The Army JROTC Second Brigade encompasses 110 high schools throughout New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania with 12 leagues . Scotland School for Veterans’ Children placed 2nd this past weekend, 17 May, at the Brigade Challenge only being defeated by Francis Lewis High School from New York, 2nd time reigning national champions with approximately 500 cadets in their corps an d 4 raider teams. “This is the best day of my life,” says team co-captain Cadet CPT Kamel Branch-Powers as we were driving from the post following the challenge.
To qualify for Brigade, teams must compete and win within their own perspective league. Scotland has won championships in League 3 for the p ast 8 years consecutively and 1st in the Gettysburg Raider Challenge for the 2 straight years the competition has been held.
Events Scotland competed and placed in were:
APFT Test – (Army Physical Fitness Test) consisting of 2 min push-ups; 2 min sit-ups and 2 mile run; 2nd place.
3K Road March – Team march that must begin and finish as a team on a 3k run without more than a 20 meter distance within the team; 3rd place.
First Aid/Litter Carry – As a team, evaluating and treating the casualty applying a splint to a broken limb, stop bleeding and apply a field dressing to a laceration, treat for shock, conduct CPR and mouth-to-mouth, dressing a burn and securing the casualty on a litter to get the them to safety by running 100 meters over and under multiple obstacles without causing further injury; 1st place.
Rope Bridge – Using 1 rope, tie it off using regulated knots on 2 trees with all team members crossing and retrieving all gear as fast as they can without penalties; 3rd place.
Land Navigation – Given a magnetic compass and azimuth, the team has to go out and negotiate a course to find as many points out of 9 as fast as they can before time expires;
“From the beginning of the season to the end, this team went through many trials, but through it all we stayed focused, stayed positive and gave a billion percent in everything we did. Because of these reasons we took first place in Delaware, Gettysburg and second place at Fort Dix out of 110 teams,” says 1SG Thomas Hannah and Raider team co-captain.
Raider cadets train hard for challenges including waking themselves up at 5:00 am every morning for PT, a couple evenings a week and all day on Saturdays to master skills and techniques needed to be able to make competitive times and gain strength and endurance.
At times it’s not easy, kids get tired, but to them it is not about self, it’s about the team, one of the many lessons taught by SSVC JROTC that makes good citizens in the community.
“We trained through so many difficult obstacles this year and came out victorious. This has been our greatest challenge this year and we showed everyone that we are winners,” relates Raider Co-Captain C/CPT Kamel Branch-Powers.
Whitney Boyer, Scotland
Sport: Track and field
Event: High jump, 100 hurdles
Parents: Larry and Linda Boyer
Interests: Besides track and field, Boyer likes to play other sports, including cross country.
Surprising fact: Among her interests, Boyer loves to bake.
Statistics: Boyer captured the District 3 Class AA high jump last Saturday, winning with a height of 5 feet, 1 inch … She was also fifth in the 100 hurdles in 17.01 … She qualified for the PIAA Championships in the high jump and enters that event this weekend seeded 25th.
By JOEL RINEER
By all accounts, Scotland freshman Whitney Boyer is a very quiet and unassuming girl.
On Saturday at the District 3 Track and Field Championships, she let her athletic ability do all the talking.
Boyer won the Class AA high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 1 inch to advance to the PIAA Championships this weekend at Shippensburg U.’s Seth Grove Stadium. It was even more special considering this could be the last state meet Scotland competes in.
Boyer, the Public Opinion Female Athlete of the Week, is the lone representative for Scotland.
“I wasn’t too surprised on Saturday because she’d cleared 5-2 twice,” Kayedettes track coach Ken Katusin said. “She’s scored just under 10 points a meet for us with her hurdle ability and jumping. She has good athletic ability.
“Deep down, I don’t think she knew how big a meet last week was. It’s the first time she’s been to anything that size. She just went about her business and she’s been doing that all year. She was trying to keep the excitement down afterward.
“I told her to wear the medals to school — for our kids it’s a big step.”
Boyer entered the meet as the second seed, but quickly showed she was the favorite, clearing 5-1 early to put the pressure on the competition.
