Saegertown forfeits varsity football game

Sarah Shaw, staff writer and Jackie Galford, features editor

The Saegertown Panthers are preparing to get back into their season this week, competing at Iroquois tonight at 7 p.m., Oct. 17.

The Saegertown Panthers are preparing to get back into their season this week, competing at Iroquois tonight at 7 p.m., Oct. 23.

The forfeit of the varsity football game against Lakeview on October 16 surprised the Saegertown student body. Mr. Healey, PENNCREST School District’s superintendent, expressed his knowledge of the forfeit. “We only had 10 players ready to play that day. We scheduled ahead so Lakeview would know we wouldn’t be there.” He noted that the only information released by PENNCREST was a statement from his office. Any other details were reported from outside the district. “The media things didn’t come from us.” He didn’t want rumors to start that just weren’t necessary.

Some of the cheerleaders and players were upset but understood the decision that was made. Senior player Chris Mattern-Gilchrist said, “I wish we could have played, but due to the loss of so many kids, I understand why we cancelled.” Senior Lexi Rockwell said, “I think it’s kind of sad we had to forfeit. We didn’t have enough players to cover for those who were unable to play.”

Although some of the players were upset, others could agree it was necessary. “It gave the team some time to heal over not only sickness but injuries as well. We had too many of them,” said junior Adam Kralj.

As for the tonight’s contest at Iroquois, the team has taken some time to think about how they are going to attack it, and they would appreciate all support that is willing to come to the game at 7 p.m. “We’ve taken the time this week to really regroup and work on our plays. I think this will be a good game,” Kralj said.

Lady Panthers volleyball team clicking on the court

By Wyatt Fleischer, sports editor

On August 17 the Lady Panthers took to the gym at 6 p.m. to begin the season. The newly polished floors reflected the ceiling’s every detail. “One last time,” said senior Maile Chang.

With the loss of all-state hitter Kenzie Garris and other key players, there were some shoes to fill. The upperclassmen stepped up and took the reins of the 2015 season.  The Panthers were playing the Meadville Bulldogs when shining sophomore Haley Hess was stepped on under the net. The event resulted in a sprained ankle and missing six games. A week later senior Becca Siple was removed from the starting line up with cellulitis in the left knee. Siple returned to the Panthers line up and scored a well needed eleven kills against the Union City Bears.

With all of the injuries, the Panther’s starter Kendra Taylor had to take a bigger leadership role. Taylor brought momentum to the court when the energy was needed. And sophomore Payton Brooks stepped up to replace the injured Hess. Brooks brought heighth and grit to their side of the court.

Seniors Maile Chang, Lauren Posego, and Haley Wise are doing damage in all aspects of the game. Posego has been a steady force with an average of eleven kills a game. Chang has been dishing out an average of 22 assists a game. Wise has been showing the younger players great defense with an average of 7 digs a game.

The ladies have new coaches this year with Justin Johnson as head coach and Tim Houck as assistant, and with these changes, the girls’ rotation has been flipped and flopped many times. After hitting the halfway point of the season, though,  the rotation seems to be clicking. Senior night was held on Oct. 22 against the Maplewood Tigers, and the girls will be in action again on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Youngsville. 

Class council conducts fundraiser to benefit local kennel

By Lauren Haylett, junior high reporter

Junior high class council raised money to assist the Townville Kennel.

Junior high class council raised money to assist the Townville Kennel.

Junior high students have been raising funds by selling pizzas and pizza kits. The money is not only for their field trip,

which will be organized by the class council, but also for hungry animals in need.  “The morning we were supposed to be starting our Little Caesar’s fundraiser, on the news they had talked about the Townville Kennel and that if they didn’t get animal food, they were going to have to shut their doors and who knows what would’ve happened to the animals?” said Mrs. Nicole DeFrances, class council adviser.  So the council decided to help out by giving part of their fundraiser money as well as other donations like pet food. Many students are pleased with this addition to the fundraiser.  “This fundraiser is good because not only are we helping ourselves, but we’re helping someone else,” said class council vice president Chloe Luchansky. “I don’t know how much we’ve collected so far, but at least we’ve got some food and for every item sold, one dollar will be donated.  I feel like we’re going to have a nice chunk to send to them,” said DeFrances.  The pick up date for the pizza kits is October 29, and all orders must be into Mrs. DeFrances as soon as possible. The junior high is more than willing to give away part of the earnings to help others in need. Eighth-grader Sydney Fredericks said, “I feel as if even though we aren’t the biggest school, the little things that we can do, make a difference.”

Donald Trump: Earning student support?

By Cy Van Cise, staff writer

Steve Arblaster (left) and Dan Simmerman (right) gave their opinions on potential 2016 GOP candidate Donald Trump.

Steve Arblaster (left) and Dan Simmerman (right) gave their opinions on potential 2016 GOP candidate Donald Trump.

Few Americans have had the the financial success of Donald J. Trump. Trump started working in the 1960s for his father in the real estate industry. His father soon discovered his son’s tremendous skill at developing buildings in the heart of New York City. Now, in 2015, Trump is leading in some polls to be the next President of the United States.

Many Saegertown students will be of age to vote when the election is held and have a chance to participate for the first time. “We need a businessman not a community organizer,” said senior Steve Arblaster, who is in favor of a Trump presidency.

Trump’s business skills have earned him a net worth of over four billion dollars. He was able to financially save himself from the real estate crash of the early 1990s. An unofficial survey was given in Mrs. Dee Henry’s government class, and 47 percent of students supported Trump. Not all are in favor of his candidacy, though. “Trump has no political experience,” said senior Dan Simmerman.

People throughout the nation will cast their votes throughout February and March in the Republican primaries. According to realclearpolitics.com, Trump currently leads, with Ben Carson in second. Whatever political views Saegertown students have, they will definitely have the chance to participate in an important election.

AP World History class up and running with two students

By Payton Brooks and Ellie Lybarger, staff writers

Super small AP World History class meets everyday during seventh period.

Super small AP World History class meets everyday during seventh period.

You know that moment when the teacher asks a question and you look around to see who will answer it? Well, imagine that you are in a class with only two people. That’s the situation this year for juniors Sydney Kightlinger and Tyler Brooks in the Advanced Placement World History class being offered for the first time this year and taught by Mrs. Kara Bechtel.

The class was first announced midsummer, so it was not widely known by potential students. Mrs. Bechtel focuses the

class on a lot of writing on world themes, and changes and constants throughout time. Kightlinger said, “Take everything you would learn in three or more years in a general class, add more information, and put it into one year.” Mrs. Bechtel notes the difference between AP history and normal history as, “the amount of work, outside reading, and expanding on prior knowledge.”  Brooks says that he is intrigued by the world’s past and wishes there were more classes like this because they are intellectually stimulating. They are preparing for the AP World Exam that will take place on May 12, 2016 at Saegertown.

Kightlinger, Brooks, and Mrs. Bechtel commented that they enjoy the small class size but would prefer a class of about seven to nine. Mrs. Bechtel said, “I like a smaller size, but two is a little…,” and Brooks added,  “I prefer a smaller class, but not this small.” Both students commented on the struggle with having debates with only two people. One of Mrs. Bechtel’s hopes for the class next year is to get more students enrolled in the class.

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.