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East Allegheny ball field repairs continue

| Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 2:11 a.m.

East Allegheny School District's baseball field will remain closed for the next two months while repairs are made.

S&S Processing Inc. completed drainage and other improvements shortly before school started in August.

The project was $25,000 paid for through the capital improvements fund.

Resident Trisa Lesczynski said at Monday night's meeting she was disappointed fall ball participants were not able to use the field for games and practices.

School director Frank Pearsol said the field needed to be renovated, and there has to be time for the materials to set before games can resume.

“You get that field screwed up and you'd be putting another $25,000 (in repairs),” he said. “If you're going to play baseball in the spring you should do your work in the fall so that it has all winter to settle or that infield will become a mess the first time you use it. It's good for the longevity of the field.”

Pearsol noted Penn Hills, Central Catholic and Moon (Area) high schools also did not have home games because of field issues.

“Other districts have two, three and four fields for children to play on and with turf,” said school director Roxanne Sakoian Eichler. “Our baseball team and whoever practices on there doesn't have that opportunity. There are reasons why we've done what we've done.”

Lesczynski also said she would like to see a new baseball coach be selected quickly so students can get ready for practice.

The board opened the varsity baseball coaching job Ryan Encapera held for five years at its June meeting. The team only won four games last season.

Pearsol said athletic director Tim Cortazzo is reviewing four to five applications and could make a recommendation to the board at next month's meeting.

“We told the athletic director we want someone who wants to build the program,” said Pearsol.

District officials recognized the following high school students for their achievements in a gifted program competition:

Doran Kapral, Sam Mikolay, Gillian Saccameno, Shannon Connell, Annie Eichler, Chamari Willis, Symone Williams, Adam Bannister, Jordyn Conway and Sydney Francis.

Logan Middle School students Brooke Bannister, Julianne Marshall, Katelin Strutt, Tyler Padezan, Kaya Ruffolo and Alex Ostrom were recognized for their achievements in a gifted program competition.

High school senior Christopher Russo was recognized for being a speech finalist in the state's In Lincoln's Footsteps contest, which was part of the 150th anniversary celebration of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

High school senior Ricky Coats was recognized for being this year's Giant Eagle's Frieda G. Shapira Humanitarian Award recipient.

He and former co-worker Zach Wannamacher helped save a customer's life earlier this year.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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