Monday, December 24, 2007

More on Mistretta and a Blast from the Past

The campus of Don Bosco Preparatory School

The Westchester/Rockland County newspaper, the Journal-News, has a nice write-up today on incoming freshman Nick Mistretta. It turns out he's from Nanuet, across the border from New Jersey's Don Bosco high school where he was a captain and a star on two state championship teams.

Nick has some nice quotes in the article and NOW I finally have a good idea about who from Nanuet was visiting this site so often over the past year. If so, I hope this blog had a positive effect on Mistretta's decision to come to Columbia.

You Can Go Home Again

I get a lot of those Google Alert emails when "Columbia" and "football" are mentioned on the Web. And while I got one for this story about former Columbia captain Vince Pelini, it was nicer to get a reminder about it from the Big Green Alert man himself, Bruce Wood.

Anyway, the story about Pelini is actually about his son, who is a top recruit at a number of big football programs across the country. Dad was a 1st team All-Ivy linebacker in 1981, the same year he was a co-captain of the Lion squad. Pellini's three year varsity record was a rough 3-26, but that was probably nothing compared to the adversity he saw growing up in Youngstown, Ohio.

Now his son is a senior at Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown.


At Mon Dec 24, 10:00:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Contrary to the World-Herald article, this old Columbia alum seems to remember that Vince Pelini played defensive end at Columbia rather than defensive back. Interesting story about Youngstown, Ohio and the Pelini Family. During the nineteen sixties thru the nineteen eighties a number of outstanding football players came to Columbia from Youngstown, including a couple of team captains like Vince. Are we recruiting Vince's son?

At Mon Dec 24, 10:07:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

It looks like Pelini was actually a linebacker, so we're both wrong. I will fix that above. I don't know if we're recruting his son, but it would be great to have him.

At Tue Dec 25, 02:51:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interestly, Cardinal Mooney has only lost twice in the last two years. Both losses were in the Ohio state championships to Coldwater High School.

Coldwater High School is located in northwestern Ohio in farming area where the current Columbia coaching staff rarely recruits.

At Wed Dec 26, 11:52:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Jersey AP All-State just came out. Tim Waller first team LB, Mistretta third team at OL (no mention of him at LB).

At Wed Dec 26, 10:40:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First team all state is a tremendous sign of recognition.


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