Amherst News-Times, 2000-11-08
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Barbershop singer reflects - Page 3 |Mailman douses house fire - Pa Amherst News-Time i O o x X r X -t H - n O 3 • < X H 'J -l -, -j » _ ^3 r^j I> ■Si Wodnesday, November 8. 2000 Amherst. Ohio I 4 i Comet season ends with heartbreaking lo by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Times reporter As hard as this may be to believe, there were three Comet football teams that showed up for the regional playoff game against Brecksville last Friday. The tint team was the Comet team we have seen all season. They made big plays on offense and special teams while playing staunch defense. Then, sometime late in the second quarter the Amherst team that won a share of the Southwestern Conference title left the area and was replaced by a phantom team that could neither move the ball on offense, or stop the Bees with their defense. However, a new team would arrive late in the fourth quarter. This is a team that we have not seen this year. This team showed resiliency when things seemed bleak. When faced with a fourth and 17 from their own 25 with less than two minutes left to play, this team said "No problem." They would march the ball the length of the field to set up a winning field goal attempt from the 20 yard line. But before you could say Buffalo Bills, the kick would sail wide right and Amherst would fall to the visiting Brecksville Bees 20-19 in the first round of the state playoffs. It was their second first round loss in as many years. The game started off just like the previous 10 for AmhersL On their first play from scrimmage senior Adam Kuncel broke off right tackle and galloped 70 yards for the touch down. A high snap would cause the point after attempt to fail, but the Comets were in possession of an early 6-0 lead. The crowd at Amherst Memorial Stadium barley had time to sit down after Kuncel's fantastic play when on BrecksviUe's second play from scrimmage Kyle Klekota stripped Bees tunning back Jeff Schroeder of the football. Bobby Madison gobbled up the ball and sprinted 26 yards to pay dirt and it seemed as though Amhent would cruise to a victory. The two pint conversion would fail and the Comets would settle for a 12-0 lead. Things 'would only get better for AMherst when Klekota would rip off a 54 yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. Klekota would also add the.extra point to put Amherst up 19-0. That is when the Comets were replaced by the mysterious phantom team. After being shutout in the first quarter, Brecksville would take possession on their own 20 yard line and march 80 yards in 7 plays to cut the Comet lead to 19-7 on a 2 yard Schroeder run. That drive would give Amhent a taste of what the Bees had in store for them in the second half. Brecksville would score the only points in the third quarter on another long drive. This one, an 8 play 60 yard assault, wold culminate with Matt Zajac scoring from 23 yard; ouL The drive was kept alive when Amherst was called for roughing the punter on the Bees 35 yard line. That set Brecksville up with a new set of downs at midfield. The ensu ing touchdown would slice into the Amherst lead again. Going into the fourth frame Amhent was clinging to a 19-14 lead. The Bees would find the endzone one more time when Mitch Murphy would inhale a 13 yard pass from Zajac. The two point conversion would fail, putting the Bees up 20-19. Enter the new Comet team. They are new only because they had never been needed until now. Led by quarterback Dominic Pellittieri, they resembled Brian Sine and the Cardiac Kids rather than Jim Kelley and the Buffalo Bills. The drive actually started on fourth down. On fourth and 17 from their own 25 yard line Sine, I mean Pellittieri, hit Madison for 28 yards and a first down. After passes to Klekota and Mike Bigrigg, the Comets would find themselves first and ten from the Brecksville 18. Several pass attempts were nearly picked off, adding to the suspense. Left with a fourth and 10 from the 18, Amherst head coach Jeff Reisen made the only decision he could. He called for the field goal. However, just like Marv Levy, Reisen has no regrets. "He (Klekota) plays both ways, so maybe he was a little tired," stated Reisen. "But he has made them from that distance before." While Amherst was crushed by the loss, they have much to be proud of. A 9-1 record, an SWC tide, and a trip to the playoffs. It was an excellent season. Comet defensemen Brian Cesear and Jim Do- Brunz stand up Brecksville running back Jeff Schoeder at the line during Amherst's 20-19 at Memorial Stadium. Bulgarian exchange student enjoying life in Amherst by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Times reporter While most 17-year-old girls are more than a little nervous when they go away to school, Victoria Zagor- ova is calm, cool, and collected. And she hasn't just gone away to boarding school; she's gone around the globe. Zagorova, a senior at Marion L. Steele High School, is a native of Bulgaria. Zagorova is taking part in the international exchange student program, which sends students from all over the world to different i to study. The idea is that while these students complete their education, they will get the rare chance to see how people from other cultures and countries live. Zagorova is learning quickly just how different we Americans are. "The cultures are completely different," stated Zagorova. "The way people spend their time here, entertainment, school is different too." According to Zagorova, Bulgarian schools do not offer a lunch break. "There are no cafeterias in the schools," she said. The students do receive a 20 minute break in the Mayor honored Amherst Mayor John Higgins was honored at the Breakfast of Champions at Spring Valley Country Club in Elyria last week. The breakfast is held every year to recognize those who work on the behalf of the senior population. There are three awards given out every year in three different categories, Busksess/Professional, Qov- ernment, and Individual. Mayor Higgins was the governmental recipient. 