“I just wanted to make it to states,” said Boyer, who finished fifth in the 100 hurdles in 17.01. “I was nervous, though. I didn’t know what kind of competition I had. I did bad at Mid Penns.”
At the Mid Penn Conference meet, which combines both Class AAA and AA, Boyer didn’t record a height in the high jump and was 10th in the 100 hurdles. Katusin credits more practice for Boyer as the key to her success in the postseason.
“I thought for a while she wasn’t jumping enough and was getting rusty,” Katusin said. “That was two weeks ago and she’s been jumping every day since that. I think she’s ready for states.”
Boyer’s leap of 5-1 has her seeded 25th for the PIAA meet. But the pack is within her reach — only six Class AA competitors have cleared 5-3.
“I was jumping well in practice last week,” Boyer said. “I was working from low heights and getting my technique down. You don’t go up to your highest levels until competition. I felt good.”
– Brian Hall contributed to this story.
Joel Rineer may be reached at 262-4819 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By TERRY TALBERT Staff writer
Posted: 03/26/2009 02:00:00 AM EDT
U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps members from Scotland School for Veterans’ Children on Saturday took top honors at the rigorous military-style Raider Challenge competition in Delaware.
The event pits 13 area JROTC teams against each other in a series of field exercises.
This is the second consecutive year Scotland School has won the contest.
One of the team’s captains credited the first-place finish to hard work.
Cadet CPT Thomas Hannah said, “We train always to exceed the standard. We push until we hit the wall. When we can’t go anymore then we climb over that wall and keep going.”
The competition included:
- Creating and crossing a rope bridge
- Using compass and azimuth to negotiate a course
- A fast-paced 5K team road march
- Completing a modified Army physical fitness test consisting of push ups, curl ups and one-mile run.
- Treating a “casualty” in the field. The team had to run 100 meters with a litter to the “soldier,” apply a splint and tourniquet, dress a laceration and treat the victim for shock.
Team captain Cadet Greg Smith echoed Hannah’s comments on reasons for Saturday’s victory.
“We train harder than most other schools — 5:30 a.m. PT every morning, two evenings a week and all day every Saturday, training all events,” he said. “The dedication really shows and we treat each other as family and that’s what makes us the best.”
Team members have little time to rest on their laurels.
On Saturday they will compete in Gettysburg for the league championship.
There they hope to qualify for the Brigade Challenge at Fort Dix, N.J.
“This competition was a great challenge for us to strive to get better at what we do best,” said Cadet Kamel Branch-Powers, a third team captain. “Our team this year is working extremely hard to make it to Fort Dix, but it will come down to how well we do in league competition. We are going to stay positive and hopefully be making our school proud.”
JROTC is a program for high school students, with a military structure. Among its purposes is to instill the values of citizenship, service to country and personal responsibility.
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Posted: 03/19/2009 12:41:21 AM EDT
Why he was chosen: Entering the 2008-09 season, the Scotland Cadets returned 6-foot-6 All-State center Byron Johnson and little else.
Even Taylor admitted he had no idea what to expect from this group.
With Taylor pushing all the right buttons, Scotland made an unexpected run deep into the state tournament.
The Cadets won the Mid Penn Capital Division and then shook off a District 3 Class A semifinal loss to Reading Central Catholic to finish third.
Then came the PIAA Tournament, where the Cadets beat Bishop Carroll, unbeaten Millville and Reading Central Catholic in a rematch to make the semifinals.
Taylor had the Cadets playing their best late in the season, as they won 14 of their final 17 games.
Suprising season: “I had no idea. I knew Deacon (Stewart) could be pretty good but didn’t know how good. Darryl (Kugmeh) started a couple games last year and Byron (Johnson) is Byron.
“But Justin Pernell got injured during football and we were counting on him. We had Tyree Wilson penciled in as the starting JV point guard and we thought Fajion Jones could be pretty good.
“I went into work right before Christmas and told one of my co-workers I thought we could be pretty good. He said, ‘You beat Big Spring’ and I said I know but I saw some things from Tyree and Fajion that made me think we could be good.”
