Hornets held scoreless for Black Knights’ victory last Friday

by WellsboroAthletics.com – November 2, 2015

The Towanda Black Knights held the Wellsboro Varsity Football team scoreless for a 17-0 upset victory on Friday, October 30 in Towanda.

The Hornets had their chances to jump out an early lead, but missed opportunities, and an aggressive Towanda defense, prevented them from scoring. Towanda fumbled the opening kickoff, which Wellsboro recovered near midfield. Sophomore quarterback Quinn Henry’s first pass sailed incomplete over the head of sophomore Chase Moser and Towanda stopped the Hornets three plays later on fourth down.

The Hornets got the ball back one play later as Towanda fumbled their first play from scrimmage, but again, the Hornets were unable to take capitalize off the turnover and turned the ball over on downs at the Towanda 22-yard line.

Towanda took to the ground on their next drive with Keegan Kisner. The junior broke off big run after big run to get down to the Hornet red zone. The Hornet defense refused to break and stopped Towanda on the 2-yard line on fourth down.

Wellsboro’s offense found a little momentum on their next drive as Henry hit junior tight end Parker Jones for gains of 12 and 15 yards to get some breathing room before breaking off a 24 yard run to get into Towanda territory, but the drive ended at midfield as junior quarterback Brandon Lamphier was sacked on third down, forcing a punt.

Both teams traded drives before the Towanda offense found their spark. Quarterback Brandon McLinko hit Steven Yates on a short slant pass, but Yates sliced through the Hornet defense and went the remaining 54 yards for the score to put the Black Knights up 7-0 with 6:51 remaining in the first half.

Wellsboro’s next drive went backwards due to penalties and a sack forcing the Hornets to punt the ball back to Towanda. Yates setup the Black Knights with great starting field position with a 29 yard return down to the Wellsboro 18-yard line. The Hornet defense kept Towanda in check, but the Black Knights came away with points as Tyler Basse made a 36 yard field goal with 2:54 remaining to make it 10-0.

Wellsboro’s offense struggled to start the second half, and never truly got into gear as they only gained 43 yards of total offense. The Hornets, aided by two Towanda personal fouls, moved into Towanda territory but were stopped on fourth down inside the Towanda 35. The Knights used that momentum and put the dagger in the hearts of Hornet fans as McLinko and Yates connected again, this time for 70 yards, for their second score with 7:30 left in the third quarter to make the score 17-0.

From that point on, Towanda’s defense kept the ball out of the hands of Wellsboro’s playmakers and ended two Wellsboro drives on sacks, and a third on an interception before running out the clock for their second win of the season.

Henry finished the night 6-for-22 for 42 yards and an interception and Lamphier was 2-for-4 for 19 yards. Henry gained 59 yards rushing on 17 carries, Moser had 33 yards on 11 carries, and senior Nick Tremper had 15 yards on 9 carries. Jones led the Hornet receiving corps with 36 yards on 4 catches.

Freshman Robert Brown was the leading tackler with 11 stops on the night and Tremper added 10 to push him over 100 for the second consecutive season. Tremper and sophomore Kyler Rice recovered the Towanda fumbles and Lamphier recorded an interception.

McLinko finished the night 5-for-16 for 184 yards and 2 touchdowns for Towanda, Kisner had 111 yards on 23 carries, and Yates caught 4 passes for 167 yards and 2 scores.

The win drops the Hornets to 7-2 (2-2 NTL Division 1). The team will be back in action on Friday, November 6 as they travel to Island Park to take on rival North Penn for the Morton F. Jones Trophy.

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The Fifth Season

A look at this week’s highlights (and bloopers!) on Wellsboro Home Page

by Home Page – October 31 & November 1, 2015

It’s time once again to take a look at what happened the past week. The Weekly Highlights are a great way to catch up, but don’t forget that you can always watch the full stories from either our front page or the archives section.
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HORNETS TOP WYALUSING, 21-13
The Wellsboro Varsity Football team won its final home game of the season as they hung on to beat Wyalusing 21-13 on Friday, October 23.

“It wasn’t our prettiest win, but it is a win,” said Wellsboro head coach Matt Hildebrand. “I’m looking back and second guessing myself on some of the coaching decisions I made but we controlled the ball very well tonight. We didn’t put the ball in the end zone there towards the end, but our defense came up big with more great plays and we got the win and that’s all that matters moving forward.”
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CHAMBER HIGHLIGHTS – NOVEMBER ACTIVITIES
As the weather turns colder, WHP once again had the pleasure of meeting with Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce President Marsha Chesko to discuss November’s chamber highlights.
Friday, November 6th, the Guthrie Brothers will be paying homage to Simon and Garfunkel at the Wellsboro Community Concert in the Deane Center at 7:30pm. Wednesday, November 11th, the Deane Center will also be hosting another History Comes Alive event with Robert E. Lee at Coolidge Theatre.
Enjoy excellent food and stress-free shopping Saturday, November 7th, at Dunham’s 11th annual Holiday Soirèe from 6:30pm-9:30pm. Tickets cost $15 and all proceeds go to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, which will be funding new ER lighting. There will be opportunities to learn new recipes, as well as chair massages available for a donation to the auxiliary.
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MU TODAY – WNTE THE GIANT
Mansfield University’s WNTE “The Giant” 89.5 FM radio station has been broadcasting from the campus for over 40 years. Listeners can tune in to the station within a 10-12 mile radius from the school, or hop online to stream it worldwide.
The station is currently located in Alumni Hall on the Mansfield University campus. From vinyl, to cassette tapes, to fully automated computer systems – WNTE has undergone many changes over the years.
“I believe it was the first station located in and transmitting from Mansfield.” says General Manager, Matt Dishler. Dishler oversees the day to day runs, maintains the emergency broadcast systems functions, and makes sure the station DJ’s are well prepared to air their shows with suitable lineups.
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THE BRIEFING – FALL & WINTER SAFETY
This week WHP presents The Briefing. Police Chief Jim Bodine was once again kind enough to meet with us and offer some seasonally relevant advice. With the parade and candy collecting planned for Wellsboro between 5:30-8:00pm this Saturday, Chief Bodine begins with some trick-or-treating safety tips for parents taking their little ones door-to-door this year.
“We want everyone to have fun, but safety is paramount,” he asserts.
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DUNHAM’S CORNER – HOLIDAY SOIRÉE
On Saturday, November 7, Dunham’s Department Store invites you to attend their 11th Annual Holiday Shopping Soirée. The store will be open exclusively for ticket holders who can enjoy 20% off the ticketed price of all items throughout the department and furniture stores. There will also be special items from guest artisans and vendors, prizes to win, delicious food prepared by Penn Wells executive chef James Fry, live music, free gift wrapping, and other relaxing activities.
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The Fifth Season

Cooperative learning program at Middle School builds pumpkin catapults

by Rhonda Pearson, Chloe Quimby, Heather Ladd – October 30, 2015

On Thursday, October 29th the Rock L. Butler middle school participated in a school-wide cross curricular event called S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). The students used pumpkins as a focal point for the event. The students worked on different tasks each afternoon that involved science, math, engineering, writing, and the arts. Some of the highlights were building and testing catapults and trebuchets, writing pumpkin poetry and decorating their class pumpkin. The culminating activities came together on Thursday, October 29th. Thursday morning students were on the field for the first ever pumpkin chuck. The 8th grade S.T.E.A.M. class along with teacher Matt Erway constructed a large trebuchet weighing well over a ton with the counter weight at 600lbs and approximately 22ft. high that launched the decorated homeroom pumpkins. The event was complete with the reading of pumpkin eulogies written by the students about their pumpkins, and the middle school band playing on the field. They also had homeroom competitions using the catapults built during the week in the gym from kits that had been provided by Mr. Erway and Mrs. Ladd.

This event is a culmination of 9 weeks of incorporating subjects and learning styles for all students in the hope that it would appeal to everyone participating. Most of the activities were homeroom based. The students filled out job applications. Available positions included: Pumpkin Designer, Engineer, Writer, Music/Cheer Production, Mathematician. Each student was asked to create Pumpkin Poetry to be displayed on their lockers. On Tuesday, they watched Videos on Trebuchet/Catapult physics and visited websites to help the students construct their catapults. The catapults were constructed out of recycled materials; plastic spoons, tongue depressors, rubber bands, can goods…etc. Each homeroom was also given kits provided by Mr. Erway and Mrs. Ladd with the materials needed to build bigger versions of trebuchets that were used during the competitions in the gym on Thursday.

Mr. Petripola, mentioned that with Cross Curriculum the students learn that not only is science and math needed to build these structures, but that english and art and other subjects all work together to get the projects done. The students also witness that even their English teachers need to know science or the Math teachers need to know art in order to help the students with their projects.

