Rome sports celebrities that have moved away

Published Apr 15, 2018 at 9:00am

This column is about sports celebrities from Rome who moved away and where they live now.

Ken Sins lives in Brainbridge Island, Wash. He was a 1967 Rome Catholic High graduate who became a sports writer and covered the Dallas Cowboys. Did you know he got his start at the Rome Sentinel?

Greg Sees lives outside Boston, Mass. He is a 1967 RCH alumnus who went on to play Division I basketball at Boston College. Did you know he is the last male athlete from Rome to play Division I basketball? He was the pride and joy of his high school coach, the late Frank Didio.

Archi Cianfrocco lives in San Diego, Calif. He played baseball for Rome Free Academy and Smith Post back in 1984. He also played four years at Purdue.  Did you know he is the last Roman to play in the major leagues? His son Archi Jr. played at Purdue too.

Lou Amo lives in Charlotte, N.C. He was an outstanding three-sport athlete at RFA back in 1992. Did you know he went to college at Hamilton where he played on the football and baseball team? He is married to the former Kara Capponi and they have three children.

Tom Delahunt lives in Philadelphia, Pa. He was a three sport all-star for RCH back in 1983. He now works in administration at La Salle University and is married to his high school sweetheart Kim Mullin. They have three children.

Eddie Harper lives in Niskayuna, N.Y. Ed was a three-sport all star for RFA back in 1999 and MVP in Smith Post’s state championship game in 1998. Did you know he was a four-year starter for Le Moyne where he played center field? He is married with two little girls. 

Lori Keys lives in Roanoke, Va. She is a 1991 RFA graduate who scored over 1,300 points for Coach Tom Hoke. She played Division I hoops at Marist College where she became the all-time leading scorer. She was the best female basketball player I have ever seen from Rome. She won’t like me saying this, but the last game we played one-on-one, I beat her and remind her every time we have a visit.

Dennis Skibitski now lives in Atlanta, Ga. He helps with the grandchildren and even coaches softball in his spare time. He played football at RFA back in 1968 and in his career he never lost a game. Modified, freshman, junior varsity and varsity, he was undefeated as a football star for the Black Knights.

Last night I finished writing my column and just before I was ready to press the send button, it disappeared. So with company to entertain, new twin babies from my son Joey, and so busy being retired I am typing this one in haste. That’s why this column is a bit shorter than usual. I will make it up to you next week.