Jan
20

West Shamokin Boys Earn Come-Back Win Over Blairsville

The West Shamokin Wolves (8-8) boys varsity basketball team dug deep and mounted a come-back in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter to get a win at Blairsville (4-13), 66-62. West Shamokin's Drew Orlosky (Pictured) finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds.

The West Shamokin Wolves (8-8) boys varsity basketball team dug deep and mounted a come-back in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter to get a win at Blairsville (4-13), 66-62. West Shamokin’s Drew Orlosky (Pictured) finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds.

by Jake DeLuca

After suffering a 44 point loss at Saltsburg on Tuesday night the West Shamokin Wolves (8-8) boys varsity basketball team bounced back with a 66-62 come-back victory at Blairsville (4-13).

This back-and-forth battle had many lead changes throughout, including the dramatic fourth quarter.

At multiple times in the fourth quarter the Wolves found themselves down to the Bobcats by 5 or 6 points, but West Shamokin kept battling.

The Wolves would make a change defensively down 5 points in the fourth quarter that lead to a big swing with 2:00 left to go in the game.

“When we were down by five in the fourth we went full court man-to-man defense; and we were able to come up with a couple of big steals and drives to the basket to get us back in the ball game,” Wolves Coach Tom McClaine said.

West Shamokin’s Drew Orlosky finished the game with 24 points, 15 rebounds, and two key steals in the fourth quarter that lead to a pair of Wolves baskets. Carson DeWitt added 18 points for the Wolves as well.

With this win and Penns Manor’s loss to Ligonier Valley, the Wolves are now tied with Penns Manor for first place in the North Division of the Heritage Conference.

West Shamokin won’t have much time to rest as they will play their third game in four days, hosting Apollo Ridge on Friday night at 7:00 PM.

Jan
19

North Buffalo Purchases Replacement Maintenance Equipment

 

by Jonathan Weaver

If snow returns to North Buffalo Township, township maintenance crews will have at least two new pieces of equipment to keep residents and motorists safe.

At last night’s monthly supervisors meeting, Roadmaster Clark Whiteman announced two trucks had been purchased earlier this month: including a 1995 International 4500 plow truck.

In addition to upgrades being made at the township office, North Buffalo Township Roadmaster Clark Whiteman talked about some replacements to the road equipment at last night's township meeting

In addition to upgrades being made at the township office, North Buffalo Township Roadmaster Clark Whiteman talked about some replacements to the road equipment at last night’s township meeting

After inspection by the Township Supervisors David Wolfe, Paul Kirkwood and Whiteman – as well as a township employee – and negotiation, the plow truck was purchased for $6,500. It replaces a 1994 tandem plow truck with hydraulic problems.

“The `94, we can’t find a pump for anywhere in the United States. We can’t find parts for it – that’s why we’re replacing it,” Whiteman said. “It’s obsolete – so at what point do you stop throwing money at stuff you can’t find parts for?”

Whiteman estimated the pump broke about five weeks ago – only leaving the township with five plow trucks.

“We have 33 miles of road to take care of,” Whiteman said. “We (even) have a plow for on our grader if we need to.”

Supervisors also purchased a 2004 GMC 4200 bucket truck for $9,800 to upgrade its current 1998 model.

The bucket truck has still be in-use, “to some degree,” Whiteman said.

Whiteman called both purchased “cost-effective.”

Last month, Whiteman emphasized the need to upgrade equipment as well.

“The sooner the better,” Whiteman said.

After the used equipment is possibly sold, supervisors are considering purchasing a storage shed to serve as both a police impound lot and to store equipment and material – such as rock, salt and anti-skid.

If a suitable option is found, supervisors also are considering the purchase of a new grader to replace a grader that is nearly 50 years old.

“We’re looking at equipment, but it just depends. If something comes along that’s decent, we’ll consider it,” Whiteman concluded.

In the mean time, supervisors will take advantage of the favorable weather to survey all township roads next week to consider summer road projects.

Through the purchases and balloon payments, supervisors are trying to reduce debt while at the same time saving money to potentially buy equipment again next year.