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Volume 88; Issue 3
Choose Wisely Bad decisions made during snow season can have serious consequences
The GLSH cafeteria food is a bite worth the buck
A look at several local family pizza restauants
How Facebook is changing communication
The traditions of the boys basketball team
Cafeteria Food Prices Worth Bite out of Pocket
Everyday, hundreds of students sit down to enjoy a hot meal in a school cafeteria. The cost of the food on their plates is often unacknowledged while deciding what to buy. Rachel Stauffer Staff Writer
ven though you might be eager to meet up with friends, be without lunch money, they are permitted to charge the value of careful when going through the lunch line. You do not have to three complete meals, excluding extras. Students cannot charge pay extra for your lunch just because you are in a hurry. If you past the six-dollar limit. A student must put extra items back take your time while walking through the cafeteria lines, you if they owe any money. By doing this, the lunch ladies are enwill save extra money to buy some of your favorite food items. couraging students and trying to instill in them that they need Students are not always aware that adding an a la to keep up with their lunch account and the amount they owe. carte item (extra item) will add to the two-dollar cost dependA couple years ago Ms. Meloy introduced a system called ing on the price of that particular café prepay. This online service allows item. An a la carte item, no matter students to deposit money into their what it is, will always cost extra. account with and allows them to keep For example, if a student walks track of how much money remains. As through the pizza line and picks long as a student sets up an account, up a slice of pizza, salad, fruit, desthey can login free of charge and view sert, and a drink such as milk or a the balance. This account will also juice, the cost of that meal will be list the a la cart items that students two dollars as a complete meal. have purchased. “It’s a great tool for On the other hand, anstudents and parents,” said Meloy. other student walks through the The food served in the cafeteria same pizza line but picks up two follows the federal and state regulaslices of pizza, no fruit, and no tions with calories, fat, saturated fat, vegetable, French fries and a bottrans fat, and most of students’ vitatle of water. This student went mins. In the last years, the food serfrom a two-dollar meal to a povice department has tried to make the tentially four-dollar meal because Photo by Dan Kubus school food healthier by switching everything chosen was a la carte. Patrick Trumbetta and Patrick from reﬁned grains to whole grains, of“I usually go to the pizza line fering more fresh fruits and vegetables, or the salad bar. In the pizza line, I Long enjoy the school lunch reducing the fat in milk, and changing get the pretzel sticks with the cheese from fruit drink to 100% fruit juice so while socializing. dipping sauce. In the salad bar, I get students can obtain all of their vitamins. a salad with peppers, cheese, and broccoli. I also get the side The pretzel rods with the cup of cheese on the side entrée that comes with it. I’ll always get chocolate milk to are new this year. The cheese is homemade and lower in drink,” said Linda Comunale, junior. A complete meal for stu- fat and salt, and the pretzel rods are whole grain. To ofdents who order from the salad bar will cost them two- dollars. fer new foods to students, the Cafeteria tries to mimNine times out of ten, the lunch ladies oﬀer students to ic restaurant ideas such as the KFC mashed potato bowl. go back and get a complete meal, but most students just want Ms. Meloy made modiﬁcations so it ﬁts the calorie to go eat and talk to their friends. “The lunch ladies really try and fat regulations. “The food service department is always to educate this but it makes it diﬃcult when the kids are in trying to make changes. I am not going to make a change for such a hurry,” said Ms. Jillian Meloy, director of food services. the better and have kids not like it. I try to menu new items and ”Students most likely keep up with their account get feedback from students on whether they like it or not. If a when the lunch lady says they have a low amount left or they student asks for something, they’ll try it and if it doesn’t sell have a negative balance,” said Meloy. If a student arrives well, they will phase it out,” said Meloy.
Top Cafeteria Meals
The school lunches feature a variety of diﬀerent meals. However, according to Ms. Meloy, the special of the day line seem to be what most students look forward to each day. The top three choices are listed below:
1 Mashed Potato Bowl
2 Buffalo Chicken Salad
3 Barbeque Rib Sandwich and Curly Fires ~Kal Kemp, staff writer
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How do you feel about the cafeteria food?
“I like the cheetos because I eat it with a spork so my ﬁngers don’t get all cheesy.” ~Rachel Komisak, junior “Uhm, I think it is okay, but I think it is very, very repetitive and boring.” ~Bryan Brasile, junior “I like the turkey and mashed potatoes because I think it’s the best thing they have. I wish they served it more.” ~Lauryn Gianotti, junior “The sausage egg and cheese bagels are awesome in the morning. They should serve them at lunch. The best things at lunch are the a la carte items, like clux deluxe which are way to expensive.” ~Kevin Davoli, sophomore
~Rachel Stauffer, staff writer and Ciara LaVelle, intern
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December 2010 Volume 88 Issue 3 Assignment Editors Maria Graziano and Nathan Takitch Online Editor Tori Vallana Managing Editor Meredith Saunders Public Relations Erika Naeger and April Smith Business Editor Julia Menarchek Photography Manager Dan Kubus Staff Shea Augustine, Sarah Conley, Kal Kemp, Nick Kovacevic, Harrison Leipold, Klaudia Long, Chris McKee, Kaitlin Newingham, Lizzie Ruppen, Jimmy Singer, and Rachel Stauﬀer Advisors Mrs. Renee Stallings and Mrs. Acacia Houck Administration Mr. LoCascio, Mr. Khrelik, and Mr. Smith Printed by the Latrobe Bulletin The staﬀ of the High Post is committed to serving the student body of Greater Latrobe Senior High School. The opinions articles contain the ideas and views of individuals and do not represent the views of the staﬀ, the advisors or administration in its entirety. The High Post is a public forum for student expression, therefore any student who wishes to create dialogue concerning an issue may do so by submitting articles or letters to editors in C109. In order to uphold the integrity of the publication, the High Post reserves the right to edit the submissions for grammar, style, and available space. Submissions should not exceed 300 words. Cover Photo was staged by Micheal Nicely to show the importance of driving safely and the dangers of the weather
I love math and science, but I love the students more.
Calculus and chemistry teacher, as well as the advisor of National Honor Society, Mrs. Pompelia keeps herself busy both inside and out of school. Her enthusiasm and dedication to her students shine through in her classroom, and her sweet and thoughtful personality make her a comfortable person to be around. She loves to travel and has gone on mission trips to Guatemala and New Orleans. These experiences have given her a new perspective on and appreciation for life. A true role model, she oﬀers students a great education as well as a warm and kind person. Why did you decide to pursue teaching?
I used to be an engineer. I stopped working totally when my third child was born. When my youngest went to preschool, I knew I wanted to go back to work. I decided to pursue teaching, because I realized I missed academics. I also found out that I really liked being with young people. The work schedule worked out nicely as a parent. I went to Saint Vincent College to explore my options. I had always loved math and science. My career counselor suggested that I do a dual certiﬁcation, so I would be more marketable.
Mrs. Pompelia tutored Guatemalan children in math while in Guatemala. She managed to work around the language barrier and pass on her knowledge to these eager learners.
