When Pine-Richland School officials paused in 2018 to mark the district’s 60th anniversary, thoughts turned to finding ways to use this milestone to chronicle accomplishments and legacy. of some of its outstanding graduates.
As part of this effort, the District established an Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019 to recognize and honor District athletes who have not only achieved success in sports, but have created “our school’s pride and distinction” through their commitment, sacrifice and dedication, according to the statutes of the program.
“The annual Pine-Richland School District Hall of Fame Inductee Recognition Event is an opportunity to celebrate as a community the accomplishments and contributions of our former student-athletes, coaches and community members,” said Assistant Superintendent Michael Pasquinelli, who has been involved with the project since its inception.
“These people have dedicated a lot of time and often overcome challenges to succeed in their chosen sport or sports,” he said. “They serve as positive role models for our current students as they aspire to achieve similar accomplishments.
“Through our Hall of Fame inductees, our current students are learning that the path to success requires consistent effort, discipline and teamwork. These are skills that will take them far beyond any sporting event,” Pasquinelli said.
The 2022 Athletics Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at 6:45 p.m. on Oct. 21, prior to the Pine-Richland home football game.
A banquet will be held at 6:00 p.m. on October 22 at the high school in honor of the new members of the Hall of Fame.
Here are the 2022 members of the Pine-Richland Athletics Hall of Fame:
Women’s soccer team, 2005
The Pine-Richland women’s soccer team in 2005 won the PIAA State Championship, the first ever state championship for the team.
They finished their regular season ranked first in their section with an 8-3-1 record and were the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL playoffs.
In the PIAA State Championship game, Pine-Richland defeated Owen J. Roberts High School, the undefeated No. 1 ranked team in the nation, 1-0.
Blake Lalli, Class of 2001
Blake Lalli excelled at baseball at Pine-Richland, leading the Rams to a 16-3 record as a senior after posting a .571 batting average.
He was named to Tribune-Review’s Terrific Nine All-Star Team as a junior and senior, was a three-year letter-letter, and was named to the All Conference and All Area teams during his junior and senior years. senior.
Lalli played baseball at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina from 2002 to 2006, where he was selected for the ASUN conference in 2005 and 2006. He also had a .340 batting average in career with 70 doubles, 27 home runs and 153 RBIs. .
Lalli was the first Gardner-Webb player to advance to the major leagues and was inducted into the Gardner-Webb Hall of Fame in 2016. He made his MLB debut on May 18, 2012 with the Chicago Cubs and also played with the Oakland. Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves.
Lalli retired in 2017 and started coaching the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2018, which he continues to do today.
Lauren Lamendola, Class of 2012
Lauren Lamendola was a dual-sport athlete at Pine-Richland High School, competing in both diving and gymnastics. She was a two-time WPIAL champion in diving and won a WPIAL team championship in gymnastics.
Lamendola also won the PIAA state championship in diving in his senior year and was a state championship runner-up with a silver medal as a junior. She was twice selected to the All-State Swimming and Diving team and was twice an All-American diver in high school, selected by the National Swimming and Diving Coaches Association.
Lamendola broke the one-meter pool and school records at Pine-Richland High School and held pool records at Peters Township High School, the University of Chatham and the University of Carolina at ballast.
She won the KDKA-TV Extra Effort Award as a senior. Lamendola then dived for the Gamecocks at the University of South Carolina, where she earned full SEC honors and became an NCAA Division 1 All American while competing in the 2016 NCAA Championships on the shelf of 1 meter. She was also an SEC medalist in the 1 meter springboard.
Lamendola won the CoSIDA Academic All-American Award and was named University of South Carolina Female Athlete of the Year in 2016. After graduation, Lamendola attended Medical University of South Carolina and graduated as a medical assistant and is employed as a medical assistant. in orthopedic surgery and as a women’s self-defense instructor in Charleston, where she currently resides.
Sarah Morgan Boyle, Class of 2002
Sarah Morgan Boyle played volleyball and basketball and ran track at Pine-Richland High School. Boyle led the Pine-Richland High School volleyball team to a WPIAL championship in 2001, the first volleyball title in school history. She was also named a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Athlete Scholar as a junior and was a 2001 WPIAL MVP, Section MVP, Team MVP, two-time first team all-state and all WPIAL recipients.
Boyle led the team to three sectional champions, was voted All-Star Athlete by the Tribune-Review in 2001, named the Tribune-Review Women’s Volleyball Player of the Year in 2001, and was voted team MVP every four years by her teammates.
As a junior, Boyle placed fifth in the high jump at the WPIAL Class AAA Championships and fourth as a senior. She holds the school record in triple jump and had the second-highest high jump mark for the state in 2001. She was MVP in track and field for three years.
Boyle continued his volleyball career at the University of South Carolina.
Ed Novak, Class of 1958
Ed Novak served as both athlete and coach for Pine-Richland, participating in football, basketball, track and field and baseball at Richland High School and coaching cross country for many years.
As a student-athlete, Novak was named to the 1957 Herald Well-Rounded All-Star Football First Team and was a two-year man of letters in football, basketball and baseball. He was a man of letters with a year in athletics.
Novak was the original record holder at Richland High School for the 100 yards in 1958, which stood for 10 years. After high school, Novak spent three years in football at Slippery Rock. He was an assistant coach for the 1988 Richland High School State Championship women’s cross country team and head coach of the 1989 WPIAL Championship women’s cross country team.
He was also the head coach of the 1992 WPIAL Championship men’s cross country team. In 1989, Novak received the Central Catholic Invitational Class C Girls Coach’s Award. He received the 2011 Pine-Richland Track & Field Invitational Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as a boys’ and girls’ cross-country coach.
Novak retired from Pine-Richland in 1997 after a 35-year teaching career. He joins his son Jay Novak, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year.
Bob McCurry, Class of 1969
Bob McCurry was a four-sport athlete at Richland High School, playing football for three years, competing in the shot put in track and field for three years, basketball for two years, and wrestling for one year.
In his senior year, McCurry was instrumental in the football team’s 9-1 record, the best in Richland’s history to that point, leading them to victory in the AIC game. Runner-Up.
That year, McCurry led the Rams in defensive points, averaging 15 tackles per game and five fumble recoveries. He was named to the AIC All-Star Team, Press All-Star Team, Honorable Mention Big 33, and AIC Conference A MVP.
McCurry joins two of his brothers, Jack and Paul, in the Pine-Richland Athletic Hall of Fame.