Latest edition of the End Zone now available
The fourth edition of the Red Raider End Zone is now available. In a time when change seems inevitable and oftentimes, insurmountable, the “pride of the tribe” is a constant. The 2021 Red Raider End Zone has all the information you need to support your favorite Raider team or athlete. This year’s edition features a very special “Raider Relic” and “Raider Remembrance,” with stories about Fred DiPasquale Sr. and Simeon “Sim” Metrinko.
Published by the Meyersdale Red Raider Athletic Boosters, this full-color, perfect-bound program book features the Fall Red Raider sports teams - Varsity/JV Football, Volleyball, Cross Country and Cheerleaders; as well as the schedule for all teams for the 2021-2022 school year.
The 2021-2022 Red Raider End Zone annually features articles on individuals who have demonstrated true Red Raider spirit and a dedication to our student athletes. In the inaugural year, the End Zone featured Coach Dennis “Butch” Stahl. The second edition featured Mr. Don Shockey. Last year’s edition highlighted the careers of Mr. John Smaila, Mr. Bill McDonough and Mr. Mike Miller.
“We are so proud to share the story of Mr. Fred DiPasquale Sr. 's teaching and coaching career and to help everyone remember the legacy of Mr. Simeon Metrinko. It seems everyone who had Sim has a story they remember,” Patti Shaulis explained with a laugh. Shualis serves as the Treasurer of the Boosters.
Mr. Dipasquale has shared his commitment and dedication to football and basketball with area athletes for more than seven decades. He competed on several outstanding sports teams as a youngster and a teen. Following high school, DiPasquale chose to continue his education at St. Francis College, now known as St. Francis University. Following his college graduation, he returned to his beloved hometown and began a 34-year career with the Meyersdale Area School District. He taught elementary physical education, as well as fifth and sixth grade; and later seventh and eighth grade History and Geography. He went on to earn a master's degree in physical education and sports science from West Virginia University. He also began coaching that first year as a teacher. He served as a varsity assistant football coach for 18 seasons; and was the junior high and varsity basketball coach for 23 seasons. DiPasquale retired in 2003, however, he continues to serve as a volunteer coach for the football program, as well as a youth basketball program.
DiPasquale credits his own coaches as a youth for the inspiration for his own coaching career. He also depended heavily on the experience and wisdom of his fellow coaches to help him grow his own skill sets as a “young whipper-snapper.”
“I was fortunate to be coached by a lot of really good men on a lot of really good teams. I was also lucky to work with a lot of great coaches. The first thing you learn when you start coaching is how much you don’t know,” he said.
DiPasquale said he found great satisfaction in all aspects of his career as a Red Raider. He loved inspiring students in his classrooms, but said coaching allowed him a different perspective on the progress made by his athletes.
This year’s Red Raider End Zone also honors the memory of Mr. Simeon “Sim” Metrinko.
Stories of Simeon “Sim” Metrinko inevitably begin with chuckle and his famous “Holy God boys.” Sim taught physical education and coached baseball, football and basketball during his 35 year tenure at Meyersdale Area High School. While his antics and “motivational” methods and sayings are the stuff of local lore, the impact he had on this community extends far beyond his catch phrases and tough reputation.
Metrinko began his career in Meyersdale in 1947. He quickly and enthusiastically embraced his new hometown and taught physical education and coached football and baseball. Sim served as the football coach for several years, eventually handing over the reins of the program to Bob Brougher and Don Shockey. He served as the baseball coach for nearly four decades. When he began his career, the high school was located “in town” along with the football and baseball fields, which were located where the Paul Fuller Playground and Pavilion are now located.
His dedication and commitment to children of the community was not limited to his high school students. Following the construction of the “new” high school, Sim began to consider how to continue to utilize the fields in town. He began organizing summer playground programs and introduced Little League to the community in the 1950s. Under his tutelage, Meyersdale Little League started with four teams - Junior Women's Association, Elks Club, Rotary Club and Lions Club. He also started a Saturday morning basketball program for elementary-age students to keep them active in the winter months. While his style and methods are perhaps that of another era, those who played for Sim Metrinko never doubted that he shared their passion for the game and was determined to make each and every athlete perform to the best of their ability.
The Red Raider End Zone features ads from our wonderful local businesses and organizations. The Meyersdale Red Raider Athletic Boosters are so appreciative of these businesses and organizations who support our students in so many ways. Please take time to look over these ads, and, most importantly, take time to visit and support these businesses. Shop local!
The Red Raider End Zone is available for purchase by contacting the Meyersdale High School office at 634-8311 extension 323, as well as at Red Raider Fall sporting events.