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SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 

Special achievement awards are for
state, national, or international recognition.

Year Awardee Sport Town Special Achievement
2023

Terry Francona

Coaching New Brighton American League Manager of the Year
2022

Joseph Roth

Swimming Riverside

2022 PIAA Class 2A Gold Medal Champion 100-Yard Backstroke

2022

Colby Belzyk

Track and Field Riverside

2021 PIAA Class 2A Gold Medal 800m Run

2022

Cyair Clark

Football Aliquippa

2021 PAFootballNews.com Coaches Class 4A Player of the Year

2022

Sean FitzSimmons

Football Central Valley

2021 PAFootballNews.com Coaches Class 3A Player of the Year

2022

Tiqwai Hayes

Football Aliquippa

2021 PA Football Writers Class 4A Player of the Year

2022

Payton List

Softball Beaver 2021 Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association Class 4A Player of the Year
2022

Mark Lyons

Coaching Central Valley

2020-21 National Federation of State High School Associations Coach of the Year for Pennsylvania and for Section 2 (Mideast Section of the U.S.), 2021 PA Football Writers Class 3A Coach of the Year, and 2021 PAFootballNews.com Coaches Class 3A Coach of the Year

2022

Mike Warfield

Coaching Aliquippa

2021 PA Football Writers Class 4A Coach of the Year and 2021 PAFootballNews.com Coaches Class 4A Coach of the Year

2022

Ameer Dudley

Football Central Valley 2020 PIAA Class 3A Football Player of the Year
2022

Andrew Cestra

Swimming Beaver 2019 All-American, named by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association
2022

Marlin

Devonshire Jr

Track and Field Aliquippa 2019 PIAA Class 2A Gold Medal 100m Dash and Gold Medal 200m Dash
2022

Skyler Fox

Golf Riverside

2019 PIAA Class 2A Gold Medal Individual Golf

2022

Sheldon Jeter

Basketball Beaver Falls

2019 USA Men's Basketball 3-on-3 Gold Medalist Pan American Games

2022

Calvin Wetzel

Track and Field Riverside

2019 PIAA Class 2A Gold Medal 300m Hurdles

2019

Marlin

Devonshire Jr

Football Aliquippa

Pennsylvania Football Writers Class AAA Player of the Year

2019

Jacob Ealy

Wrestling Hopewell PIAA AA Champion 138 lb Weight Class
2019

Kiante Irving

Boxing Beaver Falls National Golden Gloves Champion 165 lb Weight Class
2019

Mike Warfield

Coaching Aliquippa Pennsylvania Football Writers Class AAA Coach of the Year
2018

Nicole Bartoletta

Track and Field Geneva College 2018 NCAA National Champion Division III Gold Medal 60 Meter Hurdles
2018

Anthony Daunte Milliner

Track and Field New Brighton 2017 PIAA Class AA Gold Medal in the Triple Jump 
2017

Christa Harmotto Dietzen

Volleyball Hopewell Bronze Medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics
2017

Terry Francona

Coaching New Brighton 2016 American League Manager of the Year
2017

Anthony Daunte Milliner

Track and Field New Brighton 2016 PIAA Class AA Gold Medal Triple Jump
2017

Domenic Peretta

Track and Field Beaver Falls 2016 PIAA Gold Medals in Class AA 800 meters and 1600 meters
2016

Nick Lackovich

Coaching Aliquippa 2015-16 Class AA Coach of the Year.
2016

Brendan McKay

Baseball Blackhawk Numerous All-American Awards and the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award
2016

Logan Palochak

Swimming Hopewell Gold Medal 2016 PIAA 100-Yard Butterfly Class AA Championship
2016

Domenic Perretta

Track and Field  Beaver Falls Gold medals in 2014 and in 2015 in the PIAA Class AA Track and Field Championships, in the 800 and 1600 meter races
2016

Kaezon Pugh

Football Aliquippa 2015 PIAA Class AA Football Player of the Year
2016

Lindsay Vrooman

Swimming Ambridge Gold medal in the Women’s 400 Freestyle FINA World Cup Meet in France. Gold medal in the Women's 800 Freestyle at the World University Games in South Korea. Gold medals in the Women's 400 and 800 Freestyles at the USA Swimming National Championships in Texas
2016

Shatori

Walker-Kimbrough

Basketball Hopewell Helped her University of Maryland team win the 2015 Team USA Women's Basketball Silver Medal at the Pan American Games in Toronto
2015

Christa Harmotto Deitzen

Volleyball Hopewell 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. Named the Dapper Dan Sportswoman of the Year at the 79th Annual Dapper Dan Auction Banquet
2015

Steve Lodovico

Coaching Blackhawk Pennsylvania Class AAA Basketball Coach of the Year for leading the Blackhawk Lady Cougars to a 28-3 record, 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.
2015

