Riccio should think about athletics

What sport does Phil Riccio coach?

It seems as though he is more interested in making less work for himself than in what is best for his own athletes at Altoona Area High School.

Maybe someone should look into his job description and see what the answer is. I doubt we will ever get an answer to that question.

I think our athletes need to be in a position where they can be competitive.

They cannot be competitive in the current setting in the WPIAL.

Harold Price


(The writer is a former head football coach at Hollidaysburg Area and Williamsburg.)

Athletes give heart and soul

As the academic school year comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge all high school athletes and the time and energy they put into their sports.

All young athletes must juggle the challenges of schoolwork and extracurricular activities with the demands of their individual sport.

Every sport – be it football, baseball, soccer, track, or any other game – requires hard work physically and a tough mental attitude.

These students devote hours from their daily lives during the school year in order to be able to excel and compete come game time.

Over the summer, teams will continue to improve themselves to be prepared for when the season picks back up.

All high school athletes deserve recognition for their feats in academics and on the field. They are some of the hardest workers you will find in today’s youth, and they never cease to put their best foot forward.

Cole Joseph Crusciel


Joyner a traitor

Dave Joyner just doesn’t get it.

The headline said that Joyner wasn’t worried about Bill O’Brien’s time at Penn State. It’s not O’Brien’s time that me and many others are worried about. It’s Joyner’s time, which hopefully will end soon.

Every time I see or hear Joyner’s name, I just cringe and realize that Joyner and his actions are probably the single biggest disgrace to Joe Paterno’s legacy at Penn State. His actions represent everything that Paterno’s Grand Experiment wasn’t meant to be.

To me, he is Penn State’s version of Benedict Arnold.

We now understand his child-like reaction to not getting the athletic department’s top medical job.

I can only hope that whoever the new school president is will dismiss him with a late-night note from a courier to his home informing him that he is no longer the athletic director.

But then again, I doubt that there is anybody else who could stoop to the lowly depths of the actions of that Board of Trustees.

May they all be removed as soon as possible.

Will Walk

Spring, Texas