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Bill Ross

A charter member of its executive committee, William A (Bill) Ross received a special posthumous award because he gave much of his time and energy to help make the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame a success during its first year. Bill had been athletic director of Beaver Falls High School since 1950 and before that had been a coach in various sports from 1947 to 1958. Bill was a 1938 graduate of Beaver Falls High School and attended David-Elkins College in West Virginia, until he entered the Air Force in 1942. As a bomber pilot, he flew 50 missions in Europe, including raids on the Ploesti oil fields in Rumania. After World War II, Bill completed his education at Geneva College, graduating in 1947. Bill served as assistant football coach and head baseball coach at Hopewell High School in 1948, and then became Beaver Falls Junior High School football and baseball coach from 1948 through 1953. He served as assistant grid coach at Beaver Falls High School for two years and then as head coach from 1956 through 1958. He also coached golf for one season and was assistant basketball coach for three years. Bill died of a heart attack at the age of 55 on June 11, 1976.

 

Bill was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015. Click here for Bill's Hall of Fame bio.

Candy Young

No information on her special achievement. Click here for Candy's Hall of Fame bio.

 

Jodi Figley

Jody Figley from Hopewell was a PIAA / WPIAL Golf Champion. Click here for her Hall of Fame bio.

James Law

James Law from Rochester was a 1986 PIAA and WPIAL Track Champion in the 100, 200, and 400 meters and set state records in all three events.

Carrie Bordas

Carrie Bordas' WPIAL basketball team went 110-14, and she won numerous honors for herself, including: two time All American, second team All State, honorable mention All State, WPIAL Player of the Year, WPIAL All Conference, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous Five Team. Carrie set records for Beaver County single season scoring (812 points) and all time WPIAL scoring (both boys and girls, 2658 points), and set marks for a single WPIAL title game (35 points) and for the three game Snowflake Christmas Classic (90 points).

Essex Law

At Rochester High School, Essex Law set Beaver County football records for season scoring (276 points), season rushing (2657 yards), and career rushing (4330 yards). Essex was named All State.

 

 

Dante John Calabria

At Blackhawk High School, Dante John Calabria was the all time Beaver County basketball scoring leader (2252 points) and led his team to the PIAA title. Dante also won recognition as Pennsylvania's Player of the Year. Click here for his Hall of Fame bio.

 

Mark Javens

Coach Mark Javens led his Community College of Beaver County Titans to the 1996-1997 NJCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship with a 36-1 record. In 1997, the Titans under Mark also won the WPCC Division and the PCAA State Basketball title for the second consecutive year, as Mark compiled numerous awards, including WPCC Coach of the Year, PCAA Coach of the Year, Region XX Coach of the Year, NJCAA National Coach of the Year, and the Western Pennsylvania Official's Coach of the Year honors.

Verquan Kimbrough

Aliquippa native Verquan Kimbrough won the 132 pound National Amateur Boxing Title at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, then one week later won the National Challenge 132 pound Title for the second consecutive year. Verquan was the No 1 ranked amateur US boxer in his weight class and represented the United States in the World Cup Championships in Kazakhstan in 2002. Verquan's other achievements include four Pittsburgh Golden Gloves titles and a US Junior Olympic National championship.

Caleb Williams

In 2002, Caleb Williams won recognition as the International Powerlifting Federation Sub Junior World Champion as Best Male Lifter. In the teenage group, Caleb has also set a world record and held seven different titles and was a national record holder in the with nineteen different titles. He was a Junior Olympic Champion (2001), a three time national champion (2000, 2001, 2002), a three time state champion (2000, 2001, 2002), and a two time MAC Index champion (2001, 2002).

Terry Francona

Terry Francona of New Brighton led the Boston Red Sox to their first World Series title since 1914. Click here for his Hall of Fame bio.

Christa Harmotto

Christa Harmotto of Hopewell made first team All American member of the Gold Medal Junior National Volleyball team. In 2012, she was named to the US women's volleyball team to compete in the London Olympics, and Christa and her team won a silver medal.

Lauryn Williams

Lauryn Williams of Rochester was a 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the 100 meters run and a 2004 NCAA 100 meter champion.

