Forty years later, they are no longer adversaries or the leaders of crosstown rival football programs.
More than a half a century later, the legend of a pitching showdown between Richard Swinchock and Bob Clites still moves the emotions and stirs the memories of those who witnessed it.
The journey was as memorable – maybe more – than the final outcome for the 1970 Monessen Pony League World Series team.
“And there used to be a ballpark where the field was warm and green. And the people played their crazy game with a joy I’d never seen. And the air was such a wonder from the hot dogs and the beer. Yes, there used to be a ballpark right here.” –
Not every athlete gets to enjoy even one special, career-defining moment.
Kathy Knabb won 11 WPIAL gold medals in track and field and cross country, and two state indoor championships.
Hours of standing in front of the porch leading into the family home in Mather, throwing a rubber ball into the cement steps led to a discovery that changed Joe Gregula’s baseball career.
He was the best athlete during his days at Burgettstown High School.
Coming together at the right time, the path to the 1995 PIAA Class AAAA Championship wasn't an easy one for Ringgold.
Lester Peterson was the first wrestler in the history of Canon-McMillan High School to win a PIAA wrestling championship in 1969.
To many, sports and athletics seemed to come easy to John “Bimbo” Chatman.
It is no coincidence that the basketball fortunes at Washington High School and Washington & Jefferson College reached championship levels in the late 1980s and early 1990s with the presence of Terrance Wilkins.
The values learned from his parents, collegiate baseball coach and basketball officiating mentor are held tight to his heart and his core.
A few hours before Valentine’s Day 1979, the Immaculate Conception High School boys’ basketball team had its best chance in nearly a decade to upend city rival Wash High.
Each time he goes out for a walk or a jog, Nick Milchovich is reminded of it. The hurt, the pain and the agony of being injured and defeated.
It was Freddie at Wembley. Tiger at Augusta. Brady in the Super Bowl. Ali in Zaire.
They came together as brothers more than teammates.
He has long been known as the reliable one – the guy teammates, friends, family and anyone else who has come in contact with him can depend on and rely on.
John Chatlak went to playing tennis in Monessen's City Park to some of the biggest stages.
The endless hours in ballparks and watching baseball games and players will never be lost on Ross Vecchio.
On a rainy day in 1991, the Pittsburgh Pirates had a comeback for the ages on a rainy afternoon against the Chicago Cubs.
Jefferson-Morgan baseball and golf coach still getting it done with old-school approach.
Forty-five years ago, Pitt basketball was one win shy of the Final Four.
The 1983-84 Washington High School boys basketball team wasn’t the most spectacular outfit to look at. No one really stood out. The team wasn’t great at anything except winning. And as they won WPIAL and state championships, the Little Prexies caught the fancy of local sports fans.
Patsy Vulcano wrestled in the shadows of his father, an iconic figure on the local scene, and two of his brothers, who were WPIAL champions and PIAA placewinners at Chartiers-Houston. Vulcano never quite rose to those lofty heights — until one memorable week in Hershey.
Thrift was architect of Pirates rebuilding but his reign did not last long.
While he is known for his wrestling coaching prowess and teaching excellence, Ron Headlee owns a different designation, thanks to his most-prized pupil and now great friend.
The Vulcans went 8-0 in 1958. They outscored their opposition 207-31 and were the only undefeated college team in Pennsylvania that year.
Dennis Garrett was a 3-sport standout at Jefferson-Morgan High School in the 1970s. He played on 2 WPIAL championship teams, played college football, has coached at the college and high school levels and even officiated multiple WPIAL title games.
The final month of the Pittsburgh Pirates' 1978 season was the foundation for the team's run to the world series championship one year later.
The most dominant athlete ever at Peters Township High School? You can serve up a smashing case for Sarah Riske.
After graduating from Trinity High School, Brian Hilk played football at Akron and in the Canadian Football League.
Peters Township's Brian Simmons had the tools for a MLB career.