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January 29th, 2012
ST. MARYS â€“ The Kane Varsity Competition Cheerleading team travelled to the Elk County Catholic Cheer Frenzy on Saturday and came home with first in the varsity division as well as the Judges Choice Award for the entire competition.Â
The past week was a very difficult week for the team as they lost a vital member due to an injury.Â One of the teamâ€™s youngest members, an alternate, Dana Swartwood, had to step in and fill the void.Â The alternates are like the bench in other sports in that they learn the routine and may never get the opportunity to step in, but come to practice every day.Â
The Kane Wolves put together probably their best first half of the season against a very good Brookville team but lost, 57-36.
The Raiders used their team size to control the boards for most of the night. Kane had a great first quarter by A.J. Stefani as he played maybe the best center in the league in Zane Hackett pretty much even. Stefani had a few blocked shots as well as altering several others. Tyler Ennis also had a good night on the boards as he made a good contribution with several key rebounds.
Jeff Kocjancic led Kane in scoring with 14 points. Stefani was next with seven.
NORTH EAST â€“ The Kane Wolves wrestling team competed in the North East Tournament this past weekend and came home with an impressive third place finish.
The Wolves put together one of their best tournaments of the year as they were able to place seven individuals in the top six.
Kane finished fourth out of 16 teams last year and was able to step it up even more as they came home with a third place finish out of 22 teams.
In front of a big crowd in the Wolves Den the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders showed why they will be a team to contend with in the playoffs as they won 38-27 over Kane.
Their pressure defense led to several turnovers and extra possessions on the offense.
They also were able to take the crowd out of the game with the scrappy defense and outhustled Kane. They were quicker to the ball and they anticipated the passes very well.
For a team with not a lot of size they rebound the ball very well as a team. They more than held their own with the taller Lady Wolves on the boards.
The Brockway Rovers came out firing in the first quarter and connected on three 3-pointers that helped them take a commanding 21-6 lead. That margin was good enough to keep the scrappy Wolves at bay the rest of the night in a 64-49 road victory.
The tight defense by the Rovers led to several early steals which led to baskets at the other end. Once the Wolves were able to get the ball in bounds they were able to penetrate and make some baskets.
The Wolves Den was rocking Wednesday as the 10-3 Kane Lady Wolves took on the 10-0 Bradford Lady Owls but fell short, 47-41.
The crowd didnâ€™t leave disappointed as both teams put it all on the line. It was a little sloppy at times but all in all it was a great high school game to watch.
Bradford came out just as Kane thought with full court pressure and was able to get the Wolves on their heels to create turnovers. This led to some good opportunities at the other end.
The Kane Wolves wrestling team picked up seven forfeits on the way to an easy 63-15 win over Clarion.
Darren Brown got things started for the Wolves with a good win over a tough little wrestler, Riley Gunter 13-2.
Then John Welch found himself in what was again the match of the night. Clarion's Jacob Troutman got a takedown and was able to ride that 2-0 lead to a hard fought victory.
The Kane Wolves basketball found the going tough against an aggressive Bradford Owls team in a 59-31 loss.
The Owls played pressure defense for most of the first half and came away with several steals which led to easy baskets at the other end.
The Kane Wolves wrestling team picked up where they left off from their biggest win of the year over Port Allegany.
Everyone was a key part of this win. With getting four forfeits the match was otherwise a good one to watch. The crowd was treated to some good matches.
Senior Mike Swartwood got things going for the Wolves as he picked up a nice win over a talented grappler in Nick Stuckey.
The last few matches of the evening played a big key in the team victory. Darren Brown, Will Hulings and Jamie Lingenfelter picked up pins to help secure the win.
The Curwensville Golden Tide came into the Wolves Den with an 0-4 record. Kane wasnâ€™t sure what to expect as the tide started all sophomores. Curwensville put three players in double figures and a fourth that finished with nine.
It was a tight game throughout the first half. Two big desperation 3-pointers at the buzzer to end the first and second quarters proved to be shots that made the difference in the game.