Raabe Classic teams meet the press

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
May 20, 2010

With team rosters set and the coaching staffs announced, Media Day for the 37th Don Raabe Charities Classic, held Sunday at UPB, opened the official countdown to the annual all-star football game slated for Aug. 7 at Parkway Field in Bradford.

Port Allegany High School will be represented by six members of the Class of 2010. James Nellis joins Big 30 All-Stars Ryan Bodamer and Lucas Kline on the Pennsylvania squad, with cheerleaders Amarae Reinard and Brittany Drabert and Homecoming Queen Kaitlyn Kio also participating in the weekend’s festivities.

Youngsville’s Tony Tridico and the Eagles staff will be on the sideline for the Pennsy team, marking the first time the Warren County school’s coaches have participated in the event. Across the field, Wellsville mentor Frank Brown and his assistants will try to stop the Keystone State’s current two-game winning streak.

Formerly known as the Big 30 All-Star Game before being renamed in honor of its founder, the first 36 games of the Raabe Classic produced over $1,350,000 donated to numerous charities and personal causes throughout the Twin Tiers. New York won the first five games in the series, but Pennsy has made up significant ground in the last decade to close the gap to 18-16-2.

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