Kiski Valley rugby squad dedicates match to teammate, stabbing victim
Kiski Valley's club rugby team played with a purpose in Friday's 39-17 victory over South Hills at South Park Fairgrounds — namely, to honor junior teammate Nick Snyder, one of the 20 Franklin Regional students wounded in Wednesday's mass stabbing.
Snyder, a first-year member of the under-19 team and a starting player, was stabbed in his chest and suffered a collapsed lung before rebounding and being released early Friday evening, according to his father, Rob Snyder.
His teammates visited him on Wednesday evening at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and vowed to win their next match for the 17-year-old.
Players on Friday wore athletic tape on their wrists with “For Nick,” and other messages written on it.
They also made their goal clear on Twitter, using the hashtag, #ForNick.
“When the team saw him (Wednesday night), he had a big smile on his face,” Kiski Valley coach Seth Erwin said. “When the nurse asked him, ‘Are these all your teammates?' he said, ‘No — they're all my brothers.' ”
Erwin said Snyder, who also is a state-qualifying swimmer at Franklin Regional, is a key player for the rugby squad.
“He doesn't stand out and make those huge smash plays,” Erwin said. “But he's a coach's dream because he does the little things. He's around every ruck (scrum) and barely ever misses a tackle.
“We wish him all the best.”
Rob Snyder was a former rugby standout at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and for the Pittsburgh Harlequins. He said he feels blessed by the outpouring of support from family, friends and the rugby community.
“When we got that call Wednesday that he had been stabbed, it seemed like it took four hours to get to Children's Hospital,” the father said. “When we went to pick him up today, it was one of the happiest drives I have ever had.”
Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Man who threatened to jump from bridge in custody
- New Kensington residents rally in support of 82-year-old robbery victim
- Union to work while ATI talks continue
- Saxonburg residents surprised by zoning proposal
- Brackenridge man to stand trial in slashing
- Cash 5 jackpot winner sold in Springdale
- Plum landslide to be fixed after year
- Leechburg residents begin holiday lights campaign
- Sri Lankan fare makes regional debut at festival
- 14 of 24 furloughed New Kensington-Arnold teachers recalled
- Milltown Road in Plum closed by landslide