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AROUND TOWN: X.E.’s Legacy Lives On

August 26, 2018 GMT

John “X.E.” McAndrew was known for mammoth home runs as a softball player, his sometimes blunt assessment of things and for being the person who told you when something was done right. The softball Hall of Famer, who died in 2015, was famous for handing out gold coins — when he saw someone do something good outside the realm of the ordinary — on which was emblazoned the phrase, “You Make a Difference.” His family is carrying on that tradition through the “You Make a Difference” softball tournament, slated Sept. 29-30 at the Jessup Youth Sports Association Complex. The event is open to all high school softball players, and the cost is $300 per team, which includes tournament insurance and umpire fees. All proceeds will go toward the “You Make a Difference” Scholarship Fund, which in the past has benefited a senior at Holy Cross — where McAndrew coached for 40 years and won a state title in 2001. Grace Perechinsky in 2017 and Lindsey Leppo in 2018. In addition to being the first softball tournament, it will also be the first time the scholarship will be made available to all the players in the area who make a difference in the lives of others. All eligible graduating seniors who participate in the tournament will be able to submit an essay via the website www.youmakeadifferenc etournament.com, which will be awarded in April. The scholarship is awarded to girls who have made a positive difference not only impacting the lives of their teammates on the field, but the positive affects they have on their family, friends and community, the family said. For information, call Dave, 570- 877-0014, or Mark, 570-687-4735, or email questions to xe44tournament@gmail.com. Great news Here’s some good news shared by Lackawanna County controller Gary DiBileo concerning his brother, Tony, a PIAA football official who was a critically injured bystander in a February bar shooting in Scranton. Following surgery 11 days ago at Geisinger Medical Center, happy to report that Tony no longer needs to wear a protective helmet. Now, all we need is to get him back on the field where 22 other guys do need a helmet. Go, Rutgers! For years, Clarks Summit’s Jack McNulty, the father of Rutgers offensive coordinator John McNulty, has been active in the Coats for Kids Fundraiser, which helps buy each Head Start child in Lackawanna, Susquehanna Wayne and Pike County a new winter coat, a total of about 1500 kids and all. It’s something that’s been going on for the last 20 years. On Sept. 22, a bus trip to see Buffalo play at Rutgers will help further the mission of Head Start. For $85, fans will receive a game ticket, bus trip and food and beverages. Most importantly, every purchase will buy a new coat for a needy child. Anyone interested in making the trip to Rutgers can contact Cindy Metzler, cmetzler@ headstartslhda.org, or by calling 570-963-6633 and asking for Cindy. Welcome aboard Congratulations to former Scranton High School basketball player Sara Corbett Gassenmeyer and her husband, Scott. The 2010 Lady Knights alum gave birth to the couple’s first child Aug. 17 in Hawaii, where Scott serves our country in the U.S. Marine Corps. Cole Maddox Gassenmeyer entered the game at 8 pounds, 5 ounces, and 21 inches long. Contact the writer: mmyers@timesshamrock.com