Guido column: No. 5 continues to drive Knoch to wins
Over the years at Knoch, 5s have thrived.
Running backs wearing the No. 5 have done well over the years, and veteran Knights coach Mike King couldn't be happier.
The latest No. 5 to thrive is Cody Milsom, who emerged from a training camp competition for the starting job.
Milsom carried 21 times for 154 yards in the Knights' 58-7 victory over Derry last Friday at soggy Knights Stadium.
“I like watching that stuff; I love a muddy field,” King said. “I love watching a running back with a number five on. We've had some great fives around here and it just gives me goose bumps watching him run the football.”
King was alluding to recent standouts Andrew Rumberg-Goodlin and the late Tim McNerney wearing No. 5.
Quarterback Ryan Hassler won games with his arm and feet while leading Knoch to the 1992 WPIAL finals wearing No. 5.
Severe rain last week waterlogged the natural turf at the Knoch facility, but it didn't stop the Knights from amassing 552 offensive yards.
Milsom's total could have been more, but a quirk in national stat-keeping methods charged the junior with a 15-yard loss because of a bad snap in the Wildcat formation.
Wrestling nears return
After a one-year hiatus, it looks like the Highlands wrestling program is poised to make a comeback.
The school district on Monday night named Grant Walters as coach.
At last week's school board agenda meeting, senior Nolan Wise gave an eloquent presentation to district officials on why the program should be brought back.
There were 21 prospective wrestlers in attendance with Wise.
Highlands didn't have enough wrestlers to field a team last year. A program needs at least seven wrestlers each night to compete in the 14 weight classes.
Because the school opted out, assistant superintendent Patrick Graczyk explained to the wrestlers that the WPIAL did not include the Highlands program in this year's section alignment.
The Golden Rams will have to fill their schedule with nonsection games on opposing schools' open dates.
WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley said that if Highlands can demonstrate to the wrestling steering committee in late February that it could sustain a program, Highlands will be part of the official schedule during the next enrollment cycle.
A good Diehl
The Karns City football field has a new name.
School district officials rechristened the facility Diehl Stadium last Friday before the Gremlins dismantled Moniteau, 49-12.
The Karns City district, which takes in northwestern Armstrong County, renovated the facility over the past year, but ran out of money when it came time to replace the scoreboard.
According to reports, Bob Stiehler, a 1987 Karns City graduate and an employee of the Diehl Automotive Group, approached Diehl president Corina Diehl about stadium sponsorship.
Diehl spent approximately $40,000 on the new scoreboard.
George Guido is a Valley News Dispatch scholastic sports correspondent. His column appears Wednesdays.