The Quaker Valley Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce the inductees for the Class of 2012. The Quaker Valley Sports Hall of Fame was reformed this year after a 9-year absence. The current inductees represent four decades — the 1950’s, the 1970’s, the 1980’s and the 1990’s. Members include one team, the 1972 Basketball Team; two coaches, Joseph Dobrick and Jerry Veshio; and four athletes — Bill Sadd, ’58; Tom Szuba, ’85; Ben McKnight, ’92; and Andrew Wormsley, ’97.
“We are really excited about this group of inductees,” said Athletic Director Mike Mastroianni, “not only do they represent different eras, their credentials are unbelievably impressive. Our athletic department and our school district are very fortunate to have had such distinguished contributors.” The Class of 2012 will be inducted into the Quaker Valley Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday September 30 at a brunch and awards ceremony at Sewickley Heights Country Club. This will be the featured event of the QV Sports Hall of Fame weekend celebration beginning with recognition at the football game on September 28. The Hall of Fame committee is encouraging all former Quaker Valley athletes and supporters to attend the weekend festivities.
The 1972 Boys Basketball Team was the first QV team to win an outright section basketball title in school history. They finished 22-3 and were led by QV Hall of Famer Keith Starr, who later went on to star at Pitt and play in the NBA. QV advanced to the WPIAL semi-finals and the PIAA quarter-finals, only to be defeated by the eventual WPIAL and state champion, Monaca. The team was coached by Hall of Famer Vince Cortese and assisted by Hall of Famer Kenny Johns.
Coach Joseph Dobrick was the first football coach in Quaker Valley history. Joe had the daunting task of combining two squads after the merger of Leetsdale and Sewickley High Schools. The results were impressive as he led QV to one of their best seasons ever in 1956.
Very few people have served Quaker Valley in so many capacities as coach Jerry Veshio,’70. Jerry first contributed as an athlete, lettering in football and track. He then became the head coach of both of those sports. In 1997 until his retirement he became QV’s athletic director, as well as the head boys’ and girls’ track coach. He impressive credentials include, 11 section titles and 7 WPIAL championships.
Bill Sadd, ‘58 is a former football and track standout from Quaker Valley’s 2nd graduating class ever, the Class of 1958. He also lettered in both sports at Sewickley High. Bill was a starter at guard and linebacker and was named all-conference his senior year. He later went on to Dartmouth where he was a 3-year letterman in track.
Tom Szuba,’85, excelled in football and baseball for four years. He led the baseball team to QV’s only WPIAL championship his junior year. As a QV football player, he earned all-conference honors his junior and senior years and honorable mention all-state his senior year. Tom then went on to play football at Yale, lettering 3 seasons and was the team’s leading receiver his junior year.
Ben McKnight, ’92, is one of the most decorated players ever in Quaker Valley’s rich soccer history. Ben excelled from QV to college to the pros. He was the co-captain, leading scorer and team MVP of the 1991 State Championship team. He attended Georgetown University where he became the program’s all-time leading scorer and a two-time All-Big East selection, as well as regional all-American.
Andrew Wormsley, ’97, finished his career as one of the top basketball players in Quaker Valley history. He scored over 1200 points and earned all-WPIAL and all-State honors. As captain of the 1997 squad he led QV to the only WPIAL championship in school history. He then went on to become one of the top players ever at Westminster College scoring over 1400 points and played over 10 years professionally in Europe.
The Quaker Valley Sports Hall of Fame will publish full biographies and records of each inductee throughout the summer. Watch for more updates and information regarding the weekend festivities. Tickets to attend the Hall of Fame induction banquet will go on sale in early August. For more information or for anyone interesting in contributing to the Hall of Fame and the weekend events, contact Gene Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org.