Jay grateful for sports’ life lessons

EVERETT — Krista Jay was known to be one of those athletes that was first in the gym, and at the same time, was one of the last to leave.

She even did it despite some difficult circumstances.

“We’d lock up the gym together,” her high school coach Sue Conner said. “She didn’t have the luxury of living in Everett, Pennsylvania; She lived half an hour south near the Maryland line.”

The 1994 Everett graduate was one of six individuals and four teams to be inducted in the Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame Saturday afternoon at Everett High School.

She’s the Lady Warriors’ all-time leading scorers with 1,780 points, and is the top rebounder with 1,052.

During her senior season, she averaged 21.3 points per game, 14 rebounds, four steals and assists, two blocks and was 81 percent from the line.

Jay was a four-time Bedford County League and District 5 All-Star and went on to play overseas in Stockholm, Sweden.

“Basketball and sports have provided me with many opportunities, and taught me so many things. I’m incredibly thankful for these life lessons, and to now have the privilege to instill them in others.

“I truly loved every moment of my high school career,” she said.

Her success went well beyond the basketball court as she was a three-time Bedford County All-Star and two-time second-team all-stater in both volleyball and track and field.

She was a member of the third place 4×400 relay team during her freshman year.

During her career as a George Mason Patriot, she scored 1,400 points and was a four-year starter. She’s third all-time in school history with 146 3-pointers, tied for 13th in steals (144), is 20th assists (156) 156 assists and had 415 rebounds (24th)

She is currently an assistant athletic director and teaches physical education at Oaken High School in Fairfax, Va.

One name that many Penn State fans will remember also was inducted Saturday.

Northern Bedford graduate Joe Nastasi, Jr. was one of the most decorated high school athletes in the county having played football, basketball and baseball.

“When I got the email from Jeff (Batzel), I had the opportunity to really look back at everything, at the whole body of work, and that’s something I never really did.

“I’m always looking forward,” Nastasi said.

Joining Jay and Nastasi as inductees were:

n The 1966 Chestnut Ridge football team out scored all of their opponents 248-72 and had six combined players recognized as first- or second-team All-Bedford County. They posted a record of 8-1

The following year the 1967 Lions went 9-1 and outscored opponents by a combined score of 245-76. They were the Somerset Class B championship, recording the best record in Bedford County.

Stan Mock racked up 1,089 yards on the ground with 19 touchdowns and averaged 6.4 yards per carry.

n The 1992 Northern Bedford baseball team is the only team in Bedford County history to make it to the state final four. Their run was highlighted by a 2-0 win over then WPIAL power Apollo-Ridge, a game which the Black Panthers allowed just two hits.

n Hyndman graduate Rodney Lehman joins his father, Vohn — who was inducted into the Hall in 2013 — to become the second-ever father/son combo to be selected, and the third parent/child.

His hat trick which came after Hyndman boys soccer team trailed 3-1 in the 1985 District 5 class 1A championship sparked the team to its first and only title. He racked up a record 52-goals and was selected for the Olympic development soccer team.

n Saxton-Liberty High School graduate Ronald Maslanik virtually never left the field when he played college football for Bucknell, and helped lead the Bisons to a 7-2 record in 1960 — the best they recorded in 10 years at that time.

n John Topper, Jr. served as an assistant coach for the 1979 Bedford Bison football team. It was the first perfect season for the school at the time since 1945.

n Judy Williams has played an active role in Special Olympics for more than 40 years. The program in Bedford at one point had 300 athletes involved.

n The 1980 Bedford boys basketball team went 28-2 and won five Bedford County League titles in a row as part of an 11-year dynasty for the school. They went on to win the District 6 2A championship.

n Bedford’s 1966-67 wrestling squad, led by Ray Dunkle’s 16-1 overall record, was just the sixth time the program went undefeated and it was their first ever Inter-County Conference championship team.

The 1967-68 Bedford Bison wrestlers went 10-0 and were led by Sam Beegle who racked up 13 pins and went 19-1 individually.