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ColonialsCorner is part of the Rivals.com network of college sports Web sites, devoted to covering Robert Morris University sports. Owned by Yahoo! Sports, Rivals.com has been a destination Web site since 2001. Powered by more than 300 writers, reporters and publishers at the local level, Rivals.com is the most respected name in team-specific college sports coverage and the country's No. 1 authority on college football and basketball recruiting.

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ColonialsCorner takes that power and the resources available and focuses it on Robert Morris. We focus heavily on football, basketball, and men's hockey, but we branch out to any other sport involving the university where there's an interesting story.

After five years of running ColonialsCorner as an independent site, Publisher Andrew Chiappazzi agreed to a deal with Rivals.com for the site to become part of the Rivals.com network. The deal made it possible for additional coverage and for Chiappazzi to devote even more resources to covering Robert Morris sports.

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Andrew Chiappazzi - is the only publisher in the history of ColonialsCorner. He started the site from scratch and struck a deal with Rivals.com to move the site to the Rivals network in October 2011. Andrew primarily covers football and basketball and is the site's primary recruiting analyst and photographer. In general, he doesn't sleep. Follow him on Twitter at @achiappazzi. For more on Andrew and the site's background, read below.

Brooks Bratten - is the site's primary hockey writer. Bratten has contributed to the site since January 2012, covering the RMU men's ice hockey team. As of September 2012, Bratten is also an intern covering the Pittsburgh Penguins for the NHL team's official site. A hockey nut, he's also considered to be the staff's best dresser. Follow him on Twitter at @bnbratten.

Chris Cappella - joined the staff as an intern for the Fall 2012 semester. Cappella, a current RMU student, covers football and basketball for the site. An avid Jets fan, Cappella can often be found in an eternal flip flop between supreme confidence and rage regarding the Jets' playoff hopes. Follow him on Twitter at @c_cappella.

Lee Kunkel - joined the staff as an intern for the Fall 2012 semester. Kunkel, a current RMU student, is tasked with promoting the site on campus, around Moon Township, and throughout the alumni base. He'll also contribute occasional feature stories. A Dolphins and Orioles fan, Kunkel has found kindred spirits in the disheartened and perpetually pessimistic Pirates fans at RMU. Follow him on Twitter at @kunkel5.

Brian Cleary - joined the site upon its move to Rivals.com in the fall of 2011 as the primary football analyst. Cleary starred for Robert Morris as an All-NEC, All-ECAC, and All-American lineman from 1994-1997, helping lead the Colonials to two ECAC Bowl victories. Cleary spent several years on the RMU staff and is now the team's radio color analyst. He provides weekly analysis into each game.

Carl LaMancusa - is an occasional contributor to the site's photography. An avid amateur photographer, LaMancusa generously began donating his material to the site in August 2012. His work can be seen in occasional photo galleries and from home-game coverage.


In October 2011, Andrew Chiappazzi guided ColonialsCorner from five years of independent work to part of the Rivals.com network.

Born and raised in Erie, Chiappazzi endured the hearty lakeshore winters by immersing himself in the daily sports pages and in weekly sports magazines. By age six, he was memorizing sports scores to regal his kindergarten classmates with the weekend's events.

Pursuit of sports journalism took him to Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, where he spent four years working towards his diploma holed in the campus television station. He earned recognition from the Communicator Awards and Society of Professional Journalists for his work as a host of a weekly campus sports show and as a news reporter for the station's news program. Chiappazzi also became the TV voice of the Colonials, broadcasting home football, basketball, and hockey games. In his senior year, Chiappazzi helped launch the brand new online campus radio station with a regular sports talk show.

In August 2008, Chiappazzi hooked up with the Beaver County Times as a correspondent. Starting off as a preps reporter, he's expanded his role to include high school sports, Robert Morris football and basketball, University of Pittsburgh football and basketball, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

His featured assignments as a reporter include the 2004 Presidential Election, 2004 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., the 2008 and 2010 NFL AFC Championship games, the first and second rounds of the 2010 NCAA Tournament in Providence, R.I., the 2010 U.S. Women's Open at Oakmont Country Club, and the 2011 NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field.

Chiappazzi still writes for the Times, covering occasional high school sports while contributing to the paper's coverage of the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2010, he became the Rivals.com site publisher for PaPreps, which covers Pennsylvania high school sports. He lives in Moon Township and can be reached at [email protected]

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