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Al Vlasic

Basketball ∙ Monaca

 

 

 

 

Al Vlasic was one of the best of many Monaca natives who starred on Geneva College basketball teams in the ten years after World War II. In his four years at Geneva (1948-1951) under coaches Slim Ransom and Cliff Aultman, Al started every one of the 103 varsity games on the schedule, setting new scoring records for each of his last three seasons. Ironically, Alís senior season record of 575 points in 1951 was his best but the Covies suffered through a disappointing 12-18 season, although upset victories over Duquesne and St Francis in the final two games helped make the season bearable, as did the fact that Al finished his career with a school record 1535 points. He was named to the NAIA All State team in his junior and senior years and received honorable mention as a sophomore. At Monaca High School, Al played on three strong teams before graduating in 1942. During his sophomore year, the Indians lost in the WPIAL championship game. In his junior season, they were edged out of section honors by a one point loss to a talented Midland High team led by Dave Alston. Al paced the Indians in scoring his junior and senior years, and the team finally won the WPIAL Class A playoff title in 1942. Al served in the Marines from 1942 to 1946 and played service basketball in China. During his Geneva career, he also played for the powerful Beaver Falls American Legion basketball teams and was named to the Legion All American squads in 1950 and 1951. He later played with the Philadelphia Spas on a national tour with the Harlem Globetrotters. Al also played for many Beaver County cage teams before retiring in 1957. He was active as a PIAA basketball official for many years and also assisted Chuck Wilson of WBVP. Al retired from the Arco Polymers Company.