Sheffield Area News in Brief

Alumni Association

The Sheffield Alumni Association wishes to remind everyone that the cut-off date for this years 40 Plus Dinner is fast approaching, June 27th. Please make your reservations as soon as possible. This year the Association gave away Five (5) scholarship to the following :

Amberly Grippe, $1,000; Dylan McNeal , $1,000; Emily Perkins, $1,000; Collin Maines, $500; Abby Labesky, $500.

These scholarships are possible because of the generosity of the Alumni of Sheffield Area Middle Senior High school. The Association wishes to thank everyone for their support to the Scholarship Fund.

Hospitality Center

The menu for the week will be:

Monday, Smothered sirloin burger, noodles and vegetable. with pineapple cake with cream cheese frosting

Thursday, Seasoned chicken legs, parsley potatoes and pumpkin bars for dessert

Friday, Buffet lunch with the main course chili and cornbread, fruit for dessert

Call 24 hours in advance for reservations (968-5667) as our lunches have grown with Kelly’s home cooked meals.

Join the group for the Seneca Allegany Casino on Tuesday, June 11. The bus leaves the Center at 9am and Warren Shurfine at 9:15. If you would like to be picked up at your door for some grocery shopping or appointments in Warren, give us a call on Monday and we will call TAWC for your reservation.

Do you have anything you would like to donate to the Hospitality Center? Call and someone will pick it up for you with the bus, no clothing please, (take your clothing to the Thrift shop). If you would like to sell items you can rent a table for $5. The ‘Oldies & Goodies” sale is Saturday June 15, from 9-1.

The center will be taking the bus to the Warren Senior games at Betts field on Wednesday, June 19. There are forms and have a nice day with lunch included for $2 with fun and friends.

Save the date, June 27, for the first picnic of the year at the Center starting with noon lunch then’ Vanna’ aka Nancy will be helping Auctioneer Mike sell the gifts that you wrap and bring in to have auctioned off, this is a lot of fun, some are funny some are nice, you never know.

Yard sale days

Sheffield Days are June 14 15. Maps with a list of sales will be available at Top’s, Pit Stop, Uni-Mart, and 308 Horton Ave.

3rd Quinquennial

2013 Alumni Game

The Sheffield Sports Boosters held the 3rd Quinquennial 2013 Alumni Game on Saturday, June 1, at the Ralph G. Santo Gymnasium at Sheffield Area Middle Senior High School. The first game started at 6 p.m. with the Local Volunteer Fire Department Team consisting of members from the Cherry Grove Volunteer Fire Department: Michael Barr, Rusty Barr, Ahren Mead and Dave Winger and Members of the Sheffield Volunteer Fire Department: Scott Goldthwaite, Kevin Bell, Matt Bell, Chris Fritz, Zach Holt, Bobby McMillen, Mark Buck, Andy O’Donnell, Katie Huddleson and Jeremy Hayes against the Local Law Enforcement Team consisting of Dan Madigan of the Sheffield Police Department, Jason Peterson of the Conewango Township Police Department, Ben Leach and Todd Mineweaser of the Youngsville Police Department, Andy Wood and Joe Sproveri of the Warren City Police Department, Fran Hanlin and Collin Manelick of the Warren County Probation and Mark Lehnen and Tim Hepinger of the Warren County Sheriff’s office. The game ended up with the law enforcement team beating the volunteer fire department by a score of 51-30.

The next game was the 1973-1974 team vs the 1977-1978 team and the team members of the 77-78 team consisted of Gerry Carr, Scott Sandford, Carl Leichtenberger, Robin Copley, Mark Kulka, Jerry Spetz, Wil Dunn, Kenny Weidner, Chuck Gadsby, Jim Fitch and Tim Jordan. The 73-74 team consisted of Lee Heeter, Pat Malloy, Craig Bowley, Jamie Steffan, Brian Moldovan, Coaches Rod Vashaw and Larry Persing, Dave Steffan, Jay Weidner, Scott Duell, Kevin French and Tom Santo. This game ended up with the 73-74 team beating the 77-78 team by a score of 40-22.

During half time of the games the Sports Boosters recognized some important people who have each played an instrumental role in shaping the landscape of Sheffield athletics. It’s an impossible task to fully describe the amount of time, commitment and sacrifice these folks have put forth through the years to better our sports program at Sheffield. The late nights, the traveling schedule, the weekend games and practices, and most of all the time away from their own family and friends, all for the opportunity to teach, to educate, to coach our student-athletes at SHS: Coach Lee Goldthwaite, Coach Dave Steffan, Coach Tom Dunn and the man who brought back the sweater vest…Coach Todd Fitch were each given a plaque in appreciate for all their years of coaching.

Coach Todd Fitch, a 1982 graduate of Sheffield High School and multiple sport athlete himself, began his coaching career at Sheffield in 1989 with the junior high basketball program where he remained until 2007 when Coach Fitch was named the varsity boys’ basketball coach at SHS. He continued on as head boys’ basketball coach until the end of his 25th year in 2013 when Coach Fitch decided to put away the clipboard. Through his 25 years at Sheffield, Todd also spent a couple years coaching the girls’ JV basketball program. Coach Fitch’s ability to instill his knowledge of the game into his players and demand the best out of each individual was instrumental in the success of Wolverine basketball through the last 25 years. Todd has been married to his wife Kim Fitch for 25 years. They have three children Tyler, Emily, and Craig, all graduates of Sheffield High themselves.

