Joe Tuscano

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Joe Tuscano has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1980. He has covered all sports for the newspaper, including the Steelers, Pirates, Pitt football, local college football and wrestling. He has worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Jeannette News-Dispatch and North Hills Record. He graduated from Duquesne University in 1980.
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Jun 2017

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Only a bad break could stop Vactor

There are bad breaks in life, then there is the bad break suffered by Norris Vactor.

Vactor, who died Sunday – Father’s Day – at 71, suffered the cruelest blow, an intentional hit on the football field that left him paralyzed and destroyed an opportunity to make it into the pros.

The first glimpses of Vactor’s ability came on the football field at Wash High Stadium, where he thrilled the crowds with his aggressive style and natural ability.

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Jun 2017

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Pioneers write perfect end to storied season

STATE COLLEGE – Many years from now, the phone is going to ring at the home of Bill Simms.

On the other end of the line will be a high school softball coach, maybe from his own West Greene, asking him to give a pep talk to their team.

“We really need it,” they’ll say. “You’ll know what to say.”

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Jun 2017

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Sparkling night for Kolat, Gizoni

Two of this area’s legendary wrestlers were recognized with the sport’s highest honor.

Cary Kolat and Tony Gizoni were two of the inductees into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame during ceremonies held Saturday.

That alone would be a superb honor, but Kolat was recognized as a Distinguished Member for the Modern Era. A little extra oomph in status for him and well deserved.

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Apr 2017

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Trust me: Pirates should win . . . .

I’m told there are some out there who doubt my prognosticative ability.

Well, put the coffee cup down, take a break from reading the morning newspaper and let me ask you this.

Who was the man who predicted South Carolina would be a Final Four team in the NCAA tournament, and who said former Pitt coach Jamie Dixon would win an NIT title, or that Duquesne, the worst program in major college basketball history of late, would hire a capable head coach in Keith Dambrot of Akron?

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