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Boltnar off to good pro start

| Saturday, May 18, 2002

Cleaning out the notebook:

  • Former California University soccer star Tomas Boltnar didn't waste any time making an impression with the Des Moines Menace in the Premier Development League.

    As a late substitute against the Kansas City Brass, Boltnar had three assists and a goal in 35 minutes.

    "That's a Menace record," said Des Moines coach Laurie Calloway. "Tomas brings a midfield offensive ability to the Menace that we haven't had since I've been here. He's got great vision, is a good passer of the ball and can score goals."

    Boltnar will play his second game tonight at home against the Wisconsin Rebels.

  • When Ringgold High's Stephanie Kuhn won the javelin at Baldwin recently, she became coach Scott Frederick's fourth WPIAL champ and first Lady Ram to accomplish the feat.

    The school's last WPIAL titlist was triple jumper Charles Hairston in 1992.

    Ramont Small won the 200 meter dash in 1989.

    The previous three years Brad Ferrara copped the 100 meter dash and also added the state crown in his senior year.

    Ringgold's Emily Cokinos was the state champion in the javelin in 1994.

    Alan Veliky coached the Lady Rams at the time with Dave McVicker working with the throwers.

  • Charleroi's Dennis Stitch will be at the University of Pittsburgh's Trees Field today for the Panthers' annual Alumni baseball get-together.

    Stitch was the Panthers' centerfielder four years (1979-83) and had the distinction of being the first black player to start for Pitt.

    Pitt faces a crucial noon doubleheader with Connecticut today and will play the Huskies one game Sunday. The Panthers (34-15-1) need a three-game sweep to make the Big East Conference tourney as the fourth place team.

  • The Marsh Tire Mavericks will have a new manager in the Fayette County League.

    He's Brian Evans, the 1994 Belle Vernon Area High graduate who will also be playing for the Mavs.

    Evans has played seven years for the Mavericks after two years as Point Park College's third baseman.

    The Mavericks are scheduled to open the season Sunday at Mill Run.

    Belle Vernon-Fayette City, coached by Dan Palm and Walt Williams, won't make its County debut until Belle Vernon Area is eliminated from the WPIAL Class AA playoffs.

  • Bill Hand, the former California University gridder, wasn't out of coaching long.

    Let go after one season at Class AA Center following a 5-5 showing, Hand was named at another Class AA school, Riverside.

    Hand succeeds Steve Girting, who resigned after going 13-18 in four seasons including 4-5 in 2001.

  • And thanks to Randy Marino of Monessen who says most people fail in life because they major in minor things!

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