Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hall of Fame Gateway Selects Six as Honorees in Class of 2011

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hall of Fame Gateway Selects Six as Honorees in Class of 2011

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Ken Karish didn't want a break.

Now, he's even more thankful that he was on the surface of Three Rivers Stadium during every play of the 1972 WPIAL Class AAA semifinal between Gateway and Kiski Area.

"I played every second of that game and never left the field," said Karish, who co-captained the Gators' second WPIAL championship team that year.

"Normally, you come off here and there. I didn't and it's something I'll never forget."

Karish, a 1973 graduate of Gateway, was a three-sport athlete in high school before playing football at the University of Kentucky. He will be inducted into the Gateway Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 12 at Churchill Valley Country Club.

"It's a pretty awesome honor," said Karish, who now lives in Plum. "The more I think of it, they pick five athletes a year and this is the 13th year. To be considered one the top 60 or 70 athletes [at a school with a rich athletic tradition such as Gateway] is very exciting."

This year's induction class includes Karish, Tom LaBuff, Kevin Lynch, Anthony Scarpino, Cynthia Rose, Todd Washington and the 1985 Gateway wrestling team.

"This year's class is as good as any of the others we've had to this point," said Tony Petrocelli, who founded the hall of fame in 1997. "Gateway is only 52 years old, so we're still inducting some of our all-time great athletes at their respective sports and some of Gateway's great teams."

Besides playing football, Karish was a star basketball player and runner on the Gators' track team. During his junior year, Karish helped set a school record and won a WPIAL championship in the boys 880-yard relay.

After high school, Karish accepted a scholarship to play football for the Wildcats. He earned a letter and competed in the Wildcats' 21-0 win against North Carolina in the 1976 Peach Bowl.

Here is a look at this year's induction class:

* A longtime coach at Gateway, LaBuff spent more than 30 years guiding Gateway's cross country, track and field and wrestling teams. LaBuff captured numerous section titles in each sport and mentored many cross country and track and field athletes to several individual honors at the WPIAL and PIAA championships. …

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