season winning streak with a 25-22, 21-25, 26-24, 26-24 victory despite 26 assists and 14 service points from Shelley, 14 kills and 5 blocks by Taylor, and 8 kills by Woodruff.

“You can tell from the scores, this was a close match,” Daniels wrote. “It was a disappointing loss, especially since we were leading in the last two games and then didn’t pull out the win. Portville is a nice team. They are quick on offense and we didn’t make the adjustments we needed to on defense. It was a learning experience for both our front and back row and was a good match to have heading into playoffs in two weeks.

“Two juniors stepped up big for us. Becca Lathrop (7 points, 7 kills, 3 blocks) played big all the way around and Taylor Causer (12 points) was clutch serving for us. 92/95 serving on the night definitely kept us in all four games.”

Returning to league play on Tuesday night, the Gators also returned to their winning ways with a 25-11, 25-12, 25-14 victory over Smethport.

“Tonight was a strong team win,” Daniels wrote. “Shelley (6 points, 4 kills, 35 assists) and Taylor (14 kills, 9 blocks) are always a strong duo. Becca Lathrop (8 points, 11 kills) has gotten stronger every match since our tournament play in Sheffield. Jena Young (7 points, 5 kills) has also made her presence known. Brooke Roys (7 kills, 5 blocks) had a strong showing at the net tonight and Taylor Causer (10 points) played a quick 6 and served very well. We were missing senior Ashley Woodruff and Amber Naylor; Rikki Rennells and Bethy Bernardi (14 points) stepped up effectively.”

Port (14-1, 11-0 NTL) travels to Cameron County on Thursday, then takes part in the Elk County Catholic Tournament on Saturday before finishing the NTL season against Oswayo Valley and Coudersport next week.

Boys soccer: Port clinches UAVSL North

Oct. 4: Port Allegany 3, St. Marys 1

Tyler Kittilson scored two unassisted goals, once in each half, and Scotty Brookens added another tally to his record-setting career total as the Gators shrugged off an early St. Marys goal to sweep the season series from the Dutchmen in Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League action last Thursday night.

“We’ve never beat them more than once in a year before. It’s great,” Port coach Aaron Clark said afterward. “Last year we had a chance to win the league title – all we had to do is tie them in the last game of the year and we would’ve won the league outright, and we choked it away at the very end. If we would’ve lost to them that would have complicated the league quite a bit, because Coudersport still only has one loss. This basically sets up a very big game on Tuesday with Coudersport.

“They scored quick, maybe five minutes in. They basically dribbled through our defense and we stabbed and overran the ball. It was not a good goal for us. Probably eight minutes after that, Scott was able to put one in from Sam Kysor and Ben Edgell – Ben punted it, Sam sent a beautiful through ball on the ground and it was Scott and the goalie. The goalie didn’t have a chance there.”

The goal was Brookens’ Big 30-leading 29th of the season and 65th overall, both Port High records that the senior forward continues to put out of reach.

With the score level and Port beginning to dominate possession after an early defensive lull, Kittilson corralled a loose ball deep in the St. Marys box and sent it past the keeper to give the Gators the lead at 11:16 of the first half.

The action stayed in front of the Dutchmen net in the second half, as Port barely missed on several scoring attempts before Kittilson snuck behind the defense for a breakaway on a St. Marys goal kick with 12:13 remaining.

“Most of the time those don’t really work,” Clark said. “He was sitting on the 18 – a lot of times, the younger forwards don’t see the point in standing on the 18 on a goal kick, but we tell them ‘Every once in a while, you may get a flubbed goal kick that’s going to go right to you and it’s just you and the goalie.’ So it seems like a pointless practice so many times, but right there it worked out. You could see St. Marys kind of – I don’t want to say quit, but they started conceding right there.”

Edgell had a quiet night in net, needing just five stops to pick up his 12th win of the season as the Gators ran their winning streak to eight games in advance of Tuesday’s UAVSL-deciding match at second-place Coudersport.

UPDATE: Four more goals by Brookens and one from Adam Koehler, plus Edgell’s sixth shutout of the season, earned the Gators their first solo UAVSL North crown with a 5-0 win over the Falcons on Tuesday night. Port, now 13-2 overall, travels to Kane on Thursday with a chance to complete a perfect 10-0 season in the league with a victory against the Wolves. Port won the first meeting, 7-0, with a hat trick from Brookens and an Edgell shutout.

Soccer: Gator boys still unbeaten in UAVSL

Boys:

At the beginning of the 2012 season, one of Port Allegany’s team goals was to claim sole possession of the Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League North Division title they shared with St. Marys last year. Now, with just a few games remaining, they’re setting their sights higher, with a chance to run the table in the UAVSL before entering the District 9 playoffs.

On Tuesday, the Gators continued that quest by dominating a rebuilding Smethport squad, 8-2, to improve to 11-2 (7-0 UAVSL).

