athletic successes enjoyed by Midland High School in the
1970s remain unparalleled and have become part of Western
Pennsylvania sports lore. The Leopards were loaded with
talent, but perhaps no star shined brighter during this era
than Rick Migliore.
A sharp-shooting and nifty ball handling
guard, Rick helped Midland to back-to-back WPIAL and PIAA
State Championships in 1973 and 1974. With Rick in the
lineup, Midland went 56-3 over that stretch, including 28-1
in his senior season when he averaged 16.6 points per game.
As co-captain of the 1974 Leopards, Rick scored 29 points in
the WPIAL championship game. He was named first team all
section and to the second team Associated Press All State
But basketball wasn't his only athletic
talent. In football, Rick was a fleet-footed deep threat at
wide receiver for Midland, hauling in 10 touchdown catches
in his senior season, which was a Midland school record. The
Leopards finished 8-1-1 during Rick's senior season, where
he was selected as the team's co-MVP and was later named to
the all-WPIAL team.
Rick earned a total of seven letters at
Midland playing basketball, football, and baseball and was
named Most Athletic Senior, a great achievement considering
the talent by which he was surrounded in his hometown.
Rick went on to play basketball
collegiately, spending his freshman season at Roanoke before
transferring to Centenary. At Roanoke, he made an immediate
impact, leading the team in assists as a freshman with 117.