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Mid Mon Valley sports HOF set to induct 6

Paul Schofield
| Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, 9:31 p.m.

The Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame will hold its 25th annual banquet June 15 at the St. Spyridon Hellenic Center in Monessen.

The Class of 2018 includes Vinnie Graham, Ernest “Roger” Hotz, Jamont Kinds, Dan LaCarte, Jamie Reader and the deceased John Konek.

The Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame is one of 28 chapters of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

The chapter has inducted 22 members into the state hall of fame: Stan Musial, Bert Rechichar, Jim Russell, Arnold Galiffa, Dan Towler, John Potsklan, Sever J. Toretti, H.C. Carlson, Lou “Bimbo” Cecconi, Armand Niccolai, Bap Manzini, Ken Griffey, Fred Cox, Ron Necciai, Myron Pottios, Bill Malinchak, Sam Havrilak, Dale Hamer, Eric Crabtree, Craig Fayak, Fred Mazurek and, this past year, Robert “Red” Worrell.

• Vinnie Graham was Belle Vernon's all-time leading basketball scorer with 2,429. He ranks fourth in the WPIAL all-time list and ranks 33rd all-time in the state. He is a 1995 BVA graduate. Graham went on to play three seasons at Cal (Pa.) and was PSAC West Rookie of the Year as a freshman.

• Ernest “Roger” Hotz is a 1955 graduate of California High School. Hotz was named to the All-Mon Valley Section 5-A first team with 19.3 points per game in his senior season. At Cal (Pa.), he established a career scoring record with 1,747 points.

• Jamont Kinds is a 1995 Ringgold graduate. He shined on the gridiron, hardwood and track. Kinds threw for 1,294 yards and was part of Ringgold's basketball state championship in 1995. At Syracuse as a defensive back, Kinds helped win three Big East titles.

• Dan LaCarte is a 1999 Charleroi graduate. He was a three-sport star, excelling as a tight end and outside linebacker and named First Team All-State by the Associated Press. At Pitt, he was a three-year left guard letterman who played in four bowl games and was named to the All-Big East Academic team three times.

• Jamie Reader is a 1993 Monessen graduate. He was a two-sport star in football and basketball. He played at Akron as a four-year running back.

• John Konek was a 1950 California graduate. He was chosen as the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph's High School Football Player of the Year in Western Pennsylvania and was a high school All-American. Konek led the Trojans as a halfback to the WPIAL Class A championship with an 11-0-0 record in 1949. Konek went on to star at Kansas on a full scholarship and received all-conference recognition as a defensive back. He also played third base for the Phillies and Pirates farm teams. He died in 2009.

Along with the Hall of Fame inductees, eighteen senior scholar-athletes from Mon Valley high schools will also be honored. Those high schools include Belle Vernon, Bentworth, Brownsville, California, Charleroi, Elizabeth-Forward, Monessen, Ringgold, and Yough.

Tickets are $45, and seating is limited. To reserve tickets or request program book sponsorship, contact Steve Russell, Hall of Fame General Chairman, at 724-258-3823 or email

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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