Tri-Valley receives grant to update wellness policies and practices


Rebecca Zemencik/Citizen-Standard Photo A group of seventh grade boys bounce on exercise balls while throwing smaller balls to each other as part of the health and wellness grant that the district received.

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor •

HEGINS – The Pennsylvania Department of Health is partnering with Penn State PRO Wellness to provide 15 districts in Pennsylvania with funding and resources necessary to create and implement supportive nutrition environments, quality physical education and physical activity in schools.
The Tri-Valley High School Physical Education Department received one-on-one support and up to $11,000 over a two-year period to make sustainable changes to nutrition and physical activity policies and practices as a part of a statewide Building Healthy Schools grant program. (more…)

Scheib takes second at states

Six area wrestlers bring home medals from PIAA tournament


MIKE LEITER/For The Citizen-Standard Tri-Valley’s Danny Scheib rides out Reynolds’ Cole Rickert in the 285-pound Class AA Semifinal at the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships Friday, March 10 at the Giant Center, Hershey. Scheib would win this match en route to a second-place finish in the tournament.

HERSHEY – For Tri-Valley’s Danny Scheib, it was a journey that came full circle, but ever so close.
Scheib came to the PIAA Class AA state wrestling championships on a mission. Return to the form he was at before an injury took him out of the sport the previous year before.
He accomplished that and more as he was the area’s highest placewinner out of six area wrestlers that brought home medals from the tournament held last weekend at the Giant Center, Hershey.
Schend period or that reached the 285-pound finals, won three decisions throughout the tournament before running into his finals opponent, Toby Cahill of Berlin-BrothersValley.
As the two squared off in the final match of the tournament, Cahill worked a significant weight and power advantage, taking him down after the first minute of the bout, leading 2-0 after the first period.


24 wrestlers qualify for Regionals

TV’s Scheib and Hepler, UDA’s Garber and LM’s Kieffer win district titles

District XI
BETHLEHEM – Nine area wrestlers from District XI earned the right to continue on their quest for a PIAA state wrestling championship, heading into this weekend’s Southeastern Regional tournament at Wilson High School, West Lawn.
Tri-Valley was the most successful out of the area teams, crowning two District XI champions in Sammy Hepler at 138 pounds and Dan Scheib at 285 pounds. Scheib was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler as the Bulldogs finished third in the team standings, behind champion Saucon Valley and Wilson.
The Bulldogs will send five to the regional tournament. In addition to Scheib and Hepler, Bulldog wrestlers Cal Schoffstall (113), Dawson Schwalm (170) and Kolt Schaeffer (183) finished second in the tournament.
Tri-Valley was the only team to send wrestlers to the championship finals as the rest of the qualifiers made their way through the consolation brackets. Earning third place finishes in the District XI tournament were Dillon Kintzel and Carson Rittenbaugh of Pine Grove. Joining them is fellow Cardinal Zach Leffler, who finished fourth.
Also qualifying for regionals are Williams Valley’s Mikey Myers at 106 pounds and Ian Minnich at 285.
District III
Eight area wrestlers earned their spots in the PIAA Class AA Southeast Regional this weekend, joining the District XI qualifiers at Wilson High School, West Lawn.
Seven of those wrestlers will be representing Upper Dauphin, led by the school’s lone district champion, Bronson Garber, beating his opponent 5-0 in the 120-pound finals.
With the top seven earning their place in the regional tournament, Garber is joined by third-place finishers Jackson Kennerly and Donny Gelnett, fourth-place winners Ethan Paul and Zach Rupp, fifth place finisher Mason Wiest, and seventh-place finisher Evan Hoffman and Hayden McAllister.
Jakob Paul is Halifax’s lone representative at the regional tournament. Paul earned a second-place finish, losing in the finals to Bishop McDevitt’s Cole Nye by a 13-3 major decision.
District IV
Line Mountain finished in third place in the team standings at last weekend’s District IV Class AA wrestling Championship, held at Williamsport High School.
Wrestlers advancing for Line Mountain include two-time champion Garrett Kieffer (285), runnerups Matt Coller (106), and Caleb Shaffer (138); third-place finishers Cole Hauck (120), and Collin Klinger (132) and fifth-place finishers Brian Earlston (126) and Kenny Boyer (145).
Kieffer will be the only top-seeded wrestler for Line Mountain heading into the fast approaching PIAA Northeast Regional Class AA Tournament scheduled for Friday and Saturday back at Williamsport.
Three District Two wrestlers will join five wrestlers from District Four to form eight-man brackets in each of the 14 weight classes, ranging from 106 pounds to 285.
The top four wrestlers in each bracket will earn a trip to Hershey for state competition set for Thursday, March 9 through Saturday, March 11.
At 106 pounds, Coller (35-9) enters competition as a three-seed and will face Lackawanna Trail’s Cullen Ratchford (27-10), a six seed, in the quarterfinals.
Sixth-seeded Hauck, of Line Mountain, is set to meet No. 3 wrestler Fred Lewis (28-5), of Blue Ridge, in the opening round of 120-pound competition.
Earlston (28-7) will face top-seeded Brandon Judge (30-2), of Valley View.
Klinger (38-11) enters the 132-pound bracket in the fifth position and is scheduled to wrestle R.J. Driscoll (25-12) of Lake-Lehman in the quarterfinals.
Shaffer (29-17), Line Mountain’s 138-pounder, will face No. 5 Alec Talanca (16-6), of Berwick in his opening round.
An all-District IV quarterfinal matchup at 145 pounds will consist of top-seeded Southern Columbia wrestler Todd Lane (39-4) taking on No. 8 Kenny Boyer (27-12), of Line Mountain.
Line Mountain heavyweight Garrett Kieffer (34-5) will face No. 8 Sam Rishel (32-7), of Mifflinburg.

