Penn Yan laxer John Linnan plays for Brogden Cup

Gary Pinneo

A couple of weeks ago, Penn Yan Mustang lacrosse midfielder John Linnan signed a letter of intent to attend Jacksonville University and play lacrosse for the newly formed Div. I Lacrosse program. 

He stated he was looking forward to playing for the brand new D-I college lacrosse program.  They will be the first Division I lax program in the State of Florida. 

The Penn Yan player got a head start playing the game he loves in Florida last week.  The Mustang senior was a member of the Rochester area 19 and under team that faced off against a Canandian team in the inaugural Brogden Cup Tournament. 

The winner of this cup would lay claim to being the best amateur, high school aged lacrosse team in the world. 

This international lacrosse event was played at the First Academy facility in Orlando, Florida last week.  The format was a best of three with the winner being crowned world's best.  The event was sponsored by Adidas Sports. 

The Canadian team won the first game 16-11. The Rochester area team could muster only 11 goals on 41 shots in this contest. 

The poor shooting combined with some costly turnovers doomed the upstaters in the opening game.  The local laxers rebounded in game number two. They jumped out to a 7 goal lead midway through the game.  Rochester looked like it was going to force a decisive third game.  But the Canandians fought back to tie the game at 16 and ultimately scored the game and tournament winner with just 6.3 seconds left.  With the win, the Maple Leaf contingent claimed the inaugural Brogden Cup and the bragging rights that went along with it. 

The Rochester area team qualified for this International Event by winning the National Lacrosse Classic in Germantown, Maryland last summer.  This tournament featured the best 500 high school lacrosse players from all over the country in grades 10,11,and 12.

 The Rochester team was selected after a try-out camp early last summer.  Penn Yan's John Linnan was chosen to play in this prestigious tournament.

In the Brogden Cup games in Florida, John scored fourgoals and added an assist. 

Certainly, a fine showing for the local Mustang laxer.  The Penn Yan Academy Lacrosse program continues to develope lacrosse talent that can play with anyone in the country and for that matter, the world. 

Congratulations to John Linnan on his outstanding accomplishments.  I am sure it was an experience of a lifetime for him.  Local fans will be able to watch one more season for John this spring as the Mustang machine rolls to another championship. 

PENN YAN SPORT LEGENDS

I was extremely pleased to have a nice conversation with longtime Penn Yan teacher and local high school sports enthusiast Mr. John Lambrosa last week. John was also a longtime sports reporter for The Chronicle-Express in the 1960's and 70's. 

He graciously shared some of his fine writing, stories, and information on the Penn Yan Mustang football program from his days covering the Mustangs in the  1960's through the glory years of the 1970's. 

Mr. Lambrosa wrote an excellent story on the Collins family and their gridiron contributions at P.Y.A.  This was especially timely because of Tony Collins’ recent appearance at the Penn Yan Middle School.  Using some of this valuable information, I hope to have an updated story on this talented family and their impact on the Penn Yan Academy sports scene. 

This story, which will correspond with a Penn Yan Area Sports Hall of Memories update, will also feature some of the other local families that were familar names in the history of Mustang sports. 

This has been an enjoyable assignment to work on and will become part of the informational foundation for the Hall of Memories.  I am sure everyone will remember alot of these names and personalities that were athletes for the Orange and Blue. 

Once again, it was a pleasure chatting with John Lambrosa. 

He is a veritable wealth of information for these types of stories.  I am looking forward to more conversations with Mr. Lambrosa.His knowledge will be a valuable asset and help in making the Penn Yan Area Sports Hall of Memories a reality. 

AS THE MONEY WORLD TURNS

With the nation and the world spinning into a vast economic pit, it is apparent that very little seems to affect the greed and spend attitude of the professional sport merchants and participants. 

With banks, the automobile industry, and scores of long time familar manufacturing and retail names crumbling, the professional sports fraternity seems content to continue their spend as usual policies. 

The New York Yankees, with a team payroll larger than the gross national products of 18 countries in the world, continue to dole out cash like an inebriated sailor on liberty. 

They committed a half a billion dollars to two players last week, grossly overpaying these players, inflating an already bloated market with their actions.  

With millions of people out of work or facing loss of their livelihood in the coming months, this appears to be a bit obscene.  But I guess it is a case of spend it if you have it.  But you have to wonder what will happen if there is no one left to buy the $3,000 a game field level seats at the new "House That Ruth Built,"  a house, by the way, that was partly subsidized by the New York State taxpayers. 

Merry Christmas to the common fan, the one time backbone of all sports franchises.  They have been effectively priced out.  Am I being too critical of the Bronx Bombers?  Probably. They are not solely the problem, they are only a sympton.

Of course, it is not only the New York Yankees and Major League Baseball that suffer from this  case of the money goo. Hey Ralph Wilson, how's that Toronto thing working out for you?