Mike Kovak

Column Mike Kovak

Mike Kovak is assistant night editor at the Observer-Reporter.

Nov 2016


Hathaway gave Division I football a shot and excelled

Bobby Hathaway arrived on the West Virginia University campus in Morgantown, W.Va., in the summer of 2003 with a chip on his shoulder and things to prove.

Despite his standout multisport days at Carmichaels High School, Hathaway went largely unnoticed by major Division I football programs. The top student in his class at Carmichaels, several Ivy League schools coveted the bruising, two-way player. Division II schools were interested, too.

Hathaway appreciated the attention, but he had a goal – to play major college football. So, when then-WVU head coach Rich Rodriguez extended an invitation to Hathaway to become an invited walk-on, he jumped at the chance to join the team he grew up watching.


Oct 2016


PT’s Gallagher was a force on football, baseball fields

When Jim Gallagher sees good friend and former Pirates second baseman Neil Walker, he loves to remind the “Pittsburgh Kid” about the day the hometown team drafted the high school phenom from Pine-Richland High School.

After all, it might be the most clutch performance of Gallagher’s standout multisport tenure at Peters Township and easily one of the more memorable victories in the Indians’ rich baseball tradition.

Monday, June 7, 2004, nearly 2,000 people went to Falconi Field, as it was known then, for a PIAA Class AAA first-round game between WPIAL champion Pine-Richland and Peters Township. Earlier that day, the Pirates made Walker the No. 11 pick of the draft, which added considerable attention to the contest.