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Bobcats Fall Sports Meet The Teams Bonfire Held (09/03/17)

The Clarion Area Fall Sports Season “officially” began this past Thursday (August 31st), with the Annual Meet The Teams Rally and Bonfire.

The Clarion Area Band performs.

Emcee for this year’s event, as always, was Doug Klein, who did a his usual superb job in keeping things running along smoothly.

Doug first introduced the Clarion Singers, who led those gathered in singing the National Anthem. The Clarion Area Marching Band then performed one of the songs that they will be performing at halftime of the Varsity Football games.

Doug then thanked different organizations and individuals for their help and support of Clarion Area athletics. Some of those were: Clarion Borough, Clarion Fire Company #1, the Clarion Area administration, Mike Fagley (head of buildings and grounds), parents and volunteers, C-93, and Clarion Sports Zone.

The teams lined up for introductions

Special recognition was given to Cindy Nellis who originated the Bonfire festivities several years ago and who oversaw them and to Laura Burford who has taken over the task.

Leading up to the introductions, Doug charged the student athletes who represent Clarion Area “to be the best Bobcat you can be.”

The various teams were then introduced and their bonfire pallets were shown.

This season’s squads and their head coaches include: Volleyball – Shari Campbell, Girls’ Soccer (Co-op with Clarion-Limestone) – Chris Schonbachler, Clarion-Limestone Boys’ Soccer (Co-op with Clarion Area) – Nicole Painter, Cross Country – Keith Murtha, Girls’ Golf – Jackie Kerle, Boys’ Golf – Jay Kerle, Football – Larry Wiser and the Band – director, Chris Curry.

Cross Country Team with winning pallet and their trophy

The winner of this year’s pallet contest was the cross country team.

The winner of the Candy Canister Contest was Bri Forrest who had an exact guess as to how many pieces of candy were in the canister, which earned her the canister and all of its sweet contents.

The evening concluded with Doug thanking the parents and families, the foreign exchange host families, and the athletes who co-op from North Clarion and Clarion-Limestone as well as, the Junior High athletes followed by the lighting of the Bonfire by Clarion Fire Company #1.

(Great job to all involved in making this year’s event a success!!!! LET’S GO CATS!!!!)