Allyn Laughlin

Allyn Laughlin was recognized as one of the top shot putters in the nation. As a high school sophomore, she placed sixth in the event at the PIAA state meet and won the event as a junior. With a throw of 47'-9˝", Allyn won the shot put event at the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association Indoor Championships held at Penn State, placing her second nationally in the Dyestate Elite Rankings. In March 2006, Allyn became a national champion when she won the National Scholastic Indoor Championship at the Armory in New York City, and two days later placed third at the Nike Indoor Nationals at Prince George's Sport and Learning Center in Landover, Maryland.

Kayla Kelosky

Kayla Kelosky of Riverside was a diving champion at the WPIAL (443.90 score) and PIAA levels (393.30, 23 points ahead of the runner up), winning a state gold medal in Class AA girls' diving.

Lindsay Vrooman

Lindsay Vrooman, a 15 year old freshman at Ambridge High School, won PIAA Gold medals as a swimmer in the 200 yard freestyle (1:50:98 seconds, winning by three seconds) and 500 yard freestyle (4:53:22 seconds, winning by eight seconds). She had won both events at the WPIAL level. Lindsay also set two meet and pool records in the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle at the MAC Swimming Championships at Moon.

Terry Francona

Terry Francona of New Brighton led the Boston Red Sox to their second World Series title since 1914 with a four game sweep, raising Terry's record in the World Series to 8-0. Click here for his Hall of Fame bio.

Mark Stepanian

Mark Stepanian of Blackhawk High School was a 2009 WPIAL and PIAA Class AA Swimming Gold Medalist, and an All American in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle.

Jon Szakelyhidi

Jon Szakelyhidi of Riverside High School was a 2009 WPIAL and PIAA Class AA Swimming Gold Medalist, and an All American in the 100 Breaststroke.

Lindsay Vrooman

Lindsay Vrooman, a junior at Ambridge Area High School, was a 2009 WPIAL and PIAA Class AA Swimming Gold Medalist and won the All American 200 Freestyle and 500 Freestyle swimming events. Lindsay previously earned a Special Achievement Award in 2007.
Lindsay Vrooman

Ambridge Area High School Senior Lindsay Vrooman was a gold medalist in the 200 and 500 Freestyle at the PIAA Swimming Championships, setting a new state record in the 500 of 4:43:93. Lindsay previously earned Special Achievement Awards in 2007 and 2009.

Rushel Shell

Rushel was a four-year letterman in football as a running back at Hopewell High School. He holds the National Record for consecutive 100 yard games with 39 games and the Pennsylvania state career rushing yards records with 9,078 yards. Rushel accumulated numerous awards over his four years. In his senior year alone he received the PAA Mercury Award, Mr. Pennsylvania Football, PA All State Football 1st Team and AAA Player of the Year, Sports Illustrated All American and 2nd Team Offense, USA Today 1st Team All American, Pittsburgh Tribune Review Player of the Year, and Post Gazette Player of the Year. He participated in the Semper Fidelis Marine All American Bowl and will participate in the Big 33 Football game in June.

Kelly Burak

Kelly, a junior at Hopewell, is a three-year letter winner in gymnastics, leading this year's Viking team to the state title. This season she won the PIAA Gold Medal in the vault, beam, and floor exercises, and won the individual championship for the second consecutive year. Kelly has also won the individual title at the WPIAL championship meet all three years of her varsity career. This year, Kelly won four events at the WPIAL event, winning the vault, beam, bar, and floor exercises in addition to the all-around. A competitor since age seven with USA Gymnastics, Kelly has won numerous titles and is currently in her second year as a Level 10 gymnast.

Macky Fouse

A brilliant performer on four consecutive WPIAL championship teams, Macky led the Warriors to the most recent two PIAA Division II titles. As a senior, she won the WPIAL and PIAA individual champion-ships. She plans to continue her career at Seton Hall University.

Terry Francona

Terry took the job guiding the Cleveland Indians in 2013 and promptly led them to a 24-game improvement over the previous season, posting a 92-70 record. The Indians made the Wild Card Game, and Terry was rewarded for his efforts by being named the American League Manager of the Year. Terry also won Special Achievement Awards in 2005 and 2008. Click here for his Hall of Fame bio.

 

Mark Javens

Mark's resume is filling up. A former national champion coaching CCBC, Mark has taken the Lincoln Park program to the ultimate, winning the WPIAL and PIAA championships this past season. Mark was named the Class A Pennsylvania Coach of the Year, guiding LP to a 30-1 record.

