Wash/GC Chapter of PA sports HOF announced

The Class of 2024 of the Washington-Greene County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame has been announced. Along with the inductees, special honorees, Courage Awards, Above and Beyond award recipients and Hall of Fame moments were announced. 

Paul Stanley, a Waynesburg University graduate, will also be inducted. “It is always an honor to enter a Hall of Fame,” Stanley said. “I appreciate that people remember the contributions I made to the game.” Stanley played four seasons with the Yellow Jackets, and he graduated as the leading scorer in Waynesburg history. Stanley looks back on his time at Waynesburg as a very positive one. Stanley said, “Coach Rudy Marisa and assistant coaches taught me many lessons that resonate in my everyday life.”

Eleven other individuals, as well as one team will be inducted into the Washington-Greene County Chapter on June 9, five of whom have ties with Washington & Jefferson College. Bill Dukett, a coach for the W&J football team who lead them to 14 PAC Championships along with the track and field team and the golf team. Jeff Frazier, who played baseball, football and golf at W&J along with competing in 10 USGA (United States Golf Association) National Championships. Tom Morrell, who won two PAC Championships while wrestling at W&J. Ramont Small, who played football at W&J along with coaching multiple football teams in the WPIAL. The most notable inductee in the entire class is Mike Sirianni, who is the current Head Coach of the W&J football team, as well as formally playing football for the Presidents. Sirianni’s brother, Nick, is the current head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Six of the seven other inductees are Damon Faldowski, who attended Trinity High School and played four years of baseball for the Navy Academy. Faldowski was also deployed multiple times. Wes Harrington, who dominated the baseball diamond at both Burgettstown High School and Ohio University. Terry Havelka was the head wrestling coach at Burgettstown High School along with playing football and baseball there. Kathy Knabb is considered one of the greatest long-distance runners in WPIAL history, competing at Peters Township and North Carolina State. Josh Koscheck is another notable inductee due to his time in the Ultimate Fighting Promotion, also known as UFC. Koscheck attended Waynesburg Central High School, later wrestling at Edinboro University. Jim Vulcano wrestled and coached at Chartiers-Houston. The last inductees are the 1994 McGuffey Highlanders football team. This team defeated the three-time defending champion, Blackhawk HS to win the AAA WPIAL Championship.

The Special Honorees are James J. Faiella of Trinity High School and Roy Winfield, who played soccer at Washington High School. 

The James C. “Jimmy” Montecalvo and Luke Blanock Memorial Courage Award winners are George Malanosky of Bethlehem-Center High School, and Marissa Rush, who played softball at W&J.

The Edward E. “Eddie” Monaco Above and Beyond Award winner is Cherie Mazutis, Special Olympics of Pennsylvania, Chartiers-Houston High School.