RUSSELL CITY â€“ Miraculously, no one was injured Friday morning when a box truck collided with a trailer hauling a crane on Route 66 just west of Russell City in Elk County.
The Elkers are hoping one year won't make too much of a difference.
Last season, the Ridgway boys' varsity basketball team played their way to an amazing 29-2 season, a journey highlighted by several pivotal moments: a 45-38 win Dec. 30, 2011 over Johnsonburg to win the county's holiday basketball tournament; a 49-46 win Feb. 18 over the Rams to win the Allegheny Mountain League [AML] crown; and a 40-37 win March 3 against the Rams in Clarion to earn the District 9 Class title.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg boys basketball brings back virtually its entire team from last season and looks to be one of the D-9 preseason favorites after a 23-6 record in 2011-2012.
The Rams come off a year which they were the D-9 runner-up and advanced to the second round of the PIAA Class A Playoffs, falling 50-45 in double overtime to West Middlesex at Clarion University.
Ridgway girls basketball is looking to go back to basics this upcoming season in an effort to help build the program back up from two straight 1-21 seasons.
New varsity head coach Stacy Kifer said the girls have been focusing on fundamentals and refining skills.
Ridgway gymnastics will feature a young team this season with only one senior on the roster.
Ridgway graduated five seniors from last yearâ€™s team and move up seven freshmen to the varsity team.
â€śItâ€™s a little different this year graduating as many seniors as we had last year. Weâ€™re extremely young. Weâ€™re sporting only one senior, Emily Pierce,â€ť Ridgway coach Edna Maddalena said. â€śSheâ€™s a returning state qualifier so that helps but sheâ€™s our only senior. I have seven freshman that are new to gymnastics so that puts us at a very young stage but thatâ€™s OK, theyâ€™re learning quick.â€ť
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Now in his eighth season at the helm of the Johnsonburg girlsâ€™ varsity basketball program, Mike Zilkofski is looking for a little bit more this time around as his team prepares to storm the court.
â€śWeâ€™re hoping for bigger and better things this year,â€ť Zilkofski said after posting a 13-10 mark last season and an early playoff exit Feb. 21 at East Forest. â€śIt was a heartbreaker losing on the road to East Forest in the playoffs. They had a lot of seniors, a pretty good group there, and we just didnâ€™t play well.â€ť
New faces will be all around the Ridgway wrestling program this season.
First-year head coach David Fordoski takes over as the varsity head coach for Ridgway wrestling after the retirement of Gary Gerber this past winter from that post. Fordoski said the team may be limited in varsity starting experience but the team is full of wrestlers with an excitement and work ethic for the program.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg wrestling enters this season with nine varsity wrestlers and a focus on winning more duals.
â€śAs a team, our goal is to win half of our dual matches,â€ť Johnsonburg coach Mike Votano said. â€śLast year, we won two matches. I believe we have a few more numbers this year if we can stay healthy. Looking at other teamâ€™s lineups, thereâ€™s a chance we could win half of our dual matches, we set that as our team goal.â€ť
Johnsonburg starts with nine on the varsity level.
The Ridgway Township Municipal Authority approved the 2013 operating budget during their regular meeting Thursday night.
Finance Manager Jeff Schutz briefed officials on a budget that has a total estimated operating revenue of $986,870.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg School District is a recent recipient of a grant they will use to purchase laptop computers. Â
â€śThe district received a $6,534 grant from the Elk County Community Foundation,â€ť said Dennis Crotzer, Superintendent. â€śThis money will be used in conjunction with our title money to purchase 15 laptops for the teachers.â€ť