Scott, Soberdash among those headed into Fayette County Sports Hall
By Jason Black
Published: Monday, April 29, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
The Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame's fifth induction class was announced Monday at a social event at the Cabaret in Uniontown.
Eight individuals and three teams make up this year's class.
Among them are late sportscaster Ray Scott of Connellsville, and former Dunbar Township High School athlete Don Soberdash.
The Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame banquet will take place at 5:30 p.m. June 22 at Penn State Fayette. The annual Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame golf outing will be at 9 a.m. June 21 the Uniontown Country Club.
“It's another great class of individual and team inductees, and it sets us up for another exciting Hall of Fame weekend with the golf outing and induction banquet,” said Jes Hutson, executive co-chair and co-founder of the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame.
Scott was one of the most recognizable voices in American sports from the 1950s through the '90s. He was the voice of the Green Bay Packers from 1956-67. He announced four Super Bowls and numerous major college football bowl games, World Series games and golf tournaments. He earned 12 Sportscaster of the Year honors and is a member of the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame.
Scott died in 1998 in Minneapolis.
“I am pleased that Ray Scott is going in,” said George Von Benko, executive co-chair and co-founder of the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame. “He was a tremendous announcer and someone that I was pleased to know personally.”
A 1956 graduate of Dunbar Township High School, Soberdash led Fayette County in scoring during the 1955 football season. He was a standout for the Georgia football teams of the late 1950s and went on to play for Hamilton in the Canadian Football League.
“He was a tremendous player,” Von Benko said. “Don is just one of the many forgotten gems from Fayette County.”
Other inductees this year include late Uniontown High School and NFL player Harry “Flash” Clarke (1900-40 era), late Uniontown High School and CFL football star Bill Munsey (1950-59 era), former Redstone High School football standout and NFL player Don Croftcheck (1960-69 era), former German Township High School state wrestling champion George Dugan (1960-69 era), former Laurel Highlands football player and NFL player Chuck Correal (1970-91 era) and former Laurel Highlands basketball coach Harold “Horse” Taylor.
The Brownsville 1943 WPIAL championship football team, the Laurel Highlands 1968 WPIAL and PIAA championship football team and the Laurel Highlands 1968 WPIAL and PIAA championship basketball team also will be inducted.
For tickets to the induction banquet or for more information about the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame, visit fayettecountysportshalloffame.com or call 724-430-4100, ext. 4886.
Jason Black is the local sports editor of the Daily Courier. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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