For More Information Contact
Jes Hutson, Co-Executive Chair
P.O. Box 664
Uniontown, PA 15401
724-438-2682
jeh20@psu.edu

 

 

Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame Inducts 2014 Class

A crowd of over 400 was on hand Saturday June 21 at Penn State Fayette the Eberly Campus for the 2014 Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame Induction banquet.

Seven individuals and two teams make up the sixth class for the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame. The individuals are Connellsville's Hank Oppermann, Albert Gallatin's Buddy Quertinmont, German Township's Ralph Still, Laurel Highlands' Greg Beckwith and Uniontown's Pope Gregory. Coaches Ken Misiak (Geibel boys basketball) and Bill Power (Uniontown football) also were inducted along with the 1962 Uniontown football team and the Frazier 1969 basketball team.

Next year's banquet is scheduled for Saturday June 20, 2015.


George Von Benko (L) and Chris Cluss (R) present Connellsville's Hank Oppermann with his 2014 Hall of Fame induction plaque.

2014 Inductee Buddy Quertinmont from Albert Gallatin addresses the banquet crowd.

Bonnie Gregory (Bennett Pope Gregory's widow) accepts 2014 Hall of Fame plaque from Chris Cluss.

Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame Athletes of the Year


The Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame selected two athletes from Connellsville High School as male and female athletes of the year. Ashton Grimm (left) and Jade Maher (right). Both were awarded $1,000 scholarships.

 

2014 Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame Golf Outing

The 2014 Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame Golf outing at Uniontown Country Club on Friday June 20 was another rousing success with 96 golfers participating.


Showing teeing off is Robert Franks one of the members of the 1969 Frazier basketball team that was part of the 2014 Hall of Fame class.

Golfing at the 2014 Hall of Fame Golf outing L-R: Fayette County Sports Hall of Famers Rip Haley, Don Yates
and Gus Gerard.

 

Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Class


2014 Hall of Fame inductee Buddy Quertimont speaking at the May 8 Announcement Social.

2014 Hall of Fame inductee Ken Misiak speaking at the May 8 Announcement Social.

A crowd of 100 was on hand at the Ivory Ballroom in Uniontown on Thursday night May 8 as the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame announced its 2014 class of inductees.

The Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce its sixth class of inductees. The class consisting of seven individuals and two teams will be inducted at a banquet on June 21, 2014, at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.

In the 1900 to 1959 era the Hall will induct: Former Connellsville High School and Penn State football standout Henry “Hank” Oppermann.

In the decade from 1960 to 1969 the Hall of Fame selected: Former Albert Gallatin High School and West Virginia University basketball stalwart Buddy Quertinmont.

One player was selected for induction from the 1970 to 1979 era: Former German Township High School and University of Pittsburgh star football player Ralph Still.

In the 1980 to 1994 era: Former Laurel Highlands High School an University of Richmond basketball standout Greg Beckwith was elected to the Class of 2014.

In the coaches category former Geibel High School basketball coaching legend Ken Misiak was selected.

Two slots in the deceased category were filled by former Uniontown High School, University of Nebraska and Buffalo Bills running back Bennett “Pope” Gregory and former Point Marion and Uniontown High School football coach Bill Power.

Two teams were selected in the 2014 class: Uniontown High School’s undefeated 1962 WPIAL champion football squad and Frazier High School's 1969 WPIAL champion and PIAA runner up basketball team.

The Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame banquet is slated for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. Tickets are now available on the website: www.fayettecountysportshalloffame.com or by phoning Katie Propes at (724) 415-2260. There will be a Hall of Fame Golf outing at 9 a.m. on June 20 at the Uniontown Country Club.

For more information please contact George Von Benko at (724) 626-1433.

 

Mazurek Inducted Into Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame

Former Redstone High school and University of Pittsburgh star quarterback Fred Mazurek has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Mazurek who was inducted into the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 was part of the 2013 Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Class that was inducted in Harrisburg PA on October 19.

Mazurek (L) is pictured with Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame co-founder George Von Benko at the October 19th Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame banquet.

 

Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame Weekend 2013

The Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame banquet on June 22, 2013 was a huge success with a fifth consecutive sellout and over 500 people attending. The golf outing was also sellout on June 21 at Uniontown Country Club. Our second banquet after party was also very successful with over 150 people partying, some staying until closing time, catching up on old times with great friends. Please mark your calendars for next year's Hall of Fame weekend on June 20-21. Our board thanks you for your great support.

