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.

PAHS Sports Briefs: 8/31 – 9/4

Boys Soccer:

Three games into the Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League season, it looks like Scotty Brookens and his Port Allegany Gators are picking up right where they left off.

Brookens, already Port’s all-time leading scorer with 36 goals after his junior season, netted seven more as Port advanced to the championship game of the Galeton Tournament on Saturday, then overwhelmed Ridgway 7-1 in Tuesday’s UASVL opener.

On Saturday, the Gators downed Williamson 4-0 in their first game, with Brookens recording the hat trick, Tyler Kittilson adding a goal, and Ben Edgell making 12 stops to earn the shutout. That sent them into the title game against Northeast Bradford, with the Panthers claiming the crown 3-0 despite nine saves from Edgell.

“A mixed day,” Port coach Aaron Clark said. “The first game, it took us a while to get going – the tournament really is just there to help us knock some of the rust off a bit. The first game, overall, we were pleased with. We actually left a few goals on the field; we lost a lot of opportunities. But overall, the real concern had been the defense, and in the first game the defense played well. Even in the second game with a 3-0 score, the defense still did very well. Ben Edgell played great. He kept us in the second game almost single-handedly. So it was a positive weekend. We were able to kind of walk out of there with some confidence, and trust that we have a solid team.”

That confidence carried over into Tuesday’s home opener, with the Gators cruising to a comfortable win over the Elkers. Brookens added four more tallies to the school record,with Kittilson (2) and Rudy Collver also finding the back of the net and Edgell stopping five shots to pick up his second win.

“It was a slow start for a bit,” Clark said. “Ridgway played tough for the first 10 minutes, but we were eventually able to wear them down after a while. It’s just the very beginning of the league schedule, but we’re confident and hoping that we’re going to build up and just keep getting better. Three games in, the defense probably played their best game of the season so far. Everybody in front of Ben helped keep Ben clean. He didn’t have to do to much. With the exception of one slight defensive error that led to the goal that they scored, Ben really had to do very little for us.”

The Gators (2-1) play a non-league home game against Olean’s Archbishop Walsh at 4 p.m. Thursday, then embark on a four-game road swing next week to ECC, Brockway, Smethport, and Saint Marys.

Girls Soccer:

The Port Allegany girls soccer team dropped a pair of games in last weekend’s season-opening Bradford Tournament, but the Gators didn’t go down without a fight against their hosts and an always-strong Portville side.

In what coach Travis Cowburn called a “fast-paced great game” in the opener, Port and Bradford played to a halftime 2-2 tie before the Class AA Owls managed to pull away in the second 40 minutes for a 4-3 win. Lynae Delacour netted a pair of goals and also assisted on a score by fellow sophomore Somer Buchsenschutz, while freshman Laura Fox made 14 saves for the Gators.

“We still have a lot to learn as I must keep changing things up to find the right combination of the newly constructed defense,” Cowburn wrote in an email to the Reporter Argus. “They are playing hard and we will improve steadily. The weather was very hot as both teams went down with cramps time and time again. I was very proud of their effort.”

A 10 o’clock start the next morning didn’t leave much time to recuperate for the young Gators or for Portville – the No. 1 seed in last year’s Section 6 Class C playoffs – who lost to Olean on penalty kicks Friday night. Nether team could solve the other’s defense in the first half, before the Panthers finally claimed a 2-0 victory on a pair of goals by Shawna Lowe.

“Our young defense has a lot to learn yet but seem to be quickly learning from the miscues being made,” Cowburn wrote. “Fitness is still the Achilles heel of the team as we tend to lose touch on the ball and become more spectators late in the game when we need it the most. Freshman goal keeper Laura Fox had another outstanding game with 10 saves. She is becoming a ‘rock’ back there and has stepped up to most of the challenges put before her. Midfielder McKenna Johnson and defender Cheyenne Helo are doing a tremendous job. Their leadership has helped the Gators raise a few eyebrows.”

