EBENSBURG - Bishop Carroll Catholic High School's athletic booster group, PAW Power, will hold the third annual Athletic Hall of Fame event on Saturday, April 5, at Ebensburg's Imperial Room.
Longtime Bishop Carroll coach and athletic director Chuck Sponsky and standout football athlete and U.S. Naval Academy graduate Anthony Piccioni will be joined by one of the school's major contributors and supporters, Deacon Rick Golden, along with the two District 6 and state champion girl basketball teams of 2002 and 2003 as the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014.
"Our Hall of Fame committee does an excellent job of running this event and honoring these individuals who have truly represented Bishop Carroll with class and dignity," said BC's director of athletics and public relations Joe Skura. "They not only have done well here on Huskie Hill, but also other life endeavors while still continuing to support their alma mater."
Piccioni was a standout BC football athlete. He was a Wendy's Heisman state finalist in 2001 and also named to the PA Football News' third team in 2001 and first team in 2000 as a linebacker.
Piccioni earned the First Lieutenant Ron Winchester Unsung Hero award, which is presented to an unheralded senior recognized as an over-achiever and role model as selected by a vote of teammates from his Navy football teammates in 2007. He also was voted most inspirational player by his teammates at Navy in 2006.
While serving as a commander of Weapons Platoon of the United States Marine Corps, Piccioni was responsible for all aspects of the platoon, including combat training and overseas deployment of more than 40 marines under the direct supervision of the company and battalion commander.
Piccioni currently serves as vice president of client relations for Foxfire Printing and Packaging in Newark, Del.
Sponsky participated in football and track at John Carroll High School in Carrolltown and continued with both sports at the University of Richmond, where he was awarded a grant-in-aid football scholarship. Sponsky transferred to Lock Haven University, lettering in both sports and graduating in 1962 with a BS degree in physical education. He obtained a master of science degree in 1965 from West Virginia.
Coach Sponsky's football coaching career spans from a period of 52 years. He held coaching positions at Triangle Area High School, Forest Hills High School and Bishop Carroll. He currently coaches at Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches in Florida.
Sponsky has been honored as coach of the year several times. For 26 years, Sponsky served as athletic director BC.
Golden is a graduate of Bishop Carroll's Class of 1968. He married Jane Eager, and the couple sent five of their children through BC. He has served as a financial supporter and strong BC alumni, supporting Huskie sports and academics for many years.
The two teams being inducted took Bishop Carroll fans to Hershey for the PIAA girls basketball state championships in 2002 and 2003, where they earned back-to-back gold. Coached by Bob Gongloff, the 2002 team members were Anna Phillips, Jennifer Killen, Jaclyn Schirf, Ali Meckey, Amanda Adamo, Anne Popovich, Alyse Semetosky, Kelly Krug, Amber Shall, Ashley Smith, Lexi Kos, Christina Ludwig, Velaree Boley, Julie Rhoades, Alyssa Bishop, Christine Bender, Sarah Bradley, Leah Shrift and Tessa Bills. The 2003 team consisted of the same lineup minus Phillips and Schirf with the addition of Vicki Butch and Britni Peterman. Gongloff was assisted by his daughter Amy Oravec and Henry Neleski.
To reserve a spot at the dinner (no tickets are being printed), send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Adults are $35, and children ages 5-9 are $15. Children under 5 are free. Cocktail hour begins at 5, with dinner starting at 6 p.m. For additional questions, call 472-7500 extension 108.