Local roundup: Southmoreland football coach Pecora takes new position
East Allegheny School District's board of directors hired Southmoreland High School football coach Dominic Pecora on Monday night to succeed Jason Ruscitto as the Wildcats' head coach. Ruscitto resigned after last season.
Pecora will be the third coach in as many seasons for the Wildcats, following Ruscitto and Dennis Edwards.
Pecora, who also served as an assistant at Baldwin, Norwin and Yough, went 7-12 in two seasons at Southmoreland.
After a 4-6 mark in his first season — which included a 28-21 loss to East Allegheny — Southmoreland approved a three-year extension.
Pecora graduated from Norwin High School in 2000 and Slippery Rock University in '04. He was chosen after a weekend of interviews of “many excellent candidates” by East Allegheny officials, a district news release said.
Southmoreland athletic director Charles Swink didn't speak with Pecora and declined comment.
Frazier 42, Yough 31 — Lauren Timko scored nine points to help the Commodores (10-11) close the regular season with a nonsection win over host Yough. Cassidy Guiser and Jamie Muccioli each scored eight points. Frazier qualified for the WPIAL Class A playoffs and will learn its seeding and opening-round pairing Tuesday. Natalie Peebles paced the Cougars (7-15) with a game-high 13 points.
Baldwin 20, Connellsville 0 — Brian Dee scored five goals and added two assists, and Dakota Becker had four goals and two assists as the Highlanders (11-6-1) skated past the host Falcons in a PIHL Open Division game. Ryan Beerman made four saves.
Thomas Clark stopped 39 shots on goal for the Falcons (0-16).
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