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RAY SWANSON | Keystoner Onderko hired as conference's new S.I.D.



Published: Sun, September 16, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



The President's Athletic Conference has a new information director.

Joe Onderko, sports information director at Westminster College, was hired for the position and assumed his new duties immediately.

Onderko replaced Joe Klimchak, sports information director at Grove City College, who held the PAC post since 1991. Onderko will continue as Westminster SID.

Onderko is responsible for all publicity and promotion efforts for the six-school conference, which includes Bethany, Waynesburg and Westminster. His duties include press releases, conference statistics and league web site management.

Onderko has served as SID at Westminster since January 1995.

During his tenure, he has also served concurrently as information director for the NAIA's Keystone-Empire Collegiate Conference from 1995-1997.

Before joining Westminster, he was assistant sports information director at Virginia Commonwealth from 1992-95 and was a public relations intern with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1992.

Onderko, a native of Jamestown, Pa., is a 1992 graduate of Robert Morris College with in communications management. He also earned a master's degree in education from Westminster.

He and his wife, Pam, have a daughter, Erin, born earlier this year. They reside in New Wilmington.

We wish Onderko the best of luck in his new position and send along thank-you's to Klimchak for his many past favors. Both men are credits to their professions.

Time to reflect: Maybe it's the age factor, but a number of incidents lately in the world of sports have been very demoralizing.

Not that things of this nature haven't been on-going through the years, but now, however, they seem to be more unsettling.

First, it was the story of Little League pitcher, Danny Almonte, who led the New York entry into the semifinal game of the World Series in Williamsport.

He had more birth certificates than Barry Bonds has home runs. It took an expert, traveling to the Dominican Republic to come up with the realization that Danny was 14 instead of the age-limit of 12.

Who is responsible? Certainly not Danny.

And on the eve of scholastic football across the Keystone State, a number of high school teams were on line for staging too many scrimmages or holding them before Aug. 18, both violations of the PIAA's preseason rules. Who is responsible?

Eight schools were caught conducting illegal scrimmages at California (Pa.) University. This brings one to wonder just how many more illegal scrimmages were conducted this season, or in past seasons. We're certain there were many more violations.

Records, they say, were made to be broken. Apparently, many who head up these organizations, believe the same about rules.

And what lies behind all of these broken rules --the theory of getting ahead of your opposition with the main idea of, yes, we're sorry to say -- winning at all costs. And realize, too, these are not the kids who are bending the rules, it's the adults. Shame.

Maybe, just maybe, it's time to put a little more emphasis on the losing team. They could have played by the rules.




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