Double Drivel 6/3/14

Dick’s Thoughts - Congratulations to General McLane High School’s Bethany Evankovich for winning the PIAA State Championship in the 400 meter dash. Bethany is the daughter of Kris (ACV) and Mike Evankovich (KC). Proud grandparents of the sophomore sensation are Ken and Judy Hanby and John and Sandy Evankovich. Congratulations to Karns City’s Logan Moroney for recently finishing 6th at the PIAA State Championships in the 200 meter dash. Congratulations to Mike Marron for recently finishing second in the West Penn Mid-Amateur Golf Championship. Mike finished the 36 hole event at 4 under par just 1 stroke off the pace. The field consisted of some of the very best amateur golfers in the state. Congratulations to the Moniteau girls softball and Karns City boys baseball teams on capturing District 9 championships. Good luck to both squads in the upcoming PIAA playoffs. The KSAC All Conference Track honorees are as follows. Named to the girls first team were Karns City’s Emily Schumaker (400 & 800) and Cheyenne Troutman (long jump), Keystone’s Kennedy McLendon (100 hurdles), and the Moniteau duo of Gabby Stewart (200) and Maura Kimmel (shot put). Named to the second team were Karns City’s Brittany Coyle (100 and 200), Breann Wood (200), Megan McCartney (3200), Abby Wolfe (100 hurdles) Abby Wetzel (100 hurdles), Annie Hegedus (long jump and triple jump) and Cheyenne Troutman (high jump). Representing Moniteau on the second team were Gabby Stewart (100) and Kristin McDeavitt (400). The KSAC Boys Track All Conference honorees were Karns City’s Logan Moroney (200) and Wyatt Everetts (110 hurdles and 300 hurdles). Gideon Coleman of Keystone was honored in the (400). Moniteau was represented by Stephen Hagg (pole vault) and Sean Hall (javelin). Union’s Tyler Wiser was tops in the (high jump). Named to the second team were Karns City’s Logan Moroney (100), Chandler Turner (400), Conrad Snyder (1600), Zach Moore (long jump) Wyatt Everetts (triple jump), Tyler Dunn (high jump), and Dan Filges (shot put). Keystone was represented by Chris Brown (300 hurdles). Named from Moniteau were Stephen Hagg (110 hurdles), Jake Taciach (triple jump), and Brendon Stamm (shot put and discus). Remember when last year Pirates owner Bob Nutting said spending would increase to match the increased revenue the Bucs have added. Well all that money got us Edinson Volquez. There is a new rumor making the rounds that the Pirates are looking to trade Josh Harrison. Harrison has been playing well and his trade value might be at an all time high now. Realistically he could probably bring more in return than Snider, Tabata, Stewart, and Barmes combined. I am afraid Harrison will turn into Rob Mackowiak who was great for a week or 2 and then would disappear. As of this writing Tony Watson has 5 wins for the Pirates. His 5 wins are more than Charllie Morton, Francisco Liriano, Brandon Cumpton, Edinson Volquez, and Wandy Rodriguez have combined. A few years ago the Bucs took some heat for dealing former number 1 draft pick Brad Lincoln. Lincoln is still going back and forth between the majors and minors and currently has an ERA of 11.57 for the Phillies. Lincoln looks like another in the long line of bad draft picks by the Pirates. Nice to see 50 US Senators using their time to jump on the bandwagon to have the Washington Redskins change their name. While they are at it shouldn’t they look into the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Blackhawks? I am surprised some of them don’t have an interest in the birds and go after the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Seahawks, and the St Louis Cardinals. Surely a faction of them don’t think it is appropriate to have Pirates, Raiders, and Buccaneers. No wonder DC is the mess it is. Thought of the week: Let your dreams be bigger than your fears and your actions be louder than your words.

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