What did you do before becoming a teacher? I was an environmental engineer. I did my undergraduate at Cornell in Environmental Engineering. I did my Masters at Stanford. I worked in Boston for a consulting ﬁrm before we moved back to this area.
On what mission trips have you taken part, and where have you gone? I’ve been on three long-term mission trips. Two of them were to the same place – a children’s orphanage in Guatemala. One trip was to Katrina right after the hurricane. My kids had been involved with a community-wide youth group in Ligonier, and I chaperoned for the trip to Katrina. The Guatemala trips were with my church.
What kind of work do you do on these mission trips? In Katrina, I helped with house construction, painting, rooﬁng, etc. During the day in Guatemala, it’s a lot of painting, gardening, and physical labor. We also hang out with the kids and do a summer Vacation Bible School. At the orphanage, there are 70 kids, but they recently built a school. In addition to the kids from the orphanage going to the school, they bring in other kids from the village.
What is your favorite part of teaching? The students. I love math and science, but I love the students more.
What do you most want students to take away from your classroom at the end of the year?
What are your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
Obviously, an understanding of calculus. Also, an appreciation of mathematics. It breaks my heart when people say they hate calculus or math. I also hope they come away with some growth as a person and the importance of working together with each other. I want them to see some sort of correlation between eﬀort and a level of understanding. I hope they can communicate their knowledge in college or some math-related career and be good problem-solvers.
I like to garden, I love to travel. I really think that a lot of the problems in our world would lessen if people traveled more and learned about other cultures. My family and I got to go to Africa, and I came away with a whole new appreciation for other cultures. At one point, we were on an island in which everyone was Islamic, and to learn about their culture was an opportunity I appreciated. I believe a lot of our problems today are due to ignorance. I also like to read, and I do a lot of volunteer work with organizations involving young people. My husband and I enjoy bike-riding.
How did you become the director of National Honor Society? What kind of work does running this club involve? I did NHS, because I wanted to be involved in something extracurricular. I wanted to know students as more than just a teacher. NHS seemed like a natural ﬁt. It turned out that shortly after I started teaching, the position opened up. Running the club involves inducting new members and going through the selection process. The annual NHS trip is unique to Latrobe, so I plan for that. I’m also trying to encourage the group to be more service-oriented.
How old are your children, and where are they now in life? My oldest is 25. She works for Teach for America in Mississippi. This is her third year. She was a math teacher by choice for two years, and now she’s a director where she mentors younger teachers. Andy is 22, and he also does Teach for America. He is living in Colorado Springs. Amy is 21, she is a junior at the University of Virginia, and she is studying German. My youngest daughter Emily is 18, and she is a freshman at Syracuse majoring in Journalism. Also, my husband is an engineer.
~Julia Menarchek, Print Editor
Mrs. Pompelia, along with her husband and daughter and two children that they sponsor smile for the camera. Mrs. Pompelia commented that the children were the best part of the trip.
Mrs. Pompelia and the rest of the group posed before heading to Guatemala. One of their tasks in Guatemala was to plan a VBS for the children.
Family Pizza Restaurants Feed Latrobe In Latrobe, pizza is done diﬀerently than other cities around. Three restaurants, located downtown are the perfect examples of how our city can take a classic idea and roll with it.
560 Lloyd Avenue Latrobe PA 15650
When you are craving sweet sauce, thin crust, and creamy cheese, where do you go? Jioio’s is known for their notorious pizza. Junior Amanda Adams stated, “I love the sweet, savory sauce. It is delectable.” That is why most people love Jioio’s. Founded in 1951 by Fred and Elvira Jioio, Jioio’s has long been a staple of the town of Latrobe. Elvira Jioio died in 1994, but her husband continued the restaurant until his death ten years later. When Fred died, he left the restaurant to his granddaughter, Jeanean, who helped run the restaurant after her grandmother’s death. Jeanean has been running Jioio’s ever since. Even though Jioio’s is mostly known for its pizza, the restaurant also carries a variety of other items. Most of the food choices are Italian. They have an assortment of pastas, sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts. Jioio’s also feature specialty pizzas, such as Bud’s Specialty Pizza (oil, garlic, tomato and basil without cheese), white pizza (oil, garlic, tomato, cheese, and basil), and pierogie pizza (potatoes, two cheese types, with or without onions).
Junior, Junior Carmelena Moﬀa, says that she likes “the thin crusts and sweet sauce. I also love their white pizza!” Many people agree with Carmelena, about both the specialty pizza and the regular pizza. So many people like the pizza that they order it by mail. Ironically, because Jioio’s does not deliver, Jioio’s recently started having pizza mail ordered. The pizza is cooked ﬁrst, and then frozen immediately. The pizza is then put into a foil, reheatable pan and is wrapped in plastic and boxed. To keep the temperature cool, Jioio’s uses FDA approved Gel Packs. It is easy to understand why Jioio’s decided to make their pizza available by mail. Many people love Jioio’s. It is what many people think of when someone mentions Latrobe. Many citizens who move away, family members who visit, and members of the Steelers team who are in town for training camp have tried, and fallen in love with Jioio’s. Kreighton Long, Latrobe graduate and former Jioio’s employee says, “Waiting on the Steeler’s was an awesome experience. You could easily see that they love Jioio’s pizza.” The love for the pizza has to be the reason Jioio’s has lasted for over 50 years.
~Klaudia Long, staff writer
603 Unity Street Latrobe PA 15650
Thick or thin hin crust? Chewy or crispy? Red sauce or white pizza? No matter what you are craving, you can find it under one roof -Falbo’s. Located in Latrobe, this family oriented local restaurant known for its sweet thin crust pizza, dates back a few decades. Raymond and Patricia Falbo founded this local pizza restaurant in 1976, and their son Anthony and his wife Jennifer now run it. Because of Falbo’s popularity in Latrobe, the family opened a second restaurant in 1998 in South Greensburg that provides delivery and take out for the Greensburg area. Aside from its well- known pizza, its menu ranges from pizza, sandwiches, subs, and wings. What makes Falbo’s pizza so popular? One of the reasons is because they make their own thin and thick crust pizza dough. “The thin crust pizza is the more popular of the two crusts, but the thick crust is just as good,” says Mr. Falbo. The sweet, thin crust pizza dough, which is the
most popula popular, is such a unique crust that families make Falbo’s their one and only place to enjoy pizza. Not only does Falbo’s make their own dough, but also they make their own their homemade tomato sauce. Junior Jordan Buches says, “I eat there once in awhile and I always get their thick crust cheese pizza. It’s delicious!” Other than serving hungry people at the restaurant, Falbo’s also caters for several events. They cater up to 500 people at halls, Christmas parties, funerals, and rehearsal dinners up to 40 people. They will cater at any ﬁre hall that will allow them to do so. “I enjoy working with the public,” says Mr. Falbo. Falbo’s is a family restaurant with a unique history passed down from father to son. The tradition still remains with their popular pizza and their Italian menu. Family tradition and fresh homemade food makes you feel at home when you enjoy your meal at Falbo’s. That is what sets Falbo’s apart from other local restaurants.