Halifax girls win TVL title

Lady Wildcats, Pine Grove, Line Mountain open post-season play this week


MIKE LEITER/For The Citizen-Standard The Halifax Lady Wildcats pose for a picture after winning the 2016-2017 Tri-Valley League Girls Championship, defeating Juniata 44-29 in the title game Feb. 17 at Line Mountain High School. Team members and coaches are, from left, front row, Maddie Flinkinger, Ella Starr, Hollie Long, Jordan Ashberry, Taylor Lenker, Kylie Egli, Lauren Shumber; back row, head coach Dean Kerstetter, Melody Davis, Amanda Acri, Lucy Spicher, Brynn Miller, Brianna Turner, Mallori Bingaman, and assistant coach Erin Kerstetter.

Halifax started their postseason off with a big win, defeating both East Juniata and Juniata to win the Tri-Valley League Championship, heading into District III that will begin on Friday, Feb. 24.
Pine Grove, the lone area qualifier in District XI, had a rough start to their second season, dropping out of the Schuylkill League playoffs with a 68-39 to eventual champion Minersville on Friday, Feb. 14. The Lady Cardinals will open up play in the District XI Class AAA tournament as the fourth seed with a game on Friday, Feb. 24 at Martz Hall, Pottsville against Collegium Charter School.
Line Mountain earned the fourth seed in the District IV Class AA tournament, earning a home game against fifth-seeded Muncy, which was played Tuesday, Feb. 21 after this issue went to press.


Line Mountain has good run in state tourney


TIM ZYLA/For The Citizen-Standard Line Mountain’s Kenny Boyer controls Burrell’s Shaun Gates during a 160-pound bout at the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships Feb. 9 at the Giant Center in Hershey.

PIAA Class AA Team wrestling tournament
Consolation round
Southern Columbia 37, Line Mountain 25
HERSHEY — Southern Columbia jumped out to an early 16-0 lead and never looked back, knocking Line Mountain out of the tournament en route to the Tigers finishing the tournament in third place.
“Against Southern, we needed everything to go right to have a chance,” said Line Mountain coach Mike Martz.
That didn’t happen almost at the start, when Ethan Long and Jaron Renn dropped 7-5 and 4-3 decisions, respectively


Line Mountain runner-up at District IV duals

By Chuck Souders, For The Citizen-Standard •


LARRY DEKLINSKI/For The Citizen-Standard Line Mountain’s Gary Laudenslager takes Lewisburg’s Zane Yoder to the ground in a 160-pound quarterfinal bout during the District 4 Duals Tournament at Milton High School.

