Bishop Carroll Catholic High School's PAW Power athletic group will be inducting five standouts into the second annual Athletic Hall of Fame at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the Imperial Room in Ebensburg.
The second inducted class will include: benefactor Joe Seliga, posthumously, Jim Harteis, Randy Romagna, Maureen Latterner-Brown, and Ray Boley.
Seliga is the father of six children, who all graduated from Bishop Carroll. He and his wife, Nancy, saw their children participating in cheerleading, volleyball, basketball, football, and the band on Huskie Hill. Five of his children graduated from Catholic colleges, including the University of Notre Dame, St. Francis University and St. Vincent College.
Seliga's involvement in Bishop Carroll is deep. He was one of the first to begin fundraisers for the school's athletic association. He supported various programs at the school through direct financial support or active fundraising. Seliga was honored to serve as a member and president of the Bishop Carroll Board of Directors in the 90s.
Harteis coached wrestling for the Huskies from 1970-1975, heralding four winning seasons, the first team state championship for Bishop Carroll and five individual champions. Eight of Harteis' former wrestlers have gone on to become head coaches of the sport. He is the president of the Inter-County Wrestling Coaches Association, and he has coached junior wrestling for 21 years - and has watched 46 of his wrestlers qualify for state finals competition the Junior Olympics. Many of Harteis' former wrestlers have gone on to become All-American wrestlers and National Champions of Division I and II wrestling teams. Harteis also coached football at Carroll for three years and at Central Cambria for three years as well as wrestling at Chestnut Ridge from 1968-1970.
Romagna lettered eight times at Bishop Carroll - four in baseball, two in basketball, and two in football. He only played basketball for two years and scored 1,055 points in his career. In 1979, Romagna led his team to a District 6 championship and the western semifinal game, where the Huskies lost to the eventual state champions.
Romagna was the only basketball player from the area who was invited to play in the Classic Coal at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, an all-star game for the best in the state. He was the MVP of the first Admiral Peary Vo-Tech tournament.
In football, Romagna led his senior team to an 8-2 record as the quarterback. However, baseball was his strongest sport. He led the BC baseball team to a District 6 title in 1979, before he was drafted twice by the Cincinnati Reds. He elected to pass on two opportunities to sign with the team and attended Indian River Community College in Fort Pierce, Florida.
While at IRCC, he played for coach Mike Easom and was named to the Florida Community College Activities Association's first team all-state.
Romagna was recognized for outstanding service to the college and was a two-year varsity award winner. He finished his career as the No. 1 batter with a .392 average and paced the team with eight home runs.
Following his time at IRCC, Romagna played for Coca-Cola in the Johnstown Junior League and spent two years with Spangler in the Cambria-Somerset American Legion League before playing on the Toronto Blue Jays minor league team, on which he was drafted in the first round.
Latterner-Brown was a standout basketball player at Bishop Carroll, leading her team in 1981 to a District 6 championship. She was also named MVP of the Colt Classic.
As a standout at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Latterner-Brown was a two-time All-American as a Lady Cat. She was named a Kodak All-District selection in 1985, and she stands 17th on UPJ's all-time scoring list with 1,237 career points. She also is the Lady Cats' all-time leader in assists with 754 career assists.
Since college, an athletic standout, Latterner-Brown played on the 1980 United States Olympic Handball team and won a gold medal in the 1987 Pan Am Games. She was inducted into the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and the UPJ Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.
Boley, well-known to area sports enthusiasts, is earning the Huskie Pride award.
Boley went to England for the Special Olympics in 1982, placing fourth in swimming, third in softball, and second in volleyball. He and five other athletes represented the USA. Ray opened the games with Joe Paterno.
In 1983, Boley received an honorary diploma from Bishop Carroll, and has been a long-time supporter of all Bishop Carroll functions, especially athletics.
"I am really proud to be part of this event and provide recognition to all of these magnificent people," said Julie Kovach, a member of the BC PAW Power Hall of Fame committee. "We appreciate the efforts of all of these individuals and all that they have contributed to athletics at Bishop Carroll."
Individuals can make reservations for the event by contacting Rick Surkovich at email@example.com or 472-8467, or Julie Kovach at firstname.lastname@example.org or 244-6543. Cost for the dinner is $30 for adults. Children under 5 are free as children 6 to 10 are $15.