3 things to know for April 7: Track, After-School, Scholarship


1. Track Wins Big

Both Derry Area and Valley opened up section play with their dual meet Wednesday afternoon at Trojan Stadium. Derry won both meets as the girls started their season off strong with a 127-19 win and the boys followed suit with a hard-fought 101-43 victory.

For the girls, first place winners included the 4×800 team of Jane Huss, Mikah Horwat, Charity Peterman, and Gianna Gruska; freshman Julia Omlor in the 100m and 200m dash; Huss in the 1600m; the 4x100m relay of Omlor, Cassie Byers, Shyanne Horbaker, and Reigna Taylor; Sydney Williams in the 400m; freshman Alayna Williams in the 800m and long jump; Senior Emma Huber in the 3200m; the 4×400 team of Williams, Peterman, Horbaker, and Huss; Sara Bungard in the shot put; Mara Lewis in the discus; freshman Sophia Mazzoni in the javelin; freshman Regan Repak in the high jump; and Ashley Baker in the triple jump.

For the boys, first place winners included the 4×800 team of Logan Corbett, Seth Swisher, Thomas Murawski, and Gabe Gess; freshman Blake Revoir in the 110m hurdles and high jump; Ahmad Ward in the 100m; the 4×100 team of Ward, Derrick Moffett, Revoir, and Daumari Robinson; freshman Tim Miller in the 300m hurdles; Gess in the 800m; Robinson in the 200m; senior Carson Chamberlain in the shot put, Dom Patrick in the discus; and Troy Clark in the long and triple jump.

Next meet is Saturday at the United Invitational.

2. After-School Program

A reminder that the After-School Program has some new exciting activities for students.  Current Club Activities include…

Mondays:  THEATER ARTS CLUB with Ms. Croll
Tuesdays:  CRAFTING CLUB with Mrs. Harr
Wednesday:  AG-HORT CLUB with Ms. Winklosky
Thursdays:  MINECRAFT CLUB with Mrs. Prato

ALSO, A BRAND NEW CLUB OFFERING:  We are starting a High School Environmental Club beginning in April.  If you have an interest in Environmental issues, stop to see Mr. Tatone in F316 for more details.  The Eco-Action Club will partner with Ranger Jean from Keystone State Park.  Join the Eco-Action Club just in time for Earth Day!

3. Scholarship

The Westmoreland County Coaches Association offers scholarships to student-athletes within Westmoreland County. Scholarships of $1000 or more have been granted to high school seniors who participate in high school athletics.  Students can see Coach Smeltzer to pick up an application.  The application must be signed by a coach who is a member of the WCCA.  DA coaches who are members: Smeltzer, Brisbane and Kelly.  They do not have to be YOUR coach in order to sign the application.


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