Steve Lodovico

Steve was named Pennsylvania Class AAA Coach of the Year for leading the Cougar ladies to a 28-2 record, winning both the WPIAL and PIAA titles this past winter. He has guided the program for nine years, with a record of 161-80, including averaging 25 wins the past four seasons.

Brendan McKay

Brendan won the Gatorade Player of the Year for Pennsylvania for his exceptional all-around play. On the mound, he was 7-0, with a 0.13 ERA. He amassed 101 strike-outs in just 53 innings. He also batted .440. A Louisville recruit, he has a no-hitter to his credit this season.

Chassidy Omogrosso

A three-year starter, Chassidy's junior year ended with a State Championship and her being named the Class AAA Pennsylvania Player of the Year. A 5-5 guard, she averaged 21.6 points, and has scored 1848 points in her young career. She will be attending Duquesne University in 2015.

Maverick Rowan

PA Class A Player of the Year, Maverick won a Class A State Championship his sophomore season. He averaged 26.3 points per game, increasing to over 30 points in the playoffs. Maverick is on pace to be one of the all-time WPIAL scorers. He has accepted a scholarship to Pitt.

Lauryn Williams

Known as a sprinter, Lauryn added bobsled to her impressive career in 2013. Despite limited time in the sport, she won a Silver Medal at the 2014 Olympic Games. She became the fifth person to win medals in both the Summer and Winter Games, and became the first American woman to do so. Lauryn also earned a Special Achievement Award in 2005.

Christa Harmotto Deitzen

Christa captained Team USA to a gold medal at the 2014 FIVB World Championship in Italy. Her team won a silver medal in the 2014 Montreux Volley Masters in Switzerland. Hopewell's Christa was named the Dapper Dan Sportswoman of the Year at the 79th Annual Dapper Dan Auction Banquet.

Steve Lodovico

Named the Pennsylvania Class AAA Basketball Coach of the Year for leading the Blackhawk Lady Cougars to a 28-3 record, Steve won both the WPIAL and PIAA titles this past winter. In 10 years at Blackhawk, Steve has compiled a 183-83 record, winning two state championships.

Brendan McKay

Brendan won the 2014 Gatorade PA Baseball Player of the Year award, compiling an 8-1 record with a 0.56 earned run average for Blackhawk High School. In 63 innings of pitching, he had 130 strikeouts. His streak of 72 and 1/3 scoreless innings that started in 2013 ranks third all-time in United States high school history. Brendan previously won a Special Achievement Awards in 2014.

Chassidy Omogrosso

Chassidy was named PA Class AAA Girls' Basketball Player of the Year. She set the all-time Beaver County scoring record with 2,686 points and holds the Beaver County's single season record with 838 points. Blackhawk's Chassidy won two straight Player of the Year awards and two straight WPIAL and PIAA championships. Chassidy previously won a Special Achievement Award in 2014.

Nick Lackovich

From Aliquippa High School, Nick was the 2015-16 Class AA Coach of the Year.

Brendan McKay

From Blackhawk High School, Brendan won numerous All-American Awards this year at the University of Louisville, including the prestigious John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award. Brendan previously won Special Achievement Awards in 2014 and 2015.

Logan Palochak

From Hopewell High School, Logan won the Gold Medal 2016 PIAA 100-Yard Butterfly Class AA Championship.

Domenic Perretta

From Big Beaver Falls High School, Domenic won gold medals in 2014 and in 2015 in the PIAA Class AA Track and Field Championships, in the 800 and 1600 meter races.

Kaezon Pugh

From Aliquippa High School, Kaezon was the 2015 PIAA Class AA Football Player of the Year.

Lindsay Vrooman

From Ambridge Area High School, Linday at Indiana University won a gold medal in the Women’s 400 Freestyle FINA World Cup Meet in France, a gold medal in the Women's 800 Freestyle at the World University Games in South Korea, and gold medals in the Women's 400 and 800 Freestyles at the USA Swimming National Championships in Texas. Lindsay previously earned Special Achievement Awards in 2007, 2009, and 2010.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough

From Hopewell High School, Shatori helped her University of Maryland team win the 2015 Team USA Women's Basketball Silver Medal at the Pan American Games in Toronto.