After opening the Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League schedule with a home match against Saint Marys on Wednesday, Port (0-2) travels to DuBois CC the following afternoon.

Volleyball:

The Port Allegany volleyball team didn’t lose a single match during the 2011 regular season, carrying a perfect 16-0 record into the District 9 championship round. Judging by early results, the Gators are going to be just as tough to beat this year, dropping just a single game in two non-league matches to open the season.

In Friday’s Gator-vs.-Gator showdown at Allegany-Limestone, Port jumped out to a 2-0 lead, then held on for a 3-1 (25-16, 25-15, 23-25, 25-20) win.

“It’s always good to get that first win under your belt, and overall we played well,” coach Sharon Daniels wrote in an email to the Reporter Argus. “We have lots to work on, one of which is to speed up our offense and earn more points, quickly getting us to 25. Last night we relied on the opponent’s errors for too many of our points. We struggled getting the ball to our middles; fortunately Ashley Woodruff (16 kills, 11 digs) was hot and tallied some big points. Jenny Shelley (32 assists, 10 kills, 15 points) and Becca Lathrop (9 points, 4 kills, 2 1/2 blocks) both played a smart right side and scored on strategy. Defensively at the net, the girls were tough. Rachel Taylor (7 kills, 5 1/2 blocks), Brooke Roys (8 kills, 7 1/2 blocks) and Becca combined for 15 blocks to shut down Allegany’s offense.”

On Tuesday, the Gators cruised to a 25-2, 25-6, 25-15 straight-set victory over visiting Galeton. Shelley once again led the way with 19 points, 4 kills, and 17 assists, with Amber Naylor (14 points), Taylor (10 points, 4 kills, 2 blocks), and Woodruff (7 kills) also garnering mention.

“Good team win,” Daniels wrote. “All players contributed. We executed our offense better than last Friday evening. Serving was very effective.”

Port (2-0) has the rest of the week off before starting the North Tier League season at Northern Potter next Tuesday.

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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Volleyball: “30 For 30,” Gator style

In ESPN parlance, “30 For 30” refers to a series of documentaries marking the sports superpower’s 30th birthday. But in Port Allegany, those numbers have an alternate meaning right now – chronicling the dominance of the Gator volleyball team.

Building off last Tuesday’s signature win over Coudersport in a showdown of North Tier League unbeatens, Port High held serve in its next two matches, overwhelming Northern Potter and Austin to move to 10-0 (9-0 NTL).

That’s 10 straight-set sweeps – 30 wins in 30 regular-season games for coach Sharon Daniels’ club, with only Oswayo Valley (once) and Coudy (twice) managing to crack the 20-point barrier against the Gators. What’s the difference this year?

“I think the attitude of the girls,” Daniels said. “They’re motivated to push to win. Not only do we have the big goal of winning the match, but we’ve got a lot of smaller goals to reach that goal: Winning the game, winning the match. I think that’s the difference. That’s what we’re doing at practice as well.”
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NTL Volleyball: Gators spike Coudy, remain unbeaten

With the Port Allegany and Coudersport coming into Tuesday night’s midseason North Tier League showdown with identical 7-0 records, the crowd in the packed Gator gym had to anticipate a tight, suspense-filled match.

They got their money’s worth. Neither team led by more than four points in the first two games, with Port staving off a Coudy set point before eking out a 26-24 win in the first game, then using two big spikes by Rachel Taylor to break a 23-all tie in the second for a 2-0 lead.

The third game was just as close, with the Gators clinging to a 10-8 lead, when Jenny Shelley made one of her biggest plays of the night, leaping high to stuff an attempted Coudy spike. Momentum firmly on Port’s side of the net, the Falcons would only score twice more the rest of the way, with Taylor serving out a nine-point run to close out the match 25-10 and keep the Gators unbeaten.

