Back to work

For those of you wondering where I’ve been for the last month, this post on my personal blog, Cut to the Chase, might provide some insight.

With that said, it’s time to pick up where we left off. Should be interesting to try to step in at midseason, but I’ll do what I can.

Rain, rain, go away …

Wait a minute. Isn’t it supposed to be spring?

The calendar may claim that it’s the middle of April, but don’t tell that to area baseball and softball teams who saw multiple games washed out by a mix of rain and snow that left fields unplayable – and underwater in some places.

Two weeks into the season, the scorecard read Mother Nature 11, Port High 0. Since then, the teams have managed to squeeze in some action between the raindrops and snowflakes, but midway through the season, the bat-and-ball squads have combined to finish just five of 17 scheduled games. Even the normally more weather-resistant track teams had to postpone one meet, and with reports of Saturday’s high winds blowing hurdles across the track, the Kane Invitational was canceled.

“This has been brutal,” athletic director Dan Stavisky wrote in an email attached to a lengthy list of schedule updates. As he attempted to rake the muddy infield last Monday afternoon – the first time his team was able to get outside after practicing in the gym for a full month, and just 24 hours before taking on defending league champ Coudersport – new softball coach Dave Morey said he’d never seen such a prolonged stretch of bad weather to begin the season. Stavisky, who started teaching at Port in 1985-86, echoed that sentiment at the next day’s track meet.

Where, to nobody’s surprise, it was raining again.

Rescheduled games (so far):

Mar. 28: Smethport (home) – DH at Smethport Apr. 20 // postponed again
Mar. 31: Otto-Eldred (home) – May 7
Apr. 4: Northern Potter (away) – May 14
Apr. 6: Kane (home) – TBA
Apr. 18: Cameron County (away) – suspended; TBA

Mar. 29: Smethport (away) – May 20
Mar. 31: Otto-Eldred (away) – Apr. 21
Apr. 4: Northern Potter (home) – May 14
Apr. 6: Austin (away) – DH at Port May 5
Apr. 8: Johnsonburg (away) – May 17
Apr. 14: Oswayo Valley (away) – TBA
Apr. 18: Cameron County (home) – TBA

Pearsall dives back into NCAA records

Port Allegany native Logan Pearsall, now a senior at Clarion, earned his second consecutive Diver of the Year award at the recent 2011 NCAA Division II national championships in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo courtesy of Clarion University.)


Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
March 31, 2011

When his feet hit the springboard for the final time on the last three-meter dive of his college career, a front two-and-a-half with a twist, Logan Pearsall thought he was in trouble.

“I was just trying to think of what my coach had said: to have a good hurdle, a good takeoff, get my head up, things like that. I started walking on the board, and when I did my hurdle I stepped back, like, four inches from the end of the board. The first thing that went through my mind was, ‘oh, crap,’ because I was so far back on the end of the board,” the Port Allegany grad and Clarion senior recalled.

“Luckily, during practice I’ll do three of six dives from that far back, so I was used to doing it from there. So I just threw really hard for the dive; when I hit the water, it felt like a really good entry, but I wasn’t sure because I was so far back. So when I hit the water, I was pretty unsure of myself.

“After every dive I look at my coach, and depending on his reaction, I know if it was good or not. I looked over, and he’s jumping up and down with his hands in the air, so I knew that it was a really good dive.”

Good enough to win a fourth national championship with 565.15 points, outclassing his nearest competitor by a double-digit margin and obliterating his own NCAA record along the way at the recent 2011 Division II nationals in San Antonio, Texas.
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Brian Stavisky Named Director of Compliance for SBU Athletics

(St. Bonaventure University Press Release)

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — Brian Stavisky has been named Director of Compliance, St. Bonaventure University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Steve Watson announced on Monday.

Stavisky, a Port Allegany, Pa. native, is responsible for ensuring compliance with NCAA and Atlantic 10 Conference rules in all areas of St. Bonaventure athletics. In addition to certification of eligibility, recruiting, playing/practice seasons and financial aid, Stavisky also serves as an on-campus reference for NCAA rules and regulations.

“We are excited to give Brian his start in the business of college athletics,” added Watson. “It is always exciting to add someone who brings a high level of commitment and determination to succeed to St. Bonaventure. He is the right fit and a great addition to the staff.”

Stavisky brings a diverse athletics background to the Bonnies after decorated high school, college and professional sports experiences. He joins St. Bonaventure after recently retiring from a nine-year professional baseball career in which he was named League Most Valuable Player and batting champion (.343 batting average) of the high-A Modesto Athletics of the California League. He was also named MVP of the short-season A Vancouver Canadians and class AA Midland (Texas) Rockhounds. During his professional career, Stavisky was a part of four league championship teams at three different levels: Modesto Athletics (2004, high-A); Midland Rockhounds (2005, AA); Sacramento River Cats (2007, AAA); and Arkansas Travelers (2008, AA).

A versatile outfielder and first baseman, he ends his professional career with a .301 batting average on 880 hits in 2,921 at-bats, including 83 home runs, 20 triples, 202 doubles and 445 RBI.

“During my baseball career I got to see what it takes to be successful at a very high level,” noted Stavisky. “That’s what I remember most and what I will bring with me to St. Bonaventure. I never had success by myself and I have a strong desire to compete and succeed as a part of this team.”

A two-time Academic All-American and three-time All-Big East second team pick for the Fighting Irish, Stavisky helped Notre Dame to a No.1 national ranking as a sophomore and an appearance in the College World Series as a junior. He was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the sixth round of the 2002 MLB Draft and also spent time in the LA Angels of Anaheim and Philadelphia Phillies’ organizations.

“After retiring from baseball, St. Bonaventure represents the next step for me,” he commented. “I want to be involved in all aspects of college athletics, and will have the opportunity to do so as Director of Compliance.”

Stavisky, the son of two St. Bonaventure graduates, earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame.

Hello, anyone home? Hello?

Wow. December? It’s been that long since the last time I updated this blog? Wait, I can explain. The cat ate my homework newspaper. Not buying it? Umm, would you believe … witness protection program? No?

Okay, okay, I’ll ‘fess up. Thanks to a busted knee, I spent the better part of the winter sports season on the long-term DL, lounging in my living room with my leg propped up on a pillow. Kind of tough to cover games from the couch, so the local hoops and wrestling coaches got a break from having to put up with me.

Their spring-sports counterparts weren’t as lucky, though. I’ve been back out at the ballfields and tracks (and in the pages of the Reporter Argus) since early April, which means that sheer lethargy is my only excuse for not putting those reports here or sending them along to Doc McCormick’s excellent site,

My bad. Since this blog was essentially created as an archive for my RA stories, I’ll be going back and adding a few forgotten pieces before getting around to the current stuff.

And if anyone’s still out there, I promise it won’t be another five months until the next update.

PAHS Fall All-Stars

Lori Chase
November 25, 2008

As area basketball teams prepare to tip off their non-league schedules, with the first wrestling matches not far behind, it’s time to take a final look back at the fall sports season. Several Port Allegany High School athletes earned leaguewide recognition for their play, and for the second straight year, two selections to the prestigious Olean Times Herald Big 30 All-Star teams – one each in football and boys’ soccer – topped the list.

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