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Bellwood group was special

December 23, 2012
The Altoona Mirror

I would like to take this opportunity to comment on the Bellwood-Antis football team's great season.

I've had the chance to follow this group of seniors since they first put them together in an all-star game when they were 12 year olds and watched them slap a 12-year-old all-star team from State College around.

I knew at that point that this could be a special group of kids. They never lost a game together through junior high and varsity until they lost to Richland in the last regular season game this year.

They all learned how to deal with the fact that they were small in size and numbers and overcame that with heart and determination. They were a fun group to watch and fun to be around.

They did a lot of neat things together to keep the unity alive. I remember listening to my son, Keith, in the back seat of the car, arranging for the team to get manicures before one of the games.

It was hilarious to hear the reactions about it, not because of the manicures, but because of the time they had to meet at the school - 7 a.m.

They once all went shopping together and each one bought thongs to wear. This is just a couple of the examples of the unity that this group of seniors had together. They were all great kids and very polite to be around.

I know coach John Hayes is very proud of this group, and all the other coaches as well. I, as a parent, and the entire community am very proud of them for the terrific year they had and the fine young men they have turned out to be - despite the thongs and manicures.

Great job, guys.

Richard Shawley Jr.

Tyrone

O'Brien taught lessons to remember

I am an avid Penn State fan and loved this past season.

I believe Bill O'Brien did a wonderful job with coaching, setting an example and dealing with adversity. Those are lessons that the team will remember many years from now when faced with decisions of their own.

I recently moved to North Carolina; the AD at North Carolina State fired an honorable man, Tom O'Brien, who coached the team well but not well enough. She wanted someone who could recruit better and inspire better. The man she hired could be a twin to Bill O'Brien. His age, his team, etc.

They are similar except for their salary. Perhaps Penn State should review O'Brien's salary as compared to this new coach.

Money isn't everything, but it counts.

Nancy Seecs

Morrisville, N.C.

PSU needs to tone down music

Neil Rudel might want to mention the loud music they play at Beaver Stadium all the time.

It's a big turnoff; they have ruined the game-day atmosphere.

It is supposed to be college football. Don't we have a band anymore? I was a season-ticket holder, but I am not going to sit through that anymore.

Eric C. Demyanovich

Rockville, VA

Volleyball team lacked chemistry

The No. 1 ranked Penn State women's volleyball team went into the Final Four with the goal of winning the national title. They were going for their sixth, which would have tied them with Stanford University.

The opposition was provided by No. 5 seeded Oregon, which was in the Final Four for the first time in its history. They were the underdogs, but they came out and really put it to Penn State.

Russ Rose is the finest coach in his sport over anybody else. He recruits the best high school players throughout the U.S. each year. What happened? When you bring in the finest talent every year, the chemistry has to be there.

There was no chemistry in the match between Penn State and Oregon. Penn State was outmatched.

Les Hart

Duncansville

 
 

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