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April 8, 2019

Metro Erie Chapter, Pa. Sports Hall of Fame, Announces 2019 Inductees

Drew Astorino: Drew attended General McLane and played football from 2003-2007. Two District 10 Titles, two Western Finals Appearances and 2006 State Champs. District 10 POTY (2006), First Team All District and All Region plus PIAA POTY (2007). In basketball, was two-time All-Region. Team won 3 Erie County, 3 District 10, and 3 Region Titles. 2007 state champs. Also participated in track and field. At time of graduation, held school record for both long and triple jump. Played four years of football at Penn State. After graduation, landed a spot on the Top 10 All Time Tackles list. Team went 38-14 during his 4 years. Erie Times New Male Athlete of the Decade (2000-2009). General McLane HOF inductee (2017)

Randy Bowers: Randy coached girls’ basketball for 20 years. He coached nine seasons at St. Luke School, winning five league and Diocesan Championships with an overall record of 170-18. He moved to Mercyhurst Prep’s JV program and compiled a 38-6 record over two seasons. In 1997, Randy took over Mercyhurst Prep’s varsity girls’ team, a position he held for nine years. His teams won three Metro Championships and one Regional. He led his teams to three District 10 Championships, two AAAA and one AAA. Randy’s team won a state title in 2004 in AAAA which is District 10’s only girls’ AAAA title. His team won a second state title in 2005, this time at the AAA level. Randy was named AAAA Coach-of-the-Year in 2004 and AAA Coach-of-the-Year in 2005. He served 38 years in the City of Erie Police Department, from which he retired as chief in 2016.

Judge Daniel Brabender: Dan is Erie’s foremost high school sports researcher and historian.  Dan has other sports-related achievements: girls soccer coach at Fairview H.S. , Strong Vincent, St. George’s, Our Lady of Peace and Villa Maria Elementary; played 25 years in the Erie Area Adult Soccer league, president of the Erie Area Soccer Association; has played in the Erie Adult Hockey League for 25 years; played slo-pitch softball for 15 years and fast-pitch softball for 3 years; wrestled at Cathedral Prep for four years and was captain his senior year; played rugby at the University of Dayton 3 years and was captain his senior year. Currently a judge in the Erie County Court of Common Pleas.

Mike Gallagher: Mike is a member of the Edinboro Hall-of-Fame through the Distinguished Service Award. He was a sports anchor for WJET from 1984 to 2011 and is a six-time Pa. AP Sportscaster of the Year; a five-time Pa. Association of Broadcasters award-winner for Excellence in Broadcast Sports and a two-time Association of Broadcasters award-winner. In 1989, he became the first Erie sportscaster to receive an Emmy nomination. His photos have been seen in Sports Illustrated; he produced a mini documentary for ESPN about Dan Marino’s football life; has had highlights featured on SportsCenter’s Top 10 and was instrumental in getting an E-60 produced on Strong Vincent basketball,

Chelsea Gordon: Chelsea  is a 2005 Mercyhurst Prep graduate; named one of the Erie Times-News sportswomen of the year in 2005; all-state first team 2004, 2005, all-state third team 2003, Pennsylvania 3-A player of the year 2004; Metro League/Region 4 all-star all four years. Metro League Player of the Year; helped the Lakers win state championships in 2004 and 2005 with three Metro League titles, one region title and four District 10 championships; 1,728 career points (most in school history), 762 career rebounds; played Division I basketball at Illinois; Illinois defensive player of the year 2007, 2008; All-Big 10 Academic team 2007; played 116 games; 680 career points, 360 rebounds, 61 blocks, 99 steals, 113 assists.

Mary Kaliszak: Mary was a five-time All-American swimmer. Two awards came during her high school years at Mercyhurst Prep. Three were achieved  at Mercyhurst College where she finished in the top 12 during NCAA Division II National meets  Mary was inducted into the Mercyhurst College HOF inaugural class in 1996, into the Erie County Aquatics HOF in 1999 and was listed in the Erie Times News “Best of her Generation” in January 2000. Mary has coached at Mt. Carmel, the Erie Swim Team Fall and Spring 8- week swim clinic and at Behrend College. Today, she is the Aquatics Coordinator at the Barber National Institute and both a PIAA High School Swim Official and a CSOA College Level Swim Official

Andy Sisinni: Andy was a basketball standout at Cathedral Prep and Duquesne. He started at point guard at Prep his last two years as the Ramblers went a combined 56-6; unanimously named First Team Section One Dream Team, accorded Honorable Mention status on the AP All-State team, and named Second Team Catholic Prep All-American. As a senior Prep went 33-1 and won the 1980 PIAA Class AAA State Championship. Andy played at Duquesne from 1980-84 and was a four-year starter. The Dukes (20-10) played in the NIT in 1981. Andy was the winner of Duquesne’s Sihugo Green Award on 1984, named in honor of the only two-time consensus All-American in Duquesne history and presented annually to the top upperclassman on the Dukes’ roster.

Mashea Williams: Mashea is a 2005 Mercyhurst Prep graduate; named one of the Erie Times-News sportswomen of the year in 2005; two-time D-10 player of the year, first team all-state 2004, 2005. All-American honorable mention 2005; Metro League/Region 4 all-star all four years; Region player of the year as a senior; helped the Lakers win state championships in 2004 and 2005 with three Metro League titles, one region title and four District 10 championships; 1,669 career points, second in school history; later played at Penn State; Penn State career stats: 108 games, 64 starts, 380 rebounds, 239 assists (top 20 in school history), 138 steals, 835 points; team captain junior, senior years; won the Jeanette Goss Courage Award

Ronald “Bud” McCoy (deceased): Bud began his athletic career in 1936 at Rice Avenue Union HS; in 1939, he played fullback in the inaugural City-County All-Star game, now known as the Save-An-Eye Game; went to Edinboro State and earned letters in football and basketball and had tryout offers from three NFL teams; his collegiate career was interrupted by World War II; returned to Edinboro and played football and basketball; graduated from Edinboro in 1947 and was hired by Millcreek Township School District to coach the line at McDowell High School; after 22 years of coaching was ordered to give it up due to health issues; McDowell head coach Joe Moore noted in an article with Erie Times News on Sept. 5, 1969: “He was one of the best.”    

The group will be inducted formally into the Metro Erie Chapter of the Pa Sports Hall of Fame Wednesday, June 19, 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.

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