A special four-part series on the role the Clairton Bears play in football and in the hearts of their community.
Part 1: The doors to the Clairton Bears' locker room are closed. A space usually pumped full of booming bass from hip-hop music is silent, except for the young man in the corner wearing a black No. 9 jersey. Sitting on a bench, he bows his head and cries...
Part 2: Clairton's success on the football field doesn't begin or end with the varsity team. It starts with a dedicated group of volunteer youth coaches who use their own experiences to steer the boys in the right direction.
Part 3: The Clairton Bears lost the first game they played after the 2009 death of assistant coach Demonje Rosser. But the next week, the team began a winning streak that has yet to be broken.
Part 4: The Bears have been WPIAL champions and holders of the state record winning streak of 60 for just an hour, and they're already moving on. But even as the Bears make varsity football history, they are confronted by harsh realities and challenges of living in their community.
J. Brady McCollough: firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @BradyMcCollough. First Published November 21, 2012 6:45 PM