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Steve Zernich

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Steve Zernich is well known in Beaver County as an accomplished surgeon with over 50 years of experience. But his athletic accomplishments are notable as well. After all, how many people can state that they competed in their sport for 65 years at a championship level? Steve grew up in Aliquippa, but was cut from his first tryout for the basketball team, although he secured a starting spot on the freshman team at the University of Pittsburgh and was the sixth man his sophomore and junior season, leading the team in minutes played. His coach, legendary Doc Carlson, named him team captain his senior year. But with World War II raging and surgeons in need, Steve entered the service at the end of his junior year at age 19. In the service, he proceeded to become an All Star performer in basketball, softball, and football, catching 15 passes in his very first gridiron game. After his days in the service, Steve competed in several Serbian National Basketball Tournaments, helping Aliquippa to five titles. At age 70, Steve was determined to be the number one ranked tennis player in the United States, but a severe hip injury curtailed his march to the top. However, Steve has been a fixture on the local tennis scene, winning 15 county titles with his doubles partner, Joe Petruny.