High School Notebook: Hampton brothers can expect to be on opposite sidelines
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Jordan Paskorz played one season with his brother, Steve, at Hampton High School. In college, Jordan might play against his older sibling.
Jordan Paskorz, a junior at Hampton High School, accepted a football scholarship to the University of Michigan Wednesday. Paskorz, who was recruited to play defensive end/linebacker, made a verbal commitment to the Wolverines while visiting the school with his parents.
Michigan plays Notre Dame every season. Steve Paskorz will be a junior fullback at Notre Dame next season and has a good chance to be a starter.
"There is definitely a good possibility of me playing against him," Jordan Paskorz said. "But he's more proud of me than worried about going against me. If anything, it's something to be excited about, a chance to go against him."
Jordan Paskorz (6 feet 4, 230 pounds) also had scholarship offers from Pitt, Virginia, Minnesota, Bowling Green and Ohio. He has been a starter at Hampton since his freshman year.
"I felt like there was no need to wait around," Paskorz said of his early commitment. "I had the scholarships I wanted. I don't think there was a need to go out and try to get more."
Highly successful West Mifflin girls' basketball coach Phil Shar has been told his job has been opened.
Shar said he doesn't understand why, he thinks it is the doing of one person -- West Mifflin schools superintendent Pat Risha -- and he vows to fight to keep his position.
Shar, who has retired as a teacher in the West Mifflin Area School District, said he was summoned to a meeting Wednesday with athletic director Scott Stephenson and high school principal Dr. Mark Hoover.
At that meeting, he said he was told, "Mr. Risha wants you out and your job is officially opened from this moment forward."
He questions the legality of whether Risha can unilaterally open his position. Shar contends his position can only be opened up by a school board vote, and in this case, there was none taken.
Risha did not return a call from the Post-Gazette seeking comment.
"In 1990, I was hired by a vote of five people," Shar said. "And it is going to take five people to fire me. I am stunned, I really am. This isn't right and it can't happen like this, the board must vote. So we will see what happens."
Shar has a 379-153 overall record in 19 seasons, including 198-42 in section play. He led the Titans to 11 section titles, the most recent four in consecutive seasons. He posted 18 winning seasons and his teams qualified for the WPIAL playoffs in 18 of his 19 seasons. Included in that run have been five WPIAL championship game appearances, winning the Class AAA title in 2001.
First Published May 29, 2009 12:00 am