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Mt. Lebanon's 5-foot-10 senior outside hitter Andrea Duvall has already chosen LafCol. Way to go, Dadio.

Wish more fans would take in the vball matches after games at Fisher. Improving program, girls deserve some support.

Senior WR/DB Derek Adair is co-captain of the Morristown Colonials who have won six straight. Hmmmm...

LB/FB recruit Tony Hayek, West Caldwell has torn his MCL.

I've been trying to keep tabs on TB recruit/verbal Art Wright, Phillipsburg/Wyoming Seminary, with very scattered newspaper reports.
Art's been one of the few bright spots in their mediocre season with several 100 yard games and showing ability as a receiver. Brutal shut-out loss yesterday to previously winless Lawrenceville--can't find any stats, Art not mentioned in brief synopsis.
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Potential fb recruit-Steve Rizzo

udubon's Rizzo a hero on and off the field

You could live on Earth your whole life and never meet a person like Steve Rizzo.
And that would be a shame for you. He's the type of person most of us aspire to be, whether we're still young or graying around the temples.

And he's only 18.

Rizzo is the quarterback for the Audubon High football team, which has compiled a 4-2 record and is on its way to its best season since 1983. He's also the star shortstop for the school's storied baseball program and is enrolled in "all honors courses, except for one."

All those feats pale in comparison to the type of person he is.

"He's got a rocket for an arm," coach Ralph Schiavo said recently before a film session. "He's a great athlete and smart out on the field. But more than anything, he's a great, great kid."

Whether the circumstances that tragically hit his family 5 years ago made Rizzo the upstanding young man he is today or whether he already was on that track doesn't really matter.

When Rizzo was 13, his dad, Steve Sr., took his own life. That left the son as the only male presence in a house that included his mother, Linda, and three younger sisters, Brianna, Brooke and Bailie.

"That's a tough burden to bear. At 13, he really had to step up to the plate," Linda said. "He suddenly had to become something different to the girls. I don't want to say father figure, but he was it. He was now the man of the house. Especially to the youngest, Bailie. She was only 2 then. I had to tell him that whatever he said to her, it had to be what she needed to hear. She needed to be taught by him the way we taught him when he was little. As soon as I told him that, he was just perfect with her and the other girls. He still is. Everyone comments to me about how good he is with the girls."

He's not too shabby on the football field, either. In leading the Green Wave in this memorable season, Rizzo has thrown for 1,068 yards, 12 touchdowns and only two interceptions in the pro-style offense Schiavo learned as an assistant to then-Rowan coach K.C. Keeler, who is now at Delaware. At 6-1, 190 pounds, Rizzo has the size to see the entire field and certainly the smarts to make the proper reads.

Saturday, in a 21-20 overtime win against Haddon Heights, Rizzo ran for a score and threw for two more. He also kicked all three extra points and intercepted a pass at safety. In a film session reviewing that win, one coach commented after a strong Rizzo hit: "Careful in there, superstar. We can't have you getting hurt out there." You could almost feel Rizzo cringe. Superstar is not something he can relate to.

"It's all about the W's," he said. "I don't care how I do, it's all about winning. I love football. It's my life."

But it's far from the only thing in Rizzo's life.

Linda Rizzo works as Audubon's court clerk. Last summer, to help his mom with the bills that, naturally, pile up with four kids still at home, Steve endured a schedule few could imagine.

"I worked Monday through Friday doing construction from 7 a.m. to 4 in the afternoon," he explained. "Then, I'd cut out of there and go right to baseball, where I was playing for [American Legion national power] Brooklawn. We'd play, like, seven games a week. Then on the weekends, I'd work at 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning in Philly, loading crabs on a truck. I'd sort them, the dead ones and the lives one, size them and then load them onto the truck. When I'd get done that, I'd go and cut lawns for my neighbors."

He doesn't say this to invoke any kind of sympathy or amazement. He says it with a half-chuckle, as if even he finds the workload unbelievable.

"I have to do it. It's the only way to have money. My mom's raising four kids by herself. I want to be there for my family. They're No. 1. I have to be the man of the house. I'm the only one there. Bailie, she's only 7. I'm the only [male figure] she's ever known.

"My mom's a great woman. She's really strong person, someone I look up to. The situation we went through was really, really tough. She still does it, though. She finds time to go to my games, to my sisters' cheerleading and my other sister's soccer games. She works and still finds the time for all of us. That's really amazing. That's why during the summer, when I work all those jobs, I don't feel so bad for myself. I look at her and see how she is."

Rizzo, who will lead his team against visiting Collingswood in a Colonial Conference matchup at 1 p.m. tomorrow, is getting interest from Monmouth, Holy Cross, Georgetown, Lafayette, Marist and others for his quarterbacking abilities. More interest probably will come during baseball season, although he'd prefer to play football at the next level.

"I'm not going to college to be a professional athlete, I want to be a physical therapist," he said. "I want to go to a school that fits me best."

He hopes it's close to home.

"If I was too far away from my sisters, they wouldn't be able to handle it. And my mom would go crazy."

"Oh, I don't think he'll leave us behind," Linda said. "He'll be there for us by phone, or text, or e-mail. Of course, I'll want to be able to see him play. Wherever he decides to go, I want it to be right for him. He deserves a lot of good." *
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Potential fb recruit Corey Page

By Times Staff
Published November 10, 2007
Sports News Video

Two birdswith one stone

Sickles senior kicker Corey Page is making his recruiting visit an efficient one this weekend. Page, who has received interest from Holy Cross and Lafayette, is traveling to Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., this weekend to see the teams play each other.

Page is riding high after kicking a winning, 27-yard field goal in overtime against Alonso last week to send the Gryphons to the playoffs for the first time in their 11-year history.

His college-choice dilemma? His father, David, was a punter for Lafayette in the early 80s. But Holy Cross is closer to where he grew up in Hopkinton, Mass.

"I like them both a lot," Page said. "Holy Cross is probably my first choice right now. But it'll be fun watching the game."
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Yes been following Steve Rizzo in the Inquirer! Would be a great LC addition to follow Curley...Any word on his interest?

Dan River's Turner to play softball at Lafayette College
Saturday, November 17, 2007; Posted: 05:15 PM

Nov 17, 2007 (Danville Register & Bee - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- DVERQ | charts | news | PowerRating -- Gwen Turner should feel right at home.

After growing up playing softball as an outfielder, the Dan River shortstop and Piedmont District player of the year is moving back to her original position, for a team that is everything she could have hoped for.

After batting .521 with 26 runs and 28 stolen bases, and after fielding at a .988 clip last season as a Wildcat, Turner signed a national letter of intent on Thursday to take her talents to Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. The Division-I Leopards went 21-25 last season, and batted .255 as a team with 23 stolen bases, and a .951 fielding percentage.

Turner couldn't be happier.

"It's very exciting," Turner said. "It was what I wanted academically and athletically. It was pretty much everything I wanted in a college."

It's not only a dream realized for Turner, but it's also one that she's been working toward for a very long time -- growing up playing outfield before switching to shortstop as a Wildcat, and playing a mix of both positions on traveling teams.

"I've worked toward going to college to play softball for quite a while," Turner said. "That's what travel ball was for me, a way to college."

Turner described her scholarship as "close to full," which didn't seem to matter as much, considering her enamor with the college.

Turner will head to Lafayette undecided on her major, but she may be leaning toward business. And she is particularly excited to play for the Leopards, which she called, "a pretty tough team, from what I've heard." Turner believes it was her combination of speed and ability to play multiple positions that caught the Lafayette coaches' attention, leading the Leopards to begin recruiting her at the end of the summer. ////

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