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2010 Inductees


Top: James Olivo, Bryan Hartung, Matt Morgan, Dan Zelahy 
Bottom: Ed Mihalko, Theresa Picklo-Hill, Laura Furko-Miller, Rich Demko

Rich Demko, class of 1963
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early fifty years later, Rich Demkoís athleticism and competitive spirit are remembered as if it were yesterday by those who saw him play. Demko earned numerous letters in football, basketball and baseball, and was also named team captain of all three sports. Demkoís career had many highlights, such as throwing the very first touchdown pass at Plum High Stadium in 1961. In addition to playing baseball each spring, he was known to occasionally participate in and win track meets.  He also quarterbacked the Mustangs in the Allegheny Interscholastic Conference Championship football game, was selected AIC second team quarterback, and represented Plum in the AIC basketball All-Star Game.  It is no surprise that Demko was named Plumís 1963 Male Athlete of the Year. He earned a football scholarship to Independence Community College in Kansas and was invited to Major League Baseball tryouts by the Philadelphia Phillies and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rich Demko is rightfully considered by many as one of Plum High Schoolís all-time great multi-sport athletes.


Laura Furko-Miller, class of 1989   
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aura Furko-Miller was an outstanding soccer player at both the high school and collegiate levels. As a mid-fielder, she was a scoring threat and an assist leader. Lauraís exceptional play earned her All-Sections honors in each of her four seasons as a Plum Mustang. Her success continued at Penn State Behrend in Erie, PA, where she helped her team win three consecutive Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference titles and earned an appearance in the NCCA tournament. She was named to the AMCC All-Conference Team three times and was the AMCC Most Valuable Player as a freshman. Laura also broke the schoolís record for the most career goals. She was well respected by her teammates and was named team MVP as well as team captain. Laura furthered her education at the University of Southern Mississippi where she earned her Masterís and Doctorate degrees. She currently teaches in California University of Pennsylvaniaís Department of Exercise Science and Sports Studies.


Bryan Hartung, class of 1998  

Bryan Hartung left a legacy as a football player and a baseball player that would make any athlete proud. On the football field, Bryan played linebacker and running back and was team captain for the Mustangs. He was named All-Conference at both position and represented Plum in the Foothills Classic All-Star Game. On the baseball diamond, Bryan was a three year starter and helped the Mustangs win the WPIAL Championship in 1998. He was selected All-Section two times and made the USA All-American Team during his senior year. Bryan built on his baseball success at California University of Pennsylvania where he had a record-setting career. He earned first-team all-conference honors three times and set career school records in five different categories: home runs (39), RBI (168), runs scored (133), hits (204) and at-bats (575). His career home run and RBI totals ranked third and sixth respectively in PSAC history. Upon graduation, Bryan was invited to tryouts for several MLB teams. Bryan was inducted into Cal Uís Hall of Fame in 2009.


Ed Mihalko, class of 1960  
A versatile athlete, Ed Mihalko, earned ten varsity letters and excelled in football and baseball at Plum High School. As a youth, Ed developed his baseball talent on the Renton ball field.  In high school, he played shortstop and routinely batted over .500. Ed also played for the Little Pirates baseball team which was made up of the areaís top players. Edís speed and athleticism made him a force on the football field as well.  During his senior year, Ed intercepted 12 passes, three of which were in the same game. Upon graduation, he received several college scholarship offers to play baseball and football. He was also offered a contract to play ball with Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Ed chose to attended Indiana State College (IUP) so he could be close to his home and family. He did not play sports in college until his final two years when he started in both football and baseball. Ed went on to coach and train athletes at many levels. On several occasions, he was asked to rehabilitate and train injured players for the Pittsburgh Pirates. On one occasion, Ed had a ten day assignment to work with Pirate great Roberto Clemente. As a football coach, Ed helped Clark High School in Nevada win two state championships. He also spent many years as a youth baseball coach for Paradise Valley Little League. He once had a 77 game winning streak and was named Coach of the Year six times. Ed traveled as far a Hawaii with his All-Star Teams. Ed currently resides in Henderson, Nevada.

