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Summer Newsletter 2017

Forest Hills School District Summer Newsletter 2017


~ VARSITY SPORTS ~ Varsity Boys Track The varsity boys track team completed another winning season. The boys compiled a 10-1 overall record which included wins against Bedford, Bishop Carroll, Bishop Guilfoyle, Bishop McCort, Cambria Heights, Johnstown, Richland, Somerset, and Westmont. The team added a 5 nd place finish at the United Invitational, a 10 th place finish at the West Central Coaches’ meet, a 2 nd place finish at the Laurel Highlands Conference meet, and a 6 th place finish at the District VI Championships. Overall, 16 boys qualified for the district meet with 10 placing in their events, including Garrett Donoughe as the District VI High Jump champion. Additionally, the 4x100m relay team, Jon Long (200m dash), Garrett Donoughe (high jump), and Bob Krug (pole vault) qualified for the PIAA Championship meet. The 4x100 team, composed of Jon Long, Eric Elgin, Garrett Donoughe, and Carl Smith, broke the school record. Individually, Jon Long broke the 100m dash record and Bob Krug broke the pole vault record. Overall, the team took tremendous strides from last year and competed hard in every meet. The team was coached by Robert Petrunak and Shannon Petrunak. Girls Track Team Wins 3rd Straight District Title The Forest Hills Varsity Girls Track and Field team won the District 6 AA championship at Mansion Park in Altoona on May 16 th . This was the teams 3 rd straight district title and their 6 th in the past 7 years. The team scored 82 ½ points and just edged out 2 nd place Bishop Carroll by 1 ½ points. The Lady Rangers went undefeated during the regular season (11-0) and won the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference title for the 8 th year in a row. They also won the Bedford Invitational, The Northern Bedford Invitational, the West Central Coaches Meet, and the Laurel Highlands Conference Meet. The team qualified 10 girls for the PIAA Sate Meet in Shippensburg in 7 different events - Jordan McIntosh (100 hurdles & 4x100 relay), Zoe Roush (100, 4x100 relay, long jump), Josie McKendree (4x100 relay), Shayla Kanuch (4x100 relay), Emily Montag (3200 & 4x800 relay), Kelsy Valko (4x800 relay), Cassi Smith (4x800 relay), Lacey Greathouse (4x800 relay), Victoria Koeck (high jump), and Courtney Cecere (discus). Zoe Roush, Victoria Koeck and the 4X800 relay team earned medals at the state meet by placing in the top 8. Victoria Koeck was 5 th in the high jump with a clearing 5 feet 4 inches. Zoe Roush was 4 th in the long jump with a jump of 18 feet 2 inches. The 4X800 relay team of Kelsy Valko, Cassi Smith, Lacey Greathouse, and Emily Montag finished 7 th with a time of 9:41.51. Zoe Roush set new school records in the 100 meter dash and long jump and tied the school record in the triple jump. Her time of :12.54 in the 100 meter dash bettered the old mark of :12.60 set by Robin Wagner in 1994. Her long jump of 18-4 bettered the old mark of 17 -5 ½ by Tammy Malfer in 1982 and her triple jump of 36- 9 equaled that of Brooke Smay in 2013. The 4X800 meter relay team of Kelsy Valko, Cassi Smith, Lacey Greathouse, and Emily Montag also set a school record with a time of 9:41.51 bettering the old mark of 9:42.62 set in 2010 by Wirfel, Chizmar, Kostan, and Gallaher. The Varsity Girls Track & Field team is coached by Tom Hunter and Scott Krise. 24

Varsity Boys Volleyball The Rangers were excited for the 2017 season to begin as they had high expectations for the season, again hoping to return to the District VI Championship for the fourth straight year. The Rangers faced some stiff competition throughout the year and overcame some obstacles due to injuries, however they still made it to the District VI Championship game as the #2 seed after defeating #3 Huntingdon in the District VI semifinal match The season started out with a tournament at Norwin, in which the Rangers finished 7 out of 18 teams. The first regular season game was against their rival and was a potential District VI Championship preview match, Bishop Guilfoyle. The Rangers fell 3-1 to Guilfoyle in a hard fought and exciting match. The Rangers then went on to put together a 6 game winning streak before falling to District VII rival Derry, 3-1. The regular season included highlights such as a win over AAA rival Altoona, and finishing in 4 th place at the OLSH tournament at the end of the season. The Varsity team ended up with an overall regular season record of 9-4 Senior Garrett Donoughe led the team in kills (455), kill percentage (56%), hitting percentage (0.313), and serving aces (91). He set the single season record for kills along with the all-time school record for kills (1068). Garrett was also selected for the Mid-State Boys Volleyball All-Star Team for the third year in a row and was also selected for the District 6 All-District AA First Team for the second year in a row. Senior Ryan Stohon surpassed the 500 kill milestone, fishing the year with 541 kills. Ryan also led the team in blocks with 65, and was selected for the Mid-State Boys Volleyball All-Star Team as well as the District 6 All-District AA First Team. Senior Nate Valko lead the team with 672 assists and set a new school record with 1312 career assists. Senior Garrett Kundrod led the team with 297 digs and surpassed the 500 digs milestone, compiling 553 career digs. He also led the team with a 2.64 Passer Rating. Garrett’s 553 career digs set a new school record. The Rangers earned a spot in the District VI playoffs for the 7 th straight year in a row. In the first round the Rangers hosted the #3 seed Huntingdon. The Rangers rolled through Huntingdon with a 3-0 victory and headed to the District VI Championship game for the 4 th straight year and 6 th time in 7 years. The Rangers were up against the #1 seed, Bishop Guilfoyle, who had beaten the Rangers twice in regular season. The Rangers battled hard, and pulled off the upset, defeating Guilfoyle 3-2! The Rangers overcame a 7-3 deficit in an exciting game 5, to finish the set off with a 15-12 win. For the first time in school history, the Rangers were headed to the State playoffs. They faced the #2 team from District VII, Deer Lakes in the first round. However, the Rangers fell short against Deer Lakes, falling 3-0. Even though they did not advance beyond round 1 of the State playoffs, it was the most successful season the team has had since it started. Forest Hills is the only “local” school that still has a boy’s volleyball program, and that is something to be proud! ~ VARSITY SPORTS ~ 25

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