Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

Class of 2019

Arlene Bender, Community Supporter (posthumous)
Arlene Bender was one of the founding members of the North Hills Sports Hall of Fame. Mrs. Bender served the North Hills School District for 35 years as a member of the school board. She was an avid supporter of North Hills Athletics and Activities. With her support, North Hills made significant improvements to its’ athletic facilities, including the expansion and renovation of Martorelli Stadium, the addition of the Junior High Annex Athletic Complex and the addition of the softball field at McIntyre Elementary.

Ken Bollens III, Class of 1994
Ken Bollens was a three-sport athlete at North Hills, participating in the sports of Football, Basketball and Baseball. He was named first team All-Conference as a wide receiver and is the North Hills all-time single season record holder for pass receptions. Ken was a key member of the 1993 WPIAL and PIAA State Championship teams. After graduation, Ken went to Dartmouth where he was a three year starter at the wide receiver position for the Big Green. Ken is currently a veterinarian in the North Hills. His father, Ken Sr., was previously inducted into the North Hills Sports Hall of Fame.

Joseph Kush, Class of 2011
Joe Kush participated in the sports of Cross Country and Track & Field at North Hills. He was a nine-time WPIAL medalist, a four-time PIAA State Medalist and a four-time PIAA State top ten finisher. Joe went onto Syracuse University where he excelled in both cross country and track. Joe was a member of the Syracuse’s 2015 NCAA Division I National Championship team. Joe is currently working on his Ph.D in Educational Psychology at the University of Virginia.

Shannon Rankin, Class of 1998
Shannon Rankin was a three-sport athlete at North Hills. She participated in the sports of Soccer, Basketball and Track & Field. She earned 10 varsity letters at North Hills, and was named team captain for both the soccer and track teams. Shannon is the school track and field record holder for North Hills in the shot put Shannon went onto Muskingum College where she was a member of the Women’s Soccer Team. She is a physical education teacher at Sewickley Academy, where she coaches three sports.

Curtis Rice, Class of 1980
Curtis Rice was a three-sport athlete at North Hills, participating in Football, Basketball and Track & Field. It was in the sport of football that Curtis excelled as a three-year starter. He was All-Conference, selected as member of the Post-Gazette Fabulous 22, and named to the All-State Team. Curtis participated in the prestigious Pennsylvania Big 33 Game. Curtis resides in the North Hills.

Dan Cardone, Administrator
Dan Cardone served North Hills School District as the Director of Athletics and Activities for 21 years and oversaw the district’s greatest improvement and expansion to its sports facilities. He served as President of the Northern Athletic Directors’ Association and the WPIAL Athletic Directors’ Association and was an officer and member of the WPIAL and PIAA Boards of Control. Cardone created the WPIAL Student Athlete Leadership Academy and the WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit. During his tenure, North Hills was a seven-time winner of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Sportsmanship Award and was named an All-American Sportsmanship School by the Institute of International Sport. In 2005, Cardone was the recipient of the National Interscholastic Athletic Association Award of Merit. He also was inducted in the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

Josh Eddy, Class of 2005
Josh Eddy was a cross country and track and field athlete and a key member of teams that won back-to-back WPIAL cross country team championships in 2003 and 2004. He was the WPIAL cross country individual runner-up in 2005 and the WPIAL champion in the 3200 meters. Eddy continued his academic and athletic careers at Duquesne University where he was a four-year letter winner in cross country and track and helped his team win an Atlantic 10 Conference Cross Country Championship. In track and field, Eddy was the Atlantic 10 champion in 2007. He ranks as the No. 4 runner in Duquesne history in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Eddy graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in Criminal Justice and joined the U.S. Army. He is a Green Beret, a Jump Master and Special Forces Master Mountaineer. He has served in three deployments including one in Afghanistan.

Emily Jamison, Class of 2012
Emily Jamison was a three-sport athlete at North Hills participating in lacrosse, basketball and soccer. She led her team to back-to-back WPIAL lacrosse championships, and she remains the all-time leading women’s lacrosse scorer in North Hills history. In 2011 and 2012, Jamison was named Academic All-American and First Team All-WPIAL and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette North Extra Female Athlete of the Year in 2012. She went on to play Division I Women’s Lacrosse at Robert Morris University where she was a four-year letter winner and scored 109 career goals. She graduated from Robert Morris University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Management. 

