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Reaching paydirt

July 7, 2009 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
Irish Youth Sports is ready to complete a long and impressive scoring drive. The group formed earlier this decade has championed the cause of an athletic complex in South Bellaire. In about a month the IYS group will reach the end zone. That is when grid practices will be held, varsity scrimmages hosted and junior high games kick off on the site nestled between Ohio 7 and the Ohio River. The scoring march was painstaking, albeit a labor of love for a passionate group of Catholic school supporters. I commend them for embarking and completing a project many nay-sayers blew off as nothing more than a pipe dream. Now the St. John Central varsity and the Junior Irish football teams will have a first-class facility to call home, not just for practice, but to finally host actual games. The complex will eventually feature a running track and field house. A sparkling new scoreboard already adorns the north end of the facility. The site is also a shot-in-the-arm for the village of Bellaire, providing a scenic facelift to an area which has been suffering since the loss of the Riviera Bowling Alley, decades ago. While the SJC football program has encountered tough times as of late, I see the new complex as a catalyst for greener grid pastures at a school rich in football tradition.


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