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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Coudersport's Incredible Baseball Season Continues!

Coudersport Varsity Baseball Team
Takes First District 9 Championship
Photo by Kathy Brooks

Story by Paul Heimel

Coudersport's 2009 varsity baseball team has carved its place in the school's record books and the storybook 2009 season lives on!

This year's squad has some special inspiration and has been peaking at the right time. Friday night's 9-4 win over Clarion on the familiar diamond at St. Marys' Berwind Park earned the school its first-ever PIAA District 9 baseball championship.

Photo by Paul Burdick
Andrew Mickle

Metzger worked the front four innings, followed by Mickle's two-plus and Whitman turned out the lights in the seventh.


Photo by Paul Burdick
Coach McClintic

Against Clarion, Coach Doug McClintic used a combination of three pitchers, Bret Metzger, Andrew Mickle and Brett Whitman -- back from surgery that threatened to sideline him all season -- to hold Clarion at bay.


Kathy Brooks Photo

First baseman Adam Dow played an important role, driving in three runs and turning in a key defensive play. Several other Falcons contributed to a solid 16-hit attack.


Kathy Brooks Photo

As word of the district championship spread throughout the area, Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department joined in the celebration by leading a parade to escort the Falcons into town and on to the school, where well-wishers greeted the champions and wished them well in the state playoffs.


Kathy Brooks Photo

Now, attention turns to the "Sweet 16" round of the state playoffs. That single-elimination tournament will eventually lead to the state title game on June 12 in Altoona.


Kathy Brooks Photo

Coudersport returns to Berwind Park on Monday at 4:30 to meet Neshannock, the third-seeded team from PIAA District 7 (southwestern Pennsylvania). That winner progresses to the Elite Eight on Thursday against either Bishop McCort (Dist. 6, top seed) or Carmichaels (Dist. 7, second seed).

14 comments :

Josh Cooney said...

Congrats guys!

Anonymous said...

Great Game Coudersport.

Nathan Burgett

Anonymous said...

Excellent!
Roger Shalansky

Anonymous said...

I am so proud of the team and Coach McClintic. Great job guys!

Anonymous said...

How's the Academic program doing? Bet none of you care about the ball players reading and writing skills.

Anonymous said...

Hey, way to go guys. You have represented your school(s) well. You are a respectful, polite and very talented group of young men! Congratulation!!!

Anonymous said...

To the 5:17 pm comment. If you check with the Coudersport & Austin Schools you'll find most of these kids are distinguished honor students. Way to go Coudy Falcons ! Keep up the good job. You're a great team and you play as a team !

Anonymous said...

Poster 5:17 must not be a Couderspor baseball team fan!

Anonymous said...

Regarding the team's academic record; I know that 6 of the starters are in the National Honor Society and one (who is in 9th grade) is too young to be inducted but will be next year. I'd put their GPA and baseball skills against any team in the state! What a ridiculous (definition: deserving ridicule) comment.

Anonymous said...

To 5:17--I'd be willing to bet a few of the kids on the team can read and write just as well, if not better, than you or any adult who so naively assumes that those who play sports cannot, and do not, do well in school. We've heard the coach on numerous occasions express the importance of academics. Baseball is for fun, but it can only be played by those students who work hard and stay eligible by responsibly dividing their time between school work, long practices, games, and any other responsibilities they might hold. As a teacher himself, we're all quite sure that Mr. McClintic has instilled maturity and a strong sense of academic integrity in his players. Get to know the players, coaches, and parents of this team before you post such ridiculous comments.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure these guy's grades are just fine. Coach McClintic is a great Teacher as well as a great Coach!

Anonymous said...

Great job team. Good to know they're good scholars too!

Anonymous said...

Excellent job, Coudersport baseball!

Anonymous said...

Good job boys!!!!!