In a matchup of two 60-goal scorers, Scotty Brookens paced the Gators to an early 3-0 lead on what Clark said “ might have been the fastest hat trick I’ve ever seen,” while Port managed to keep Hubber star Dario Caminite to just one second-half goal. Tyler Kittilson also scored twice and Rudy Collver, Sam Kysor, and Eli Knapp added goals for Port, while Brandon Wright scored just before halftime for the Hubs. Ben Edgell put forth another strong performance in the Gator net, notching four saves – including a point-blank stop on a Caminite header – to pick up the win.

“In a normal game situation we would’ve subbed down, but we had to give the starting defense work against somebody like Dario,” Clark said. “He’s always so dangerous. We know that if we’re only able to score two or three goals and not able to put anything on net, Dario alone can keep them in the game. It is so nerve-racking playing against him. We had to respect him the entire game, we had to pay attention to where he was every last second.”

Port’s next three games, starting with a visit from St. Marys on Thursday, will decide the UAVSL title. Can the Gators get out the brooms?

“Hope so,” Clark said, but he knows there’s still work to be done. “We still have St. Marys, who can play us tough, and we only beat them 3-1 at their field. We have Coudy (5-1 UAVSL), and that’s a rivalry game. That’s another game where their emotions can bring them up and have them play tough with us. And they’re in second place in the league right now, so Coudy’s playing for a playoff spot. It’s not a given yet.”

Girls:

With wins in two of their last four games, the Port Allegany girls soccer team takes a 4-9 record into its final UAVSL North game of the season, Wednesday’s Senior Day meeting with once-beaten Ridgway.

McKenna Johnson and Erika Helo each scored as the Gators swept Smethport with a 2-1 win last Wednesday, and Monica Crawford, Jessica Achar, and Somer Buchsenschutz each netted a goal at Kane on Monday night in a 3-2 victory over the Wolves. Freshman net minder Laura Fox earned both wins, making six stops against the Hubs and eight against Kane.
Even in the setbacks to DuBois Catholic (3-0) and Bolivar-Richburg (2-0), coach Travis Cowburn saw some positives from his young and still-learning squad.

“We’re reacting better, I think. It’s a far cry from where we started at the beginning of the year. Once we’re in shape and we start doing the stuff that we practice, they do really well. But we’ve just got to put the ball in the back of the net. We’ve got to capitalize on what few chances we get.”

The Gators get a nine-day break after the Elkers come to town before finishing the season with games at Genesee Valley and against Elk County Catholic.

Boys soccer: Gators stay atop UAVSL North

Port Allegany and St. Marys shared the Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League’s North Division crown in 2011. This time around, the Gators want the title to themselves. And after Tuesday afternoon’s 3-1 win at Ridgway to move to a perfect 6-0 in the division (9-2 overall), they’re well on the way to earning it.

Reigning UAVSL North Most Valuable Player Scotty Brookens continued his campaign to put the Port High records out of reach, scoring his fourth consecutive hat trick and sixth this season to pace the Gators to the sweep over the Elkers. Brookens now has 24 goals – two shy of the single-season record he set last year – and 60 for his career. Eli Knapp assisted on all three scores, while Ben Edgell posted nine saves to chalk up another win in the net.

The senior keeper found a different part of the scoresheet in last Thursday’s 7-0 victory over visiting Kane, moving up front after halftime to notch his first goal of the season. Brookens tallied three times, Tyler Kittilson twice, and fullback Aaron Majot also scored as the Gators cruised to the win.

“I wanted to give Ben some time in the field. He’s worked hard for us,” Port coach Aaron Clark said. “I told Sam (Kysor), Scott, and TK that we had a direct goal: I wanted to get Aaron Majot and Ben Edgell a goal today. They’re defensive seniors, and I wanted them to have the chance to score.”

Kysor picked up four assists against the Wolves, with Kittilson (2), Brookens, Knapp, Adam Koehler, and Dane Kio also adding helpers, and Edgell and Garrett Talkington combined for two saves in a quiet day in the net.

“Statistics or not, he’s in everything,” Clark said of Kysor, the Gator playmaker. “Whether his name shows up with goals or assists, he was vital to the first half.”

Port is home for the next week, with Galeton visiting on Friday afternoon before UAVSL North matches against Smethport (Oct. 2), which will be Senior Day, and St. Marys (Oct. 4).

PAHS Roundup: Sept. 12-18

Cross Country:

Port Allegany’s Adam Koehler dodged the raindrops to win his second cross country meet of the season against visiting Otto-Eldred on Tuesday afternoon, crossing the line in 19:47 to pace the Port squad. (With only four Port runners participating, team scores weren’t kept.) Freshman Benon Smith placed third in 21:41, with sophomores Jeremy Barney (8th, 24:14) and Jeff Stehle (10th, 25:25) also completing the course for the Gators.

With a small roster full of dual-sport athletes, it’s mostly about individual progress for the Port Allegany team.

