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Revesz sisters reinstated at Chartiers Valley

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001

A Common Pleas Court judge ruled Friday in favor of an injunction that will allow sisters Laura and Ashley Revesz to play basketball for Chartiers Valley immediately without the possibility of future penalty.

The injunction by Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Gallo allows the sisters, who transferred from Carlynton to Chartiers Valley before the start of the school year, to play until a future hearing is scheduled.

The Revesz sisters originally were ruled ineligible by the WPIAL, a decision upheld by the PIAA. Then, the Revesz family took the case to a higher court.

"Judge Gallo found that the Revesz's had severe financial problems, and they had their house up for sale for over a year," said family attorney Craig Lee, who is handling the case without a fee. "The judge found that, factually, the reason they moved from Carlynton was for financial reasons."

The PIAA is planning to appeal the injunction, Carlynton girls basketball coach Mike McConnell said, and Gallo will conduct another hearing. Even if the Revesz's are again declared ineligible, Chartiers Valley will not have to forfeit any games the sisters have participated in from last night's contest against Thomas Jefferson (a 49-45 win, Lauren Revesz had 23 points and 12 rebounds), until the day of the hearing.

McConnell disagreed with the ruling and believes it might set a bad preceent with future cases where the WPIAL and PIAA agree but a judge overrules.

Gallo told the girls' father, Dan Revesz, that he does not condone the single e-mail and phone calls he left for McConnell complaining about his daughters' playing time, their number of shots and the progress of their development.

Despite that, Gallo still ruled in favor of the Revesz sisters.

"It will allow parents who are unhappy with their children's coaches to complain and just transfer them to a different school," McConnell said. "Dan Revesz sent me an e-mail trying to defame my character. I do feel bad for Ashley and Lauren, that they had to miss all this (playing) time.

"With this decision, Judge Gallo has told Dan Revesz that he can go (and) act that way. He is not done. I think there will be another transfer. How can the PIAA and WPIAL enforce their rules if they get overruled by a judge?"

Clairton football coach fired

Wayne Wade, an assistant who became Clairton's head football coach two weeks before the start of this past season, has been fired after the Bears went 4-5 and failed to make the playoffs.

"(The school board) told me that I had an interim position for one year," Wade said. "They told me that they reopened my position, and that I could reapply if I wanted to."

Wade said he was not told the position was on a one-year basis until he attended a series of Clairton School Board meetings and spoke of the plans he had for his team this coming season. He was then informed that he was no longer the coach.

Wade has reapplied, but said that he's one of several applicants for the job.

"If they rehire me, that would be great," said Wade, a Clairton graduate who played in the Arena Football League and also is exploring offers to coach there. "I really wanted to come back here and coach. But, if not, then I will have to find somewhere else to coach."

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