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March 23rd, 2015
CLARION â€“ Kane native Francis "Fran" Sirianni is one of six new members of the Clarion University Sports Hall of Fame.
He is a 19699 graduate of Clarion with a degree in education (science).
Sirianni was a four-year starter at defensive back for the Golden Eagles from 1965-1968, helping lead Clarion to PSAC-West titles in 1966 and 1967, as well as a perfect 10-0 season and the PSAC crown in 1966 and a runner-up PSAC finish and an 8-2 record in 1967.
Big Dance Roundup and Look Ahead
Last week we gave you a preview of the tournament and some predictions of teams that we felt could make a run to the Final 4. Well, those predictions were way off and the bracket this writer submitted to his friends and a couple websites sits in about 10 millionth place. All the wise guys were talking about Iowa State and Virginia. Those teams won a combined 1 game. Now we are going to go region by region to see what happened and what we can look forward to seeing next weekend.
Itâ€™s that time of the year again. The time that most bird watchers observe our little feathered friends from the warmth of our houses. I do believe winter is never going to leave! It is amazing what might come to backyard feeders on any given day. It is also a great opportunity to photograph these backyard wanderers. Some of my best bird shots have been taken right out of my kitchen window. It was only yesterday that I photographed a tufted titmouse on my feeder. This is one bird that I canâ€™t recall ever seeing on my feeder before, but Iâ€™m glad heâ€™s around.
College Basketball March Madness Preview
1Â UKâ€¨16Â HAMÂ /Â MAN
8Â CINâ€¨9Â PUR
5Â WVUâ€¨12Â BUFF
4Â MDâ€¨13Â VALP
6Â BUTâ€¨11Â TEX
3Â NDâ€¨14Â NE
7Â WICHâ€¨10Â IND
2Â KUâ€¨15Â NMSU
Most Intriguing First Round Match Up
Butler v. Texas
The Kane Area High School Competition Cheerleading team competed at the Shout! Great Lakes Championships on Saturday, March 14 at the Gannon Rec Center in Erie and came home with first place in the Varsity Non-Tumble Division and second place in the Varsity Division. This ended their six-week winning streak in both divisions. First place in the Varsity division was Villa Maria Academy out of Erie.Â
"The team just wasnâ€™t firing on all cylinders on Saturday," said Kane coach Chris Niklaus.
College Basketball Roundup
Saturday, March 7th 2015
(#1) Kentucky (31-0) 67
Florida (15-16) 50
Kentucky went about business as usual. They beat an in conference foe thoroughly as they should. Karl Anthony towns had 13 points and 9 rebounds as they Wildcats finished their first undefeated regular season in program history.
(#2) Virginia (28-2) 57
(#16) Louisville (24-7) 59
BRADFORD â€“ Over 100 special athletes from McKean, Potter, Elk and Cameron counties gathered at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Sport and Fitness Center pool Friday for the annual Special Olympics Swimming Invitational. Â The invitational is the culmination of the swimming season for most of the athletes, who have been in training for several months for this event. Seven swimmers, whose names will be announced, will advance to the Pennsylvania Special Olympics Summer Games at Penn State,
Seven Kane Junior High wrestlers headed to Hershey on Friday and wrestled in the state tournament this past weekend Saturday, Feb. 28, and Sunday, March 1.
Each wrestler would compete in a 42-man bracket comprised of three wrestlers from each of the 14 areas.Â
Aiden Hulingsâ€™ talents showed off and he earned a second-place medal in the 147-pound weight class.
Aiden received a bye in the pigtails. Hulings then quickly started the tournament with a fall of 48 seconds over Wheeler of Hatboro (Area 11).
College Basketball Roundup
SHARON â€“Â Two Kane wrestlers finished up the 2014-2015 season at the Class AA Northwest Regional Championships Saturday at Sharon High School.
In the 145-pound bracket, Justin Westerburg opened the day in the second round of consolations against Dalton Meals of Grove City and advanced with a back-and-forth 9-7 decision in the sudden victory period. Westerburg trailed 2-1 at the end of the first period with Meals starting the second period from the down position. Meals would escape for a 3-1 lead but Westerburg would even the bout with a takedown to go into the third period tied 3-3.