Paul Kress III, Class of 1992
Paul Kress III was a four-year letter winner and team captain for the North Hills swim team.  He was the WPIAL Champion in the 100 backstroke and undefeated in dual meets his junior year, and his 100 backstroke record still stands at North Hills. An outstanding student, Kress was selected to the Allegheny Mountain All-American Scholastic Team and received an appointment to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. He was a four-year letter winner on the swim team and held the 200 backstroke record at Navy for ten years. Upon graduation, he spent seven years in the U.S. Navy as a surface warfare officer. Kress continued his education after his service ended receiving a master’s degree in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. Kress currently serves as the Vice President of Market Organization for EQT Organization.

Mick Yokitis, Class of 2001
Mick Yokitis was a two-sport athlete and three-year starter in both football and basketball at North Hills. An outstanding wide receiver in football, Mick was named to the Quad A North All-Conference team in his junior and senior year. He went on to the Naval Academy Preparatory School and then to the U.S. Naval Academy where became a starting wide receiver for the Midshipmen. Yokitis was a three-year letter winner starting 37 consecutive games. He began his coaching career as head coach at the Naval Academy Preparatory School and is now in his eighth season as wide receivers’ coach at the U.S. Naval Academy. During that time, Navy has posted a record of 50-28, beat Army six times, went to bowl games six times and won the Commander in Chief’s Trophy four times.

Inductees

2017

Keith Brown
Liz Cleary
Zach Hebda
Margo Malone
Sal Marsico

2016

Bob Hood
Dana (Pecanis) Simile
Michael "Mickey" Schramm
John Wilkie
John Zanieski

2015

Rich Esswein
William Knoch
Vince Sebal
Rhonda (Caye) Vorndran
Tim White

2014

Percy Barnett
Mark Farris
Lisa (Hall) Halstead
Paul Thomas
Thomas Welch

2013

LuLu (Troy) Braun (posthumous)
Jenielle Hunt
Jack McCurry
Andrew Richardson
Morrow "Woody" Woodburn

2012

Dave Collins
Kevin Donas
Marc Mitchell
Robert Weider
Sara Zilles

2011

Michael Czerwein (posthumous)
Greg Morris
David O'Keefe
Dave Weinerth
Jessica Zapf

2010

Scott Chisholm
Sarah Emory
Janet (Schmitt) McDowell
Brian Stumpf
Joe Wadlow

2009

Ken Bollens
Ian Fitzgerald
Casey Mohn
Ryan Redman
Mike White

2008

Charles (Chum) Kovach
Kelly (Keenan) Check
Joe Smithco
Mark Taylor
Eddie Crankovic (posthumous)

2007

Bill Corley
Gary Gorajewski
Chris Helon
Jenna Hough
Brian Kagle

2006

Gerry "Boz" Bosworth (posthumous)
Doug Hetzler
Scott Merlack
Robert H. Soleau
Victoria Wilson

2005

Eric DeMario
Russ Hollyfield (posthumous)
Linda Massucci
Seamus Murphy
Mike Tongel

2004

Pat Carey
Stephani Ehrenfeld
Lynn Kelso
John Robic
Rob Schellhaas

2003

Chris Cisar
Chris Fertig
Eric Kasperowicz
Linda (Mitchell) Nauman
Gus Nauman

2002

LaVar Arrington
Geoff Bender
Jason Bender
Sue Latshaw
David J. Mayernik
Michael Yoest

2001

Art Hartman (posthumous)
Melanie Lees
Fred Matheis
Mary Ann (Maloney) Miano
Ray Nunamaker
Eric Renkey

2000

Zena Hermann Courtney
Richard Dalrymple
Michael Flynn
Thomas Maloney
Douglas Shore

1999

Steve Fedell
Maryanne Pacconi
Robert Potter Sr.
Robert Reilly
William Stara

1998

Pam McGonigle
TJ Osman
Charles Rebel
John Weixel
Cheryl (Rau) Zangaro

1997

Bruce Abel
Ed Abel
Earl Ceh
Thom Dornbrook
Judi Dum
Jill Ann Kern

1996

Nancy (Henry) Albright
Steve Brown
Ed Fullerton
Guy Guadagnino
Robert "Chip" Lang

1995

Leigh Curl
Mark Kelso
Tom Tobin
Scott Winkler
Mario Martorelli

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