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Carrick High School Sports Hall of Fame inducts players and coaches


November 16, 2004

 The Carrick High School Alumni Association inducted a championship coach, five outstanding athletes and two championship basketball teams into the Carrick High School Alumni Sports Hall of Fame on November 7.

The inductions were made at a luncheon at the South Hills Country Club.

It was the 10th Annual CHS Hall of Fame induction. Eleven championship coaches, 87 athletes and 31 teams have been installed in the hall since its inception in 1994.

Robert Lonergan, the CHS Girls Basketball coach for four years (1987-1990), guided his Lady Raider teams of 1987-88 and 1988-89 to city championships and the PIAA playoffs both years. A Carrick High math teacher for 29 years, he retired in 1999.

The five athletes who were inducted are Clyde W. Brunk, Class of 1972, a member of nine CHS Varsity teams; Christine Laurent Kyle, Class of 1985, exceptional Cross Country and Track record holder Dara Loftion, Class of 1989, a city league basketball MVP and three-time All City and team captain; Robert Schwartzmiller, Class of 1977, a two-time All City defensive end and Joanne D. Warner, Class of 1989, possibly the finest all around woman athlete ever to graduate from Carrick High.

The CHS Girls Basketball City Championship Team of 1987-1988 had a record of 21-4 winning the City League Championship and moving into the PIAA playoffs.

The CHS Girls Basketball City Championship Team of 1988-1989 made it two in a row as they won 22 and lost only three on their way to another city league championship and another State playoff appearance.

Thumbnail sketches of Carrick High Sports Hall of Fame inductees:

 Clyde W. Brunk, Class of 1972

Clyde was a member of nine sports teams during his Carrick High career. He played four seasons (1968-1971) on the football team, three on the basketball team and two with the baseball team. During his senior year he scored seven touchdowns as a first string halfback .... four of those TDs came against Fifth Avenue in a 32-0 win. He also played defense and served as the Raider punter. He was a member of the Key Club as a senior.

 Dara L. Loftion, Class of 1989

Dara was the Girls Basketball team captain for three years, was named to the All City team three years and was the City League MVP ‘89. During the four seasons she played at Carrick High the team won 45 of 50 games. She averaged 17 points per game in her senior year. After the 1989 season she was named MVP of the Annual Kenny Durrett Basketball Game and played in the Eat ‘N Park Roundball Classic. She was awarded a four year scholarship to Kentucky State University where she was a four-year starter, the 1991 Assist Leader and the 1992 Team MVP. Dara is currently a high school and college basketball official calling many playoff and championship games.

 Christine Laurent Kyle, Class of 1985

Girls Track, Cross Country and Basketball made up Chris' high school sports life. In track Chris won the 800 meter race three consecutive years (1983-1985) in the City Girls Track Championships. She also won the 1600 meters in 1984 breaking a school and city record. She won the 1600 in 1985 too. She anchored the gold medal winning 3200 meter relay team at the 1985 City Relays Championship meet. She finished 11th at the State Championship 1600 meter run in 1985. In cross country, she led the Lady Raiders to a city championship in 1984 and took home first place honors in the 1985 City Championship Meet with a time of 18.51. Her best time, a school record, was 18.43. With her four years on the Girls Basketball Team, Chris earned a total of 11 Varsity letters including one for Softball in 1982.

 Robert P. Schwartzmiller, Class of 1977

A two-time All City defensive end selected by the Post Gazette in his junior and senior years, Bob was also honored by the South Hills Record's Sports Department being named to the Record's All Star Football Team in 1977. He started every Carrick High football game in his junior and senior years as the Raiders won 14 of 18 games shutting out seven opponents. In his senior year Bob sacked opposing quarterbacks 10 times and blocked four punts.

 Joanne D. Warner, Class of 1989

A three-sport star in Carrick High girls track, basketball and cross country plus graduating second in her class of 322 with a 4.4 QPA, Joanne was a member of six CHS City Championship teams. In track she won 12 gold medals in the city track & field championships competing in a maximum four events each year. She held city records in the 100-meter hurdles, the shot put and the discus. In basketball she was the team's high scorer for two years and was named All City and team MVP for three straight years. She qualified for the state championships for three years. In cross country, she lettered for three years. Later, at the University of Pittsburgh, she was named to the All Big East Track Team four straight years and was the Big East Javelin Champion in 1990.


Reader Comments(1)

TeslaVee writes:

I went to Concord, Knoxville and Carrick High with Jo Warner. She was the greatest female athlete I have ever seen to this day.


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