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BEAVER FALLS — The Beaver River cross country program has achieved many milestones in its long history and on Oct. 4 it will celebrate a significant one.

The program will mark its 50th year of existence with a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Beaver River Central School library with dinner to follow in the cafeteria. Event organizer and 1992 Beaver River graduate Matt Lyndaker said that support from many areas made the event possible.

“The support from the district and the community has been an ongoing thing,” Lyndaker said. “Not many schools enjoy that like ours does.”

The program really took off in the 1980s when it won consecutive state titles from 1983-89. It even continued after the Frontier League dropped the sport in 1978 due to low participation. Lyndaker said the program’s winning ways helped it grow.

“Once you establish a winning tradition, it just perpetuates itself,” he said.

The success of the Beaver River team has spread out to places like East Aurora in Section 6 where former coach Walt McLaughlin has turned that program into a winner.

“It’s nice to see the other schools having those standout years,” Lyndaker said.

The event also will honor the memory of the program’s founder, Pierre “Pete” Wallack, who died on March 4. Lyndaker stressed how important Wallack was to the program.

“If it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t be here to collect and celebrate,” Lyndaker said. “He’ll be on our minds during the whole thing.”

The cost of the dinner is $6 for anyone over the age of 12 and $4 for those under 12. The cost is $20 for a family of four or more and children under five eat free. To RSVP or for more information, contact Lyndaker at (716) 536-0115 or brxc1963@hotmail.com. There’s also a Facebook group called Beaver River Cross Country Alumni and Friends that has more details.

The event is open to all cross country alumni, current team members and their families.

ROGERS NEARS 100th WIN

The South Jefferson cross country program is closing in on a milestone of its own as longtime coach Steve Rogers nears 100 career victories in boys cross country.

Rogers earned his 98th career win when it beat Indian River 19-36 on Tuesday.

He said that two things help keep him going.

“I enjoy being with the kids,” said Rogers, who has a record of 130-12 in girls cross country. “I enjoy the sport and helping the kids attain their goals.”

Rogers is the last of the original Frontier League coaches when the sport returned to the league in 1988 after a 10-year hiatus. He said that he learned from one of the best.

“I had a good mentor in (former South Jefferson coach) Bill Arthur, who coached for over 30 years,” said Rogers, who is in his 23rd season coaching the Spartans.

Rogers said that he has an easy approach when it comes to coaching his runners.

“I try to keep it simple,” he said. “I tell everyone to try hard and have fun.”

Rogers also said he plans on coaching “a little while longer.”

He has a chance for his 100th boys cross country win during a tri-meet against Carthage and host Sandy Creek on Tuesday.

TEMPORARY CHANGE FOR SACKETS

There was a different look on the Sackets Harbor boys soccer sideline in its 4-0 win over Beaver River on Tuesday.

Varsity boys coach Chelsea Nohle went on maternity leave and left coaching duties to junior varsity coach Paul Gibbs and boys modified coach Jordan Allen.

Sackets Harbor athletic director Jennifer Gaffney said that athletic coordinator Dan Green is also assisting with the team and has made adjustments to the schedule to help coaches Gibbs and Allen cover any conflicts.

The Patriots have a record of 4-2 and host Belleville Henderson today.

“A” TENNIS FINAL RESCHEDULED

The Frontier League “A” Division girls tennis championships have been rescheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at Carthage.

The event was originally scheduled for Sept. 21 and was postponed by rain.

Carthage’s Hannah Millich is the two-time defending singles champion and the Comets are the defending team champion.

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