Archive: July, 2010
For Downingtown East football coach Mike Matta it’s the smell of early-August grass that triggers the excitement. For his quarterback, Trey Lauletta, it’s a photo on his bedroom wall that keeps the adrenaline flowing.
The opening day of football camp is nearing and Matta, Lauletta and hundreds of other coaches and players throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania are starting feel the excitement that leads up to Aug. 16, the first day that the sound of shoulder pads slamming into each other fills the air for the upcoming season.
“I’m very excited,” Matta said. “Every year since the sixth grade, you smell the fresh-cut grass in August and the first thing you think about is football. The kids come together [at training camp], you see how much they’ve grown and the dividends that pay off from the weight room.
When Tim Goodwin awakens each morning in his parents’ Ventnor home, the first thing he sees is his No. 70, blue-and-gold, Holy Spirit football jersey hanging up on his closet door.
Goodwin, a Spartans’ all-Cape-Atlantic League offensive guard last season, can’t wait for the start of football camp on Aug. 16.
“I’m real excited,” the 6-foot-2, 265-pound, two-way lineman said. “There’s not a greater feeling in the world than to put on pads senior season and go out and hit someone.
Marc NarducciTim Pentz, an assistant for Kingsway the past five years, has been named the Dragons varsity wrestling coach. A 2001 graduate of Kingsway, Pentz replaced Brian Farnham, who accepted a teaching position and the varsity wrestling coaching job at Haddon Township. After graduating from Kingsway, Pentz was a four-year letter winner at Messiah College. “Tim is an excellent coach who emphasizes aggressive wrestling in the right way,” Kingsway ahtletic director Joe Galliera said. “He is an advocate of the ideals of good sportsmanship. We are excited to have him take over the reigns of our program.”
Winslow Townsihp football coach Mike McBride has decided that this will be his last season guiding the Eagles. McBride has told his players that he will depart after the season in order to attend law school.
“I’m hoping that this can be a good final season,” McBride said.
Holy Spirit senior Anthony SaraoCQ is impressed by the best, so when he was invited to participate next week in Football University’s Top Gun Camp in Williamsburg, VA, he promptly accepted the invitation, again. Last year at the camp, which invites about 900 of the best high school players in the country to compete, Sarao, a linebacker, won the most valuable player award on defense. This year, the speedy 6-foot-1, 215-pounder hopes to win the award again. But this time the 17 year old isn’t trying to impress the many Division-1 scouts and coaches that will be at the camp July 21-24 because he has already committed to Stanford. Coaches from the California school flew across country to recruit him in Absecon after Sarao recorded a 4.45-second 40-yard dash at the U.S. Army National Combine last January in San Antonio. Sarao hopes to do well at the Top Gun camp again so that he’ll be invited to participate in the Army All-American game in San Antonio in January. “The best high school players in the country are in that game,” Sarao said. “I always wanted to play in that game. I went to it last year and watched them. “I had a lot of fun at the Top Gun camp last year. The competition was good. They bring in the best kids in the country.” Sarao said at Top Gun he wants to improve his “technique” as a linebacker: positioning and tackling. He recorded more than 100 tackles last year for the Spartans and he wants to make more in the forthcoming season. “He was invited to Top Gun and we spoke about it,” Holy Spirit coach Charlie Roman said. “Getting selected gives him a chance to make the Army All-American game. “He was our best defensive player last year. He made a ton of plays.”
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