By Ed Farrell
Herald Assistant Sports Editor
FARRELL RESIDENTS Louie Falconi Jr., Adam DeBonis and Anthony Ciccone may not be a Super Bowl champion a la Lorenzo Styles, or an Olympic gold medalist as Hermitage archer Rodney White achieved. But they became national champions recently as the trio of weight-lifters won age- and weight-class crowns during the recent World National Powerlifting Championships at Austintown’s Community Center.
Falconi finished first in the 160-pound Men’s Open/Raw Division, establishing a state record with a 320-pound Ironman bench press, as well as a 515-pound deadlift for an 835-pound total, earning him the Best Overall Lifter Award.
DeBonis dominated the 150-pound Teen/Raw Division, bench-pressing 245 pounds and deadlifting a state-record 375 pounds for an Ironman total of 620 pounds.
Ciccone competed in the Teen/Raw Division also, but at 210 pounds, and finished first in both the Ironman bench press and deadlift with respective efforts of 335 and 465 en route to an 800-pound total.
The World Powerlifting Championships (WNPF) are later this year in Atlantic City, N.J., DeBonis’ father and trainer, Emil, reported. Perhaps then that trio can join former Farrell High and Ohio State University standout and St. Louis Rams’ linebacker Styles or Hermitage archer White in all-time Mercer County annals.
ä Carl Hinderliter recently announced his resignation as Reynolds High track and field coach. Hinderliter concluded his 16-year Raiders’ reign (27 total years with the program) as, arguably, one of Mercer County’s most successful coaches, regardless of sport.
A total of 84 Reynolds student-athletes qualified for the PIAA Championships under Hinderliter’s tutelage, half of whom competed on the statewide stage in the jumps including 26 high-jumpers, led by 4-time titlist Kristy Dickson (1994-97) and two-timer Brittany Maun (2005-06). Kristen Micsky (triple jump) and Tami Young (discus) also garnered gold at state. Collectively, that quartet copped 19 state medals, led by Duquesne University standout Micsky’s half-dozen.
Thirty-five Reynolds athletes earned medals at state — more than half of whom were either gold, silver or bronze — and there were 27 individual Raiders’ District 10 titlists tutored by Hinderliter.
After serving as an assistant to Kim Williams (1979-89) and Mike Williams (’90), Hinderliter assumed the Raiders’ reins in 1991. Legendary Dick Sherwood — also Reynolds’ first wrestling coach — served as the school district’s first head track and field coach (1961-78), as well, according to Reynolds’ records.
Hinderliter and his wife Carol have three sons, Miles, 25, Sean, 22, and 17-year-old Brandon.
ä Hickory High girls’ volleyball coach Carolyn Kopnisky resigned at a recent school board meeting, AD Barb Dzuricsko reported. Kopnisky coached the Hornettes for 5 seasons (2001-05).
By Ed Farrell