It’s not every day Mercer County can boast of having a world-class athlete, but it can now.
Hermitage resident Amy Javens continues to excel on the tri-athlon circuit. Recently, the 40-year-old ended 8th in her age group (40-44) at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.
Competing amidst approximately 1,900 triathletes, Javens made her mark on the world stage in a collective clocking of 10:39. That included the swim (1:13) in the ocean’s bay; bike (5:40) — bypassing approximately 100 other competitors during the final 30 miles — and marathon run (5:40) along the Queen K lava fields — all in spite of a painful calf sprain.
The former Hickory High standout athlete, on her web site (www.amyjavenstriathlete.com) blogged, “ ... Running down Palani hill at mile-24 (of the marathon) was an amazing feeling, and I smiled the whole way! Ali’i Drive greeted me with a tunnel of people a quarter of a mile long. I had never heard cheering so constant like I had up to the finish line ... ”
Javens was accompanied on her journey by her husband Chad and their daughters, who greeted her at the finish line, enabling her to “ ... enjoy my last joyful moments, thankful for my blessings.”
Despite her workload, Javens indicated she will not be slowing down any time soon, blogging,
“What now? Inspired by Natascha Badmann’s 6th-place pro finish at the age of 47, I am encouraged that I do have some good years left in the sport. I have improvements that are imperative, and a right of passage of obtaining a KOA bowl before I will — or if I will — ever take that next big step.
“I will continue to race amateur elite in 2013, and focus on earning another trip back to the island and, hopefully, place higher, learn Ironman racing and training a bit more — after racing two IM races I am still a ‘newbie’ to this distance — train more overload, hit higher wattages, and improve my swim technique.
“Remaining healthy and balancing family with the sport will be a high priority, as always. But, as we all know, life if what happens as we make plans ... ”
Expressing gratitude to family, friends and others who have supported her, Javens cited the theme for this year’s IM World Championships: “Aa Na Maka O Na — the sparkling eyes of my roots,” or “as we live our lives, we will never lose our way as long as we remember where we came from. Success is about respecting our roots, taking value in what we learned, and embracing our journey.”
Specifically for her, Javens refers to it as “the Power of Three”: Mind, body, spirit, to faith, hope, love. ... To me it means my three daughters, strength, swim, bike, run, life’s struggles, as well as many other significances that I have had or will share in my blog.”
Leading up to the IM World Championships, Javens enjoyed a busy journey this past spring and summer. Included in some of her more recent events, she: ä Placed as runnerup in her age class at the Pittsburgh Triathlon in July. Her cumulative 2:21.55 clocking included the swim (24:36), bike (1:09.06) and run (45:32). She was bested only by Heather Westerman (2:17.27) in the 40-44 age group, and finished 4th among all females and 56th overall.
ä Finished 4th in her age class at the Ironman 70.3 Eagleman Triathlon in Cambridge, Md. in June. Javens’ 4:49.10 clocking included the swim (33:09), bike (2:34.05) and run (1:37.55) as she placed 20th among all women and 175th overall.
ä At the Eischsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans in April she was runnerup in the 40-44 class, edged by Nusha Pelicano, 4:15.46 to 4:17.40. Javens’ respective times were 13:56 (run), 2:27.04 (bike) and 1:34.35 (run).
“As far as 2014, only my Kapunas (elders, including her mother and grandparents) know. ... gone, their physical presence may be from this earth, but spiritually very close and always with me ...”
It’s not every day Mercer County can boast of having a world-class athlete, but it can now.
Brookfield boys win season-opener against Py Valley
It was a typical season-opener: Too many turnovers, some questionable shot selection, and careless personal fouls. But for Brookfield High boys’ bench boss Bill Kovach, “ ... always happy with a win.”
The Warriors were 7-for-10 from the free-throw line during the 4th frame, and held off Pymatuning Valley, 59-48, Tuesday night.
Hornets advance to semis with win over Central
DuBOIS, PA. — Some people could say the “third time is a charm.” For the Hickory High Hornets it was much more than that. In fact, it was glorious.
After losing in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs the last two years, the Hornets finally nailed down a victory with a 37-27 triumph over the Central Dragons from Martinsburg.
Lakeview falls to Clarion Area in PIAA quarterfinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — In the scholastic athletic arena, “mercy rule” — while not politically correct in hyper-sensitive 2013 society — is a relatively accepted term.
Clarion High’s football had mercy-ruled all 13 prior opponents this season. And the Bobcats seemed bent on continuing their commanding conquests during Saturday’s PIAA Class A quarterfinal-round meeting with Lakeview.
Hickory focused on winning PIAA opener
The calendar reminds us that Thanksgiving arrives a little later than usual this year. But as holiday traditions go, this one has been pretty productive for Hickory High head football coach Bill Brest.
