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Steve Girting

Football ∙ Western Beaver

 

 

 

 

When it comes to ranking the best football players to have ever come out of Western Beaver High School or Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Steve Girting’s name is high on the list. He was a record setting running back at each stop. A 1984 grad of Western Beaver, Steve showed his versatility with a diverse background in track and field, where he lettered for four years. He competed in the 100 meter dash, the 800 meter run, and took part in the javelin, shot put and long jump. He was good enough to make it to the WPIAL qualifiers in both the shot put and javelin. But it was on the football field where he really excelled. Steve led the county in scoring as a junior when he also rushed for 1196 yards. As a senior, he bettered those marks, running for 2156 yards and again leading in scoring. Steve became just the third player to lead the Beaver County in scoring for two consecutive years. He was the catalyst in Western Beaver’s unbeaten season, which culminated in a WPIAL Championship. He also finished his scholastic career holding the school records in rushing and scoring. For his performance, the awards were many. Along with All State honors, Steve was named the conference’s Most Outstanding Player, and was also chosen as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and East Liverpool Review’s Player of the Year. He also received Dapper Dan and Golden Helmet awards. Steve matriculated at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he continued his all star play. He promptly made First Team All Western Division as a freshman, and was second team selection as a sophomore. In his junior year, Steve was an integral part of the IUP’s best ever campaign. The team finished 10-2, with Steve leading the team in rushing. He was named First Team All Conference and won the Most Inspirational Player Award. Steve’s senior season was terrific. He again led the team in rushing and scored 14 touchdowns as IUP finished with an 8-2 record. Steve was named the team’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player, and again made All Conference, becoming the first ever player to be named all four years. He received Division II All American Honorable Mention honors, and was nominated for Division II Player of the Year. He tied the school record with 32 career rushing touchdowns. Steve, the middle school principal at Riverside, resides in Midland with his wife Suzanne and their children, Nickolas, Matthew, and Hannah.