Looking for documentary materials…

Ross Cordaro walking pic

Ross Cordaro is shown walking out of Allied Services, after doctors told him he may never walk again after a wrestling accident.

A fellow Dunmorean is looking for some help.

Liz Naro is in the midst of creating a documentary about her cousin, Ross Cordaro. For those of you who don’t know his story:

Ross was injured on February 14, 1974 in a wrestling accident. His family was told to prepare for the worst and that he may never walk again. On Thanksgiving of 1974 at the Dunmore vs. West Scranton game, Ross walked center field in front of family, fans, friends and the community.

Local news outlets covered Ross’s story throughout 1974. Liz is looking for film footage, pictures, stories and possible people to interview for her documentary project.

If you have, or know someone who has, taped news coverage on home video or pictures, please contact Liz Naro via e-mail at lizabethnaro@gmail.com.

Dunmore grad overcomes injury to hit homer for daughter

rinaldi and family

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore graduate Chris Rinaldi knows how to rise to the occasion.

Rinaldi, a catcher, led the league in homers and RBIs as a senior in high school and hit 20 homers in two seasons at Penn State Worthington, but nothing was more special than the home run he hit for his daughter a week before last Father’s Day at Sherwood Park.

Son of Mike and Michelle Rinaldi, Dunmore, Chris is married to the former Cassie Suriano, a North Pocono graduate. The couple has a one-year-old daughter, Skylar.

Chris played four years of baseball and basketball and one year of football at Dunmore.

He was an all-star catcher in his junior season.

However, he really put it together his senior year when he hit .489 and led the league in hits (30), homers (6) and RBIs (27). He was named an all-star and all-regional catcher.

Then came the two seasons at Penn State in Dunmore where he hit 20 homers.

He continued his baseball career for several seasons in the Collegiate Summer Baseball League (CSBL), now called the Dunmore Freedom League.

In the meantime, Chris continued his academic career at Lackawanna College, where he graduated from the police training academy in 2011.

He was working for the Lackawanna County Sheriff’s office SWAT team in Old Forge a couple years ago when he suffered a head injury while serving a warrant. He hit his head on the concrete after he fell during the incident. The fall resulted in a concussion, seizure and brain bleed.

rinaldi and daughterThe injury took Chris away from police work, and he took some time off from playing baseball.

During that time, his daughter was born.

Chris decided to come back to baseball this summer—rejoining the Dunmore Freedom League. He is also looking to go on in college, possibly to pursue an advanced degree in counseling or psychology. His head injury may prevent him from returning to police work.

Returning to the baseball field for his first game in three years, he was a little jittery.

With his wife, daughter and mom on hand to watch, he walked in his first at bat.

Then came the second at bat which resulted in a blast to deep left field and out into the concrete area close to the basketball courts. A home run. His daughter gazed with excitement.

“That was a whole different thing for me,” Chris said. “Hitting my first homer coming back was great, but doing it as a father made it much more special.

“It was the greatest moment of my life.

“To see my daughter smile was the best. She was smiling ear to ear. Our team made sure she got the ball to keep forever. And it happened a week before Father’s Day.”

Chris went on to hit two singles to finish 3-for-3 in Dunmore’s 6-4 loss to Best.

He went 3-for-4 in Dunmore’s 14-4 win over Prep in the second game. The bulky bearded receiver hit two doubles and a single. He went 1-for-4 in the next game, a 1-0 loss to McGintty’s.

Chris, who was a basketball captain in his senior year at Dunmore, hit two doubles and went 2-for-4 in the fourth game, an 8-7 extra innings win over Old Forge.

rinaldiChris batted .475 in his two seasons at Penn State playing under coach Paul Boccado.

“This is the first time I felt healthy in over two years,” he said. “My wife convinced me to come back and play at Sherwood Park. She thought it would be nice to play in front of my daughter. I got the itch to play, missed the sport and decided to come back to the Dunmore team here at Sherwood Park.”

Chris, a genuine family man, said he enjoyed his years at Dunmore High School playing under veteran baseball coach Gino Tempesta. “I was lucky to get a lot of individual awards, but no championships. I especially loved being with all the guys and playing for Gino Tempesta. I made life lasting friendships. It was a pleasure and blessing to play for coach Tempesta. I loved being on his squad. He is a student of the game.”

Besides his daughter seeing him hit a homer for the first time, Chris enjoyed another first last month. He had the opportunity to catch for his younger brother Corey, 20, the starting pitcher in the team’s win over Old Forge. “It was real cool to have him pitching to me. It was a real great. It was the first time we were on a baseball field together in a real game. It was a lot of fun.”

It’s all about family and baseball now for Chris.

“Right now I am looking to get into a new career. And I will pursue another college degree. I will play baseball as long as I can. I’ll play until my knees go. And I”ll surely enjoy seeing my wife and little daughter at all the games.”

Tallo rebounds from injury to pitch for Lady Bucks

Gina TalloBy Steve Svetovich

Dunmore junior Gina Tallo is the ace starting pitcher for the Lady Bucks softball team this year, and it took a lot of hard work.

A three-year Dunmore varsity softball member, Gina suffered an injury to the ulnar nerve of her right pitching arm last season. She spent the off season in rehab at NovaCare at the Dunmore YMCA.

She rebounded well enough to pitch in Dunmore’s first six games.

Daughter of Dean and Lisa Tallo, Dunmore, Gina defeated Riverside, 9-5, in an early season contest. Gina hurled a strong 12 innings giving up only five hits, walking two and striking out six in a tough 3-1 loss to Riverside, Saturday, April 16.

A strong hitter, Gina had three hits and scored a run in a tough 7-6 loss to intra-borough rival Holy Cross Wednesday, April 20.

And she drove in her team’s only run in a 7-1 loss to Lakeland Friday, April 15.

Gina played with her sister Carly the previous two seasons for Dunmore. Carly Tallo graduated from Dunmore in 2015.

Gina, who played in the outfield last season, is a strong asset in the classroom too. She has an impressive 97 academic average. She is a member of numerous clubs and organizations, including the TACT Club, SADD, the French Club and Health Careers Club. She is a member of the swimming team at Dunmore.

Gina said she has learned a lot from Dunmore veteran softball coach Ryan Ferguson. “He teaches us that we have to try to do well, but the team is always there to back you up. You can depend on your teammates too.”

Gina, 17, said her parents have taught her mostly about “responsibility.”

The scholar-athlete, whose hobbies include reading, said she would like to see Beyoncé in concert someday.

She talked about her future goals. “I would like to major in biology in college and possibly go to medical school to become a doctor. I would like to go to a big school. If wanted, I would like to play softball or swim. I really want to go to a good school and later get a good job.”

Gina has played travel softball for the Northeast Hurricanes for the past four years.

She talked about what it takes to be a good softball pitcher.

“It takes a lot of hard work. You need to have the right mind set. You need to be a leader on the team.”

She remains positive despite her team’s slow start this season. “We need to improve our record and we will. We have a shot at the district playoffs despite our rocky start. Our goal is to get there. We think we can do it.”

Gina has a will to win and strong work ethic.

Don’t count her and the Lady Bucks out.