WESTERN CHAPTER PENNSYLVANIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME 1999 INDUCTEES 

 

 

NICK BOLKOVAC – Football 
Nick started every game on offense, defense, and kicking during his high school and college career. This garnered him All-City, All-County, and Consensus All-State recognition. He went on to star at Pitt, playing an average of 45 minutes per game both ways, plus kicking. In his senior season he was team captain, an All-East selection and played in the East-West Shrine Game. Taking his football skills to the service, he was a two-year starter and the Service Lineman of the Year in 1952. The 1952 Fort Jackson team was declared National Service Champions. Drafted by the Washington Redskins, Nick was traded to the LA Rams and eventually the Pittsburgh Steelers before his military discharge. He played two years behind the legendary Ernie Stautner and kicked for the Steelers.


 

WILLIAM “Rabbit” CANTERNA – Senior Sports
In his formative years, this Duquesne University graduate from Freeport excelled in baseball, basketball and boxing. He played basketball at Duquesne, was an all-star third baseman and shortstop on several sandlot and semi-pro teams, and was a 155-pound Golden Glove Boxing Champion. In the 1990’s “Rabbit” has found new athletic stardom at the Pennsylvania Senior Olympic Games. From 1996 to 1998 he has averaged 10 gold medals per year in track & field competition. In the U.S. National Sports Classic, he has been a gold medalist and record holder in the Long Jump (1991) and the Javelin (1995 and 1997). Also in the Nationals, “Rabbit” has placed 4th in the 100 meters and 5th in the 200 meters.


 

PAUL “Doots” DANILO – Soccer
“Doots” was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1996. “The player that won all the cups”, is the moniker given to this outstanding Club Soccer player. His teams won the National Open, National Amateur, West Penn (5 times), and the Keystone League Championships (7 times). He scoredthewinning goal a 1-0 victory over Providence, RI, in the 1940 National Open. From 19361956, he played for Morgan Capellis, Morgan Strassers, Morgan Sports, and the Pittsburgh Indians Professional Championship team of 1947. Born and raised in Morgan, “Doots” is dedicated to keeping old-time soccer alive in Western PA.


 

FRANK GANSZ – Football
Frank played football, basketball and volleyball at Taylor-Allderdice High School and three years of Varsity Football at the Naval Academy, graduating in 1960. After 7 years as a US Air Force pilot, he began a college coaching career which took him to Army, Navy, Air Force, Oklahoma State, Colgate, and UCLA, Except for a two-year stint as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, Frank’s 21 years of NFL coaching experience has focused on Special Teams which earned him NFL Special Teams Coach of the Year honors in 1989. He has coached for San Francisco, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta, and currently St. Louis. A native of Altoona, he was inducted into the Taylor-Allderdice Alumni Hall of Fame in 1997.


 

RUSS GRIMM – Football
Named to the NFL AI-Decade Team of the 80’s, Russ was the cornerstone and “Boss Hog” of the famous Washington Redskins offensive line bearing that name during those years. He played on three Super Bowl Championship teams and was selected to four straight Pro Bowls from 1983-1986. Not bad for a high school quarterback and basketball star that once scored 41 points in a game and earned nine varsity letters, He went to Pitt as a linebacker but soon found himself on the offensive line where he was a two-year starter on teams that went a combined 22-2, For the past nine years Russ has been the offensive line coach of the Washington Redskins,


 

MIKE LANGE – Broadcasting
A native of Sacramento, California, Mike has adopted Pittsburgh as his home and the locals look at him now as a native son. As the voice of the Pittsburgh Penguins since 1974, Penguin hockey without Mike Lange would just not be hockey. His titillating calls of; “Elvis has just left the building!”, “Goodnight Loretta!”, and “Buy Sam a drink and get his dog one tool” are as familiar to Penguin fans as “Take me out to the ball game!” is to Cub fans, While in Pittsburgh, he has also done a stint as a Pirate broadcaster, some Western Hockey, and Pro Soccer.


