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New Castle boys basketball coach Mark Stanley resigned this week, leaving the Red Hurricanes to search for their second coach in four seasons. But there might not be much of a search. The leading candidate could be Ralph Blundo, an assistant principal in the district.

Blundo, a New Castle graduate and former assistant, had a one-year stint as head coach at George Junior Republic in 1999. Afterward, he spent seven seasons at New Castle as an assistant to John Sarandrea, ending in 2006.

Stanley was 31-37 in three seasons at New Castle.

The Red Hurricanes won four WPIAL titles during the 1990s under Sarandrea (1993, 1997, 1998, 1999). Should the school board decide to advertise the job and accept applications, this position could draw interest.

– Chris Harlan (


We will keep an eye on Beth-Center’s baseball team this season — and for as long as coach Frank Pryor is in charge.

He, actually, put some thought into the questionnaire the Tribune-Review asked all high school baseball and softball coaches to fill out and return. Asked to appraise his team’s expectations, Pryor wrote: “Learn how to be young men growing up in a wild society.” In parenthesis, he wrote “Good Decisions.”

Amen, brother!

With 188 victories in 23 seasons, we are rooting for Pryor to reach 200, but even if he falls short, we like how he arranges his priorities.

– Jerry DiPaola (

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