Son of Detroit Tigers manager among WPIAL's top hitters

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By Mike White | Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 3 p.m.

While his father has the Detroit Tigers near the top of the American League Central Division standings, Patrick Leyland has himself near the top of the list of the WPIAL leading hitters.

Patrick Leyland, a senior at Bishop Canevin (pictured to the left), is a senior on the Crusaders' baseball team and finished the regular season with a .532 average (25 of 47), good for 17th-best in the entire WPIAL.

The younger Leyland plays catcher for Bishop Canevin and has helped the team to a spot in the WPIAL Class AA playoffs. The Crusaders play Freeport in a first-round game tomorrow (Wednesday), 4 p.m. at Highlands.

Patrick Leyland also was one of the top players on Bishop Canevin's golf team that won the WPIAL Division II team championship this season.

Leyland's future is in baseball at the University of Maryland. He signed with the Terrapins during the NCAA week-long early signing period in November.

Bishop Canevin coach gets 400th

While Bishop Canevin is in the baseball playoffs, the Crusaders' softball team also is playoff-bound - and coach Bob Jacoby recently got his 400th career win. Jacoby is in his 29th season and has a 400-162 record. Jacoby is believed to be only the fourth coach in the WPIAL to win 400 games. Sto-Rox's Bill Palermo is in his 33rd season and has a 539-124 record. New Brighton's Joe Ursida has 474 wins in 31 years. Center's Pete Pietrandrea has 462 wins.

What's impressive about Jacoby is how much he has won in two sports. He also is Bishop Canevin's football coach and has more than 200 wins in that sport. Not too many guys have won more than 400 games in two sports.

Playoffs again

The Montour boys' volleyball team qualified for the WPIAL playoffs for the 27th year in a row. Pretty impressive.

A rant against school boards

We've seen this before. A school board fires a coach at a public meeting, but won't give any reasons for the move. The board hides behind the "it's a personnel matter" shield. Right. Sports writer Rod Frisco, on his web site, has a good "rant" about this practice.

The basketball-playing Clark

Yesterday I had a blog item on Bishop Canevin boys' basketball coach Rich Irr and how I caught his singing and guitar-playing act Friday night. Irr was playing with Greg Joseph, a member of the well-known local rock band The Clarks.

Well, it turns out The Clarks seem to be intertwined with basketball. Bill Swan (Greensburg Central Catholic assistant coach who used to be head coach at Connellsville and Hempfield) informs me that Scott Blasey, the lead singer for The Clarks, was a starter on the Connellsville basketball team in 1983.

(You might be thinking why all the Bishop Canevin items on this blog? I know it seems strange. But really, it is just a coincidence.).

Minear to Sto-Rox

It's all over but the formalities. Barring some unforseen problems, Bill Minear is expected to be hired as Sto-Rox's boys' basketball coach Thursday night. He resigned as Ambridge's coach last week. He won two WPIAL titles and one PIAA title at Sto-Rox before resigning earlier this decade.


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