Freeport still searching for football coach
Freeport has plans to hire a football coach, but the process is taking longer than expected.
It’s been almost three months since Bill Dillen resigned. His resignation was accepted Feb. 13.
Athletic director Bill Reilly said a new coach may not be named until the board’s next voting meeting April 9.
There’s a public meeting April 2, but no voting will take place that night.
“We have no official date in mind yet,” Reilly said. “The board is still deliberating.”
Reilly wouldn’t confirm rumors that former NFL Pro Bowler and Freeport graduate Jeff Christy has applied for the position.
Reilly said he can’t comment on personnel matters. But he did say Freeport has 30 applicants, and the preliminary work in the hiring process was completed.
Dillen, who went 20-16 in four seasons as head coach, will continue to coach track and field.
A-R coach search
Apollo-Ridge is the only other local school with an opening for head football coach. Apollo-Ridge actually has taken longer than Freeport to name a replacement for Jerry Moore. That resignation was accepted Nov. 27.
Apollo’s board will meet Tuesday.
Apollo-Ridge also will be looking for an athletic director soon. Larry Lizik turned in his resignation, and it will take effect after the school year. Lizik was AD for less than two years.
Benson to follow Becker
Valley senior basketball player Kaila Benson has decided to attend Division II Millersville.
She will room with her friend and former rival, Burrell’s Nikki Becker, who also was recruited by Millersville. The girls have played on the same AAU team.
Benson, a 5-foot-5 guard, finished her career with 1,278 points. She averaged 22 points per game.
She also considered Pitt-Johnstown and Charleston (W.Va.).
Champ with local ties
P.J. Barch was born in New Kensington but moved with his family to Delaware soon after.
Who knows what he would have done as a wrestler at Valley, or another local school, but he has had a stellar prep career at Sussex Central High School in Georgetown, Del.
Barch, the son of former Highlands wrestling coach Neal Barch, recently won a Delaware state championship at 140 pounds. He also helped lead Sussex to its first state team championship.
New Deer Lakes coach
Deer Lakes’ new baseball coach is Justin Zona. He places Bill Stoops, who resigned.
Zona, 30, also coached at Lakeland High School in Soffolk, Va. He’s a middle school teacher at Deer Lakes.
Zona is from Ellwood City and played his high school baseball at Ellwood City High School.