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Janecko's fifth book covers Ursuline history



Published: Thu, April 21, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The book covers the Irish from 1932-2004.

By JOE SCALZO

VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF

AUSTINTOWN -- Gene Janecko figures that every time one of his books ends up in someone's house, it helps preserve the Valley's football tradition.

"That's my whole motivation," he said.

Janecko, a 1944 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School, recently finished his fifth book, "The Fighting Irish: A 73-year chronicle of the Ursuline High School Football Program."

Like the others, the Ursuline book is in scrapbook form, containing pictures, statistics, newspaper clippings and yearbook articles from 1932-2004. It boasts scoring summaries from every football game in the school's history, as well as an in-depth look at the school's rivalry with Cardinal Mooney.

First book on Campbell

Janecko's first book, which came out in 2000, chronicled Campbell football from 1924-65. After graduating from Campbell, he played on Ohio State's undefeated 1944 football team before joining the Merchant Marines in 1945. He returned home to play at Youngstown College until a knee injury ended his career.

"Football's been good to me," Janecko said. "I didn't want to see these events forgotten. That's why I did the books.

"In fact, my motto is, 'The games are over but the memories are not.'"

He's also done books on the East-Campbell rivalry, Struthers football and Chaney football. Each book takes about 10 months -- the Ursuline book runs 607 pages -- and his next book will likely deal with Austintown Fitch football.

To order the book, call 330-792-0611 or send a check for $42 to Gene J. Janecko, 3835 Dunbar Street, Austintown, OH 44515. Out-of-town mailings are $45.

"Nobody does anything like this on a high school sport," he said. "But it's not about the money, it's about the memories."

scalzo@vindy.com




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