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Connellsville community sponsoring pep rally

| Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, 6:42 p.m.

Connellsville community: Get ready to do some cheering.

The Connellsville Recreation Board invites everyone to a community pep rally on Thursday at East Park.

The fall sports pep rally will kick off at 7 p.m.

The recreation board hosted a similar event last year, which was well attended.

The football team, cheerleaders, band and other fall sports teams have been invited, said recreation board member Greg Lincoln.

Four Pirates tickets will be given to the creator of the best spirit poster board sign.

The evening will end with the showing of “Little Giants,” immediately following the pep rally.

Lincoln said the concession stand will be open at East Park, and there will be pizza, soda, chips, candy and popcorn available. This is the final movie at East Park for the summer, Lincoln said. The movie is being sponsored by Bud Murphy's.

“Bring a blanket. We are hoping the community will come and show their support for the CAHS fall sports teams,” Lincoln said.

“The pep rally is a wonderful rec board event where all the student athletes in all the fall sports are recognized, and it is great that the community comes out to support all the teams that are involved in fall sports. Last year's pep rally was really exciting for our players, and they are looking forward to it again. It makes the team members feel important realizing that people are interested and appreciate the hard work that they put in,” said Connellsville Falcons head football coach Dave McDonald.

“I think it is great when the community and the school support each other and show pride in each other's business. Coach McDonald has instilled in the young men he coaches to be responsible and involved in our community. He has involved his football team in community projects and activities, teaching our students to give back to the community that supports our team during the season,” said James Lembo, director of athletics and transportation for the Connellsville Area School District.

“Connellsville is a tight-knit community with a lot of tradition. I wasn't aware of it, but I guess pep rallies were held at East Park in the past. It's great that it is back for our student athletes. Playing sports isn't easy. Those who put in the hard work and the extra time deserve to be recognized for their efforts. It is important. And for the community to show the kids that they are behind them whether they are going to be winners or not is great. The pep rally is one of the allures of living in a small town like we have,” McDonald said.

Many coaches are expected to be at the event.

“Our Falcon football team has a really good group of seniors who have been providing leadership and buying into everything we've tried to do. This is my third year here. My hope is that these kids are really successful because they deserve to be. We're excited about the season coming up. It's going to be very challenging because every team in our section is very good. Our team has done all the work to be successful and they deserve to be. We hope that the season plays out the way we want it to play out,” McDonald said.

Connellsville Area High School homecoming will be Sept. 27 when the Falcons host Norwin. This year all home football games will begin at 7 p.m. instead of 7:30 p.m.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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