Published: Sunday, January 1, 2006
Area fans predict OSU win
Nick Siatris of Boardman is a student intern coach with Ohio State.
By ROB TODOR
VINDICATOR SPORTS EDITOR
TEMPE, Ariz. The Siatris family of Boardman has a special relationship with the Ohio State football program.
Nick, a son of Van and Katherine Siatris, is in his second season as a student intern coach with the Buckeyes. A graduate of Campbell Memorial High, Nick Siatris was recruited to Youngstown State when Jim Tressel was coaching the Penguins. He transferred to Ohio State and is completing his second year with the Buckeyes.
"I have aspirations to be a college or NFL coach," said Nick Siatris, "so I talked with Coach Tressel and he got me involved with the football program."
Siatris is involved with breaking down game film and working on scouting reports. During games and practices, he works with the Ohio State secondary, primarily the safeties.
Sees hard-fought game
He didn't want to make a prediction on the outcome of Monday's Tostitos Fiesta Bowl between the Buckeyes and Notre Dame, obviously, but does think it will be a hard-fought game.
"Notre Dame's offense is very good," said Siatris. "They have very good receivers, they're a very disciplined team. I look forward to it being a very good matchup."
His brother, Jim Siatris, 29, attends Northwestern University Medical School. He is a graduate of Youngstown State and did some graduate work at Ohio State. He is a big Buckeye fan.
"Obviously, I think Ohio State will win," said Jim Siatris, predicting a final score of 28-17.
Speece of Berlin C enter
Dawn Speece of Berlin Center promised to have a busy few days, picking up family members at the airport. Before Christmas, she and her family made "Buckeye cookies," complete with icing uniforms and placed on a bed of green coconut.
"We are typical Buckeye fans," said Speece. "Sometimes we're a little crazy."
Speece thinks the Ohio State offense is being overlooked and will have a good night.
On defense, she added, "If [cornerback] Ashton Youboty and [strong safety] Donte Whitner are on their games, the Buckeyes are going to be tough to beat."
Speece added her prediction of the final score: Buckeyes 38, Notre Dame 24.
Tucciarone of Hubbard
Bill Tucciarone, a senior at Ohio State from Hubbard, said he has been a Buckeye fan "since I was in the womb." He is an electrical engineering major who is graduating in March.
Tucciarone has attended a lot of Ohio State games through the years, including the Buckeyes' victory over Miami (Fla.) for the national championship in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in January 2003. He also watched the Buckeyes defeat Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl last December.
"It's going to be a pretty tough game," predicted Tucciarone. "Notre Dame's offense is very good, but I feel Ohio State's offense is more than capable. I think the difference will be Ohio State's offense, which is better than people think, against Notre Dame's defense."
Tucciarone's final score: Ohio State, 38-24.
DePorzio of New Castle
Greg DePorzio of New Castle, Pa., arrived Saturday. He is a long-time Ohio State fan "about 10 or 15 years" who came to the game with family and friends. He got hooked onto the Buckeyes by a friend who took him to some games at Ohio Stadium.
DePorzio, 40, predicted a final score of Ohio State 35, Notre Dame 31.