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This Week in NTL West SPORTS Thursday, May 23


DISTRICT IV CLASS A QUARTERFINAL Cowanesque @ NEB, 4:30 pm DISTRICT IV CLASS AA QUARTERFINAL Wellsboro/Towanda vs. Loyalsock @ Loyalsock, 4:30 pm

Friday, May 24


DISTRICT IV CLASS AA QUARTERFINAL Loyalsock vs. Towanda/Bloomsburg Wellsboro/Wyalusing vs. Montoursville/Central Columbia East Juniata vs. Southern Columbia/Mansfield Hughesville/Athens vs. S. Williamsport

Sports The Gazette

Athletes head to Ship!

Jackson siblings prepare for States together Repard breaks coach’s record Lichty advances after runners opt out of 3200m competition by ROBIN E. PALMER

Once again the NTL West will be well represented at the PIAA state track and field championships this weekend, in Shippensburg, as five local athletes will be preparing for their individual events after securing either qualifying times or distances. at the District IV Class AA meet this past weekend, in Selinsgrove. Wellsboro senior Jordan

Jackson will not only be returning to state competition once again this season, but he will be returning along with his sister, freshman Jada Jackson. “I’m extremely proud of my sister,” stated Jackson. “It’s an honor for me to compete with not only my sister, but my best friend. Jordan secured a second place finish in both the 400 and 800 meter races, with times of 50.86, and 1:57.98, respectively. He followed closely behind Towanda’s Charlie Kerin in the 400 meters (50.09), while taking second to Northeast Bradford’s Curt Jewett in the 800

family, my school, and my District at the PIAA state track meet. The Northeast (See STATES on page 2B)

Wellsboro advances to district quarterfinals


PIAA Championships @ Shippensburg

Tuesday, May 28


DISTRICT IV CLASS AA SEMI FINAL @ Bowman Field, 4:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.



DISTRICT IV CLASS A SEMI FINAL S. Williamsport/Montgomery vs. NEB/Cowanesque, 4 pm @ Elk Park DISTRICT IV CLASS AA QUARTERFINAL Central Columbia/Troy vs. Loyalsock/ (Wells/Tow), 4 pm @ Elm Park

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but glad because it relieved some pressure for the 800. “I cant wait for this weekend, and I’m looking forward to represent my

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Saturday, May 25

in SPORTS History

(1:57.64). “My goal at districts was to ultimately qualify for states. I was surprised that I qualified in the 400,

WELLSBORO’S JACK CHAMBERS clears the hurdle in the 300 meter race during the District IV Class AA finals, held on Saturday, May 18, at Susquehanna University, securing a seventh place finish overall, in a time of 42.56.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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NORTH PENN’S Chelsea Repard (above) breaks out of the starting block during the District IV Class AA 400 meters, crossing the finish line in a new school record, breaking her coach Clarissa (Correll) Cummings’ record (at left).

Lady Hornets suffer District playoff loss by ROBIN E. PALMER

Playing host in the first round of District IV Class AA playoffs, Wellsboro took on Towanda on Tuesday afternoon, May 21, suffering a disappointing third inning loss, 4-5 to the Black Knights. After reaching the quarterfinals last season, the Lady Hornets had hopes of continuing their successful season, especially after winning six of their last season matchups and securing an earlier season 1-0 win over Towanda. Junior Brooke Kohler posted an overall 5-3 record for the season, striking out nine from the mound, while walking three and allowing six hits and five runs, with Paige Carr defending behind the plate. For Towanda, Alaina Wickwire picked up the win, striking out seven, while walking only one, allowing four runs on seven hits, backed up by Sarah Dawsey behind the plate. (See SOFTBALL on page 4B)

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WELLSBORO’S SARAH INGERICK battles for control at third on the play during the District IV Class AA playoff action, playing host to Towanda on Tuesday, May 21.

After a long and hard fought season, posting 14-4 on their regular season, and a weekend championship tournament loss to Montoursville, Wellsboro was ready for action on Tuesday afternoon, May 21. The Hornets played host to Wyalusing in the first round of District IV Class AA playoffs, securing a 12-1 victory, advancing to face off with Montoursville on Friday, May 24, at Montoursville, at 4:30 p.m. Wellsboro’s Matt Reese secured the win for the Hornets from the mound, relieved by freshman Dawson Prough in the fifth, with the save, with senior Ben Shaw defending behind the plate. Leading at the plate for Wellsboro included Reese going 3-3 with two runs scored, Dawson Prough (See HORNETS on page 4B)

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WELLSBORO’S Connor Coolidge snags the ball for the play at third, and attempts the double play to first, during the District IV Class AA game, hosting Wyalusing.