~Rachel Stauffer, staff writer
200 Thompson Street Latrobe PA 15650
For an array off h home style t l dishes served by friendly employees, including the Gianillis themselves, Gino’s is your restaurant.
What is your favorite place to order pizza? “Gino’s II because the sauce has a ‘zing’ to it and the cheese isn’t stringy. It’s close to my house, too.” ~Cam Shust, sophomore Photo by Dan Kubus
“Unique, they have really good sauce.” ~Kal Kemp, junior “Foxes, because the sauce has the perfect ﬂavor and the crust is crunchy and delicious!” ~Hayley Simpson, sophomore “Pizza Hut because I like to order stuﬀed crust” ~Amy Kaszycki, sophomore
~Maggie Kisick, Intern 4
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Gino’s has been a part of the Latrobe community for over thirty years. They are known for their home style Italian dishes as well as their delicious thick crust pizza. It all started with Mr. Gianilli opening up his pizza business right after his freshman year at Saint Vincent College. They opened the business in July of 1979 just across the street from where they are today. From the time they opened to present day, Gino’s has prepared homemade recipes as well as other creations made by Mr. Gianilli’s mother. When the restaurant was ﬁrst opened it was mostly takeouts with a couple booths to eat at. Along with the new location and expansion of it came a variety of ways to enjoy their food. Dining, takeout and delivery services, as well as private rooms for special occasions or parties are available. Since 2009, Gino’s Italian Market Express sells Italian bread baked fresh every morning. Along with the bread they sell homemade pepperoni rolls, spaghetti sauce and fresh salads which provide a fast and easily put together meal. With owning a restaurant comes many responsibilities and hard work. Mrs. Gianilli, Gino’s wife who helps run the business de-
scribes ib it as diﬃcult but rewarding. “The hardest part would have to be the time demand. We’re only closed three days a year and my family is always in and out helping in the restaurant,” said Mrs. Gianilli. “A reason that our restaurant has remained successful for a long period of time is because we put so much into running it.” Another attribute of Gino’s is that they have a large variety of dishes that are appealing to everybody. Their main dishes are pizza and pasta. The pizza in itself is unique with thick cheese over a rich sauce on thick crust, but specialty pizzas and diﬀerent combination options are offered to suit the preferences of everyone. “I really love their pizza,” said student Caela Long who enjoys eating at the restaurant. “I like their Pierogie Pizza,” said Alex Morris who goes to the restaurant often. Their pierogie pizza is just one of the many specialty pizzas that are oﬀered at Gino’s. Other specialty pizzas include, buffalo, white, taco, BBQ, steak, and seafood. Gino’s also provides stromboli, hot sandwiches, soups and a variety of pasta dishes. Gino’s Restaurant is a great choice for a casual, delicious Italian home cooked meal and a great place to have a party or banquet.
~Shea Augustine, staff writer
Dangers of Energy Drinks
Purpose of energy drinks DistorTed A new craze is sweeping the nation in energy drinks and not only are students getting a “burst of energy” from these drinks, but also putting themselves in danger. Kaitlin Newingham News Update: Staff Writer The craze began sweeping the nation in 2007 when the energy drink market reached $5.4 billion. Energy drinks seemed to be the ‘cool thing’ to drink. A quick, easy burst of energy to help get you through the long dragging mornings that started at 6:00 am and seemed to last forever. But as more and more people jumped on this bandwagon the health aﬀects became more apparent. Any given energy drink can be linked with diﬀerent sicknesses and side eﬀects. Nausea, abnormal heart rhythms, seizures and emergency room visits can be caused by the post caﬀeine ‘crash’. Though these aﬀects are known by virtually everyone some students still choose to make these drinks part of their daily routine, stopping at the vending machines before homeroom to get their caﬀeine ﬁx for the morning. Senators and activist groups have worked to ban of such energy drinks but one of the most successful was of Red Bull in France in the 90s. It took the death of an Irish basketball player to spark the ban. Ross Cooney collapsed during a basketball game after drinking ﬁve energy drinks. The ban was reluctantly lifted in 2008, 12 years after it was originally placed. After hearing the story of someone similar to themselves high school athletes have opted out of drinking energy drinks before games. “I’ve never drank an energy drink before a game, I deﬁnitely won’t now,” said Stevie Huston, a junior soccer player. Just like everything else in the world, energy drinks are constantly changing. The newest form
of energy drinks is a mix of alcohol and these caﬀeinated beverages. Mixing a high concentration of alcohol and caﬀeine can be deadly and news headlines are popping up across the country. College students seem to be resorting to these drinks, they are cheap and easily accessible. The most prevalent of the news stories was when nine students from Central Washington University were rushed to the hospital after a party with the alcoholic energy drink Four Loko. Four Loko is a 23 ounce drink with twelve percent alcohol, its contents are equal to four cans of beer and ﬁve cups of coﬀee. This makes you feel as though you’re not getting drunk as quickly even though you’re alcohol level is actually rising. Energy drinks are a stimulant and alcohol is a depressant. The stimulant cancels out the depressant in the alcohol until your alcohol level gets so high that you pass out unconscious from such a high blood alcohol level. Another potentially deadly aﬀect of this drink is that both energy drinks and alcoholic beverages are dehydrating. The dehydration causes your metabolism to slow down so the alcohol can’t be moved through the body as quickly. This is yet another reason that a consumers blood alcohol level can shoot up so quickly. Numerous deaths that have been linked to the drink Four Loko. One family is ﬁling a lawsuit against the company for the wrongful death of their son who shot himself after drinking three of the drinks. After consuming the drink, Jason Keiran a sophomore at Florida State, placed a gun to
his, joking around with his friends, before they had a chance to take the gun away he accidently pulled the trigger. Keiran’s family is blaming the aﬀects of Four Loko for their son’s bad judgment. Valeria Rodriguez, a 14 yearold girl from Arlington, Texas, was killed after consuming a Loko drink which was sold to her and two friends illegally. She was killed when the SUV, her 14 year-old boyfriend was driving crashed. This case has made national news with its components, driving without a license and selling of alcohol to minors. Four Loko looks much like an energy drink but it is clearly indicated that it contains alcohol. States are beginning to take it upon themselves to protect their residents from the deadly eﬀects of Four Loko. The ﬁrst bans against the drink were in Michigan, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Utah and Oregon, along with numerous colleges and universities who banned the drinks from campuses. On November 17th the FDA sent a warning letter to companies producing the energy drink asking them to stop selling their drinks. The question remains to be, will the FDA oﬃcially ban the deadly drink. As college students are angered by the banning of the ‘blackout in a can’, some have even gone as far as buying the drink in bulk before it is banned, parents feel the need to be put at ease and these drinks taken oﬀ the shelf.
According to www.wthr.com, Indianapolis, a powerful mix of caffeine and alcohol is being banned, now in whipped creame. Infused with alcohol, college level students are using this whipped creame to increase their level of intoxication in smaller doses.
