AROUND TOWN: Documentary Tells Cordao’s Story

November 18, 2018

It’s a story 44 years in the telling. Ross Cordaro was an up-and-coming athlete at Dunmore High School when his life was turned upside down Feb. 14, 1974. That’s the day Cordaro, a freshman, was flipped and landed on his neck in a wrestling drill and lay paralyzed in the Dunmore High School gym. After a lengthy rehabilitative ordeal at Allied Services, Cordaro was able to walk again — with crutches — and stepped to the 50-yard line as an honorary captain for the Thanksgiving Day game with West Scranton before a packed house at Memorial Stadium. Now, Cordaro’s story is being told in a film documentary written and produced by Dunmore’s Liz Naro. “Don’t Quit: The Ross Cordaro Story,” will be shown Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. at Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College. “I had just done a play and Ross knew I’d written it and always wanted to tell the story,” Naro said. “I thought I could help him as documentary, but didn’t know what I was getting myself into. It’s been an unbelievable process. “Three years later, I’m showing it. It took a while to get it together.” The hard part was doing the research into her cousin’s story, finding photos and interviewing people who were around at the time of the accident. Some of them are sharing their recollections for the first time. “It was a tragic situation and people didn’t talk about their feelings back then,” Naro said. “People I interviewed called me two days later to thank me for giving them someone to talk about it. Some people told me they’d never talked about it. “I was young when it happened, but he was my cousin and I remember a lot of it. I had to do a little detective work. It basically tells the story of what Ross went through and the adversity through the years. It’s just an inspiring story. He has been knocked down a lot.” Admission is $10, and a question-and-answer period will follow the film. Bigger celebration No doubt winning the state Class 5A boys basketball championship in March was the highlight of a lifetime for Abington Heights coach Ken Bianchi. Here’s another one. Bianchi’s son, Chris, who is an assistant coach on his father’s staff, and his wife, the former Jessica Toro, welcomed a second baby girl to the family Nov. 1. Sienna Mae checked in at a robust 8 pounds, 10 ounces and 20½ inches. She joins her 18-month old sister, Capri Lynn, in the backcourt. Back to business Congrats to former Western Wayne wrestler and until recently the Wildcats’ head coach, Dante Terenzio, and his wife Lindsay, on their nuptials Nov. 3 in Bethlehem. They got back from their honeymoon in Mexico, where it was 85 most days, just in time to catch a 50-degree drop in temps. Not a lot of sympathy, but a plenty of love to both, and good luck to Dante in his new job as head wrestling coach at Bethlehem Freedom High School. Condolences Our deepest sympathies going out to former Holy Cross High School and Misericordia University basketball player, and Lackawanna College women’s head basketball coach Kayla Sileo, and all of her family. Kayla’s mother, Janis, died this week. Contact the writer: mmyers@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100, ext. 5437; @mmyersTT on Twitter