Mansfield drops District playoff to Southern Columbia by ROBIN E. PALMER

The Mansfield Tigers headed to Southern Columbia for their first round of District IV Class AA action, suffering an 8-3 loss. Taylor Hillson gave up 10 hits and eight runs, while striking out two and walking one in four innings, relieved by senior Sam Rotella in the fifth inning, who gave up one

hit, striking out one from the mound, with Rylan Whitmeyer behind the plate for the Tigers. Mansfield fell behind a 5-0 lead of Southern Columbia after the first inning, before adding three to the scoreboard of their own. Southern Columbia continued the pressure at the plate racking up three more in (See TIGERS on page 4B)


MANSFIELD’S BRADY ANDREWS attempts to avoid the tag at home, as Southern Columbia’s catcher stretches for the out, during the District IV Class AA playoff on Tuesday night, May 21.


The Gazette, Wednesday, May 22, 2013

States . . .

(continued from page 1B) Bradford boys are tremendous runners and I always look forward to competing with them again. My goal is to end this season with a personal best. I’m looking for a medal at states for my final year,” concluded Jackson. Jackson, opting out of the 400 at the PIAA championships, to focus on his 800 race, is seeded eighth, and heads into the preliminary race at 3:30 p.m., on Friday, May 24. Sister Jada will also be competing in two events, as she crossed the finish line in PIAA qualifying time of 59.95 for second place overall, behind Montoursville’s Kirsten O’Malley (59.05), in the 400 meters, and secured a second place in the triple jump, clearing a distance of 35-08.50 feet. First place was garnered by Montoursville’s Kaylee Caruso with a distance of 36-09.25. Jada, seeded 21st in the 400 preliminary race, will get under way at 1 p.m. Friday, while she begins competition in the triple jump on Saturday morning, at 9 a.m., seeded tenth. Wellsboro senior Bobby Hill rounded the track in the boys’ 1600 meters, capturing a fifth place finish overall, in a time of 4:27.04, still under PIAA qualifying time, advancing to Shippensburg to compete this weekend, hoping to bring home his first PIAA track and field medal. “I tried to keep pace with Curt (Jewett),” stated Hill when asked what kept him focused during the race, and on the outcome at the finish. “I was satisfied with my time and finish at Districts, and now my

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NORTH PENN’S Simone Lichty keeps pace on the corner of the track in the District IV Class AA girls’ 3200 meters.

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WELLSBORO’S JADA JACKSON leaps a PIAA qualifying distance of 35.08.50 in the triple jump during the District IV Class AA championships. personal goal at states is to medal and break my current best time. I am hoping to improve on that and get

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NORTH PENN’S ALYSA DAVEY-BOSTIC lands in the sand of the girls’ District IV Class AA triple jump for a distance of 32-03.25, securing 11th place overall.

back down to my current best time.” Hill is seeded tenth heading into the PIAA competition, with the 1600 premilinary race on Friday, May 24, at noon. Another familiar face to Shippensburg’s field events, North Penn’s senior Reece Correll will return to state competition in the high jump event after tying for second place on Saturday, with Canton’s Austin Bunner, at a height of 6-4. Correll and Bunner each took turns over the bar, vying for a top spot on the podium with eventual District champion, from Towanda, Joel Miller, also at 6-4. “It was a very friendly competition, we were all cheering each other on, and we will do the same at states,” stated Correll. “The

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WELLSBORO’S DYLAN PROUGH (above) powers through his take off in the District IV long jump; (below) North Penn’s Britta Berguson clears the 300 meter hurdles.

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photo by ROBIN E. PALMER

NORTH PENN’S Debby Brown prepares to re- WILLIAMSON’S Hayley Painter clears the lease the javelin, securing a fourth place finish bar in the high jump at a height of 4-10 feet, with a distance of 115-07 feet. garnering a tie for seventh place overall.

WILLIAMSON’S RYAN HUGHES (above) lunges for a distance of 1403.75 in the girls’ long jump during the District Championships; (below) Wellsboro’s Michael Pietropola secures the hand off to Nick Marple during the 4x100 meter relay.

