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Plum High School Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013 selected

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 9:05 p.m.

The Plum High School Sports Hall of Fame committee has announced the eight-member Class of 2013 that will be inducted on Nov. 14 at Edgewood Country Club in Churchill.

Tickets are available at $40 per individual and $400 for a table of 10.

Checks can be made payable to Plum High School Sports Hall of Fame and sent to Plum High School Sports Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 114006, Pittsburgh, PA, 15239.

Those sending payment are asked to include a return address. A ticket order form can be downloaded at

The website also has information on the hall of fame, as well as information and photos of past inductees.

This year marks the ninth hall-of-fame class to be inducted since the first group was enshrined in 2005.

Here is a brief look at each of the eight members of the Class of 2013:

Lou Klauss wrestling/golf coach

He was instrumental in the development of Plum wrestling in its early years as head coach from 1968 to 1980. He also helped establish the Plum Junior Wrestling Association in 1971.

Klauss grew the team from a 1-13 record to one of the WPIAL's top programs.

He also coached the Plum golf team to WPIAL team titles in 1968 and 1969 and served on the WPIAL Golf Committee for 17 years.

Steve Marsalese Class of 1981

He was a letterman in football, basketball, volleyball and track and field.

Marsalese was an all-state defensive back in football and earned a local publication's player-of-the-year honor.

He also made the PIAA All-Tournament team in volleyball and was a member of Plum's PIAA champion boys squad in 1981.

Marsalese received a scholarship to play volleyball at Penn State.

John Wojciechowski Class of 1992

He was a first-team all-conference player in both football and baseball.

Wojciechowski played football at Duquesne University. He was a three-year captain and an All-American in 1996.

He also started three years on the Duquesne baseball team.

Wojciechowski has enjoyed a 17-year career as an NFL scout and coordinator of player development with the Steelers, the Dallas Cowboys and his current employer, Green Bay.

John Ratesic coach/administrator

He coached Plum football and track from 1966 through 1977 and served on the WPIAL Football Committee.

Ratesic also served as assistant principal of Plum Senior High School from 1977 to 1996 and principal from 1997 to 2001.

Jeff Schmeck Class of 1976

The Mustangs track competitor and football player set a Plum record in the shot put with a then top mark of 55 feet, 9 inches.

In football, he was a Keystone Conference all-star at center in both his junior and senior seasons, and he was an all-state honorable mention lineman.

Paul Shish Class of 1966

He will receive posthumous induction.

Shish played football, basketball, baseball and track and field and earned All-WPIAL honors in football.

He was Plum's Athlete of the Year for 1966.

Shish received a four-year scholarship and played football at Clemson University.

Erica Van Tassel-Carter, Class of 1994

The three-time WPIAL champion in swimming still holds several Plum records.

Van Tassel-Carter qualified for the PIAA championships 12 times during her four-year high school career.

She received a swimming scholarship to Penn State, where she was a team captain and a four-time Big Ten All-Academic honoree.

Monica Zalevsky-Williams Class of 1984

She played volleyball, basketball and track and field in high school.

Zalevsky-Williams was a member of a PIAA champion Plum volleyball squad.

She went to Carnegie Mellon and started on the women's volleyball team four years and served two years as team captain.

While with the Tartans, she was a two-time all-conference performer.

Zalevsky-Williams also started two seasons on the CMU women's basketball team.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at




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