Hall honors Reighard, Nagle for effort

The Blair County Sports Hall of Fame will present its annual scholarships to Emily Nagle of Bellwood-Antis High School and Joel Reighard of Altoona Area.

The student-athletes will be honored Saturday, April 26 when the Hall of Fame stages its 16th induction ceremony at the Blair County Convention Center.

Nagle is a three-sport standout at Bellwood, where she has won a total of 11 letters in volleyball, softball and swimming and captained each team.

She is a four-year Inter-County Conference all-star in volleyball who earned all-state honors and is B-A’s all-time leader in kills. She’s also a two-year District 6 qualifier in swimming.

In softball, Nagle contributed to Bellwood’s district championship in 2012 and has since earned all-state honors and has signed to play at Slippery Rock. An outfielder, she has also been selected to be on the 2014 World Cup team and competed for the USA in a national tournament held in the Netherlands.

Nagle ranks 10th in Bellwood’s senior class of 86 and has a 97.4 grade-point average along with a 1570 on the SAT.

In addition to numerous activities and clubs at Bellwood, Nagle also volunteers at her church, Logan Valley Presbyterian, the Bellwood Public Library and contributes to the Red Cross.

She is the daughter of Tobias and Rhonda Nagle.

Reighard participated in four sports at Altoona. He was a two-year starter in soccer during his freshman and sophomore years before playing golf as a junior and football as a senior.

Despite only playing football one year, Reighard earned first-team WPIAL honors as a punter and will attend Pitt as an invited walk-on punter and kicker. He was the Mountain Lions’ second-leading tackler from his safety position, contributed as a receiver and was voted the recipient of the Cohen Blanket Award.

In addition, Reighard is a four-year starter on the Lions’ baseball team and was named the team’s defensive MVP as a junior second baseman.

He is ranked 44th in Altoona’s graduating class of 505 to go with a grade-point average of 94.4 and an 1810 on the SAT.

Off the field, Reighard is active as a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), the state Student Council chairperson, Young Life, and he volunteers in the Mountain Lion Backpack Project.

He is the son of Christopher and Shelly Reighard.

Both student-athletes will receive a $2,000 check from Reliance Bank, which has partnered with the Hall of Fame since 1995.

“As usual, there were some outstanding candidates for the Scholarship Committee to review, and we believe we have two excellent choices in Emily Nagle and Joel Reighard,” Hall of Fame President Neil Rudel said. “We look forward to recognizing them.”

In its 26 years of awarding scholarships, the Hall of Fame has now helped facilitate $92,000 to deserving student-athletes with all eight Blair County schools having been represented.

“The Hall of Fame appreciates Reliance Bank’s continued support,” Rudel said.

Set for induction April 26 are former Lehigh wrestler national tennis champion Karen Gallagher, ex-Lehigh wrestling standout Jason Kutz, top distance runner Dave Patterson, former boxing champion Tom Wilt and former Fordham basketball and baseball standout Len Zandy, who will be honored posthumously.

The Bishop Guilfoyle High School boys basketball team of 1966-67, which won the Pennsylvania Catholic Interscholastic Athletic Association championship, is the team honoree.

Penn State football coach James Franklin will serve as the evening’s featured speaker and honored guest.

Tickets are priced at $85 each or $850 for tables of 10. Checks can be made payable to the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame and mailed to P.O. Box 162, Altoona, PA 16602.

For ticket information, call Lisa Georgiana 515-3527.