Snyder salutes Jefferson-Morgan’s WPIAL champion softball team

Ceremony also honored assistant coach who succumbed during season

JEFFERSON, July 10 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, feted the Jefferson-Morgan High School girls’ softball team for its triumphant season, which included the Rocket’s first-ever Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League softball championship.

The ceremony Thursday night at the elementary school also enabled the community to express their condolences to the family of Chris Dugan, a Rockets assistant coach who died from cancer May 15 at age 45.

“The team was magnificent during its march to the district championship and into the state tourney despite the heartbreak of losing a revered coach and family member,” said Snyder, a Jefferson-Morgan alumnus who presented the team and its coaches a citation from the state House of Representatives recognizing their achievements, sacrifices and sportsmanship. “It was a storybook, yet bittersweet season for a wonderful team and their coaches.”

The Rockets compiled a 16-3 overall record, including a four-game winning streak through the WPIAL Class A championship that was capped by a 3-2 victory over Chartiers-Houston. The winning continued before ending with a 1-0 loss in 10 innings to Cochranton, Crawford County, in the state quarterfinals.

The team, led by head coach Tony Barbetta, was composed of Nikki Venick, Morgan Kendall, Madison Dupont, Camryn Dugan, Jessica Taylor, Reagan Rush, Madison Ludrosky, Katey Wolf, Morgan Gamble, Kayla Yorko, Brooke Diamond, Autumn Tedrow, Morgan Simkovic, Krista McCartney, Anna Mattish and Jenna Miller.

The championship season also saw many individual achievements, including four teammates – Rush, Gamble, Simkovic and Ludrosky -- being named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Selection Team.

Ludrosky also set a school record in strikeouts and was named to the MSA Sports Diamond Dolls, one of only 10 student athletes selected from the nine-county WPIAL.

Snyder also presented a Condolence Resolution from the state House to the Dugan family, including his wife, Sherry Lynn; mother, Sherry Jean; and daughters Caitlyn and Camryn, the Rockets second baseman.

“Chris Dugan is respected throughout Greene County for his generosity, service to the community and involvement in high school sports,” Snyder said. “He is missed dearly by his family and quite literally by all who came to know him and be touched by his goodwill and cheer.”