April 3, 2018

Metro Erie Chapter, PA Sports Hall of Fame, Announces 2018 Inductees

The Metro Erie Chapter of the Pa Sports Hall of Fame has announced its 2018 inductees.* The list includes (alphabetically):

(One inductee’s name is being withheld until proper notification has been given)

  1. Fletcher Carr: an outstanding all-city football player, a champion wrestler, and a four-year track star at East High…an undefeated NCAA College Division national wrestling champ in 1972 and 1973…first African-American head coach at the University of Kentucky…inducted into the Tampa Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Pa. Wrestling HOF in 2017
  2. Anthony Dickens: a basketball standout at Strong Vincent High School and Robert Morris College…led the Colonels to the PIAA Class AAA state championship as a senior…named team MVP and to the Northeast Conference All-Rookie Team as a freshman at Robert Morris…became Robert Morris’ career leader in rebounds…original member of the Erie Wave pro basketball team
  3. Leah Kerstetter Land: a 2002 Iroquois alum, she left her mark on both Iroquois and PIAA state championship track and field meets…she won a silver medal in the 1600-meters as a sophomore and won gold the next two seasons…also claimed gold in the 800-meters as a senior…awarded full scholarship to the University of Kentucky…helped the x-country team to second-place finish in SEC Championships
  4. Curt Miller: the Girard, native served as the head women’s basketball coach at Bowling Green State and Indiana …totaled 290 wins in college career…five-time WBCA Regional Coach-of-the-Year and five-time finalist for National Coach-of-the-Year…named head coach of the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA in 2015…was named Coach-of-the Year by the WNBA and AP in 2017 as well as Executive-of-the-Year
  5. Charles Rush: an outstanding two-way tackle at Cathedral Prep…a Parade All-America selection and a second-team USA Today All-American as a senior…voted AP State Player-of-the-Year…helped the Ramblers win the PIAA AAAA Title as a senior…later had a standout career at Penn State and was part of Big Ten title team in 2005
  6. Bob Shreve: has spent over three decades as a Sports Information Director, including the last 19 at Edinboro…also worked at both Mercyhurst and Gannon…has earned numerous awards for his publications…recently received the Irving T. Marsh Award, given by the ECAC for excellence in Sports Information…public address announcer for the Erie SeaWolves and statistician for the Erie BayHawks…served two years as GM of the Erie Orioles in the late 80s
  7. Mike Sisti: the only women’s ice hockey coach Mercyhurst University has known, 1999 to present…462 career wins, 12 NCAA tournament appearances, four NCAA Frozen Four appearances and one national runner-up…NCAA Division I Coach-of-the-Year in 2005 and USCHO.com Coach-of-the-Year in 2007…has coached several Olympians, including three-time gold-medalist Meghan Agosta
  8. Bob Thomas: a multi-talented Academy High School athlete in the early 60s…in basketball, he led the city in scoring all three years he played…unanimous All-City and All-Section and honorable mention All-American in 1964..also played football, baseball and ran track…later earned a full scholarship to the University at Buffalo…led basketball team in scoring as freshman and was chosen one of Street & Smith’s top freshmen
  9. Jack Tufts: has been involved in sports for five decades as a player, coach, and administrator…as a baseball coach at various levels, his teams went a combined 489-181 (.739)…has managed the venerable J.C. Martin Golf Club since 1995…memberships increased dramatically during his initial years and major renovations have occurred during his tenure
  10. Hunter Scarlett (deceased): a star athlete in football and track at old Erie High School…First Team All-American football star for national champions at the University of Pennsylvania in 1907 and 1908… also became a collegiate Hall-of-Famer, prominent physician, and internationally recognized war hero…buried in Erie Cemetery

The group will be inducted formally into the Metro Erie Chapter of the Pa Sports Hall of Fame Wednesday, June 20, at the Shrine Club on East 38th. The Induction Dinner will begin at 6pm. Mike Ruzzi, co-anchor of Erie News Now, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Ticket information will be released at a later date.

**There will be a Media “Meet-N-Greet” Tuesday, May 1, at 3:30 at Shrine Club

**The Erie Chapter will host its annual Student-Athlete Scholarship Banquet Wednesday, June 13, at 6pm at the Shrine Club