Sunday, September 23, 2012

APB, Where are they now?

Growing up as a sports junkie in Somerset, there were two Golden Eagles athletes whom I looked up to.

One was Andy Rush, a multi-sport standout who was drafted in the second round of the 1988 MLB draft by the Boston Red Sox. Rush will be inducted into the Somerset County Oldtimers Baseball Hall of Fame on Oct. 13.

The other was Tim Emert, the subject of this week's All Points Bulletin.

Many of my first sports memories were of Hugh Green at Pitt, Curt Warner at Penn State, Franco Harris with the Steelers and Tim Emert at Somerset.

When it came to hard-nose football players in Somerset County during the 1980s, Emert - to borrow an overused phrase from Mike Tomlin - set the standard. If there was an on-field scrum, chances were Emert was involved.

As good as Emert was at football, he was probably a better basketball player.

From 1980-83, Emert scored 1,526 points - a school record at the time. Rush would go on to break Emert's mark. Emert then went on to play men's basketball at Pitt-Johnstown.

Anyone knowing of Emert's whereabouts is urged to contact The Varsity Club.

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