Ding-A-Lings Sports Club honors state champ Nolf with commemorative sign
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Drivers cruising down Pa. Route 85 near Rural Valley might have noticed a bright new piece of signage along their route.
Along a fence at the Yatesboro ball field in Cowanshannock Township, a 4-by-8 foot sign commemorating the high school career of three-time state champion wrestler Jason Nolf stands, courtesy of Rural Valley's Ding-A-Lings Sports Club.
The sign, which lists the years of Nolf's state titles (2011, '13 and '14) along with his career record of 176-1, was paid for by the club to honor a hometown athlete who has been associated with the club since his elementary school years.
“I think it's pretty cool. The Ding-A-Lings have done a lot for me, and this is great of them,” Nolf said.
Though he went to high school at Kittanning, Nolf hails from the Yatesboro area, which led to his connection with the club.
The Ding-A-Lings have provided more than $300,000 in their 45-year existence to support athletes and facilities in the Rural Valley area, and their financial backing helped carry Nolf from his early career to being a Penn State recruit.
“(Jason) came and read a letter to us when he was about 9 years old and just a short, little guy, and we gave him a couple hundred bucks to go to a tournament,” Ding-A-Lings president Larry Pompelia said. “He came back and told us he won everything. Then the next year, he came back to us, he went and won everything again.
“And it hasn't stopped since.”
Nolf said he's appreciative of what the club has done for him through the years, which has been much more than one sign along his hometown's main road.
“If I ever needed anything for travel expenses or anything for wrestling, they've been there,” Nolf said. “They've always helped me out with anything, pretty much.”
This isn't the first time the Ding-A-Lings have gone out of their way to honor top high school athletic achievements. After now-closed Shannock Valley won the PIAA's Class AA girls volleyball championship, the club paid for a similar sign to commemorate the victory.
Some of the club's other charitable work dates back to its early days, when it led a fundraising drive to pay for a scoreboard at the old Shannock Valley football field.
The club also has a scholarship program that has awarded $57,000 to students from Shannock Valley, the short-lived Armstrong East and West Shamokin.
“The whole purpose of our club is to help youth sports in our community,” Pompelia said. “We ran the idea (for the sign) past the club, and everyone thought it was a good idea. So we had Genesis Screens in Dayton put it together for us, and we put it up a couple of weeks ago.”
“There have been a lot of great athletes to come from this area over the years. Bob Pellegrini was a (UPI) Lineman of the Year winner at Maryland in the 50's. Ronnie Shoop played in the majors with the Tigers.
“(Nolf's) numbers already speak for themselves, and he's going off to Penn State, where he'll probably keep beating people.”
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.
- Burrell freshman Christie aided by bracket change at wrestling regionals
- Kiski Area heavyweights advance to WPIAL Class AAA semifinals
- Six BVA wrestlers advance to semifinals
- Hempfield’s Kemerer, Logan capture unexpected wins to qualify for WPIAL semifinals
- Overtime takedown vaults McKeesport’s Ingram into WPIAL semifinals
- Southmoreland senior gets brotherly advice in Southwest Regional wrestling championships: Win
- Kittanning’s Robb hoping for rematch with West Branch’s Maines in final
- Tough day for Connellsville wrestlers in regional quarterfinals
- Burgettstown senior seeks role reversal at Class AA regionals
- Southmoreland freshman Griffiths aims to take heed of brother’s advice
- Yough’s Sever qualifies for PIAA tourney