Mt. Pleasant Area football volunteers are cited for 40 years of service
Frank Kalemba of Mt. Pleasant and Phil Porterfield of Pittsburgh were recently recognized for decades of commitment and dedication to the Mt. Pleasant Area Vikings football program at the team's Nov. 1 home WPIAL Class AA opening round playoff game.
Each of the volunteers was presented a plaque prior to kickoff as a token of appreciation for the time and energy they've both devoted as integral parts of Friday night football games for more than 40 years.
“These gentlemen show that good citizenship is important. We are lucky to have them, and all of the other people that volunteer for our events,” said Dave Capozzi, the district's athletic director.
Kalemba is a graduate of Hurst High School in Norvelt, where he began his duties on the chain crew, or assistants to the linesman who handle the first down measuring chain and the down indicator box.
He now is the head of the crew on the field at all of the home games.
Kalemba said his love of high school football is what drives him to be on the sidelines in any weather condition.
“I appreciate this more than anything. I've seen a lot of good football in 40 years,” he said.
Porterfield has been the voice of the Vikings since he was a junior at the school.
His first 10 years of announcing was done at Hurst Stadium in Norvelt.
Porterfield said he is essentially the only announcer for home games in the history of Viking Stadium, located on the property of the Mt. Pleasant Area Junior-Senior High School.
He said he leaves his home in the city to announce home games at his alma mater for the sheer enjoyment of doing it.
His cousin, Dan Rimlinger, helped him in early years of announcing.
Currently, Porterfield said his brother, Ken Porterfield, acts as his eyes on the field when he performs his duties.
“I owe a lot of my accuracy to Ken. All of the athletic directors over the years have treated me with respect; that is why I continue to do it,” Phil Porterfield said.
Kelly Vernon is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-547-5722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.