Raise a glass of chianti to the Italians, who dominated the Swedes 23-10 at the annual Wop-Swede Game, played at Runkle Lake Park July 12. Front row, from left: Christian Valesano, David Lesandrini, Herbie Nylund, Bill Santilli, Tony Santilli, Scott Santilli and Phil Robinson. Back row: Bryan LaChapelle Jr., Brian Fabbri, Bob Miller, Troy Margoni, Nick Baumgartner and Bryan LaChapelle Sr.
CRYSTAL FALLS—In 2013, the annual Wop-Swede softball game lasted 12 grueling innings before the Italians eked out an 13-11 win. It was one of the closest games ever in the storied ethnic rivalry.