Panthers kick things into gear

By Becca Siple, social media editor

The Saegertown boys varsity soccer team has kicked its way into a fantastic season with only three losses thus far, to Warren once and Meadville twice.

And standout senior captain Peter Mattocks, dubbed the Haitian Sensation by The Meadville Tribune, has broken two records so far this season.

Peter Mattocks takes the ball down the field against Calvary Baptist on Sept. 4.

Peter Mattocks takes the ball down the field against Calvary Baptist on Sept. 4.

Mattocks was crowned the new reigning leader for most career goals scored with a whopping 81 and counting. “It was awesome. I knew I was close, and I’m glad I finally got it,” said Mattocks of the achievement. He also broke his own record for goals scored in a season from 24, to 41. When asked how it felt to break yet another record, Mattocks said, “I was proud and excited.“

As the season continues to move rapidly, the Panthers are hoping to keep the wins coming. They are getting ready to enter playoffs, and they expect to make the community proud. “I want the team to get better, dominate in playoffs, and bring home something good,” Mattocks said. The team will be in action again on Monday Oct. 26 at home against General Mclane.

Saegertown golf team headed to States

Cutter’b Pritchard, staff writer

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Will Phelan (left), Ricky Kanline (middle), and Ryan Peters (right), pose after their victory over Ridgway at Regionals on Oct. 16.

At times, it seems that Saegertown’s golf team is overshadowed by other Fall athletics, but not this year. The team was successful this year going 6-0 in the regular season. The Panthers are led by sophomore Ryan Peters, who has averaged a score of 77 for 18 holes on the year with a low score of 72 (lowest for the squad), followed by junior Richard Kanline III, who has averaged a score of 79 for 18 holes on the year, which helped clinch the Region 4 title for the skilled team. Other key players are senior Brenden “Skippy” Courtney, junior Jake Sada, sophomore Michael Costello, and freshman Will Phelan.

Kanline thought the young team would be an underdog at the beginning of the season until their strong showing at Corry: “I didn’t think we had a good chance until we found out at the tournament in North Hills how good we really were. We beat every team there but Cathedral Prep.”

The Panthers golf team has won the Region 4 title four years running, they won the District 10 championship at the Meadville Country Club on Oct. 9, and they clinched the first regional golf title for the school, beating Ridgway by four strokes at the regional championships in Dubois, Pa, on Oct. 16. The team hasn’t been given proper recognition for their accomplishments thus far. Kanline said, “I’d like for the school to know that our golf team is moving onto states and we aren’t just another undermined team. We deserve credit.”

The boys will be going to states at Heritage Hills Golf Course in York, Pa. on October 28.

Scouting and Hunting for hidden talents: Sydney Davis

Sophomore Sydney Davis’s first mural, photographed here under construction, is at her cousin’s house.

By Scout Van Cise and Hunter Trzeciak, arts and entertainment editors

After searching thehalls of Saegertown High School for two weeks, we’ve found another hidden talent.  Sophomore Sydney Davis, who is regularly found on the dance floor, paints murals.

In June of 2015, Davis was asked to paint a mural on the bedroom wall of a younger cousin.  After finishing her first mural, she discovered her skill and has been painting murals since.

Davis developed a knack for painting when she was in junior high.  “I discovered I liked to paint in seventh grade by messing around with watercolors in art. I saw a lot of pictures I liked, and I thought I would just try to paint them.” Since her start, Davis has completed four murals, charging $50  to $150 depending on time spent on the project.  She is most inspired by Disney themes, with her favorite creation being a large picture of Rapunzel in a scene from the movie “Tangled.”  

If you’re interested in having a mural painted, you can contact Davis via email at sydney.d0530@gmail.com.  

If you have a secret talent that you want to share, contact Scout Van Cise at livancise@psdmail.org or Hunter Trzeciak at hutrzeciak@psdmail.org.

Volleyball team raises funds for Yolanda Barco Center

By Nick Bradley, website editor

On Oct. 8, Saegertown Lady Panthers honored cancer survivor Ed Hess by raising funds for the Yolanda Barco Cancer Center

On Oct. 8, Saegertown Lady Panthers honored cancer survivor Ed Hess by raising funds for the Yolanda Barco Cancer Center.

Before the school was built, I drilled the foundation test holes,” said Ed Hess, who was honored at the Oct. 8 girls volleyball match at Saegertown High School. A long time Saegertown resident and grandfather of players Haley and Courtney, Hess survived pancreatic cancer, and the community came together to celebrate his life and raise funds for the Yolanda Barco Cancer Center.

Before the match with Cambridge Springs, the Lady Panthers gathered with Hess for a ribbon-shaped photo to kick off the evening. Then Hess’s story was shared before the national anthem, and he was applauded by the crowd. Over $1000 was raised through a silent auction, 50/50 ticket raffle, and bake sale.

Both Saegertown, and Cambridge Springs came into the match with similar attitudes about the event, but one could only leave with a win. Unfortunately, the Saegertown ladies lost in three sets to Cambridge Springs. Prior to the contest,  junior defensive specialist Brittany Sample said, “I look forward playing with my team and supporting the cure for prostate cancer.” Kayla Parkin, Cambridge Springs senior and varsity outside hitter, added, “I’m looking forward to participating in a game that’s more than ourselves.” In an interview after the event, Mr. Hess wanted to share one piece of advice: “Have a check up. It is very important.”

Where does the money go?- Professional athletes and fines of misconduct

By Zack Posego, website editor and Nick Bradley, website editor

In 2002, the New York Knicks fined one of its players, Latrell Sprewell, $250,000 for failing to report a hand injury to his team before the beginning of the official season. This remains the largest fine given to a player by their own team in history, and it raises the question… where does that money go?

Most professional sport leagues and associations have different standards for fining their players. The NFL is considered one of the harshest afflicters of these punishments, sometimes cashing in as much has 260,000 in a single week from its players

Most professional sport athletic organizations have different standards for fining their players. The NFL is considered one of the harshest afflicters of these punishments, sometimes cashing in as much as $260,000 in a single week from its players

“I think that the money goes back into the team and organization”, said junior Jude Mattocks. While this question remains broad when asked about all professional athletic organizations in general, most donate these funds to various charities.

Player fine proceeds from the National Basketball Association (NBA) are split between the NBA itself and The Players’ Association: both of these donate most of this money to charity. The National Football League (NFL) give their proceeds to the Players Assistance Trust (an organization that gives money to athletes and their families in times of crisis), as well as charities supporting youth, education, and sports-related medical research. National Hockey League (NHL) player fines go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund, a group that helps cash-strapped former pro-hockey players with financial troubles.

“I think it’s right that most of that money is being donated toward charities,” said freshman Eli Draa.

While it’s true that a large portion of these funds are being donated to charitable foundations, a question arises as to whether or not it is ethical to fine professional atheletes large sums of money for misconduct. Math teacher Mrs. Houck said, “I do not think they should misbehave, but if they want to act childish, then they should be fined.”

Moral or not, money from the misbehavior of these professional athletes is a great source of income for respectable charities, and teaches a lesson to these players who believe they are above the rules.

If you would like to follow the money, visit: This site 

Panther Press Poll of the Week

By Lainie Erdos, photo editor and Cutter’b Pritchard, staff writer

Take a screenshot of your answer and at the end of the week, we will announce the correct answer!

If you got the correct answer, be the first to bring your iPad to Lainie Erdos or Cutter’b Pritchard for a fabulous prize!