Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gcc's Karabin Heading for the Wild Blue Yonder

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gcc's Karabin Heading for the Wild Blue Yonder

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Three games into his freshman season, Alex Karabin's high school football career began to take flight at Greensburg Central Catholic.

Now, more than three years later, it seems the Centurions' senior two-way lineman seems poised for the journey of his lifetime.

Karabin has accepted an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy.

After programs such as West Virginia and Indiana showed interest early on, the opportunities dried up.

But Karabin drew the interest of all three academies, along with schools such as Colgate.

"I'd like to say I was thinking about Air Force when the season began," Karabin said. "But at that time, I didn't see myself going to any of the academies. Then I didn't hear much from the other schools and I began to realize what a really good opportunity attending one of the academies would be."

What the Falcons are getting in addition to an outstanding two- way lineman is an intense and focused weightlifter.

At 6-foot, 1-inch and 297 pounds, Karabin packs a big punch, according to veteran Greensburg Central Catholic coach Muzzy Colosimo.

"His strength is unbelievable," Colosimo said. "He has good feet. He's just a physical kid. He's as good a lineman that I've seen and as good as anyone we played against."

Karabin, who resides in Ruffs Dale in the Yough School District, squats 750 pounds. He is a constant in the Centurions' weight room and is an inspiration.

"Alex's work ethic is unbelievable," Colosimo said. "He did everything we asked of him and he is still doing that today.

"He set a standard in the weight room. Other kids have taken notice of it. We will probably return the strongest football team we ever have had next season and a lot of the credit goes to Alex. He's in there helping to motivate our kids and imploring them to have a better team than we've had."

Greensburg Central Catholic advanced to the WPIAL Class AA semifinals after capturing the Interstate Conference. While the Centurions lost to Seton-LaSalle in the postseason, falling short of the title game, it's been a strong run the past few years and Karabin has been a big reason for it. …

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