McKeesport had two heavily recruited senior football players in Delvon Simmons and Branden Jackson. The Tigers also have a junior who is now being recruited by a number of big-time schools.
T.J. Neal is a 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker at McKeesport who already has scholarship offers from Pitt, West Virginia, Rutgers, Syracuse, Texas Tech, North Carolina State, USC, Auburn and Tennessee.
It seems when college coaches looked at Simmons and Jackson, they also noticed Neal.
"With all these coaches coming through the past year, it made things a lot easier for him to get noticed quicker," said McKeesport coach Jim Ward. "The attention Delvon and Brandon received helped [Neal]."
Ward went on to say, "I thought he'd get offers, but it's just a little earlier than I expected."
Neal will also play tailback for McKeesport this season, but his future seems to be on defense.
"He's a very physical linebacker. He's a prototypical 'Mike' linebacker," Ward said. "He is very physical and can run. He's very athletic."
11 for 11
Pretty impressive streak for Preston Falascino lately. Falascino, a sophomore pitcher-shortstop at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Moon Township, has 11 hits in a row the past three games.
Falascino was 4 for 4 in a 6-4 loss to Cornell Monday. In his past three games (Cornell, Monessen, Avella), Falascino has one home run, five doubles and five singles. Sure, it's Class A, but that's pretty impressive no matter what level. Even Little League.
For the season, he is 12 for 15 (.800).
Just in case you wanted to know, the national record for consecutive hits is, unbelievably, 22. Pat Simmons of Bradley-Bourbonnais, Ill., did it over 1981-82.
Four 'no-nos' in a row
Steven Perry of Maxwell High School in the state of California has thrown four no-hitters in a row.
Not that it's gigantic news, but I keep hearing Deion Turman will probably leave the Robert Morris basketball team. Turman is a former Mt. Lebanon player who was a late signee last summer at Robert Morris. He played very little this past season.
Some people have inquired about Deuce, so here is a little update: Lawrence "Deuce" Skurcenski, longtime local high school statskeeper and character, is still in Allegheny General Hospital after suffering a stroke last week, but is recovering. Post-Gazette colleague Kenny "The Horse" visited Deuce Sunday and said Deuce is coming along. He is talking and communicating. He has been out of intensive care since the middle of last week and he might be transferred to a rehabilitation center this week.
Horse said doctors expect Deuce to make a full recovery, but it will take a few months of rehab.