Mr. Erway and Mrs. Ladd headed up the S.T.E.A.M. event. They were instrumental in making this event a reality. The passion these two teachers have for what they do is phenomenal and as they were showing the Home Page crew around; there was no denying the excitement and love for teaching they shared with the students. As we stopped in the rooms to check out the progress of each homeroom Mrs. Ladd or Mr. Petripola would check out the projects and how they were coming along and didn’t hesitate to join in the conversations taking place among the groups and if something wasn’t working quite right would ask them questions to get them to look at there structure a different way to try and fix or enhance their catapults. Mr. Erway, showed us the giant trebuchet that was to be the main focus on Thursday and was excited to talk about the changes he was making to the sling in the hopes to get more air time and distance when chucking the pumpkins. In every homeroom the teachers seemed just as excited and inspired by this project as much as the students.

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Store-wide 20% off sale & more to benefit memorial hospital auxiliary

by Home Page – October 30, 2015

On Saturday, November 7, Dunham’s Department Store invites you to attend their 11th Annual Holiday Shopping Soirée. The store will be open exclusively for ticket holders who can enjoy 20% off the ticketed price of all items throughout the department and furniture stores. There will also be special items from guest artisans and vendors, prizes to win, delicious food prepared by Penn Wells executive chef James Fry, live music, free gift wrapping, and other relaxing activities.

Ticket holders can register to win a number of prizes, including a Pendelton shirt (value of $79.50), a Jim Shore christmas decoration (value of $45.00), a pair of Clarks shoes of your choice (value of $69.99), Columbia coat (women & men), and more! (Watch the video feature above to learn more!)

All proceeds from ticket purchases will be given to the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital Auxiliary to benefit the newly refurbished operating room. Haveing the hospital in Wellsboro is critical to ensuring the members of our community and visitors receive quality care when needed.

Tickets can be purchased from any hospital auxiliary member or at the door on the night of the event. Tickets cost $15 per person. Dunham’s will open (exclusively for ticket holders) for the event at 6:30PM on November 7 and will remain open until 9:30PM.

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The Fifth Season

Clemens finished 11-4 to win honor.

by Ed Weaver – October 29, 2015

Senior Maddy Clemens was named the NTL girls tennis Player of the Year on Tuesday, October 27.

“I worked hard this season, so I’m proud and honored to be awarded the NTL Tennis Player of the Year,” Clemens said.

Clemens (11-4) and senior Shyann Foreman (7-8) were both first team singles selections and senior Taylor Crawford (6-5) and sophomore Olivia Ryan (9-2) were second team doubles selections.

Foreman and Clemens (10-1) also took home first team doubles honors.

“It is unusual for a #2 to be named player of the year but she was the only undefeated player of the year within our league so she certainly deserved it,” said head coach Jill Gastrock. “She is a tough mental player.”

In addition to the player selections, the Wellsboro coaching staff of Gastrock, Margery Hoffman, and Brianna Thompson were named Co-Coaching Staff of the Year.

“It was awesome to have two dedicated assistants for the past two years,” Gastrock said of her staff. “We can do so much more during the season and the girls respond better to one versus another so we have that benefit. However, the girls have worked hard and had the experience to make us look good. They deserve the credit for sticking with the sport and working hard in the off season.”

Home Page Sports would like to congratulate Maddy, Shyann, Taylor, Olivia, and the coaching staff on their selections, and thank them for their hard work and dedication during the season.

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The Fifth Season

Chief Bodine’s safety tips for all door-to-door candy collectors and drivers!

by Chloe Quimby, October 29, 2015

This week WHP presents The Briefing. Police Chief Jim Bodine was once again kind enough to meet with us and offer some seasonally relevant advice. With the parade and candy collecting planned for Wellsboro between 5:30-8:00pm this Saturday, Chief Bodine begins with some trick-or-treating safety tips for parents taking their little ones door-to-door this year.

“We want everyone to have fun, but safety is paramount,” he asserts. He reminds parents to dress their children in bright colors and carry flashlights for maximum visibility to motorists. Parents are also encouraged to have children wait until after trick-or-treating to enjoy their candy, when parents have had a chance to look it over and make sure everything is safe for consumption.

As the temperature begins to drop and rain gives way to sleet and snow, Chief Bodine also recommends special attention be given to slick roads and limited visibility. “Year after year at the beginning of the winter season…that’s when we see a lot of crashes occur in the area. People are just not aware of the fact that road conditions are changing rapidly.”

To combat the trend, he suggests travelers to check the weather report before hitting the road. Additionally, he notes the importance of allowing enough time for vehicles to warm up and cars to be completely cleared of snow before exiting the driveway. He further warns about only clearing a little spot on the windshield, “You will get stopped and cited for that because you have to have all obstructions out of your view.” For safety’s sake, he also recommends keeping warm clothing in the car in case the driver becomes stranded.

Finally, Chief Bodine reminds everyone of seasonal changes to on-street parking restrictions. Since crews are working hard to clear the roads of snow before commuters set off in the morning, in many localities there is no parking on the street from 1am through the early morning hours. Those who do park on the street later in the day should be careful to park as close to the curb as they can and keep their side mirrors folded in to provide extra space for the plows to pass.

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The Fifth Season

Mansfield University’s student-run station has been running over 40 years

by Home Page & MU – October 28, 2015

Mansfield University’s WNTE “The Giant” 89.5 FM radio station has been broadcasting from the campus for over 40 years. Listeners can tune in to the station within a 10-12 mile radius from the school, or hop online to stream it worldwide. The program is supervised by Faculty Adviser Gary McIntyre, however, his role mainly involves suggestions and giving advice to the student managers of the station.
“As advisor, I’m not a manager or a hands-on person,” says McIntyre. “We have our own general manager and assistant manager and all the different positions. I meet with the executive board once a week and I give reports from each director that’s on WNTE.”

The station is currently located in Alumni Hall on the Mansfield University campus. From vinyl, to cassette tapes, to fully automated computer systems – WNTE has undergone many changes over the years.
“I believe it was the first station located in and transmitting from Mansfield.” says General Manager, Matt Dishler. Dishler oversees the day to day runs, maintains the emergency broadcast systems functions, and makes sure the station DJ’s are well prepared to air their shows with suitable lineups.

WNTE has been located in “The Fishbowl” of Alumni Hall for about 6 years. The station’s tech is monitored by Chief Engineer, Greg Eibach. His job involves checking the equipment functionality and overseeing repairs, troubleshooting any issues that arise and keeping it running smoothly.
“The experience that I’ve gained here is definitely going to help me with a job if I decide to go into radio, or anything like it,” says Eibach. “I have the experience to put on a resume now that I’ve worked as an engineer. I do know the basics ways around what I’m going to face in the field.”

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The Fifth Season

Josiah Hill, Tucker Worthington, Dalton Prough, and Nick Webster recognized by NTL.

by Ed Weaver – October 27, 2015

Four members of the Wellsboro Varsity Boys Soccer team were named to the NTL All-Star team on Monday, October 27.

Three Hornets were first team selections. Junior Josiah Hill was a first team striker, senior Tucker Worthington was a first team selection at midfield, and sophomore Dalton Prough was a first team defender.

Rounding out the Hornets’ selections was senior Nick Webster as a second team defender.

“I’m very proud of the young men who got selected to the first and second team,” said head coach John Shaffer. “I’m disappointed more of the team did not get picked but that’s politics sometimes.

“Josiah has had a stand out year up front in all facets. Tucker has been a midfield rock for years and a great team leader. Dalton is a natural center back and in my opinion he’s the best defender in the league. He should’ve been the defender of the year even for a sophomore. Nick Webster has had a breakout year as a right back. His second team nomination was well deserved.

“All of these awards are a credit to the team. None of them would be possible without the team around the individual,” concluded Shaffer.

Home Page Sports would like to congratulate Josiah, Tucker, Dalton, and Nick on their selections, and thank them for their hard work and dedication during the season.

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The Fifth Season

Samantha Young, Sarah Ingerick, Emma Eccher, and Julia Smith recognized by NTL.

by Ed Weaver – October 27,2017

Four members of the Wellsboro Varsity Girls Soccer team were named to the NTL All-Star team on Monday, October 26.

Senior Samantha Young was the Lady Hornets’ lone first team selection for defense. Making the second team were senior Sarah Ingerick and freshman Julia Smith at midfield and senior Emma Eccher on defense.

“Samantha was a very focused player this year on defense,” said head coach Mike Hotchkiss. “Wellsboro gave up very few goals and Samantha was a key factor in that. Emma was also a key as sweeper and had never played that position until this year. She did extremely well and helped stop many players from scoring. Sarah has always been the strength in the middle as center midfielder. She controlled the team and is a very physical aggressive player. Scores some key goals against our toughest competitors. Julia Smith was a nice addition to the team as a 9th grader. She was also our point leader for goals and assists.”

Home Page Sports would like to congratulate Samantha, Sarah, Julia, and Emma on their selections, and thank them for their hard work and dedication this season.

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The Fifth Season

Parade, concert, Christmas soiree, holiday open house and more!

by Chloe Quimby – October 27, 2015

As the weather turns colder, WHP once again had the pleasure of meeting with Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce President Marsha Chesko to discuss November’s chamber highlights. Starting off with the Wellsboro Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 31st, costumed spectators can assemble at Packer Park at 5:30pm to enjoy the festivities with Trick or Treat following until 8pm.

