Guido: Riverview grad giving back in 'Bama
TribLIVE Sports Videos
As a child in Oakmont, 2002 Riverview graduate Dimitri Facaros grew up in a houseful of brothers.
Now, as U.S. Army captain, the former Raiders student-athlete is a brother of a different sort.
Facaros, a chief of military justice for the Staff Judge Advocate's office at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, recently was cited by the base's newspaper for his work in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.
Since early this year, Facaros has been a Big Brother to a third-grader named Caleb.
“It's all about giving back,” Facaros told the Redstone Rocket. “I grew up in a family of four brothers, and I had a very large and extended family.”
Dimitri, 29, and his brothers, Theo, Zach and Sid, were student-athletes at Riverview.
Facros recently participated in a bowling fundraiser for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northern Alabama. The Big Brother program specializes in adult friends whom children can count on for support, advice and friendship.
“I have the kind of time and feel that I can use it to give back to the community,” Facaros said.
Facaros told the Rocket that he probably will be transferred from Redstone next summer but hopes to keep in touch with Caleb after his move.
Redstone Arsenal is located near Huntsville, Ala. The base is perhaps best known for developing the Saturn rocket for NASA back in the 1960s.
Lincoln Park has come up with a cool idea.
Next week for the C.J. Betters Holiday Classic, the Lincoln Park Leopards will wear uniforms and warm-up gear replicating the former Midland High School Leopards from the 1964-65 PIAA championship team.
Lincoln Park will be playing Steelton-Highspire, the same team Midland defeated for the 1965 state title at Harrisburg Farm Show Arena.
The game will take place Dec. 27 at Community College of Beaver County.
Midland was 28-0 that season. The team included Simmie Hill and Norm Van Lier, both of whom played in the pros.
What has kept that Midland team popular in folklore for nearly a half century is that many people saw the team.
A number of the WPIAL playoff games and the PIAA title game were televised live.
WQED Channel 13 carried WPIAL playoff games live from the Civic Arena.
WPIAL basketball popularity was at its peak, and many players were household names. There was little college basketball on TV at the time, and NBA games were merely a Sunday afternoon staple.
Before the balconies were built at Civic Arena, it was common for high school games to draw 10,000 to 12,000 fans, despite live TV.
Midland played in the highest enrollment classification at the time and routinely defeated schools with three or four times its enrollment.
Midland later dropped in classification and closed in 1987. Now Lincoln Park uses the historic Midland gymnasium for its home games. The gym has a distinctive, old-time feel with the wooden seats in the balcony hooked together, similar to Forbes Field.
Reading nears 2,000
Reading is poised to become the first high school in the state to reach 2,000 boys basketball victories.
The state's largest high school, Reading tried for No. 2,000 last Friday against Chester but lost 70-63. Despite their status as the state's winningest basketball program, the Red Knights never have won a PIAA title.
George Guido is a Valley News Dispatch scholastic sports correspondent. His column appears Wednesdays.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rossi: Steelers rising fast in mediocre AFC
- Heyward, swarming defense get best of Chiefs in Steelers’ win
- Steelers offense learning to slam door
- Steelers-Bengals game to start at 8:30 p.m.
- Missed chances haunt Chiefs against Steelers
- Steelers clinch trip to postseason with big victory over Chiefs
- LaBar: Reigns could be WWE’s next big gamble
- Pittsburgh mayor Peduto goes ‘Undercover’ for CBS reality show
- Downie, Farnham bringing a much-needed edge to the Penguins
- SWAT teams surround Lincoln-Lemington home after shooting
- Old-school booksellers learn to survive, thrive in digital age