Mon Valley greats on Pennsylvania’s Hall of Fame ballot
Three Mid-Mon Valley Sports Hall of Famers are on the 2008 ballot for the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
The trio consists of Fred Cox, Rudy Andabaker and Don Asmonga. All three have impressive credentials.
Despite retiring 31 years ago, Cox still stands as the Minnesota Vikings’ all-time leading scorer with 1,365 points.
A 1957 Monongahela High graduate, Cox lettered in four sports — football, soccer, baseball and basketball — for the Wildcats and starred at Pitt as a running back and kicker.
For nearly two decades, Cox held NFL records by scoring in 151 consecutive games and kicking field goals in 31 straight contests.
Andabaker was an outstanding lineman at Donora High and Pitt, where he captained both the Dragons and Panthers in his senior years, 1948 and 1952.
He also played three seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers and was a head football coach at both Donora and Bethel Park.
One of the best all-around schoolboy athletes at Homestead, Asmonga was best known as Belle Vernon Area’s first basketball and baseball coach.
He was the Leps’ winningest coach in both sports with 287 victories on the hardfloor, including the school’s lone WPIAL championship in 1978.
Asmonga also played professionally as a basketball and baseball player.
Some of the others on the ballot are former Baltimore Colts’ Pro Bowl receiver Jim Mutscheller, from Beaver Falls, and former major league pitcher, coach and Pittsburgh Pirates assistant general manager Pete Vukovich, from Johnstown.
This year’s banquet is scheduled for Nov. 1 at the Meadowlands Holiday Inn.
Speaking of Hall of Fames, Bob Petriello — the long-time Brownsville Telegraph sports editor — will receive the special recognition award at the Mid-Mon Valley’s 15th annual banquet June 13 at the Willow Room in the Willowpoint Plaza in Rostraver Township.
The 87-year-old Petriello. who wrote sports 45 years for the Brownsville newspaper, helped organize the Mon Valley Sportswriters Association in 1946.
He was inducted into the Mon Valley Hall of Fame in 1969 and is now on the organization’s selection committee.
Making up this year’s Mid-Mon Valley Hall of Fame class are Monessen’s Donna DeMarino Sanft and Joe Kurey, Belle Vernon’s John Hewitt and John Wozniak, Charleroi’s Gary Hogan, Donora’s Billy Russell, California’s James (Kayo) Adamson and Centerville’s Bob (Red) Worrell. Wozniak, Worrell and Adamson are deceased.
Add Hall of Fames: The Western Chapter will be honoring some familiar names at its annual banquet May 3 at the Sheraton Four Points in Warrendale.
The 2008 inductees Gregg Garrity, Alex Sandusky and Bob Long for football, Sam Clancy and Gary Hess for basketball, Joe DeGregorio (basketball), Markley Barnes (football), Jack McCurry (football), John Kowalski (soccer) and Paul Lewis (swimming) as coaches, Kevin McClatchy and Wade Schalles. Barnes and Lewis are deceased.
– And thanks to Bob Weslager of, Belle Vernon, who says waiting for a brain wave is the surest way of missing the tide!