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Notebook: Montour awaiting its turn for 'Glory'

Kevin Gorman
| Monday, Sept. 19, 2005

The Montour Spartans have dealt with three camera crews capturing their every move - on and off the field - since training camp opened in mid-August.

Today, they are anxiously awaiting their chance for a screening of the debut episode of the eight-week reality series, "Bound for Glory," which starts Tuesday on ESPN.

"I know I am," Montour coach Lou Cerro said. "Dick Butkus and Ray Crockett said it's very good."

The Hollywood Reporter also gave "Bound for Glory" a positive review, a rarity for most reality series:

"The format is Reality 101, but smart cinematography and crunching sound make for engrossing football scenes, and slick editing moves the action along throughout. Add early injuries to two top players (linebacker Morgan Singletary and running back Christian Wilson), and there's some solid drama on the remaining schedule.

"Football fans should especially enjoy this, and it should be mandatory viewing for all high school athletes. Judging from the sketchy on-field talent, there's no guarantee that 'Bound for Glory' will have a happy ending. But either way, this is that rare reality series with a legitimate moral: You gotta want it."

Cerro is concerned whether his Spartans (1-3, 0-2 Parkway Conference) will be depicted in a positive or negative light and how each episode will affect the chemistry of the team.

"When you know everybody in your school will watch it and people you play are going to see it, it could have a lasting effect," Cerro said. "It's supposed to be a feel-good show. We'll see."

Century mark

Two WPIAL football coaches reached a milestone when they recorded their 100th career victories this weekend: Thomas Jefferson's Bill Cherpak, whose Jaguars are the only WPIAL team not to allow a point this season, and Duquesne's Pat Monroe, whose Dukes are 3-0.

Just for kicks

  • Since starting the season with a 3-1 loss at Class A No. 2 Sewickley Academy on Sept. 2, the Beaver boys soccer team has recorded six consecutive shutouts and outscored opponents, 37-0. That streak includes a scoreless tie with Ambridge on Sept. 15.

  • Butler (9-0-0), Gateway (7-0-0) and Bethel Park (6-0-0) are the remaining undefeated teams in WPIAL boys soccer. Of the three, only Gateway has victories over a ranked opponent. The Gators have beaten Plum and Fox Chapel.

  • The Baldwin girls' 4-0 win over Mt. Lebanon last Wednesday was its first since the program's inception in 1985. Sophomore Heather Donovan scored two goals for the Highlanders (5-1, 4-1), who play at defending WPIAL champion Moon tonight.

    Tennis anyone?

    Two girls are trying to add to their gold medal collection today and Tuesday at the WPIAL girls tennis singles championships at Shady Side Academy.

    Latrobe's Michaela Kissell, a two-time defending WPIAL and PIAA champion, is the top seed in Class AAA. Two-time defending WPIAL Class AA champion Annie Houghton of Quaker Valley, however, is out for the season with a torn ACL. The top seed in Class AA is Beaver senior Alexandra Kaluza, who won a WPIAL title in 2002.

    The top three finishers in each classification advance to the PIAA finals Nov. 4-5 in Hershey.

    -- Staff writers John Grupp and JoAnne Klimovich Harrop contributed to this story.

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