“That was big. Especially a solo block,” Port coach Sharon Daniels said of her 5-6 junior setter. “On a solo block, everybody’s like, ‘Yes!’ She played big tonight. She played six-foot-tall tonight.”

The same could be said of Taylor, Port’s big hitter, who dominated the net with 18 kills and five blocks while firing six aces among her 13 service points.

“She’s playing with so much confidence this year, she really is,” Daniels said. “And tonight’s the type of game we needed for her to continue to play hot. She did a lot of different things tonight that she hasn’t been doing because she hasn’t had to, so that’s nice as well.”

Shelley notched 33 assists and added four aces among her nine service points, and filled out the stat sheet with four kills and three blocks. But for Daniels, there were plenty of standouts on this night.

“Becky Andrus (23 digs) passed on the money all three sets,” she noted. “Becca Culver (six kills, six blocks) stepped up big tonight. Actually, our other two sophomores that are double-dressers (with junior varsity). Kris-Ann Raymo was sick today and couldn’t play – she’s my starting senior – so Taylor Causer (six service points, including three aces) came in and did a great job, Racheal Causer came off the bench and did a nice job. Bethy Bernardi (eight service points, two aces) did an excellent job of coming in for Ashley Woodruff, who’s got a sore shoulder and can’t serve. Truly, this was a nice team win. It really was.”

With the win over their longtime rival, the Gators (8-0, 7-0 NTL), who have yet to drop a single game in non-tournament play, take over sole possession of first place in the league.

“Love it,” Daniels said with a smile. “We’d like to stay there all the way through – but one at a time. One match at a time. That’s how we prepare, and that’s how we look at the season. Next match, Northern Potter.”

Gator volleyball drops pair of close matches

With the District 9 volleyball playoffs a week away, Port Allegany ran into two teams looking to do some postseason damage, dropping a four-set match (25-22, 25-15, 19-25, 26-24) on defending North Tier League champ Otto-Eldred’s home court before pushing Coudersport to five sets on Senior Night at the Gator gym.

“The team came right out and played good power volleyball. We just couldn’t hang onto the edge,” coach Sharon Daniels said after the loss to the Terrors on “Dig Pink” night.

Rachel Taylor (18 kills, 10 blocks), Renee Edgell (16 kills, 12 digs, 2 blocks), and Becca Culver (7 kills, 5 blocks) did most of the heavy hitting for the Port squad, with Jenny Shelley (23 assists) and Kyley Mickle (13 assists) setting them up and Becky Andrus (29 digs) leading the defense.

The Gators battled Coudy to the end on Tuesday, but the Falcons eked out a fifth-set win to take the match 25-19, 25-27, 25-21, 14-25, 15-12. Andrus was all over the court on defense, finishing the match with 62 digs in addition to serving for 10 points. Taylor (19 kills, 5 blocks, 11 service points) and Edgell (12 kills, 1 block and 16 digs) again led the Port attack on passes from Mickle (22 assists, 6 kills, 3 blocks) and Shelley (21 assists, 7 kills, 10 digs).

“The girls played hard. All moved well on defense and offense was very effective,” Daniels said. “We let down in the fourth game and allowed too many service points to be served off us. We came back strong in the fifth, and after falling behind, slowly chipped away to cut their lead to three points. In the end we just couldn’t pull it off and lost by three. It was truly a heartbreaker.”

Now 7-7 overall and 6-7 in league, Port travels to Northern Potter on Thursday for the regular-season finale.

PAHS roundup: Oct. 13-19

Volleyball:

The Port Allegany volleyball team picked up a pair of victories last week, beating Cameron County for the second time before setting down Smethport to run its winning streak to four matches before Tuesday night’s straight-set loss to unbeaten Oswayo Valley.

