October 6th, 2014
RIDGWAY â€“ Ronald Gregory Dill, 58, of St. Marys, pleaded guilty on Monday's return day to seven counts of sexual abuse of children, 20 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility, all felony charges.
Sentencing is pending the completion of a sexual offender assessment for which Dill has the right to request a hearing and contest the findings.
The Kane Wolves took on Brockway, winners of three straight District 9 Class A crowns, and lost 6-2 to the Rovers on a cold, rainy Monday afternoon in Kane.
The Wolves, who lost to the Rovers 9-0 in Brockway early in the season, only trailed 2-1 late in the first half as they played the returning champs in a steady rain.
The Kane Horseshoe League ended their season with their annual horseshoe picnic on Saturday Sept. 13 at the Kane Fish and Game Club. The picnicâ€™s tournament champs were Jeff Kinney and Mike Williams. The overall champions of the year were Bob and Bryan Olsen. Pictured above is Chris Wilson, league president, and Bob Olsen. Wilson is holding a perpetual plaque, made by league-member Ryan Swanson. The plaque was made in memory of Wilsonâ€™s grandfather, and longtime league member, Ben Ishman.Â
The KHS boysâ€™ cross country team competed in last weekendâ€™s Ridgway Invitational shorthanded but the KMS boys finished third in the team competition as several Kane runners posted good times.
The Kane Tornado Pee Wees played two games against the Portville Panthers on Sept. 28 and won both contests.
In the first game of the day, the Kane Pee Wees won by a score of 20-12 behind three touchdowns by Dane Anderson. Anderson rushed for more than 100 yards against the Panthers in his big game. Brady Danielson provided the Tornadoâ€™s other points when he tackled the Portville quarterback in the end zone for a safety. The Kane coaches were pleased with the teamâ€™s play on both sides of the ball, especially Ethan Illerbrun, who had several nice runs and also recovered a fumble on defense.
The annual Kane Area United Fund campaign is underway to raise $40,000 for 18 agencies that improve the quality of life for local adults and children.
Jennifer Macey, past president of the volunteer Board of Directors and the current board treasurer, said the goal has been bumped up to $40,000 in an effort to provide more aid for the member agencies.
â€śMost of our agencies have not had increases in years,â€ť Macey said in announcing a $4,000 increase in the goal. â€śIt will be a challenge, but we are hoping Kane area residents will respond by giving a little more.â€ť
The Kane Lady Wolves started out slowly in Saturday morningâ€™s loss to the Keystone Lady Panthers and it cost them in a 3-2 loss in Kaneâ€™s Senior Recognition game. The visiting Lady Panthers had several good scoring opportunities during the first half but some nice saves by Kane goalie Daria Huckabone and a couple of shots that ricocheted off of the crossbar had the home team down only 1-0 at the half.
The Kane boysâ€™ soccer team honored the teamsâ€™ six seniors prior to Saturday afternoonâ€™s game with Keystone. The Wolves sent the Senior Recognition crowd home happy with a 6-1 win over the Panthers.
Kaneâ€™s offense had a number of good opportunities to score early, but the shots were either stopped by the Keystone goalie or missed wide. Senior Chris Cummings got the home team on the scoreboard about 10 minutes in when the senior stepped in front of a goal kick, slipped, somehow regained his balance and drilled the ball by the goalie for the 1-0 lead.
Senior kicker Dillon Mattis drilled a clutch field goal with eight seconds left in the game to lift the Kane Wolves to a thrilling 9-7 win over the Brockway Rovers Friday night at Paul R Miller Stadium.
The Wolvesâ€™ homecoming game began in a downpour, and both teams struggled to move the ball. Brockway received the opening kick and moved backwards a few yards before punting to the home team. Kane returned the favor as a fumbled snap on second down led to a three-and-out.
Student enrollment in the Kane Area School District continues to decline.
According to figures obtained from the administration, the 2014-15 school year began with 1,190 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
This is a drop of only three from the last day of school in June. However, the total is 27 less than the beginning of classes in Kane for the 2013-14 school year.
The current school year began in Kane with 46 fewer students than two years agoâ€”2012-13â€”when 1,236 started classes.