Nastasi, Jay among Bedford Hall inductees
EVERETT — The Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame will be inducting its 2019 class on Saturday, June 22, starting at 2 p.m. at the Everett Area High School auditorium.
This year’s class will include the following individuals: Krista Jay, Joe Nastasi Jr., Judy Williams, Rodney Lehman, John Topper Jr. and Ron Maslanik.
Jay is one of the most lauded female basketball players in Bedford County history. After a successful career at Everett High School, she also was a top player for George Mason University. She also played professionally overseas and is still coaching today.
Nastasi was one of the area’s top multisport athletes. He was all-state in both football and basketball in high school at Northern Bedford, and he earned a full ride to Penn State, where he was a starting wide receiver. He is sixth all-time in the state of Pennsylvania high school history with 2,961 points.
Williams was a coach, an advocate, a manager and long-time supporter of Special Olympics in Bedford County.
Lehman is a 1986 Hyndman graduate who scored 52 goals for the Hornets in a 14-game season. He played for the East Coast Team that played in Europe, and he led the team with 15 goals and eight assists.
Topper is one of the true ambassadors of sports in Bedford County. He was a longtime assistant coach at Bedford in football and wrestling before getting into radio broadcasting.
Maslanik was an outstanding two-sport athlete at Saxton Liberty High School in basketball and football as he earned a football scholarship to Bucknell University. He was a two-year letterwinner, starting at tight end on offense, defensive end on defense, and the extra-point and field-goal kicker on special teams. He later went on to coach football both as an assistant and head coach at Everett.
There will be four teams inducted as well: the 1980 Bedford boys basketball team, the 1992 Northern Bedford baseball team, the 1967-68 Bedford wrestling team and the 1966 and 1967 Chestnut Ridge football teams.
Also receiving recognition will be the Bedford County Athletes of the Year as well as Special Recognition awards for individuals from the different areas of the county.
Following the induction ceremony, a banquet meal will be served in the Everett Area High School cafeteria.
Tickets may be purchased in advance from a Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame Committee member, most of the Bedford County High Schools or by contacting Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame President Sam Shuss at firstname.lastname@example.org or 931-7102.
Tickets for adults are $25 in advance and $15 for children 12 and under. Tickets will also be available at the door, but the cost is $30 for adults and $20 for children.
Rugby team goes 1-1
SELINSGROVE — After a cancellation of a league game in Pittsburgh, the Blair United/Hollidaysburg Area boy rugby team traveled east to play in a round-robin tournament at Susquehanna University and went 1-1.
In the first game against North Bay, the reigning Maryland boys U-19 state champion, Blair United scored quickly with a try by outside center Trend Paddock. Gus Dellinger converted to make the score 7-0. Blair United continued the scoring with a try by Dellinger, who again converted. Inside center Jake Ardary had a rambling run to extend the scoring, and the rout was on. Dellinger scored twice, with tries by Thad Baughman, Rocco Grassi, Zach Tobin, Mason Houck and again Ardary. The final score was 64-5.
In the second game, Corning, N.Y. scored first off a dropped kick and took the lead 7-0. A few minutes later, Dellinger scored but missed the conversion. The game as 7-5 at half.
Corning pulled ahead in the second half with three more tries to win 24-5.
Blair United is now 5-2 and will play Hempfield today. The playoffs for Rugby PA start on May 12 — Blair United will be either the fifth or sixth seed.
Gymnasts at nationals
Altoona’s Marissa Stouffer, a gymnast at LTD Academy, has qualified for the Level 9 Eastern National Championships in Kissimmee, Fla., on May 12.
Stouffer is the 2019 Level 9 State all-around champion as well as the 2019 Region 7 all-around and bars champion.
Uzelac Gymnastics has three gymnasts who will represent Pennsylvania on the national level — Amy Stewart of Richland Township will be attending the Junior Olympic National Championship in Indianapolis, Ind., for Level 10, and Ellen Kennedy of Central High School and Penn Cambria High School’s Malia Prebish will be attending the Level 9 Junior Olympic Eastern Championships in Kissimmee, Fla.