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Pictured L-R Ray McVicker (not pictured) Dan Lukich, Jim Dalrymple, Larry Gunsorek, Bob Walker, Co-Captain Gary Capers, John Kendziorski, Co-Captain Dan Waller, Chester Masloski, Jim Petrilla, Coach Rudy Yaksich and Phil Boiarski. Kneeling L-R are Skip Capers and Charlie Busby.
The 1962-63 Adena Golden Wave basketball team won 21 games and lost 5. In the state tournament they were County co-champions, Sectional co-champions, District Champions, and runner-up in the Regional Championship. Adena was the elite 8 out of the 450 class A schools competing.
Capers and Dalrymple were named Class A all Eastern Ohio while Waller and Gunsorek were named Particular Honorable Mention.
This high scoring Adena team averaged 75 points per game. Their three away game losses were close scoring: one was as a 5 point loss, one was a two point loss, and three were 2 point losses played in overtime.
~ Photo contributed by Dan Waller
A Look Back at AHS Sports
The Athletic program at Adena High School in the 1929-30 years were headlined by James "Monk" Moscrip. He was a multiple player in the sports
program that propelled him to the status of All American. Many of his fellow players have been long time residents of this coal mining town. Go Golden Wave!
Fellow players in the 1930 season that won letters or service bars were: Guido D'Anniballe (QB), William Aspinall, Don Brokaw, Bill Dalrymple,
Alex Fillipovich, John Fomenko, John Hall, Howard Hull, Halford Heath, Mike Hostinski, Steve Kalonick, Bill Kubnski, Steve Luber, John Moreland, John Orban, Fred
Packer, Joe Robb, Rollie Wishard, Kenneth Wright, and Lewis Sipos. The coach was F. M. Thomas. The team won nine games, tied two, and lost only to Dillonvale 0-6.
Taking all league first team was James Moscrip, John Moreland, and Fred Packer! The league's second team included John Hall, Howard Hull, Steve Kalonik, and
Fellow players in the 1929 season that won letters or service bars were, William Aspinall, Henry Bednarski, Halford Brokaw, Raymond Crawford, John Hall,
Frank Hargrave, Halford Heath, Steve Kalonick, Steve Luber, John Moreland, Russell Pennman, Fred Packer, Lewis Sipos, Ralph Somerville, and Trusko Lagki.
They won seven of nine games. Receiving all league honors were James Moscrip, Steve Luber, John Moreland, and Fred Packer. The coach was F. M. Thomas.
The above AHS sports history was contributed by Adena News sponsor, Thomas Somerville
Adena High School sports has received recognition through out it's history. At the class of 1947's resunion, this article was reported as
athletic activity and this class was recognized as contributing the school and the community.
The success of the basketball team was a special event for
the school. Over sixty years passing does not diminish memories or pride of the Golden Wave.
The 1947 baseball team won only one game while losing nine games. Letter winners were Bob Denham, Mike Yanok, Moot Black, EdStankiewicz, Ed
Dulkoski, Everett Moore, Mitchell Kowalski, Herman Maroni, Ed Zitko, Jim Eliopulos, Tom Somerville, and John Dzingleski. Paul Ferda, George Gullo and Lloyd Meddles
participated in the Track Meet held at the Smithfield Fairgrounds. Jerry Melchiori was the coach for the Baseball Team.
The football program had a good record.
Led by Mitchell (Moot) Black the team won five games. Of the four losses, three were by seven points and with a little luck it could have been an eight game win
season. On the bright side was the 20 nothing shut out of Cadiz. Again Dillonvale was a road block, however revenge came on the basketball court.
Football letter winners were as follows: Mitchell Black, Kenneth Case, John Doloresco, Stanley Dulkoski, Jim Eliopulos, Steve Eliopulos, Paul Ferda,
Howard Hixon, Bob Keeton, Mitchell Kowalski, Herman Maroni, Lawrence Meddles, Lloyd Meddles, George Gullo, Pete Milicia, Everett Moore, Joe Rebeck,
and Ed Stankiewicz. Jerry Melchiori was the coach.
How about a 21 win and 5 lost season for the basketball team? Four of those losses were to Yorkville and it's star player Allessi. Adena ha a 101 score
against Cadiz. In county tournament play, Adena beat Wayne, Smithfield, Dillonvale,and Amsterdam. Then in sectional tournament the next victims were Belmont and Somerton. It was quite a winning season.
They won the district and went to the regional played at the Canton fieldhouse
Where they lost by 6 points to Walnut Creek. Ed Stankiewicz got honorable mention
on International News Service and Moot Black was awarded 2nd team All State Guard. Letter winners Ed Stankiewicz, John Doloresco, Howard Hixon,
Everett Moore and Moot Black. The coach for this successful team was Jerry Melchiori scoring 1,888 total points. Adena won the consolation cup at Steubenville County Tournament, won the runner up cup in the Secionals at Lafferty.
The 1955 class of Adena High School had a very successful sports program.
