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Pittsburgh Steelers Footballers basketball team heading to Connellsville

Expect to see a packed gymnasium as the Pittsburgh Steelers Footballers basketball team takes on senior athletes and musical performers of Connellsville Area High School on Thursday night.

Assistant principal and head football coach Dave McDonald said the call went out for team members who are seniors and the captains of teams or leads in the musical and there was a great response.

The Falcon Foundation members plan this event each year, but even they are not told what Steeler Footballers will be on the celebrity team and won't know until the Steelers arrive. Some of the celebrity players who attended previous games included Dennis Dixon, Ben Roethlisberger, Rashard Mendenhall and Ryan Mundy.

The student athletes and musical performers for this year's event are Greg Bechtold, Tim Brown, Laken Butela, Robert Coffman, Nico Comsa, Brianna Cramer, Julie Cramer, Jacob Dunston, Paul Emanuel, Elle Eutsey, Jesse Eutsey, Olivia Foreman, Courtney Fox, Brandon Freed, Josh Fremd, Mason Jaynes, Madisyn Keller, Seth Kozak, Malarie Legarth, Christa LoNigro, Paul Martin, Ashley McCutcheon, Malinda Miller, Anna Murphy, Colby Nicholson, Caitlyn Onusko, Aaron Patton, Ryan Pearl, Nick Pittsment, Jon Puskar, Kelsie Seman, Meghan Uher and Kalie Williams.

Elle Eutsey is captain of the varsity cheerleading squad and played the fairy godmother in "Cinderella" earlier this month.

"I think playing against the Steelers will be really, really hard, but they better watch out," she said, "because we've got a force coming in our student team. We're all in good shape. Those of us who were in the musical spent a lot of hours rehearsing and the athletes are in good shape ... We'll run fast and jump high. We're also hoping that the Steelers are a little out of shape since this is their off-season."

The students were expecting to put in some hard work practicing for the game.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The preliminary game will begin at 6:15. Tickets can be purchased for $7 at Rumbaugh Chiropractic, the office of Dr. John Ellis, Mancuso's Barber Shop, West Side Jewelry, Fiesta Insurance, Miedel's and Miller's Grocery Store in Normalville. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. An assortment of refreshments will be sold.

At halftime of the second game, the Steeler Footballers will be signing autographs.

"People can bring a football, jersey or autograph book for a signature," explained Andrea Swan, Falcon Foundation member. "The autographs will be done first, followed by the Wendy's Halftime Shot. Anybody can purchase a ticket for this event. All the tickets will be put into a container and one ticket will be pulled. That person will have a chance to shoot a three-point shot for $500. That person can shoot a three-pointer from any place behind the arc. If they miss, they receive a Steeler jersey."

Entertainment between the two games will be provided by the Falcon Drumline from Connellsville Area High School.

"The members of the Falcon Foundation are so happy to bring this event to Connellsville," Swan said. "It's an affordable way for the whole family to have a night of fun and everyone loves to see the Steeler players up close and competing. All the money we raise goes right back to help provide items that are needed in the schools throughout the district. We have been able to fulfill teacher requests for many classroom tools."

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