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Bill Hewko

Basketball ∙ Conway

No matter the endeavor, be it athletic or professional, Bill Hewko always found success.

Bill was a three-year letter winner at Freedom, earning All-Section honors as a junior and senior. He was a unanimous All-Section choice as a senior, where he was named the Pittsburgh Press Section 8 Player of the Year in 1956 after scoring a school record of 507 points and averaging 24 points per game. Following his senior season, Bill was named Honorable Mention All-State and participated in the East-West All Star game, where he was the high scorer with 24 points.

Bill went on to star at Geneva College, where he averaged 16 points per game over his final three seasons and led the Golden Tornadoes to the NAIA District playoffs each season. Bill averaged 13 points per game with 172 rebounds his senior year. Geneva won the West Penn Conference Championship in 1961, with Bill, a senior co-captain, named to the NAIA Honorable Mention All-State team. Bill also played for Geneva's baseball team his junior year.

Bill continued to play basketball during his post-college military service, playing for the Fort Lee Travelers, a United States Army Post team that included the legendary Lenny Wilkins, who would go on to become one of the winningest coaches in NBA history. Bill also played with many local teams in various tournaments, including the 1961 Serbian Basketball Tournament at the Pitt Field House where, representing Midland, he was named the Most Valuable Player.

Bill also found professional success as an educator, going on to become a teacher and principal at his alma mater, Freedom. He was a principal at Freedom for 21 years: four years at the Junior High, and the last 17 at the Senior High School. But Bill didn't leave athletics behind. Bill coached cross country and basketball at Freedom, including helping the Bulldogs win a section championship as an assistant coach in 1966. Bill then went on to a successful 11-year stint as a basketball official, where he officiated numerous WPIAL and PIAA playoff games.

After 46 years as a teacher, guidance counselor and principal at public and private schools in Freedom, Shaler, and Mars, Bill retired in 2008. Bill is married to Sandi, and the couple lives in Adams Township. Bill is the father of three children: Lynn, John, and the late Alexis. Bill has two grandchildren: Megan and Will.