Feb
21

School Renovations Update Rescheduled

by Jonathan Weaver

A special meeting scheduled to discuss the upcoming Shannock Valley Elementary renovation project has been delayed.

A special public meeting to discuss upcoming renovations at Shannock Valley Elementary in Rural Valley has been rescheduled until next week.

A special public meeting to discuss upcoming renovations at Shannock Valley Elementary in Rural Valley has been rescheduled until next week.

Armstrong School District Finances and Operations Director Sam Kirk originally set the meeting for this Thursday evening at West Hills Intermediate School in East Franklin Township, but a special meeting notice emailed to media officials Monday changed the special meeting to 6PM March 2 at the same location.

Last month, Reynolds Building Solutions Project Development Director Michael Conchilla updated Armstrong School District board members on the approximately-$10.5 million project and bids from potential contractors are due back next week.

“At that point, we’ll know what that project is going to cost us,” Kirk said earlier this month. “Construction will then start as soon as school is out.”

The project is to provide several energy-saving renovations – including to the electrical and plumbing systems and to the kitchen.

Limited construction at Shannock Valley Elementary is to begin the second weekend of April during Spring Break.

Feb
21

West Shamokin Boys Lose Hard Fought Road Game at Mt. Union

The West Shamokin varsity boys basketball team endured a long bus trip to Mount Union for the first round of the District 6 playoffs, but were knocked out by Mt. Union, 50-40.

The West Shamokin varsity boys basketball team endured a long bus trip to Mount Union for the first round of the District 6 playoffs, but were knocked out by Mt. Union, 50-40.

by Jake DeLuca

The West Shamokin boys varsity basketball team had some time off after their Heritage Conference Semi-Finals loss to Ligonier Valley, but Monday ended the Wolves layoff as they traveled to Mt. Union for the first round of the PIAA District 6 playoffs.

The Wolves knew they had their hands full with a road playoff game, but for much of the game West Shamokin seemed to be in control, until the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, West Shamokin found themselves up 38-32 in a hard-fought road playoff game, but with about three minutes to go momentum flipped.

Judd McCullough called described the last three minutes of the game.

“It was absolutely a perfect storm of good for them and bad for us. I think we battled, we were up 38-32 with about 3:00 left to play and they went on an 18-2 run to cap off the game. We just started turning the ball over and (Mt. Union) got momentum. Down the stretch in the fourth quarter (Mt. Union) went 10-11 (from the line),” McCullough said.

The Wolves would end up falling to Mt. Union 50-40, which effectively ended their season.

Bret Lundgren finished the game with a team high 12 points and 8 rebounds for West Shamokin.

Although the Wolves were bounced out of the playoffs they did enjoy success in their first season in the Heritage Conference. West Shamokin won the Heritage Conference North Division and made it to the Heritage Conference Semi-Finals.

West Shamokin will look to build on this years success in the Heritage Conference as they try to win it all next season.