The Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame will cover a lot of ground during the hall’s 18th induction ceremony on Saturday night at the Pasquerilla Conference Center.
Five new inductees officially will enter the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame.
A previous inductee will have his hall of fame credentials expanded to include a second sport.
The AAABA Tournament will receive special recognition as the 70th annual event approaches in August.
Three high school programs will be in the spotlight in honor of their multiple appearances in state championship events in their respective sports.
“Like all classes, this class is diverse,” said Bruce Haselrig, chairman of the 10-member Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame committee. “We recognize all the sports and as many athletes as possible in each class. We still have a long way to go, but we’re pleased to do this hall of fame event to recognize the best athletes with ties to Cambria County.”
The Class of 2014 includes:
Leah Hollis, women’s volleyball. Hollis was part of two Richland High School state volleyball championship teams before her NCAA Division I career at Rutgers University, where she started all 106 games as a freshman. Hollis served as an academic advisor and supporter of student-athletes at the University of Pittsburgh, Northeastern and Rutgers as well as being named to the executive board of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletes.
Ed Johnston, hockey. Johnston established his professional roots as a goaltender on the Johnstown Jets Eastern Hockey League championship team in 1959-60. He eventually won two Stanley Cups as a goalie with the Boston Bruins and earned another Cup as a senior advisor with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009.
John Kasay Sr., football. The Greater Johnstown High School graduate was a key lineman for the Georgia Bulldogs SEC co-champion and Cotton Bowl-winning team in 1966. Kasay stayed in Athens, Ga., as an assistant coach and administrator for three decades and was part of the 1980 national championship Bulldogs team.
Randy Mazey, baseball. United High graduate Mazey has been a NCAA Division I coach at some of the nation’s top college baseball programs for nearly 25 years and recently finished his second season as head coach at West Virginia University. An All-ACC player at Clemson, Mazey has been head coach at WVU, East Carolina and Charleston Southern while holding assistant coaching positions at Clemson, Tennessee, East Carolina and Texas Christian University.
Tom McGough, baseball. The Cleveland Indians selected the 17-year-old McGough in the fourth round of the 1973 draft, shortly after he graduated from Johnstown High. His professional career included a no-hitter at the Class AA level as well as stops in Class AAA and two calls to the Indians’ major league roster. McGough is a nationally syndicated broadcaster and motivational speaker who works with youths as well as professional athletes at the highest levels.
Class of 1990 inductee Carlton Haselrig will have the sport of football added to his hall of fame credentials in wrestling. Upon his induction 24 years ago, Haselrig had won six NCAA national championships at Pitt-Johnstown, three apiece in Division I and II. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Haselrig in the 12th round of the 1989 NFL Draft and he advanced from the team’s practice squad to become a Pro Bowl offensive guard in 1992. The Johnstown High graduate played four seasons with the Steelers and one with the New York Jets.
The Hall of Fame will honor the AAABA Tournament and Johnstown Oldtimers Baseball Association during a milestone summer.
“We’re recognizing the AAABA Tournament for what the event has done to display the spirit of our community for 70 years,” Bruce Haselrig said.
The Richland High School girls volleyball program will be recognized on the 30th anniversary of the Rams’ winning two PIAA Class AA state championships in the same calendar year. Coach Linda Renzi’s team won the state title in the spring season in 1984. The PIAA then switched volleyball to a fall sport and Richland won the state crown in the fall of 1984.
The Rams also had won state gold in 1983.
n The Bishop McCort High School hockey team will be honored on the 20th anniversary of the Crushers’ PIHL Class A Pennsylvania Cup state championship in 1994. Under head coach Galen Head, McCort became the first area scholastic squad to win a state title, and the Crushers rolled to a four-peat and gold medal appearances five times in six seasons (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1999) while skating for head coaches Head, John Bradley and Steve Carlson.
n Forest Hills High School became the area’s first football team to advance to the state title game in 1994. The Hall of Fame will spotlight coach Don Bailey’s Rangers on the 20th anniversary of their PIAA Class AA runner-up finish. Forest Hills was a heavy underdog to Mount Carmel, but the Rangers took the Red Tornadoes to double overtime before falling 20-14.
“From Forest Hills football to McCort hockey to Richland volleyball, there are a lot of people behind the scenes to make it possible for the young folks in the community to have such an opportunity,” Bruce Haselrig said. “This special recognition is for all of those associated with these great teams.”
The hall of fame ceremony will begin with a social gathering at 6 p.m., with the banquet to follow at 7.
Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame’s new website provides more information at www.ccshof.org.
Mike Mastovich is a sports writer for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/masty81.