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Dr. Mickey Zernich

Basketball ∙ Aliquippa

 

 

 

 

Dr Michael Zernich is one former athlete who doesn’t rapturize over the good old days. He should know what he is talking about. Mickey was co-captain of Aliquippa High School’s 1949 undefeated state championship basketball team and has been closely allied with sports ever since in both his personal and professional lives. “Players are so much better today,” Mickey said, “And their training and equipment are also vastly better.” This is of great concern to Mickey, president of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and practitioner at both Aliquippa Hospital and the Medical Center of Beaver County (and associated with Dr George Medich). Mickey lettered in basketball at the University of Pittsburgh from 1951 to 1953, serving as captain in 1952-1953 and earning All American honorable mention. He was founder and co-chairman of the Beaver Valley Pitt Golden Panthers (1972-1978) and has served as an active recruiter for Pitt, lining up such athletes as Tony Dorsett, Jimbo Covert, and Marlon Ferguson. Mickey is a past president of the Pitt Varsity Club. He was elected to the Aliquippa Sports Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1981. He also placed second in the state high jump competition as a high school junior.