The following Friday, November 6th, the Guthrie Brothers will be paying homage to Simon and Garfunkel at the Wellsboro Community Concert in the Deane Center at 7:30pm. Wednesday, November 11th, the Deane Center will also be hosting another History Comes Alive event with Robert E. Lee at Coolidge Theatre. Ticket information is available on the Deane Center website at www.deanecenter.com.

Enjoy excellent food and stress-free shopping Saturday, November 7th, at Dunham’s 11th annual Holiday Soirèe from 6:30pm-9:30pm. Tickets cost $15 and all proceeds go to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, which will be funding new ER lighting. There will be opportunities to learn new recipes, as well as chair massages available for a donation to the auxiliary.

If you don’t quite manage to finish your Christmas shopping at Dunham’s Soirèe, many of the downtown merchants will be hosting a holiday open house November 19th-21st, with all kinds of special sales and activities.

Finally, the Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a special invitation to outdoorsmen, with the reminder that the area Pennsylvania state game lands have excellent hunting. Wellsboro has a variety of lodging options, as well as mouthwatering local cuisine when hunters are ready to come in out of the cold.

November is an exciting new month. WHP hopes to see you downtown.

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The Fifth Season

Meet the Tioga County Big Trees contenders

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by Melissa Bravo – October 26, 2015

When was the last time you stood under the bows of an ancient oak? Felt humbled beneath the spread of a centuries old elm? Starred at the starry sky through the branches of a stately white pine? Stood in awe at the knees of a gnarled and venerable beech? Laid eyes upon an ash thought to be the 4th largest of its kind? Or gazed in wonderment upon the red maple a farmer left behind when he cleared his land of the old growth forest that stood in his way?

The Big Trees of Pennsylvania publication, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Forestry Association, showcases some of the oldest, tallest, and widest trees in our state. Even some that have survived since 1743 when John Bartram, a self-taught botanist and one of the founding fathers of natural science here in the United States, traveling up the Susquehanna River and found forest’s so thick the sun’s rays did not reach the ground. Remember, by the 1850’s the forests of PA had been cleared for farming and to furnish the charcoal furnaces of the industrial revolution. Railroads gobbled up millions of board feet of lumber as they laid track across the continent. Later on, the paper mills soon scalped the land of even the most undesirable of species.

In Tioga County, few big trees were spared. Today, the Tioga County Woodland Owner’s and members of the Pennsylvania Forestry Association seek out grand old specimens to record their prosperity and ginormous size before they too are gone.

To date, less than a dozen trees have been measured up as contenders from Tioga County. To be a Big Tree Contender the cumulative score of the height (feet); diameter converted to circumference (inches) and spread (width of the canopy in feet) are tallied. Sycamores are some of the largest trees in our state with champions measuring 8 to 9 feet at breast height. The biggest single stem Sycamore in the contest has a score of 469 points!
Do you think yours is bigger? So far, no one has nominated a Sycamore from Tioga County yet.

Here are just of the few trees that are ranked by points in the Big Trees of PA Contest; a notation on its most impressive feature; and my two cent’s worth on its importance to Tioga County.

1. Lawrenceville Bur Oak: Points: 362; Diameter: 72.5 inches.
My two cents: Thanks to the efforts of the USACE and Boro of Lawrenceville this tree is in remarkable shape! Park at the Boro Sewer Plant and take a walk east to enjoy the magnificence of this stately tree.
Bur Oak Lawrenceville (1)

2. Blossburg White Ash: Points: 354; Diameter: 71.7 inches.
My two cents: At a height of 107 feet, a canopy spread of 84.5 feet, and a diameter of 5.9 feet (71.7 inches) this tree scored a total of 354 points – ranking it a candidate for 4th place in the registry! But it’s going to need some TLC to stick around. A limb came off the tree just this past year and fell into the river, and there is the constant threat of Emerald Ash Borer. Time is of the essence! Please call if you can help with funding or donate services. Contact the author for more information.
Blossburg White Ash (2)

3. Wellsboro Elm I: Points: 313; Estimated Age: 237 years.
My two cents: The massive elm behind Osram-Sylvania and the former Borden’s Milk Plant is just a board length (8 ft.) from being the tallest Elm (105 feet) in Pennsylvania. It’s surrounded by brambles so visiting it is difficult. Wouldn’t it be great if we could give this tree some TLC and turn the ground beneath its feet into a designated tourist attraction?
Wellsboro Elm I (3)

4. Wellsboro Elm II: Points: 303; Estimated Age: 240 years.
My two cents: This tree on Main Street in front of the old jail has been lovingly cared for by those who appreciate its stature and historical significance. Cabled in 2014 by Dincher and Dincher tree surgeons, it appears to be doing well.
Wellsboro Elm II (4)

5. Tioga White Oak: Points: 304; Estimated Age: 200 years.
My two cents: The Evergreen Cemetery Association needs your help to save this massive oak tree that recently developed a split. As it stands now, it measured 84 feet tall and over five feet in diameter (61.9 inches). If you have any connection to this cemetery please consider donating materials, time, or money so that the association can hire a certified arborist to cable the tree before winter! Contact the author ASAP for more information.
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6. Tioga Purple Beech: Points: 304; Estimated Age: 150+ years.
My two cents: This European beech (variety purpurea) found along Main Street is in fine health and if not for the building adjacent too it, it could easily have grown wider. Some of its fellow species in Europe obtain girths of over 121 inches wide! You just don’t see healthy beech tree’s anymore. As it stands now, it is approximately 81 feet tall and also over 5 feet in diameter (66.7 inches).
Tioga Purple Beech (6)

7. Morris Red Maple: Points: 295; Estimated Age: 180+ years.
My two cents: This tree’s magnificent spread has drawn photographers from as far away as New York City to admire and record its beauty over the seasons. Please thank the Kreger Dairy Farm for having the foresight to keep this tree around. It’s tied for 2nd place as the largest red maple tree in the state with a diameter of 5 feet (61.1 inches) and a canopy spread of 88 feet.
Big Trees of Tioga County (7)

8. Your tree, your back yard. Have another species you think is one of the biggest in Tioga County?
Come join the Tioga County Woodland Owner’s Association. We annually measure trees for the Big Trees of Pennsylvania contest and are looking for specimens of all kinds including sycamore, cottonwood, box elder, hemlock, white pine, and birch to name just a few. For more information call (570)-418-1499.
A Big Tree of Tioga County (8)

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Melissa Bravo of Meadow Lake Farm Consulting Services is a certified crop advisor, livestock, and land management consultant and free-lance agriculture writer. Melissa lives and farms in Tioga County. She can be reached at (814)-574-4067.

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The Fifth Season

All decisions we make about our authorities for life will make all the difference in the way we live.

by Derrel Emmerson

Proverbs 20:10 Differing weights and differing measures—the LORD detests them both.

This proverb regarding “weights and measures” might well be a statement against the moral and value relativism of our age. Everyone must ask the question of the authority regarding their beliefs held passionately or otherwise. Are there any universal values worth holding? Are our laws founded on nature’s law or our opinions?

Furthermore, is it realistic to think we must have 100% proof before we commit to anyone or anything? If so, what right do we have to any opinions even the opinion that we must have 100% certainty? Is the belief that morals, values and opinions are relative and all people’s values are of equal importance? Or, is faith a prime ingredient of life no matter what the discipline to which it is applied? These are questions whose answers enable us to transcend and live with hope or leave us in a state of uncertainty and victimhood.

It is clear that every human is committed to an opinion about most things. So, each of us hold values by faith more than we would like to admit. Our life task is a simple matter of finding our center. If you believe there is a God then serve him and all that he represents or commands! If you are your own center it is certain that you will be a god whom, ultimately, you will demand others to serve.

To solve this dilemma some people even try to cobble together some idolatrous belief structure. Make it complicated. Make it simple. Make it religious or make it secular. Others have done both and they always end up as cult leaders or in a cult to their liking seeking to enslave or eradicate all who disagree.

All decisions we make about our authorities for life will make all the difference in the way we live, our relationships and will determine our personal peace, joy and meaning. Our world view is about life and death and it should be approached seriously. Whatever we decide demonstrates where our faith rests. To have no opinion is a choice in itself.

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Wellsboro improves to 7-1 during final home game on Senior Night

by Ed Weaver – October 26, 2015

The Wellsboro Varsity Football team won its final home game of the season as they hung on to beat Wyalusing 21-13 on Friday, October 23.

“It wasn’t our prettiest win, but it is a win,” said Wellsboro head coach Matt Hildebrand. “I’m looking back and second guessing myself on some of the coaching decisions I made but we controlled the ball very well tonight. We didn’t put the ball in the end zone there towards the end, but our defense came up big with more great plays and we got the win and that’s all that matters moving forward.”

In a night where the 2016 senior class was honored in their final home game, it was also the last time the Hornets will play at the current stadium, as the new athletic complex will take its place with construction starting next spring in time for the start of the 2016 football season.

