Articles by: Nate Steis

Nathan Taylor Living Journey from State Champion Wrestler to Future Starter for Wrestling Power Lehigh

Nathan Taylor Living Journey from State Champion Wrestler to Future Starter for Wrestling Power Lehigh

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (D9/EYT) – Lehigh University redshirt-freshman Nathan Taylor may be a Division I wrestler now, but the Brookville product says it was not always so simple. FULL ARTICLE
by · January 25, 2022 · Feature, Local News, News, School News, Sports
DCC Grad Jackson Frank Bringing Impressive Resume in Athletics to Saint Francis University Softball

DCC Grad Jackson Frank Bringing Impressive Resume in Athletics to Saint Francis University Softball

LORETTO, Pa. (D9/EYT) – DuBois Central Catholic and Penn State University alum Jackson Frank has built a solid resume for himself, helping him to become the latest addition to the Saint Francis University (Pa.) softball coaching staff. FULL ARTICLE
by · January 21, 2022 · Feature, Local News, News, School News, Sports
Laura Fatula Blending Engineering and Business Background in Hospitality Industry

Laura Fatula Blending Engineering and Business Background in Hospitality Industry

PALM DESERT, Ca. – While her identity and a big part of her life was the game of softball, Laura Fatula continues to achieve highly to this day. FULL ARTICLE
by · January 11, 2022 · Dubois, Feature, Local News, News, School News, Sports
Ride to Remember: Erin Bean Leads Fan Engagement Through Successful Year at Baylor University

Ride to Remember: Erin Bean Leads Fan Engagement Through Successful Year at Baylor University

It's been quite the ride for Erin Bean. FULL ARTICLE
by · January 8, 2022 · Feature, Local News, News, Sports
Matt Wehrle Discusses Family Ties to Running and Boro Brotherhood

Matt Wehrle Discusses Family Ties to Running and Boro Brotherhood

EDINBORO, Pa. (EYT/D9) – In case you didn’t know, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) runs through Edinboro, literally. FULL ARTICLE
by · January 5, 2022 · Feature, Local News, News, Punxsutawney, Sports
Tabitha Ishman Showcasing Marketing Versatility at Excalibur Data Systems

Tabitha Ishman Showcasing Marketing Versatility at Excalibur Data Systems

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (EYT) – For Brockway native Tabitha Ishman, being involved and passionate has never been a problem. FULL ARTICLE
by · December 5, 2021 · Business, Feature, Local News, News
Emma Ruttinger Embraces New Sport & Opportunities at Mercyhurst

Emma Ruttinger Embraces New Sport & Opportunities at Mercyhurst

ERIE, Pa. (D9/EYT) – District 9 may not feature a single PIAA sanctioned water polo program, but that did not stop DuBois native Emma Ruttinger from finding the college ranks in the sport. FULL ARTICLE
by · November 12, 2021 · Dubois, Feature, Local News, News, School News, Sports
Clearfield Tops St. Marys for D9 Title in Class AAA, 49-27

