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Championship Riverview team from '97 being honored at Springdale rivalry game

Michael DiVittorio
| Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, 5:45 p.m.
Riverview High School's 1997 WPIAL championship team will be honored at halftime of the Sept. 29 football game against Springdale.
Michael DiVittorio
Riverview High School's 1997 WPIAL championship team will be honored at halftime of the Sept. 29 football game against Springdale.

A celebration 20 years in the making will take place at Riverside Park in Oakmont during halftime of a rivalry football game.

Riverview Raiders will host the Springdale Dynamos at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 in the field along Third Street. The football program's only WPIAL championship team will be recognized during halftime of the game.

“We're excited to welcome back the 1997 team that won the WPIAL Class A division here in town,” said Dominic Lio, Riverview Alumni Association president and 1987 graduate. “We're welcoming back those players. It should be a fun night. It's been 20 years, and we wanted to celebrate their success. They were a good team throughout the ‘90s.”

Riverview defeated Fort Cherry in the championship, 19-14, on Nov. 22, 1997 at Three River Stadium.

They were led by the late legendary coach and athletic director, Jake Cappa.

The team featured quarterback and linebacker Justin Dudczak, running back and safety Lucas Heakins, fullback William Anderson, tight end and linebacker Steve Sikon and linemen Jerry Sabatini, Charlie Steffy, Rich Gilbert, Sam Glover, Bob Pica and linebacker Josh Walsh.

It was Riverview's only title after finishing second in two of the previous three years. The team has not made it back to a WPIAL championship since.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367, mdivittorio@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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