Bellwood-Antis’ Zach Mallon was awarded a 2021 Blair County Sports Hall of Fame scholarship on Wednesday at The Casino at Lakemont Park.
Mallon was joined by Bishop Guilfoyle’s Teresa Haigh as this year’s recipients.
“To be recognized at a county level and not just your school is amazing,” said Mallon. “You don’t really think about it till later, but it’s an honor to be recognized.”
Reliance Bank sponsors the scholarship program for the Hall of Fame, which has presented scholarships annually since 1988 and has now awarded a total of $122,000 dollars.
Mallon, who will attempt to walk on to the football team at Pitt next spring, had 10 letters in football, basketball, and track and field in his career with the Blue Devils.
Mallon joins Bellwood-Antis graduates Brian Krug (1994), Valerie Miller (1996), Bradley Wertz (1997), Jeremy Guyer (1998), Erin Imler (1999), Jason Shura (1999), Matt Garner (2001), Brian Leap (2011), Seth Worthing (2013), Emily Nagle (2014), Ana Hollen (2015), Chad Luensmann (2015), Nathan Davis (2016), Karson Swogger (2017), Riley D’Angelo (2019), and Alli Campbell (2020) to receive a Blair County Sports Hall of Fame scholarship.
“It’s a real special thing,” said Bellwood-Antis head coach Nick Lovrich. “I’ve had a lot of those guys, whether it was football or track. You love to see those kids that you work with a lot succeed, and not just at the Bellwood level, but in the whole county.”
“We were just talking about how impressive it is that the number of Bellwood kids that have received this, both boys and girls. It just shows how well-rounded our kids are. Zach is just like all those previous winners. Outstanding in the classroom, outstanding on the field, and in the community. It’s a great honor for him.”
Mallon led the area in scoring and rushing yards last season on his way to a selection in the Pennsylvania Football Writers 2A All-State team. A four-year starter on the gridiron, Mallon was a three-time conference all-star.
Mallon also impacted the basketball team as a three-year starter who was a two-time conference first-team all-star.
He also qualified for the 2021 PIAA 2A state track meet in the long jump. Mallon finished third in districts in that event and also competed in districts in the 400-meter relay and triple jump.
Academically, Mallon, who was accepted into the honors program at the University of Pittsburgh, posted the highest SAT score (1470) of his class. Mallon was a member of the National Honor Society in 2020 and 2021 and was the group’s president in 2021.
Mallon ranked 14th in his class and volunteered for the Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph’s Church and at Bellwood’s youth basketball tournament.
Mallon is the son of Timothy and Betsy Mallon.
“We continue to be impressed by the quality of outstanding student-athletes Blair County is producing — on the courts and fields, in the classroom and contributing community service,” said Neil Rudel, Blair County Sports Hall of Fame president. “We especially would like to thank Chris Kirwin and Reliance Bank for their generosity.”
The Hall of Fame will hold its next induction banquet on April 9, 2022 at the Blair County Convention Center. It had been scheduled for 2020 and again in 2021, but was pushed back due to the pandemic.
Bellwood-Antis legendary football coach John Hayes will be inducted, while Bellwood-Antis girls track and field coach Julie Roseborough will receive the Hall’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Roseborough started the track and field program at Bellwood and has been coaching there for 57 years.
Doug Flutie, the 1984 Heisman Trophy winner and one of the most inspirational players in football history, will serve as the evening’s featured guest speaker, and Pittsburgh sportscaster Stan Savran once again returns as banquet emcee.
Past Scholarship Winners
1988 — Jennifer Dorfmeister, Altoona; Doug Rosenberry, Altoona
1989 — Karen Dugan, Claysburg-Kimmel; J.J. Rusnak, Altoona
1990 — Erik Klingner, Hollidaysburg; Mary Wailbel, Hollidaysburg
1991 — Jseph Chonko, Central; Pam Webber, Hollidaysburg
1992 — Swati Agarwal, Hollidaysburg; Ed Steinbugl, Bishop Guilfoyle
1993 — Steve Miller, Claysburg-Kimmel; Melissa Morrow, Tyrone
1994 — Brian Krug, Bellwood-Antis; Jessica Unger, Hollidaysburg
1995 — Kelly Irwin, Altoona; Bill Padamonsky, Hollidaysburg
1996 — James Gerhart, Altoona; Valerie Miller, Bellwood-Antis
1997 — Nichole Musselman, Claysburg-Kimmel; Bradley Wertz, Bellwood-Antis
1998 — Kristyn Stopp, Altoona; Jeremy Guyer, Bellwood-Antis
1999 — Erin Imler, Bellwood-Antis; Jason Shura, Bellwood-Antis
2000 — Jessica Baker, Altoona; Tyler Piper, Hollidaysburg
2001 — Katie Bloomquist, Central; Mat Garner, Bellwood-Antis
2002 — Christina Burnett, Tyrone; Travis Lee, Williamsburg
2003 — Amber DelBaggio, Tyrone; Tom Forr, Bishop Guilfoyle; Matt Stopp, Altoona
2004 — Angela Greaser, Bishop Guilfoyle; Josh Lingenfelter, Claysburg-Kimmel
2005 — Megan Duffett, Hollidaysburg; Tyson Maugle, Hollidaysburg
2006 — Janelle Adams, Altoona; Jared Colmer, Hollidaysburg
2007 — Mary Forr, Bishop Guilfoyle; Nathanial Supp, Hollidaysburg
2008 — Christine Conrad, Bishop Guilfoyle; Amanda Ottaway, Hollidaysburg; Sean Brannan, Hollidaysburg
2009 — Luke Ottaway, Hollidaysburg; Rachel Rea, Bishop Guilfoyle
2010 — Jared Salyards, Central; Alli Williams, Bishop Guilfoyle
2011 — Sarah Kaneshiki, Hollidaysburg; Brian Leap, Bellwood-Antis
2012 — Adena Delozier, Altoona; Matt Ritchey, Central
2013 — Kala Brumbaugh, Claysburg-Kimmel; Seth Worthing, Bellwood-Antis
2014 — Emily Nagle, Bellwood-Antis; Joel Reighard, Altoona
2015 — Ana Hollen, Bellwood-Antis; Chad Luensmann, Bellwood-Antis
2016 — Erika Voyzey, Tyrone; Nathan Davis, Bellwood-Antis
2017 — Karson Swogger, Bellwood-Antis; Andrew Irwin, Bishop Guilfoyle
2018 — Jess Stevens, Altoona; Jayvion Queen, Altoona
2019 — Emily Claar, Claysburg-Kimmel; Riley D’Angelo, Bellwood-Antis; Nathaniel Fisher, Hollidaysburg
2020 — Alli Campbell, Bellwood-Antis; Adam Port, Altoona