Leader Times notebook: Online community holds buck pool
Armstrong County-based Living4theoutdoors, an online community for hunters and fishermen, conducted its first buck pool during the recently concluded archery season with 125 local hunters participating.
Bryan Chvala of Ford City took first place and won the $550 first prize with a large buck that scored 82 points in a modified scoring system designed by organizer Benny Petrosky that accounted for multiple attributes of the buck and its rack.
Daniel Zerick of Manor Township placed second and won $330, and Dan Walters, also of Manor, placed third and took home $220. Special prizes went to Taylor Saxion of Manorville (junior champion), Tom Shetler of New Florence (smallest buck) and Easton Shetler (New Florence) for winning the “Facebook Favorite” vote.
Completing the top 10 were Tye Desiderio of Kittanning, Evan Gelacek of Ford City, Brad Wright of Worthington, Michael Mechling of Kittanning, Randy Smith of Dayton, Brent Saxion of Apollo and Justin Rupert of Ford City.
All winners and their bucks can be viewed at the Living4theoutdoors Facebook page.
Backyard Brawl online
The episode of Sports Illustrated’s online series “Underdogs” featuring the final football game between Kittanning and Ford City was released Tuesday.
The 13-minute feature follows the teams before, during and after the Oct. 24 game, which was the 75th and final meeting between the two longtime rivals.
Interviews in the episode feature Kittanning’s Braydon Toy, Ford City’s John Bittner and Mike Bartosiewicz, and coaches from both teams, many of whom played in the rivalry themselves.
The episode, which is the third in the series’ third season, can be viewed online at si.com/underdogs.
Vikings hire coach
Apollo-Ridge filled its softball coaching position by hiring John Kinnamon at Monday’s school board meeting.
Kinnamon, 49, is a Vandergrift resident and Kiski Area graduate who has more than a decade of softball coaching experience in multiple area travel and recreation leagues. He takes over a Vikings program that went winless in 2013.
Kinnamon replaces Jim Ferguson, who resigned in September after two seasons.