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BVA-TJ to play at Ringgold?

| Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001

Guess where Belle Vernon Area and Thomas Jefferson High's football teams might open the 2001 season?

How about Ringgold Stadium!

Yes, you read right Ringgold Stadium the home of the Rams.

The football contest between the two Class AAA powers is scheduled at Thomas Jefferson's Jaguar Stadium Friday, Aug. 31.

There's one big problem, however.

Jaguar Stadium is slated to undergo a major face lift starting May including bleachers, turf, track and locker rooms to name a few,

If the project goes on as expected, Jaguar Stadium isn't expected to be ready until October at the earliest.

If that's the case, TJ will have to move its early home dates including the attractive opener with the Leps.

TJ officials have talked to Ringgold about using the Rams' field on Saturday nights for their home games.

Ringgold is TJ's first choice because of the proximity (12 miles) and the Rams' artificial turf which the Jaguars will probably be getting.

If everything can't be worked out with Ringgold, the Jaguars could play all their games on the road.

Other teams scheduled to play at TJ in 2001 include West Allegheny (Sept. 15), Uniontown (Sept. 22), Elizabeth Forward (Oct. 6) and Chartiers Valley (Oct. 20).

  • Wonder how long it will be before the Gary Dongilli to Hempfield rumor starts resurfacing again?

    If you missed it, Casey Cavanaugh submitted his resignation as the Spartans' head football coach yesterday.

    Cavanaugh had a 21-28 record in five seasons at the Class AAAA school including 1-9 the past year.

    In seven years at Class AAA Belle Vernon Area, Dongilli has been one of the WPIAL's winningest coaches with an attractive 71-11 record.

    Although Dongilli still has four years left on his BVA contract, his name was kept being brought up at Hempfield where the Leps routed Hampton, 39-8, in last year's WPIAL quarterfinals.

  • Chalk up another honor for Monessen native George Lovich in Michigan.

    Inducted in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1993, Lovich - who now resides in Canton, Mich. - will receive the Charles E. Forsythe Award at halftime of next month's state Class B championship basketball game at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing.

    Lovich served for 29 years in the Livonia School District as a teacher, football coach and athletic director. He was named Detroit News Coach of the Year at Livonia Franklin in 1974, and while he retired from full-time football coaching after that year, he stayed on as an assistant at Franklin, which won the Class A championship in the first MHSAA (Michigan High School Athletic Association) football playoffs in 1975.

    As a registered volleyball official , Lovich worked the MHSAA finals in that sport the first three years it took place (1976-78).

    Lovich has left a legacy as an athletic administrator, co-authoring an athletic department computer program in the early 1980's which is still in use across the country by schools in 39 states.

    He has been a speaker at numerous statewide and national athletic directors' conferences on the computerization of athletic departments.

    And thanks to Lanny Sarber of Belle Vernon who says 50 years ago, people finished a day's work and needed rest. Today they need exercise!

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