“I’m very proud of these seniors and it was important to the staff to send them out right,” Hildebrand continued. “They’ve been on this field for four years and have never had a set of bleachers for fans and parents to watch them from, and its just a special night for them to go out with a win. This class has done things not many have expected of them and these guys are the winningest class to go through Wellsboro football history I think right now and I’m just really proud of these kids.”

The Hornets got off to a rocky start as an early fumble game Wyalusing the ball and great field position, but the Hornet defense, like the have done all year to date, played huge and limited the NTL’s top running back Luke Jennings to only 116 yards and one touchdown on the night. The turnover proved harmless as Wyalusing’s opening 11-play drive ended on fourth down at the Wellsboro 20-yard line.

The Hornets moved the ball well on its next drive as sophomore quarterback Quinn Henry hit junior Brandon Lamphier for 39 yards, then hit sophomore Johnny Rowland for 19 to get down to the Wyalusing 11-yard line. The drive stalled on fourth down as Henry rushed for 7 yards down to the Wyalusing 1-yard line, but came up inches short of the first down giving the Rams back the ball.

Both teams exchanged drives and it wasn’t until a sack-fumble caused by junior Parker Jones gave the Hornets life. Lamphier got under center for this drive and found Henry for 23 yards down to the Wyalusing 3-yard line, where Henry finished the drive a few plays later from a yard out with 4:26 left in the first half to make it 7-0 after sophomore Nic Ingerick’s extra point.

Wyalusing answered immediately as Jennings rushed the ball six times on the next drive. A 23 yard pass from Calvin Burke to Ryan Kipp setup the Rams with first-and-goal from the Wellsboro 7-yard line where Jennings went off right-tackle and into the end zone to tie the game at 7-7 with 52 seconds left in the half.

Wellsboro got off to a better start in the second half as the defense caused back-to-back turnovers. An interception on Wyalusing’s first drive and a lost fumble on the second gave the Hornets the ball at the Rams’ 12-yard line. It took two plays as Lamphier hit Henry from 9 yards out to make the score 14-7 Wellsboro with 8:35 left in the third quarter.

Both teams traded drives as the third quarter ended and fourth quarter started. The Hornet defense forced another fumble at midfield and the Hornet offense went back to work. The Hornets chipped away yards on short runs, but senior Nick Tremper broke a 22-yard run to give the Hornets a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line. Two plays later freshman Robert Brown punched the ball in from a yard out to put the Hornets up 21-7 with 9:29 left in the game.

Wyalusing didn’t let the Hornet score get them down as they went back to work on scored on their next drive. Jennings broke off a 20-yard run, his longest of the night, on the next drive, then a 13-yard run a couple plays later to get inside the Wellsboro 30-yard line. Two plays later, Kipp broke free from 20 yards out for a touchdown, but missed the following extra point wide left, making the score 21-13 with 6:50 left.

The Hornets went back to work on the next drive, and after a 25 yard kick return by sophomore Chase Moser to midfield, they turned to their workhorse to wear the defense down. Tremper carried three straight times for a first down, the Henry broke free for a 34 yard gain down to the Wyalusing 5-yard line. A penalty back the Hornets up 5 yards, but Tremper got the yardage back the next play. Two more Tremper runs got the ball down to the 1-yard line. Facing fourth down, the Hornets opted for points and sent Ingerick out to attempt a field goal. The kick missed and Wyalusing took over at their own 20-yard line.

“If we get the field goal and those three points that puts the game out of reach,” Hildebrand said. “You second guess yourself and its easy to look back on it now that the game is over but we got the win. We’re all in this together, and that’s something I tell the kids all the time. When I make a mistake the kids are there to pick me up and vice versa.”

The Hornet defense ended Wyalusing’s next drive on a interception, but the Hornets were unable to do anything offensively and punted the football back to the Rams. Wyalusing’s next play ended with the same result as the Hornet defense picked off Burke for the third and final time with a handful of time remaining to secure the victory.

Lamphier finished the game 7-for-11 for 73 yards and a touchdown passing and Henry was 3-for-4 for 68 yards. Tremper was the leading rusher on the night with 18 carries for 81 yards, and Henry added 52 yards and a touchdown on 9 carries. Henry also led the Wellsboro receivers with 6 catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. Jones had two catches for 26 yards, Rowland had 1 for 19, and Lamphier had 1 for 39.

Defensively, Tremper led the way with 15 tackles, his second straight double-digit tackle game and fifth of the season giving him 92 on the year. Jones added 11 tackles, a sack, and forced fumble, Brown added 10 tackles from his linebacker spot, Lamphier had 8 tackles, and sophomore Collin Pietropola had six stops. Pietropola and senior defensive tackle Owen Covert recovered fumbles on the night and Henry, Moser, and Lamphier had the three interceptions.

“Wyalusing has a college-caliber offensive line with the size of those guys,” Hildebrand said. “The guys played a great defensive game and it was great to get a win over them. Wyalusing is a great team and Jennings is an exceptional back. He’s in his third year of over 1,000 yards and frankly he’s a stud. To limit a guy like that will be huge for us moving forward as we wind down the regular season and get into playoffs.”

The Hornets improve to 7-1 (2-1 NTL Division 1) on the year and have virtually locked up the #1 seed in District IV Class A playoffs and home field advantage. Next week the Hornets travel to Towanda (1-7, 1-2 NTL Division 1) to take on the Black Knights.

“We can’t take Towanda lightly next week,” Hildebrand said of his week nine opponent. “Jamie Wecker is a great coach over there and any time you go over there it is a tough environment to play in. I don’t care what they’re record is at this point in the season because we have to be ready. Coach Wecker is going to have his kids ready for us and he’s a great coach so we need to have another great week of practice.”

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The Fifth Season

Freshman Aren Harris Sets School Single-Season Rushing Record.

by Mansfield University Athletic Department – October 26, 2015

MANSFIELD – Mansfield rolled up a season-high 362 yards, Aren Harris rushed for 106-yards and a touchdown to break the school sprint football season rushing record and Damarkus Jones picked off two passes to lead Mansfield to a 27-0 win over Post University in a CSFL contest on Senior Day at Karl Van Norman Field Saturday afternoon.

Seniors Alex Bertolasio, Joe Bucek, John Capwell, Jarell Gibbs, Sean Green, Evan Ruggles and Spencer Underdown were all honored during pregame ceremonies.

Mansfield set the tone for the afternoon early, recovering an on-side kick on the opening kickoff and going 43 yards on three plays to score on a six-yard touchdown run by freshman Hunter Brown in the first minute of the game.

Post’s next possession ended with an interception by Jones at who returned it 33 yards to the Post three yard line. However, a 31-yard field goal attempt by Mansfield went wide right.

Mansfield capped-off a 13 play, 57 yard drive with a 30-yard field goal by freshman Drew Beckerink early in the second quarter while the Mountaineer defense shut down the Post offense to take a 10-0 lead into halftime.

The Mountaineers got the opening kickoff in the second half and put together a five-play, 74-yard scoring driving capped off by a three-yard touchdown run by Harris. The drive was keyed by a 43-yard pass completion from freshman quarterback Adam Hutchison to Sean Green along with a second Hutchison to Green hookup for nine-yards late in the drive. The score extended the lead to 17-0.

Beckerink’s second field goal of the game, this one for 26-yards, came late in the third quarter and the Mountaineer defense shut down a fourth-and-two play by Post from the Mansfield 41 upping the lead to 20-0.

The game’s final score came off another interception by Jones. The drive was helped by a personal foul and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalties against Post with freshman Keith Brown going up the middle for a 28-yard touchdown.

Mansfield passed for a season-high 241 yards and ran for another 121 yards for a season-best 362 yards in total offense while holding Post to 237 yards.

Harris carried the ball 35 times for 106 yards to surpass the school’s single-season rushing yardage record of 519 yards set by Michael Wallace in 2010. Harris now has a CSFL-leading 534 yards on the season with one game remaining.

Keith Brown picked up 55 yards on eight carries including his 28-yard touchdown. Freshmen quarterbacks Anthony O’Connell and Adam Hutchison combined to complete 13-of-19 passes for 241 yards. O’Connell, who started the game, went 3-3 for 76 yards while Hutchison was 10-16 for 165 yards.

Joe Bucek extended his school career records in receptions and receiving yards by pulling down five catches for 121 yards while Green, Jakob Woods and Danny Diaz-Walton had two catches each. Bucek now has 78 receptions for 961 total yards in his career.

While the offense had one of its most productive games of the year, it was the defense that truly was the star of the game. Jones not only picked off two passes, he also had a team-high nine tackles including eight solo. Spencer Underdown was credited with eight tackles while fellow linebacker John Capwell had seven and Jonathan Badman six. Evan Ruggles recovered a fumble with freshman Nick Sander recording his first collegiate interception.

It was just the second shutout for the Mountaineers since the 2011 season.

Chris Leggio topped the Post defense with a game-high 11 tackles while Patterson added nine. Neajaun Jackson led the running game with 86 yards on 20 carries. Senior quarterback Greg Volpe completed 9-20 passes for 110 yards with Jay’Len Mahan catching five passes for 80 yards.