Clearfield Tops St. Marys for D9 Title in Class AAA, 49-27

BROCKWAY, Pa. (D9/EYT) - The Clearfield Bison defeated the Dutchmen of St. Marys Area High School Friday night to win their second consecutive District 9 title over their Elk County opponent by a 49-27 final score. The win gave longtime Clearfield Head Football Coach Tim Janocko win number 299 for his coaching career with a chance to cement 300 career victories next weekend. (Stats provided by Dustin Parks of Gant News) Though St. Marys struck first, Clearfield won the time of possession and forced a few turnovers to help turn the momentum their way beginning in the second quarter. “We say all the time, effort and attitude are things you can control,” said third-year St. Marys Head Football Coach Chris Dworek. “Those kids did it, and though there were some bumps and some ups and downs all season, they never hung their heads or stopped trying. They never quit and even tonight when things got pretty rough, they were still trying and hooting and hollering from the sideline for their teammates. They controlled their effort and attitude just like they knew they could.” The biggest story in this one was the six-touchdown performance from senior quarterback and Kent State commit Oliver Billotte. His 173 yards through the air and 60 yards on the ground helped the Bison make some big plays and also finish some long drives in the second half. Adding a 100-yard receiver and rusher played key roles in the Bison victory as senior tailback Mark McGonigal carried 16 times for 129 yards and a touchdown. Teammate and fellow senior Karson Kline recorded 115 receiving yards on six catches while accounting for three receiving touchdowns. St. Marys quarterback Christian Coudriet broke the 7,000 career passing yard mark for the Dutchmen with a final stat line of 18 for 31 for 288 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. He connected on passing touchdowns with Tony Lewis, Logan Mosier, and Carter Chadsey in the game. “Really, that is 7,000 yards in two and a half seasons,” said Dworek. “He is really such a great young man and a special football player because he is mentally tough. I don’t even remember telling him as a sophomore that you need to do this or that. He always knew what he needed to do or should have done. The mental toughness and the offensive lines he has had have been key to his success.” Logan Mosier went over the century mark for the game as a receiver as he was Coudriet’s favorite target in this one with eight grabs for 163 yards and a score. For the Dutchmen, Matthew Davis found paydirt and was the team’s leading rusher, as the sophomore compiled 46 rushing yards on 7 carries and a touchdown. Matthew Davis opened the scoring for St. Marys as he found the end zone with 2:51 remaining in the first quarter. After a successful point after try from Coudriet, the Dutchmen led 7-0 and clung to that lead going into the second quarter. Billotte opened the second quarter with a bang as he scored on a 7-yard keeper with 11:53 to play. The Bison tied the game on the extra point off the foot of senior Luke Sidorick, but the Dutchmen would respond on their next drive. Coudriet connected on a 15-yard touchdown pass with Chadsey, but missed the point after to give St. Marys a six point lead. Clearfield would respond and take the lead on the next drive as McGonigal found the end zone to knot the score at 13. The successful point after from Sidorick gave the Bison their first lead of the game at 14-13; a lead they would not surrender the rest of the contest. Billotte would help Clearfield add to their lead on their next possession as he connected with Kline for their first touchdown hookup of the evening. Kline made a highlight reel grab through two defenders on a 45-yard bomb from Billotte to make it a 20-13 lead. Sidorick connected on another kick to make it a 21-13 game with 3:27 left in the first-half. Clearfield was not done before the half as Kline would catch another touchdown pass from Billotte, this one from 20 yards, to extend the lead to 27-13. Sidorick made it four-for-four on PATs as the Bison now scored 21 unanswered with just over a minute left. The Bison would then get the ball back off of a turnover and made St. Marys pay. Billotte found the end zone from two-yards out with 59 seconds left in the half. Siorick connected on another kick to make it a 35-13 game going into the half. The Bison led a nearly five minute drive to open the second-half as Kline caught his third touchdown of the game from Billotte, this one a 22-yard connection, to extend the lead to 41-13. Sidorick’s sixth of seven made point afters extended the lead to 42-13 with 7:48 left in the third quarter. The Dutchmen responded later in the quarter as Coudriet found senior wideout Tony Lewis for a 13-yard touchdown. St. Marys converted for two points as Christian Coudriet connected with Charlie Coudriet to make it a 42-21 game with 13 seconds left in the third. The Bison then went on a drive that took over six minutes off the clock and resulted in another rushing touchdown from Billottee. This one yard quarterback keeper made it 48-21, but after another good kick from Sidorick, the score stood at 49-21. The Dutchmen did not quit as they scored quickly once they got the ball back. Coudriet found junior wide-receiver Logan Mosier who took it 69-yards for the score. After an unsuccessful conversion, Clearfield clung to a 49-27 lead which would be the contest's final score. After opening the season 0-1, St. Marys rattled off eight straight wins to secure the Large School title and wrapped up their season with an 8-3 record. “Like all teams should do, we had a goal sheet at the beginning of the season,” said Dworek. “We had goals like good attitude, working hard in practice, keeping the grades up, winning the conference, and other things like that. Even after we lost our first game, all our goals were still reachable. "The kids were willing to work a little extra harder, do some things a little differently, and they really bought in and were excited to win eight in a row and win the conference.” The Clearfield Bison are now 11-0 in 2021 and have advanced to the subregional game for the chance to go to the PIAA Class AAA state playoffs. They will take on Bedford next Friday night at a time and place to be announced.
by · November 6, 2021 · Local News, News, Sports
Young Professionals: Ashley Eck’s Hard Work, Dedication Paying Off at The Haskell House

Young Professionals: Ashley Eck’s Hard Work, Dedication Paying Off at The Haskell House

CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Whether it be teaching or helping to run a small business, Clarion area resident Ashley Eck has proven she is up to the task, and her hard work will shine through. FULL ARTICLE
by · October 27, 2021 · Clarion University, Local News, News
Lingenfelter Recaps Softball Journey to Date; Preparing for Sports Business Career

