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Plum ready for TV spotlight

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

The Plum football team is 0-3 this season, but the Mustangs have the perfect opportunity to get their first win.

Make that the perfect stage.

Plum (0-3) will get its turn on the Fox Sports Net Thursday Game of the Week when the Mustangs visit Franklin Regional (2-1) at 7 p.m.

The game will be seen by a regional television audience.

Plum has struggled offensively this season, getting outscored, 117-7. But the Class AAA Panthers are a local rival for the Mustangs, which also should serve as incentive.

"The communities are so close, and a lot of the kids know each other," Plum coach Bill Rometo said. "They play baseball and basketball in the summer time. It's been a great rivalry since the '70s."

Plum opens Quad East Conference play next week at Penn Hills, so it would like nothing more than to build momentum.

"Having the game on TV should be exciting. But we need to play a whole lot better, or the game won't be worth watching," Rometo said. "We need to play better, and our kids need to make that commitment."

Highlands will play at Mars on Sept. 25 on FSN.

Petit scores

Former Valley quarterback Pat Petit scored his first touchdown at The Kiski School.

Petit scored on a 1-yard sneak in a 26-12 loss against Trinity (Ohio).

Kiski is 1-1 and travels to Linsly (W.Va.) on Saturday.

Petit transferred to The Kiski School after he was ruled ineligible by the PIAA because he was entering his fifth year at Valley.

Tennis sectionals

WPIAL girls tennis sectionals will begin Thursday.

One local tournament to watch is Section 4-AA, where Valley senior Corie Ravotti hopes to return to the finals.

She was the No. 1 seed last season but lost to Burrell's Andrea Redhair in the championship.

Valley hosts the tournament beginning noon Thursday.

Where are they now?

Highlands basketball fans may wonder what happened to standout guards Reece Mabery and Larry Alexander, who graduated in June.

Mabery, the reining Valley News Dispatch boys player of the year, is set to play this winter at La Roche. Alexander, meanwhile, is at Waynesburg.

Oddly enough, Waynesburg opens next season Nov. 14 at the La Roche Tournament.

Names in the game

Curt Shilling -- he isn't a pitcher for the baseball team, but he's the top golfer for the Kittanning boys team.

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