Mansfield improves to 2-4 on the season and travels to Franklin Pierce next Saturday for the season finale.

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The Fifth Season

A look at this week’s highlights (and bloopers!) on Wellsboro Home Page

by Home Page – October 24 & 25, 2015

It’s time once again to take a look at what happened the past week. The Weekly Highlights are a great way to catch up, but don’t forget that you can always watch the full stories from either our front page or the archives section.
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HORNETS DOMINATE BLOOMSBURG

Sophomore running back Chase Moser rushed for 197 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Wellsboro Varsity Football team over Bloomsburg 35-7 during Homecoming on Friday, October 16.

Wellsboro head coach Matt Hildebrand was very please with his young running back’s performance on the night.

“He’s a young kid who has grown up in every game we’ve played this year. The more touches he gets the better he looks out there,” Hildebrand said. “He made some phenomenal cuts out of the gate to get himself in the end zone. I’m very pleased with him and expect big things out of him moving forward.”
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DECORATING DECODED – TOP 10 MYTHS

Over the years I’ve come across objections to decorating suggestions I have made to clients because they thought it was against the rules of decorating. Below are my Top 10 Myths that people have bought into and my reasons for de-bunking them. Are you guilty of believing any of these?

Myth #1 Small Rooms Cannot Be Painted Dark Colors
While it’s true that lighter colors tend to make a room feel airier, a darker color can make a small space feel cozy and more intimate. It is the scale and placement of the furniture that has more impact on a room feeling small than the wall color. Which brings me to…

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LADY HORNETS TIE TROY ON SENIOR NIGHT

The Wellsboro Varsity Girls Soccer team tied Troy 1-1 on their Senior Night on Tuesday, October 20.

Troy scored first with 30:37 remaining in the first half on a goal by Riley McClellan to make it 1-0. The Lady Hornets rallied later on in the half as freshman Julia Smith scored off a throw-in by junior Kelsey Logan and assist from senior Sarah Ingerick to tie it at 1-1 with 19:47 left.

Neither team would score for the remainder of regulation, so the game went into overtime. Again, neither team could manage a goal, although both team’s had their chances, so the game ended in a 1-1 draw after 100 minutes.
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BACK TO BASICS – THE FEAR OF MAN

What does it mean to fear man? It has little do with the fear that another person is going to harm you — although, that may at times be true.

The fear I’m referring to has more to do with what other people think about you. I like John Bunyan’s described the fear of man as “the fear of losing man’s favor, love, goodwill, help, and friendship.”

In simpler terms, you and I have an innate desire to earn and keep the approval of others.

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HORNETS WIN RECORD-BREAKING GAME

The Wellsboro Varsity Boys Soccer team made history during Senior Night with a 9-0 victory over Northeast Bradford on Thursday, October 22.

The win gave the Hornets their best ever regular season record in the program’s history with 15 wins. Also, junior Josiah Hill scored four first-half goals for his 35th on the season and 50th of his career. Only Darby Alafoginis (57) has more for a career.

“It was a total team effort and hopefully this will be a spring board into districts,” said head coach John Shaffer. “The boys played very well tonight to earn their 15th win of the year, that is a program record for regular season wins. Also, Josiah scored his 50th goal of his career tonight, which is very impressive for a junior.”
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Wellsboro varsity boys soccer team defeats NEB on senior night, 9-0

by Ed Weaver – October 23, 2015

The Wellsboro Varsity Boys Soccer team made history during Senior Night with a 9-0 victory over Northeast Bradford on Thursday, October 22.

The win gave the Hornets their best ever regular season record in the program’s history with 15 wins. Also, junior Josiah Hill scored four first-half goals for his 35th on the season and 50th of his career. Only Darby Alafoginis (57) has more for a career.

“It was a total team effort and hopefully this will be a spring board into districts,” said head coach John Shaffer. “The boys played very well tonight to earn their 15th win of the year, that is a program record for regular season wins. Also, Josiah scored his 50th goal of his career tonight, which is very impressive for a junior.”

Hill’s first of four goals came at 35:12 on an assist from senior Tucker Worthington to make it 1-0. Worthington then scored five minutes later on a header from an assist from senior Nick Webster. Wellsboro took a 3-0 lead with 19:20 remaining in the first half as Webster assisted senior Dawson Prough. Hill added goals two and three at 13:58 and 7:29 to make it 5-0 before sophomore Tanner Runyan converted a Hill assist to make it 6-0.

Hill’s historical goal came with 1:35 left in the half off an assist from sophomore Gabe Leach to make it 7-0 Hornets at halftime. Wellsboro added two more goals in the second half, as Runyan and freshman Brett Rudy each scored goals that went off NEB defenders and into their goal.

Wellsboro outshot NEB 27-5 and had a 3-0 advantage in corner kicks. Junior Casey Hoover made 5 saves on the night to earn his 10th shutout of the year.

The Hornets also won the JV game 5-1 on the night to finish the year at 9-0-2. Junior Noah Colton, sophomore Noah Fitch, Rudy, freshman Cameron Tennis, and freshman Holden Kennedy all had goals on the night.

The team ends the regular season 15-2-1 and will wait for their seeding for District IV playoffs next week.

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The Fifth Season

Girls and boys cross country take wins over Coudersport

by Ed Weaver – October 23, 2015

The Wellsboro Varsity Cross Country teams both picked up 15-50 wins over Coudersport on Thursday, October 22.

Freshman Aidan Perry led the boys team with a 2nd place finish in 18:19. Junior Alden Weiner (19:09) was 3rd, sophomore Connor Brought (19:37) was 4th, freshman Bergen Weiner (20:05) was 6th, freshman Zach Busch (20:44) was 7th, junior Bryon Callahan (21:00) was 8th, sophomore Kyle Wilson (21:34) was 10th, sophomore Logan Morral (23:24) was 12th, freshman Taylor Wheeler (25:11) was 13th, and sophomore Noah Smith (34:59) was 14th.

In the girls race, the Lady Hornets took home the top 9 spots. Sophomore Anna Bleggi (22:48) won the meet, senior Samantha Bailey (23:44) was 2nd, freshman Brooke Unangst (24:23) was 3rd, freshman Taylor Romania (24:29) was 4th, senior Jordyn Coffee (24:43) was 5th, senior Camryn Keane (25:30) was 6th, freshman Zoe Iseri (25:41) was 7th, freshman Kara Doane (26:32) was 8th, and freshman Rachel Chamberlain (26:54) was 9th.

The Middle School teams also won on the night. The boys edged Coudersport 27-28 behind a 2nd place finish from Austin Richards (9:50) and a 4th place finish by Dylan Tomb (11:20). The girls won 15-50 as Coudersport only had one girl runner. Jaime Palmer (11:42) was 7th overall and the top Lady Hornet, followed by Kylie Butler (11:48) behind her in 8th place.

With the wins, the Varsity boys finish the regular season 7-4 (6-3 NTL) and the girls finish 9-2 (7-2 NTL). The Middle School boys finish 7-4 and the girls end at 9-2.

The Varsity teams will be back in action next Thursday, October 29 as they participate in the District IV Championship Meet at Bloomsburg University.

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The Fifth Season

Do you know what the #1 fear in our nation is?

by TJ Freeman – October 22, 2015

Do you like to fly? I did until I had a bad experience on one flight. I didn’t realize how much it had impacted me until I went to fly again and found myself feeling fearful as I boarded the plane. Today, just the thought of speeding through the air at 30,000 feet causes my heart to race and my adrenaline to pump.

But, I’m not alone…over 25 million Americans share the same anxiety I feel as I take those last few steps down the jetway and onto an airplane.

Although many Americans confess a fear of flying, it is by no means the number one fear. Any guesses as to what the number one fear might be?

It’s the fear of public speaking.

The thought of standing in front of a group and speaking for any amount of time sends chills down the spines of millions and millions of people. Perhaps you are one of them.

But what’s really behind the fear of public speaking? Surely you aren’t afraid that the group is going to harm you…or that the experience will have a negative impact on your life.

The real fear has little to do with the speaking and much to do with the public.

The fear of public speaking highlights a fear that exists, in one form or another, in all of us… the fear of man.

What does it mean to fear man? It has little do with the fear that another person is going to harm you — although, that may at times be true.

The fear I’m referring to has more to do with what other people think about you. I like John Bunyan’s described the fear of man as “the fear of losing man’s favor, love, goodwill, help, and friendship.”

In simpler terms, you and I have an innate desire to earn and keep the approval of others.

That might not sound so bad on the surface, but consider the ramifications.

The fear of man is what causes you to give in to peer pressure.

The fear of man is what holds you back from speaking up when you know you should.

The fear of man is what causes you to spend too much time in front of the mirror, or on the scales, or at the mall.

It can lead to codependency, overcommitment, low self-esteem, overspending and financial trouble, and a whole host of secondary problems.

One thing is sure — the fear of man will always keep you from living up to your potential by enslaving you to your perception of what others think about you.

