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Armstrong County Sports Hall of Fame announces inducting class

by The Indiana Gazette on March 30, 2013 11:00 AM

The Armstrong County Sports Hall of Fame will hold its annual induction banquet Sunday, April 28, at Laube Hall in Freeport.

The 2013 induction class includes, among others, Apollo-Ridge High School graduates Kevin Talmadge and Clint Holes and Shannock Valley High School graduate Randall Punchard.

Also, David Highfield, a longtime reporter with KDKA-TV, will be given the Hall of Fame’s Special Builder Award.

Talmadge earned a combined seven letters at Apollo-Ridge, four in baseball and three in basketball. He was captain of both the baseball and basketball teams as a senior in 1989.

Talmadge went to Slippery Rock University, where he earned four letters on the baseball team from 1991 to 1994. Talmadge, also a star in the Indiana County League for West Lebanon between 1986 and 2006, guided Slippery Rock to a PSAC title in 1991. He was also named to various all-conference teams, and garnered the Mid-Atlantic Region pitcher of the year award in 1992.

Holes was a four-year letterwinner in football at Apollo-Ridge from 1988 to 1991. In his junior and senior seasons, Holes received first-team All-Allegheny Conference honors. He was also named to the Big 33 Football Classic in 1992 and was honored with the United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award.

Holes played at Penn State University from 1992 to 1996 and was the team’s starting safety in the Nittany Lions win over Oregon State University in the 1995 Rose Bowl.

A winner of a combined seven letters at Shannock Valley High School, Punchard was a three-year starter in both basketball and baseball.

Punchard was named to several all-star and all-conference basketball teams in his junior and senior seasons, including being named a first-team All-Indiana County selection in both campaigns. In baseball, he was named a Marion Center tournament all-star in 1969 and 1970.

Punchard continued his athletic career at Westminster College, where he lettered twice in basketball and once in baseball.

The rest of the induction class consists of George “Butch” Aggen, Freeport, football, basketball and track and field; Thomas Emminger, Kittanning, softball; Lori Gamble, Ford City, basketball, volleyball and karate; Joseph Garrison, football and wrestling; Roger Shumaker, Redbank Valley, golf, football and wrestling; and Dennis Yajko, Leechburg, football.

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