2013 Fayette Hall of Fame Class
2013 Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame Class: First Row: (L-R) Tony Tokish (Representing 1969 German Township football team ), Joe Simon (Representing George Dugan), Wil Robinson (Representing 1968 Laurel Highlands basketball team) and George Von Benko (Representing Ray Scott and 1943 Brownsville football team)

Second Row: (L-R) Allyn Curry (Representing Bill Munsey), Don Croftcheck, Chuck Correal, Barry Taylor (Representing his father Harold "Horse" Taylor, and Scott Clarke (Representing his father Harry Clarke).

Photo credit Ken Brooks

 

Chris Cluss
Former West Virginia University Athletic Director Ed Pastilong (L) accepts plaque honoring Harry Clarke from Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame chairman of the board Chris Cluss.

 

Donald Croftcheck
2013 Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame inductee Don Croftcheck speaks to banquet crowd.

 

Harold Horse Taylor
Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame co-founder George Von Benko (R) presents plaque to Barry Taylor representing his father Coach Harold "Horse" Taylor.

 

Fayette County Athletes
Fayette County Male and Female athletes of the year: Julie Friend and Joe Pegg.

 

Jes Hudson and Vivian Stringer
Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame co-founder Jes Hutson presents Hall of Fame medal to returning 2010 Hall of Fame inductee Rutgers women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer.

 

Huey
Former Uniontown great Gene Huey putting at the 2013 Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame golf outing.

Photo credits Bob Costello

 

Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame
Inducts Fifth Class

The Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce its fifth class of inductees. The class consisting of seven individuals and three teams will be inducted at a banquet on June 22, 2013 at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.

In the 1900 to 1949 era the inductee is: Former Uniontown High, West Viginia University and Chicago Bears standout Harry “Flash” Clarke.
In the decade from 1950 to 1959 the Hall of Fame selected: Former Uniontown and University of Minnesota football star Bill Munsey, who also played for the CFL BC Lions.

From the era of 1960 to 1969 two individuals will be inducted: Former Redstone High School football standout Don Croftcheck who went on to play football at the University of Indiana and with the Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears. Also selected was former German Township High School State Champion and wrestling star George Dugan.

One player was selected for induction from the 1970 to 1991 era: Former Laurel Highlands and Penn State football standout Chuck Correal, who also played in the NFL.

In the coaches category former Laurel Highlands High School basketball coaching legend Harold “Horse” Taylor was selected.

The slot in the Special Recognition category is filled by former longtime announcing legend the late Ray Scott of Connellsville.

Three teams were selected in the 2013 class: Brownsville High School’s 1943 WPIAL Championship football squad, Laurel Highlands High School's 1968 WPIAL and PIAA Championship basketball team, and the German Township High School undefeated 1969 WPIAL Championship football squad.
The Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame banquet is slated for 5:30 pm Saturday June 22, 2013 at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. Tickets are now available on the website: www.fayettecountysportshalloffame.com or by phoning (724) 430-4100, ext. 4886. There will be a Hall of Fame Golf outing at 9 am on June 21 at the Uniontown Country Club.

For more information please contact George Von Benko at (724) 626-1433.

 


Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame
Announces Fifth Class

Tokish

Tony Tokish speaks on behalf of 1969 German Township High School football team at recent Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame Announcement Social.

 

Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame
Announces Fifth Class

The Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce its fifth class of inductees. The class consisting of eight individuals and three teams will be inducted at a banquet on June 22, 2013 at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.

In the 1900 to 1949 era the inductee is: Former Uniontown High, West Viginia University and Chicago Bears standout Harry “Flash” Clarke.

In the decade from 1950 to 1959 the Hall of Fame selected: Former Uniontown and University of Minnesota football star Bill Munsey, who also played for the CFL BC Lions.

From the era of 1960 to 1969 two individuals will be inducted: Former Redstone High School football standout Don Croftcheck who went on to play football at the University of Indiana and with the Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears. Also selected was former German Township High School State Champion and wrestling star George Dugan.

One player was selected for induction from the 1970 to 1991 era: Former Laurel Highlands and Penn State football standout Chuck Correal, who also played in the NFL.

In the coaches category former Laurel Highlands High School basketball coaching legend Harold “Horse” Taylor was selected.

