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Junior High Football Defeats Conemaugh Valley

By Colin Marx
Windber Junior High football team got off to a fast start and defeated Conemaugh Valley 53-27 last Thursday afternoon. The first touchdown of the game was scored by Ethan Brady on a 40-yard run. The two-point conversion made it 8-0.
Brady added another 20-yard touchdown run as well as an 89-yard touchdown pass to Jonah Oyler to increase the Rambler lead.
Later in the game, John Shuster had a 45-yard touchdown run and a 30-yard touchdown run. Blake Kloskey caught a screen pass and scored a 25-yard touchdown. Brady added a 35 and a 50 yard touchdown to end the scoring.
Defensively for the Ramblers, Colin Marx and Braeden Preuss intercepted passes to stop Conemaugh Valley drives. The Ramblers will take on Blacklick Valley this Thursday.
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RED RIBBON WEEK - October 22 to 26

Once again, Windber Area School District will be participating in Red Ribbon Week.
All students and staff members are encouraged to participate in the theme days to show support! Life is Your Journey, Travel Drug Free!
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Varsity & Junior High Cross Country Impresses at Forest Hills

By Garrett Page

At an away meet at Forest Hills on Wednesday, the Top 5 finishers for Windber Varsity Boys’ were Tyler Napora and Matthew Shank with finishing times of 18:26 and 18:38 placing 2nd and 3rd in the meet.
Placing 11th and 18th, were runners Austin Bloom and Riley Page with times of 20:26 and 21:38. Ben McKinley ran a 22:06 and placed 24th! Also, freshman Logan Butler ran his personal record with a time of 26:14!
For the Windber Varsity girls, runners Kyra Allison, Emma York, and Adelynn York all finished together placing 15th, 16th, and 17th, with times of 26:18, 26:37, and 26:40. Placing 21st and 22nd for Windber were Samantha DelGronde and Sally Moore. Samantha finished with a time of 28:05, and Sally had her personal record on the year with a 30:06 time!
For the Junior High team, the Top 5 finishers were Garrett Page and Riley Brubaker, who finished in 2nd and 4th place with times of 12:12 and 12:29. Finishing 7th was Owen Prince with a 12:57 time, and Andrew Betcher finished with a time of 14:23 placing 15th. Finally, finishing 17th place with a time of 14:35 was runner Owen Boyer.
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CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED REGARDING SCHOOL THREAT OF 9/7/18

Statement from Mr. Joseph Kimmel, Superintendent of Schools - September 7th School Violence Threat

Criminal charges have been filed through the magistrate’s office against a juvenile from Compton, California in the school violence threat at Windber High School/Middle School on September 7th. Search warrants obtained and information gathered via Snapchat confirmed the identity of the said juvenile.

“I would like to thank the Windber Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, Somerset County District Attorney’s Office, and the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department with their assistance. We are pleased that it wasn’t a credible threat and grateful that those responsible will be held accountable according to the law.”

Joseph K. Kimmel
Superintendent of Schools
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STRENGTHENING FAMILY PROGRAM OFFERED AT WASD

Windber School District would like to invite your family to' Family Date Night.'
The Strengthening Families program is a FREE 7 week series to help parents and kids in grades 5-8 prepare for the teen years! This program includes a weekly free dinner, Fun Family Games, Weekly prizes, free childcare for younger family members, and a graduation gift! Contact The Middle School/High School at 467-4567 for more information. Sessions will be held on October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29 December 6 at Windber High School beginning at 5:30.
Deadline to register is noon on Monday, October 15th.

UPDATE: Windber Family Date Night has had a TERRIFIC response!! Our first session IS full, HOWEVER we DO plan to have a spring session this school year. Be on the lookout for further information in the spring!!
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Junior High Soccer Defeats Southern Fulton

By William Minahan

The Junior High soccer team defeated Southern Fulton 4-2 on Tuesday night as the team celebrated eighth-grade recognition.
Joe McKelvey had an early goal to set the game in motion. Early in the second half Southern Fulton had a nice goal to tie the game. About 1 minute after that, William Minahan banged a goal in from distance to put the Ramblers up 2-1.
Southern Fulton wanted to win, so they came back and scored to tie the game up again. With a win on their minds, Mariah Andrews found her way to the back of the net making the score 3-2 in favor on Windber. Joe McKelvey tallied his second goal of the night with a header to set the final score of 4-2.
The Ramblers travel to Johnstown Christian this Friday and Southern Fulton on Saturday before finishing the season at home on Monday.
After almost a decade of playing co-ed soccer in AYSO and junior high together, the eighth graders moving on to boys’ and girls’ varsity soccer next fall are Karah Ashbrook, Stephen Campitell, Brendan Curry, Grace Curtis, Lindsey Custer, Samantha Horner, Alexis James, William Minahan, Rylee Ott, Anna Steinbeck, Shannon Tokarsky, and Braydon Wojcik.
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Windber Girls Varsity Soccer October 4th, 2018

By Jason Tyger

The Windber Lady Ramblers’ varsity soccer team beat the Richland Lady Rams by a score of 5-1 on Thursday night.
The Rams struck first with a goal by Caroline Dubstep with 26:23 left in the first half, to make the score 1-0 Rams. However, it did not take the Ramblers long at all to strike back, with a goal from Kasey Costlow, her seventeenth of the season, thanks to the assist from Caroline McClain. At the end of the first half, the score was tied up at 1-1.
Only two minutes into the second half, Makaela Cominsky scored her fifth goal of the season, making the score 2-1. At this point in the game, the Lady Ramblers took over. The Ramblers continued to put 3 more points on the board with two more goals from Kasey Costlow and one from Caroline McClain. The Ramblers won the game 5-1.
Sophomore Courtlynn Bowden stated, “I think we did well tonight. We had our ups and our downs, but we really came together in the end.”
“We played pretty well,” said sophomore Kylie Ashbrook. “We started out slow, but the second half was definitely better. We just need to step to more balls and be more physical on our drives.”
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ROTARY FOOD BOWL - WINDBER VS CONEMAUGH TOWNSHIP

C'mon Ramblers - Let's Beat Township! Bring your non-perishable food items to the school offices from October 9 to 11. The district with the most food donations wins the Trophy and bragging rights. The grade in each building with the highest donations wins a pizza party for the whole grade! Go Ramblers!
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Junior High Forensics Has Strong First Showing

By Veronica Crum

The Junior High Forensics team had their first meet on October 3rd. A total of 7 students placed in their categories. For Drama, Saarah Bryant won 4th place. For Informational, Veronica Crum placed 2nd. For Prose, the Ramblers had 3 students place. Cecilia Bean won 3rd, Molly Birkhimer won 4th, and Gracie Crum won 6th. Parker Flanagan placed 6th in Poetry. Finally, Logan Lamb won 3rd in Persuasive. Everyone did very well, as it was their first meet for most of the competitors. The next Junior High Forensics meet is on October 18th.
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