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Summer Newsletter 2017

Forest Hills School District Summer Newsletter 2017


~ VARSITY SPORTS ~ Lady Rangers Reload Every year questions arise about upcoming seasons. The same can be said for the Lady Rangers as they have competed for the District Championship consistently since 2010. The line-up boasted two sophomores, two juniors and a senior with two juniors stepping off the bench as a major contributing sixth woman. The annual FH Tip-Off Tournament was quite competitive with Conemaugh Valley, North Star and Bellwood-Antis all returning to strong seasons. The Lady Rangers won their first game with ease but Bellwood-Antis would not be so easy. Both teams looked as if they were play-off bound by this second game of the season and the Lady Rangers would once again claim their crown in an exciting, tightly played game. The season would see the Lady Rangers fall only once in the regular season, on the road to the perennial Altoona power, Bishop Guilfoyle. The Lady Rangers would not falter again in their season until the PIAA Sweet Sixteen and finished with a 24-2 season. Included in their run would be the champions of the annual holiday tournament in Boswell, LHAC Section 1 champions and LHAC champions and their third District 6 championship in three years. The girls have not competed in the Laurel Highlands championship game since 2012 and faced the LHAC Section 2 champion, Bishop McCort in a heated, competitive atmosphere at Greater Johnstown High School. Although a close game, during the second half the Lady Rangers’ defense held the two top scorers in check to claim the crown that has been elusive for the last couple of years. In January, the girls enjoyed three home games in one week, and during that span, they were challenged to finish playing in the old gym with a clean record. They wanted to give the old gym an “undefeated” final season. The girls had record-breaking games. They won all three games in an incredible fashion. They broke the individual game scoring record on Wednesday then broke their own record on Friday. Also, Carly Stigers tied the record for most three-pointers in a game with 7. With these three wins, the girls closed the gym with an undefeated season and on the last game, celebrated the close with a few special moments including cutting down the net, a final huddle in which alumni were invited to participate and the final dimming of the lights. It was a special night but was equaled to the next week where the girls would open the new gym against an aggressive Penn Cambria team. The girls once again met the challenge to give the new christening of the gym a positive outcome when they defeated the Panthers to continue their winning season. Ranked first in the District 6 AAAA division, the Rangers would meet their nemesis, the Lady Bisons of Bedford once again. The Rangers defeated the Bisons early in December but this game would not be quite so lopsided. At Mount Aloysius College, the Rangers and Bisons took each other into a double overtime game that held everyone in the gym locked in their seats. The game saw seniors Courtney Cecere and Allison Shuke from Bedford go toe to toe. The game winning shot was made when Courtney was doubled on the baseline and found Cassi Smith diving through the lane to the basket and she hit a floating layup to give the Rangers their third straight District 6 championship. The girls would make a run into the PIAA state playoffs with a win in the first round but would fall by 7 to Lancaster Catholic in the Elite Eight game. The team had an incredible season and enjoyed this due to the #Together belief that they could accomplish anything as long as all were in TOGETHER! 22

~ VARSITY SPORTS ~ Varsity Boys Basketball Gets to the Playoffs This year’s Varsity Boys Basketball team was a young team that used skill and hustle to make up for lack of experience on the court. Replacing a mostly senior line-up from last year the Rangers were able to finish with an 11-11 record and make the playoffs for the second year in a row. Most of the success from this year’s team can be attributed to hard work and extra time that players put in working on their skills during practice and also on their own time, often giving up sleep on a Saturday morning to voluntarily come and work on their game. This year’s team featured two seniors: Taylor Cornman and Jared Wehner who instilled leadership and accountability into every practice. These two players will be sorely missed, but their presence will be remembered. Looking to the future, the Rangers will return a large number of letter winners who will look to build on this season’s accomplishments. RIFLE TEAM This year’s rifle team started the season with two new coaches, Head Coach Dianna Hupkovich and Assistant Coach Julia Kehn. These coaches had large shoes to fill with the resignation of both successful long standing coaches from the past several years. However, the team took on this challenge and prevailed with maintaining an end of the season score that was close to last year’s record. Varsity ended the season with a 5-8 record and JV finished 10-3. The team was realigned with the assigning of a captain, Jared McNeal and a cocaptain, Marisa Matlin. Along with the junior coaches, the team was able to strengthen the varsity and junior varsity shooters. The team improved at the State competition and placed 7 th over last year’s 8 th place finish. This was accomplished with the team’s State Shooters, Jared McNeal, Abby Jordan, Sara Wright, and Marisa Matlin. Senior Jared McNeal set a new Forest Hills record with a score of 564, earning him 5 th place overall. 23

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