Would you be surprised if I told you that you were created to long for approval? You’re actually hard-wired with a desire to live a life that is pleasing — a life that really matters.

But, we get into trouble when we seek the approval of men. The wisest man ever to live, King Solomon, had this to say about the fear of man in Proverbs 29…

The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.

You were created to long for approval, but that approval cannot come from men, but only from God. After all, you were created for His glory!

If you are in Christ, remember that God fully approves of you — and live your life in joyful worship — free of the fear of man.

But, if you’ve not placed your faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sins, you have good reason to fear. Only it is not man you should fear, but your Creator God — the one you’ve offended in your sin.

But, by God’s grace you can repent of your sin even today — and know that joy of living in light of God’s approval.

If you’d like to talk about this, please feel free to contact me. Thanks for joining us today!

Pastor TJ can be reached via phone: (570)-724-3741
Or by email: tj@wellsborobible.com

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The Fifth Season

5th-12th graders are welcomed to food & games at this post-football game event!

by Johanna Vogt & Chloe Quimby – October 21, 2015

Friday, October 23rd, is “Senior Night” and the last home football game! To celebrate, Fusion Youth Group (including Wellsboro Bible Church and Draper Baptist Church) along with many other area churches are hosting an after-party, title the “5th Quarter.” It will be a wonderful time of free food (pizza, chips, cookies, and other snacks) and fun games. Former coach, Russ Manney, will also be attending as a guest speaker. Manney will be sharing a short, biblical message to encourage all attendees.

The 5th Quarter will be held at the old Wellsboro High School in the gym from about 9:30pm (or whenever the football game ends) to approximately midnight. The event is free and open to 5th-12th graders. If you have any questions, you can contact Veronica Callahan at (570) 439-1833 or vcallahan@liberty.edu.

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The Fifth Season

The Lady Hornets are now 8-5-2 (7-3-2 NTL) on the year

by Ed Weaver – October 21, 2015

The Wellsboro Varsity Girls Soccer team tied Troy 1-1 on their Senior Night on Tuesday, October 20.

Troy scored first with 30:37 remaining in the first half on a goal by Riley McClellan to make it 1-0. The Lady Hornets rallied later on in the half as freshman Julia Smith scored off a throw-in by junior Kelsey Logan and assist from senior Sarah Ingerick to tie it at 1-1 with 19:47 left.

Neither team would score for the remainder of regulation, so the game went into overtime. Again, neither team could manage a goal, although both team’s had their chances, so the game ended in a 1-1 draw after 100 minutes.

Junior Kailee Clymer made 9 saves in goal and Troy edged Wellsboro 15-14 in shots and 11-6 in corner kicks.

Troy won the JV game 1-0.

The Lady Hornets are now 8-5-2 (7-3-2 NTL) on the year and will take on South Williamsport later on today before rounding out the year with games at Williamson and Mansfield.

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The Fifth Season

Tabitha debunks popular home decorating misconceptions

by Tabitha Dietrich – October 20, 2015

Over the years I’ve come across objections to decorating suggestions I have made to clients because they thought it was against the rules of decorating. Below are my Top 10 Myths that people have bought into and my reasons for de-bunking them. Are you guilty of believing any of these?

Myth #1 Small Rooms Cannot Be Painted Dark Colors
While it’s true that lighter colors tend to make a room feel airier, a darker color can make a small space feel cozy and more intimate. It is the scale and placement of the furniture that has more impact on a room feeling small than the wall color. Which brings me to…

Myth #2 Small Rooms Must Have Small Furniture
This only emphasizes the smaller dimensions of a room and usually leads to people putting too much “small stuff” into it resulting in the space feeling cramped and cluttered. Opt for fewer pieces of a normal size that makes a statement and optimizes function. For example, an oversized ottoman that opens up can be used for additional storage, as a coffee table and provide additional seating.

Myth #3 Ceilings Have To Be Painted White
Why? A ceiling painted the same color as the walls will make the room look bigger because you have erased the line that would have been created between the walls and ceiling. By painting the ceiling a lighter, darker or contrasting color, you can create more dimension and drama to the room. It can help highlight architectural details or even just draw the eye up to focus on an amazing light fixture.

Myth #4 You Can Only Have One Focal Point In A Room
But rooms have 4 walls so why not have more than one focal point? A fireplace could be one, while a picture window with an amazing view could be another. Place some great artwork on another. You get the idea.

Myth #5 Stick To One Decorating Style
Nonsense. Do we as individuals only express one facet of ourselves? No, so why should our homes not reflect all the dimensions of the people who live in them. This is what makes a space unique and reflects your personal style.

Myth #6 Everything Has To Match
This myth gets applied to several things. First, think furniture suites: end tables match coffee table, sofa matches loveseat matches armchair, etc. People also try to match colors the same way in a room. If the walls are painted blue, then an attempt is made to match that same shade of blue in the upholstery, rug, and window treatments. Either way, the room is left feeling flat and visually uninteresting.

Myth #7 Don’t Mix Patterns And Prints In Your Fabrics
Again, this helps give your room texture and dimension. Florals, stripes, plaids and geometrics can all work together. Use a large, a medium and small scale of each type of pattern and unite with one common color throughout.

Myth #8 Don’t Mix Metallic Finishes
So many people think that the metallic finishes of their light fixtures, cabinet hardware, door knobs and faucets all have to be the same. Not true. As in fashion, home décor allows you to mix silver and gold or brushed nickel with aged bronze. Like any other colors, metallics can be warm or cool and can help add sparkle to your space.

Myth #9 Furniture Has To Be Placed Against The Walls
I honestly cannot count the number of times I have seen furniture lining the walls encircling the room leaving a giant wasted space in the middle. “Floating” the furniture in the room makes a better use of the space as well as making the room more inviting and interesting. Try it, you’ll like it.
And now, the final myth that I love to break the most….

Myth #10 You Have To Follow The Rules
Only you make the rules about how your home should look and feel. There are basic principles to use as guidelines but you are only limited by your own imagination.

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The Fifth Season

Eccher & Mundy chosen as WHS Queen & King

by Jessica Smith – October 19, 2015

The 2015 Wellsboro Homecoming commenced October 12th. The week started with great participation in “ER Day.” ER Day was celebrated by dressing as anything that ends in -ER. We had teachers, lawyers, sleepers, and even a flower.

Tuesday was dubbed “Color Day.” Students and faculty also enjoyed an indoor field day. They competed in games like a cape relay, a marshmallow and spaghetti and tower game, and a shoe tower game.

Wednesday was “Super Hero Day.” Students and faculty sported their best Batman, Superman, and The Avengers costumes. Some even dressed as firemen, police, and other community heroes. After school on Wednesday, the first annual Ultimate Frisbee Tournament took place. Wellsboro High School held preliminary rounds on the practice field, with concession stands present on the sidelines for the occasion. As darkness descended and the Middle School Football team finished their game, the Ultimate Frisbee finals began under the lights.

The final two final teams were the Plain White Tees and the Frisbee Flingers. Plain White Tees was led by Jenny Young and included the following players: Darci Warner, Rich Tardieu, Kailee Clymer, Alyssa Yungwirth, Brianne Keane, Ben Moss, Parker Mann, Joey Mesmer, and Philip Straniere. Frisbee Flingers was led by Alexa Singer and included the following players: Maddy Clemens, Emma Eccher, Sarah Ingerick, Camryn Keane, James Mundy, Alex Kozuhowski, Chase Moser, and Clint Walker. Play White Tees won the tournament. The annual bonfire followed the tournament.

Thursday was a blast from the past, as students and teachers dressed up for “Throwback Thursday.” The day began with the King and Queen Preview, where the five queen candidates and the five king candidates were interviewed for the subsequent election. The Community Business Window Decorating Contest was also judged on Thursday.

Friday was “School Spirit Day,” so all students and faculty dressed in green and white. Some Student Council members went to the Charollete Lappla and Don Gill Schools to paint faces for younger students. At the high school, students were able to purchase “Spirit Couch” tickets and “Spirit Merchandise” during lunches. Before the school day ended, Student Council led a pep rally. This event included an Alma Mater Contest between each grade and the faculty, a human version of Hungry, Hungry Hippos, and an update from each team captain on the season.

As the day came to a close the winner of the “Spirit Couch,” Maddy Kyle, was drawn. The Spirit Medallion had still not been found, so the search was on. Shortly after the final bell rang, Andrew Brelo found the medallion and won a $5 gift certificate to the Java Hive Cafe. Excitement stirred as the floats arrived at the school to be judged before the Homecoming Parade began at 5:30pm. The parade included most of the Homecoming Court, and even the Flaming Foliage Queen participated.

After the parade, it was time for the Friday Night Lights. The Wellsboro Hornet Football team played the Bloomsburg Panthers and won 35 to 7. At halftime, the Homecoming Court was announced and the 2015 Homecoming King and Queen were crowned. Congratulations “King” James Mundy and “Queen” Emma Eccher. Congratulations also to the runners up, Branson Watkins and Billie Jo Priset. Finally, felicitations to the rest of the Homecoming Court, including Freshmen Princesses Zoe Iseri and Kyra Keck, Freshmen Prince Andrew Brelo, Sophomore Prince and Princess Logan Moral and Kailyn Judlin, Junior Prince and Princess Casey Hoover and Maddy Hepp, and the Senior King and Queen candidates: Larry Walters and Jordyn Coffee, Wyatt Wood and Maddy Clemens, and Jada Jackson and Levi Holliday.

