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Notes to ponder

April 17, 2007 - Neil Rudel

A few thoughts while awaiting for baseball season to thaw out:

*It's difficult to imagine any sport where the teams play harder than they do in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

*If there's such a thing as a big win in April, the Pirates got one today at St. Louis. They climbed back to .500, benefitted from a three-run HR from Adam LaRoche, who was overdue, and continued their excellent starting pitching. They also shook off the Cardinals' sweep at PNC.

*I have absolutely no clue why Penn State would exclude Suzie McConnell from its women's basketball coaching search, except to say that it doesn't speak well of Tim Curley. Suzie may be an exciting hire for Duquesne, but even if she does a great job, the Dukes' potential is well below Penn State's.

*Four attractive women's/girls' basketball jobs are open in the region -- Penn State, St. Francis, UPJ and Hollidaysburg. Enter your predicted order of announced coaches and I'll get the Mirror's marketing guru (Have Dog, Will Blog) to provide a prize. Tiebreaker, if necessary: Submit your candidate to get the Hollidaysburg job.

*The most anticipated player in Saturday's Blue-White game? That's easy: Pat Devlin.

*Mark Moschella spoke to the Altoona Rotary Club on Tuesday, and he said in 18 years, he's had only one meeting with a (disgruntled) parent. That either means Moschella surrounds himself in barbed wire during the season or a whole lot of high school programs have a different set of parents than BG.

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