Jenny Shelley led the way in the Lady Gators’ 25-18, 25-11, 16-25, 25-11 win at Emporium, filling up the stat sheet with 15 service points, 11 kills, 15 assists, and 8 digs. Kyley Mickle (3 kills, 16 assists), Renee Edgell (5 service points, 6 kills, 11 digs), Rachel Taylor (5 service points, 15 kills, 3 blocks), Becky Andrus (12 service points, 3 kills, 38 digs) and Nikki Andrus (14 service points, 2 kills, 7 digs) also contributed to the win over the Red Raiders.

On Thursday, Port High (7-4, 6-4 NTL) swept Smethport 25-22, 25-19, 25-19 to avenge an earlier loss to the Hubs. Renee Edgell’s 11 kills and 11 digs powered the Port offense, with

Shelley (12 assists, 5 kills, 16 digs), Mickle (7 assists, 4 kills, 11 digs), Andrus (34 digs), and Kris-Ann Raymo (2 kills, 12 digs) also contributing to the cause.

“This was a long-awaited performance,” coach Sharon Daniels said following the win over the Hubbers. “The team had not played consistently well since our loss to Smethport. Every player brought their ‘A’ game. Offense and defense were sound.”

Thursday’s match at Otto-Eldred will have a different look; instead of Gator orange and black or Terror blue and gold, both teams and many of the spectators will be wearing pink. Nationwide, more than 1,000 college and high school volleyball teams are scheduled to participate in Dig Pink® events this year as part of the Side-Out Foundation’s campaign of furthering breast cancer awareness, education and patient services. The O-E Music Boosters are sponsoring a Soup’s On dinner beginning at 5 p.m. in the high school cafeteria; the junior varsity match is slated for a 6 p.m. start, with the varsity to follow.

The regular season concludes next week with Tuesday’s match against visiting Coudersport – when Nikki Andrus, Renee Edgell, Kyley Mickle, and Ashley Bernardi will be honored on Senior Night – and a trip to Northern Potter on Thursday, Oct. 28.

For more information on Dig Pink®: http://www.side-out.org

Boys soccer:

As the clock ticks toward November, the Port Allegany boys soccer team is fine-tuning its game for the District 9 playoffs. With Wednesday’s trip to Brockway the only regular-season contest remaining, the Gators’ win streak stands at four games after sandwiching road wins at Archbishop Walsh and DuBois Central around Saturday morning’s Senior Day shutout over Johnsonburg.

“We’re building up the style of play that we want and doing things the way we’ve been wanting to do it all season long,” coach Aaron Clark said.

Tyler Kittilson led the scoring barrage in Olean on Thursday, netting three goals in a 7-1 win over the Eagles. Sam Shaffer celebrated his final home game by matching the feat against the Rams, with fellow senior Tyler Smith making four saves to pick up the win. Ben Edgell was back in net against DuBois, stopping four shots to record his second shutout win in the last week, while Scott Brookens scored both goals for the Gators on assists from Ben Osani, Sam Kysor, and Ken Kysor.

The DuBois victory assured Port High (8-7-2) of finishing at least .500, with playoff seeding announced next week.

Girls soccer:

This season has been a challenging one for the Port Allegany girls soccer program, with youth and inexperience contributing to several close losses as the team struggled with learning how to win.

On Friday afternoon, those learning experiences finally paid off as Fernanda Spallanzani scored the game’s only goal to boost the Lady Gators to their first victory of the season, a 1-0 final over DuBois Central Catholic.

“It was about heart. They were motivated,” coach Travis Cowburn said.

Spallanzani, an exchange student from Argentina, also netted Port’s lone goal in Saturday morning’s 6-1 loss at Genesee Valley.

“She was a blessing, to come in here and liven things up a little bit,” Cowburn said.

The physical matchup against the New York team, part of a four-games-in-five-days stretch, helped wear down the Gator squad in the season’s final two games, a 6-1 loss in Monday’s rematch at DCC and a 4-0 shutout by Elk Catholic the following night. Port finishes the season with a 1-14 record and a “wait until next year” attitude.

