Excerpts from the no-longer-existent Whitsend.org feature called the Odyssey Times. Originally published around February of 2002.
The Connellsville High School Lacrosse team defeated the Connellsville High School Checkers team in lacrosse, then in checkers. Connellsville High School has the only lacrosse team in the state, as well as the only checkers team. Because of the lack of competition facing both of these teams, they agreed to play each other in a doubleheader-first at lacrosse, then at checkers.
In the lacrosse game, the lacrosse team won 41-0 in an obvious mismatch of talent. The fired up lacrosse team, led by forward Jose Menudo, scored 10 goals before the checkers team learned how to hold their sticks.
“This was a big game for us, you know,” Menudo said after the game. “We’d never played anybody but ourselves, with us being the only team around and all. A lot of people are saying, ‘So what. You beat the checkers team.’ But I say, ‘Hey. We’re undefeated, aren’t we?'”
The nightcap featured an emotional checkers match-up that ended in a stunning upset. The lacrosse team beat the checkers team, at checkers, 7-6. Checkers coach Bill Hasselhoff was disappointed by his team’s effort. “I wasn’t too upset by the lacrosse loss. That’s not our game. But I really thought we would beat them in checkers.”
The checkers team has not, as of yet, asked for a rematch.