Laurel: High school football in our region takes a back seat to none, so it wasn’t surprising that seven of our gridders are among first-team selections to The Associated Press’ all-state football squad. Named were Greater Johnstown’s Antwuan Reed, Bishop Carroll’s James McCombie, Meyersdale Area’s Doug Hersch, Windber Area’s Josh Kotula, Ligonier Valley’s Brandon Boyd, Bishop McCort’s Wayne Jones and Penn Cambria’s Matt Holsberger. Congratulations to these deserving young men.

Laurel: Reed, Hersch, Kotula, Boyd, Jones and Holsberger also joined many other talented youngsters in being named last week to the Tribune-Democrat All-Area Football Team. This is the 15th edition of the team, which spotlights the area’s brightest scholastic athletes. Special awards went to fullback Matt Holsberger, named Offensive Player of the Year; Bishop McCort’s Scott Lewis, Defensive Player of the Year; and McCort’s Ken Salem and Meyersdale’s Andy Stahl, Co-Coaches of the Year.

Barb: Staying with the football theme, we wonder just how far greed will take the college bowl planners. There now are 31 bowl games in 19 days. Many of our readers can remember when there were the Big Four – Cotton, Sugar, Orange and Rose – bowls featuring only the best teams in the country. Being selected to a bowl game in those days meant something. This year’s Independence Bowl pitted two 6-6 teams. And if that isn’t enough football, we now have pro games on Sunday afternoon and Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Saturday nights. Are we being oversaturated?

Laurel: For 13 years, E. Jeanne Gleason of Westmont has served on the University of Pittsburgh’s board of trustees, a volunteer position. Gleason’s length of service was rewarded recently with her being appointed as trustee emeritus, giving her a permanent voice on the prestigious board. Meanwhile, she also serves as chairwoman of UPJ’s advisory board. Her dedication and value as an advocate for the university’s Johnstown campus is admirable.

Laurel: Too often, charitable acts by high school groups go unrecognized. Not so with a recent charity dodgeball tournament sponsored by the Cambria County Youth Advisory Council. The tourney, held at North-Central Recreation Center near Ebensburg, attracted 25 teams and brought in more than $700 – about $200 more than in 2005. Finishing first was Richland, but the real winners are folks served by the Salvation Army and Toys for Tots, the organizations given the proceeds.

Laurel: There’s no question John Zahornetz is on a mission for God. The 79-year-old Johnstown man has been making rosaries for more than 36 years. Most have been shipped to Third World countries. He estimates he has made and shipped more than 20,000 pairs to missions worldwide. May God allow him to carry on his mission for many years.

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