Allegheny-Kiski Valley
Hall Of Fame

Meet our 2017 AK Valley Sports Hall Of Fame Inductees
scheduled to be honored May 20, 2017,
at the New Kensington Quality Inn
Tarentum Bridge Road

Don Boulton, an Oakmont High School graduate, played part of his college football at Louisville University when NFL Hall of Famer, Johnny Unitas, also played there.

He finished his college football career at Slippery Rock.

Boulton coached football at both East Deer and West Deer high schools where he also initiated volley ball programs.

He was an assistant coach for the Springdale football team under Chuck Wagner.

The Associated Press has only selected three AK Valley quarterbacks as first-team, all-state and Freeport’s Dan Leri is one of the trio.

Dan Leri electrified crowds when led led the Yellowjackets to the WPIAL title games in 1972 and 1974. Freeport’s record in the years Dan Leri was their starting quarterback was 24-4-1.

Accepting a football scholarship to Penn State, Dan Leri’s stay in Happy Valley was cut short by a back injury.
Dick Drennan, a 1951 Springdale High School graduate, remains on the school’s Top-10 list of the highest scoring basketball players in the school’s history.

Drennan, who played some college basketball at Edinboro, was in the U.S. Armed Forces in Europe for two years.

Returning to Springdale, he coached a local CYO team and helped to organize a youth basketball program in Springdale in 1980 that still bears his name more than three decades later.

Drennan is a pusthumous selection this year.  

Lindsay Slomer was an All American soccer player at Springdale where she also starred on the basketball court and on the softball field where she once participated in a 20-inning game in the 1998 PIAA playoffs.

Attending Bucknell, Slomer was first-team All Patriot League in soccer.

Slomer was a National Honor Society member in high school and college and is now an engineer for Northrop Grumman in Maryland.
B.J. Flenory, a football and basketball standout at Valley High School, was named All Conference both offensively and defensively.

He graduated in 1999 and went on to play his college football at New Hampshire University. There, he helped to advance the team’s fortunes to a #4 ranking in the nation in their division.

Flenory founded Next Level Athletic Camps which eventually became Pylon Camps Inc., specializing in 7-on-7 football camps across the nation.

Chuck Tursky is Pennsylvania's winningest high school wrestling coach.

He spent 36 years coaching the sport at Kiski Area and at Burrell.

His wrestling teams won WPIAL titles in 1997 and 2005.

At Kiski Area, Tursky’s teams won 102 consecutive section matches and, for 26 consecutive seasons, his Cavalier teams made the playoffs.

In high school, Tursky played football for Riverview coach, Chuck Wagner.
Robert Hepler was a bruising fullback for some of Springdale's outstanding teams.

In the 1964 season, he tallied an amazing 20 touchdowns, an average of more than two per game for that era.

In 1965, he led the AK Valley in total scoring with 135 points.

Defensively, he led the team in total tackles.

Hepler earned a scholarship to Duke, then entered Harvard Law School.

He now develops shopping malls.

Ernie Yates, a 1969 Valley High School graduate, posted an amazing record in coaching wrestling at Berwick of 311-117-1.

His teams won the PIAA District-2 tournament team championship twice.

Yates coached 42 wrestling champions in District-2, seven Northeast Regional champions and a dozen others to high finishes in the PIAA playoffs.