CM Week In Review: Golf goes 4-0 during week, boy’s soccer gets first win of year
By SCOTT BAKER
The good, the bad and the ugly. That could be an appropriate way to sum up the week that was for the Central Mountain sports teams. Yep, the results of contests ran the spectrum last week. Most people prefer to save the best for last so that’s what we will do here. That means that we start with the ugly and head upward from there.
The girl’s soccer team traveled to Mifflinburg for a battle of the Lady Wildcats on Wednesday and simply got throttled. The home team scored early and often and completely dominated in every aspect of the game on their way to an 11-0 win.
Saturday, coach Cole Black’s team hosted Milton at the West Branch fields along the Susquehanna River as part of the Cara Day Memorial Tournament. Unfortunately for the Lady Cats it was much the same as they were blanked again 4-0 as their record fell to 0-3 on the season. They have now been outscored 23-0 in three games. The inability to generate any offense has plagued Black’s team. Somehow they must figure it out because they face a tough week ahead.
Things did not exactly go as many had hoped and perhaps expected on Friday night as the football team traveled to Shamokin for a match-up with the Indians. Coach Jim Renninger’s squad entered the contest coming off two lopsided losses the first two weeks of the season. However, there was reason for optimism as they arrived in Coal Township. Sometimes things do not work out as planned and certainly Friday night was one of them for the Wildcats. Despite decent passing numbers from quarterback Zane Probst and nice receiving stats from Collin Jones, the Wildcats again were handed a lopsided loss. Where the Wildcats go from here will be a testament to the character of the kids in the program. Following how hard they have worked in the off-season and to this point in the season, I’m hopeful that they will continue to work and will find a way to right the ship and find some wins down the stretch. I imagine there is some true frustration inside both the locker room and coaches room but I do not envision any quit in either.
The girl’s volleyball team lost in their only action last week, a match at Penns Valley. No details were reported for that match. The same can be said for the only cross-county action for CM last week.
After suffering their first loss of the season, a 4-1 loss at Williamsport, the Lady Wildcat Tennis team bounced back the next day to earn a tough 3-2 win against visiting Dubois. All five matches in that contest were tightly contested including three set matches at both the No. 2 and No. 33 singles slots. A scheduled match with Shikellamy on Thursday had to be postponed because of the weather.
The boy’s soccer team began the week by defeating Shikellamy at home for their first win of the season and the first career win for head coach Billy Hook. CM got goals from four different players to beat the visiting Braves by a 4-2 score. The first year coach said of the win, “The first win was a big sigh of relief for the team. They saw the ball hit the net, now we just need to stay hungry.”
The team traveled to Danville on Thursday looking to string together wins. However, things did not go as planned as the Ironmen defeated CM 4-0. Overall, coach Hook seems to be generally pleased with where his team is at this point in the season but knows there is more work to be done. He said, “The guys are playing the style we want to and well. The next step is to meet adversity head on and attack it, instead of sitting back and accepting it.”
The golf team continued to dominate as they traveled to White Deer and picked up four more PHAC wins by defeating Shikellamy, Montoursville, Selinsgrove and Williamsport. Brady Williams led the way with a solid round of 78 and was followed closely behind by Jason Floruss with an 82. On Thursday the team was to host Altoona, St. Joes and Wellsboro at Clinton Country Club but the weather changed those plans.
Athlete of the Week: Last week was not the greatest for big time performances by Central Mountain athletes. So this week I’m going to go with sophomore golfer, Jason Floruss. Jason shot an 82 as the Wildcats racked up four more PHAC wins last week. His scores have been solid so far in the early season.
Team of the Week: The golf team is still undefeated. If another team wants this recognition, they need to capture it from the golfers. It’s like being a champion, the honor is yours until somebody takes it from you.
Cat Scratchings: Boy’s soccer junior, Alec Leuthold suffered a season ending leg injury during the Wildcats victory over Shikellamy but the good news is that he is now on the road to recovery. Lady Wildcat tennis players, Ella Talbot and Zoe Horton continue to form a solid pair in the No. 5 slot for their team.
Looking Ahead: This week is a big one for the CM sports teams and here are a few things to watch for:
Can the football team battle the 3-0 Bellefonte Red Raiders as they did last season and pick up their first win of the season on their home turf Friday night?
With three tough opponents on the slate this week can the Lady Wildcat Soccer team find any offense and ultimately a win or two to get their season on track?
Can Coach Billy Hook get the boy’s soccer team to play through adversity and develop consistency?
Other questions remain and soon we will have our answers. Take the opportunity this week to get out and take in a CM event or two. Perhaps you will actually see some of those answers be revealed. Go Wildcats!