RAY SWANSON | Keystoner N. Castle grads join college HOF
A pair of New Castle High athletes, who went on to good careers at Westminster College, will be part of a seven-member class enshrined into the Titan Sports Hall of Fame this year.
William M. Hazen (class of 1965), who played football, and Beth Natale Stanley (class of '91, basketball/tennis) are the two former Red Hurricanes who will be introduced at ceremonies during halftime of the Westminster-Allegheny football game on Sept. 28.
The entire Class of 2002 will be officially enshrined during a banquet in Russell Hall on campus following the game.
The other inductees are R. Brian Kinky ('83, baseball); Cathleen E. Nicoloff ('81, women's tennis); Matthew D. Raich ('94, football); Brad T. Zukowski ('93, men's swimming), and Kristen L. Zukowski Fry ('94, women's swimming).
Hazen, owner of Bill Hazen & amp; Associates, a management and consulting firm, was a four-year letterman on the offensive line for the Titans. He was honored as an NAIA honorable mention All-American, a UPI honorable mention All-American, Associated Press all-state honorable mention and All-West Penn Conference.
He also served as president and pledgemaster for Sigma Nu fraternity and was active in Inter-fraternity Council Varsity W and intramurals. He is a member of the Westminster Board of Trustees and the Towering Titan Organization Executive Committee. Hazen and his wife, Judith, have one son, Max.
In basketball, Stanley was an all-district second team pick as a senior in 1991 after breaking the then-school record for points in a season (389).
In tennis, she led the program to school-record nine-win seasons in 1988 and 1989. She twice earned NAIA scholar-athlete honors. She lives in New Castle with her husband, Mark, and is a third-grade teacher in the New Castle School District.
Following are short resumes of the other inductees:
Kinky was a three-time NAIA All-District 18 pick for the Titans in the 1980s. He was instrumental in leading the program to its best season (27-8) during his junior year in 1982. As a senior in 1983, he was nationally ranked in batting average (.453) en route to gaining an all-district first team berth.
Nicoloff was the leader of the tennis program during her collegiate career. During her sophomore year she went undefeated in varsity competition. She serves as head teaching professional at the Wailea Tennis Club in Maui.
Raich was the defensive cornerstone of the Titans' football teams during his playing days at middle linebacker. A four-year letterman and three-year starter, he was a three-time NAIA All-American, earning first team honors in 1992 and second team in 1991. He was a Kodak All-American as a senior and was named defensive MVP of three national playoff games. He resides in Monaca where he is a scout of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Zukowski led the men's swimming team in the early 1990s, twice earning team MVP honors and finishing his career as a 22-time All-American. He and his wife, the former Shauna Braun, have two children and live in Saxonburg, Pa.
Zukowski Fry was the first and only national champion in the history of the Westminster women's swimming program. She was a 32-time All-American when she graduated in 1994. She lives in Gibsonia and teaches at Riverview.