- Local Guide
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Two of the latest inductees into the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame are Dominic â€śMickeyâ€ť Barilar and Roger Raybuck.
Dominic â€śMickeyâ€ť Barilar
Barilar is a 1950 graduate of Punxsutawney High School, as well as a graduate of Clarion State Teachers College.
While serving in the U.S. Army, he spent 18 months in Germany as the Colonelâ€™s driver of a staff car, later graduating from IUP with a masterâ€™s degree in education in 1963.
During high school, Barilar was a two-time letter-winner in football and track and participated in baseball. He competed in the state track meet in 1950, where he ran the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the 880-meter relay.
He was a letter-winner in college football in 1953, and served as an assistant football coach in Punxsutawney from 1957-70.
He was a JV coach with only one loss, and was a junior-high coach with an undefeated team four years in a row.
Barilar was also the head football coach from 1970-72.
He is married to Mary Lou Koromous, and they have three children, Michael, Mary and Stephen.
A 1976 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School, Raybuck was involved in football, basketball and track and field, lettering nine times.
In football, he was named an All-State Honorable Mention during his senior year; All-Star First Team Defense his junior year; All-Star First Team Offense/Second Team Defense his senior year; and All-Star First Team his junior and senior years.
His accomplishments in high school basketball include team captain during his junior and senior years; leading scorer (fifth player to reach 1,000 points in PAHS history and was the all-time leading scorer with 1,171 points); all-time leading rebounder; named MVP by Keystone West Sportswritersâ€™ Association; and Punxsy Jaycees Holiday Basketball Tournament.
Raybuck received a scholarship to attend Washington & Jefferson College, where he was named team captain during his sophomore, junior and senior years. He was also selected to the All-PAC Second Team during his sophomore year; All-PAC First Team his junior year; was a leading scorer during his sophomore and junior years and leading rebounder during
his freshman, sophomore and junior years.
He scored 30-plus points and had 30-plus rebounds twice against Carnegie Mellon University.
The Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fameâ€™s 11th induction banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Punxsutawney Area High School cafeteria.
Other Hall of Fame inductees are Gary Astorino, William Vassallo, George Work and Bruce Chambers, who will be a posthumous inductee.
The keynote speaker for the evening will be Les Shoop.