Lezzer Lumber Classic coming to Tyrone

The Central Pennsylvania Football Coaches Association has made a request to the Tyrone Area School District for the use of Gray-Veterans Memorial Field for the 19th Annual Lezzer Lumber Football Classic. The game is scheduled for Saturday, June 21.
The game is an all-star game amongst players from Central Pennsylvania.
“Tyrone is a perfect fit for the game,” said Game Director Jack Bailey. “Tyrone is the most central location for our schools who participate. We normally draw between 4,000 and 5,000 people to the game, and Gray Field can handle that crowd. The school district put a great effort into remodeling the stadium and we are looking forward to having the game there.”
The Lezzer Lumber Classic has awarded 122 scholarships totaling $61,000 over the past 18 years.
“Playing at Gray Field is a perfect fit,” said Tyrone Athletic Director Tony Yaniello. “The whole community will benefit from this. The restaurants in town will get more traffic. To have a game of this quality in Tyrone is a good thing for our program.”
The agreement is for the 2003 game.
“The coaches were in agreement with the selection of the site,” said Bailey.
“We hope to make this a tradition,” said Yaniello. “We would like to see the Lezzer Lumber game stay in Tyrone as long as possible. We certainly know how to host big football games at Gray Field as is evidenced each year with either Bellwood-Antis or Huntingdon.”
Previous sites for the Lezzer Lumber Classic have been Mansion Park in Altoona, Memorial Field in State College and at the Clearfield High School.
“It will be nice for some of our players to finish their careers at Gray Field,” said Yaniello. “Coach (John) Franco is coaching in the game, so the first Lezzer Lumber game at Tyrone should be very special. Being selected is another honor and tribute to the level our program has come to. Our booster club will benefit from concession sales and the athletes playing in the game will benefit from the game being played in a football town. To have Tyrone selected to host the game is an honor.”