A tradition unlike any other … the Fabulous 5.
OK, so part of that first line goes with a famous golf tournament at this time of year. But the Post-Gazette’s Fabulous 5 all-star teams also have a spring tradition that goes back more than three decades.
The 2014 boys and girls Fabulous 5 teams came out Sunday. Check out the videos that go along with the stories. The Fab 5s are picked by the P-G scholastic sports staff and take into consideration all WPIAL and City League teams.
For more than 20 years now, we try to take a group picture with some kind of fun theme and headline. We have used everything from firetrucks, classrooms and limousines to greyhounds and hospital emergency rooms (headline of “Smooth Operators”) to take Fab 5 pictures.
You can look back at the old Fab 5 teams below. I have kept many of the newspapers from old Fab 5 teams, but not all. What I can gather from old clippings and some microfilm, the Fab 5 started in 1979, a little before I started at the P-G. There were all-star teams picked by the P-G before 1979, but it seemed they were not given the Fab 5 name.
I have found that people like looking at old teams and famous players, prompting lines of “oh yeah, I remember that guy now.” Personally, I get a kick out of some of the old Fab 5 pictures. I have been on hand for most of the photo shoots (just shows how long I’ve been doing this). Heck, I remember going to Mount Washington with Sean Miller 27 years ago. This year’s photo shoot was maybe the most unforgettable. Nine people, including four Fabulous 5 members, myself and some parents, got stuck on the elevator at the Post-Gazette for a while. And Maverick Rowan’s mom said she was claustrophobic.
New Castle’s Malik Hooker wasn’t on the elevator. To add to the story, he mistakenly went to a small Post-Gazette office in Cranberry. Ooops, we’re in downtown, Malik.
Anyway, here is a look at the old Post-Gazette Fabulous 5s for boys and girls (we could not find a few of the old girls Fabulous 5s) and also some of the pictures. The 2007 boys Fabulous 5 turned out to be quite a group.
2014 - Malik Hooker, New Castle; Ryan Luther, Hampton; D.J. Porter, Obama Academy; Maverick Rowan, Lincoln Park; Kason Harrell, Hempfield
2013 - Ryan Luther, Hampton; Malik Hooker, New Castle; Elijah Cottrill, Beaver Falls; Shawn Anderson, New Castle; Devin Wilson, Montour.
2012 - Sheldon Jeter, Beaver Falls; Micah Mason, Highlands; Nolan Cressler, Plum; Nate Snodgrass, Butler; Geno Thorpe, Shaler.
2011 - Micah Mason, Highlands; Anthony Dallier, North Allegheny; Jesse Reed, Greensburg Central Catholic; Devon Cottrell, Gateway; Sheldon Jeter, Beaver Falls.
2010 - (pictured) Bill Luther, Hampton; Nate Perry, Hempfield; T.J. McConnell, Chartiers Valley; Evan Pierce, Mt. Lebanon; Tom Droney, Sewickley Academy.
2009 - T.J. McConnell, Chartiers Valley; Nick Novak, Franklin Regional; Chris Klimchock, Greensburg Salem; Jeff Yunetz, Latrobe; Tom Droney, Sewickley Academy.
2008 - Terrelle Pryor, Jeannette; Deandre Kane, Schenley; Quentin Harding, McKeesport; Brian Walsh, Moon; Antoine Childs, Blackhawk.
2007 - DeJuan Blair, Schenley; D.J. Kennedy, Schenley; Herb Pope, Aliquippa; Terrelle Pryor, Jeannette; Jonathan Baldwin, Aliquippa. Maybe the most famous Fab 5 ever? Certainly one for the ages. All are pros. Blair is still in the NBA, Kennedy had a brief stint in the NBA, Pryor and Baldwin are in the NFL and Pope played professionally overseas. They are holding suitcases with a headline "Going Places." How true.
2006 - Herb Pope, Aliquippa; DeJuan Blair, Schenley; D.J. Kennedy, Schenley; Steve McNees, Shenango; Lance Jeter, Beaver Falls.
