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For Terry Preece, there was absolutely nothing far better than developing up in a compact town in the 1960s, not considerably from the massive city.
Preece excelled in athletics for that small-city university — Oakmont Large University — serving as a crew captain in soccer, basketball and track.
In football, he set Oakmont data in solitary-year yardage, attaining 1,579 yards in 1967, main the Oaks to a 9-1 history. Preece also established the faculty normal with 22 touchdowns and 143 in general factors that same year.
“As a man remaining aspect of a small college like Oakmont, it was outstanding,” Preece stated. “You received to participate in a good deal more athletics. You obtained to make a ton of lifelong good friends, all the way by means of substantial college.”
He also captained the basketball staff for two many years and lettered 3 times in keep track of, garnering plaudits in the 100-meter sprint, prolonged leap and triple bounce.
For his achievements on the athletic venues and the regard earned from teammates staying a captain in a few sporting activities, Preece will be 1 of 10 inductees at his year’s Alle-Kiski Valley Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet on May well 21.
Preece will be joined by Chris Como, Jeff Cortileso, Harry “Shorty” Crytzer, Robert Foster, Dianne Haney, Frank Phelps, Lizzie Suwala Sheaffer, Bob White and posthumous inductee Wealthy Kriston in this year’s class.
Preece received to accomplish beneath the steering of corridor of fame mentor Chuck Wagner equally in soccer and track.
“He was known to be a stickler for details,” Preece mentioned. “He was just an remarkable unique and coach. He cared a whole lot about his players and would have quite a few a single-on-a single discussions.”
Preece also done in an era where there will even now a number of local community large educational facilities in WPIAL Course B, then the division for the smallest colleges.
Reported Preece: “We experienced good Course B educational institutions to compete versus. I never ever considered of playing more substantial schools nearby since we experienced East Deer and Verona, amongst other folks. Primarily East Deer. In those times, Chuck and mentor (Don) Boulton had been close friends.”
Substantially of his youth was spent at Riverside Park, considered a jewel of Oakmont by several. Opened in 1961, the facility has hosted WPIAL football, baseball, softball, keep track of and soccer around 6 a long time.
Daylight soccer then, as now, was the custom.
“It did not have lights,” Preece stated. “I have great reminiscences of getting up on a Saturday morning for a recreation and it was a better system than Friday nights. I was just a wonderful local community to reside in.”
The Oaks compiled a 25-4-1 document in the course of Preece’s a few varsity seasons, starting off with the 10- WPIAL Course B champs in 1965, followed by a 6-3-1 mark in ’66, major up to the 9-1 mark in ’67. Only a loss at Coraopolis prevented Oakmont from obtaining WPIAL title consideration.
As a senior in 1968, Preece gained the Allegheny Interscholastic Convention keep track of fulfill in the very long soar and the triple bounce.
His first calendar year in university at Grand Rapids University, the workforce went 9-1 and performed in the Wool Bowl in Roswell, N.M., defeating Henderson (Tex.) Faculty, 24-.
Now retired from the residence advancement assistance enterprise, Preece divides his time concerning Springdale Township and Delray Beach, Fla.
A-K Valley Sports activities Corridor of Fame
What: 51st induction banquet
When: 7 p.m. May perhaps 21
The place: High-quality Inn, New Kensington
Get in touch with: Larry Lutz 724-822-3695 Monthly bill Heasley 724-882-3079 Fred Soilis 412-736-1809
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