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Guido: Riverview baseball field to get alterations for dek hockey rink

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Riverview's baseball team will soon be on the move — but not too far.

The school's baseball field will be moved nearly 100 feet from its present location so a dek hockey rink can be part of the athletic offerings at the venerable complex.

Oakmont Borough, which owns the park, has made some recent renovations to the area, including the fencing, track and playground.

The borough's recreation committee first broached the idea of a dek hockey rink. In each of the last two winters, the borough has erected a temporary ice hockey rink on the grid where the Riverview football team plays.

Home plate will be moved approximately to where first base is now located.

For a number years starting in the mid-1980s, the WPIAL played baseball and softball playoff games at Riverside Park.

Oakmont Borough solicitor Robert Shoop is currently reviewing the measure that borough council passed last week to bring on dek hockey.

After that review, the borough plans to entertain bids. No project start date has been announced.

Riverview, ranked No. 2 in this week's Trib Total Media Class A baseball poll, has won at least 10 games in 10 of the past 12 seasons and brought home a state championship in 1983.

Hollidaysburg opening

Greater Allegheny Conference member Hollidaysburg will have a new football coach when the 2013 season begins.

John Barton surprised many when he stepped down from the Blair County high school last week after going 86-66 in 14 seasons.

The Golden Tigers have made the WPIAL playoffs two of the three seasons the school has played Class AAA football as an associate member. Barton's teams won three PIAA District 6 titles before making the move to the WPIAL.

It's been a family affair for Barton at Hollidaysburg.

His son, Chad, plays football at Kutztown University and another son, Matt, plays on the current Golden Tigers team.

Barton's wife, Mary Kay, also has served as the team's statistician.

Hollidaysburg athletic director Bob Gildea said the school will find a replacement “as soon as possible,” according to reports.

The new coach will make his debut Aug. 30 when the Golden Tigers play at Highlands.

Deer Lakes-Burrell II

With any kind of good weather Thursday night in Lower Burrell, there could be a wild atmosphere at Bon Air Elementary School when the WPIAL Class AA softball champions from the past two seasons lock horns.

Game time is 7 p.m.

Deer Lakes edged Burrell, 2-1, on Monday afternoon in a game that was postponed twice.

Burrell will be going for a split of the season's series.

“That was a great 2-1 game,” Bucs coach Mike Spagnolo said. “Hopefully, we'll be able to reverse that. We've been splitting with Deer Lakes the past four seasons. Two years ago when we won the WPIAL, our only loss was against them. Last year, we were their only loss.”

The Lancers, meanwhile, have other ideas.

As they broke the post-game huddle behind their dugout Monday, the Deer Lakes girls yelled “sweep.”

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