Having to do more coaching: “This year was a real work in progress. We had to do a lot of different things to find ourselves and we did a lot more X’s and O’s and instructing than in the past.”
On finding out about possible school closing: “I’m proud of the kids — we had a lot of things effect us this year with some early losses and then the bombshell from the Governor’s office. We had a lot of ups and downs happen and I’m proud how they responded. One thing I learned is these kids come from difficult environments at home and they don’t seem to be as effected by chaos as adults are.”
State playoff run: “Before, we were who we were. It really was no secret how we were going to play. We were going to get in your chest and wear you down. This year, it’s been totally different. No two nights have been the same. But the good thing is we played our best basketball at the right time of the year.” Coach of the Year
Name: Randy Taylor
Record: 21-7 (7-3 Mid Penn Capital Division).
Titles won: Won the MPC Capital Division title, finished third in the District 3 Class A Tournament and reached the PIAA Class A semifinals.
Career record: 109-51 (.681).
Job: Works at Horace Mann Insurance Company
Education: Graduated from Shippensburg High School (1987) and got his bachelor and masters degrees from Shippensburg University … He was in the Army for 2 years and the National Guard for 7 years.
Family: Taylor and his wife, Marcie, have 2 children — Lauren, 9, and baby boy Seth Andrew, who was born Dec. 30.
Coaching background: Taylor was a varsity assistant at Big Spring (2 years) and Chambersburg (4 years) before moving on to Scotland, where he’s been the last 8 years.
BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR Stewart carried Cadets into PIAA semis
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Posted: 03/19/2009 12:41:51 AM EDT
By JOEL RINEER
For a 6-foot, 250-pound forward, Scotland senior Deacon Stewart did some amazing things on the basketball court in 2008-09.
But two stories go to show just how much athleticism oozed out of his rather large frame, one Cadet coach Randy Taylor likened to Pitt star big man DeJuan Blair.
During his sophomore year, after a junior varsity game against Cumberland Valley Christian, Taylor watched as Stewart left the court and grabbed the rim with two hands after one step.
Then during pregame introductions against unbeaten Millville during the second round of the PIAA Tournament this year, Stewart did a full split — yes, that’s right — after his name was called by the P.A. announcer.
After averaging 4.6 points per game off the bench last year, Stewart’s choice as Public Opinion Player of the Year became a slam dunk after his playoff run to remember.
“He’s a matchup problem because he does so many things well offensively,” Taylor said. “I can coach a long time and not have another kid like him. He was a lot better than even I expected.”
Stewart was an unknown commodity entering this year.
But Stewart was among six students to win the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children Incentive Program scholarship — given by the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation — for “demonstrating good citizenship and solid academic achievement.”
His reward: A trip to Shippensburg University’s summer basketball camp.
It was there that Stewart refined his ballhandling and shooting skills, which paid major dividends during his many forays into the lane on twisting, gliding drives to the hoop this season.
“He wants to get better. He really does,” Taylor said. “He won my son’s scholarship last year, went to camp and got a lot of confidence from that. It carried over into the season.”
Stewart averaged 12.6 points per game in the regular season, good enough to earn Mid Penn Capital Division first-team honors.
But it was in the postseason where he made his name.
In eight playoff games, he averaged 20.4 points and was nearly unstoppable in the PIAA Tournament, where he posted totals of 23, 35, 19 and 26 points. The 35 points against Millville was a career high.
He was a key part of Scotland’s state playoff run that ended Tuesday against Girard College in the semifinals.
“We wanted to go all the way this year, but it just didn’t happen,” Stewart said. “I didn’t want to lose, and I just tried to go out there and play hard.”
Stewart and the Cadets looked like anything but a state tournament team early in the season, especially with fellow first-team all-star Byron Johnson and Darryl Kugmeh out for a long stretch.
But in a game against Milton Hershey, Stewart stepped up with 30 points and gained the confidence to be a major factor for Scotland.
