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Senior Curtis Mills was grateful for the co-operative effort that allows students from his school to play football at Susquehanna.
Mills played junior football until eighth grade. He said he doesn’t know what he would have done had he not been able to play four years for the Sabers.
“I remember when it (the co-op) first started. A lot of players didn’t want to go because of the rivalry between Blue Ridge and Susquehanna,” Mills said. “That has changed dramatically. Kids from both schools have gotten a lot closer. And the fans supported it, too.”
Mills played linebacker this season for Susquehanna, which went 5-5 during the regular season, then lost to Lake-Lehman in the District 2 Class AA semifinals.
“The season’s been over for only a week and I miss it already,” Mills said.
Also a third baseman on the Blue Ridge baseball team, Mills is president of the National Honor Society and a member of student council, SADD and the Future Business Leaders of America.
He hopes to study business administration in college and is looking at possibly attending Bloomsburg, Clarion or Bucknell. He said if given the opportunity to play football in college, he would consider it.
To say Anna Congdon enjoys playing basketball would be an understatement.
The sophomore will be playing in her sixth season, combining elementary through high school.
She said she is looking forward to playing for a new varsity coach – the girls former junior varsity coach, Natalie Winters.
Congdon is a four-year member and homeroom representative of student council and is a part of the school’s “Friends of Rachel” or “4 Club.”
During the spring, Congdon runs track for Carbondale Area, her second year running.
She spends her free time going for runs, and teaching her younger brother basketball skills.
Eighth-grader Alex Showalter knows how to show his metal, literally.
The soccer, basketball and baseball player was part of the winning team Friday in a Feed-a-Friend can-stacking competition, the second year in a row the team came out victorious. The winning design created by the team was the Duck Dynasty logo.
“It came out nice,” Showalter said. “For two weeks, kids brought in cans. It then took about six hours to put it together. We had to stack them into the design. The judges came to the school Friday.”
Showalter has ambitions of being a sports announcer.
A recent field trip confirmed a career choice for Mark Zappe.
The senior basketball player got to visit a Cabot Oil natural gas drilling site in Meshoppen, then go to the New Milford campus of Lackawanna College for a presentation. The trip was sponsored by the Claire Williams O’Neil Foundation.
From what he learned that day, Zappe has decided to attend Lackawanna and major in Petroleum and Natural Gas Technology.
“I had an interest in it since they started coming around,” Zappe said. “The trip helped me understand the process and really sparked my interest. A lot of it is mechanical and I am mechanically inclined.”
First, Zappe is focused on getting ready for basketball season. He said he is one of seven seniors on the team who have been playing togeher since fourth grade and hopes their closeness will translate into victories.
During the fall, Zappe ran cross country for the first time to help him get in shape for basketball season. He placed 31st in the District 2 Class A meet in 19:59 and also enjoyed running at the PIAA Foundation Race in Hershey.
“I did it to improve my endurance and stamina for basketball and I can see the improvement already,” Zappe said. “I play the forward position, but I’m keeping up with some of our fastest guards.”