Sweet Sixteen a NewCath family tradition

March 16, 2016 FieldsColumn

NewCath Coach Ron Dawn, far right, played for the Thoroughbreds in the Sweet Sixteen in 1973, '74. His son Ronny, far left, played for his dad and NewCath in Sweet Sixteen in 2000.  Stephen Pangallo, middle, is playing for his grandfather/coach for NewCath in this year's tournament.

From l-r, Ronny Dawn Stephen Pangallo and Ron Dawn.

Newport Central Catholic sophomore guard Stephen Pangallo will carry on a family tradition by playing in the Sweet Sixteen today.

Pangallo is the grandson of NewCath Coach Ron Dawn, who played in the state tournament for the Thoroughbreds in 1973 and 1974.

Ron coached his son Ronny, who was an all-state guard for NewCath’s 2000 Sweet Sixteen team.

“It’s neat,” Ron Dawn said of the family’s state tournament tradition. “I didn’t think about it until a day or two (after the 9th Region championship).”

NewCath has another three-generation Sweet Sixteen story.

Jim Weyer played for NewCath’s 1953 state tournament team. Jim’s son Joe was on Highlands’ state tournament teams in 1986 and ’87, and Jim’s grandson Ben is a standout on this year’s NewCath team this year.