Cove­leskie plays with pros

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Hav­ing played in sev­eral golf pro-am events when the Tour played here a decade ago, I can tell you that it’s an event that will get your heart rac­ing a lit­tle faster when it comes time to head to the first tee, play­ing along­side some­one who some­day might be a PGA or, per­haps, ma­jor cham­pi­onship win­ner.

So imag­ine the but­ter­flies Dick­son City na­tive Stan Cove­leskie felt when he got ready to play in this week’s pro-am at Lake For­est, Illinois, site of the penul­ti­mate stop of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup play­offs.

Some pretty big names in that field, right? And Cove­leskie got to play with one of the big­gest names in golf — de­fend­ing champion Rory McIl­roy, who owns four ma­jor ti­tles.

The best part? Cove­leskie didn’t have to pay to play in the BMW Cham­pi­onship event. His name was pulled as the win­ner of a Golf Now con­test from 96,000 en­tries. He’ll have some pretty good mem­o­ries af­ter the event, too. TaylorMade sent him a full set of clubs, to boot.

Run­ning to­gether

A cou­ple of for­mer All-Re­gion track stars are now just a cou­ple. Of­fi­cially.

Western Wayne head track and field coach Justin Collins mar­ried for­mer Lake­land track stand­out Trina Car­ito Collins on Sept. 9, a cer­e­mony that also in­cluded Lake­land as­sis­tant foot­ball coach David Pi­wowar­czyk and Western Wayne as­sis­tant foot­ball coach Shane Gro­dack as grooms­men.

By the way, Trina is an as­sis­tant coach on Justin’s staff. I’ll pause so you can cre­ate your own witty re­mark about how many years of mar­riage down the road will change who’s in charge — at least at home.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to both.

Wayne Hall re­minder

A gen­tle nudge that the Wayne Area Sports Hall of Fame in­duc­tion ban­quet will be at the Coun­try Club at Wood­loch Springs on Oct. 14. Cash bar is from 5-6 p.m., fol­lowed by din­ner and the in­duc­tion of new mem­bers.

Reser­va­tions must be made by Sept. 30. Con­tact Dot­tie Rickard, 570-352-4936, rickard@so­can­; or Cathy How­ell, 570-253-3777, Tick­ets are $40 for adults, $25 for stu­dents ages 13-18 and $20 for chil­dren un­der 13.

One of the past in­ductees, Denise Lor­ing from the Class of 2015, has been pretty busy since re­tir­ing from the United States Army with the rank of colonel.

The 1981 Hones­dale High School grad is now a mem­ber of the Pres­i­dents Hun­dred af­ter her per­for­mance in the 2017 Civil­ian Marks­man­ship Pro­gram Na­tional Ser­vice Ri­fle Cham­pi­onships at Camp Perry, Ohio. The badge goes back to 1903 when the top 100 shoot­ers are en­ti­tled to be called the “Pres­i­dents Hun­dred.” Lor­ing fin­ished 22nd out of 1,108 com­peti­tors fir­ing the match.

She also is try­ing out for the U.S. Shoot­ing Team for 300-me­ter ri­fle and a chance to be se­lected to com­pete at the World Shoot­ing Cham­pi­onships in South Korea in 2018.

Our sym­pa­thies

Con­do­lences this week go­ing out to Abing­ton Heights golf coach Frank Summa Jr. and all of his fam­ily. Frank’s fa­ther died last Satur­day. Here’s hop­ing that his 92 years of life bring com­fort­ing mem­o­ries in the days ahead.

Also, con­do­lences to Wal­len­pau­pack foot­ball coach Mark Wat­son and his fam­ily. The Wat­sons headed out to Pitts­burgh af­ter Fri­day’s win over Hones­dale for the funeral of Mark’s wife’s grand­mother.

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