KEYSTONER | Ray Swanson Westminster honors standouts for Hall of Fame
Two New Castle-area football standouts and another from New Wilmington were three of the 10 inductees Saturday for Westminster College's Titan Sports Hall of Fame class of 2001.
They were introduced at halftime of Westminster's football game with Washington & amp; Jefferson and inducted at a banquet at Russell Hall following the game.
Jan Budai is a product of Shenango High, and Brian DeLorenzo played at Neshannock High.
From Wilmington High, the new member is Chris Osborne, one of the top receivers in Titan football history.
Also honored: The other inductees were Gib Armstrong (Class of '65, football/track); Maureen Deagan Hirth ('93, swimming); Darwin Huey ('74, football/coaching); Julius Laposki ('40, football); Larry Ondako ('93, basketball/tennis); Ed Shepherd ('78, track/cross country); and Alex Spisak ('51, soccer).
Budai was the starting quarterback of the 1976 national championship team. A three-year letterman and two-year starter, he was voted MVP of both the championship game versus Redlands University and the playoff contest against Texas Lutheran. He was NAIA honorable mention All-American, All-District first team and All-District 18 first team.
DeLorenzo was a standout defensive end, playing on both the 1988 and 1989 national championship squads. He served as team captain and earned Kodak All-America honors his senior year.
Osborne was a four-year letterman who finished his career with 110 receptions for 1,643 yards and 21 touchdowns while playing on both the 1988 and 1989 national championship teams. He ranks second all-time in receiving touchdowns, fourth in receptions, and fifth in receiving yards.
Multi-sport star: Armstrong was a two-sport standout in the 1960s. He was named team MVP of the unbeaten 1964 team as a senior and was a three-time track MVP. He averaged 180 points per season in track.
Deagan Hirth was a 31-time All-American for the swim team. A graduate of Poland High, she was a four-year letterwinner, three-time MVP and two-year captain. She still holds the school records in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyles. Huey was a fixture with the football program for nearly 30 years as either a coach or player before retiring from coaching after the 1999 season.
He was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at linebacker, leading the Titans to a 32-3-1 record in his career.
As defensive coordinator of three teams that led the nation in scoring defense as well as the 1994 national championship team.
Laposki was a four-year letterman in football and was involved in intramural sports and was a member of Block "W," a group organized to foster good will between sportsmen.
Award winner: Ondako was a two-sport standout, leading both the basketball team and tennis squads. He finished his career with 1,019 points while twice earning All-District 18 first team honors and once was named team MVP. He was also team MVP and an All-District pick in both singles and doubles for the tennis team.
Shepherd was one of the top runners in both track and cross country. He still holds the school record in the 1500, 5000 and 10,000-meter runs.
Spisak was one of the first soccer standouts, earning four letters for coach Harold Burnt.