“I can’t repeat inexperience enough times to describe us,” Cowburn said, “and it was a constant battle to keep them motivated.”

The Gators will lose five seniors from this year’s team, including returning UAVSL All-Star Bryanna Evens, but goalkeeper Jordan Edgell leads a large group of returning starters which should be bolstered by some promising freshman talent.

“Next year is a new year,” assistant coach Tony Edgell said stoically. “We will miss the seniors from this year, but we’ll be pretty good next year.”

Cross country:

North Tier League Meet: Oswayo Valley 23, Northern Potter 40, Smethport 80, Port Allegany 100

As he has been for most of the season, Jacob Stehle was the first Gator runner to cross the finish line at Tuesday’s North Tier League meet at Oswayo Valley, finishing the 5-kilometer course in 19:57.27 to place 16th out of 40 runners. Northern Potter’s Steven Kibbe won the event with a time of 17:27.17, but OV runners Spencer Cole, Trevor Howard, and Barrett Kemp finished 2-3-4 to claim the NTL title.

Jameson Haskins (22:06.90, 26th place), Dallas Taylor (23:05.06, 29th), Jacob Undercofler (23:11.36, 31st), Logan Hutton (23:44.64, 32nd), Lucas Manning (25:13.22, 36th), and Bryan Pritt (25.17.23, 37th) also completed the varsity race for Port. The lone Gator girl, Jackie Lewis, finished 20th in 24:56.59. Adam Koehler won the junior high race in 11:06.30.

The season will conclude for most area runners at the District 9 Championships, slated for Oct. 30 in Ridgway.

PAHS roundup: Sept. 29 – Oct. 5

Port Allegany Reporter Argus
October 7, 2010

Volleyball:
Coudersport 3, Port Allegany 1 (25-11, 25-15, 19-25, 25-18)
Port Allegany 3, Northern Potter 0 (25-11, 25-9, 25-23)

“We struggled with service receive in three out of four games. The game we handled service receive, we won. It really is that simple,” coach Sharon Daniels said after dropping the match to the Falcons.

Renee Edgell led the Lady Gator attack with 11 kills, with Rachel Taylor adding eight kills and three blocks. Kyley Mickle (nine service points, three kills, nine assists), Jenny Shelley (three kills, 11 assists, one block), and Becca Culver (four kills, four blocks) also contributed, while Becky Andrus paced the defense with 35 digs.

“As we close in on the halfway mark of the season, we have to play consistently in all aspects of the game to start gaining in the win column. The attitude of the team is positive and they are working hard in practice,” Daniels said.

The Lady Gators found that column on Tuesday night, sweeping Northern Potter at the Port High gym. Shelley led the way with seven aces among her 17 service points, adding nine assists and six kills. Andrus had 20 digs and Mickle chipped in 10 assists to set up power hitters Edgell and Taylor, who finished with seven kills apiece.

“The first two games we played consistent but just couldn’t get our offense going in the third,” Daniels said. “Ashley Woodruff (two kills) and Becca Lathrop (four aces) came off the bench to give us the needed boost to put the third game away.”

Now 4-4 (3-4 NTL), Port hosts Austin on Thursday night, then travels to Cameron County next Tuesday.

Boys soccer: Smethport 4, Port Allegany 2

On Tuesday afternoon, the Hubbers evened the season series against the Gators in a game played in a steady, cold rain.

“Smethport had two really nice goals on set pieces,” Port coach Aaron Clark said. “On their corner kicks, they were getting two touches on the ball without us stepping up to challenge. Their set pieces killed us.

“The weather definitely affected both teams,” he added. “I thought one of our goals was a direct result of that, when Ben Osani drilled a hard shot off their goalkeeper’s chest, and Tyler Kittilson scored on the rebound.”

