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LEWISTOWN — Voting is now underway for the Mifflin County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2022. Ballots have been distributed to members, who will choose from a list of 14 nominees, seven of whom did not make it into the Hall of Fame’s inaugural class.

The nominating committee narrowed the list of nominees to 14, including seven of those nominated last year who missed out on the newly formed Hall of Fame’s inaugural class.

Voting members are asked to return their ballot by July 23. The results will be announced at the beginning of August. The induction ceremony will officially take place on September 25 at the Birch Hill Event Center.

The guest speaker for the September celebration will be Lewistown native Hayden Hidlay, who teamed up with his brother Trent last spring for an exciting run in the NCAA National Wrestling Tournament – Hayden in the 174 weight class pounds, Trent at 184.

The brothers both won their quarterfinal matches before Hayden fell to Penn State’s top seed Carter Starocci, the eventual national champion. Two-time ACC title winner Trent Hidlay also fell to eventual national champion No. 2 Aaron Brooks, also of Penn State.

“We are thrilled to have Hayden Hidlay join us as a guest speaker,” said hall chairman Tim Searer. “Those who attend the Hall of Fame induction will see and hear more than just one exceptional athlete. Hayden’s wrestling accomplishments speak for themselves, but the way he performed during road is just as important.

“He has shown character and maturity beyond his years and the Mifflin County Sports Hall of Fame is honored that Hayden recognizes the importance of our efforts to honor the history of athletics. of Mifflin County on returning home and being part of our second induction event. ”

A 2016 graduate of Mifflin County High School and PIAA state wrestling champion at 152 pounds, Hidlay moved to North Carolina State where his accomplishments continued, becoming the first five-time All-American, competing at 157 pounds his first four years and 174 in his last campaign. His 110 collegiate wins tie him for third in school history, while his 110-11 (.909) win/loss percentage ranks him second in that category at NC State.

Hidlay’s honors include 2020 ACC Wrestler of the Year, 2018-21 ACC titles, 2020 ACC Wrestling Scholar Athlete of the Year, and 2021 CoSIDA Academic All-American. He was named an NWCA Scholar All-American for the fifth times of his career. in 2022. He was also a member of the U23 World Team (70 kg) in 2018.

This year’s nominees are:

• Carl Barger, Major League Baseball executive.

• Earl Beal Jr., owner, trainer and director, Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association

• Wendee Booher, Chief Logan High School cross country and basketball player, Temple basketball player and professional basketball player.

• Thomas Brown, Lewistown high school student and college football player, and high school coach for 42 years.

• Krista Gingrich White, Lewistown Area High School and Duke basketball player.

• Richard Gingrich, Chief Logan High School and Penn State football player.

• Brad Heckert, basketball player from Chief Logan High School and the University of Delaware.

• Joseph Heller, Chief Logan High School and University of Virginia wrestler. He was the county’s first two-time state champion.

• Kent Houser, Lewistown High School football, track and field and basketball player and high school coach.

• Kevin Kodish, women’s basketball coach for 34 years, winning two state titles.

• Emily Lepley Shank, Lewistown Area High School and Susquehanna University track.

• Robert “Male” McCurry, Lewistown High School and Michigan State football player.

• Harold “Junior” Powell, Lewistown High School and Penn State football player.

• Ronald Sprecher, who coached cross country in high school and followed for five decades.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be available to supporting members of the organization first, with a limited number of general public tickets available thereafter. Ticket sales will be announced when available.




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