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January 1, 2013

Local sports 2012: A year of sadness and celebrations

NEW CASTLE — The 2012 calendar year was a happy one for many Lawrence County sports teams and stars.

It started with sadness the likes of which the local sports arena rarely has seen.

Just 12 days into the year, New Castle High football faithful were sent into mourning with the passing of legendary former football coach Lindy Lauro.

As the year progressed, state and district championships were won in various sports, from New Castle to Neshannock and to Ellwood City Lincoln.

And there was a changing of the guard at New Castle both in football and girls basketball.

A pair of county football programs turned things around to make a run at a WPIAL Class A crown.

A stroke cost a former high school football star the ability to continue his career at the collegiate level, while a 43-year-old man took the basketball court once more.

Many sports stories were considered, but a News panel narrowed down the list to the Top 10.

Voting for the list were director of new media Tim Kolodziej, sports editor Kayleen Cubbal, features editor Dan Irwin, sports writer Ron Poniewasz Jr., sports correspondent Joe Sager and reporter David Burcham.

Here is how the balloting concluded:

1. Beloved former New Castle football coach Lindoro “Lindy” Lauro died Jan. 12 at the age of 90 at the Greer House.

His funeral brought former players and sports dignitaries from throughout the country to pay tribute to the man who, for so many years, was the Glorious Tradition of New Castle High football.

Lauro, who had been fighting medical problems for several years, coached the Red Hurricane from 1961 to 1992, winning WPIAL titles in 1967, ‘73, and ‘75, while compiling a career record of 220-104-15.

Lauro’s 200th win in 1987 joined him with another ’Canes legend — Phil Bridenbaugh — in the 200-win club. The accomplishment enabled New Castle to become the only high school in the country with two coaches boasting 200 or more wins.

In addition, Lauro coached six undefeated teams, won 10 Midwestern Athletic Conference crowns and finished as the WPIAL runner-up in 1982, ‘83 and ‘87. He was named MAC Coach of the Year nine times and Quad A Coach of the Year twice.

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