Ken Kysor scored the other Gator goal, while Frank Austin made eight saves in the net for Port (4-6-1), which travels to St. Marys on Thursday to begin a four-game road trip. Last Thursday’s postponed game at Johnsonburg is now scheduled for next Monday, with the Gators heading to Coudersport the following night and Kane on Thursday.

Girls soccer:
Smethport 3, Port Allegany 2
Kane 7, Port Allegany 1

The Gator girls entered last Wednesday’s game against Smethport with four one-goal losses already on their résumé, and added another heartbreaker to the list as the Hubbers scored all three of their goals in the final 16:23 of the game to claim the “Ten-Mile Trophy” for the first time.

Julia Collver scored at 26:25 of the first half on an assist from Cheyenne Helo, and less than a minute into the second half, Carli Johnston ran down a loose ball and sent it past the diving Smethport goalkeeper to give the Gators a 2-0 lead.

But as time ticked away, the Hubs’ pressure mounted. Port keeper Jordan Edgell (13 saves) did all she could to keep them at bay, sliding to make one stop and leaping high to slap away another attempt. But with traffic in front of the Gator net on yet another corner kick, Smethport’s Liz Stratton headed in her second goal of the game with just 2:25 left on the clock to put the visitors in front for good.

“We had a fantastic first half. The defense held, the offense was hungry. Started out the same way in the second half, and then just had a mental letdown, I guess. I don’t know what else to say,” a frustrated Port coach Travis Cowburn said afterward. “This is going to test the mental toughness of our team.”

In Kane on Monday, Andrea Saquin, on pace for another all-star season, scored twice to lift the Wolves to the win. Fernanda Spallanzani scored the lone Port goal, while Edgell stopped 19 shots.

The Gators (0-9) hosted Ridgway on Wednesday, and hit the road for a game at Brockway next Monday.

Lady Gators top Green Wave, fall to undefeated Terrors in NTL volleyball action

In what head coach Sharon Daniels’s e-mail described as “quite the exciting week,” the Port Allegany volleyball team split a pair of five-set matches against the North Tier League’s top two teams, upsetting Oswayo Valley on Tuesday before falling to undefeated Otto-Eldred two nights later.

At Port Allegany, Oct 20th: Port A 3, Oswayo Valley 2 (25-21, 25-14, 22-25, 22-25, 15-11)
Individual stats:
Becky Andrus: 18 digs
Jenny Shelley:  18 service points, 2 kills, 25 assists, 7 digs
Alyssa Bowser:  7 service points, 5 blocks, 8 kills, 17 digs
Renee Edgell: 14 kills
Kyley Mickle: 2 blocks, 3 kills, 16 assists, 9 service points
Kelsey Pistner: 5 service points, 9 kills, 17 digs
Rachel Taylor: 2 blocks, 10 kills

“Both teams came to play and it was definitely a crowd pleaser with a
combination of 48 kills for the Lady Gators,” Daniels said.

At Port Allegany, October 22: Otto-Eldred 3, Port A 2 (19-25, 25-18, 25-22, 17-25, 15-12)
Individual Stats:
Becky Andrus: 15 digs and 13 service points
Jenny Shelley: 10 service points, 2 kills, 17 assists
Alyssa Bowser: 8 kills and 10 digs
Kyley Mickle: 3 kills, 17 assists and 11 service points
Kelsey Pistner: 6 kills, 2 blocks and 8 digs
Renee Edgell: 13 kills
Rachel Taylor: 8 kills, 2 blocks and 11 service pts/4 aces

“We came right out in the last game and took an early lead only to watch it slip away to an 8-4 O-E lead. We then had to play catch-up for the remainder of the game,” Daniels explained. “The score was 9-14 and we dug in and played hard enough to get our score to 12. O-E has a nice ball team.”

Now 7-8 (6-6 NTL), the Lady Gators conclude the regular season this week with Tuesday’s trip to Coudersport before the Senior Night home finale against Northern Potter on Thursday evening.