Monday, March 20, 2006

Scranton Eagles Press Release

          Tryouts for the Scranton Eagles semipro football team are scheduled Sunday, March 26, and Saturday, April 1, at The Playing Fields Sports Dome in Jessup.

          The Eagles under second-year coach Mike Woodard will open the 2006 Empire Football League campaign Saturday night, July 8, at Scranton Memorial Stadium against the Broome County, N.Y., Dragons.

          The March 26 tryouts will run from 1:30 until 3 p.m. with registration at 1 p.m. On April 1 tryouts will take place from 5 until 7 p.m., and registration at 4:30 p.m. Turf shoes are required.

          Veterans are encouraged to attend both tryouts, and bring copies of their driver licenses (photo ID) and insurance cards, both on the same sheet of paper if possible.

          New players must do the same and also will be required to pay a $25 tryout fee. Former players who have not completed a full year with the team must also pay the $25 fee.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Mallers mourn son of team official

Mallers mourn son of team official
Joseph Barbagallo, 16, killed in crash; was intern with semi-pro football group
By RICK CLEMENSON, Staff writer
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First published: Thursday, March 2, 2006

A day after the son of the team's general manager died in a car crash, the Albany Metro Mallers paid tribute to Joseph Barbagallo, 16.

Pictured prominently Wednesday on the team's Web site was a picture of the youth commanding a golf cart at one of the team's games last season.

The Mechanicville teen was a game-day intern on the semi-professional football team's undefeated 2005 championship squad. He zoomed around Bleeker Stadium in Albany, helping with pre-game organization.

The position gave him a chance to be closer to his father, Joseph Barbagallo.

"The team owner, Frank Rogers, is in shock, very surprised and stunned, as are all of us," team communications director James Malone said. "He was there whenever we needed him. He was a lot of fun to be around, had a great sense of humor and was very friendly and outgoing."

Barbagallo was a backseat passenger in a car that veered into oncoming traffic on Route 146 near Pruyn Hill Road in Halfmoon Tuesday night.

The accident occurred at 9:51 p.m. on a winding stretch of road when a car driven by Barbagallo's friend Ryan O'Connor, 18, of Rexford swerved into the westbound lane and struck a pickup truck driven by Shane Nolan, 25, of Eagle Bridge.

A third car, driven by Kelly Wilson, 17, of Mechanicville, hit O'Connor's car broadside.

A preliminary investigation by State Police indicated O'Connor fell asleep at the wheel, but neither alcohol nor excessive speed were involved in the accident. The investigation is continuing.

Barbagallo was not wearing a seat belt, but could have survived the crash had he been buckled in, according to Trooper Maureen Tuffey.

He was pronounced dead at St. Mary's Hospital in Troy. The cause of death is pending autopsy results.

Mechanicville High School Principal G. Michael Apostol said the school will honor Barbagallo, who was in his junior year, with a moment of silence before classes today. He had transferred into the school two years earlier.

Barbagallo was a member of the school's chorus last year, but dropped the activity to focus on academics.

"He was well-liked by the students," Apostol said. "My prayers go out to the family."

O'Connor was treated for two broken legs at Albany Medical Center Hospital, and another passenger, Ashten Teal, 17, of Mechanicville, was treated for neck and back injuries.

State Police said the three teens appeared headed for home at the time of the accident.

Drivers Wilson and Nolan were taken to Saratoga Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Rick Clemenson can be reached at 454-5030 or by e-mail at Staff writers Dennis Yusko and Christen Deming contributed to this story.

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