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Tony Court

Officiating Ellwood City

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.