“My wife always has me put up our Christmas tree on the Friday after Thanksgiving ... and the next day, we’ve won. So I’ll be more than happy to help my wife put up the tree this Friday,” Brest related.
During the past 2 years Hickory has won District 10 titles on Thanksgiving weekend. But this year the Hornets harvested their 3rd consecutive crown last week, jettisoning Girard (21-10). Now Hickory (11-1) has a 1 p.m. date in DuBois Saturday against surprising Central-Martinsburg (11-2) in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals.
Smart move by PIAA to schedule games early this weekend
Congratulations to the PIAA for making a good move that helps teams and fans of high school sports.
Wow, I haven’t been able to say that often enough!
But many of the high school football games this coming weekend will be played in the afternoon which is a real plus for traveling on possibly snow-blown highways at this time of the year.
Hornets 3-peat as D-10 champs with win vs. Girard
EDINBORO — When legendary coach Vince Lombardi said “the only good thing that comes from losing is the desire never to lose again,” he could very well have been referencing the future for Coach Bill Brest and his Hickory Hornets.
Since Hickory lost to Sharon, 14-6, in the 2010 District 10 finals in Brest’s first year at the helm of the team, the D-10 Class AA title game has belonged to Hickory. And Saturday afternoon at Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium, it was no different as the Hornets topped Girard, 21-10 for a third straight crown.
Sailors beat Devils to capture 1st District 10 title
NEW WILMINGTON — Lakeview may have a long way to go to equal Sharpsville’s success in the sport of football, but the Sailors jump-started the process Friday night.
With Blake Reddick roaring into the record book, the Sailors shut out Sharpsville, 27-0, in the District 10 Class A championship game at Greyhounds Stadium.
Hornets seek 3-peat Saturday vs. Girard
Bill Brest ... buffer?
Hickory High’s head football coach has broad shoulders and that’s necessary, because he’s taking on all distractions as his Hornets prepare for Saturday’s District 10 Class AA championship game.
Hickory (10-1) will attempt to hoist the D-10 trophy for a 3rd consecutive season when the Hornets journey to Girard’s backyard — Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium — to meet the Yellow Jackets at 1 p.m.
Hickory rolls past Northwestern in D-10 semifinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — They say that “Familiarity breeds contempt.” You can bet the Northwestern Wildcats are feeling a bit of the latter for the Hickory Hornets!
For a third straight season Hickory eliminated the northerners from the District 10 Class AA playoffs, this time by a 52-14 score in the semifinals Saturday night at Slippery Rock University’s Thompson-Mihalik Stadium.
Greenville falls to Girard in D-10 semifinals
ERIE — District 10 was destined for a Class AA championship game between reigning 2-time titlist Hickory and Greenville.
But no one informed the Girard High football team of the plans.
“ … This is pretty cool … I’m pretty fired up about it,” admitted 4th-year Yellow Jackets’ head coach Jim Funk after Girard jolted Greenville, 16-14.
SPORTVIEW: Season fate could be decided today for Browns, Steelers
IT MAKES NO sense to say that one game determines the rest of the season. That’s why I’ll simply say: Today’s one game determines the rest of the season.
Since when did my predictions make sense anyhow?
The Cleveland Browns’ visit to Cincinnati today will go a long way to deciding if the Browns have a shot at making the playoffs — and even winning the AFC North title — or if they should start planning for the NFL draft.
GCC tops Thiel in OT to win Mercer County Cup
The Grove City and Thiel College football teams closed out their seasons on Saturday with a thrilling game at Alumni Stadium in Green-ville as Grove City posted a 50-44 overtime win in the 30th annual Mercer County Cup Game.
Quarterback Brian Pell scored on a 13-yard run for the Wolverines (3-5, 5-5) to give GCC the win in OT.
Devils beat WM; will play for 3rd straight D-10 title
Two-time defending District 10 Class A champion Sharpsville is returning to the D-10 title game for a third straight year and Coach Paul Piccirilli has a simple explanation for the team’s success:
“We believe. Kids in Sharpsville believe.”
A lot of people are believing as well after watching the Blue Devils dismantle West Middlesex, 40-3, Friday night at Hickory High Hornets Stadium.
Spence, Sailors roll past Mercer, 52-21
NEW WILMINGTON — Pat McClearn lived Lakeview High football program’s previous gridiron glory days. Unfortunately for him on Friday night he was on the business end of the current Sailors’ resurgence.
McClearn and his Mercer High Mustangs were eliminated by Lakeview from the District 10 Class A semifinals, 52-21.
Long gone basketball league leaves a costly legacy
If you want to mark yourself as a graying old-timer, bring up the American Basketball Association – the professional league that featured large Afros, slam dunk contests, three-point baskets and a red, white and blue basketball.
Oh, yes, it also had a great collection of players - perhaps the best on the globe - who brought athleticism, skill and excitement to a game that had become somewhat stodgy in the more established National Basketball Association.
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