MILTON — Most followers of District Four wrestling figured Saturday’s district dual championships at Milton Area High School might come down to the top two seeds, unbeatens Line Mountain and Southern Columbia, in the final, which it did.
Probably not as many saw that match coming down to the final bout, with the Tigers’ unbeaten Jaret Lane (29-0) pinning Cameron Hauck in 44 seconds to give Southern its first team duals championship, 37-28.
Southern (17-0) advance to the state tournament in Hershey for the second straight year, and Line Mountain (19-1) will host District Nine runnerup Coudersport in a pigtail bracket match Monday at 6 p.m. Wyalusing (20-2), which beat Athens 40-34 for third place, will travel to the home of the District Three runnerup Monday in another pigtail match.
Southern, which beat Towanda 55-18 in the quarterfinals and Wyalusing 35-30 in the semifinals, had a seemingly insurmountable 31-10 lead in the final after freshman Lear Quinton (14-10) knocked off Ethan Long 6-3 at 195. Long, 25-10 entering the day, had a rough 0-3 afternoon.


Hepler becomes four-time league wrestling champion


MIKE LEITER/For The Citizen-Standard Tri-Valley’s Sammy Hepler works on turning over Tamaqua’s Tanner McHugh during the 138-pound final at the Comprehensive Women’s Health Services Schuylkill League Wrestling Championship Jan. 21 at Jim Thorpe Area High School. Hepler won the bout by major decision 11-3 to become a four-time Schuylkill League wrestling champion and was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler.

JIM THORPE — Tri-Valley’s Sammy Hepler became the 14th wrestler since 1985 to become a four-time Schuylkill League Champion.
Hepler, who was named the outstanding wrestler at this past weekend’s Comprehensive Women’s Health Services Schuylkill League Wrestling Championships at Jim Thorpe Area High School, won the 138-pound title with an 11-3 major decision over Tamaqua’s Tanner McHugh, raising his record to 21-1.
His win, along with titles from Kolt Schaeffer and Dan Scheib, helped Tri-Valley to a third-place finish in the standings. Upper Dauphin, who crowned two champions in Brandon Garber and Jackson Kennerly, finished second in the standings with 173. Pottsville was named team champions.
The area’s other Schuylkill League Champion was Halifax’s Jakob Paul, winning the 220-pound title while remaining undefeated on the season.
Championship finals
106: Wi. Kahler (PO) dec. Paul (UDA), 4-2 SV; 113: Onea (PO) dec. Schoffstall (TV), 7-5 SV; 120: Garber (UDA) dec. Green (PO), 7-3; 126: Mason (BM) pinned Rupp (UDA), :27; 132: Madden-Edwards (NS) tech. fall L. Bruner (HAL), 19-4 5:42; 138: Hepler (TV) maj. dec. McHugh (TAM), 11-3; 145: Bentz (PO) pinned Gehring (SH), 2:25; 152: T. Kennedy (PV) dec. Scherer (LEH), 4-3; 160: Kennerly (UDA) dec. Fegley (MAH), 7-6; 170: Painter (PO) dec. Lewandowski (MAH), 9-3; 182:


Williams Valley boys win 10th of season


MIKE LEITER/For The Citizen-Standard Williams Valley’s Levi Engle goes up for a layup with Panther Valley’s Anthony Micholik trying to block the shot in boys basketball action Jan. 16 in Tower City.

Williams Valley 66, Panther Valley 52
TOWER CITY — Williams Valley won its 10th game of the season with a win over Panther Valley on Jan. 16.
Five Viking players were in double digits in scoring in the win, led by Colin Weist with 16 points. Levi Engle chipped in 15 while Jake Wolfgang had 13, Brent Reinoehl and Kenny Reed scored 11 apiece.
PANTHER VALLEY (52) — Rodriguez 0 0-0 0, Micholik 3 3-6 12, Turner 0 0-0 0, Figueroa 3 2-5 8, Distler 2 0-0 4, White 0 0-0 0, Blasko 8 2-2 18, Perez 4 1-2 10, Morgans 0 0-0 0, Stilitino 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 8-15 52.
WILLIAMS VALLEY (66) — Ulsh 0 0-0 0, Reinoehl 4 0-0 11, Weist 6 3-6 16, Engle 5 5-6 15, D. Wolfgang 0 0-0 0, J. Wolfgang 5 3-4 13, Raho 0 0-0 0, Reed 4 2-2 11, Joseph 0 0-0 0, Miller 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 13-18 66.
Panther Valley — 7 8 17 20 — 52
Williams Valley — 13 17 20 16 — 66.
3-point FGs: Micholik 3, Perez, Reinoehl 3, Weist, Reed.


