When Bob Costello was inducted into the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches
Association Hall of Fame recently in Columbus, he was relieved they didn't ask
him to sing.
His program biography listed him as being from a Pittsburgh,
Pa., suburb. Apparently, word didn't get out that his hometown is
Cannonsburg produced some of the world's greatest recording
artists - big-name stars such as crooner Perry Como, the Four Coins ( Shangri La
) and Bobby Vinton.
`I think I was the only one in town who couldn't
sing,' he said as he reflected on memorable moments from his youth and a
distinguished coaching and teaching career.
He retired as the
Butler High School baseball coach three years ago and was
succeeded by Trent Dues.
Costello, the Aviators' head baseball coach for
23 years, spent 32 years teaching physical education and science in
His Aviators teams won more than 250 games, made
five District I finals and advanced to the regional finals in 1982. Costello was
the Miami Valley Coach of the Year in 1980.
Affectionately known as
`Cazzie' throughout much of his Butler baseball
tenure, Costello said he
was tagged with the nickname from former Butler football coach Jack
`We played together in a men's adult basketball league and I was
always taking a Cazzie Russell-type hook shot,' Costello said. `The kids picked
up on the nickname and it stuck.'
Russell was a University of Michigan
All-American who starred in the NBA.
Costello, 55, came to Ohio in 1960
and began teaching and coaching at Butler after graduating from the University
of Dayton in 1964.
During his coaching years, he also was active in the
Miami Valley Coaches Association, serving as both secretary and president, and
was named to that organization's Hall of Fame last year.
`I had some
memorable years as a coach, mostly because it was always such an honor to work
with such great kids,' he said. `And getting the Hall of Fame honors is a career
highlight for me.'
He was introduced by a former assistant coach at
Butler, John Sferro during the induction and said, `It's always such an honor to
be honored by your peers.'
Looking at those golden years in Cannonsburg,
Costello said that NFL coach Mike Ditka, from nearby Aliquippa, `played with me
on an all-star team and in batting practice he was drilling shots over the
scoreboard in (former Pittsburg Pirates home) old Forbes
Peters goes undefeated
Led by the `Twin Terrors,' St. Peter's sixth-grade
girls have concluded a 13-0 basketball season - and a championship in the
Catholic Youth Organization St. Celine League.
for opponents of the Huber Heights team were fraternal twin sisters Lisa and
Monica Graue. Lisa, 5-foot-6, led the team in scoring with an average of 17
points and Monica, an even 5-foot, averaged 10.
St. Peter won a
second-round thriller against Incarnation, 24-21, in the last 33 seconds on a
three-point shot by Lisa.
The Panthers, coached by Bill Graue, the twin's
father, won the regular season league crown, then added the City CYO sixth-grade
title by charging from behind to win against St. Helen's, 22-11, in the tourney
final at Incarnation.
Going out in appropriate twin style, Lisa and
Monica led the scoring in the title showdown with nine points
Other members of the Panthers included Sara Buchenek, Adrienne
Bentley, Sarah Carr, Kelli Lovelace, Regina Vroman and Jenny
Graue has been coaching St. Peter's girls teams for the past five
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