Elkers hold annual golf outing

Bob Parana - Staff Writer

Eighteen four-man teams played in the Annual Ridgway Elkers Football Golf Tournament Saturday at Laurel Mill Golf Course in Ridgway.

“I can’t say enough about Laurel Mill. Tracy Dickant, George Saline, and Greg Johnson did a great job. They pretty much ran the tournament for the football program,” said Elkers Head football coach Mark Heindl. “It was a great day overall. The weather held up and to have eighteen teams to help raise money for the football team was pretty neat,” he added.

Several of the golfers included former Elkers and Rams. “It was pretty cool seeing the turnout we had especially all the alumni that came from both Johnsonburg and Ridgway. It’s always special when those guys return,” Heindl said.

Following the measures in the school district’s COVID-19 health and safety plan which is required by the state and PIAA, the Elkers are currently holding voluntary workouts. The plan was approved on July 14 by the school board. Heindl is pleased with how things are going.

“Workouts have been great. We’re happy with the numbers which are pretty good when you figure in vacation and the kids still doing sports throughout the summer like travel baseball. We’re in a good spot,” said Heindl.

For now, the PIAA is going ahead as planned with fall sports although that could change as it continues to monitor the COVID situation along with the state. Football practice begins Aug. 10 as teams across the Commonwealth hold the mandated Head Acclimatization week. The rest of the fall sports will start official practice Aug. 17. Football, soccer, cross-country, golf, and girls’ tennis are Ridgway and Johnsonburg co-op sports. The schools have separate volleyball squads. An update from the PIAA is expected following its Board of Directors meeting being held Wednesday.