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2012 Hall of Fame: Dan Kopolovich and Wes Lyons

September 9, 2012

From McKeesport Area High School- Dan Kopolovich

Dan is a 2006 McKeesport Area HS graduate. He was a member of the basketball and track teams and was a two year starter for Coach George Smith’s McKeesport Area Tigers. As a senior, Dan was one of the most prolific dual threat quarterbacks to ever play at McKeesport Area. He led the tigers to a WPIAL AAAA Foothills Conference championship as well as a WPIAL and PIAA State championship. The WPIAL championship game featured a clash of football powerhouses at Heinz Field between Woodland Hills and McKeesport. Dan is a graduate of Princeton University, and currently in medical school.

From Woodland Hills High School- Wes Lyons

Wes is being inducted to the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame. Wes starred in the 2005 Woodland Hills vs. McKeesport game that took place at Heinz Field for the AAAA WPIAL Championship. Although Woodland Hills lost that close game, Wes started both ways & played well. He then accepted a football scholarship to the West Virginia University where he starred for the Mountaineers the next 4 years. Wes graduated and spent time with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wes always gives back to the community & works for the Charlie Batch Foundation for Kids.

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