NEW CASTLE —
Bill Young laughs at the notion of being considered a natural athlete.
Either way, the 1975 Laurel High and 1980 Westminster College graduate lived and breathed sports from a young age.
“It’s a different day and age now,” the Harlansburg resident said. “Back then, there were no cellphones or computers. My family didn’t have a color TV until I was a junior or senior in high school. All we did was play ball. From the time we could ride a bike to each other’s house, we were always doing something that involved athletics.”
ENTERING THE HALL
Young, 57, will join 11 other inductees on May 4 when they enter the Lawrence County Historical Society Sports Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held at the New Englander.
“This is a wonderful honor, but it is a little humbling,” he said. “Lawrence County is one of the smaller counties in Pennsylvania and we don’t get as much press as Allegheny or even Beaver County. There have been some tremendous, tremendous athletes that have played sports in Lawrence County, but you have a little bit of doubt in your mind if you’re truly worthy of being inducted.”
Former Laurel football coach and current Spartans track coach George Miles has no such doubts.
“He was a dominant player,” Miles said. “He was extremely intelligent. He was very aggressive and quick. I can still see him in his stance with his leg twitching. He was so anxious to get off the ball.
“He was excellent in track. He had a couple of unfortunate accidents that kept him from placing at state. As far as the county, he was one of the top throwers in the shot and discus. Up until that time, he was one of the top throwers we had seen at Laurel.”