 


Matt Morgan, class of 1999

Matt Morgan is a member of a very elite group of Plum Mustangs to have play in the NFL. During his exceptional high school football career, Matt was named to virtually all local all-star teams and was a PrepStar All-American. On the state level, Matt was named All-State 2nd Team and was chosen to represent Pennsylvania in the Big 33 Football Classic. Upon graduation, Matt accepted a scholarship to play football for the University of Pittsburgh. As a four year starter at offensive tackle, he started in 38 games and played in four consecutive bowl games. Matt was chosen as Player of the Game by the Panther coaches for his outstanding performance against the Miami Hurricanes in 2002. He was also honored with a selection to play in the Gridiron Classic All-Star Game. Matt was signed to an NFL contract as an undrafted free agent by the St. Louis Rams. He played for the Rams during the 2004 and 2005 seasons and for the Buffalo Bills during 2006 season until sidelined by an injury. He was inducted into the East Boroís Chapter of the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame in 1999. Matt currently spends his football seasons coaching at Gateway Senior High School.


James Olivo, class of 1961  

Jim Olivo was a standout in football, basketball and track, lettering in each sports all four of his years at Plum High School. As the quarterback, he led the Mustangs to four consecutive winning seasons and set the school record for with a touchdown run of 106 yards. He also led the entire Allegheny-Kiski Valley Conference in scoring in 1960. Jim was selected to the AK Valley All-Star team three consecutive years and once to the Western Pennsylvania All-Star Team  In basketball, Jim was one of the most highly recruited players in Western PA.  He set many of Plumís basketball records during his career including; most point is a single game, most career points, and highest free throw percentage. Jim was selected to numerous all-star teams including the All-WPIAL First Team. On the track, he set school records in the 100 and 200 yard dashes. Jimís athletic success at Plum was equaled by his academic success which attracted the attention of many major colleges. He accepted a Congressional appointment to West Point, where he played football and various other sports. Upon graduation from West Point, Jim began his 28 year military career which focused on communication systems. He reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and won numerous awards and medals including the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Viet Nam. Jim is well respected in California area for his 45 years as a high school and college basketball official and 25 years as a football official. Jim and his wife along with their family currently reside in Alta Loma, California.


Theresa Picklo-Hill,  class of 1987

Theresa Picklo-Hill had a remarkably successful swimming career that began at the age of six and ended with a top 30 world ranking. As a freshman at Plum, Theresa won the WPIAL Championship in the 200 meter freestyle and qualified for the state meet in two other events. Her success continued throughout high school as she earned numerous WPIAL and PIAA medals. During her senior year, Theresaís performance at the state meet earned her All-American honors in the 200 meter and 500 meter freestyle events. She also swam in the Junior National Championships during her high school years. At this event, she set records in the 400 meter freestyle relay, 200 meter freestyle, and the 500 meter freestyle. Theresa was awarded a swimming scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh where she was a four year letter winner and a team captain. She finished in the top eight of the Big East Conference all four years in the 200 meter, 500 meter and 1650 meter freestyle. She was also a three time finalist in those three events at the Eastern Seaboards Championships. During her junior year, she set the Eastern Seaboards record in the 500 meter freestyle. Theresa competed in the Olympic Trials in 1988 and again in 1992 when she was among the USAís top sixteen in 800 meter freestyle.


Dan Zelahy,  class of 1974

Dan Zelahy was a rare high school athlete who success in four varsity sports. Dan was most the football field where he was 1st Team All-Conference a defensive lineman and again as an offensive lineman. He was All-WPIAL and All-State Honorable Mention and the Keystone Conference Most Valuable Defensive Lineman.  Dan also represented Pennsylvania as the starting defensive tackle in the Big 33 Football Classic. He accepted a scholarship to play football for University of Pittsburgh. A highlight college career was playing defensive tackle on NCAA National Championship team. In addition football career, Dan represented the Mustangs various other sports. He was a Section Champion as a heavyweight wrestler. He was co-captain of the volleyball threw the shot put, discus and javelin for the track Dan was voted Athlete of the Year and Student by his senior class. He coached football for many the youth, high school and semi-pro levels.

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