A member of the Kittanning High School bowling team is the first student to earn an Armstrong Junior-Senior High School letterman jacket.
Although he will never attend the school that will open next year in Manor, senior Jared Shaner received the jacket featuring the Riverhawks’ new colors and emblem last week.
The bowling and hockey teams were the first two to combine students from Kittanning and Ford City high schools and adopt the colors of the new school.
“I don’t play sports for Ford City – I bowl for Armstrong Junior-Senior High School, so that’s why I wanted to make sure I got this jacket,” Shaner said. “It really stands out at school. I’m the only person to have it and I get a lot of positive reactions from everyone when I’m walking through school.”
Shaner said members of the bowling team have to bowl in at least 15 of 30 varsity matches to earn a letter. Members of the team who rolled that many games received the large A letter, but it’s up to students to purchase their own jackets.
The bowling team’s first practice is Nov. 20,and its first match is Dec. 3. Shaner earned his letter when the combined team was put together for last year’s season.
“I hope more of the team starts picking up their jackets,” Shaner said. “I hope it gets us going a little bit more.”
The jacket, designed by Turney Luke, owner of the 700 Shop in Kittanning, pays tribute to both schools by using the block lettering featured on Ford City’s jacket, and outlining it with white, like on Kittanning’s jacket.
“He walked right in and said, ‘I want a Riverhawks jacket,’” Luke said. “It was a great feeling to get that first jacket out.”
The body of the jacket is royal blue, with black leather sleeves. It features orange and white stripes around the neck, wrists and waistline and orange accents around the pockets.
The left side of the chest comes adorned with the orange letter with white trim, featuring the Riverhawks logo on the lower right side.
Luke said students have a number of options when choosing their jackets – they can change the colors of the sleeves from black to white, or the body from blue to orange.
Luke’s shop was the first in the area to begin selling Riverhawks gear.
“I have a lot of pride in our schools,” Luke said.
Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or [email protected].