10 athletes among inductees for Ligonier Valley’s 1st Hall of Fame class

Friday, March 10, 2023 | 5:00 PM

Add Ligonier Valley to the short list of local high schools with an athletic hall of fame.

While that list is short, the initial group of inductees is extensive.

The Rams announced 10 individuals, two teams and two coaches as part of its first class.

The first class is as follows:


• 1968-69 Laurel Valley boys basketball team

• 1976 Ligonier Valley girls volleyball team


• Laurel Valley football and baseball coach Gerald Page

• Coach Andrew Pahach, Laurel Valley basketball


• Woody Burkett, Laurel Valley, 1958

• John Chendy, Ligonier Valley, 1978

• Christine (Henderson) Deneen, Ligonier Valley, 2011

• Christopher Gessner, Ligonier Valley, 1985

• Bob Giesey, Ligonier High, 1964

• Bill Golis, Laurel Valley, 1956

• Maddy Grimm, Ligonier Valley, 2013

• Christy (Clark) Hajjar, Laurel Valley, 1991

• John Maier, Laurel Valley, 1970

• Ryan Thiel, Ligonier Valley, (not listed)

Schools included in hall voting in the Ligonier Valley School District also include the former Bolivar High School, Laurel Valley High School, Ligonier High School and New Florence High School.

A hall of fame banquet will be April 15 at The Barn in Ligonier. Tickets are $60 and must be purchased by March 28.

Ticket requests are being accepted only by check via U.S. Postal Service at Ligonier Valley High School.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a TribLive reporter covering local sports in Westmoreland County. He can be reached at bbeckner@triblive.com.


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