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High school notebook: Second Altmire tournament set

| Sunday, March 11, 2012

After raising more than $4,000 for their scholarship fund last year and having to practically turn teams away, organizers were sure to bring back the Caleb Altmire Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.

This year's event will be May 5 at the Apollo-Ridge High School gym.

The double-elimination, open tournament will begin at 9 a.m.

This year, there is a 32-team limit.

Proceeds once again benefit the Caleb Eli Altmire Scholarship Fund.

Altmire was killed in a motorcycle accident on Sept. 29, 2010. The Apollo-Ridge basketball and track standout was 26.

Each year, a scholarship will be awarded to an Apollo-Ridge senior in May.

Cost to play in the tournament is $30 per team. Checks can be made payable to Greg Fox and mailed to: Apollo-Ridge Middle School, c/o Greg Fox, 1829 State Route 56, Spring Church, PA, 15686.

Forms should be mailed by April 20.

Contact: Fox, 724-478-6000, ext. 2124.

Rosio on the run

Cheswick Christian Academy boys basketball coach Todd Rosio ran a 5K with a friend in 2006 and has been hooked on running ever since.

Need proof?

Rosio is prepping to run the Boston Marathon next month.

"Basically, I have a deal with my wife for a three-part plan," said Rosio, 39. "Part 1: Run Pittsburgh Marathon to qualify for Boston. Part 2: Run Boston. Part 3: retire from marathoning.

"So far, so good. After Boston, I'd imagine I'll go back to running just 5k and 10k races for the foreseeable future."

New coach

Highlands' new baseball coach is Jeff Weissert.

Weissert, 40, replaces Ray Olsewski, who coached the Rams for two seasons and had a 6-27 record. Weissert was the team's junior varsity coach the past two years. He played for Highlands in the mid-1980s and Edinboro for two years at the college level.

Army of coaches

Kiski Area baseball doesn't have a coaching staff; it has an army.

The approval of six coaches pushed the program's staff total to 11, including head coach Daryl Hixenbaugh, a longtime major-league scout.

And the staff isn't short on baseball experience. Varsity assistants include former Burrell player Matt Stasko, former Kiski Area head coach and Plum assistant Zach Jankowski, and former Kiski Area player Shawn Schwarz.

The varsity even has an "advance scout" in former Springdale coach Curt Poremski.

The junior varsity staff now includes newcomer Randy Sturgill, a former star pitcher at Leechburg and California (Pa.) University.

Hairy situation

The WPIAL has a new term on its rules sheet for track and field: "Hair Control."

The league apparently is buckling down on what athletes can wear in their hair -- which could be labeled as "jewelry."

The rulesheet states; "Bobby pins, barrettes and hair clips no longer than two inches may be worn to control a competitor's hair. The adornment of body piercing of any type is considered jewelry; and therefore, not permitted during competition."

And to enforce this, the league states, "Penalty for an illegal uniform or wearing jewelry the competitor is disqualified from the event."

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