Ringgold's grid search down to 3
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With a wealth of talent slated to return next season, Ringgold's football team could be poised for a big year.
The Rams return plenty of key players from a squad that finished 7-3, including talented quarterback Nico Law, who led an offense that averaged 40 points per game.
The question is: Who will be the Rams' coach in 2014?
That answer could come Thursday night at a special meeting of the Ringgold School Board.
Although Athletic Director Ron McMichael would not confirm the names, the word I get is that the job is down to three candidates, all of whom are not coaching at this point. They are Nick Milchovich, Jim Ward and Donnie Militzer.
Milchovich, a Charleroi grad, is a former head coach at Charleroi, California and Peters Township.
Ward, a Rostraver Township resident, had head coaching stints at Yough, South Allegheny and McKeesport.
Militzer coached one season at Class AAAA Gateway in 2013 and was let go after posting an 8-3 record.
Ward, who also served as an assistant at Clairton, had applied for the Belle Vernon Area coaching job that was filled last month when the school hired Ringgold coach Matt Humbert.
The three finalists are slated to be interviewed this evening with the board expected to make a choice Thursday.
Track stars return to Monessen
Monessen's track and field team turned to familiar names to replace Ramont Small, who left after last season.
The head coach is Ta'Nesha Anderson and the assistant is Tarelle Irwin.
Anderson and Irwin are both 2009 graduates at Monessen and both have successful track backgrounds.
Irwin was a two-time WPIAL champ in the 200 meters. He won the 100 meters once and won a PIAA title in the 200.
Anderson finished fourth in the WPIAL in the 100 meters and is the only female athlete at Monessen to participate in the PIAA championships. She also holds the fastest time ever in the 100 on Monessen's track.
Irwin went on to a stellar track career at Youngstown State University, where at the 2013 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships he finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.67 seconds and was a member of the second-place 400-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay teams.
Monessen Athletic Director Gina Naccarato said she was ecstatic to get such polished alums to take over the programs.
“They aren't that far removed from college that they can't bring new ideas to our program,” Naccarato said. “Plus they were very successful and should be able to relate to our kids. And both of them are really good young adults, not only as coaches but role models.”
Anderson and Irwin get to lead the Greyhounds for the first time when Monessen opens the track and field season Thursday with a tri-meet at home.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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