Thursday, February 14, 2008

So close

South Fayette athletic director Joe Farkas is one of the good guys, just ask any other area athletic director, the kids at South Fayette or the multitude of media members who have covered events at the impressive on-campus facilities.

Farkas is also an expert at making good hires.

Football coach Joe Rossi, in his first year, led the Lions to the WPIAL Class AA playoffs. Soccer coach Rob Eldridge, in his first year at SF after a successful run at Peters Township, also got the Lions to the playoffs.

Over six years ago, he tabbed then-assistant Rich Bonnaure as his replacement for the boys basketball team. South Fayette is in the Class AA quarterfinals and poised to be a power for years to come.

The same could be said for the girls basketball team. South Fayette, under the direction of second-year coach Jim Dudas, nearly beat OLSH, the No. 1 seed in the Class AA bracket, Wednesday night.

The Lions took the Chargers to overtime before losing, 37-33. OLSH played without leading scorer Devin McGrath but the way South Fayette executed Dudas' game plan, it figures to have been close regardless.

With only one senior, who did not play against OLSH, South Fayette could climb toward the top of Class AA.

"It's a tremendous group of kids. They spell team the right way," Dudas said. "They are willing to take the sacrifices it takes. This (loss) will hurt for quite a while. The fact is we did not accomplish our goals for this year. I expect them to come back a hungrier team."

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