All E.O.A.L. team included Jack Penman, Jack Peltz, Mitch Toto, Brian Aspinall, Terry Stanwick, John Stock and Jim Jarvis. All Eastern Ohio were accorded to
Jim Jarvis and Mitch Toto. All Valley included Mitch Toto, Jim Jarvis and Brian Aspinall.
The record for the basketball team was 8 of 15 games. They were runner up in the county tournament and had a close loss to Yorkville in the sectional.
Letters and service bars were presented to Jack Penman, Andy Yanok, Myron Dulkoski, Joe Work, Jerry Carter, Eugene Wease and Mike Madzia. All E.O.A.L.
teams included Terry Stanwick and Myron Dulkoski. Terry Stanwick was all eastern Ohio. The coach was Ed Joseph and Steve Kocheran was his assistant.
The baseball team won 9 and lost 2. They were co-county champs and sectional champs. Then they lost to Philo by a score of 6 to 7.There was outstanding
piching with Myron "Muzz" Dulkoski having three no hit games and Andy Yanok one. Ed Joseph was coach along with assistant Steve Kocheram.
Baseball letters and service bars were presented to Jack Penman, Jerry Thazton, Randy Bednarski, Eugene Wease, Andy Yanok, Brian Aspinall, John Stock,
Myron Dulkoski, Mike Madzia, John Pruneski, Eugene Yakubowski, and Tom Yakubowski.
Adena's "Monk" Moscrip went to Stanford after a year at Kiski Prep School in Saltsburg, PA. He became
one of the famed "vow boys" who 50 years later are still revered by the fans at Palo Alto. The Vow Boys were the first team to go to the Rose Bowl for three straight
years. Moscrip was a two-way player as a pass receiver because of his speed and strength but was more renowned on defense. Moscrip was 6 ft tall weighing 188
lbs as a sophomore at Stanford when they snapped a 27 game winning streak owned by Howard Jones' USC Trojans. The All-American end in both 1934 and '35
and a three time All-Pacific Coast choice, Moscrip went on to play professional football with the Detriot Lions and was their leading pass receiver in 1939 before a
knee injury forced him to retire from the grid-iron. Moscrip was inducted into the Upper Ohio Valley Dapper Dan Club's Hall of Fame on February 10, 1985. Moscrip
died at his home in Atherton, California in October of 1980 of a heart attack. James H. "Monk" Moscrip was regarded as the greatest athlete in the history of Adena High School.
Pete Zinaich honored at WVU (Ralph Cox, Herald Star)
The late Pete Zinaich, who played fullback on the 1942 Weir High state championship team, was inducted posthumously Oct. 10, 2008, into the West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Hall of Fame.
Zinaich enlisted in the Army to defend his country during World War II and didn't immediately go to college after being named to the all-state first team in 1942. Zinaich rushed for 536 yards from the fullback spot for the 1942 Red Riders. His teammate, Nick Battista, also was named first team all-state as a tackle.
In a way, 1942 was an odd football season for the Red Riders. From 1929, when he took the helm of the Red Riders, through 1941, Hamill's teams racked up 104 wins against just 14 losses and 16 ties. The West Virginia sportswriters, who selected the state champions in those days, were critical of Hamill's teams for playing a lot of games against teams from Ohio and Pennsylvania rather that West Virginia opponents so they wouldn't credit the Red Riders with a state championship.
Perhaps under pressure, sportswriters finally voted the 1942 team to what may be considered a less-than-deserved top spot after it shut out then-No. 1 Parkersburg, 21-0, in the season finale. The Red Riders didn't get the acclaim in 1938 with a 9-0 record nor in 1939 when they went 9-2, nor in 1940 (7-2) nor in 1941 when they posted a fine 9-1 record losing by only 6-0 to mighty Massillon. That 1942 state title team lost to Massillon, Clairton, Pa., and Youngstown Chaney and played to a 0-0 tie with Charleston.
By the time Zinaich got to West Virginia University, the war was over. He played for the Mountaineers from 1946-1949 and was captain of the 1949 team that went to the Sun Bowl and beat Texas Mines 21-12.
He was drafted in the ninth round of the 1950 NFL draft (115th overall) by the San Francisco 49ers. He also played professionally in the Canadian Football League.
As good as Zinaich was in football, some oldtimers say that he was a better baseball player. There aren't many athletes who can play catcher and shortstop, but that is what Zinaich did at WVU. They are such opposite positions that require different skills. He was captain of the 1950 Mountaineer baseball team. That is another rarity on the college level. There aren't many major college athletes who become captain in two varsity sports. That is a complement not only to Zinaich's athletic ability, but to his character as well.
While at WVU and after his short professional career in the NFL, CFL and minor league baseball, Zinaich met and married Betty Zuccari.
Zinaich's then became a father, teacher, and coach at schools in West Virginia and Ohio, but he settled in Adena and was there for about 30 years of his career. His widow Betty Zinaich still lives in Adena.
