Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penn-Ohio Game Good Time for West Allegheny Players

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Penn-Ohio Game Good Time for West Allegheny Players

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All-star games in professional sports have been taking criticism for the non-competitive nature of the games, but don't tell that to Dylan Bongiorni.

A recent West Allegheny High School graduate, Bongiorni was selected to compete in the Penn-Ohio Classic. A quarterback, Bongiorni was named the Pennsylvania team's most valuable player after he led the team in rushing with 55 yards and passed for its only touchdown.

Bongiorni was more concerned with the fact Pennsylvania lost, 19- 7, in a lightning-delayed game this past Friday in New Middletown, Ohio.

"It was special to win that [award], but it would have been better if we got away with a win," he said. "The goal wasn't to go out and win MVP; it was to go out and win a game. We fell short in winning the game."

Bongiorni joined defensive back Mike O'Donnell and fullback Mike Frankowski as West Allegheny representatives at the game. Each of the three will play football in college, West Allegheny coach Bob Palko said -- Bongiorni at NCAA Division II Mercyhurst, O'Donnell at Case Western and Frankowski at Westminster, both Division III programs.

"I was proud of all of the kids," Palko said. "They represented their teams and community well, but all-star games are different sometimes. Who knows when your number is going to get called? We're very proud all three of them played.

"Someone gets recognized like that for MVP, but that's not the reason he played, and he will be the first to tell you I don't think the goal is to be the game's MVP. But it's nice he got selected. It's a good thing, a nice little way to end his high school career. And the same with Mike and Mike. It was good."

Bongiorni reports to Mercyhurst's Erie campus Aug. 7. After hearing his reaction to winning the MVP of the Penn-Ohio Classic, it should come as no surprise what Bongiorni says his goals are with the Lakers. …

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