1989 Inductees

Richard Adipotti 

Gateway High School:   1965 graduate - Played and lettered in three sports 

Youngstown State University:  Football, Youngstown State record for yards gained in a season, broke New England State record for yards gained 

Canadian Football League Montreal Alouettes 1968 

Greater Pittsburgh Baseball League:  Monroeville Maulers 

Lori Ann Burdell 

Norwin High School:

TENNIS:  lettered four years; Section singles and doubles champion sophomore, junior and senior years, competed in state tournament, ranked 35th in Middle States and top ten in Allegheny Mountain Assn. senior year 

West Virginia University:  Co-captain junior and senior years, ranked 7th all-time at West Virginia 107-52 record, all time top singles record, 7th in doubles, two 20 win seasons 

Coaching Career:  Central Florida University boys and girls tennis head coach 

Joe Caprara 

Turtle Creek High School:

FOOTBALL:  Varsity fullback three years, punter and kicker; school record for most yards gained in a single game 

Notre Dame:  1948-52; 1949 National Championship football team, place kicker senior year 

National Football League Chicago Bears 

Canadian League 

Service:  US Marine Corps, played and coached, retired Lt. Colonel 

Robert Ford 

Rankin High School:  1951-55

FOOTBALL:  earned three letters

BASKETBALL:  earned two letters 

Baseball:  American Legion three years 

Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Team tryout 

Alliance College 1957-58:  Lettered in baseball 

Slippery Rock University:  Lettered in basketball 1958-61 

Coaching Career:  Turtle Creek High School coached football, basketball, volleyball and fitness, 1961-65, WPIAL Coach of the Year 1965;  Penn Hills swimming and fitness 1966-67, Plum High School swimming and fitness 1977-84, never had a losing season in 25 years of coaching 

Ray Forquer 

Swissvale High School:  1941 graduate




Service:  Army Air Force WWII 

Washington & Jefferson Basketball:  3rd place NIT 1942 (beat Creighton and Nebraska), Captain 

Coaching Career:  Assistant basketball coach Washington & Jefferson, High School basketball Youngwood and Hempfield- Westmoreland County Champs, Connellsville 1962 section champions 

Other Athletic:  Athletic Director until 1973 

Inductions:  Washington County Hall of Fame 

Daniel J Gkus 

Bowling:  Bowling Olympics in Guatemala City 1968, earned gold, silver, and bronze medals; National Team Champions G&C McDermott 1965, eight 300 games, lifetime average 197, King of the Hill on local TV for eight straight weeks, averaging 197 

Inductions:  Greater Pittsburgh Ten Pin Hall of Fame 1980, Pennsylvania State Bowling Hall of Fame 1985 

Other Sports Related:  Pittsburgh Press and Post-Gazette writer, bowling columns; host and color commentator on area radio and TV stations 

Ken Macha


Gateway High School:  1968 graduate


University of Pittsburgh:  four years baseball, .415 batting junior year (7th highest in nation), Dapper Dan’s College Athlete of the Year 1971 

Major League Baseball Pittsburgh Pirates drafted 1972, Carolina League Champions and All Star Catcher, 1974 batting title (.345, 20 homeruns, 100 RBIs), George M Troutman Award,  minor league player of the year, and Eastern league’s Most Valuable Player 1974, All Star Third Baseman in Venezuela winter league 1976, Pittsburgh Pirates 1977, Montreal Expos 1980, Toronto Blue Jays 1981, Japan 1982-84- Best Gaijin Player of the Year 1984 (batted .316, 31 homeruns) 

Dave Mooney 

Turtle Creek High School:  1958-60

FOOTBALL:  three letters

TRACK:  three letters

BASEBALL:  two letters 

Mt. Union College, Ohio:  Ohio conference dash champion four years, indoor and outdoor, Outstanding Track Man in Ohio conference senior year, qualified college nationals (ran against Bob Hayes), won two NCAA regional championships 

Inductions:  Mt. Union Sports Hall of Fame, 1987 

Larry Reaves 

Braddock High School:  offensive and defensive tackle, undefeated teams 1955-57 under Chuck Klausing, All WPIAL junior and senior years, played in JC All-Star game 

Arizona State University Football:  First Team  All Conference 1960 and 1961, All American Bowl 1961 

Other Football:  Toronto Argonauts 

Stan Zajdel 

Braddock High School:   1945 graduate

FOOTBALL: Captain, running back, WPIAL and All-State honors


BASEBALL:  Captain 

St. Bonaventure University:  Graduated, 1952- starting back three years, Captain 1951 team 

Pro-football tryouts with Pittsburgh Steelers and Toronto Argonauts 

Coaching Career:  28 years coaching football; High school head coach Cardinal Mindszenty-Dunkirk, New York and Aquinas Institute, Rochester, New York; assistant coach St. Bonaventure University, United States merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point), CW Post College, New York, and the University of Pittsburgh, assistant and head coach University of Dayton 1955-62