Deuce back in the game after health scare
TribLIVE Sports Videos
The statistics spew out of his mouth a little slower than before, yet stand no less impressive when Lawrence "Deuce" Skurcenski rattles off how many high school football games for which he's kept score.
"This is my 3,088th football game," Deuce says of Friday's Thomas Jefferson-Woodland Hills season opener. "Listen to this — it's unbelievable — when Woodland Hills played Mt. Lebanon at Baldwin in the first round last year that game went into overtime. That was the first time I saw 'four deuces' (the score was 22-22 at the end of regulation) and I've seen 3,087 games! The first time in 56 years! That's a stat for you!"
The streak started in 1954 when, as a 12-year-old, he walked three miles from his North Braddock home to Turtle Creek Stadium (now known as the Wolvarena) to see North Carolina State-bound running back Bob Pepe lead North Braddock Scott to a 20-6 victory over Turtle Creek.
It almost ended April 12, when his mother and sister-in-law found Deuce on the floor after a stroke caused bleeding on the brain. He spent three weeks at a rehab center, lost 30-odd pounds and now walks with a slight limp. A diabetic whose eyesight caused him to lose his driver's license, Deuce has relied on rides from friends, including Woodland Hills coach George Novak.
"It's tough to see that he doesn't have the energy he had before, but he's still into the game, loves the game, loves being around," Novak said. "I don't think there is anyone like him. He's a very unique guy. He's one of a kind, a special guy in his statistician world, just knowing people and loving sports."
That's an understatement. Deuce claims he once saw 72 games in a football season, 236 in a basketball season and is 80 basketball games shy of 10,000. He's well-known at stadiums and gymnasiums across Western Pennsylvania not only for his hobnobbing and scorekeeping but his trademark catchphrases — "I get more press than a dry cleaner" is a favorite — handing out his own trading card and serving as the subject of a documentary.
Deuce admits to worrying he wouldn't recover in time for football season.
"High school football, I get to watch these guys on the amateur level and then see them play on a Sunday afternoon," Deuce said. "That's something special to me. It's always big-time when I'm at the game of the week."
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.
- West Virginia whips San Diego State to claim Las Vegas Invitational title
- Manorville man shares love for fishing
- Woman hosts annual sale for artists in her Valley Township home
- Roundup: Power companies suspend appliance recycling program; Celery blend used by Costco tests positive for E. Coli; more
- Republicans roll dice as Trump headlines Pennsylvania Society event
- Penguins lose hard-fought game to Blue Jackets in overtime
- Unabashed church pastors put politics front and center
- Unsung backups provide boost for Steelers defensive line
- Black Friday chaos dwindles thanks to earlier deals, online sales
- Run game needed for balance vs. Seahawks
- Greensburg streetlights to be updated, save city $90K