Tom Dunn is a 1957 graduate of Sheffield High School. During his high school career, Dunn participated in football and basketball and was 4-year letter winner and also was selected to the AML all-star team for three consecutive years. Upon graduating, Dunn became an educator and began his teaching career at Youngsville starting in 1963 where he remained for 11 years and coached football for 3 years. After those 11 years Dunn decided to bring his teaching skills and rare ability to draw a perfect circleto Sheffield where he taught for the next 29 years and coached football for 22 years and track for 30 years. It was through those 29 years that Dunn coached both football and track, coaching and working with many of the people standing in this gymnasium, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters. Dunn has been married to his wife Jean for 52 years and they will be celebrating their 53rd anniversary this upcoming September. Dunn has two children, Robin who is a 1980 graduate of Sheffield High, and Tom, a 1985 graduate of Sheffield.

Coach Lee Goldthwaite is a 1962 graduate of Sheffield High School. He himself played JV and Varsity basketball for Sheffield from 1960-1962. Coach Goldthwaite began his coaching career by coaching the 9th grade boys’ basketball team for 2 years until he was named boys junior varsity coach and assistant boys’ varsity basketball coach. Coach Goldthwaite remained in these positions for the next 21 years where he amassed 313 JV wins and helped guide the varsity team to numerous playoff appearances and twenty-plus win seasons, all of which helped earn himself a spot in the Warren County Sports Hall of Fame. In 2005 Lee became girls’ varsity basketball coach and remained in that position until 2009. Lee also coached girls’ softball for 18 years where his teams won a total 4 TCAC championships. Lee is husband to Rita Goldthwaite for 47 years and counting. They have two children together Mark and Melissa and 3 grandchildren Ryan, Rachel, and Lyndsey.

Coach Dave Steffan is a 1974 graduate of Sheffield High School. While in high school Coach Steffan played varsity basketball where he helped lead his teams to numerous wins and playoff appearances as well as becoming one of the top 10 scorers all-time in Sheffield basketball history. After high school, Coach Steffan went on to play college basketball 2 years at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and 2 years at Fredonia State, in which he received many distinguishing awards and honors at the college level. Dave became head boys basketball coach where he led multiple teams to 20+ win seasons, league championships, district championships and PIAA state playoff appearances as well as accumulating over 300 wins. Coach Steffan’s teams reached the playoffs in all but 2 of his 23 years as head coach. These accomplishments, along with his personal accomplishments as a player, have landed Coach Steffan in the Warren County Sports Hall of Fame. Coach Steffan has been married to his wife Shelley for 31 years, and will make it 32 this month. They have three children together, Ryan, Shawna, and Kayla who all attended Sheffield High School.

Also receiving recognition were the alumni from Sheffield Area Junior/Senior High School who were Collegian Honor Athletes, Vincent Werner, Danny Petchel and Steven Eisenhower. Pictures of each of these individuals will hang in the Ralph G. Santo gymnasium.

Kalil Slaughter and Matt Benson were honored for their outstanding PI AA State Track and Field records that they set during their sports career at Sheffield Area Middle Senior High School. Each of these outstanding athletes will have a banner placed in the Ralph G. Santo gymnasium recognizing their accomplishments during the State track meet.

In 1991 Matt Benson high jumped 6’8″ for a state record and in 1992 he high jumped 7’1″ for another state record that still stands today. Kalil Slaughter in 2012 ran the 100M in 10.85 and the 200M 21.78 for a state record.

The Sports Boosters wish to thank all who attended along with those individuals and sponsors who helped out in one way or another. This event was a huge success and a great time.

Sheffield Rod & Gun Club

The Sheffield Rod & Gun invites you to come to its new archery range and improved 3D course

Youth Jake Field Day is Saturday, June 23, all ages up to 19 at the Sheffield Rod & Gun on Austin Hill from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities include a Trap 22 Range- Archery Turkey Calling. 12 guage shotguns and shells will be provided. This event is sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Sheffield Rod & Gun Club. Hot dogs and pop will be available. This a free event.

SES Graduation

The Fifth Grade Graduation Banquet was held on Monday, June 3rd at the Sheffield Volunteer Fire Department Fire Hall. Marissa Grubbs and Austin Hawk welcomed all the parents, teachers and students and Miss Siffin had the blessing. The dinner was courtesy of the PTO and Fourth Grade Parents. The Presentation of Awards was as follows:

The Mandi Fitch Most Improved Reader Award went to Ezra Heeter

The Jamie Retterer Good Citizenship Award went to Collin Orinko and Chyann Rose

The Wayne Chamberlain Highest GPA Award went to Abigail Cochran and Carter O’Donnell

Coming events:

June 15- Sheffield Yard Sale Days

June 22 – Sheffield Township Spring Clean up at the High School

June 23 – Youth Jake Field Day at the Sheffield Rod & Gun

June 29- Clarendon Days

July 8-12 – Community Vacations Bible at Sheffield UMC 6-8PM “Super Heroes from the Bible”

July 17-20 – Sheffield Fireman’s Festival

July 19 20th Sheffield Alumni Weekend

July 26 Sheffield Senior Center trip to Pittsburgh on the Gateway Clipper

Sept 15-21 – Sheffield Senior Center trip to Branson

Oct 11 13th 8thth Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival

Oct 19 SVFD Fall Auction doors open at noon.