 

DAN “Bad Rad” RADAKOVICH – Football
This football star at Duquesne High School (1951-53) and Penn State University (1953-56) stayed on to coach the next 13 seasons at his Alma Mater. This beginning did not portend to the “Gypsy Coach” moniker he would gain in a distinguished coaching career that spans over thirty years. In addition to Penn State, his college coaching portfolio includes; Cincinnati, Colorado, N. Carolina State, and currently Robert Morris. His professional credentials include two stints with the Steelers and one each with the LA Rams, 49’ers, Broncos, Vikings, St. Louis Rams, Jets, Browns and the London Monarchs. His coaching style also earned him the title of a “Jack-of-all-Trades” Coach forthe many schemes, arms, and shifts that he has developed


 

TOM RICHARDS – Football 
A three-year starter and captain of the Moon High School basketball team, Tom went on to star on the hardwood at the University of Pittsburgh. At Moon, he still holds the single game, season, and career scoring records, as well as the WPIAL single game record of 63 points. His outstanding high school career brought him such honors as All-Section and Section MVP, the WPIAL’s 1972 leading scorer, Street &Smith Magazine’s Top Fifty Recruits, 1972 Roundball Classic Starter, and 1972 All State (UPI & AP). At the University of Pittsburgh, Tom was a four-year starter, senior year captain, and winner of a Post-Graduate Scholarship for outstanding athletic/academic achievement.


 

JENNIFER BRUCE SCOTT – Basketball 
This graduate of Carrick High School went on to lead the resurgence of Women’s Basketball at the University of Pittsburgh. At the conclusion of her career, Jennifer was the only 2,000 point scorer in the history of Pitt basketball, male or female. She is the second leading scorer in Big East history and the ninth leading re-bounder Such accomplishments garnered her Big East Co-Player of the Year, All Big East, ECAC All-American and District III Kodak All-American honors. She has been inducted into the Carrick High School and the Western Pa Girls Basketball Halls of Fame. Jennifer is currently employed at Allegheny General Hospital and an active motivational speaker on women’s sports.


 

CAROL SPRAGUE – Women’s Athletics
Carol was a member of the USSSA World Championship Softball Teams in 1970 and 1971; and from 1975-86 she was coach of the Pittsburgh Debs Softball team, leading them to five national top twenty finishes. She is currently the Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of Pittsburgh, responsible for facilities and stadium operations, equipment services, and the administration of 15 varsity sports teams. She has served as a member of the NCAA Council and Management Council as well as on numerous Big East Conference Committees. In 1993, Carol won the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce Sports Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Penn Hills Hall of Fame in 1992.


 

SANDY STEPHENS – Football 
A four-sport star at Uniontown High School, Sandy concluded his high school career gaining All-State honors in football and basketball. The honors continued at the University of Minnesota where his quarterbacking artistry led the Gophers to a Rose Bowl victory in 1962. Sandy was the MVP in that game and his performance led to his induction into the Rose Bowl and the University of Minnesota Halls of Fame. He was a consensus All-American and third runner-up in the Heisman voting in 1961. Sandy received the prestigious NCAA Legend Award in 1990. Injuries cut short a pro career which included stints at Kansas City (1966-1968) and the Montreal Alouettes (1 962-1 964). He now resides in St. Paul, MN.


 

CHARLES STULL – Tennis
Charles was a dedicated educator and coach who retired in 1997 as the girls and boys tennis coach at Mt. Lebanon High School leaving behind a long legacy of champions and championships. In twenty-eight seasons he posted a record of 855 wins and 70 losses, including 13 WPIAL Boys and 17 Girls titles. He coached 22 State Champions -7 Boys and 15 Girls. A native of Williamsport, PA, he received numerous Tennis Coach of the Year honors during his illustrious coaching career.


 

NORM “Storm’in Norman” VARGO – Sports Writer
Known primarily as an outstanding sports writer for the “McKeesport Daily News”, “Storm’in Norman” was also a “jack-of-all-trades” Sportsman in the Greater Steel Valley in his younger days. His writing has won him numerous awards and his writing peers have selected him to lead their organization on many occasions. He has twice been President of the Professional Football Writers Association of America, Chairman of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Baseball Writers of America, President of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, and President of the Associated Press Sports Editors.

Please Note: The information on this page is, as it was posted in the program for  the 1999 Annual Dinner.
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