The name of former Penn Hills and Pitt great Bill Fralic will be carried on with the just-announced Bill Fralic Award.
The William P. Fralic Foundation created the award that will be given to the WPIAL’s top lineman. The first award will be given at the end of the upcoming season.
Here’s how the winner of this award will be determined:
*Coaches from every WPIAL football team will submit nominees.
*A seven-man committee that has ties to Fralic and Pitt will then choose the six finalists. The seven-man committee will be Greg Meisner and Rich Bowen from Hempfield, who will choose the lineman from Class-6A, Tom Loughran (Fox Chapel) and Mike Junko (Upper St. Clair) who will choose from Class-5A, Bill Cherpak (Thomas Jefferson) will handle Class-4A, Marty Rieck (South Park) has Class-3A, John Skiba (Apollo-Ridge) will be in charge of Class-2A and Todd Massack (Riverview) will pick for Class-A.
*The players picked by this seven-man committee will be submitted to the committee and the six finalists will be announced on October 31, Fralic’s birthday.
No money or scholarship will be associated with this. The winner will recognized at an awards breakfast in December at Oakmont Country Club.
Fralic, who died of cancer last December at the age of 56, was one of the most dominant offensive lineman in the history of the WPIAL and Pitt history.