Queen City has many Romans

Published Nov 4, 2018 at 9:00am

I am back in Charlotte and enjoying life with my five grandchildren. I had a great summer visiting with so many of my old friends. Listed below are some Romans who have also moved to the Queen City.

Last week, I went to my doctor for an office visit and the physician assistant is 1995 Rome Free Academy graduate Matt Baker. After a few hugs and laughs we talked about his growing up in Rome. He was an outstanding baseball player for RFA and Smith Post and in his senior year he was a tough out. He batted clean-up on a team that won 24 games. My son Brendan played on that American Legion team and told me Matt’s batting average was well over .400. He was also a slick fielding first baseman and a natural leader.

Did you know Matt’s parents are hoping to move to Charlotte very soon? Gordon and Ruth have four boys who also live in Charlotte and they want to be around the grandchildren. The boys are Matt, Josh, Steve and Garrett.

Rome sports nickname: Steve Baker “The Home Run Maker.” Steve played for RFA and Smith Post back in 1998 and went on to play at Liberty College.

Jimmy Korpela was an RFA Class of 1999 graduate, who was a legend in the Rome Men’s Softball Association. He is the owner of one of the most popular spots in the south end of Charlotte. His establishment is called the Brickyard and a great place to meet friends from Rome. He is so much like his dad Rome Sports Hall of Fame athlete Jim Korpela, who is the owner of Korp’s Corner. “The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.”

Tim Moshier is the head golf professional at SkyBrook County Club. He played golf on the varsity team at RFA back in 1991. I take my buddies over to his course and he gives them lessons. His course is one of the most popular in the Charlotte area.

Congratulations to all the Rome Red Sox fans on winning the World Series. Special shout out to Joe Benner, Paul Palackis, Eddie O’Brien and Tim Ryan.

Pick of the week: Texas 27, West Virginia 20 (Season record 6-1). The Longhorns get back on track after the defeat at Oklahoma State. Texas coach Herbie Hand is in a bad mood.

On Saturday, Dec. 29, Westmoreland Central School is having an Old Timers Alumni basketball game. Bulldog legends Tony Albrecht (1986) and Greg Williams (1989) are the organizers and a big crowd is expected. At halftime, they will honor the Class of 1966 who were the Inter-Valley League Champions. What makes this special for me is I was a captain on that team along with four-sport star Glen Masner. Before the season we were picked for last place probably because Glen and I were the only returning lettermen but we surprised everyone. Our coach Don McLellan often told me it was his finest coaching job ever.

Congratulations to Jason Rutherford for becoming this year’s RFA boys JV team hoop coach. He was an outstanding shooter for RFA back in 2000-01. He could shoot the three-point shot as good as any to play for the Black Knights. He is an Air Force veteran and I want to thank him for his service.