Name: Deanna Binnie
School: Conemaugh Township
Binnie’s week: Binnie scored a Conemaugh Township record 293 during Friday’s 1,352-1,300 victory over Somerset.
It was the highest total reported to The Tribune-Democrat last week and it eclipsed the previous school record of 289, which was set by Binnie last year.
The best part for Binnie was the record-setting performance came on her 18th birthday, but the standout needed to have a conversation with her father, John Binnie, between her standing and kneeling sets.
“I shot 100 in prone and I knew I hadn’t dropped a point in the first positions. Then, I shot at last a 95 in standing,” Binnie said. “I knew I had a chance to get the record, which was what I wanted. I told my dad, ‘Dad, I need a talk down.’ My heart was beating too fast. I needed to calm down.”
The “talk down” proved effective.
“I can score my own target pretty well because when I was in eighth grade, I couldn’t shoot but I could score for the team,” Binnie said. “I got pretty good at scoring through my scope so I had an idea after kneeling. When I turned around and saw (coach Brian) Spory with a big grin, he said, ‘I think you got it.’ I said, ‘I think I did too.’ ”
Highly recruited: Binnie’s success has made her a coveted college prospect. After hearing from numbers of Division I programs, she’s narrowed it down to Ohio State, Texas Christian and Mississippi.
“The thing people don’t realize is these big schools have really big rifle programs,” Binnie said. “I’d have no chance to go to those three schools if I didn’t shoot.”
Not bad for someone who started shooting at cans at the family hunting cabin.
“She works hard and her dad is behind her 100 percent. With that kind of support, you can be that successful,” Spory said. “With those three colleges after her, she’s sitting in a pretty place.”
Record holder: The Conemaugh Township record isn’t the only one Binnie holds.
She holds 12 national records (seven team, five individual) in various categories and will participate in the Junior Olympics, which takes place in April at Colorado Springs, Colo.
Big match: Conemaugh Township and Portage are both unbeaten and the area’s premier programs.
The two compete today, and the winner will likely claim the WestPAC championship.
“The WestPAC is important to us,” Spory said. “The teams look forward to this match. We both know it will be close. It could go either way.”
Binnie added, “It’s a big match. I hope we win and I can top my record. It’s always a goal to shoot better and better.”
By Mike Kovak
Name: Deanna Binnie
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The third annual Santa Fund Soccer Classic, featuring all-star seniors from Cambria and Somerset Counties, will be held as a boys and girls doubleheader on Nov. 23 at Greater Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium.
Indians claim 5-AA golf title
Last year, Conemaugh Township won the District 5 Class AA golf title in dramatic fashion, surprising Bedford with a one-stroke victory.
The Indians took all of the guesswork away on Tuesday at Down River Golf Course in Everett finishing with a 318, 26 strokes ahead of the runner-up Bisons, to claim their second straight crown. Chestnut Ridge was third with 347.
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Conemaugh Township shuts out Windber in boys soccer
The Conemaugh Township boys’ soccer team got two goals from Ben Wilson and rolled to a 3-0 shutout over Windber on Monday afternoon.
The contest was a rematch of last year’s District 5-A title game won by the Ramblers.
District 5 approves Cahills' transfer
Taylor and Toby Cahill will be eligible to participate in athletics for Berlin Brothersvalley in the 2013-14 school year.
The District 5 Committee ruled by a 10-1 vote on Tuesday that the Cahill family’s move from the Conemaugh Township Area School District to Berlin was not motivated by an athletic purpose.
Portage voted most likely to succeed in WestPAC
In the WestPAC this season there are two new coaches – at Rockwood and Ferndale – and two others returning to the top spot at Conemaugh Valley and Shade.
But it was the schools that have been the perennial powers in the league that received the most votes from fellow coaches as teams to watch during Monday’s WestPAC media day held at Portage Stadium.
Cahills’ transfer plan stirring controversy
Steve Cahill is upset.
He says that he moved his family from the Conemaugh Township School District to a home in the Berlin Brothersvalley School District for two reasons: To be closer to his job, which often requires him to be in Cumberland, Md., and to buy a bigger house for his sons.
Now, Cahill said the school that he, his wife and his oldest son graduated from is protesting the move, which could cost his younger sons a year of athletic eligibility.
Seven Conemaugh Township athletes make commitments
Dillon Boyer entered Thursday’s scholastic baseball action ranked fourth in the state with a .688 batting average.
Boyer will take those impressive numbers a few miles North on Route 219 when he continues his career at the next level. The Conemaugh Township senior will attend Pitt-Johnstown and play NCAA Division II baseball for coach Todd Williams.
Teamwork carries Conemaugh Twp. past Windber girls
Instead of having to depend on one player, the Conemaugh Township girls are blessed with an offensive arsenal from which to choose.
On Wednesday night at Windber, the Indians had seven players score at least three points led by 25 from Megan Boyer, as Township defeated the Ramblers 65-38 in the WestPAC North contest.
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