Energy Drinks By the Numbers milligrams of caﬀeine for a 16 ounce 160 can n tteenagers eenag gers d drink rin energy 7.6 million drinks iss the thee estimated esttimated time until the 4-5 hours caﬀeinee ccrash rassh ccaused auseed solely solelly by b the con80 deaths on off eenergy neergyy d r sumption drinks value 0 nutrientnt value $10,000,000,000 of m oney tthe he eenergy drink The amountt of money market is supposed to have made by the end of 2010.
After being the subject of many debates and news headlines in the past few weeks City Brewing of Latrobe is making a change to its products. Four Loko announced Tuesday November 17, 2010 that the caﬀeine would be removed from their beverages. This change came after the FDA proposed a ban on the popular alcoholic drinks
Energy drinks are not the only way to keep you awake on those early school mornings, try some of these next time you need a boost.
Most people who complain about fatigue are actually dehydrated, aim to drink up to 8 glasses of water a day and you’ll feel more awake and ready to be active.
If you don’t exercise regularly you should probably start! It’s proven that when people start a regular exercise routine they have an increase in energy.
Dark Chocolate Not only does dark chocolate have more caﬀeine in it than milk chocolate; it also has theobromine, which is a natural stimulant.
Juice Orange juice is great for boosting energy level. It is high in Vitamin C and helps you get the most iron out of the foods that you eat.
~ Statistics and alternatives compiled by Kaitlin Newingham; Photos by Dan Kubus 5
Making Smart Choices
SADD turns Lights on for Life
Alcoholic energy drinks, drugs, distracted driving; high school students are faced with tough decisions and must make smart choices to stay safe
Driving with your lights on during the day increases your visibility to other cars by
Lizzie Ruppen Staff Writer
On December 17, 2010 staﬀ and students at Greater Latrobe Senior High School joined people across the nation by turning their headlights on. Every year more than 12,000 people die in alcohol and drug-related crashes. December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. During this month the state of Pennsylvania is increasing DUI enforcement as a part of Operation Safe Holiday. Over 600 municipal police and all State Police Troops participated. Joining this initiative, Greater Latrobe’s SADD club is promoted Lights on for Life Day. Lights on for Life Day is a symbolic headlight observance designed to focus attention on impaired driving issues and to honor the lives lost or injured by impaired drivers. This day also kicks oﬀ National Lifesavers Weekend. SADD club believes that impaired driving is not
just a problem for law enforcement, courts or victims; it also aﬀects an entire community. When an impaired driver takes to the road, they not only put themselves at risk but they also put the public’s safety in danger. Along with the physical and emotional damage impaired drivers cause, they can place a huge ﬁnancial burden on the community. During this holiday season, SADD club asks that we be vigilant in protecting our families, friends, and neighbors from drivers who are under the inﬂuence of drugs or alcohol. On December 17, 2010, SADD club members distributed small cards at the end of the school day encouraging students to participate in this campaign. If there is one thing to take away from Lights on for Life remember the lives injured and lost by turning on your headlights and driving safe this holiday season.
President, Carly Meholic V. President, Kim McDonagh Secretary, Hilary Bacha Treasurer, Justin Klimchak
Members of the Greater Latrobe SADD Club participate in the Lights on for Life event on December 17. Students and state troopers helped with the traffic safety test to make sure drivers were buckled, had their lights on, and had their eyes focused on the road.
Be a Smart Driver
With winter weather ahead, don’t be afraid to slow down.
Invincibility, not an option
Wind Shield Wiper Fluid
We have all heard a million times, “Don’t forget to put on your seat belt.” The truth is putting on your seat belt can save your life.
Assuming that your vehicle can handle all conditions is not always the best idea. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can struggle on winter roads, no matter how invincible you might think your 4 wheel drive Toyota Tundra truck is.
Wiper ﬂuid is antifreeze so it won’t freeze in the winter, but it can help you keep your windshield clear. Be sure to keep your windshield wiper ﬂuid full for those unexpected slush that appears on our windshields.
Back Roads and Extra Sleep
Remember Your Snow Scraper
We all have found the Marguritte Lake road gets your to school in record time, ensuring extra sleep time. However, when the weather turns bad, Route 30 is your best choice. Highways are typically better maintained and if you get into trouble, plenty of people are around to help.
Digging out your car and the end of the day will go a lot faster with the one of these. Snow scrapers come in many styles and sizes. AAA recommends one with a long handle and a scraper on one end and brush on the other. If you ﬁnd yourself without a snow scraper use a CD.
Slow Down When driving on snow, remember everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, and turning are included.
Keep It Full Try to keep the gas tank at least half way full at all times. This can prevent a gas line freezing up. Being stranded in the snow waiting for someone to bring you gas does not sound like an appealing way to spend the day. 6
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~Compiled by Lizzie Ruppen
Smart Choices Our lives are full of decisions. What will I wear tomorrow? What will I eat for lunch? Should I wear a seat belt? But, more importantly, will I stay drug free? It may sound cool when you’re talking with your friends, but as you take into consideration the school’s intense drug policy and are warned of the dangers drugs can do to your body, you may want to think twice. Maybe it’s not so cool after all. Decide today, will you be drug free?
~Erika Naeger, Print Editor & Public Relations
Drug Use and Our School Tori Vallana Online Editor
From the ﬁrst quarter alone, the number of drug violations in our school has increased in comparison to previous years. Not only is drug use illegal, it also puts the safety of students in jeopardy and displays a negative image to the public. The police roundup section of the Latrobe Bulletin has made the information known to the entire community. Assistant Principal Mr. Krehlik, explained the school’s policy and stance on the situation. School policy states that any drug violation results in an automatic three day suspension and a phone call to the state police. The police will then decide if they want to issue a citation, while they usually do. Following the three day suspension the school conducts an informal hearing with the student and parent or guardian to review the situation. If the administration determines that the facts warrant a drug violation, the suspension is increased to a full ten days. Krehlik said that the type of drug, the amount of drugs, and the intended use of the drug do have an eﬀect on the discipline administered. If the issue was very serious the school may recommend expulsion. For example, if the student had the drugs for distribution purposes or had large quantities. The administration cannot actually expel students; that issue is taken to the board of education. If the student wishes to remain at Greater Latrobe Senior High School, then they must attend mandatory drug and alcohol counseling which is provided by a company called SPHS. This company gives professional counseling all over Southwestern Pennsylvania. If the student has a second violation, the suspension process is implemented and the violation automatically is referred to the board of education for an expulsion hearing. “If we see the issue in this building; if we think that we have a suspicion that a student is either under the inﬂuence or has something inappropriate on them, we’re not shying
away from it. We’re confronting it head on.” said Krehlik. They want to put the “health, safety, and welfare” of the students before anything else. The majority of students want a safe environment to learn in and Krehlik agrees that the violations have a direct eﬀect on education and the culture at Greater Latrobe. The halls are being monitored more frequently and strictly and the administration has asked the teachers to be more observant in the classroom and throughout the school. “It’s our job to be vigilant and visible in the hallways. It’s nothing new.” said Mr.Mains. In the eyes of the community, only the violations are seen, not the big picture necessarily. Mr. Krehlik said, “I don’t think there’s any denial in the fact that drugs [and] alcohol usage is a problem; it’s a Photo by Dan Kubus societal problem. And I don’t think Latrobe lives in a bubble, and free from all of those problems.” The school is doing what they can to control the issue in our school, but drug violations outside of our community are also an inﬂuence. If a student sees or suspects someone is using or is in possession of drugs, they should tell an adult as soon as possible. It doesn’t have to be an administrator; any trusted adult can handle the situation properly. A student should not take on, resolve, or ignore this issue. In the event of a reported violation, “Whatever we’re doing stops, and that becomes our number one priority,” said Krehlik. If the violations are ongoing, the administration will keep administering appropriate punishment in accordance with board policy 227 entitled “Alcohol and Other Drugs”. If they feel a need to change the consequences at any point, the board of education has to make any changes oﬃcial. Student safety is the number one priority, and as long as all cases are followed through with the proper punishment, safety should not be compromised in any major way.
