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WEST SHAMOKIN: Basketball teams set to start season

by RYAN MYERS and VINCE PASSERINI, Gazette Student News Reporters on December 07, 2012 11:15 AM

RURAL VALLEY -- The Wolves' boys' basketball team, which had a playoff season just a year ago, when they lost in the first round to Shenango, has only lost three seniors.

Their leading scorer, Anthony Rocco, will be returning for his final season with the Wolves. The Wolves will also have returning starters Zane Clowser and Damon Craig with the addition of Andrew Brocious coming off a knee injury from last year.

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The Wolves will have some added talent this year, with the help of some starters from Elderton, which includes Travis Anderson. Mike Nagy will return as coach for this year's season. The Wolves' first game will be a tournament game at Marion Center against Allegheny-Clarion Valley tonight. The WPIAL has changed the looks of Section 1-AA by adding Burrell, Deer Lakes and Summit Academy. Other members of the section are Ford City and Apollo-Ridge.

The girls' basketball team has high morale heading into the season because of new head coach Judd McCullough.

The girls will be joined by the Elderton girls' basketball team, which made the playoffs last year. The team has only lost three seniors from last year, so there will be a number of returning starters. The team will have lots of leadership led by top scorer from last year Jill Glover with help from Kelly Clowser, Jen Notto, Kelsey Altman and many others. The girls' first game will be on Monday at Riverview. The Lady Wolves will be joined by Burrell, Deer Lakes, Apollo-Ridge, Ford City and Leechburg in Section 1-AA. We would also like to wish some luck for the girls' basketball team on a successful season and a playoff run.

Talent Show

On Nov. 7, West Shamokin Junior/Senior High School held its annual schoolwide talent show. The night was filled with an extraordinary amount of talent.

All of the participating students in the show did a fantastic job and the standings were as follows: First place went to David Batistig. Batistig's musically inclined skills on the guitar, drums and piano earned him first place. Batistig's other hobbies include cross country, soccer, wrestling and baseball. Batistig discovered his talents in fourth and fifth grade. He hopes to attend medical school following graduation. Before his performance he told us he felt "peachy." His superb skills on these various instruments delivered a performance that stood above the rest.

In second place, was Krissy Williams. For the show, Williams sang and played her guitar to a song that she wrote herself about her future West Shamokin graduation. Williams is a senior this year. She has two sisters, a German shepherd, and in her free time enjoys hunting, fishing and camping. Her long-term goals are to become a flight attendant based out of Nashville, Tenn., where she will pursue her singing career. Williams discovered her talent at age 3 and has ever since has been performing because she enjoys bringing joy to her audience. She told us that she was very nervous before her performance, but in the end did a spectacular job.

Michaela Dalessio took third place by singing "Sweet Home Alabama" and playing her guitar as well. This year, Dalessio is a sophomore. She has two brothers, one sister, and a dog named Butch. Dalessio discovered her talent in grade school and wishes to pursue a career in the musical field. Dalessio told us she was 85 percent nervous. In the end she delivered a wonderful performance that was very pleasing to the audience.

Fourth-place was awarded to Melody Trudgen. Trudgen's electric guitar skills won her this prestigious award. Trudgen is an eighth-grader, and is also involved in student council, class cabinet, yearbook and marching band. She is also currently writing a book. Trudgen discovered her talent just this previous year and hopes to become a successful author and musician in her future. Before the show Trudgen told us she knew her song inside and out but was still nervous and worried about making a mistake. In the end, Trudgen delivered an immaculate performance.

Makayla Murray finished in fifth place with a vocal and piano performance of "Someone Like You" by Adele. Murray is a junior and has a little sister in sixth grade. In her free time, she enjoys eating, reading and playing the piano. Murray discovered her talent at a very young age and has been performing ever since. In her future Murray hopes to be an English teacher. Before the performance, she told us she was quite confident. When all was said and done, Murray did a wonderful job really showcasing her vocal talents.

Sixth-place was awarded to Olyvia DiDiano. Her vocal rendition of "I Have Nothing" earned her this award. DiDiano is currently a sophomore.

She has two cats, Lilly and Olive. She also has a love for soccer and band. DiDiano first discovered her talent while singing in her church choir. In the future, she hopes to attend college for fashion merchandising. Before her performance, she told us she was relaxed, yet excited. At the end of the night, DiDiano delivered a breathtaking performance that moved everyone.

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