Fayette County Hall of Fame names 5th class
Eight individuals and three teams comprise the fifth class of the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame.
In alphabetical order the eight inductees include Harry “Flash” Clarke (deceased), Chuck Correal, Don Croftcheck, George Dugan, Bill Munsey (deceased), Ray Scott (deceased), Don Soberdash and Harold “Horse” Taylor (deceased).
The trio of honored teams are Brownsville High School's 1943 WPIAL champion football squad, Laurel Highlands High School's 1968 WPIAL and PIAA champion basketball team, and German Township High School's undefeated 1969 WPIAL championship football squad.
This year's induction banquet will take place on June 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.
• Clarke, a running back and graduate of Uniontown High School, represents the 1900-49 era. He went on to play at West Virginia University, where he rushed for a then-school record 921 yards in the 1938 season, and was inducted into the school's hall of fame in 1977. He was a two-time All-Pro halfback and a part of the Chicago Bears' 1940, 1941 and 1943 NFL championship teams. He was remarkably the only player that scored two touchdowns in the Bears' 73-0 victory over Washington in the 1940 title game. Clarke, who died in 2006 at the age of 89, ended his eight-year professional career with more than 1,700 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards.
• Correal, an offensive lineman and graduate of Laurel Highlands High School, was drafted in the eighth round of the 1979 NFL Draft by Philadelphia and played for Atlanta in 1980. He was a two-year starter for the Nittany Lions and anchored an offensive line that helped the 1978 Penn State squad compile an 11-0 regular season before losing to Alabama in the 1979 Sugar Bowl.
• Croftcheck is from the 1960s era and was a standout at offensive guard and linebacker at Redstone High School. After starring at Indiana University Bloomington, he was drafted by the AFL and NFL in 1965. He played two seasons with Washington and one with Chicago.
• Also representing the 1960's is Dugan, who won the 127-pound PIAA Class AAA state wrestling championship for German Township School in 1968 A three-time section champion who won 70 scholastic of 80 matches, Dugan won the 127-pouns title by defeating Bill Paecarella of Cumberland Valley in the finals, 6-4. He wrestled for two seasons at California State College.
• Munsey, a Uniontown High School graduate is from the 1950s and the defensive back and fullback helped the University of Minnesota win two Big Ten Conference titles. Though drafted by Cleveland in the fourth round, he played for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. He recorded five interceptions in 1963, nine more in 1964, and was the MVP of that year's CFL Grey Cup game. Munsey produced 863 yards with four scores in 1966 and 656 yards in 1967. He retired after that season and passed away in March of 2002.
• Connellsville's Scott is recognized as one of the finest sports broadcasters in American history. Best known for his work with the Green Bay Packers of the 1960s and with CBS sports, he called four Super Bowls and seven NFL (later NFC) championship games as well as the 1965 World Series. He was twice named National Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and was inducted in their Hall of Fame in 1982. Scott died in 1998 and was posthumously inducted onto the Packers' Hall of Fame in 2000 and in 2001 received the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
• Soberdash is another 1950s inductee along with Munsey, The Dunbar Township High School player led Fayette country in scoring in 1955 and went on to play right halfback at the University of Georgia and then with Hamilton of the CFL. His two receiving touchdowns in 1958 were second best in the Southeastern Conference, and his collegiate quarterback was future Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton. Soberdash was the captain of Georgia's 1960 Orange Bowl squad.
• Taylor was a longtime head basketball coach at Laurel Highlands and coached the 1968 team, which is being honored next month. The 1968 Mustangs featured 2009 Fayette County Hall of Fame inductee Wil Robinson. Taylor coached at North Union from 1962-65, when his teams won two section titles and compiled a 59-19 cumulative record. He coached Laurel Highlands from 1966-67 through 1981-82.
Tickets are available through www.fayettecountysportshalloffame.com or by calling 724-430-4100, Ext. 4886.