Ken VanGiesen honored prior to game
A ceremony was held prior to the Kane and Elk County Catholic football game to retire Staff Sergeant Ken VanGiesen's football jersey. Ken was a member of the 1998 Kane football team and a member of the Big 30 squad in 1999. VanGiesen was killed July 18, 2011 in action while serving in Afghanistan with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Pictured above, front row, from left to right, Amie Gullifer, sister of Ken VanGiesen with husband Joe and children Isaac and Hannah; back row, format left to right, All sports boosters president Jayne Peterson, past president Tom Merry and Bill Kleinberger, current president of the Big 30 Committee, Quarterback Club president Tony Cecchetti, coach Craig Wensel, mother Sue VanGiesen and father Tom VanGiesen, longtime girlfriend Erin Sirianni and Erin's parents, Frank and Sherry Sirianni.