1 am honored by this award,- stated Higgins. "But there Is much more we need to do for the ekJerty." Higgins follows Sherrod Brown and the Urain C«*jnty Cornrrvs- stonert as elected officials who have won this award. middle of the day, however, there is no food served. When asked whether she was homesick, Zagorova replied yes, but not as much as you would think. She has spent the last two yean in the Bulgarian capital of Sophie studying art. She lived in tbe big city in an apartment by herself. Her father would visit often, as he would Sve business to attend to in the y. Other than that Zagorova would have to wait for holidays to make the two-hour drive back to her hometown of Shomen. Still, Zagorova finds the time to e-mail her parents everyday and tries to call when she can. "I send e-mails everyday, I like to call them, but when I do we talk for about half an hour," she said. "That can get expensive." "I am very luck to have such nice host parents," Zagorova stated. "They are wonderful.' It was through her host parents, Anthony and Laura Moreno, that Zagorova was able to get lo know several of the other exchange students before school started. "My host mother is a counselor for the exchange program," stated Zagorova. "I was able to meet the students from Germany and Brazil" Her host parents have also taken her to Cedar PoinL "We don't have places like that in Bulgaria," she said. "It was greaL Millennium Force was my favorite" Since those early days in the United Stales Zagorova feels comfortable. She has many new friends, is on the swim team, and paints. "I was in gymnastics and swimming in Bulgaria," stated Zagorova. "I really enjoy swimming." When asked what her favorite event was she replied she didn't have a favorite. "I like all tbe styles." She is equally eclectic when it comes to painting and art. "I like graphics, oil, watercolon, and Mack and white." Zagorova stated. She has studied ut in Bulgaria and would like to continue to study here in the United States. "I would bite to go to college here and study art," she stated. "Maybe go to Oberlin." While die still has some time to make that decision, Zagorova has bar eyes set on a date in the more near future. Her parents Dobrinka and Evelin will be arriving in the United States in November for a two-month stay. She will alio be reunited with her cider sister who is living in upstate New York. That will also give her the chance to see some of her Bulgarian friends who are now living in Connecticut. "It will be like a big family reunion," stated an obviously excited Zagorova. Zagorova said that she is very interested in the upcoming election. Her government class is discussing it and she is intrigued. She said that she does not favor one candidate over the other, but rather, is interested in the election as a whole. Zagorova graduates in the spring, but where she goes from there is a little in the dark. "I think I want to study here (Tbe United States) in college. I can apply for a four-year student visa." She also thinks that she might want to apply for citizenship. "I have to see more of what it is like to live here first," she said. Until then Zagorova is content lo swim, paint, and hang out with her friends. Her popularity was evident during the interview as several students stopped by to say hello. With everyone being so nice, and so many options available to her, who could blame her for wanting to stay? Victoria Zagarova St. Joe peer mediation program seeks to prevent violent conflicts Violence in schools is a story that parents hate to read. It was only several weeks ago that parents cringed when a local elementary school principal was the recipient of death threats. The sad truth is that violence in schools is a reality. Some people would rather look away from these terrible scenes. They hope that this trend will simply go away with time. Unfortunately this is a very dangerous tactic. One local school bas decided to look this monster in the eye and fight back. SL Joseph School in Amherst participated in a program to curt) school violence by managing anger. They are not doing this via councilors, or specialists They are getting results from the place of all. the stadents. Sl Joes brought in anger ment specialist Sister Mary Nod from the Cleveland Diocese to con- duct a two day program on peer tee- diation. The program is designed to show students that there are better ways of resolving s problem than with violence. The students participate in several activities, such as role playing and brain storming, which illustrate just bow a dispute can be peacefully resolved. In one such activity the students are given a cartoon atrip. The first part of the strip portrays a con- flicL Tbe students warn coeiptete the cartoon so that rite dispute is settled peacefully. The class then discusses each cartoon and its The students also participate in a role playing exorcise. Hare the Mu- rfrffjff fftt fmsftmmaSsfA mrjk% a fiCtitiOUS argumeoL They then play out a mediation session where tee problem can be solved. Sr. Nod has been doing this type of work for the pate IS years. SHe feds teat rids type of a a long lasting effect on the participants. "This is something that can CONTINUED on page 2 Downtown forum set The City of Amhent and the Asa- '. bent Downtown Burineei Aaaocia- 1 tion Design Committee will host the first in a aeries of public forums on Wednesday. November IS d 7 pjn. at the old post office, 233 Pari: Ave. The topic of the forum will be "Quality Downtown Design." This, aad future sdons to be held shseegk the spring of 2001. writ be rioaela association whh the Urban Dedpa Center of Northeast Ohio. Tie pubhc is invited to
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