Lingenfelter Recaps Softball Journey to Date; Preparing for Sports Business Career

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Since she was young, Kylee Lingenfelter always wanted to go to Penn State, and today, she is nearing an end to her seventh semester as a Penn State student. (Photos courtesy of Penn State Athletics) For the Jefferson County product, she may be one of over 76,000 undergraduates in the Penn State system, but she is also one of just 23 players on the Penn State Nittany Lions softball team. Since her sophomore year of high school, the Punxsutawney native has remained loyal to her commitment and duties as a Penn State softball player. “I always wanted to go to Penn State,” the college senior said. “It always sparked my interest because it is a family school. I met the coaches and came on many visits. I always thought the place was breathtaking, super connected, and everyone seemed like a big family.” Over the last three years, Lingenfelter has been one of the Nittany Lions’s top pitchers, pitching in 65 games across three seasons. Being one of the aces of a pitching staff has always been comfortable for her as she helped the Lady Chucks go on a run to a state championship in 2018. Overall in her high school career at Punxsutawney, she helped her the program to four District 9 titles, was named the District 9 Pitcher of the Year as a senior, was named the District 9 Co-Pitcher of the Year in 2017, was a two-time Northern Allegany League Player of the Year, was selected as a Central Pennsylvania League All-Star Team twice, earned first-team all-state honors, and was a Gatorade Player of the Year nominee as a junior. Without question, the state championship run was the “icing on the cake” for a high school career already so decorated. The Jefferson County product said this about the run the Lady Chucks went on to be crowned state champions. “I wanted to go as far as we could. Nothing was going to get in my way of doing my best to get where we deserved to be and to make school history.” Like almost all college softball players, Lingenfelter got extra reps on the travel softball circuit. She played most of her travel ball career for the Ohio Outlaws with girls who have played for programs at all levels all over the country. The extra games over a collection of years would prepare her for the Power Five Conference ranks as a Big Ten Conference player. Since coming to Penn State, a lot of things have changed. She became a relief pitcher for a time in her college career while also becoming a spot starter. However, she has now transitioned back to a starting pitcher, a role she has been in most of her softball career. She had to deal with the challenges of COVID-19 costing her much of her sophomore campaign and a traditional third season. The Punxsutawney product shared her thoughts on what she and her teammates have been through over the last two years of softball. Kylee Lingenfelter 2 “It has really been up and down, and these times have shown me we really cannot take anything for granted. We had to adapt to an ever-changing schedule, but I think it has brought our team closer together than we ever had been. It has really helped all of us become better with teamwork, and I think will all make us better and more adaptable when we enter the workforce.” Speaking of the workforce, Lingenfelter had some of her first experiences in the sports business world in 2021. She accepted an internship for the State College Spikes baseball organization as a game day and promotions intern. She has helped the Penn State athletic department as an intern this semester as well. “I just was not ready to give up sports just yet,” she said. “Penn State does not offer a sports management degree, but the business school has a lot of different routes people can go. That is how I settled on management.” Going into her fourth season for Penn State softball, Lingenfelter believes this is the closest team she has been a part of for the Nittany Lions. This characteristic of the 2021-22 team she believes will carry over to help the program have the most success they have had in her time in State College. “We had a great six weeks of fall ball,” said Lingenfelter. “We got a lot closer in that short period and grew as a team. Compared to the beginning of the school year, I think we have come a long way.” To become the person and player she is today, the former Lady Chuck was quick to mention her forever coach, Sue Snyder, who first helped her become a pitcher back in her days playing for the Punxsutawney Little League system. “I know I can go to her for anything. She has been my pitching coach since the time I was nine or 10 years old and has become one of my favorite people in the entire world. She has helped me grow so much as a pitcher and has had a huge influence on shaping me into who I am today.” Lingenfelter also included all of her coaches throughout her life because each of them have had a positive influence on her throughout her time in softball. They have also helped her know how to carry herself professionally and how to have a high standard for herself. Last, but certainly not least, there are her parents, Kim and Brian. They have raised her to be a kind, strong, and hard-working young woman; something that goes beyond the limits of a game. Memories of district championships, trips around the country, a state title, and shenanigans and card games with her teammates will be memories she cherishes most once she hangs up her cleats for the last time. It has been a great run for the Penn State senior, but there is still road yet untraveled. Kylee Lingenfelter