“I think coming into the season I just wanted to play my role, but by the end I think I had passed (my own expectations),” Stewart said. “I was real surprised with my scoring. I didn’t think I’d be able to score that much.”
For the year, Stewart averaged 14.8 points and his 415 points allowed him to become the first Cadet to score 400 points in a season since Chuck and Terrance Davis each did it 2001-02.
He was the first Scotland player to eclipse 30 points in a PIAA game since Chris Hill scored 30 in the semifinals in 1992.
“With some kids, you feel better when they have the ball,” Taylor said. “I trusted Deacon this year, whether he was beating his man off the dribble or bringing the ball up the court. He made plays for us when it counted.”
Joel Rineer may be reached at 262-4819 or email@example.com.
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By CHRISTIAN WORSTELL
Playing every game like it’s your last takes on a whole different meaning when you’re the Scotland Cadets.
With the fate of the school still up in the air, the boys basketball team will put its own destiny to test once again tonight in a PIAA quarterfinal game against Reading Central Catholic.
The teams have gotten to know each other quite well lately. Just two weeks ago, the Cardinals knocked off the Cadets 37-35 in a District 3 Class A semifinal game. The teams met in the district title game in each of the previous two seasons and again in the state tournament two seasons ago.
“We’re more familiar with them,” Scotland coach Randy Taylor said. “But the fact of the matter is we have to go out and play well.”
There may not be a next year for the Cadets, who have won both state tournament games by double figures in reaching the quarterfinal stage for the eighth time in the last 11 years. But there’s no talk of next year.
“We don’t harp on that too much,” Taylor said. “We’ve spent a lot more time talking about us as a basketball team and our opponent.”
Led by powerful forward Deacon Stewart, Scotland has kicked it up a notch following the Feb. 23 loss to the Cardinals. Behind a career-best 35 points on Tuesday, Stewart is averaging a shade under 20 points per game in the playoffs, up considerably from his regular season mark of 12.6. Stewart’s 35 points was the first 30-point performance by a Cadet in a state tournament game since Chris Hill scored 30 in a 1992 semifinal game against none other than Reading C.C.
The Cardinals are powered by leading scorer Zach Fenstermacher (15.7 ppg) while freshman forward Donovan Jack and guard Jimmy Snyder both score better than nine points per game. The Cardinals stumbled out of the gate this year by losing four of their first six games but have since won 21 of 24 and like Scotland, have also won by double figures in each of the first two rounds after falling in the district championship game.
Fenstermacher hit a short jumper in the lane with 32 seconds left for the winning points in the district semifinal to give the Cardinals their third win in the last four meetings of the series. But the Cadets were left answering only to themselves after that game.
“I looked at the tape and (Reading C.C.) scored on the last shot of the first, second and third quarters. Then they had an easy layup off an inbounds play. That’s eight preventable points right there and we lost by two,” Taylor said. “I hope we play smarter and limit those mistakes. We need to focus and not make mistakes that beat ourselves.”
Christian Worstell may be reached at 262-4768 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cadets-Cardinals at a glance
Game data: Scotland Cadets vs. Reading Central Catholic Cardinals … Tonight, 7:30 at East Pennsboro … PIAA quarterfinal game.
Teams: The Cadets (20-6) defeated Millville 85-71 in Tuesday’s second round … The Cardinals (23-7) defeated Mansfield 67-36.
Projected lineups: Scotland — Fajion Jones (fr., 6-1, F, 7.5 ppg); Byron Johnson (sr., 6-6, C, 14.9 ppg); Tyree Wilson (so., 5-11, G, 7.4 ppg); Deacon Stewart (sr., 6-0, F, 14.2 ppg); Darryl Kugmeh (sr., 6-0, G, 10.3 ppg) … RCC — Zach Fenstermacher (sr., F, 15.7 ppg); Jimmy Snyder (sr., G, 9.7 ppg); Donovan Jack (fr., F, 9.1 ppg); Alex Swavely (sr., C, 6.3 ppg); Matthew Doyen (jr., F, 6.2 ppg).
P.O. pick: Scotland by 1.
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