Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mccloskey Father, Son Guiding Mt. Lebanon

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mccloskey Father, Son Guiding Mt. Lebanon

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Mt. Lebanon baseball coach Patt McCloskey says he gets some motivation from one of his assistant coaches. That assistant answers to "Dad."

Ed McCloskey, 77, is in his 10th season as his son's assistant. The father-son act has been a big hit this year.

With son leading the way and dad following, Mt. Lebanon (15-1) looks like it might be the No. 1 seed for the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs that begin next week.

Patt McCloskey is in his 11th season as coach. He played for his father in 1993 when Mt. Lebanon won a WPIAL title and Patt drove in the winning run in the championship. In 14 years as Mt. Lebanon's coach, Ed McCloskey won a WPIAL title, a PIAA championship and 10 section titles. According to Patt McCloskey, dad is still going strong in his late 70s.

"He's a great role model for me, because at age 77, he still makes an unbelievable connection with the kids and approaches his job every single day with such a high energy level," Patt, 39, said.

"If he can do that at 77, there is no reason I can't do that at a younger age. It's a real motivating factor for me."

Sanders looks elsewhere

Is Woodland Hills star running back Miles Sanders still verbally committed to Penn State? Well, that depends on your definition of "decommit."

Sanders, ranked one of the top 100 players in the country for the Class of 2016, made a verbal commitment to Penn State before the 2014 season. But he apparently has had second thoughts lately. Pitt is making a hard push for Sanders and he has a number of other scholarship offers.

Woodland Hills coach George Novak met with Sanders Tuesday and Novak said "he didn't ?decommit.'?"

"He just wants to make some visits to make sure he made the right decision. I guess Penn State took that as a decommitment," Novak said.

Sanders has been to Pitt a few times, but also has scholarship offers from Ohio State, Alabama and LSU, among others. …

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