Former Springdale hoops star headed to Hall

| Sunday, April 17, 2011

For Greg Martucci, all those jump shots as a child ended up opening doors.

"Springdale always had the best youth (basketball) program around," Martucci said. "All we did was play basketball."

All that basketball helped Martucci build an impressive resume during some of the Springdale boys basketball program's best years. And it eventually led Martucci to a four-year basketball scholarship to Holy Cross.

For his accomplishments, Martucci will join seven others as inductees into the Alle-Kiski Sports Hall of Fame on May 14 at the Clarion Hotel in New Kensington.

Martucci still has the Springdale all-time scoring record with 1,820 points.

He led the Dynamos to an undefeated regular season (24-0) in 1985, which included a trip to the WPIAL Class AA final.

"One memory that really sticks in my mind is that WPIAL championship," Martucci said. "We were 24-0; Washington was 25-0. We were (ranked) 1-2 in the state. I think about that often."

In 1984, Martucci was the fourth-leading scorer in the WPIAL with 24.5 points per game. He followed that up with 29 points per game in '85.

During his high school career, Springdale won 47 consecutive section games.

Martucci earned Valley News Dispatch "Fab 5" and A-K Valley Player of the Year honors in 1984 and '85. He also was named to the PIAA All-State second team, while earning a nomination for the McDonald's All-American team.

He participated in the Dapper Dan Roundball Classic and was the Pittsburgh Ozanam Summer League MVP in 1985.

"The abilities that got me (to Holy Cross) also let me learn from George Blaney," Martucci said.

Blaney coached at Holy Cross from 1972-94 and is currently a Connecticut associate head coach.

Martucci said he probably learned more about life than basketball while at Holy Cross.

"Holy Cross was a phenomenal experience," Martucci said. "(Blaney) taught me so many life lessons that I wouldn't have learned at Holy Cross. Its not just about learning the books. He taught us how to be a man and having responsibilities."

Martucci, who still lives in the Boston area, admits he lost track of the Springdale basketball program after graduating. He would like to see the team succeed again, even if that means some of his accomplishments getting overshadowed.

"I'm proud of the records," Martucci said. "Records are made to be broken, but I am proud of it."

Additional Information:

At a glance

Alle-Kiski Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet

7 p.m. May 14, Clarion Hotel, New Kensington

Inductees: Ronald Cecil, Steve Earley, Sam Elias, Moses Guin, Gregori Martucci, Barry Nelson, Garry Nelson and Christine Marie Troilo

Tickets: Call Al Uskuraitis at 724-727-7259

Cost: $20; No tickets sold at the door

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