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Hal Bentley

All Around ∙ New Brighton

 

 

 

 

Hal Bentley has an impressive business title. He is the Director of Business Development for Celeritas Works, LLC., of Kansas City. That continues a litany of impressive things he has done, including being a two sport star at New Brighton High School and Kansas State University. Hal lettered for two years on the Lions football team. His senior year he helped New Brighton to an 8-1-1 record. In one of the wins, he had nine receptions for 260 yards and two touchdowns (plus a two point conversion) as the Lions defeated Beaver. He was also instrumental in the Lions victory over Beaver Falls for the first time in 29 years. Hal was named All Conference, played in the Penn-Ohio All Star Game, and was also named to Pennsylvania’s Big 33 Team. That was certainly a good, if not great season, but his basketball senior year was record breaking. Hal dominated the statistics in helping New Brighton win the WPIAL Class AA title despite standing just 6'-1" and going against guys as tall as 6'-10". He averaged 26.5 points in the regular season, and led the team in rebounding, steals, shooting percentage, foul shooting percentage, and popcorn sales. In the WPIAL playoffs, he scored 119 points in four games, including a record setting 40 in the championship tilt against Clairton, which had an all star opponent who was 6'-8". That 40 point performance in a championship game has since been tied, but yet to be broken. Hal, who averaged 31 points per game throughout the WPIAL and the PIAA playoffs that year, was named All Section MVP, a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fab Five selection, First Team All State, MVP of the Quigley Classic, and played for the Western Pennsylvania team in the Roundball Classic. At Kansas State University, Hal lettered for one year in football as a reserve end and three seasons in basketball. He injured his knee early in his senior basketball season which caused him to miss the rest of the year. He had chances to go overseas to play the roundball sport professionally, but instead took a job at IBM, where he won numerous business awards, including Rookie of the Year in a nine state region in 1987. Hal and his wife Holly have three children (Hope, Hunter, and Hudson), and live in Kansas City. His business philosophy - plan to win, prepare to win, expect to win - can also be applied to his past as one of the county’s all time great athletic talents.