Drug’s Affects on the Body A sign of a Hallucinogin user is someone that has dilated pupils. Cocaine users have bloodshot eyes.
Short term memory loss is caused by using Club Drugs. Bad breath and bleeding gums can be caused by the use of tobacco and steroids.
Inhalents can cause your heart rate to increase or your heart to beat irregularly, which neither are a healthy.
Most, if not all, kinds of drugs have an aﬀect on your brain. Drugs aﬀect your senses, make you dizzy, ignite mood swings, and more. Inhalents have the aﬀect of making you have a runny nose. Club drugs, like ectasy and GHB make you have slurred speech.
Using tobacco puts you at risk for lung disease and frequenr colds.
Drugs like Rohypnol can make you have chills. Marajuana, Inhalents and Tobacco put a gross smell on your clothes.
Swollen ankles and feet are a sign of Steroid use.
Methamphetamine and Marajuana make you dizzy and can make it hard to walk normally.
According to savannahnow.com, authorities in Pittsburgh say they’ve broken up a $4 million cocaine This student was not chosen for any reason pertaining to personally having these symptoms. ring that has operations stretching from Dallas to Atlanta to Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett says a grand jury recommended the charges against 21 people as part of a drug ring that used Greyhound buses to ferry cocaine into western Pennsylvania. Agents estimate that between 20-40 kilom~Compiled by Tori Vallana; Photo by Dan Kubus grams of cocaine were being transported into the area every month from at least 2008 until August. The Tribune Review reported on December 17th that the Westmoreland County Drug Task Force completed a six-month-long drug sting early this week with the arrest of 14 people on drug charges. Latrobe, Derry Borough, Ligonier Borough, and Ligonier Township charged the 14 with possession with intent to deliver with drugs such as heroine, vicodinem klonopin pain pills, marajuana, and several other drugs.
These symptoms are signs that a person is making the wrong choices. You can do something about it. Contact an adult or proper authority. 7
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Rebecca Baldonieri Facebook is pretty much my news source. Chris Brant I am on Facebook everyday as soon as I am home and I never get off.
Hannah Armor Facebook alerts you of upcoming events.
Facebook Affects Social World A single website changing the way we communicate
Sarah Conley Staff Writer
Most high school students, with any free time they get, access their Facebook account by any means necessary, be it cell phone or ipod touch, in order to get the latest headlines of drama and excitement that people are talking about. Over the past seven years, since this social networking phenomenon was first created in 2004 by college students Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Hughes, Dustin Moskovitz, and Eduardo Saverin, Facebook has grown with over 500 million people using it all over the world. According to official Facebook statistics on the website, 50% of all Facebook users log on to their profiles every day and users spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook. Facebook is creating a positive impact on our society due to the revolutionary new way that people can now communicate with one another, no matter what the situation. But too much communication among people can often interfere with the truth of a situation. “It’s good because you can stay connected with your friends, but bad because people are constantly on it and cause drama,” said sophomore Sarah Scekeres.
Jane Doe Hey Seth! You need to friend request me on Facebook so we can keep in touch after PFEW is over and I have my 4 hour ride back home. We need to arrange a group reunion soon so we can have our entire company back together! Being able to find and add friends that you just met and want to stay in touch with wile living far away is a huge advantage that Facebook presents to people. Staying connected with everyone you care about and want to keep in touch with, is something that Facebook is used most for.
Bob Smith Matt Wano I check my notifications and put up a mindblowing status. Gus Hough Talk to my friends about current issues and inside jokes.
Kaitlyn Gidick I read status updates, look at pictures, and talk to friends, and ask about questions I have on homework.
Kelsey Dominick Just look at what my friends are up to. Alyssa Adams I like to talk with my friends and post on people’s walls.
I heard that we are having a school delay tomorrow morning!! Sleeping in tomorrow!! YAYY!! By their own nature, teens are highly susceptible to spreading false information to many people, in a very short amount of time, and this is done easiest through their Facebook statuses. So, even though someone heard through their best friend’s mother’s sister who knows a lunch lady at the school, and she claims to know that there is a school delay the next day, it is not always true; even if it is “Facebook official.”
Kate McDonald Omg! Since when is Rachel dating Norb?? I just saw her relationship status change. I can’t believe she didn’t tell me! Teens are also suspect to starting fights and creating petty arguments on the social networking site. Arguments starting from something as simple as a comment on someone’s status, to fighting over boys are just a rough baseline to the types of drama that start on Facebook. Junior Jimmy Zimmerman said, “It’s actually kind of amusing to watch. It’s always over something extremely petty like someone liking someone’s status or something like that.” Unfortunately even more problems arise from Facebook other than the small petty drama among teens. A student, who attends nearby school district Albert Gallatin, posted a message in November of this year that threatened the safety of the school for March of next year. While the district believes it may have been a simple prank, they took it very seriously by sending out letters to parents that informed them of the situation and made them aware that the school would keep it under investigation thanks to Facebook awareness. Albert Gallatin School District is not the first scenario like this; many other school districts have faced problems with students posting anything from bomb threats, to threats against other students in school, to trash talking teachers, and especially cyber bullying on Facebook. “It’s stupid, but that’s how they release their anger. It’s wrong and they need help,” said senior Adam Pernelli. Whether or not the person who wrote it may have simply gone too far, or if they seriously intended to harm someone, it always leads to serious consequences for the people involved. Being an online network other issues can arise including, privacy concerns and the consequences of revealing too much personal information to potential online predators, future employers, and even colleges.
Amanda Jones My mom just made a Facebook account… I can’t believe it! She barely knows how to work her email!
Jordan Morosini Creep. Connor Furwa See what people are doing.