Homecoming week concluded with a “Club Style” Homecoming Dance for the high schoolers to enjoy.

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The Fifth Season

Chase Moser rushes for 3 touchdowns leading Hornets to 35-7 win

by Ed Weaver – October 19, 2015

Sophomore running back Chase Moser rushed for 197 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Wellsboro Varsity Football team over Bloomsburg 35-7 during Homecoming on Friday, October 16.

Wellsboro head coach Matt Hildebrand was very please with his young running back’s performance on the night.

“He’s a young kid who has grown up in every game we’ve played this year. The more touches he gets the better he looks out there,” Hildebrand said. “He made some phenomenal cuts out of the gate to get himself in the end zone. I’m very pleased with him and expect big things out of him moving forward.”

Moser’s first touchdown of the night came at 8:09 in the first quarter on a 44-yard run after the Wellsboro defense stuffed Bloomsburg’s Coty Kashner on fourth down. The Hornets only needed five plays on the drive to make it 6-0 early. The Hornet defense came up big on Bloomsburg’s second drive, as junior Parker Jones sacked Nick Anderson for a seven yard loss on third down forcing a punt.

From there, sophomore quarterback Quinn Henry connected with junior Brandon Lamphier on a 51 yard bomb to make it 14-0 Wellsboro after senior Nick Tremper’s two-point conversion with 5:09 remaining in the opening quarter.

“It’s good to get a play-maker like Brandon back on the field later in the season,” commented Hildebrand. “He missed the first half of the season with a pre-season injury so we’ve been trying to get him more reps each week.”

Bloomsburg put together a nice drive near the end of the first quarter but again, the Hornet defense stopped the Panthers on fourth down at the Hornets’ 32-yard line. The Hornets stuck to the ground game as Tremper and Moser carried the ball with Moser capping the drive with a 58 yard scamper to make it 21-0 after sophomore Nic Ingerick’s extra point split the uprights with 24 seconds left.

After drives by both teams stalled, Bloomsburg finally got on the scoreboard in the second quarter. Sophomore Alex Kozuhowski lost control of the football and the Panthers recovered inside the Wellsboro 20-yard line. It took the Panthers only four plays as Kashner scored his team’s only points of the night with 4:41 remaining in the first half from one yard out.

Leading 21-7 coming in to the second half, the Hornets picked up where they left off as they scored on their opening drive. A big, 49-yard pass from Henry to Lamphier set the Hornets up with a first down at the Bloomsburg 30-yard line, then Moser finished the drive three plays later from 30 yards out for his third touchdown to make it 28-7 Wellsboro after Ingerick’s extra point with 8:42 left in the third quarter.

Both teams traded drives for the remainder of the third and fourth quarters. As the rain started to fall, the Hornets took over, again going to the ground, and relied upon the running of Tremper. Following an interception by sophomore Johnny Rowland, Tremper ran the ball 11 times through the heart of the Panther defense. His final run of 10 yards found the end zone with 1:57 left in the game to put the game out of reach and give the Hornets a 35-7 win.

“Tremp is a workhorse for us,” Hildebrand said of his senior running back. “He’s not the biggest kid on the field, but we can give him the ball, we know its going to be secure, and he’s going to put his head down and run hard.”

Henry finished the night 3-for-11 through the air for 109 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Tremper was the second leading rusher with 20 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown, and Lamphier caught 2 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. Tremper led the defense with a game-high 18 tackles. Sophomore Collin Pietropola finished the game with 10 tackles and freshman Robert Brown added 9.

Defensively the Hornets allowed only 105 yards on the night, with 63 of those yards coming on the ground.

“The defense has played big all year for us,” continued Hildebrand. “Mike Pietropola has put together great game plans for us all year that the kids have bought into. We’ve had a lot of young guys get better throughout the year as so far we’ve been lights out all year.”

Next Friday, October 23 the Hornets host Wyalusing on Senior Night and will face one of the area’s best running backs in Luke Jennings. Hildebrand is confident the defense will be up to the task.

“Luke is a great back, he hurt us last year and the year before, but our guys have faced some tough backs so far this year, especially the last couple of weeks and have stepped up to the challenge. If we continue to do that we’ll have a pretty good shot. Our guys must be physical and not wait around for someone else to make a play,” concluded Hildebrand.

The win improves the Hornets’ record to 6-1 (1-1 NTL Division 1) on the year.

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The Fifth Season

A look at this week’s highlights (and bloopers!) on Wellsboro Home Page

by Home Page – October 17 & 18, 2015

It’s time once again to take a look at what happened the past week. The Weekly Highlights are a great way to catch up, but don’t forget that you can always watch the full stories from either our front page or the archives section.
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Hornets knock off undefeated Troy

The Wellsboro Varsity Football team made a statement win on Friday, October 9 as they beat previously undefeated Troy 14-12.

Coming off a heartbreaking one point loss to Athens the week prior, the young Hornets and head coach Matt Hildebrand knew they had to respond.

“It shows a lot of character from our guys after last week,” Hildebrand. “We had a great week of practice, probably our best week of practice all year and it translated really well tonight. We were in a similar situtation defensively late in the game like last week. We learned from last week and we came up with huge stops. Troy is a team that really hasn’t been stopped this year and the defense just played great. To hold (Ben) Sherman the and offense, hats off to the kids.”
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Lady Hornets Win 3-1 over Coudersport

The Wellsboro Varsity Volleyball team won their sixth consecutive game with a 3-1 victory over Coudersport on Monday, October 12 in their Pink Game.

The Lady Hornets won a close first set 25-23 and was in total control during the second set as they won 25-15. Coudersport regrouped and won the third set 25-19 after Wellsboro jumped out to an early lead, then the Lady Hornets flipped the script in the fourth set and rallied for the 25-23 victory, claiming the match.
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Redskins pass Lady Hornets in Overtime

The Wellsboro Varsity Girls Soccer team lost to Sayre in overtime 3-2 on Tuesday, October 13.

Wellsboro scored the game’s first goal midway through the first half. Senior Jenny Young threw the ball in and freshman Julia Smith was there to clean it up to put the Lady Hornets up 1-0 with 26:07 on the clock. Not even a minute later, Sayre tied it up at 1-1 on a goal by Kirsten Covey.
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Penn Wells Culinary Class – Fall Soups

Executive Chef James Fry is back with another edition of the Penn Wells Culinary Class. With autumn rolling in, squash is everywhere – learn how to utilize these fall fruits and make a delicious butternut squash soup! Also, pumpkins are wonderful in more than just your pie and pumpkin spice latte. Watch the video above or follow the recipe here to enjoy!
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It’s the Marching Band Spirit…

Thank goodness it’s Friday, and tonight our community will gather together to cheer on and support the players in this year’s Homecoming game. But there’s more to the games than the touchdowns and Friday night lights. The Wellsboro Marching Band plays a big part in generating that hometown enthusiasm! When the players need to get pumped, when the fans are cheering – these dedicated musicians are there to turn up the heat!
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The Fifth Season

Meet the Wellsboro Marching Band that fires up hometown spirit!

by Andrew Moore – October 16, 2015

Thank goodness it’s Friday, and tonight our community will gather together to cheer on and support the players in this year’s Homecoming game. But there’s more to the games than the touchdowns and Friday night lights. The Wellsboro Marching Band plays a big part in generating that hometown enthusiasm! When the players need to get pumped, when the fans are cheering – these dedicated musicians are there to turn up the heat!

“The exciting thing about marching band is the people I’m with, the presence and the music,” says flutist, Anna Osborn.

This year’s marching band is comprised mostly of younger members. “I only have 2 seniors this year,” says band director, Veronica Callahan. “There’s never a dull moment. They keep me on my toes. They’re fun, quirky kids. The majority of the group I have this year will be back again next year.”

This year’s music differs from past years, as director Veronica Callahan arranged it herself. It has been received well by both the audiences and the band. “It’s really exciting and much more modern. Since the tunes are so upbeat, the band really gets excited by it.” says drum major, BillieJo Priset.
“The emotion of the music – it can make people change how they feel,” remarks tubist, Gene Wagner. “Happy music makes everybody happy.”

Join the band and the Hornets tonight at the high school for Wellsboro’s Homecoming game!

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The Fifth Season

Get creative with squash and pumpkins with Chef Fry!

by Chef James Fry – October 15, 2015

Executive Chef James Fry is back with another edition of the Penn Wells Culinary Class. With autumn rolling in, squash is everywhere – learn how to utilize these fall fruits and make a delicious butternut squash soup! Also, pumpkins are wonderful in more than just your pie and pumpkin spice latte. Watch the video above or follow the recipe below to enjoy!
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Butternut Squash & White Bean Soup

1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Onion, chopped
1 14.5-Ounce can Diced Tomatoes
5 cups Water
1 Small Butternut Squash, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces (4 cups)
1 tablespoon fresh Thyme or 1 teaspoon dried Thyme
1 & 1/2 teaspoons Salt
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
2 15-ounce cans Cannellini Beans, drained & rinsed
1 bunch fresh Spinach, thick stems removed (4 cups)

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring until soft, 5-6 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their juices and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes.

