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Summer Newsletter 2017

Forest Hills School District Summer Newsletter 2017

~ JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

~ JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS ~ Junior High Boys Track & Field With only five returning athletes from the previous campaign, the 2017 Junior High Boys Track & Field team entered the season with much uncertainty and inexperience in many events. The team quickly rallied behind its leasers, collecting 6 wins against its first 7 opponents. The young Rangers finished the season with an overall record of 7-3. Several athletes qualified for the Laurel Mountain Meet in Loretto, and the following secured a place on the podium: Riley Gyukery (2 nd place-400m & 3 rd place-200m), Dylan Wechtenhiser (8 th place-800m), the 4x400m relay team (5 th place), and the 4x800m relay team (7 th place). Riley also captured another 3 rd place finish in the 400m amidst a very competitive field at the Altoona Middle School Championships. Overall, the team saw many successes, achieved numerous personal goals, and did its part to continue the tradition of excellence. Junior High Girls Track & Field The Junior High Girls Track and Field team finished their season with a winning record of 9-1. The girls placed 2nd as a team at Laurel Mountain Championships with 14 out of 20 competitors making it to the podium. 1st place finishers: 200m Alyssa Caddy and high jump Nikki Rorar. 2nd place finishers: 4x800 Relay Katie Beyer, Lexi Koeck, Paige Greathouse, Payton McGough; 4x100 Relay Alyssa Caddy, Olivia Guillarmod, Macie Poborski, Paige Debias; high jump Katey Kurtz. 3rd place finishers: 100m Alyssa Caddy, 4x400 Relay Remi Smith, Paige Debias, Katey Kurtz, Julia Shima. Nikki Rorar was named Female Jumper of the Meet. Then on to the Altoona Middle School Championships, in a tough field of AA and AAA schools,12 out of 17 competitors reached the podium, placing 6th as a team out of 36 schools (2nd AA). 1st place finisher: 200m Alyssa Caddy. 2nd place finishers: 4x800 Relay Katie Beyer, Remi Smith, Paige Greathouse, Payton McGough; high jump Nikki Rorar. New junior high school record holders: high jump tie Katey Kurtz and Nikki Rorar, 100m Alyssa Caddy, 200m Alyssa Caddy. Another successful season of athletes dedicated to reaching their goals! Forest Hills Junior High Girls’ Volleyball The Forest Hills junior high girls’ volleyball team finished the season with a record of 16-1 and capturing the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference Championship. The level of competition this season was steep, and having our team prove to be the best was an outstanding accomplishment that we are very proud of. This year’s squad was comprised of one freshman, Baylee Snedden; eleven eighth graders: Claire Bawiec, Emma Bier, Taylor Burda, Madeline Cecere, Kenzie Colosimo, Savannah Miller, Jade Nastase, Maddiesyn Simmons, Kirstyn Vitez, Josilyn Wehner, Anna Wingard; and seven seventh graders: Emma Bawiec, Bre Clifford, Madison Gdula, Karlie Ondrejik, Sophie Poborski, Gracie Ray, and Paje Yochimowitz. Next spring we look to have another successful season and hopefully compete for the LHAC title again. We wish our freshman, Baylee Snedden the best of luck in the fall. 20

~ JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS ~ Forest Hills Lady Rangers Crowned Laurel Highlands Champions! The Junior High Forest Hills Lady Rangers had an outstanding 2016-2017 season! The Lady Rangers ended their season in February with an astounding 20 wins. The girls accomplished many of their preseason goals by playing a stifling defense, pushing the ball in a quick moving offense, and dedicating themselves to improving as individuals, as well as a team members each and every practice! The Junior High Lady Rangers were led by 8 th graders Madeline Cecere, Paige Debias, Kirstyn Vitez, Julia Shima, Taylor Burda, Haley Croyle, and Josilyn Wehner. Other key contributors to the team were freshman Lacey Greathouse and 7 th graders Remingtyn Smith and Lexington Koeck. The 7 th and 8 th grade Lady Rangers also notched a winning season, setting up next year to be another successful winter at Forest Hills. Junior High Boys’ Basketball The Junior High Basketball team made great progress throughout the 2016-2017 season under coach Alan Myers. The team finished with a 5-17 record. The Junior High Boys Basketball team went 1-1 in the Jerry Smith Memorial Tournament beating Ligonier Valley and losing to Somerset in the championship game. The team put an emphasis on improving while learning what it means to be a team player and to display sportsmanship. Hard work, tough defense and unselfish play were the trademarks of this team. Zach Myers led the team with 164 points. The 7th and 8th grade team also enjoyed great improvement as their season progressed. Under Coach Eric Stone, the team’s continued improvement was evident as the season went on. Players learned to appreciate the hard work that makes a successful basketball team while focusing on the fundamentals of the game. These traits will help these young men succeed at the next level. 2016-2017 Forest Hills Junior High Wrestling The Forest Hills Jr. High Wrestling team had an outstanding season, finishing with a record of 21-2 and the Laurel Highland Championship. The team competed in four tournaments, placing first or second at each tournament. They started the year off with a second place finish at the Penn Cambria Individual Tournament. The Jr. High team became champions at the Meyersdale Dual Tournament and finished the season as runner-up at the Bellwood-Antis Dual Tournament and Mountain Conference Tournament. Forest Hills was well represented at the Mountain Conference tournament with 6 individuals wrestling in the finals. Individual winners included: Easton Toth, 80 pound weight class - 1st place; Jackson Arringtion, 85 pound weight class - 1st place; Tye Templeton, 90 pound weight class - 4th place; Noah Teeter, 95 pound weight class - 1 st place; Ryan Shaw, 110 pound weight class - 7th place; Ryan Weyandt, 115 pound weight class - 5th place; Garet Connor, 122 pound weight class- 1st place; Erik Gibson, 130 pound weight class - 1st place; Matt Kelley, 165 pound weight class - 2nd place; Bryce Rearick, 185 pound weight class - 6th place; Kodey Mickolick 250 pound weight class -6th place. 21

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