By Rick O’Brien
From fifth grade through his sophomore year at Strath Haven, John Harrar focused on basketball.
“I thought I was going to stick with the sport and play it in college,” the 6-foot-8, 230-pound senior said. “But then the coach [longtime Panthers football boss Kevin Clancy] kept bugging me to come out for the team.”
Harrar fared well as a junior defensive end and then, in the recently completed season, was highly impressive as a two-way end. He earned first-team all-Central League honors on both sides of the ball.
“I got stronger physically and learned from the coaches the ins and outs of the game’s technical aspects,” the 17-year-old said. “Now I’m leaning toward playing football in college.”