Friday, February 24, 2006

Maybe they take football too seriously

KINGSTON -The Wyoming Valley West School Board voted 6-2 Thursday night at the Middle School in Kingston to name Curry as its ninth football coach, affording the Larksville native the opportunity, in a sense, to come back home. Curry replaces Ed Michaels who spent the last eight seasons as the head coach at his alma mater and guided the Spartans to an overall record of 56-29. Curry is the state’s all-time winningest high school coach with a career record of 387-83-5. He led Berwick to six Class AAA state titles and three mythical national championships as well as 13 Wyoming Valley Conference championships. His career record against AAAA schools is 93-35.

Adults, not players, act like children following meeting Supporters of Curry, Michaels square off after board’s decision -The other half of the crowd — mainly parents and students — collectively gasped, then booed. After the vote, Pat Cervenak, Curry’s sister, beamed as she showed off a blue and gold Super Bowl-style ring. She has high hopes for the upcoming football season, she said.“You just wait,” she said. “No more playing these little teams.”One minute later Cervenak stopped smiling.“Hey! That’s Curry’s sister,” an angry woman shouted as Cervenak entered a crush of people in the hallway. After a brief screaming match with a mother, a second woman snatched the camouflage hat off Cervenak’s head. Cervenak quickly grabbed the hat back.The women briefly flailed their arms at each other before a police officer intervened. A group of shocked-looking students and boys in football jackets watched the adults in silence.“I feel bad for the players,” said A.J. Nobile, a Wyoming Valley West senior who will play football at the University of Pennsylvania this fall. “They liked the coach they had.”

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