Ex-AHS hoops great Tony Vlastelica dies

Tony Vlastelica, a star basketball player at Aberdeen High School, who later played at Oregon State University and played professionally in Italy for several years, died on Christmas Eve at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, Oregon. He was 90 years old.

Vlastelica graduated from Aberdeen High in 1950. In his senior year at Oregon State, he was the second leading scorer for the Beavers, averaging 11.5 points per game, on a team that finished in the final eight of the 1955 NCAA tournament and lost by one point to the eventual champion University of San Francisco, which was led by Hall of Fame player Bill Russell.

Vlastelica was tall, listed at 6-5, and known for a hook shot he started developing in high school.

He and his first wife Karen owned Baskin & Robbins ice cream stores and lived in Corvallis, Ore., Santa Barbara, Calif. and Boise Idaho. She died in 1984.

In 2001, he married JoAnne Haley and she survives in Lebanon, Oregon.

He is survived by a daughter, Jennie; and eight siblings: sisters Pauline Moersch of Denton, Tex.; Mary Rushworth of Alameda, Calif.; Joanne Vlastelica of Edmonds; Rosemarie Asplund of Longview; Ann Vlastelica of Aberdeen; Helen Burnett of Montesano and sister-in-law Eleanor Vlastelica of Aberdeen; brothers, George of Fremont, Calif. and John of Lacey.

A brother, Paul, of Aberdeen, died before him.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at The River Center in Lebanon, Oregon.