Lafko selected to Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame

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Hampton boys basketball coach Joe Lafko, left, is pictured with his son, Joey, who played for his father. Joe Lafko, a Frazier graduate, has been selected to the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame.

Frazier High School graduate and three-sport star Joe Lafko will be recognized before the start of tonight’s West Greene at Frazier football game in Perryopolis.

Laftko, who was inducted into the WPIAL Hall of Fame in April, will be presented a plaque in honor of that accomplishment by his former football coach Tom “Woody” Salisbury. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Lafko, now the head coach of Hampton’s boys basketball team where he has accumulated over 400 wins, still holds the state high school football record for interceptions in a career (37) and a season (22). He also had over 2,000 career receiving yards and made 119 receptions during his senior season of 1983 when, under Salisbury, the Commodores reached the WPIAL championship game.

Lafko had amazing success on the hardwood and baseball diamond as well.

He rang up 1,763 career points at Frazier in basketball and went on to star at Westminster as well, and was inducted into the Titans’ Hall of Fame in 1995 as a basketball player.

Lafko’s baseball career with the Commodores was highlighted by a .537 batting average his junior year, and he also played that sport at Westminster.

The current Frazier football team, coached by Mike Steeber, is unbeaten at 7-0 and is trying to secure the Commodores’ first conference title since 1993 when Salisbury was coach.

Salisbury also earned a recent honor as he was inducted into the Tri-County Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame last year. He guided Frazier to 130 wins, six playoff appearances and four conference championships from 1977 to 1995.

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