Meet our 2018 AK Valley Sports Hall Of Fame Inductees scheduled to be honored May 19, 2018, at the New Kensington Quality Inn Tarentum Bridge Road
John E. Briscoe
Outstanding blocking quarterback and linebacker at Oakmont High School. Earned a scholarship to Arizona University and was a key member of the 1964 Arizona team (6-3-1) which ended in a tie for the Western Athletic Conference title.
Drafted by the Cleveland Browns where a neck injury ended his pro football career.
Dr. Rudy Mattioli
One of only three quarterbacks to be named 1st-team All State from AK Valley. Played high school football at Har-Brack and named to the 1951 AP team. Played his college football at Pitt, leading the team to a Gator Bowl appearance as a sophomore.
Rather than furthering any plans to go pro, he set up a local dental practice.
Quarterback of Ford City High School where the team made its first appearance in a WPIAL playoff. He also excelled in baseball and was part of Ford Citys 1987 state championship team. Set passing records at Tulsa University.
Spent 15 years in the NFL, appeared in a Pro Bowl and shares NFL record for throwing longest TD pass of 99-yards.
Did not play high school football until his senior year at Valley and still earned a scholarship to Wake Forest where he started as a defensive back for two seasons.
Returning home after graduating, he coached track for some 20 years turning out excellent athletes.
Captained Ken High Red Raiders football and wrestling teams. Furthered his sports career at Clarion University.
Coached Valley Viking wrestling teams for 25 years where his teams won approximately 250 dual matches and appeared in many WPIAL and PIAA qualifiers.
Dana Elder Petruska
One of the most successful high school basketball coaches in the WPIAL, she led teams from Deer Lakes and Mars to 20 postseason appearances. Through the 2017-18 seasons, she has posted 416 coaching victories.
A 1975 Deer Lakes graduate, she attended the University of Pittsburgh where she played college basketball.
Played his high school football at Kiski Area. Was named 3rd team All State in 1990 and was Valley News Dispatch all star in track where he was a two-time winner in 400 meters competition and won the PIAA 400 in 1991.
Attending Temple University, he was All Big East and later All Mid-America Conference.
Charles 'Chip' Young
Standout halfback at Freeport High School who led the Yellowjackets to the 1963 WPIAL title game. He was 1st team all-Conference and WPIAL.
He excelled in track , once winning a conference high-jump title while battling a case of the measles. He was also a member of the Freeport American Legion title team and played his college football at William & Mary.