By Matthew DeGeorge
As he posed for pictures with his brother, Colin, and friends Tuesday night at Bald Eagle Area High School, the smile on Ryan Daly’s face belied many of the emotions he had dealt with earlier in the evening.
The atmosphere after Daly helped Archbishop Carroll to a 59-32 triumph over Cathedral Prep in the PIAA Class AAA semifinals was undoubtedly joyous. But most of the evening for the junior guard — that is, when foul trouble permitted him to participate — was dominated by frustration.
While the stakes were high for all of the Patriots, the Daly brothers had a little more to contend with. For one, the trip was the occasion for a reunion with many of their former classmates when they attended State College schools. That’s also when they lived with their father, Brian Daly, an associate head coach in his fourth season at Penn State.
Ryan Daly admitted that the weight of the occasion had him pressing more than usual. Not helping his cause were two first-half offensive fouls, then a third 34 seconds into the third quarter that hampered his efforts to get his shooting touch established.