Cross Country team continues ‘Family Business’

by Chloe Luchansky, staff writer

This past week the Cross Country team traveled to compete in the Cochranton meet. Varsity boys went 0-2, and varsity girls went 2-0.

Overall, the senior high boys are 2-4 and the girls are 4-2 in the region. The junior high boys are 6-0, and the junior high girls are 0-3 in the region.

“Family Business” has once again been chosen as the team motto. From the beginning of camp the team has formed unbreakable bonds with each other. The team is a family.

“Running is about building character and discipline,” said Coach Bill Hetrick. With the countless hours of training put in, the team hopes for qualifiers in the state championship taking place in November.

Last year, the junior high boys were region champions and are on track to achieve the same goal again this season. At the only home meet this season, eighth grader Sam Hetrick, beat the junior high course record that was set in 2007 by Nate Talleda. “I was very excited and pleased with myself,” Sam Hetrick said. “Beating a record was one of my all time goals.”

Senior captain Gabe DeYoung works to keep the team pushing towards excellence. The members of the team help motivate each other during each practice and meet to achieve their personal goals.

This season the team hopes to have the varsity boys at .500 or better, and the varsity girls to have a top two or three finish in the region. The runners will be in action again on Tuesday, Oct. 9 in a tri-meet with Conneaut Area and Rocky Grove at CASH. 

Out-Run Cancer Run coming in June

By Emily Ford, photo editor

For the tenth straight year, the Saegertown Cross Country team will hold the Out-Run Cancer Run in June to benefit cancer research. The previous location for the run was Woodcock Dam, but this year’s event will be held on the track of Canon Memorial field at Saegertown High School on Sunday, June 4 from 8 a.m. until noon. Anyone can participate, and National Honor Society members will receive service hours for participation.

“For the last 10 years proceeds have been divided in half, benefitting the cross country team and breast cancer research. This year we have chosen to go a different route and give half the proceeds to the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Center Benevolent Fund, and the other half will go to the cross country team,” said head cross country coach Bill Hetrick.

Sponsor forms are available in room 226. Some snacks and drinks will be provided, but plan on bringing your own as well. Senior cross country captain Ben Haylett will be DJing, playing tunes to keep you moving. You must have your sponsor sheet with you so mileage and money owed can be verified. Plan on arriving at least 15 minutes early for instructions. This is a rain or shine event. Any questions, email Mr. Hetrick at


Cross country team celebrates seniors and state medalist

By Shaun Boyle, Sports Editor

Saegertown cross country seniors: from left Tucker Geer, Jessica Tomiczek, Brendon Barclay, Chris Guy and Rachel Smith presented gifts to the underclassmen at the banquet on Nov. 11.

Saegertown cross country seniors: from left Tucker Geer, Jessica Tomiczek, Brendon Barclay, Chris Guy and Rachel Smith presented gifts to the underclassmen at the banquet on Nov. 11.

Junior Brad Amy paced three Saegertown Cross Country runners at the PIAA State Championships on Nov. 1 in Hershey, Pa. The race took place at Parkview, which used to be a golf course.  Amy finished 24th overall. Senior Brendon Barclay and freshman Beka McClymonds also had good showings at States placing 57th and 59th respectively. “It felt amazing beating my previous time from last year at states, but I felt terrible knowing that I would never get to race with Brendon and the other seniors again,” said Amy.

The Cross Country team held their banquet November 11 at Pleasant View Alliance Church. Junior Garrett Johnston said, “I really appreciated what the coaches had to say about the team and our season.” The season may not have ended on the high of last year’s state championship, but the team will still carry its seven year 58-0 undefeated Region 3 record into next year.