Brendan McKay

Baseball Blackhawk 2014 Gatorade PA Baseball Player of the Year. His streak of 72 and 1/3 scoreless innings that started in 2013 ranks third all-time in U.S. high school history
2015

Chassidy Omogrosso

Basketball Blackhawk PA Class AAA Girls' Basketball Player of the Year. Set the all-time Beaver County scoring record with 2,686 points and holds the Beaver County's single season record with 838 points. Won two straight Player of the Year awards and two straight WPIAL and PIAA championships
2014

Macky Fouse

Golf Central Valley Brilliant performer on four consecutive WPIAL championship teams. Led the Warriors to the most recent two PIAA Division II titles. Won the WPIAL and PIAA individual championships
2014

Terry Francona

Coaching New Brighton American League Manager of the Year
2014

Mark Javens

Coaching Lincoln Park Led Lincoln Park to the WPIAL and PIAA men's basketball championships. Class A Pennsylvania Coach of the Year
2014

Steve Lodovico

Coaching Blackhawk Pennsylvania Class AAA Coach of the Year for leading the Cougar ladies to a 28-2 record, winning WPIAL and PIAA titles this past winter
2014

Brendan McKay

Baseball Blackhawk

Gatorade Player of the Year for Pennsylvania

2014

Chassidy Omogrosso

Basketball Blackhawk

Junior year ended with a State Championship. Class AAA Pennsylvania Player of the Year

2014

Maverick Rowan

Basketball Lincoln Park PA Class A Player of the Year. Won a Class A State Championship his sophomore season
2014

Lauryn Williams

Bobsled Rochester Won a Silver Medal at the 2014 Olympic Games. Became the fifth person to win medals in both the Summer and Winter Games, and became the first American woman to do so
2012

Kelly Burak

Gymnastics Hopewell Won the PIAA Gold Medal in the vault, beam, and floor exercises, and won the individual championship for the second consecutive year. Won the individual title at the WPIAL championship meet all three years of her varsity career. This year, won four events at the WPIAL event, winning the vault, beam, bar, and floor exercises in addition to the all-around
2012

Rushel Shell

Football Hopewell Holds the national record for consecutive 100 yard games with 39 games and the Pennsylvania state career rushing yards records with 9,078 yards. In his senior year alone, 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
2010

Lindsay Vrooman

Swimming Ambridge 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
2009

Mark Stepanian

Swimming Blackhawk 2009 WPIAL and PIAA Class AA Swimming Gold Medalist. All American in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle
2009

Jon Szakelyhidi

Swimming Riverside 2009 WPIAL and PIAA Class AA Swimming Gold Medalist. All American in the 100 Breaststroke
2009

Lindsay Vrooman

Swimming Ambridge 2009 WPIAL and PIAA Class AA Swimming Gold Medalist. Won the All American 200 Freestyle and 500 Freestyle swimming events
2008

Terry Francona

Coaching 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

2007

Kayla Kelosky

Diving Riverside

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

2007

Lindsay Vrooman

Swimming Ambridge

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). Won both events at the WPIAL level. Set two meet and pool records in the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle at the MAC Swimming Championships at Moon

2006

Allyn Laughlin

Track and Field Center

Recognized as one of the top shot putters in the nation. As a high school sophomore, placed sixth in the event at the PIAA state meet and won the event as a junior. With a throw of 47'-9˝", won the shot put event

2005

Terry Francona

Coaching New Brighton Led the Boston Red Sox to their first World Series title since 1914
2005

Christa Harmotto

Volleyball Hopewell First team All American member of the Gold Medal Junior National Volleyball team. In 2012, named to the US women's volleyball team to compete in the London Olympics. Christa and her team won a silver medal.
2005

Lauryn Williams

Track and Field Rochester 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the 100 meters run and a 2004 NCAA 100 meter champion
2003

Caleb Williams

Powerlifting Beaver

2002 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. 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)

2002

Verquan Kimbrough

Boxing Aliquippa

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

1997

Mark Javens

Basketball CCBC 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
1992

Essex Law

Football Rochester

Set Beaver County football records for season scoring (276 points), season rushing (2657 yards), and career rushing (4330 yards). Named All State

1992

Dante John Calabria

Basketball Blackhawk

All time Beaver County basketball scoring leader (2252 points). Led his team to the PIAA title. Pennsylvania's Player of the Year

1990

Carrie Bordas

Basketball Aliquippa

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. 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)

1987

Jodi Figley

Golf Hopewell PIAA and WPIAL Golf Champion
1987

James Law

Track and Field Rochester 1986 PIAA and WPIAL Track Champion in the 100, 200, and 400 meters and set state records in all three events
1979

Candy Young

Track and Field Beaver Falls 1979 Sports Illustrated High School Athlete of the Year
1977

Bill Ross

Administration Beaver Falls

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