Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Valley coach Colosimo inducted into PSFCA Hall of Fame
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Muzzy Colosimo, speechless?
It almost happened when the new Valley football coach had his greatest honor bestowed on him last weekend — a spot in the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
It's the first time the longtime Greensburg Central Catholic coach — known for winning games, opening vast recruiting pipelines and providing classic one-liners — has been inducted into a hall of fame.
Colosimo, though, managed to find the words to describe his gratitude for the honor.
“I'm just an average Joe; I have had a lot of help,” said Colosimo, 63, who was the face of Greensburg Central football for 17 seasons, guiding the Centurions to three WPIAL title games and a championship. “Coaching is crazy. One year you win 15 games. The next you only win eight and people think you got stupid.”
Colosimo, who went 143-46 at Central, joined other inductees Ray Reckner (Brockway), Norm Zwald (Ridgway), Joe DeAntona (West Scranton) and Joe Walsh (Henderson). The men were honored during halftime of the Big 33 Classic in Hershey.
“This is one of the greatest honors I have ever had,” Colosimo said. “It's crazy to be mentioned in the same sentence with some of the great coaches: Bill Abraham, Joe Mucci and Dick Dilts. It's freakin' unbelievable.”
Colosimo, who took time out from seven-on-seven workouts and college visits with his new team to attend the induction ceremony in Harrisburg, will receive a ring for the honor, which will be posted for many to see.
“And they said they're going to have a plaque at Heinz Field, Temple and Penn State to recognize the 257 members (of the hall of fame).”
In addition to Dilts, other PSFCA Hall of Famers from the A-K Valley are Chuck Wagner, Harry Beckwith and the late Jake Cappa.
Kiski Valley's club rugby team rose to prominence this past season with a trip to the state playoffs in just its second year in Division II. But interest in the team has increased far and wide, even drawing the attention of females who want to learn the game.
Kiski Valley had so much interest that it plans to start a girls team in the spring of 2015. Boys coach Seth Erwin said 25 girls have signed up and the new program recently named a coach, Erica Catone, 28, a Penn-Trafford graduate who played rugby for four years at Indiana (Pa.) and played for the Westmoreland Highlander Women's Rugby Club.
“She was (at IUP) when I was there and we became friends through rugby,” Erwin said. “It's exciting times for Kiski Valley and rugby in general. The sport is growing.”
Recent Fox Chapel graduate Colin Martin was named to the All-Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches' Association third team. Martin, a Michigan recruit, took third in the 3,200-meter run at the PIAA Class AAA Track and Field Championships (8:59.90).
Knoch freshman Jordan Geist was an honorable mention pick after taking third in the shot put and fifth in the discus at the Class AA state championships.
Pitt football fans interested in a two-for-one deal to see a pair of future Panthers should mark Sept. 12 on their calendars. That's because Class of 2015 recruits Tre Tipton of Apollo-Ridge and Nick Bowers of Kittanning will meet head-to-head this coming season. Kittanning travels to Owens Field in Week 3 to face Apollo-Ridge in an early season showdown in the completely-localized Class AA Allegheny Conference.
Tipton is a go-up-and-get-it wide receiver, while Bowers is a pass-catching tight end. The matchup to watch could be when Tipton, a first-team all-state defensive back, goes one-on-one against Bowers, a sizeable and sure-handed target who often hauled in passes in double coverage.
Bowers plays linebacker on defense, so might not see Tipton much downfield. It's fun to think he might, though.
Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @BillBeckner.
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