WPIAL Hall of Fame welcomes Class of 2013
TribLIVE Sports Videos
During his career at Donora High School in the 1940s, Bimbo Cecconi accomplished more than most WPIAL athletes. He won medals in track (high hurdles and sprints) and three football championships. His basketball team finished second in the state, and he found time to play shortstop on the baseball team.
All of that led to his induction Friday night into the seventh WPIAL Hall of Fame class during ceremonies at the Green Tree Doubletree Hotel.
But he has done something else that is as impressive as anything done in the athletic arena. He has lived to the age of 84. His secret to a long life: “Olive oil,” he said. “In the hair and on the salad.” Cecconi went on to Pitt where he played football, basketball and baseball, once intercepting three passes, running for two scores and throwing for a touchdown against Penn State. He said he also outgained the entire Ohio State team in a 10-0 victory.
Told he must keep his acceptance speech to four minutes, he rolled his eyes in frustration. “Seventy years in four minutes? Give me a break.”
The remainder of the Class of 2013:
Sean Gilbert (Aliquippa, 1989): He won three prestigious football honors: Parade All-American, USA Today and defensive player of the year and Gatorade Player of the Year.
Jeremy Hunter (McGuffey, 1996): He recorded a dual-meet wrestling record of 171-2 while winning four PIAA and three WPIAL championships.
Christa Harmotto (Hopewell, 2005): Before earning Olympic silver in volleyball at the London Olympics in 2012, she led Hopewell to a state title while compiling a 59-0 record against WPIAL teams.
Elaine Sobansky-Blackhurst (Trinity, 1980): She made her mark throwing the shot put — a national indoor record of 50 feet, 10 inches — but she also won a state title in discus.
Megan Schnur (Butler, 2002): She excelled at every level of soccer, earning all-section, all-WPIAL, all-state, McDonald's and Parade All-American and Gatorade Player of the Year.
Tyler Palko (West Allegheny, 2002): After starting for four years and helping West Allegheny become the first WPIAL Class AAA football team to win a state title, he threw for 8,343 yards and 66 touchdowns at Pitt.
Jack Waltz (Mt. Lebanon, 1963): Two-sport standout, he was a three-time WPIAL and PIAA tennis singles champion and point guard on a championship basketball team.
Don Barth (North Catholic): He coached the North Catholic girls basketball team to seven state titles and 11 WPIAL championships in 19 consecutive title games while winning 600 of 683 games.
Lindy Lauro (New Castle): From 1961 to 1992, he coached six undefeated football teams and three WPIAL champions (1967, '73 and '75).
Jack McCurry (North Hills): No. 1 in the nation in 1987, North Hills won WPIAL football titles in 1982, '85, '87 and '93 before winning a state championship with the last team.
Donna Richey (Aliquippa): Founded and coached girls basketball at Aliquippa. She won two PIAA and four WPIAL championships.
Quaker Valley boys soccer (1996): While winning section, WPIAL and PIAA titles, Quaker Valley won 26 games without a loss, including 21 shutouts.
Mt. Alvernia girls basketball (1983): The small, private school was 34-0, winning WPIAL and PIAA championship games by scores of 81-45 and 78-52.
Don “Woody” Woodward: He officiated high school and college games in four sports for 41 years.
Jack Fullen: Longtime Blackhawk athletic director, he was elected president of the WPIAL Board of Control in 2010.
Kurt Wolfe (Pine-Richland): Winner of the Courage Award, he has coached baseball at Pine-Richland while battling stage IV colon cancer since 2009.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- 2 found dead in Harrison home
- Mother, baby found dead in Millvale apartment
- Steelers sign former ACC Player of the Year Boyd for QB depth
- Polamalu could be next in long line of Steelers greats given unceremonial exit
- Experts: Clinton took dangerous path with email system
- Wolf reverses Corbett, says deal between Highmark, UPMC doesn’t limit continuity of care to very ill
- Allegheny County Controller candidates quarrel 2 days before Dem endorsement vote
- Accident near Highland Park Bridge backs up Route 28 traffic
- Scottdale man charged with raping child in 1990s
- Pirates pitcher Locke fighting for 5th spot in starting rotation
- Route 422 closed after serious accident in Kittanning Township