Rarely does one man achieve nomination into a
single Hall of Fame, but Anthony Court's abilities as an
athlete and official has earned him induction into three
Halls of Fame: the Lawrence County Sports Hall of Fame (for
baseball and softball), the Pittsburgh Roundball Club Hall
of Fame (for officiating), and now the Beaver County Sports
Hall of Fame.
A native of Ellwood City and a 1975
graduate of Lincoln High School, Anthony batted .318 during
his senior year and was scouted by the Pittsburgh Pirates
while playing American Legion baseball. Anthony played
softball for over two decades, winning numerous
championships and receiving many awards while competing on
the national level in the Major A and Class A divisions.
Anthony played shortstop in the Ellwood City Men's Softball
League and played on 15 championship teams, winning numerous
Most Valuable Player and Player of the Year awards and
earning 10 Gold Gloves. He was awarded All-World shortstop
status in 1986 and 1996 and is considered one of the best
softball players in Western Pennsylvania.
Anthony has been officiating high school
basketball for 30 years and college basketball for 24
seasons. He officiated dozens of WPIAL championship games
and PIAA Western finals and has officiated two PIAA State
Championship games, in 1997 and in 2006. Collegiately,
Anthony's accomplishments include serving as an official for
NCAA Division II and III games, plus officiating numerous
PAC and Allegheny Mountain Conference Semi-finals and
Finals. In addition, Anthony coordinates officials for John
Miller's Drill-4-Skill Tournaments and clinics.
Anthony has held positions within the
Ellwood City Area Baseball Association, serving as head
coach to youth teams. He sat on the Board of Control for
Ellwood City Little League for eight years and is on the
board of the Lawrence County Sports Hall of Fame.
Anthony is currently in his second term as
Mayor of Ellwood City and received the prestigious "Mayor of
the Year" award for the state of Pennsylvania in 2014.
Anthony is actively involved in civic organizations,
including the Ellwood City Rotary Club, The Wolves Club, and
the advisory board for Ellwood City Salvation Army. Anthony
is the founder and President of the Ellwood City Area Crime
Watch Association. Anthony is also the proud father of three
children: Ashley Ann, Kevin Anthony, and Cassidy Lynn.