2005 - (pictured) Lance Jeter, Beaver Falls; Sean Lee, Upper St. Clair; Ben McCauley, Yough; Geoff Kestler, Mt. Lebanon; DeJuan Blair, Schenley.
2004 - Darrelle Revis, Aliquippa; Akida McLain, Penn Hills; Ben McCauley, Yough; Adam DiMichele, Sto-Rox; James Hairston, Connellsville.
2003 - Ryan Evanochko, Blackhawk; Darrelle Revis, Aliquippa; Adam DiMichele, Sto-Rox; James Hairston, Connellsville; Byron Knight, Penn Hills.
2002 - Ryan Evanochko, Blackhawk; Terrance Vaughns, Uniontown; Bobby Franklin, Plum; Bryant McAllister, West Mifflin; Joey Tutchstone, Kiski Area.
2001 - Daren Tielsch, Montour; Bryant McAllister, West Mifflin; Brandon Fuss-Cheatham, Blackhawk; Jack Higgins, Schenley; Allan MacQuarrie, Pine-Richland.
2000 - Brandon Fuss-Cheatham, Blackhawk; Drew Schifino, Penn Hills; Yuri Demetris, Shaler; Jon Pawlak, Highlands; Josh Lay, Aliquippa.
1999 - Brandon Fuss Cheatham, Blackhawk; Mike Phenizee, Peabody; David Young, New Castle; Drew Schifino, Penn Hills; Desmond Whetzel, New Castle.
1998 – David Young, New Castle; Mike Colbert, Chartiers Valley; Aaron Epps, Butler; Dave Freeman, Vincentian; Ricky Richburg, Westinghouse.
1997 - Archie Miller, Blackhawk; Courtney Wallace, Perry; Brian Carroll, Schenley; Aaron Lovelace, Franklin Regional; Isaiah Stewart, Chartiers Valley.
1996 – (pictured) Aaron Lovelace, Franklin Regional; Steve Menifee, McKeesport; Chris Kirkland, Sto-Rox; Jim Cantamessa, Blackhawk; Archie Miller, Blackhawk
1995 – (pictured) Pete Sauer, Shady Side Academy; Kevin Covert, Neshannock; Vince Coppola, Seton-LaSalle; Monty Latimer, Sto-Rox; Vince Graham, Belle Vernon.
1994 – (pictured) Pete Sauer, Shady Side Academy; Kevin Price, Duquesne; Shawn Bellis, Butler; Vince Graham, Belle Vernon; Dan Fortson, Shaler.
1993 - Tom Pipkins, Valley; Nick Bosnic, Laurel Highlands; Kevin Price, Duquesne; Tino Hunter, Shaler; Mike Keyes, Woodland Hills.
1992 - (pictured) Terry O'Shea, Carlynton; Dante Calabria, Blackhawk; Tom Pipkins, Valley; Derrick Scott, Duquesne; Peca Arsic, Penn-Trafford.
1991 – Dante Calabria, Blackhawk; Will Macon, Perry; Gabe Jackson, New Brighton; Malik Hightower, Perry; Bruce Patterson, Langley.
1990 – Will Macon, Perry; Yancey Taylor, Ringgold; Norbert Valis, Hampton; Jermaine Morgan, Jeannette; Keith Crosby, Carrick.
1989 – Kevin Salvadori, Seton-LaSalle; Myron Walker, Aliquippa; Chris Pipkin, New Brighton; Jeff Gaca, Quaker Valley; Jon Walker, New Brighton.
1988 - Jim McCoy, Central Catholic; Keith Tower, Moon; William Herndon, Allderdice; Gravelle Craig, Farrell; Mark Gilbert, Aliquippa
1987 - Sean Miller, Blackhawk; Mike Yoest, North Hills; Darelle Porter, Perry; Joe Nethen, Shaler; Dan Aloi, Ellwood City.
1986 - Sean Miller, Blackhawk; Major Harris, Brashear; John Rasp, Norwin; Tony Petraraca, Kiski Area; Pete Freeman, Rochester.
1985 -(pictured) Brian Shanahan, Hampton; Shawn Roberts, Farrell; Neal Fenton, Latrobe; Greg Martucci, Springdale; Bill Vernau, Brentwood.
