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Garver, Gregg earn HOF scholarships

From Mirror reports

The Blair County Sports Hall of Fame has selected its scholarship recipients.

Bailey Garver of Claysburg-Kimmel High School and Parker Gregg of Central High School will each be presented with a $2,000 check at the Hall of Fame’s banquet and induction ceremony Saturday night at the Blair County Convention Center.

Reliance Bank sponsors the scholarship program for the Hall of Fame, which has presented scholarships annually since 1988 and has now awarded a total of $126,000 to student-athletes.

The Hall of Fame balances the athletic and academic prowess of the nominees, along with their participation in community service.

Garver won a total of 10 letters at C-K in basketball, volleyball and softball. She scored 1,000 points in basketball and captained both the basketball and volleyball teams.

She was named to all-star teams in basketball and volleyball by the Inter-County Conference and by both the Altoona Mirror and Bedford Gazette newspapers.

“Bailey is one of the best kids ever at Claysburg, and that says a lot,” C-K Athletic Director Brian Helsel said. “She is what every high school student-athlete should aspire to be. She is a leader, a team player on and off the court, and she cares and wants what is best for every person that comes across her path.”

Garver ranks third in her graduating class of 74 with a 100.4 grade-point average along with an SAT score of 1200.

Garver is active in the Future Business Leaders of America, serving as the state vice president as a junior. She is a member of the marching band, National Honor Society (president) and is Claysburg’s senior class president.

Out of school, she contributes to the Helping Heroes and Hunger Heroes programs, having organized and helped raise $14,000 toward the project.

“Bailey is kind, honest and dedicated to her academics, extra-curricular activities and community,” Helsel said, adding Garver and her teammates “randomly show up at Peggy’s Diner to pay for breakfast for customers. The Claysburg-Kimmel School District is proud of Bailey’s accomplishments on, but especially off, the field of play.”

Bailey, the daughter of James and Kara Garver, is still deciding on her college selection.

Gregg was a standout football player for the Scarlet Dragons and as a senior, he became the first player in PIAA history to produce both 1,000 yards rushing and receiving. He was an all-state selection and the Mirror’s 2021 Player of the Year.

Central Athletic Director Stacy Kuster said, “In my 18 years at Central, I’ve never been somebody with a more diligent work ethic. He was the workhorse of the (football) team. He was a leader that our underclassmen looked up to. We are thrilled that Parker was chosen as the male recipient of the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame scholarship.”

Parker lettered three letters for the two-time District 6 champions along with participating in baseball for three seasons.

He ranks No. 42 in his class of 152 and has a grade-point average of 95.0.

Off the field, Gregg made an even bigger contribution.

Four years ago, after his father, James, died in 2017 of carbon monoxide poisoning from a running car, Parker and Cayden Wright, his classmate and lifelong friend, began working on a device that could temporarily disable a vehicle if dangerous levels.

Their device, called “Air Alert,” received a United States patent in November of 2021. It also won first place in the Transportation Security Association’s national competition in inventions and innovations.

In addition, Gregg is active in his church, St. Thomas More Catholic Church, and has placed flags on veteran’s graves for the past three years and volunteers for GLO (God’s Little Offerings).

“I cannot think of anyone else more deserving of this scholarship,” Kuster said. Parker is the son of Brandy and the late James Gregg. He has committed to IUP, where he’ll play football.

Chris Kirwin, Reliance Bank senior vice president, said, “Reliance Bank is honored to once again present the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame scholarships to two deserving individuals – Bailey Garver and Parker Gregg. Bailey and Parker’s hard work, dedication and determination has led them to their success. For the past 34 years, these scholarships have been awarded to student-athletes in Blair County to individuals who have led an outstanding impression academically, athletically and in their communities. Reliance Bank looks forward to continuing our support of this very worthwhile endeavor.”

What: 19th induction banquet

When: Saturday, April 9, 2022

Where: Blair County Convention Center

Tickets: The event is sold out (900).

Individual inductees: John Hayes (football), *John Lingenfelter (motorsports), Eric Malone (jet skiing), *Eddie Miller (basketball), Tawney Nardozza Schmitt (swimming). *Posthumous

Team inductee: 1970 Bishop Guilfoyle boys basketball team

Lifetime achievement award: Julie Roseborough

Guest speaker: Doug Flutie

Website: www.blaircountysportshof.com

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