P-O athletes earn scholarships
PHILIPSBURG — Philipsburg-Osceola High School’s Loryn Hughes and Brandon Anderson were among 12 Centre County athletes who earned scholarships from the Centre County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
Recipients, who were selected by the schools, had to have won at least one varsity letter, been a major part of a team’s success and provided leadership. They also must have had a strong academic background and been a good citizen who was involved in both school and community activities.
The $300 scholarship is financially supported by Reliance Bank and is awarded to a male and female athlete at each school.
“We’re pleased to support the scholarships,” Centre County Hall of Fame chapter president Ron Pifer said. “We’re grateful to Reliance Bank and to the guidance departments at the schools for helping us recognize these athletes.”
The athletes received their scholarships at each school’s awards ceremony last month.
Hughes won 10 letters at P-O, four in soccer, four in basketball and two in track. She was a Mountie Mentor and a member of the National Honor Society, the student council, Letterwinners club, Prom Committee and Key Club. She plans to attend Clarion University.
Anderson earned three letters in football and three in wrestling. He was a Mountie Mentor and a member of the National Honor Society. He plans to attend Lock Haven University.
Other athletes honored were Bald Eagle Area’s Adazia Mellot and Trent Donley, Bellefonte’s Dylan Dietrich and Alexis Wetzler, Penns Valley’s Dayna Brown and Justin Sands, State College’s Jacob Whipple and Jacqueline Peffer, and Saint Joseph’s Academy’s Peter Forstmeier and Katie McGraw.
Low numbers have forced Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy to decide to suspend its football program.
According to a report published in the Centre Daily Times, fewer than 13 players had committed to play in the program in the upcoming season.
“We have not finished a season with more than 18 healthy players over the past five seasons,” Saint Joseph’s athletic director Chad Walsh said in a statement. “This year, we are looking at fewer than 13 who have committed to playing.”
The Wolves finished last season with an 0-8 record, including a 35-0 loss to Bishop Carroll Catholic in the season finale.
Those two teams were scheduled to open the 2018 season with a game at Bishop Carroll on Friday, Aug. 24.
According to Walsh’s statement, St. Joseph’s remains optimistic that it will again be able to field a football program at some future point in time.
Lansdell makes team
There is a local angle this summer with the U.S.A. Baseball Women’s National Team.
Ashton Lansdell, 17, of Marietta, Ga., made the team last month after trips to play in Florida and North Carolina.
Lansdell, 17, is the granddaughter of Pat Leish of Warriors Mark and formerly of St. Benedict, and the daughter of Dana Leish Lansdell, who is also formerly of St. Benedict.
Ashton Lansdell will be a senior next year at Wheeler High School in Georgia, where she made the varsity baseball team this year.
Ashton Lansdell is listed as an infielder and right-handed pitcher for Team USA, which will compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s Baseball World Cup in Viera, Fla., from Aug. 22-31.
It is the first time that the event will be held in the United States. Ashton Lansdell is the only player on the team from Georgia. There are no players from Pennsylvania on the team.