Al Klokis

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  • December 19, 2023
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The Mount Carmel Area is widely known as a hotbed of football talent; so it is not surprising that most of the nominees for our Hall of Fame were former gridders.

It’s nice, however, that two of this year’s class of honorees are former basketball players.

Al Klokis was a real, honest to goodness basketball star. Between Bob Varano in the 50’s and Al Klokis in the 70’s there were some pretty fair players. But these two were the goods, dominating players who had the ability to lift their teams.

Al Klokis was the first player in Mt. Carmel history to score 1000 points. He was the only player to score more than 500 points in a single saeson. He was the first Mt. Carmel player to have his jersey retired. For three varsity years he led the team in assists, steals and scoring.

In that three-year period he set 8 modern school recors in basketball: 1283 Career Points; Most Points in One Game 43, Against Mahanoy Area; Most Points in One Half, 28; Most Points in One Quarter, 16; Most Field Goals in One Game, 16, against Tamaqua; Most Foul Shots in One Game, 14 against St. Clair; and Most Points in One Season, 514.

In addition to his fine basketball career, he finished in second place in the District 4 Class A Cross Country meet as senior.

Categories: 1994 Hall of Fame