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Lattanzio gets to strap on Beaver Local helmet one more time

June 25, 2013
By CHRIS RAMBO - Staff Writer (sports@reviewonline.com) , The Review

CALCUTTA-When he was growing up, Beaver Local running back Daniel Lattanzio attended the Penn-Ohio Stateline Classic every year. Now he will get a chance to take the field himself.

Lattanzio, a first-team All-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference selection as a senior, will close out his high school career Friday at Geneva College when he tries to help the Ohio All-Stars make it two wins in a row over Pennsylvania.

"Playing in this game means a lot to me," Lattanzio said. "I've been coming to the Penn-Ohio game for as long as I can remember and I've always looked forward to playing in it. It's especially nice to be representing Beaver Local."

When Lattanzio was in middle school the football program was in the midst of a five year stretch in which it compiled a 42-8 regular season record to go with two state playoff victories.

Lattanzio hoped to one day helping carry on the winning tradition. Unfortunately, many high school programs tend to run in cycles and Lattanzio's high school career coincided with a downward stretch. The Beavers won one game during each of his first three years before going 2-8 during Lattanzio's senior year.

"We had rough seasons all four years when I was at Beaver Local," Lattanzio said. "Those weren't the kinds of seasons I wanted to go through in high school. When I was growing up the program was always successful, but that's the way it goes."

However, for many departing seniors, wins and losses are only a part of the high school sports experience. Though he did not enjoy much success in the standings, Lattanzio still walks away with many fond memories.

"To tell you the truth playing football was still a great experience," Lattanzio said. "Going through the offseason and coming together with everyone while we stayed after practice for extra work really sticks out. Beating East Liverpool as a senior is also a great memory. They're a big rival and I did not want to go out with a loss to them."

Lattanzio was also a standout on the wrestling team at Beaver Local, winning the OVAC title as a senior in the 170-pound class. This fall he will attend NCAA Division II West Liberty University in West Virginia to compete in both football and wrestling.

"We've already had workouts for college and it's a lot tougher than high school," Lattanzio said. "But I'm looking forward to the challenge. I think the disciplined I learned playing in high school will help. The coaches were always hard on us but it made me a better person and gave me character."

 
 

 

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