Katelyn Bolish Chat with friends and like things. Compiled with help from Rebecca Baldonieri
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Connecting with old friends of their own, many parents have begun creating their own Facebook accounts so that they can find their old friends and prevent their kids from finding trouble on Facebook at the same time. “Both of my parents have Facebooks and I’m friends with both of them. I’m actually even friends with my grandma,” said Jimmy Zimmerman. While this unnerves many teens, knowing that their parents can see anything that they post, some don’t mind it. Jimmy commented, “It’s kind of an added level of accountability I’m being held to. It’s just a good reality check that knowing that my parents can see what I’m posting.” This added “protection” seems to be a good idea to have, so that kids will be more aware of what they are doing and will not end up in a bad situation because they were venting and got carried away. Joan Smeltzer, parent of two boys in high school, said that she created a Facebook “to see people’s pictures because my friends would always post pictures there, so I created a page to see them.” She also said that she did not create a Facebook to spy on her kids, “I trust them and they know that. I wanted to be able to communicate with my friends and the fact that I can see what my sons are doing is a side thought.” Facebook is the number one social networking site for the world today, mainly because of all of the great things people can do with it. Users can share pictures to family who live far away, keep in contact with friends who they do not see often, and stay in contact with old friends, especially after high school. But it can also be used in a negative way such as receiving false information that people think is true, potential online predators, and causing drama among friends. The possibilities that Facebook presents to users is endless. So, it’s no wonder every teen spends a great deal of time procrastinating their homework on Facebook.
Stated by Digital Buzz Blog About Facebook… There are more than 400 million active users 50% of active users log on to Facebook on any given day More than 35 million users update their statuses every day There are more than 60 million status updates posted each day There are more than 3 billion photos uploaded to the site each month There are more than 3 million active pages on Facebook An average user spends more than 55 minutes per day on Facebook
Compiled by Shea Augustine
What would your life be like without Facebook? “It wouldn’t really affect my life a whole lot, I don’t really base my life on Facebook, even though I spend lots of time on it.” ~ Jocelyn Stas “Probably very similar, I don’t use it that much anymore.” ~ Andy Smeltzer “A lot more productive because when I get on the computer to do homework I wouldn’t get distracted.” ~ Lindsey Dellinger “My life would go on, but it would be slightly harder to find out things.” ~ Brittney Sarnese “Without it, my life would most likely be less gossip-filled.” ~ Hannah Hemminger “Facebook is great for me to stay in touch with friends and family in different states which would be much harder otherwise” ~ Danielle Shojaie “I would probably have no friends because I don’t talk to people outside of Facebook” ~ Emma Terek
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Let’s Dance Q&A: Sophomore Valerie Magda, is the dancing queen of her class. She dedicates numerious hours a week to time at her dance studio perfecting her ability in this unique art and sport combination. Lizzie Ruppen Staff Writer Sophomore Valerie Magda dedicates herself to both an art form and a sport called dance. Ever since her start at age nine she has loved this combination of expression and athleticism. Magda takes classes at Laurel Valley Academy of Dance in Latrobe, PA. She is also a part of the elite company at LVAD. A successful audition ensured her a place in company. Being a part of company oﬀers Magda the opportunity to attend a variety of conventions including Cecchetti Fall and Spring Ballet Days, typically located in Ohio. These conventions provide extra classes and diﬀerent expertise of teaching.
The costume for the seven girls in this routine varied in style, but kept the same zebra and cheetah print pattern. In June the annual LVAD recital entitled “The Magic of Broadway” held at Greater Latrobe Senior High School, “He Lives in You” was one of the eight dances Magda preformed in that evening. Along with being a part of company, Magda also has participated in many competitions over the years. Although preparing for competitions consists of lots of hard work and many hours of running dances, the satisfaction of performing well and taking home top prizes is worth it.
Madga dedicates eleven hours a week of her already busy week to time Magda at the studio. With has taken much time spent a variety at the studio, nine of classes advanced level including dancers have creballet, ated a dance family tap jazz, nicknamed “The lyrical, Cuisse Family.” modern, With many inside acro, and jokes, loving hugs, pointe. themed Saturdays, “My favorand food parties, ite style Kristen Facemyer, of dance Bekah Marsh, is jazz. It is super fun and very upbeat,” Lizzie Ruppen, Nichole Johnson, Sarah says Magda. The style of jazz began to Scekeres, Ashley Pushnigg, Kaitlin Grim, emerge in the 1950s, inﬂuenced by many and Morgan Wano have become amazingly other styles of dance including acro, ballet, close friends. contemporary, and lyrical. With thoughts of continuing Over the past seven years of dancing in the future, Magda keeps up with dancing Magda’s favorite routine has been her busy schedule at the studio, while mana lyrical number to the song “He Lives in aging a challenging course load at school, You” from the Lion King. “He Lives in You” and participating in the Greater Latrobe was not a typical lyrical dance, which has Color Guard. more of ballet root; this dance consisted of crazy jumps and fun choreography.
What’s your favorite style of dance?
“ ” “ ” “ ” Modern Mo Mod ode der is my favorite because it gives you a chance to be creative and just feel the beat and do whatever you feel should go to the music. h - Sarah Scekeres, Sophomore
I like lik i po ik p pointe because it’s graceful g gracef racefu u but it also takes a lot of strength and technique. I’ve wanted to do it since I was really little. I like being on pointe because I know that I have to work hard to do it. It’s beautiful utiful but the choreography can be edgy. -Morgan Wano, Freshman
My favorite is acro . Each year the dances feature different tricks and stunts. It is really fun. -Kristen Facemyer, senior
Basketball Team Spirit Grows through Tradition Nathan Takitch Assignment Editor
Basketball Overview Starters Doug Johnson, Josh Shoemaker, Chris Dudzenski, Jordan Giannini, Don Lonigro
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“The thing I miss most about the basketball team is the tradition,” said Jamie Towey, a former Greater Latrobe basketball player, “the atmosphere and team chemistry that come from the tradition and the [Wildcat] Den are unmatched.” Towey would know. He has played basketball in many of the various schools that he has attended. But when he was a part of the Greater Latrobe basketball tradition, it was notably special. The Greater Latrobe Men’s Basketball team is one of the most tradition-oriented teams in the senior high school. As the Wildcats prepare for the start of the 2010-2011 regular season, team rituals have been improving team chemistry. Head Coach Brad Wetzel invited any basketball player that was not participating in a fall sport to attend the annual conditioning workouts. The training was held primarily in the weight room and in the mat room to improve the strength of the team. These workouts were designed to not only to get the team in shape for the season, but also to teach the team how to work together to build strength. Additionally, the team partakes in what they call “Hell Week.” Hell week is the week of practices where Latrobe basketball players are conditioned hard by the coaches. The athletes must partake in ﬂoor ladder exercises and suicide sprinting drills to gain leg strength, speed, and endurance. This exercise, fused with a heavy dose of running, is what the rigorous “Hell Week” is all about. Getting the players used to being exhausted helps the team in the season. The workouts make players feel less tired at the end of a game where they need a late bucket to win the contest. Making it through Hell Week actually becomes a bonding experience in itself, since everybody on the team is working hard to help condition themselves for the season. Not all of the basketball team’s traditions involve more than just pain-the team has fun customs as well, including their annual team-only dinner. Each season the seniors on the team select a local restaurant for the players to eat at, without the coaches. “It’s my favorite tradition,” said senior, Chris Dudzenski, “before the ﬁrst home game we went to Sharky’s to eat. No coaches, just us players. It’s a nice bonding experience be-
Blake Reeping. The sophomore is going to see his first heavy dose of varsity action this winter. Reeping has size and tanacity that will help Latrobe’s game in the paint.
