The Weekly Highlights 02/03/14 – 02/07/14

A look at this week's highlights on Wellsboro Home Page


by Home Page Staff - February 8, 2014


As playoff time draws closer, it is critical for each team to execute well and do it consistently. That’s what Hornets Head Coach Todd Outman has been preaching to his team – execution and consistency.

Wellsboro faced off against Troy last Friday night looking to stay on track and remain focused going into district playoffs. Wellsboro used good ball movement and an improved defense to stifle Troy and not give them any easy looks.

Dylan Prough led all scorers with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Michael Pietropola added 15 points. Kieron Smethers had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Joe Doganiero had 2 assists and 4 rebounds. Nick Marple came off the bench and contributed on the boards grabbing 6 rebounds.

Wellsboro takes the win, 41-73. This improves their record to 14-5. They are back tomorrow vs Wyalusing. For the complete recap and interview with Coach Outman, click on the video link above.



At Penn State there is something that gets students even more excited than a football game. You may have even seen them canning in Tioga County.

The Penn State IFC Panhellenic Dance Marathon (more commonly known as THON) is a year-long fundraising and awareness campaign for children with pediatric cancer. THON is the largest student run philanthropy in the world. Throughout the year, students participate in different fund raisers, blood drives and canning weekends to raise money for children who are battling cancer.

However, it is not just the students who get involved. THON is celebrated by almost the entire campus in different ways. Biology professor, James Strauss, shaved his mustache that he has had since college in front of his class for $220 that was donated to THON.

We talked with THON Public Relations Director, Dana Giacobello, about why THON is so important and what makes it successful. She told us that students say it is the relationships built with the children that really powers THON.

In just over 35 years THON has raised over $101 million for the Four Diamonds Foundation with a record breaking $12.37 million in 2013. The year ends with a 46 hour long dance marathon in the Bryce Jordan Center known as THON Weekend. This year the marathon will take place February 21-23, 2014.

To our followers in Tioga County, If you would like to know more information and ways that you can donate to THON visit their website at Be sure to stay with us as we continue to cover the marathon, release this numbers of this year and fight for a cure.



The Wellsboro Fire Department responded to a structure fire in Middlebury Township this past Tuesday night and quickly took control of the situation. A fire department spokesman said that it was a chimney fire and thankfully no one was hurt.

A winter storm hit the Tioga County area late Tuesday night and Wednesday blanketing the area with 12 to 14 inches of snow with higher drifting throughout the region.

The Wellsboro Hornets defeated the Wyalusing Rams last night in the Hornets’ final home game of the season. Coach Todd Outman was especially happy for the Wellsboro seniors who played in last night’s game, but says that the Hornets have a lot of work to do.

And our community has come together in support of Ashley Johns and her family. Wellsboro High School students and fans wore lots of blue – Ashley’s favorite color – and were able to raise over $800.00 on Tuesday night to help with her recovery. Ashley was recently injured in a traumatic car accident on Saturday, February 1st. Please continue to remember Ashley and her family in your prayers. You can also support Ashley and her family financially by donating to her recovery fund – click here to learn more.

And finally, thank you – our Wellsboro Home Page viewers – for making us your home page and supporting our family of advertisers. You are greatly appreciated.



Ashley Johns Update: On February 1, 16-year-old Ashley Johns was involved in a one-car crash outside Wellsboro, Pa. She suffered several skull fractures and is still in the ICU an hour away from her home. We had the opportunity to speak with Ashley’s Mom, Kim Johns and received an update on her condition. At this time Ashley is still on a respirator. However, Ashley’s doctors are now saying that there is hope for Ashley. Her medical team says that it will be a slow recovery with many months of medical procedures, healing and rehabilitation. But, there was also good news. Ashley’s Mom told us that the swelling has gone down on her face and that her blood pressure is stable. Ashley is also able to hear commands and respond to them – squeezing hands and wiggling toes.

The entire John’s family wants to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of prayers and support – especially the many HS students who have been relentless in showing their love and concern for Ashley and her family. I asked Kim if there was anything that we could do specifically to help at this time and she responded by asking for specific pray for Ashley’s complete healing, and that God would protect her intelligence and wonderful personality. Thanks to everyone who has helped support the Help Ashley Heal fund! So far the effort has raised over $7,000! If you would like to make a donation to the Help Ashley Heal Fund please visit

Wellsboro Home Page repeated Thursday’s feature story on Ski Sawmill Family Resort on Friday along with an update on Ashley Johns because of the power outage late Thursday afternoon.



Tim Morey, our outdoor adventure correspondent visits Ski Sawmill and speaks with Mike Knefley, owner of Ski Sawmill. Mike states that he “loves to watch kids learn to ski. [At Ski Sawmill], we are a great learn-to-ski mountain. We have instructors that can teach from start to finish. We also have a wide variety of slopes on the mountain that will meet anywhere from a beginner to an expert’s needs.” One of the most fun, new trends in the ski industry is the expansion of terrain parks and half pipes, and Sawmill is no exception. They’ve been building their terrain park for quite some time, and tubing hills are also available.

“We have rentals, a full-service cafeteria,” He states, along with a number of other services. “It’s a good opportunity for kids to get off the couch, turn off the video games and turn on to life and experience the great outdoors.”

Tim also spoke with Curt Schramm, expert skier and instructor. Curt first started his skiing experience as a child at Ski Sawmill. Since then, he has skied in many places around the world, including Italy, British Columbia, and all over the United States. Curt remarks, “My favorite thing about Ski Sawmill is that they have the best snow-making and grooming of hills. When you come here, the conditions are stellar. It’s always great skiing.”

To learn more about Ski Sawmill, you can visit their website at



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