Giving credit to Tussey’s unsung hero

From the perspective of a Tussey Mountain High School sports fan:

The Lady Titans have had an outstanding season and are very deserving of the accolades they’ve received.

There is one Titan, though, who is not getting the attention he deserves.

Luke “Skywalker” Zelanko fell just short of the coveted 1,000-point career points goal. He was the victim of a late-season injury and a game cancellation, which cost him at least two games.

Officially, he scored 970 pints, but his unselfishness was really his undoing. Because he was such a team player, he never concentrated on scoring until his last few games.

This Tussey Mountain senior has been a starter and stellar performer for over the past three seasons. He also is a very good defensive player and one of the premier rebounders in the area who consistently outboarded taller opponents than his 6-foot-1 height.

Double-doubles (points and rebounds) were his norm, which he attained in nearly every game.

Coach Randy Meck of Chestnut Ridge High School noted Zelanko’s skills by calling him one of the best all-around players his team faced all year.

Undoubtedly, Zelanko will be selected to many league and area all-star teams, which is great, but the Tussey Mountain fans want him to know we appreciated his outstanding team effort.

Gary Howe


Lady Lions overrated

I wrote a couple of weeks ago that the Iowa game would haunt the Penn State women’s basketball team.

I’ve had this gut feeling that this squad is overrated due to only Maggie Lucas carrying the team on her back and support players not doing a great job this season. The Nebraska game brought that out.

I feel shaky about the Lady Lions heading into tournament play in the Big Tens and their seeding in NCAA Tournament field of 64. They at best could make Sweet 16 but most likely will lose in the second round.

Coquese Washington is a good coach, but I do not see her at the same category as a Pat Summit or Muffet McGraw.

Congrats to Cael Sanderson and the No. 1 Penn State wrestling team. I have seen James Franklin attending wrestling matches regularly, and I can see why as he and Sanderson, along with Russ Rose, share the same common denominator.

Les Hart, Duncansville