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Hall of Fame North

New Butler football coach Jim Rankin wasn’t kidding when he said the other day that he wasn’t looking forward to competing against his colleagues in the Quad North. What a collection of coaching legends!

Of the seven coaches in the conference, all but two — Don Holl at Seneca Valley and Mark Soboleski at Erie McDowell — have coached in the PIAA championship game.

The list includes two — Shaler’s Neil Gordon (Penn Hills) and North Allegheny’s Art Walker Jr. (Central Catholic) — who did it at other schools, plus Pine-Richland’s Clair Altemus, North Hills’ Jack McCurry and Rankin (North Allegheny).

Gordon, Walker, McCurry and Rankin are state title game winners, and Altemus nearly did it, losing in a snowstorm in 2003 to Manheim Central in double overtime.

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