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Leechburg's Disciscio opts out of football

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005

Even if Division I college scouts did come around to see Leechburg senior football player Mike Disciscio play this season, the massive fullback/defensive lineman likely didn't care much.

That's because Disciscio has made up his mind regarding college. And his plans do not include football.

Disciscio would rather chase criminals than running backs.

The 6-foot-2, 290-pounder wants to be a police officer. He plans to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania to major in criminology. Therefore, he won't have time for the gridiron.

"It's something I've always wanted to do," Disciscio said. "My brother (Christian Disciscio, 19) is a cop in Leechburg and he wants me to do that, too.

"It's something I'm looking forward to."

Discsiscio ended his career with a 103-yard rushing performance against Wilkinsburg. He scored two touchdowns and kicked a 30-yard field goal in the win.

As for the losing streak, which is now a thing of the past: "I can only wish the guys luck for next year," Disciscio said. "I'm done and hopefully they'll continue the winning streak."

Intriguing possibilities

Two local rematches could happen in the WPIAL football quarterfinals. In Class A, Riverview could play Springdale, and Burrell and Ford City could meet in Class AA if each team wins Friday.

Riverview plays at Beth-Center and Springdale hosts Avonworth, while Ford City plays at Center and Burrell hosts Mars.

How's Howard?

Knoch junior Curtis Howard, who played some tailback Friday, is questionable for the Knights' playoff opener with a sprained ankle. He rushed for 150 yards on only six carries before leaving in the second quarter against Pine-Richland.

Knoch travels to Thomas Jefferson on Friday in a Class AAA opening-round game.

Good sport

Fox Chapel junior golfer Adam Hofmann thought he was doing a good deed when he picked up the flagstick on the 14th green Monday during the PIAA championships at Heritage Hills Golf Course in York. An opponent had set the flag down, and another player in the foursome hit his putt too firmly and it was headed for the pin.

Hofmann ran over and scooped up the flag. Little did he know, he occured a two-shot penalty for altering the path of the ball.

He would have shot 77 and finished five shots off the lead, but had to sign for a 79.

The event was shortened from 36 to 18 holes because of the weather.

Cross country finals

The WPIAL cross country championships will be Thursday at Cooper's Lake, just south of Slippery Rock University.

Local boys to watch include Steve Mszyko of Kiski Area, Artie Black of Knoch, Andrew McClelland of Ford City, and Brendan Reilly of Freeport. Local girls who could make an impact include Melanie Lutz of Freeport, Chrissy Ostrowski of Riverview, and Meagan Conroy of Kiski Area.

The schedule is as follows: Class AA girls, 1:45 p.m.; Class AAA girls, 2:30; Class AA boys, 3:15; Class AAA boys, 4.

Once again, runners will wear "ChampionChips," tiny computer chips which help officials to determine where competitors finish. The chips are attached to the runners' shoes.

Run of success

The Riverview girls cross country team continued its dominance in dual meets Friday, completing its second straight undefeated dual season with a 15-48 win over Winchester Thurston.

The Lady Raiders have won an impressive 40 consecutive dual meets dating to September 2003.

Bowling for hollers

The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League (WPIBL) has added three new teams for the 2005-06 season.

Serra Catholic, Sewickley Academy and Thomas Jefferson will join 31 other teams in the league, which has grown in popularity in recent years.

Two local teams, Plum and St. Joseph, will compete in the Northeast Division with Gateway, Penn Hills, Pittsburgh Central Catholic/Oakland Catholic and Taylor Allderdice.

Play begins Nov. 30.

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