Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Canevin Is Relying on 'Big Carcass'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Canevin Is Relying on 'Big Carcass'

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Bishop Canevin hockey coach Kevin Zielmanski often referred to Brennen Adams as "Big Dog."

But after Adams told Zielmanski about his success at the county fair this past summer, Zielmanski came up with a new nickname for the senior defenseman.

"Our captain, Brennen Adams, works extensively on a farm," Zielmanski said. "He raises animals, including pigs, and he was explaining to me how he goes and shows off these pigs at competitions and how he won the Carcass Award this summer.

"He asked me if I understood what he was saying, and I said, 'No, Brennen, I don't, but I'm going to call you the Big Carcass from now on.'"

Adams, who is from Bethel Park, has been going to his grandfather's farm near Perryopolis since he was young. The farm doesn't have any crops, but raises pigs, steers, sheep, horses and goats, among others.

Through 4-H, a youth organization administered by the National Institute of Ford and Agriculture of the United States Department of Agriculture, Adams has competed in farm shows.

He also has competed in county fairs, such as the one this past summer where he won the Grand Carcass champion for a pig he showed.

The award not only led to his nickname, but also to the name given to Crusaders' player of the game this season, an informal team award.

Adams said that each season he has been on the team, Bishop Canevin had some sort of award for player of the game -- a hard hat his freshman year, a lunch box his sophomore year and last year a black cowboy hat with a string hanging down.

They kept the cowboy hat this year, but now it is called "The Big Carcass" award and the hat has a big "BC" and the "Big Carcass" written in small print across the front center.

The winner of the hat must wear it out of the locker room following the game and then return it prior to the next game. …

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