A proud father


I try not to write much about my four boys in this column but last week my youngest son Kevin made me a very happy man. He got engaged.  He is going to marry a beautiful girl from Pittsburgh named Felicia. They are planning a May wedding of next year in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Kevin is a Rome Catholic graduate (1999) who played three sports for the Redwings. He was a quarterback for Coach Dennis Skibitski, a shooting guard for Coach Jim Kenny and a pitcher/shortstop for Coach Jerry Fiorini. He also played for Tony Abone on Smith Post’s 1998 state championship team.

He went on to college to play baseball at St. Bonaventure where he started at first base his junior and senior year. He hit .363 his junior year and made the first team all Atlantic 10 Tournament team.

The best part of a wedding in our family next spring is that perhaps I might get some more grandchildren. I have five so far with three girls and two boys. Our family loves Felicia and it is an honor to have her join our family.

The Rome Lions Club will host Carl Banks in their 16th annual Legends of the Game fundraiser on May 21 at the Rome Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the box office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Rome broadcast legend Eddie O’Brien will serve as the toastmaster for the evening. 

Carl Manganaro is a 1984 graduate of RFA and was an outstanding baseball player for Coach Joe Swarek.  Did you know he is currently coaching the Notre Dame high school baseball team? Last week when the Jugglers were playing Oneida he heard that one of their players Ty D’Arcangelis has been battling Stage 4 Hodgkin Lymphoma. He ordered a personalized bat from Cooperstown Bat Company and his team presented to Ty before the game. What a great moment for high school sports.

The RFA baseball coach Evan Howard has his team 5-2 in the tough Tri-Valley League. Last week they beat Notre Dame in a 4-2 victory. Ben Minicozzi is the starting catcher for the Black Knights and having a great year. Rome Sport sNickname: Mini.

Pick of the Week: Boston Bruins to beat my Carolina Hurricanes to go to the Stanley Cup Finals. Red Sox and Patriots are current champs and now the Bruins have a great chance for the city of Boston. Unbelievable!

Geek of the Week: LeBron James for being upset with Magic Johnson because he left the Lakers? “What goes around, comes around.” LeBron did the same thing to Pat Riley and the Heat and to Dan Gilbert of the Cavaliers. Go figure!

I read about the tough shape our facilities are at RFA Stadium. When we needed repairs back in the day at RCH we organized an old fashion fundraiser. With all the successful alumni from RFA why don’t we organize a fundraiser to raise the money ourselves. Just a thought?


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