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Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

A pair of undefeated teams headline the Class of 2013 for the Quaker Valley Hall of Fame.

The 1956 football team finished 7-0 in its first season of competition.

Quaker Valley hall of famer Joseph Dobrick led the combined players and former rivals from Sewickley and Leetsdale high schools.

Assistant coach Halley Willison and players Robert Mott and Jack Larimer already have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Ernest Robinson, a 1958 grad, was one of the members of the team and will be inducted as an individual. Robinson excelled in football, basketball and track.

Robinson would spend several years in the U.S. Army before he started a 31-year teaching and coaching career in Columbus, Ohio.

The other undefeated squad is the 1991 girls soccer team, which finished 23-0.

The first team to finish undefeated at Quaker Valley since the 1956 football team, the Quakers defeated Mt. Lebanon, 1-0, to capture the WPIAL title.

The team finished ranked No. 1 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Several other individual athletes will be inducted, including 1997 grad Chris Churchill, captain of back-to-back state winning boys soccer teams.

Churchill was named all-WPIAL three times and was named a National All-American his senior year.

He finished his high school career with 50 goals and 22 assists as a defender. Churchill played one season at Penn State before transferring to Pitt and earning All-Big East recognition his junior and senior seasons.

John Houghton graduated in 2003 as may be the most decorated tennis player in Quaker Valley history.

Houghton played all four years as the top singles player and recorded five losses over his first three seasons, winning WPIAL titles as a sophomore and junior.

He finished his final season undefeated and captured both a WPIAL and PIAA title.

He continued his athletic career at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Courtney South Schorr, a 1994 graduate, will be inducted to the hall for her accomplishments in swimming.

She was a PIAA champion her senior year in three events — 50-yard freestyle, the 100 freestyle and the 200 freestyle — and was named an All-American in the 100 freestyle.

She went on to swim for four years at Notre Dame, helping the Irish win Big East titles in her junior and senior years.

“We are really excited about another strong group of inductees,” Quaker Valley athletic director Mike Mastroianni said in a statement.

“They again represent the different eras, and their credentials are impressive and unquestioned. Our athletic department and our school district are very fortunate to have had such distinguished contributors.”

More information about the inductees will be released throughout the summer leading up to the induction banquet in September.

Tickets to attend the Hall of Fame ceremony will go on sale in early August.

For more information or for anyone interested in contributing to the Hall of Fame and the weekend events, contact Gene Klein at kleing@qvsd.org.

Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at nsmith@tribweb.com or via Twitter @NSmith_Trib.

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