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Halls of fame announce 2013 inductees

Here are lists of inductees for two local halls of fame this year. Ticket information and inductee profiles will be published at a later date.

Armstrong County Sports Hall of Fame

The 41st induction banquet will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Laube Hall, Freeport

• George “Butch” Aggen — Freeport football

• Thomas Emminger — Kittanning coaching

• Lori Gamble — Ford City karate

• Sgt. Joseph M. Garrison, USMC — Distant special military awardee

• Douglas Goodman — Freeport football

• David Highfield — Ford City KDKA-TV reporter builder award

• Clinton Holes — Apollo-Ridge and Penn State football

• Randall Punchard — Shannock Valley basketball

• Roger Bruce Shumaker — Distant wrestling

• Kevin Talmadge — Apollo-Ridge basketball and baseball

• Dennis Yajko — Leechburg football

A-K Valley Sports Hall of Fame

The 44th induction banquet will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Clarion Hotel, New Kensington

• John Cappa — Riverview multiple sports and West Virginia football

• Ed Lynch — Apollo auto racing

• Mark McCloud — Valley multiple sports and Robert Morris basketball

• Carol Perroz — Valley WPIAL and PIAA softball

• Rick Tatrn — East Deer-Frazer athlete and Deer Lakes WPIAL and PIAA volleyball

• Dave Thompson — Tarentum athlete and basketball coaching

• Al Uskuraitis — Washington Township retired sports executive and builder

• Paul Sturja (posthumous) — Springdale high school and semipro football

Top high school sports
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, 12:46 a.m.

A former standout local athlete is athletic director at one of the nation's most prestigious high schools.

Ed King, a 1974 Freeport High School graduate, has been the athletic director at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md., for about eight years.

Known mostly for its basketball program, DeMatha has 13 other sports under King's watch.

“We have 900 students in the school — all boys,” King said. “Our students are very active. A good percentage of them are in the band. When we go on the road, we have as many as 18 band buses for a trip.”

Hyattsville is located about a mile south of the University of Maryland.

Morgan Wootten was DeMatha's nationally-renowned basketball coach from 1956-2002. Wootten posted a record of 1,274-192, an .869 winning percentage.

“Now some of our younger students don't know anything about Mr. Wootten,” King said with a laugh.

Pitt freshman point guard James Robinson is a DeMatha grad.

Other distinguished alumni include Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey, CBS NFL studio host James Brown and 1970s basketball great Adrian Dantley.

DeMatha's football program sends a number of players to Division I schools, including 13 who will sign letters of intent Feb. 6. The lobby at DeMatha can sometimes look like a Who's Who of coaching.

“We have a new facility where coaches sign in and wait in the lobby until we get players and coaches to meet them,” King said. “One year, we had 22 Division I scholarship players.”

King was a fullback/nose guard on two outstanding Freeport teams.

The 1972 and '73 Yellowjackets teams combined for a 17-3 record, including an appearance in the 1972 WPIAL title game against Beaver Area.

King led a defense that shutout six opponents in each of those two seasons.

After playing for the University of South Carolina, King spent several years in small-town Carolina before coming to DeMatha.

King tries to get back to the Alle-Kiski Valley a “couple of times each year,” including the reunion/picnic held for legendary Freeport coach Don Earley last July.

George Guido is a Valley News Dispatch scholastic sports correspondent. His column appears Wednesdays.

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