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All-Western New York / The best of 1958-61

Multiple-year All-WNY first teamers

G Joe Colatarci, North Tonawanda (1958-59); B John Chiasera, North Tonawanda (1960-61).


Highlights from the microfilm

*From the All-Western New York team's inception in 1958 to '70, the team consisted of just 11 players.

*The original All-WNY team: E George Mayer (Williamsville), T Lou Pace (Seneca), G Kevin Brinkworth (St. Joe's), C Tom Sommer (St. Joe's), G Joe Colatarci (North Tonawanda), T Paul Roman (North Tonawanda), E John Murphy (Tonawanda), B Steve Waite (Batavia), B Dick Jackson (St. Joe's), B John Krickovich (Depew), B Dick Reinholtz (Batavia).

*There were seven underclassmen -- all juniors -- who made All-WNY in its first four seasons. There were only seven underclassmen selected over the next nine years.


On the Web

*Who's the best from 1958-61? Are any good enough to make the 25 spots on all-time squad? Help decide the all-time team at "You make the call for the All-WNY 50th" on the Prep Talk blog.

*Check out the complete All-WNY roster: every player from every first team, from 1958 to 2006.

*Review the series' previous stories, including News Sports Reporters Bob DiCesare, Mike Harrington, Allen Wilson and Keith McShea reviewing their time on The News' high school football beat.

*See it all at

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