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Stemmerich on Hand to Honor Heath for Breaking the Former Union Coach’s Long-standing Conference Win Mark

Former Union head coach Don Stemmerich (right) presents current Keystone head coach Greg Heath with a trophy commemorating Heath breaking Stemmerich's long-held Clarion County League/KSAC wins mark

KNOX, Pa. – Prior to the varsity game between Karns City and Keystone, a 47-44 Gremlins win, Tuesday night, Keystone head coach Greg Heath was honored for setting the Clarion County League/KSAC wins mark last week with a win at Clarion-Limestone.

That victory gave Heath, who is in his 37th year at Keystone, 639 wins, one more than former Union great Don Stemmerich, who went 638-288 in 38 years at the helm of the Golden Knights.

To honor, Heath, who won game No. 640 Saturday against Curwensville (he is 640-290 after the loss Tuesday), a special glass trophy with a basketball on top from All American Awards & Engraving in Shippenville (a sponsor of D9and10Sports.com) was presented to him by a special guest of honor, Stemmerich himself.

The 89-year old Stemmerich’s appearance was kept secret from Heath until he was announced and escorted onto the court to present Heath with the award.

Photo by Mary Rearick

“This is really an honor for me,” Stemmerich said. “I don’t think you realize how much I admire Greg over the years. He has always been a gentleman and a good coach. He might get a 1,000. He might keep going for a while. It is an honor to be here tonight and give my respects to you.

Watch the entire ceremony

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