ANDY POLASCAK


CLASS OF '70


YEAR OF INDUCTION: 2011



Andy Polascak earned six varsity letters at Steinert, where he quickly moved into starting assignments in both soccer and baseball. He was a key element to successful SHS teams including an undefeated soccer state co-champ in 1969. He captained that team as well as the 1970 baseball squad and earned repeated all-star acclaim throughout his days as a Spartan.

He also played a year at Mercer County Community College and helped the Vikings to a Top-3 national ranking in soccer and led the baseball team in home runs.

Other post-high school successful athletic endeavors for Andy include soccer with the renowned German American Kickers and softball with the always competitive Angeloniís team.

"Scholastically, Steinert was a very good school," Polascak says. "Athletically, I had outstanding coaching and great teammates in soccer and baseball. I could not have done what I did without my teammates and my coaches."

While acknowledging his many inspiring and effective coaches throughout his playing days, he cited particular bonds with Bob Pivovarnick and the late Mario "Goose" Laurenti. With Laurenti, Polascak experienced three undefeated seasons, including two at the then-named Reynolds Junior High. "You just wanted to win for him," Polascak said. And, win they did.

Polascak said he got a late start with soccer. "I was 12 years old when I started soccer," says the man who went on to earn all-state recognition in that sport as a senior at Steinert High School.

He also was an excellent baseball player earning repeated all-star nods from Little League and Little Bigger League through Babe Ruth and High School and American Legion.


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