Next Home Game
versus Albert Gallatin on Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Go to the Wildcat Den facebook page regularly to check for den themes throughout the season ~Nathan Takitch Assignment Editor
What are you most looking forward to about the
Photo by Dan Kubus cause we get a chance to talk and be ourselves.” basketball season? Another linking experience that be“I am looking forward to the den.“ gan last season is the team sleepover in the gym. ~Hayley Sheﬃeld For the past two seasons in the team has made plans to get together in the gym on a school night “I’m looking forward to watching and cheering on my former teammates in the den. I’ll to catch up, shoot around, and sleep on the court. be looking for one sophomore, Ben Havrilla out on the court because I know he has a In-game customs are abundant as the genuine passion for the game and is a playmaker.” preseason ones. The team has its own locker room ~Kevin Davoli, sophomore where even more chemistry is built. Senior Josh ~Andrew Armstrong, Intern Shoemaker loves the team’s interaction in the locker room. “The team room makes friendships and bonds that will make playing high school basketball a lifelong memory for everyone,” he said. Favorite One thing Athlete, What’s on What’s your In addition to the locker room, the team favorite sport, other you could Class, your ipod loves the support they get from the Wildcat Den on food? than your not live with- right now? game night. The Den is known as one of the best Sport student sections in the area, and the players love the own? out? energy from their fans that comes in the form of loud Daniel FerguBasketball My iPod Pizza Bruce chants like “Let’s go cats”, “He’s a tough guy”, “Boson, Junior, Springsteen ing, boing, pass”, and “De-fense”. The only time that the student section takes a break from roaring, is Football, at halftime, when they sing “Hey Baby” to pass the Hockey time. The den is traditionally electric. The den can Josh Dorf“Get Silly“ by Water Football Quinoa, the also add a unique element to the game due to its lo- man, Senior, VIC Supergrain cation: directly underneath the scoreboard-side hoop. Cross Country, “I’m just really hyped to get in front of the Den this season,” said Dudzenski, “the den is so excit- Hockey My family, we The newest, ed, they’re great…it should be a really fun senior year.” April Krivoniak, Football Mozzarella The traditions that the basketball team Sophomore, are very close modern songs sticks and have are all great for overall team chemistry. The Volleyball calamari memories that are built for the players will indeed last a lifetime and the team will surely remember ~Nick Kovacevic, staff writer their days playing high school basketball fondly. When did you start running and how have you become so successful over the years? Name: Josh Dorfman, winner of the I ran in the Turkey Trot when I was in sixth grade, so when my teacher passed out ﬂyers for the cross George Lazur Memorial Scholarship country team, I decided I would take one and see how I liked it. Over the years I began to develop a racing mentality and fell in love with the competition. for senior leadership
How would you rate your individual performance this past season? This past season went very well for me and I have to admit that I surprised myself with my ﬁrst few races. I started training in June instead of August for my senior year and the work paid oﬀ.
Sport: Cross Country and Hockey Best 5K Time: 16:56 at the 2010 Red, White, and Blue Invitational Cross country and hockey are two very diﬀerent sports. What do you like about their diﬀerences? Well, in cross country I really enjoy the individual thrill of doing it all yourself. That being said, I really enjoy the unity of a team in hockey and working hard together to achieve a common goal.
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What is your best memory from your cross country career? I would say our overnight trip to Hershey this year to race in the PIAA Foundation Invitational. I had a lot of fun with the team at the hotel and had what would probably be the best race of my career there the next day. You also play hockey for the Varsity Ice Cats. Is there a particular NHL player you look up to or model your game after? Yes, Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He plays excellent shut down defense and has an aggressive style that I try to mirror when I’m on the ice. Does that mean we can ﬁnd you in the penalty box often? I don’t know about that. Not all the time, but on occasion.
~Harrison Leipold, staff writer
King of the Mountain Wrestling King of the Mountain Tournament Results Tournament Team Individuals Spotlight From Friday December 17 to Saturday, December 8, 2010 the Latrobe wrestling team participated in the King of the Mountain wrestling tournament. Schools from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio were invited to attend. The tournament took place at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania. The team ﬁnished third overall in last year’s tournament. weight
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This Years Eric Mills Chace Small Lin Lineup Dom Scalise Tyler Heydorn Mitch Lesko Ty Lydic Bryar Pletcher Derrick Zavatsky Noah Kail Zack Zavatsky Richie Hall Scott Mohring Jim Ritenour Dylan Colucci
(Overall ﬁnish in respective Ty Lydic upset the defendweight class) ing AAA state champion, 1st: Ty Lydic, Junior Steve Spearman of Erie 2nd: Scott Mohring, Junior. McDowell in an exhilirat3rd: Chace Small, Senior. ing match that was de4th: Bryar Pletcher, Junior. cided by a score of 4-1 4th: Zack Zavatsky, Freshman. in overtime. Ty won the 6th: Dom Scalise, Freshman. “Outstanding Wrestler” 6th: Noah Kail, Senior. award for the tournament. 7th: Derrick Zavatsky, Junior. 7th: Richie Hall, Junior. What’s Next? The wrestling team will travel to Canon-McMillan for the Powerade Tournament on December 28 and 29. The tournament might be the most diﬃcult challenge for the Wildcats all season, since it is ranked as the 4th toughest tournament in the nation.
Latrobe’s grapplers ﬁnished 2nd as a team in the tournament out of the 40 teams participating. The Cats were only defeated by an outof-state opponent.
Hockey Team Repeats Nick Kovacevic Staff Writer
~Harrison H i on Leipold Leipold, staff writer
When going to a wrestling match, who do you look forward to see wrestle and why?
“Sophomore Matt Dudzenski because he works hard at maintaining his weight.” ~Francie Fazzini, sophomore “Junior Ty Lydic because he is a state champion wrestler.” ~Alex Stipanovich, sophomore “Scott Mohring because I heard he is really good.” ~Laura Toman, sophomore
Do you think that the Latrobe Ice Cats are capable of winning states this sea“Yes, I do, they have a team of skilled players and could take states again if they keep up the good work.” ~Seth Stopa, senior “Yeah I do because even though we lost key players from the last couple of years, we can win because winning is a tradition in Latrobe hockey and we have the net minders and skaters to make another run.” ~Matt Wano, sophomore
~Erika Hudock and Cassidy Christian, Interns
We definitely lack some of the scoring that (Jayson) Angus and the Batis brothers gave us.