1984 – Marvin Woods, Aliquippa; Tyrone Howard, Westinghouse; Marvin Bailey, Lawrenceville Catholic; John Robinson, Peabody; Collins Dobbs, Allderdice.
1983 – Mark Beavers, Sto-Rox; Marlon Ferguson, Center; Bill Leonard, McKeesport; Ron Stevenson, Langley; Dean Kartsonas, Shady Side Academy.
1982 – Rick Suder, Center; Joe David, Upper St. Clair; Lloyd Moore, Clairton; Mike Masley, Boyle; Jack Mansell Sharon.
1981 – Ron Rowan, Beaver Falls; Pat Farrell, Central Catholic; Lloyd Moore, Clairton; Ken Simril, Belle Vernon; Earl Minor Uniontown
1980 – Frank Dobbs, Allderdice; Marc Marotta, Central Catholic; Hal Bentley, New Brighton; Cleveland Bibbens, Brashear; Dwight Collins, Beaver Falls.
1979 – Cleveland Bibbens, South Hills; Damon Bryant, Beaver Falls; Larry Anderson, Schenley; Bill Varner, Valley; Joe Myers, Burrell.
2014 - Brenna Wise, Vincentian; Chassidy Omogrosso, Blackhawk; Yacine Diop, Seton-LaSalle; Erin Mathias, Fox Chapel; Sydney Bordonaro, Burrell.
2013 – Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Hopewell; Ciara Gregory, Jeannette; Erin Mathias, Fox Chapel; Chassidy Omogrosso, Blackhawk; Shelby Lindsay, South Park.
2012 – Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Hopewell; Destiny Brown, Gateway; Naje Gibson, Seton-LaSalle; Erin Waskowiak, Bishop Canevin; Ciara Gregory, Jeannette.
2011 – (pictured below) Madison Cable, Mt. Lebanon; Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Hopewell; Val McQuade, Shaler; Alexa Hayward, Blackhawk; Belma Nurkic, Baldwin.
2010 – Belma Nurkic, Baldwin; Madison Cable, Mt. Lebanon; Olivia Bresnahan, Butler; Paige Alviani, Hopewell; Jen Papich, Fox Chapel.
2009 – Emily Correal, Peters Township; Emily Miller, Mt. Lebanon; Markel Walker, Schenley; Olivia Bresnahan, Butler; Lily Grenci, Mars.
2008 – Darche Jackson, Penn Hills; Emily Correal, Peters Township; Jamie Smith, Woodland Hills; Jackie Babe, Mt. Lebanon; Alex Gensler, Upper St. Clair.
2007 – (pictured) Ashley Henderson, Greensburg Central Catholic; Erica Prosser, Oakland Catholic; Vanessa Abel, Southmoreland; Jaleesa Sams, New Castle; Shayla Scott, Gateway.
2006 – Jaleesa Sams, New Castle; Ashley Henderson, Greensburg Central Catholic; Amy Johns, McKeesport; Aysha Jones, Oakland Catholic; Joyce Novacek, Hopewell.
2005 – Brianne O'Rourke, Oakland Catholic; Rachel Frederick, North Catholic; Eve Pyle, Oakland Catholic; Danielle Gratton, Bethel Park; Dominique Duck, Schenley.
2004 – Charel Allen, Monessen; Jocelyn Chandler, Uniontown; Lauren Revesz, Chartiers Valley; Nia Capuano, Moon; Meagan Cowher, Fox Chapel.
2003 – Charel Allen, Monessen; Loui Hall, Albert Gallatin; Erin Wigley, Moon; Kamela Gissendanner, Clairton; Meg Bulger, Oakland Catholic.
2002 – Meg Bulger, Oakland Catholic; Carmen Bruce, Schenley; Kamela Gissendanner, Clairton; Loui Hall, Albert Gallatin; Erin Wigley, Moon.
2001 – Tanisha Wright, West Mifflin; Amy Kunich, Oakland Catholic; Kacy O’Brien, Carlynton; Jess Strom, Steel Valley; Kamela Gissendanner, Clairton.
