Sunday, May 31, 2009

APB, Where are they now?

Three-sport athletes are nothing new, particularly at the small-school level, but it's also easy to say the numbers dwindle every year. For every Joby Lapkowicz at Carmichaels, there are five or six student-athletes who focus on one sport during the final years of high school.

Lapkowicz is enjoying an excellent senior year at Carmichaels - he was the starting quarterback, a starting guard and one of the WPIAL's top pitchers - as one of several standout three-sport athletes in the area. Guys like California's Ben Carson, Burgettstown's Sean Tunno and Tyler Lonchar, and Waynesburg's Nick Patton are among a handful who were instrumental to their respective teams.

Earlier this decade, California High School produced a long list of three-sport guys who won at everything. This week's All Points Bulletin is for one of them - former Trojans' standout Ryan Robinson.

Robinson was a featured running back on the football team and a guard/forward for a basketball team which made a run to the PIAA Class A quarterfinals. He also started in the outside for California's 2001 WPIAL Class A championship baseball team.

After graduation, Robinson was slated to join California University's football team.

Anyone knowing of Robinson's whereabouts is urged to contact the Varsity Letters.


Anonymous said...

who is carson?

Anonymous said...

Hey Mike,
How about a APB on Nicky Gasti? I saw there was a Gasti boy who pitched for Carmichaels, and she was a fantastic pitcher for the Mikes back in the day!

mike_kovak said...

I talked to Nikki Gasti, who is now married, at last year's PIAA baseball championships and did a story.

When I get a chance, I'll post the link.

And, keep the suggestions coming. I'd like to know who readers want to find.

Anonymous said...


How about a story on Bob Truby or Kory Sensky from Trinity? Trinity soccer and wrestling was huge in the 80's. I am sure there are some athletes from those teams that are doing well for themselves now.