Tip-Off tournaments highlight start of girls basketball season

Williams Valley, Halifax earn runner-up trophies


LON ZEIDERS/For The Citizen-Standard Williams Valley’s Mya Achenbach drives for a layup through the defense of Kutztown’s Gretta Bankes and Selena White during action Dec. 9 at the Upper Dauphin Tip-Off Tournament in Elizabethville. Williams Valley would win this game, thanks to Achenbach’s 22 points, by a 45-44 score but then lost in the championship game to Shenandoah Valley.

Pine Grove 49, Schuylkill Valley 22
PINE GROVE — The Cardinals opened their season in a big way starting with a 20-2 run in the first quarter to rout Schuylkill Valley in non-league action Dec. 12.
Rachel Edge led the Pine Grove effort with 14 points while Faith Shiffer contributed nine points for the Cardinals.
Schuylkill Valley (22) — Davis 0 0-0 0, Himmelberger 3 3-4 9, Brzostek 1 0-0 2, Sisko 1 1-2 3, Kowalski 0 4-5 4, Rittenhouse 0 0-0 0, Cerankowski 1 1-2 3, Civil 0 1-2 1. Totals 6 10-15 22.
Pine Grove (49) — Conrad 4 0-0 8, Edge 7 0-1 14, Shiffer 3 2-2 9, Flick 0 0-0 0, Butler 2 0-0 4, Kaufman 1 0-0 2, Sleva 2 1-1 5, Betz 1 0-0 3, Frew 0 0-0 0, Boyer 2 0-0 4. Totals 22 3-4 49.
Schuylkill Valley — 2 8 5 7 — 22
Pine Grove — 20 10 14 5 — 49
3-point FGs — Shiffer, Betz.
Delone Catholic 64, Halifax 17
CAMP HILL — Halifax was outscored 30-4 in the first half as Delone Catholic dropped the Wildcats in the finals of the Camp Hill Tip-Off Tournament on Dec. 10
Six different players scored for Halifax with Brynn Miller and Hannah Custer leading the way with four points each.
Halifax (17) — Spicher 1 0-0 2, Ashberry 0 0-0 0, Egli 0 0-0 0, Turner 0 0-0 0, Miller 2 0-1 4, Starr 0 0-0 0, Davis 1 0-2 2, Custer 2 0-0 4, Weaver 0 0-0 0, Acri 1 0-0 3, Bingaman 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 0-3 17.


Millers model for PA Game News cover


Submitted Photo The Miller Family is featured on Pennsylvania Game News. Ken Miller and his dad Jim and brothers, Glenn, Barry and Darryl are all featured in the scene .

MILLERSBURG – Since 2011, Millersburg native artist Dana Bellis has been illustrating for PA Game News Magazine. From the beginning, Dana chose to use family members as models for most of the illustration work for the publication.
The October 2012 PA Game News issue, his first cover, featured his uncle Larry Bellis, cousin David Bellis and David’s son, Colt as the subjects in the painting entitled “Through the Generations.” It was painted to represent three generations of PA Game News readers and, as Dana notes, “it actually did!”
In 2014, Dana painted his first “throwback” cover titled, “Days Gone By,” requested by the magazine to recreate a hunting scene from 1964. Now, the artist has produced his sixth Game News cover, entitled “Deer Camp Memories” to be published in the December 2016 issue.
For this latest piece, Dana was approached by the magazine’s Senior Associate Editor and asked to create a 1966 deer camp theme similar to his popular December 2014 cover. He was told by the editor, the editorial staff and readers really enjoyed that cover and the magazine was hoping for something with a similar nostalgic feel.