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Larry Blaney

Conservationist ∙ Aliquippa

 

 

 

 

Larry Blaney founded the Aliquippa High School Conservation, Fishing, and Hunting Club in 1938, the oldest scholastic organization of its kind in the nation. Throughout the years the famous club has been honored by winning ten national, four state, four county, and 22 local awards. Larry was inducted into the Aliquippa Sports Hall of Fame for his conservation work, and the Hopewell High School Conservation Club named its museum the Lawrence F Blaney Museum. The Conservation Club gives an annual top student award in his name. Larry was also a star athlete and successful coach in his younger days, who played halfback on the undefeated Monaca High School teams of 1922 and 1923 and was a hard-hitting fullback at Edinboro State College. He coached briefly at Edinboro before coming to Aliquippa High School as a teacher and assistant football coach under Nate Lippe and Carl Aschman. For many years Larry was an outdoor writer for The Beaver County Times, specializing in conservation themes. Larry was nominated for the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame in the fall of 1979 as a conservationist but died at age 74 before he was elected.