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Notebook: Deer Lakes looking for new athletic director

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Saturday, July 3, 2010

Ron Busby has stepped down after a two-year stint as athletics director at Deer Lakes.

Busby, who lives in Moon, left to become an assistant principal in the Western Beaver County School District.

Busby replaced Jan McDowell in 2008 after serving as AD at Harrison Central High School in Hopedale, Ohio.

Busby also has coaching experience, having served as defensive coordinator at East Liverpool High School in Ohio and head coach at Bridgeport High School, also in Ohio.

Valley umpire news spreads

Word of Valley inviting PIAA umpire Bill Dithrich, a one-time villain to the team after his illegal-pitch call against the Vikings cost them an undefeated season and advancing to the state semifinals, to speak at their season-ending banquet has spread quickly.

The story, which was picked up by The Associated Press, was run by numerous publications across the state, and local television stations also showed strong interest.

The story even pops up on

Dithrich, who was humbled by the team honoring him, also has appeared on local radio talk shows to discuss the situation.

His call, which was made against catcher Casey Bonk with two on and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, allowed Wilmington to score the winning run in a 5-4 victory.

The call was correct, but its timing was questioned.

Legion playoffs

Several local baseball standouts from Freeport and Kiski Area have led the Kiski Valley American Legion baseball team into the District 31 playoffs.

Kiski Valley (10-6) is seeded No. 3 out of eight teams and will open the tournament 10:30 a.m. today against No. 6 Greensburg at Freeport Community Park. It will be the first game of a best-of-three series.

Game 2 is 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Greensburg Salem High School, and Game 3, if necessary, is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Freeport Community Park.

Fratangelo seeded

A player to watch at this weekend's Allegheny Orthopedic Associates Men's Futures of Pittsburgh tennis championships is Bjorn Fratangelo, the No. 1 ranked junior in the country by Fratangelo, a Plum native who attends Barron Collier High School in Naples, Fla., is seeded No. 7 in the 65-man tournament, which will be played in Mt. Lebanon.

Fratangelo has college interest from Georgia, Stanford, UCLA and USC.

DiLonardo shines

Plum heavyweight wrestler Anthony DiLonardo, who will be a senior in the fall, posted a record of 4-2 in Greco Roman and a 9-1 mark in freestyle at the Junior Nationals Wrestling Tournament in Oklahoma City, Okla.

He helped Team Pennsylvania finish 18th overall.

DiLonardo will compete in the U.S. Junior National Championships on July 18-24 in Fargo, N.D.

King Football

According to, Miami (Ohio), Ohio, Pitt and Richmond have shown interest in Valley football player Austen King, a wide receiver/defensive back.

King, 6 feet 1, 170 pounds, will be a senior in the fall.

WPIAL golf sites

The WPIAL has announced sites for its individual golf championships in the fall.

For the first time, a champion will be crowned in both Division I (Class AAAA, AAA) and Division II (Class AA, Class A).

The boys Division II finals will be Sept. 29 at Youghiogheny Country Club in McKeesport, while the Division I tournament is set for Oct. 6 at Longue Vue Club, Verona.

The top 12 finishers from the Division II tournament advance to the Longue Vue site for qualifying into the PIAA regional round.

The girls' Division I and II tournaments will be Oct. 5 at The Club at Nevillewood.

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