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Monessen tradition returns

| Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004

MONESSEN -- As the Greyhounds begin a new tradition on the football field under first-year coach Andy Pacak, the renewal of an old tradition off the field is ready to go.

After an absence of many years the Monessen Quarterback Club is being revived. The club is returning after a hiatus of close to 20 years.

The club will meet and show the tape of Monessen football contests at the Monessen Italian Society of Mutual Aid on Seventh Street. Also, Pacak will be on hand with a couple of his players each week and they will field questions about the previous Friday's contest.

The first session is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the ISMA club because of Monday being Labor Day. After that, all meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays.

A tape of this week's game with Canevin will be shown.

"Getting the Quarterback Club back together is something we talked about and were interested in doing," said Monessen Athletic Director Jason Minniti, who also serves as an assistant on Pacak's staff.

"We have a lot of loyal fans and this will give them a chance to get together, rehash the game and ask questions," said Pacak.

"Hopefully, the questions won't be too tough," the first-year coach added with a smile.

Jeff Francia, president of ISMA, said the club was glad to be a part of renewing the former popular gridiron organization.

"Our club has always supported Monessen athletics," said Francia, himself a former Greyhound gridder during his high school days.

"Monessen High School sports are very important to the community and that is no different than at our club," Francia said. "We're excited about this new relationship with the program."

The weekly meetings are expected to last between 60 and 90 minutes. The format will include watching a replay of the previous game on the ISMA's large-screen television in the dining room.

Then Pacak will comment on the contest before introducing the players he has brought for that particular week.

The question-and-answer session will follow with refreshments being served afterward.

"We are working hard to keep our school's winning tradition going and we want our fans to be a part of it," said Pacak. "The Quarterback Club is just one way of accomplishing that goal."

Tony Crisi, a former president of the Quarterback Club in the 1980s, said he is thrilled the club is being brought back.

"I always hoped somebody would get the Quarterback Club back together again," Crisi said. "It was good for the community. It was a pretty big deal back then."

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