The slot in the Special Recognition category is filled by former longtime announcing legend the late Ray Scott of Connellsville.

Three teams were selected in the 2013 class: Brownsville High School’s 1943 WPIAL Championship football squad, Laurel Highlands High School's 1968 WPIAL and PIAA Championship basketball team, and the German Township High School undefeated 1969 WPIAL Championship football squad.

The Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame banquet is slated for 5:30 pm Saturday June 22, 2013 at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. Tickets are now available on the website: www.fayettecountysportshalloffame.com or by phoning (724) 430-4100, ext. 4886. There will be a Hall of Fame Golf outing at 9 am on June 21 at the Uniontown Country Club.

For more information please contact George Von Benko at (724) 626-1433.

 

 

Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame
Inducts Fourth Class

The Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame banquet was a huge success with a fourth consecutive sellout and over 600 people.  The golf outing was also sellout. Our first banquet after party was also very successful with over 100 people passing through, with some staying until close, catching up on old times with great friends. Please mark your calendars for next year's Hall of Fame weekend on June 21-22. Our board thanks you for your great support.

For more information please contact George Von Benko at (724) 626-1433.

2012 FHOF Class
2012 Hall of Fame Inductees: First Row (Left to Right): Mike Mullin (Representing his father Pat Mullin), John "wally" Schroyer, Dr. Larry Vignali, Pam Braxton (representing her husband Jim Braxton), Walter Haynes (Representing Chuck Muncie).

Second Row (Left to Right): Tom Dolde, Gene Steratore, Pete Stefancin (Representing 1961 South Union track team), Martin Griglak (Representing 1938-44; 1946 Connellsville Swimming Teams) and Ray Parson (Representing 1964 Uniontown basketball team).

Larry Vignali
2012 Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame inductee Dr. Larry Vignali addresses the crowd at June 23 2012 banquet.

Jes Hudson
Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame Co-Founder and Executive Chairman Jes Hutson with Brownsville Scholar Athlete and WPIAL tennis champion Sarah Shashura

Braxton
Jim Braxton's widow Pam is presented 2012 Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame plaque by Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame Ben Vice-Chairman Ben Wright.

Golf Outing
The team of Dick Hughes, Don Woodward, Gene Kuhla and Mike Kazmier at the 2012 Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame golf outing.

Don Yates
2011 Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame inductee Don Yates, tees off in the 2012 Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame Golf outing.

Announcement Social
Left to Right: Martin Griglak (representing 1938-44; 1946 Connellsville Swimming Teams), Tom Dolde (2012 inductee) and John "Wally" Schroyer (2012 inductee).

Announcement Social
Left to Right: Dr. Larry Vignali (2012 inductee), Nate Turner (representing Jim Braxton), Mike Mullin (representing Pat Mullin), Gene Steratore (2012 inductee) and Chris Cluss (Chairman of the Board of Directors Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame).

 

To view photos from the 2011 Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame click here.

 
     
  Stephens Inducted Into
PA Sports HOF
 
 
Sandy Stephens' sister Barbara Stephens Foster and Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame co-founder and executive co-chairman George Von Benko at the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame banquet in Danville, PA on October 16, 2010.

The Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame held its 48th Annual Induction Ceremonial and Dinner on October 16, 2010 at the Days Inn & Conference Center, Danville, PA.

This year's event was hosted by the Northern Region and honored an outstanding group of 11 inductees, including former Uniontown and University of Minnesota legend Sandy Stephens.

Stephens was the starting quarterback on Uniontown's undefeated 1957 team. He was an All-State selection and scored the winning TD in first Big 33 Game. Stephens was the first African-American to play QB at the University of Minnesota, only QB to take Gophers to Rose Bowl (1960 and 1961) and led the Gophers to the National Championship. He became the first African-American All-American QB, was fourth in Heisman Trophy Balloting in 1961 and MVP of the Big 10 Conference. Stephens was drafted by Cleveland NFL, New York AFL, played in CFL. He was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame and Awarded NCAA Legends Status. He was also inducted into the western Pennsylvania Hall of Fame and is a member of the University of Minnesota Hall of Fame.

Stephens who passed away on June 6, 2000 was enshrined in the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame's prestigious first class in July of 2009 and was nominated for the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame by the Fayette County chapter.

Barbara Stephens Foster, Stephens' sister, represented the family in Danville at the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame ceremony.



 
 

 

 
     
     
     
     
 

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