Name: Bill Ratchford
High school: Altoona, Class of 1990
College: Penn State
I usually attend games with: My dad, Chuck Ratchford, and my brother-in-law, Mike Hicks
My favorite sport: Basketball
My all-time favorite local player to watch while growing up: John Caputa
My all-time favorite local coach: A tie between Tony Lepore and Clair Ciavarella
My favorite high school team: Altoona
My favorite college team: Penn State
My favorite pro team: Pittsburgh Steelers
The most famous sports person I have ever met: Kyle Brady
My most prized sports photograph/memorabilia: I got a baseball signed by a majority of the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates team.
My sports claim to fame: In the old Altoona Parochial League, from 1984-1986, my Our Lady of Lourdes team never lost a football or basketball game to St. Mary's or St. Therese's.
If I were the czar of local sports, the one thing I would change would be: I would eliminate aluminum bats from all youth baseball and softball games.
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