Photos from the Semi-Final Playoff Game
* October 31, 1998 *
Darnell Payne cuts back for a gain
following a fine block by Ross Ventrone. Darnell and Ross were
both key contributors to offensive coach Don Helman's solid ground
Veterans of the Mitey-Mite squad,
Darnell Payne, C.K. Mayo, Jason McNaught, Geoffrey Giegucz,
Josh Niswonger and Casey Quinn head to midfield to shake hands
with their victims,
Steel Valley, after Brookline's 16-6 first round playoff win.
E.J. Taylor, Cody Hoffman, Josh
Niswonger, C.K. Mayo and Michael Haggerty.
Running back C.K. Mayo bulls his way
into the endzone
for one of Brookline's two touchdowns.
The Brookline Mitey-Mites (8-3)
kept their championship hopes alive with a 16-6 Semi-Final win over the
Ironmen of Steel Valley (7-4). The evenly matched teams went head-to-head
in the first half with Brookline emerging with a slim 8-6 lead. The
second half was also a tight contest. Ross Ventrone broke the ice by
running for a touchdown to make the score 14-6. A successful two-point
conversion put the Knights in command. They never looked back. Coach Ray
Ventrone and his staff have done a marvelous job with their young Knights,
fighting off a mid-season slump and coming on strong at just the right
time. These Knights are pumped up and ready to extract revenge from their
final opponent, Mount Oliver (8-2-1), who beat the Mitey-Mites in an
early season contest. Mount Oliver beat Swissvale (6-3-2) to earn their
shot at the title.
Photos from the Championship Game
* November 7, 1998 *
Darnell Payne (left) hits the dirt while
Ross Ventrone (right) scores Brookline's third touchdown.
The Moment of Triumph ... That's all folks
... Game Over ... Brookline is #1.
The Mitey-Mite team gather around Head
Coach Ray Ventrone. This year was the culmination of Ray's
years of hard work for the Knights organization. Coaches Don Helman, Earl Taylor,
and Pat Quinn,
along with Coach Ray, have a fine group of players who should do well
the next few years.
Coaches Don Helman and Ray Ventrone (left)
celebrate; Ross Ventrone sheds tears of joy.
The Brookline Mitey-Mites (9-3) fought
off a late game challenge by Mount Oliver (8-3-1) to win the 1998 WPMFL
championship game. The Knights defense strangled the opposition while the
offense built up a 12-0 lead. Mount Oliver came back late in the game with
a touchdown and successful two-point conversion to close the gap to 12-8.
The ensuing onside kick was recovered by Brookline. Moments later, Ross
Ventrone broke loose and raced down the sidelines for a touchdown, making
it 18-8. Matt Berberich put the icing on the cake with an endzone grab for
the conversion. Final score: Brookline 20, Mount Oliver 8.
Nicole Nicholas, Dara Varady, Gabriella Vachino,
Dana Masullo, Ashley Haggerty, Krystle Collavo, Amanda Sero, Jessica Gozur, Jamie Nicholas,
Lindsay Nelson, Kimberly Drischler, Laura Smith, Kristy Tondolo, Shauna
McDaniels, Megan Mandarino and Lindsey DeCarlo.
The 1998 Brookline
Knights Mitey-Mite team featured
future NFL player Ross
* Photos courtesy
of Barbara Giegucz and Joy Sero *