No Big 33 for Pryor

Jan. 11, 2008

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From Mike White:

Officials of the Big 33 all-star football game will select the Pennsylvania team this weekend. Don't look for Terrelle Pryor's name on the roster.

Pryor, the star quarterback at Jeannette, has decided not to play in the June game, which matches the top seniors from Pennsylvania against Ohio. That's a loss for the Big 33 because Pryor would have probably attracted more fans to the game, which is played in Hershey.

A laughable dunk

A monster dunk by Pryor in Tuesday's basketball game against Greensburg Central Catholic was a memorable one -- simply because of the reaction from a Greensburg Central player.

Pryor came down the right-hand side of the court, and it was obvious he was going for a dunk. Greensburg Central's Chris Tamasy actually tried to block the dunk from the left-hand side. Maybe Tamasy should get credit for his bravery, but Pryor pretty much slammed on his head and Tamasy ended up on the floor.

Tamasy took the play well. He got up and actually had a little smile on his face. You can bet one day he'll tell his kids, "I got dunked on by Terrelle Pryor."

About Wannstedt

Here is what Gateway coach Terry Smith had to say about linebacker Shayne Hale's decision to attend Pitt: "I think he made a great decision. Pitt and Coach [Dave] Wannstedt are doing a terrific job with the local talent."

Smith didn't think Pitt's victory over West Virginia was a big factor in Pitt's recruiting with WPIAL players.

"I think it's more so Coach Wannstedt," Smith said. "He's personable and he shows the kids a vision. And the kids believe it and buy into it. One of the things that sells a local kid is when you're a star and you go away to college, you don't hear much about that player any more around here. But if you stay here, you hear a lot about that player."

Two at Pitt

Two former WPIAL players are now on Pitt's basketball team as walk-ons. Tim Frye, a Mars graduate, had been on the Panthers' team since the start of the season. Ryan Tiesi, a North Allegheny graduate, recently joined the team.

Tiesi signed with Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., out of high school. He had a fairly successful freshman year at the Division II school, but elected not to go back and enrolled at Pitt.

Oh, Mangino . . .what a long road

Here's something neat from Colin Dunlap:

Down here at the Post-Gazette, we send a blank schedule sheet and questionnaire to each WPIAL football coach each season.

We ask that the coaches fill out both and also send us back a roster, so we have some documentation to go by as we attempt to cover their team - and all the teams around the WPIAL and City League.

Anyhow, I was perusing some of the old schedules and stats when I came upon this piece of history.

Now we all know that current Kansas coach Mark Mangino (he of recent Orange Bowl victory fame) once was the head coach at Ellwood City High School. And we also know that he didn't fare too well in his one and only season of 1990.

Now here is a little piece of history that I found in our archives:

Take a look, I thought it was something pretty cool:



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