Stir in the squash, thyme, water, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the squash is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in the beans and spinach and cook until the spinach is wilted and the beans are heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.
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Roasted Pumpkin Soup

2 whole Pie Pumpkins
1 quart Vegetable Or Chicken Stock
1 cup Brown Sugar
2 tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp Cloves
¼ tsp Nutmeg
½ cup Maple Syrup
½ cup Half & Half
Salt To Taste

Heat oven to 325’. Cut pumpkins in half (sideways), scoop out seeds. Place cut side down on baking sheet and roast them until slightly shriveled and soft. Allow to cool slightly, then scoop out flesh into a stock pot.
In the pot, heat up the pumpkin flesh with the stock, seasonings and maple syrup until simmering. Mash out the big chunks, using the transfer the immersion blender and puree until velvety smooth. Add half & half, then blend again.

Serve in favorite vessel.
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The Fifth Season

Lady Hornets fall to Redskins in final moment of the tough matchup

by Ed Weaver – October 14, 2015

The Wellsboro Varsity Girls Soccer team lost to Sayre in overtime 3-2 on Tuesday, October 13.

Wellsboro scored the game’s first goal midway through the first half. Senior Jenny Young threw the ball in and freshman Julia Smith was there to clean it up to put the Lady Hornets up 1-0 with 26:07 on the clock. Not even a minute later, Sayre tied it up at 1-1 on a goal by Kirsten Covey.

The Lady Hornets went back to work later in the opening half as senior Sarah Ingerick sent a shot off the top crossbar off a Smith assist to make it 2-1 Wellsboro with 13:31 remaining.

The score remained 2-1 until 2:18 left in the second half when Sayre’s Chloe Tracy dribbled the ball down the length of the field through the Wellsboro defense and sent a shot past three Hornet defenders to knot it at 2-2. As the game went into overtime, Sayre’s Allie Peet scored the game-winning goal on a cross shot that went over sophomore Kailee Clymer’s head.

Clymer had 7 saves in goal on the night and Wellsboro outshot Sayre 18-9, and had a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks. Senior Brynn Ripley had the only assist on the night.

Wellsboro won the JV game 2-0 behind goals from freshmen Ellie Marcias and Alivia Kennedy.

With the loss, the Lady Hornets fall to 7-5-1 (6-3-1 NTL). The team will be back in action on Thursday, October 15 as they travel to Northeast Bradford.

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The Fifth Season

He is an Atlantic Giant – son of Dilly, so Junior is his name!

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by Melissa Bravo – October 13, 2015

I’ve grown another dilly of a giant pumpkin! I’d have you guess his weight. He is an Atlantic Giant – son of Dilly, so Junior is his name! (see image above)

He’s not a Jack-o-Lantern shape, more rotund about the waist. But he’ll sit up proud if you would like to carve his face. He’s not for making pie; I imagine his guts are nothing but string inside.

Dilly Sr.
(Dilly Sr.)

If you’re a wanting pie, there are plenty of pumpkin pie-sized fruits around. Like Owlett’s Store and Keeney’s Farm down Middlebury Center way and Butler’s Deli has some too or, come on over this way to Leister’s Sunny Acre’s on the way to Morris. Don’t forget about the little tykes patch at Rockberry Farm on Dartt Settlement Road. By far, though, the biggest pumpkin patch around is over to Kucharski’s dairy farm along the way to Roaring Branch.

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As for Dilly Jr., two of us can’t lift him, up from off the ground. I think it might take four of you to guess his weight this time. His color is so pretty, a mango-melon shade. Except this year, he’s wearing grass stained jeans across his bottom place. If you want one a deeper orange, I’ve one or two that shade. But most of mine are kinda like an orange cream soda shake. So come on out, he’s just a sittin’ here in the yard, waiting for you to stop and guess this time. Or buy him (please!) and have a good old time with friend and folk who want to guess his weight. Kept inside he’ll easily stick around till the ides of March!

So how’d I grow his son this year?

I left ol’ Dilly at ‘Wellsboro Auto’ back in October of last year. Cheryl was nice enough to give him back to me, around about New Year. So I hauled him into the cellar and there he sat till Spring when one day I smelled an ‘Odor’ – he’d finally rotted out you see. From his gut’s I took a bunch of Dilly junior seeds. What a DADDY-MOM, a million seed’s it seemed!

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I dried them on a baking dish then waited until May when I planted them in yogurt cups and set them out upon the wall and watched with baited breathe. One day it happened! Little baby Dilly plants were looking back at me. I planted them with care. Three to a mound of heaping steaming dung (we’d scraped the barn you see). This year with all the rain I just let them grow and grow, but normally you’d just leave one per plant to ensure it gets as big as it can go. Boy, I tell ya, though, the pollinator’s sure appreciated all those yellow sticky pollen stems. By the end of summer, two dozen giant orange globes I’d grown.

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But curse those rotten sticky slugs and all those brown marmorated stinky bugs! Chewed right on through the rind on some! Lucky for us, pumpkin plants will heal almost overnight. The photos show the shape of them. The smaller ones weigh twenty pounds so the Biddison’s told me. The zucchini-crossed, egg shaped one I left at Leister’s store. It has to weigh at least a hundred lbs. or more.

Zucchini-Pumpkin cross

It’s October now, so don’t forget to decorate your best this year. Please do carve a pumpkin or two; it’s so much fun and simple too. Or a turnip if you so choose.

Did you know that the original Jack-O-Lantern was not a pumpkin at all? No, it was a giant Irish turnip with a hole drilled in its head. Try finding one of those instead! A candle set down inside to light the dark of night as traveler’s went to and fro – some Irish bloke, as a joke, carved a face to direct the light ahead.

Giant Pumpkin 1

The Indian’s were the ones who had the pumpkins before we ever came across the sea. They knew the best way to eat a pumpkin was to stuff it with sweetness and bake it in the ground.

Giant Pumpkin 2
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Melissa Bravo of Meadow Lake Farm Consulting Services is a certified crop advisor, livestock, and land management consultant and free-lance agriculture writer. Melissa lives and farms in Tioga County. She can be reached at 814-574-4067.

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The Wellsboro Varsity Volleyball team defeat Coudersport in Pink Game

by Ed Weaver – October 13, 2015

The Wellsboro Varsity Volleyball team won their sixth consecutive game with a 3-1 victory over Coudersport on Monday, October 12 in their Pink Game.

The Lady Hornets won a close first set 25-23 and was in total control during the second set as they won 25-15. Coudersport regrouped and won the third set 25-19 after Wellsboro jumped out to an early lead, then the Lady Hornets flipped the script in the fourth set and rallied for the 25-23 victory, claiming the match.

Junior Kirsten Florio led the team with 10 kills and 4 blocks, senior Maddy Kyle had 18 assists and scored a team-high 17 points, and senior Darci Warriner had 9 kills and 21 digs. Junior Morgan Florio had 11 assists,, senior Mikayla Feil scored 11 points (2 aces), senior Haley Zuchowski had 15 points (3 aces) and made 16 digs, and senior Hannah Wagaman recorded 32 digs.

In the JV game, the Lady Hornets won 2-1 (28-26, 10-25, 15-13).

The win improves the Lady Hornets’ record to 12-1 (5-1 NTL Division 1). The team will be back in action later tonight on the road in Troy.

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Mee’s crown marks 2nd win for Wellsboro in 67 years

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by Home Page Staff, October 12, 2015

Renovo held its 67th Annual Flaming Foliage Festival this weekend and welcomed Queen Candidates and their escorts from 29 School Districts across North and central PA. The candidates represented communities from such places as DuBois, St. Mary’s, Canton, South Williamsport, Hughesville and many more.

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The young ladies and their escorts arrived in Renovo on Friday, and were immediately welcomed into Renovo by their host families. the weekend kept the queen contestants very busy, including 5 interviews and three spontaneous speeches. the highlight of the weekend was the hour long parade, in which spectators of every age enjoyed gorgeous weather, loads of candy tossing, bands, military and the lovely Queens candidates waving and blowing kisses to the cheering crowds!

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Renovo’s Flaming Foliage Festival began in 1949, just a few short years after the end of World War 2, and it is said that this festival has literally held the rural community together over the years. The people of Renovo pride themselves on this Festival and Pageant, and devote countless volunteer hours year round to bring it to fruition.

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In its 67 years of existence, Wellsboro has only brought home the crown of Queen once, but this year would be Wellsboro’s to claim. Miss Wellsboro- Natalie Cynthia Mee- won Flaming Foliage Queen 2015! and her escort, James Smethers also brought home the only award for the guys – Mr. Congeniality.

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