By Elizabeth Hasko & Cami Reynolds, staff writers
On Saturday, March 25, the Saegertown boys varsity volleyball team competed against 11 other teams at the non-conference Cambridge Classic Tournament. The jv tournament was held at Saegertown High school with a field of ten teams. Both tournaments started at 9 a.m.. “We did alright. The team could have done better though,” junior weak side hitter Owen Chess said.
The varsity team had a rough start in pool play, but during playoffs they played better as a team. They made it to semifinals where they had a tough loss to Cambridge.
The jv team lost to Cochranton in the semifinals. “The team did really well together,” sophomore setter Raef Rhoades said. The boys will be competing in the Bobcat Invitational March 31 and April 1 at Northeastern High School. “I’m excited, but I’m also a little nervous because it’s my first time, but I think we will do well,” freshman Ethan Hayes said.
By Elizabeth Hasko and Cami Reynolds, staff writers
Carrying on a seven year tradition, the Saegertown boys volleyball team will be traveling to the Bobcat Invitational at Northeastern High School in Manchester, Pa. on Friday, March 31. The tournament gets underway with the JV on Friday around 6 p.m, and the varsity kicking off the following morning at 8 a.m. It is the largest tournament in the state, with 40 varsity and 25 JV teams competing. Though the team’s performance does not count against their official record, it does count for their personal stats.
“It’s a great experience for team bonding,” said senior outside hitter Luke Dangel. The players get to spend time together before, during, and after the tournament, leading to a closer and more successful team. Whether it be the six hour bus ride to the event, midnight Sheetz runs, or just flat out doing their best competing, the trip fuses together team relationships.
Sophomore Raef Rhoades said, “I’m glad I get the chance to go down to Northeastern to spend time with my teammates because it helps us become closer and a better team.”
As the 19 athletes prepare to make the journey, junior Michael Chess said, “I think we will do okay. I can see ourselves in at least the quarterfinals. Every year it is fun and exciting because of the players I compete with. They play with so much heart and emotion.”
By Emily Ford, photo editor
By Cutter’b Pritchard, Staff writer
The trophies have been placed, the history books rewritten, and now it is set in stone that both the Panthers softball team and the boys Volleyball team are 2016 D-10 champions. The boys stormed the court and the ladies stormed the field after each of their wins.
The lads went head-to-head against the Cambridge Springs Blue Devils in Meadville at the House of Thrills on May 27. The game was a quick 3-0 sweep for the Panthers as the team celebrated its second consecutive District 10 gold medal. Senior Peter Mattocks racked up fifteen kills with four aces in the game and senior Luke Smith tallied an additional eleven kills. Mattocks said, “The experience was a shock wave because I got to win with all my best friends, and it can’t get any better than that.”
As for the diamond divas, the lady Panthers had the odds stacked against them when they faced the Union City Bears on May 30 at Penn State Behrend. The Panthers had previously played the Bears twice with losses of 7-1 and 7-3, but it was the Panthers turn to strike. The ladies secured the championship with a 5-3 win as senior Becca Siple had ten pop fly catches and freshman Courtney Hess had two strikeouts. Sophomore Haley Hess said, “The feeling of getting them back was ecstatic because we proved the haters and the people who doubted us wrong.”
It’s safe to say that Saegertown is getting after it.
The boys will be playing at Meadville against Deer Lakes High School at 6:30pm in their first state playoff game since the D-10 finals. The ladies will be playing at Penn State Behrend on June 6 against Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School time to be announced.
By Becca Siple, Assistant Social Media Editor
Brendan Barclay makes a play during the match against Northeastern. (Emily Ford/SHS)
A big congratulations to the boys volleyball team on such a successful season. On Saturday, June 6, the boys faced the Northeastern Bobcats in the PIAA state finals at Penn State.
Although they were defeated, they can claim the proud title of state runners-up in class AA. Many panther fans made the trip to cheer on their team, and they were welcomed back to the community on Saturday night with an escort of firetrucks and a reception at the school. Great job, guys!