2000 – (pictured) Katie Bulger, Oakland Catholic; Jess Strom, Steel Valley; Tanisha Wright, West Mifflin; Ashle Kelly, Mt. Lebanon; Jessica Brungo, North Allegheny.
1999 – Katie Bulger, Oakland Catholic; Jen Sobota, Latrobe; Lisa Miller, Blackhawk; Brooke Stewart, East Allegheny; Beth Friday, Upper St. Clair.
1998 – Christal White, Mount Alvernia; Val Zona, Blackhawk, Cindy Dallas, Schenley; Katie Bulger, Oakland Catholci; Swin Cash, McKeesport (hamming it up)
1997 – Swin Cash, McKeesport; Erin Huth, North Allegheny; Cindy Dallas, Schenley; Korie Morton, Woodland Hills.
1996 – (pictured) Gina Naccarato, Monessen; LynnDee Howell, Penn Hills; Swin Cash, McKeesport; Kim Seaver, Mt. Lebanon; Michelle Katkowski, Mount Pleasant.
1995 – Mandy West, Upper St. Clair; Catherine Jacob, Penn Hills; Shauntai Hall, Albert Gallatin; Gina Naccarato, Monessen; Jackie Porac, North Catholic.
1994 – Mandy West, Upper St. Clair; Sherri Hannan, North Allegheny; Julie Moehring, Avonworth; Gina Naccarato, Monessen; Jackie Porac, North Catholic.
1993 – Mandy West, Upper St. Clair; Gina Naccarato, Monessen; Erin Miller, Oakland Catholic; Monique McCoy, Penn Hills; Missy Thompson, West Mifflin.
1992 – Elizabeth Proudfit, Washington; Lisa Vizzocca, Shaler; Kim Calhoun, Penn Hills; Collen Brady, Moon; Denise Gallo, Connellsville.
1991 – Shane Bartha, Apollo-Ridge; Kim Calhoun, Penn Hills; Stephanie Gonzales, Shady Side Academy; Kelly Malins, Ambridge; Elizabeth Proudfit, Washington.
1990 – Carrie Bordas, Aliquippa; Carla Coleman, McKeesport; Jonna Huemrich, Bethel Park; Bonnie Rimkus, Carlynton; Jenine Joyce, Penn Hills.
1989 – (pictured) Shannon Davis, Sacred Heart; Jonna Huemrich, Bethel Park; Carrie Bordas, Aliquippa; Cathy Torchia, St. Francis; Molly Larkin, North Catholic.
1988 – Shannon Davis, Sacred Heart; Julie Jones, Laurel Highlands; Molly Larkin, North Catholic; Leatha Dudeck, North Catholic; Karen Donley, Trinity.
1987 – Shannon Davis, Sacred Heart, Wendy Brink, Butler; Angie Kirkland, Beaver Falls; Connie Hurt, Penn Hills; Tanya Garner, West Mifflin.
1986 – Edna Campbell, Allderdice; Lorri Johnson, New Castle; Connie Hurt, Penn Hills; Diane Dobrich, Elizabeth Forward; Angie Kirkland, Beaver Falls.
1985 – (pictured) Maureen Conley, Mount Alvernia; Lorri Johnson, New Castle; Edna Campbell, Allderdice; Joy Jeter, Beaver Falls; Kathy McConnell, Seton-LaSalle.
1984 – Suzie McConnell, Seton-LaSalle; Karen Hall, Mount Alvernia; Maureen Conley, Mount Alvernia (need two more).
1983 – (pictured) Suzie McConnell, Seton-LaSalle; Lisa Faloon, Brashear; Maureen Conley, Mount Alvernia; Vida Kernich, Baldwin; Mimi Reiber, Chartiers Valley.
1982 – Suzie McConnell, Seton-LaSalle; Kim Tirik, Ambridge; Jane Plake, Serra; Kim Gannis, Brentwood; Allison Daniel, Langley;
1981 – Kim Tirik, Ambridge; Diane Walker, Oliver; Karen Hosek, Shaler; Leigh Curl, North Hills; Sally Anderson, Thomas Jefferson.