Brookline Knights Football Association
The 1997 Midgets
Back-to-Back Champions!

The 1997 Brookline Knights Midget football team successfully defended their W.P.Y.F.L. championship by crushing Fort Cherry, 42-14, at South Fayette Stadium on November 15. The Knights avenged an early season 34-0 loss to South Fayette and finished the 1997 season with a 10-1-1 record. A tie to Sto-Rox was the only other blemish on an otherwise impressive slate.

The back-to-back titles are a first for the Knights program and further proof that the short four-year tenure of coaches Brian and Joe Nicholas has already entered its dynasty phase. Nicholas led teams have now made four successive championship game appearances.

The Knights fielded yet another offensive juggernaut led by quarterback Shawn Quinn, fullback Bruno DeSimone and halfback JoJo Lamonde. Tight end Steve Barone, the team leader in touchdowns, rounded out the attack and dazzled the crowds with his blistering speed.

The defense was led by lineman Billy Sharkey, Barone at defensive end, Quinn at strong safety, and linebackers DeSimone and Lamonde. With another strong group of kids returning next year, including the multi-talented Lamonde, it looks as though the Nicholas Dynasty may last well into the next century. It's a marvelous time to be a Brookline Knights fan!

1997 Midgets

The Brookline Knights Midgets
1997 WPYFL Champions

Coaches - Joe Nicholas, Frank Makstutis, Ray Perry
Equipment Manager - "Pops" Lamonde

03 - Steve Barone
75 - Steven Berry
82 - Michael Bonner
68 - Christopher Booth
10 - Stan Bryant
73 - Kabir Buhari
67 - Nathan Crapis
57 - Bruno DeSimone
13 - Anthony Doria
74 - Jack Elk
27 - Ryan Fameli
12 - Steve Fedunok

58 - Ryan Giegucz
55 - Jonathan Gromeck
65 - Justin Heinrich
35 - Jesse Ingold
88 - Tom Koerbel
59 - Chris Kopy
89 - Thomas Kovacs
11 - Adam Kress
25 - Jimmy Lamonde
28 - Joey Lamonde
09 - Tyler Makstutis

66 - Anthony Mihelcic
70 - Nick Mihelcic
26 - Brandon Mohney
30 - Jason Nee
81 - Joshua Payne
71 - Jeremy Ptaszkiewicz
01 - Shawn Quinn
69 - Dan Ruscitto
44 - Brad Russell
56 - Billy Sharkey
72 - Steven Sywyj
80 - Patrick Walters

Photo of 1997 Midgets

FUMBLE!

Brookline's Steve Barone and Bruno DeSimone (left) force a fumble while sacking Hanover QB Jeff Shock (14) Saturday in the Allegheny County Veteran's Bowl at Plum High School. Brookline won 35-14.

Reprinted from Tribune-Review,
8/27/97

Photo of 1997 Midgets

1997 Turkey Bowlers

After the season, three Brookline stars were selected to go to Daytona Beach, Florida with the Springview Trojans over the Thanksgiving holiday for the annual Turkey Bowl. Steve Barone (34), Bruno DeSimone (90) and Billy Sharkey (56) were the chosen few, and their fine performance was a credit to the Knight's organization.

GO KNIGHTS!

The Cheerleaders

1997 Cheerleaders - Midgets

* Photos courtesy of Pat DeSimone and Nicole Nicholas *

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