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Ringgold soccer star signs with St. Vincent

| Friday, Dec. 28, 2001

CARROLL TOWNSHIP - Dave Suski's soccer playing days aren't over.

Suski, one of the standouts on Ringgold High's 13-4-1 team the past season, will attend St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

A three-year starting striker, Suski tallied 15 goals including a Class AAA Sec. 5 high 12 12. He also had 15 assists.

"He scored a lot of clutch goals for us," said Ringgold coach Tom DeRosa.

The biggest was in double overtime when the Rams handed Sec. 5 and eventual WPIAL champion Chartiers Valley one of the Colts' two defeats.

DeRosa looks for Suski to help the Bearcats.

"He has good ball control, good speed and is real coachable," he said.

Suski picked St. Vincent over a number of schools including Washington and Jefferson, Geneva, Seton Hill and Mt. Aloysius.

Ironically, St. Vincent is coached by former Ringgold High mentor Keith Harmon.

Harmon wouldn't be surprised if Suski starts as a freshman.

"Dave can come in and challenge for a position," he said. "We'll play him up front."

"He played in one of the WPIAL's toughest sections," added Harmon. "We're in a rebuilding process. We started three freshmen last year."

Another oddity is that Suski will be following another former Ram, Jim Brandemarte, to the Latrobe school.

Brandemarte was a senior at Ringgold when Suski was a ninth grader. Both players wore No. 13 for the Rams and Brandemarte wears that number for the Bearcats.

Suski will have to wait a year to get his number since Brandemarte has one season remaining.

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