~Dan Ferguson, junior
Repeats are very rare in sports. A team trying to repeat must not only have skill, but also the determination and focus to survive every opponent’s best eﬀort game after game. The Latrobe hockey team has managed not just two, but three championships in the last three years from 2008-2010. The Ice Cats have become a PIHL dynasty, able to maintain a championship culture no matter who suits up on the ice. Commanding the respect that a three-time defending state champion deserves, Latrobe must still be considered a favorite to win it all again, despite many new faces. In March 2010, Latrobe hoisted its third consecutive PIHL Cup at Mellon Arena. The consistent defense and explosive oﬀense were the keys to winning a state title. While the Cats lost some key parts from last year (Cody) Ray, Jayson Angus, and Tyler Ridder to name a few), they still had the ability to outscore most opponents with veterans Zack LaDuke, Matt and Noah Batis returning as well as talented young goaltender Shane Brudnock . When the Batis brothers left Latrobe in September to move to New York, the 2010-2011 team was left with many question marks , especially on the oﬀensive end. Junior Dan Ferguson, a Center for the Cats, said the goal production has suﬀered early in the season. “We deﬁnitely lack some of the scoring that (Jayson) Angus and the Batis brothers gave us.” Senior Zack LaDuke, the captain for the Cats, said that the team’s success would depend on defense. “As long as we stick to our plan of defense ﬁrst and put some points on the board, I don’t see anything stopping us from doing well in the playoﬀs again.” The defense has been sound this year, anchored by the play of goaltender Shane Brudnock. Hockey games are won with goals though, and the Cats will need to players to produce points. So far this year, Chris Johnson and Adam Ferguson have provided that boost. “While we lost a lot of points from last year, we had freshmen Adam Ferguson and Chris Johnson move up, and they have ﬁt in nicely with the team”, LaDuke said. With all the losses and newcomers, the cats still managed to run up a 5-1-1 record as of December 11, with the loss coming on the road against a talented Peters Township team 5-3. At this early stage of the season, it is tough to predict which team will end up champions in March. Latrobe certainly has talent both young and new, but the key to their success will be sticking together as a team and playing consistent hockey because the path to a state title is not easy. LaDuke stressed, “ Our goal is to get another state championship, but it’s going to be a long road to get Photos by Dan Kubus there.”
Winter Sports winter sports preview
Training: The team starting Training:Fall conditioning practicing hard with a lot of opportunities in the weight skating drills and agility, and they also entered a preseason room. Hell week conditournament. tioning. Gym sleepover.
girl’s wrestling s basketball Pre-Season Training:
Pre-Season Training: Indians Summer League and a camp at Robert Morris University Captain: Zack LaDuke (senior Big Games/Dates:12-14 oﬀensive player) vs Altoona;1-18 vs HempBig Games: Hempﬁeld Assistant Captains-Alec ﬁeld;2-1 vs Norwin;2-4 vs (1/17), Norwin (1/24), Koluder (senior defensive Kiski;2-8 vs Kiski (1/13), Penn Trafplayer) and Erik Dickerson Penn Traﬀord ford (12/16), Albert (senior oﬀensive player) Gallatin (1/10) and ConKey Players:Josh ShoemakBig Games in Season: Peters nellsville (1/6) because er, Doug Johnson, Chris they play each of them Dudzenski, Ean Jury, Gavin Township and West Allegheny twice. who both have strong hockey Finley, Don Lonigro (Sr.) programs and have been ﬁ ghtJeﬀ Elam, Jordan Gianinni Captains: Seniors Carly ing Latrobe to get to playoﬀs (Jr.) Blake Reeping Meholic and Valerie for three years Dunlap Last Year’s Key Players: Shane Brudnok Record:Overall, 14-9 Last Year’s Record: (sophomore goalie), Zack Section: 7-3 (3rd Place) 7-14 LaDuke (oﬀense) and Alec “Our section is the most Koluder (defense) “Hopefully we can qualdiﬃcult top to bottom ify for the playoﬀs after Last Year’s Record: 21-3-1 in the WPIAL, but our a two year absence.” – and are state champions three outlook is promising and Coach Fenton all the guys are working years in a row very hard. The challenge “We’re looking for“I think the seasons going is trying to sustain the ward to having a good better than expected and I work ethic, but if we season. With eight see the team is doing well can the outlook is very seniors and strong and working together.”bright.” -Brad Wetzel underclassmen we Coach Ridder want to make it to “We want to win the secplayoﬀs and hope“I think that we've gotten tion and make the playfully contend for the oﬀ to a great start to the oﬀs again this year. We section title.” - Carly season but we have a few are considered section tough teams to face ahead Meholic underdogs; Kiski and Norwin are the frontrun- of us that will give us a test. I expect to do pretty well ners, but we like being this season and our ultithe underdogs. I think mate goal is to repeat for a we can ﬂoat under the Fourth championship but radar and surprise big we have a long road to get teams in our section.” -Chris Dudzenski, Sr. there.” -Zack LaDuke Compiled by Tori Vallana, Lizzie Ruppen, Nathan Takitch, and Shea Augustine
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Weight training, wrestling technique and cardio workouts twice a week since September for athletes not participating in a fall sport. Big Games: Connellsville December 10th at home 7:00 pm, Greensburg Salem December 22nd at home 7:00 pm, Norwin January 5th at home 7:00 pm, Penn Traﬀord January 12th Away 7:00 pm Key Players: Ty Lydic, Scott Mohring, Chace Small Last Year’s Record: 13-4 “Solid core of wrestlers returning, lost only two starters from last year.” -Coach Billett. “The season is going to be great. They are working hard. Hopefully the team will do well this year.” – Chase Small, senior
Training: Optional practices started in October. Mandatory Practice began on November 20, 2010. Practices include Dry land, which consists of running and lifting weights, and water. Dry land is held Monday and Wednesday mornings from 6am to 7am. Water Practices are held after school from 3:00pm to 5:30pm
Training: Optional practices started in October. Mandatory Practice began on November 20, 2010. Practices include Dry land, which consists of running and lifting weights, and water practice. Dry land is held Monday and Wednesday mornings from 6am to 7am. Water Practices are held after school from 3:00pm to 5:30pm
Girls Swimming Girls Diving: Captains: Emily Friedline, senior Captains: Emily Friedline, Senior
Major Meets: Penn Traﬀord [January 27] and Hempﬁeld [February 10] these meets decide who is the section champs for the year Key Players: Shannon Bossart Previous Record: 8-2 Boys Diving: Captains: CJ Shrum, Senior Training: Optional practices started in October. Mandatory Practice began on November 20, 2010. Practices include Dry land, which consists of running and lifting weights, and water. Dry land is held Monday and Wednesday mornings from 6am to 7am. Water Practices are held after school from 3:00pm to 5:30pm Major Meets: Penn Traﬀord [January 27] and Hempﬁeld [February 10] these meets decide who is the section champion for the year Key Players: PIAA State Qualiﬁer, Tim Cengia Previous Record: 4-6
Major Meets: Penn Traﬀord [January 27] and Hempﬁeld [February 10] theses meets decide which team takes home the section title for the year. Key Players: Maddie Hoopes, sophomore, Emily Friedline, senior Previous Record: 8-2 Boys Swimming Captain: CJ Shrum, senior Training: Optional practices started in October. Mandatory Practice began on November 20, 2010. Practices include Dry land and water. Dry land is held Monday and Wednesday mornings from 6am to 7am. Water Practices are held after school from 3:00pm to [time] Major Meets: Penn Traﬀord [January 27] and Hempﬁeld [February 10] theses meets decide which team takes home the section title for the year. Key Players: CJ Shrum, senior, Lucus Bureau, junior, Adam Kniﬀen, sophomore, and Nathan Apel, junior Previous Record: 4-6