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James Krandel (left) and Tanner Volpatti (right) pose civilly on the football field.

James Krandel (left) and Tanner Volpatti (right) pose civilly on the football field.

James Krandel (left) and Tanner Volpatti (right) pose civilly on the football field.

Gavin Campbell, Staff Writer

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Two superstars have been clashing as of late. The question is: Who is the most elite athlete in Bethel Park?

On September 15, 2017 the Hawk Seat made its debut to the world. Alex Mullen and Gavin Campbell sat down at the illustrious Hawk Seat broadcast table. Their guest, Tanner Volpatti. The pilot episode of the Hawk Seat accumulated thousands of views via Hawk Eye. Volpatti was bolstered into superstardom. But did it come with a price?

Fast forward to February 1, 2018, James Krandel joined the cast for the newest episode of the Hawk Seat. What was so intriguing was that the episode was the first part of the new “Elite Faces of BP,” named in homage of Tanner Volpatti. The interview was going well and a few Tanner Volpatti references were thrown in. This obviously upset Krandel who believed that Tanner was stealing his spotlight, while not even being there. The duo had been friends since they were nine years old, that’s nine years of friendship, and also nine years that Krandel has been in Volpatti’s shadow.

When asked if he was elite, Krandel simply said, “I’m more elite than Tanner Volpatti.”

And so the debate began. Is James Krandel more elite than Tanner Volpatti?

“How many people can say that they’re the fastest in the state?” Kam Lach commented on the eliteness of Krandel over Volpatti.

Tanner Volpatti erupted, “25 touchdowns. More elite than me!!? Did you really see him on the field or the sidelines.” It’s no secret that the Hawks leaned heavily on the run game this season, and Volpatti wants to make sure Krandel knows that.   

Both sides have gained some heat from Hawk Seat fans. The Chief Correspondent of the Hawk Seat, Nick Guimond, stated, “Tanner Volpatti. Never wrong. But also James is never wrong so I don’t know.”

“[Krandel’s comment] hurt me emotionally, like he was almost throwing the friendship away. It’s really a shame.” Volpatti, obviously flustered, had one last thing to say about Krandel, “The sport I am in is harder to be elite in, rather than just running.”

So Hawk Seat fans, who is the elite athlete of Bethel Park, James Krandel or Tanner Volpatti, or is it neither of them? Next week, we have Volpatti on the show to make his commitment to Slippery Rock. But we also have a pretty “elite” hockey player, by the name of JC Bele… tune in and see what happens.

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