close competition between all of us is what made it fun, it’s competitive, but we all want each other to do good, and I think the competition is what made everyone do so good. “All my great coaches, and a spectator at one of my practices gave me very good advice that helped me clear 6”4 on Saturday. “My goal is to beat my personal best and at least get 6”6, and hopefully medal,” continued Correll. “I hope I leave behind the hunger to win, to do your best, and go to states because it is a great experience. Reece, seeded 11th in the Class AA competition, begins competition in the boys’ Class AA high jump event on Saturday, May 25, at 12:30 p.m. Port Alleghany’s Nick Conway is seeded number one at a height of 6-07. North Penn’s Simone Lichty also got a surprise of a lifetime, when she found out she was advancing to Shippensburg in the 3200 meters. Lichty finished fourth overall, with a time of 11:50.91, missing the PIAA qualifying time of 11:35.00. With only the District champion and runner-up advancing to states, Lichty was disappointed, but only briefly. First place and champion, Casey Norton of Troy finished in a time of 11:06.97 and heads to Shippensburg, while Wyalusing’s Erika Huffman (11:32.13) finished second, choosing to opt out of the PIAA competition, the spot went to third place finisher, Towanda’s Destiny Foster (11:49.12), who also chose to opt out of the 3200 meters to focus on her 4x800 relay heading to state competition. “My first reaction is this is a dream come true. I wanted this all season and this is what I have been working toward,” stated Lichty, who also was excited to have fellow teammate Violet Learn there to support her, who was out this season due to an injury. “She is extremely important to me. She is my best friend, and the sister I don’t have. We totally think alike, and are are very close. I had always envisioned us together. Having Violet there is great. “During the race I was fine, this is the event I enjoy the most. I was tired from waiting all day and the nerves really worked me over, because I wanted to place higher than I did last year. I just tried to keep focused on a good rhythm and hold my position. “On the medal stand was a great feeling, I have been running with this group of girls all season, and it was a nice representation of how competitive our district is. Looking ahead to the PIAA Championships, Lichty admits she is a little excited, but also nervous. “I am nervous because I have never been to a state competition before, not even to watch. I just hope to go improve on my time, and do my best. This is my second year in track and I shaved off 20 seconds this year so I am pleased with the improvements.” Lichty, seeded 17th, gets under way in the 3200 meter race on Saturday, May 25, at 9 a.m. North Penn’s Chelsea

Repard might have missed qualifying for the PIAA meet in the 400 meters, but she set a goal for herself this season, and secured that goal by breaking the school record, finishing in a time of 1:00.84, for third place - which also coincidentally was her coach’s record, Clarissa (Correll) Cummings. Other top female finishers receiving District IV Class AA medals included Wellsboro’s Lauren Bleggi, with a fourth place finish in the 200 meters (27.35) and seventh in the long jump (15-09.25); Williamson’s Ryan Hughes with an eighth place finish in the 400 meters (1:02.38); Wellsboro’s Randi Grim eighth in the 1600 meters, (5:28.66); Williamson’s Hayley Painter, tied for seventh in the high jump (4-10); Wellsboro’s Sarah Kramer, eighth in the pole vault (9-00); Wellsboro’s Kim Acorn, seventh in the triple jump (34-04.25); North Penn’s Debby Brown, fourth in the javelin (115-07); Wellsboro’s Mackenzie Marple, sixth in the javelin (111-03); North Penn’s Kirsten Berguson, seventh in the shot put (3100.50). The Wellsboro girls’ 4x100 meter squad of Becky Chambers, Kim Acorn, Sarah Kramer and Lauren Bleggi also garnerd a fifth place District medal with a time of 51.73, followed by their 4x400 squad of Chambers, Bleggi, Marple and Jackson’s fifth place finish with a time of 4:15.29. Wellsboro’s 4x800 relay team of Chambers, Annie Sweeney, Randi Grim and Jackson secured fourth place in a time of 10:00.73. On the boys’ Class AA side of the action, receiving

District medals included Wellsboro’s Dan Brooks, sixth in the 100 meters (11.58), North Penn’s JJ Walker, eighth in the 400 meters (51.88), North Penn’s Jacob Spring, seventh in the high jump (510), North Penn’s Dallas Dziuba, eighth in the high jump (5-08), North Penn’s Reece Correll, sixth in the triple jump (40-11.00), Williamson’s Kaleb Rice, seventh in the discus (13200), and Wellsboro’s Nick Marple, fifth in the javelin (170-10). Wellsboro’s 4x400 relay squad of Joe Doganiero, Kieron Smethers, Bobby Hill and Jordan Jackson garnered a seventh place finish in a time of 3:30.65, while Wellsboro’s Jack Chambers secured a seventh place finish overall in the 300 meter hurdles in a time of 42.56. In District IV team standings, the girls’ overall champions were Montoursville with 125 points, followed by Central Columbia (73), Lewisburg (57), Wellsboro (43), Hughesville (40), Milton (38), Sayre (34), Loyalsock (33), Wyalusing (30.50) and Montgomery (30) to round out the top ten. North Penn finished 15th overall with 18 points, while Williamson garnered two points for the day. On the boys’ side of the action, Southern Columbia secured first place with 83 points, followed by Lewisburg (65.50), Mount Carmel (59), Northeast Bradford (57), Towanda (55), Athens (43), Montoursville (41), South Williamsport (31), Wellsboro (31) and Sayre (30). North Penn garnered 14 points overall for 18th place, followed by Williamson with two points.

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WILLIAMSON’S Kaleb Rice releases the discus at the District IV Class AA championships, securing seventh place with a distance of 132-00 feet.

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WELLSBORO’S NICK MARPLE prepares to release the javelin in the District IV Class AA Championships, capturing a fifth place finish with a distance of 170-10 feet.

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5 22 athletes head to ship