“For the kids who come out, I think they appreciate it and realize it’s something they can do for their life,” coach Fran Reilly said. “That’s what I try to tell them: ‘I never tell you to beat somebody, I always tell you to beat yourself. Always beat your time. Every time you run this course, run it your best, and run it so that you beat your last time.’ And they are, and that’s all I ask.”

For Koehler, who finished 23rd at last year’s District 9 meet in Ridgway as a freshman, Reilly thinks continued improvement might just lead to the PIAA championships before he’s done.

“I’d love to see Adam go to states, and if he wants it, I think he’s right there,” she said.

The season continues with meets against Oswayo Valley, Northern Potter and Smethport before the Oct. 16 North Tier League meet, which will be on the Port Allegany course this year.

Boys Soccer:

Last week, Port Allegany boys soccer coach Aaron Clark was hoping to come through a rough stretch of games with a 6-2 record. Mission accomplished, after the Gators rebounded from a 6-1 loss to powerful Brockway with three straight wins.

On Tuesday, Scott Brookens netted his fourth hat trick of the season as Port roared back from a 1-0 first-half deficit to drop Coudy, 5-1. Tyler Kittilson and Sam Kysor also scored for the Gators (7-2), with Ben Edgell making six saves to pick up his seventh win of the season in goal.

“We were awful on defense in the first half. We were swinging and missing on a lot of clears, giving Coudersport way too many opportunities. Way too sloppy. It was really nerve-wracking to begin with,” Clark said. “They were still rough in the second half at times, but they got a little bit better.”

On Saturday, Brookens scored his 50th career goal on the way to accounting for all of the offense in the Gators’ 3-1 win over St. Marys, with Tyler Kittilson picking up the assist on the milestone.

“It was just a nice ball from TK, on the floor at the 18 right to Scott’s foot and he just dumped it in,” Clark said. “The number of assists he’s gotten over the years from Tyler and Sam Kysor, I think he knows without those guys, he’s not going to have anywhere near 50 goals.”

It was Kittilson’s turn to do the scoring against Smethport last Thursday, with the junior netting the second hat trick of his own and Brookens adding two goals as the Gators dumped the Hubbers by a 7-2 final.

With the offense averaging more than three goals per game and Edgell standing tall in the net, allowing more than one goal in just three of Port’s nine games so far, the Gators would appear to be setting themselves up for a nice postseason run.

“You throw out the beating from Brockway we took, we’re winning pretty much everything we’re supposed to win,” Clark said. “So we’re at the point where we’re just looking at our league schedule and trying to win every game there, and kind of look at playoff seedings.”

The second half of the regular season gets underway on Thursday with a visit from Kane, followed by a welcome five-day break before the Gators head to Ridgway next Tuesday.

Girls Soccer:

As the Port Allegany girls soccer team hits the midpoint of the season, the Gators continue to get most of their goal-scoring from super sophomores Lynae Delacour and Somer Buchsenschutz. Last Saturday was no different as Port picked up its second win, with Delacour’s direct kick in overtime sending the Gators past Kane, 2-1. Freshman Laura Fox made eight saves for the Gators, now 2-6 after dropping a 9-3 decision to Ridgway on Monday.

“Somer had a breakaway goal with a beautiful feed from Lynae,” coach Travis Cowburn wrote in an email after the Kane match. “It was a tough game to watch. Offensively we are still having a tough time creating scoring opportunities. The defense was solid. Erika Helo had a tremendous game at stopper and distributed with good execution. We can’t rely on the same opportunities every game. My offense needs to create things better and see the entire field better.”

The second half of the schedule begins with a visit from St. Marys on Wednesday (too late for this edition), before the Gators host Smethport (Wednesday) and DuBois CC (Thursday) on back-to-back nights next week.

“The meat of our schedule is coming up and we need to win a few if we would like to visit the postseason in any way, shape or form,” Cowburn wrote.

Volleyball:

Like their counterparts on the football field, the Port Allegany volleyball team is picking up right where it left off after a successful 2011 season, dropping just a single game in the first five matches of the current campaign.

“The girls are communicating well. I’m very pleased with their work ethic,” coach Sharon Daniels wrote in an email after the Gators moved to 5-0 with a 25-8, 25-11, 25-11 win over Otto-Eldred on Tuesday night. “The entire team is contributing in every match. Everyone is getting plenty of playing time and we are seeing the benefits in overall improvement.”

Roughly a third of the way through the regular-season schedule following earlier wins over Northern Potter (25-9, 25-16, 25-14 last Tuesday) and Austin (25-7, 25-4, 25-3 on Thursday), Ashley Woodruff leads the team in kills with an even 50 (10 each against NoPo and Austin). Jenny Shelley continues to set up the Gator attack, averaging 23 assists and more than 15 service points per match while firing 28 aces, and Rachel Taylor (10 kills against Austin, 11 kills and 9 blocks against Otto-Eldred) leads a host of other Gators helping stake the team to its unbeaten start.

Port returns to the court on Thursday for a home match against Smethport, then visits Galeton in a non-league match next Monday before returning to North Tier League play with matches against Cameron County and Oswayo Valley.