The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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July 15, 2014

Humbled by Hall of Fame

Johnstown impacted inductees’ lives

JOHNSTOWN — Congratulations to the five new members of the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame and one whose resume expanded.

A very deserving Class of 2014 was honored Saturday at the Pasquerilla Conference Center, and each thanked former coaches and teammates, family and friends, their schools and communities for the support that allowed them to shine brightly.

Each inductee was genuinely moved by the moment, and each displayed the positive priorities that no doubt helped them achieve success in sports and life.

“I’m a recipient of one of the greatest honors I think you can have, but I’m just the guy who is going to take home the trophy,” said John Kasay Sr., who played football at Greater Johnstown in the late 1950s before a collegiate career at the University of Georgia.

Kasay was joined on the stage by Leah Hollis (Richland High, volleyball), Ed Johnston (Johnstown Jets, hockey), Randy Mazey (United High and AAABA, baseball) and Tom McGough (Greater Johns-town, baseball) in a parade of successful local products. Carlton Haselrig (Greater Johnstown, Pitt-Johnstown), who was inducted as a wrestler in 1990, was honored Saturday for his football accomplishments with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“I can really appreciate the significance of it now,” Haselrig said.

Kasay thanked his predecessors in the Trojans program, who set a high standard and brought attention – including college scouts.

“These kinds of people kept leading you forward,” Kasay added. “Without that support system that I was lucky to have, that would have not have happened.”

Hollis played on two state championship teams at Richland before taking her volleyball talents to Division I Rutgers University.

“You can make your dreams come true,” Hollis said.

McGough would agree. His journey took him from local sandlots to the Cleveland Indians.

“This is an extraordinary honor,” McGough said, “but I’m not sure you’re aware how this commun-ity has impacted each and every one of our lives.”

Johnston played for the Johnstown Jets on the way to an NHL career that included two Stanley Cups with the Boston Bruins.

“If it wasn’t for Johns-town, I don’t think I would have been in the National Hockey League,” Johnston said.

Mazey was a standout player at Clemson University and has coached college baseball for many years. He has been the coach at West Virginia University for two sea-sons.

“What a humbling

award to share this podium,” Mazey said. “I’m so proud to be from Johns-town.”

Those were themes repeated over and over on Saturday.

We thank these fine honorees for reminding us of the qualities of a true winner: dedication, hard work, humility.

And appreciation for the people and places that helped them reach the top.

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