The Central Catholic football team has improved after a ruling by the WPIAL Board of Control.
The WPIAL ruled Tino Sunseri eligible to play football at Central Catholic this season after a hearing yesterday with Sunseri, his parents, an aunt and uncle and Central Catholic officials. Sunseri is a talented 6-foot-1, 195-pound quarterback who recently transferred to Central from Weddington High School in Mathews, N.C.
Sunseri, who will be a junior at Central Catholic, is the son of former Central Catholic and Pitt football player Sal Sunseri, now an assistant coach with the Carolina Panthers.
The Sunseris asked the hearing to be closed to newspaper reporters, and WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley said facts of the case could not be disclosed. But it is known that Tino Sunseri will not be living with his parents in the Pittsburgh area.
"The reasons behind our finding are confidential because of the matters discussed in the hearing are of a private nature," O'Malley said.
Central Catholic coach Terry Totten attended the hearing and said, "It really is the first time that I heard all the evidence, and it was pretty compelling. I thought the [WPIAL] committee did a good job of looking into the entire case."
Totten said Sunseri has been working out with Central Catholic's for four days, but is not guaranteed a starting job. Totten said sophomore Garrett Pinchotti also is competing for the job. Sunseri was a starter the past two seasons at Weddington.
Falletta case tabled
The WPIAL tabled the case of Drew Falletta, who transferred from North Hills to Hopewell earlier this spring.
The WPIAL originally ruled Falletta ineligible, saying he transferred for athletic intent. The Fallettas appealed the case to the PIAA, presented some new evidence, and the PIAA asked the WPIAL to review the case again. The WPIAL will probably not make a decision on Falletta's eligibility until next month.
GCC's Catalina to Syracuse
A second Greensburg Central Catholic football player from the class of 2007 is headed to Syracuse. Quarterback Cody Catalina made a verbal commitment to Syracuse yesterday morning. Greensburg Central running back-defensive back Max Suter committed to Syracuse a few weeks ago.
Catalina (6 feet 4, 210 pounds) chose Syracuse over Vanderbilt and Akron, although he had a few other scholarship offers. He visited all three of his finalists.
"One of the reasons I committed now is because the recruiting was getting real monotonous. I was getting tired of it," Catalina said. "Plus, when a quarterback commits early, sometimes it can help get other guys for that school. I thought maybe I can help recruit some other players."
As a junior, Catalina completed 74 of 154 for 1,352 and 14 touchdowns. He also rushed 71 times for 236 yards.