Weirton's John Olashuk, who has headed the Hancock County unit of the WVU Alumni for many years, knew Zinaich as a boy. Olashuk lived in the Weircrest area of Weirton from 1933 to 1944 ands said that as a kid he would go over to the Weircrest ballfield, which was located where the old Weirton General Hospital later was built, to watch the older kids play ball and perhaps get asked to fill in if one of the sandlot teams didn't have enough players.
One day, Olashuk recalls, Zinaich tossed him his old glove.
"It was so worn that I had to take it home and sew it before I could use it," Olashuk said with a laugh, "but it was one of the most wonderful gifts I ever received and especially coming from Pete Zinaich. He was loved and respected by all even then as a teenager."
Olashuk said he has lobbied and will continue to lobby the powers that be at West Virginia University to have Zinaich inducted into the WVU Athletic Hall of Fame."He deserves it and I'll keep on trying to get them to recognize one of the great athletes of his time," Olashuk said.
Tom Yakubowski, who now lives in Akron, was a student and athlete at Adena High School and later became a close friend of Zinaich.
"Pete was a special and dear friend to me as a coach, person, and teacher," he told the hall of fame gathering.
"He had a tremendous impact on my life and the lives of hundreds of young men and women during his educational career." Zinaich taught science, driver's education and physical education, and coached football, baseball, basketball and golf, Yakubowski said.
Yakubowski recalled that Zinaich was recognized as one of Hancock County's Sports Centennial Greats by the West Virginia Centennial Commission for his dedication, leadership and achievement in athletics.
"He had a very, very successful career in coaching and in teaching for 30 years before retiring in 1985," Yakubowski explained. "I and so many other students were affected by Pete's presence. He was a dedicated and caring teacher and coach, one who earned the respect and confidence of his students, one who cared about the successes of his students, and one who made his students strive for higher goals."
Yakubowski relayed how Phil Niekro, the hall of fame pitcher and John Havlicek, the hall of fame NBA player, both played one year for Zinaich in high school, and both were inspired by his coaching and friendship.
Even though they played only one season for him, "They always maintained a close relationship with Pete and had the greatest respect and love for him as a coach, teacher and individual," Yakubowski exclaimed.
Zinaich's memory lives on at WVU because each year one of West Virginia's deserving athletes receives the Pete Zinaich Touchdown Club Scholarship.
Adena Athlete Inducted into Hall of Fame
| Photo provided by Tom Yakubowski taken before the 1957 Football season.
||Tom Yakubowski (photographed left) was inducted with fifteen former athletes into the OVAC's (Ohio Valley
Athletic Conference) HALL OF FAME. The ceremony was held August 16, 2008, at the WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, West Virginia . Legends, OVAC Family,
Media, Officials, Coaches and players represented the years of 1940, 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, and 1990.
The Sixteen Hall of Fame Class for 2008 were : OVAC Family Bob Hedmond; Jimmy Stewart (Media); Official Bill Thomas; Coaches, John Craig and Bob Kettlewell
; and Athletes-Tom Keane, Nick Mumley, Tom Yakubowski, Bill Kennedy, Mike Kovalick, John Pettini, Connie Doutt, Jay Paterson, Mark Cisar and Suzie Dailer.
Tom was one of two honorees representing the 1950's category for the 5th class/year. Previous inductees representing the 1950's category were: 1st class/year
John Havlicek & Bill Mazeroski; 2nd class/year, Chuck Howley & Dick Miller; 3rd class/year, Phil Niekro & Lee Patrone; and the 4th class/year were Don Fleming &
Tom said, "I can't begin to tell you how happy and humbled I am to be selected." "I am happy for my family, friends, and very indebted to the
of coaches, athletes and fans who have made this induction possible."
He added, " I am extremely excited and thrilled to represent and bring honor to the Adena community and
Dr. Steve Kokovich, from Adena and Muskingum College presented his induction and there were about 40 people present supporting Tom that included family, friends, relatives, and Adena classmates and teammates. Tom said, "I was deeply honored by their presence."
Tom extolled his sincere appreciation to his family, The Peoples National Bank of Mt. Pleasant, the Buckeye Local Touchdown Club, and the Class of 1958 for their
congratulatory ad's in the official Hall of Fame Program. He exclaimed, " It is a very exciting and humbling experience to be placed among the elite athletes in
the "Ohio Valley" and to receive the HOF award from the OVAC, the most prestigious athletic organization in the nation." "I am extremely happy and proud of all
those mentioned above, all Adenians, and Adena for making this tremendous honor and dream a reality."
| Adena letterman Ray Konkoleski plays for the
seabirds a Florida Minor League Baseball team. . He was a three-sport letterman for Adena High School in 1948-52, with a record of 22-6 record and an ERA of 2.77.He played semi-pro baseball with the Dunglen Miners, a UMWA League champions in 1952 and 1953. Bill Mazeroski, who later joined the Pittsburgh Pirates, played with him in 1952. They played on the championship team of the Times Leader Twilight League where the team won 1953. He then signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1954 and sent to pitch for the Sea Birds.
Photo by Ray Konkoleski