Dudzinski adds familiar faces
New Belle Vernon Area High boys’ basketball coach John Dudzinski has surrounded himself with some familiar names.
His first assistant will be Larry Mikesell with Tim Bukowski, the junior varsity coach.
Mikesell coached 28 years at Frazier including two as the Commodores’ head mentor in 1997-98 after 26 years as a ninth grade coach and scout for first Henry DiVirgilio and then Joe Lafko.
Ironically, Dudzinski was Mikesell’s first assistant both years with the Commodores.
“We’re friends and it really doesn’t matter who’s the head coach,” said Mikesell, who’s returning to the sport after four years away.
Bukowski was an assistant five years at Monessen 1990-95) under Joe Salvino, with the Greyhounds winning the WPIAL title his final season.
Bukowski, who now resides in the BVA School District, also was a football assistant seven years at Monessen under Jack Scarvel and worked with Bob Hodgson and Jim Dumm in six seasons at Charleroi.
He also coached football one year at California University.
Dudzinski also landed three former Lep standouts as volunteers including Ron Haten, Shaun Rohland and Casey McIntyre.
Haten, who went on to star at Slippery Rock University, graduated in 1973 from BVA a year after Dudzinski with the two being former basketball teammates.
He’s caught five passes for 230 yards with three going for touchdowns and has returned two kicks for 117 yards and one punt for 20 yards.
In W&J’s season-opening 36-14 romp at Lancaster over Franklin and Marshall, Krepps caught touchdown passes of 49 and 69 yards from Chris Edwards within two minutes in the second quarter.
In last Saturday’s come-from-behind 28-23 victory over visiting Allegheny, Krepps tied the game at 20-20 late in the third quarter when he returned a kickoff 97 yards for a score. Krepps opened the second half scoring with a 26 yard touchdown pass from Edwards.
Add W&J: In case you missed it, Larry Romboski — the former California High basketball standout — was inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame earlier this month,
A 1959 graduate, Romboski set the school’s single-game scoring record with 43 points against Bethany as a sophomore and left as the school’s all-time scoring leader with 1,294 points.