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20 Questions

The NFL football player on the left, seen with Philadelphia Eagles coach Dick Vermeil, center, and quarterback Ron Jaworski, played his high school ball at Pine Valley Central School. AP file photo

Chautauqua County is steeped in sports history, so put on your thinking cap and see how you fare with 20 random questions regarding some of its finest athletes and their accomplishments.

1. This former northern Chautauqua County high school star, continued his basketball successes at Jamestown Community College and, later, at Middle Tennessee.

2. Speaking of basketball talent, this all-around athlete from northern Chautauqua County was a star in the American Basketball Association in the late 1960s through the mid-1970s and was once a teammate of Hall-of-Famer Julius Erving.

3. This Jamestown High School graduate suffered a knee injury in the late 1950s while playing baseball, but ironically it launched one of the most decorated softball careers in Chautauqua County history. Among the highlights was his two-hit, 17-strikeout performance in a 1-0 victory against the King & His Court in 1967.

4. Born in Little Valley in 1929, this retired physical education teacher at Cassadaga Valley Central School was a teammate of future New York Yankee Bobby Richardson on the Olean entry in the New York-Pennsylvania League in 1953.

5. This Southwestern Central School alum served as chair of the NCAA Division 1 Basketball Committee from 2001 to 2004, and during her 15 years at the University of Wisconsin she was the sports administrator for 22 different teams, including men’s and women’s soccer.

6. A pitching star for Falconer High School and then for an amateur team, this baseball star once struck out 42 batters in 23 innings, which led to offers from 19 pro teams. As a member of the Boston Red Sox, he defeated Christy Mathewson of the New York Giants in the third game of the 1912 World Series after tossing a three-hitter.

7. A 1969 graduate of Jamestown High School, this basketball player called Dean Smith his coach at North Carolina University.

8. The 2004 NCCAA women’s basketball Player of the Year in 2004, this young woman averaged 24.3 points per game and ended her career as the all-time leading scorer at Roberts Wesleyan with 1,819 points. Less than 10 years later, she made her name in a different sport on the world’s biggest stage.

9. As a senior at Wake Forest in 1998, this young man was the recipient of the Arnold Palmer Award, presented to the school’s Athlete of the Year. Four years later, the now-Westfield resident was chosen to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 50th Anniversary cross country and track and field teams on his way to a very successful professional career.

10. A winner of nearly 1,100 games in her illustrious basketball coaching career that includes a gold-medal Olympic performance, this woman owns a home at Chautauqua Institution.

11. This Jamestown native was an outfielder in the Major Leagues from 1950-1960 and is the proud owner of six World Series rings — three as an outfielder with the New York Yankees and three as a coach with the Oakland Athletics.

12. Owner of a record 80 career wins at Stateline Speedway, this Ashville resident will be inducted into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame this summer.

13. An outstanding basketball player, this Frewsburg Central School graduate went on to a stellar career at Syracuse University and was ultimately a fourth-round draft pick of the New York Knicks.

14. This Panama native and Duke University women’s volleyball coach won her 600th career match in September 2017 to become the 22nd active NCAA Division I head coach to do so.

15. As a 13-year-old, this northern Chautauqua County resident hit a baseball out of College Stadium in Jamestown in a Grape Belt League all-star game. A dozen years later, he belted a home run to lift the Baltimore Orioles to an extra-inning victory over Milwaukee.

16. Speaking of the NFL, these two pros — graduates of Dunkirk and Pine Valley high schools respectively — played collegiately at Penn State and Arkansas State.

17. A former NCAA Division I All-American wrestler, this Cassadaga Valley Central School graduate is now the director of athletics at Penske racing.

18. This Fredonia native holds the Chautauqua County record for most points scored in a high school basketball game.

19. This northern Chautauqua County resident was named a U.S.. women’s World Team wrestling coach in 2014; was a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Games coaching staff; and posted one of the finest high school coaching careers in Western New York history.

20. This southern Chautauqua County resident had a baseball tryout with the Pittsburgh Pirates in his senior year of high school, but opted to honor his football scholarship offer from Penn State instead. It turned out to be the right decision.

ANSWERS: 1. Lewis Mack; 2. George Carter; 3. Jim Adamczak; 4. Art Asquith; 5. Cheryl Bailey; 6. Hugh Bedient; 7. Donn Johnston; 8. Jenn Suhr; 9. Nolan Swanson; 10. Tara VanDerveer; 11. Irv Noren; 12. Dick Barton; 13. Gary Clark; 14. Jolene Nagel; 15. Dave Criscione; 16. Dave Graf and Bill Bergey; 17. Jim Beichner; 18. Mike Heary; 19. Alex Conti; 20. Shane Conlan.

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