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East Boros Sports Hall of Fame to celebrate Class of 2012

| Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, 8:58 p.m.
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The Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, East Boros Chapter, will celebrate its 35th year Oct. 11, as it will induct the eight-member Class of 2012 at Edgewood Country Club.

Joanne Boyle, Brian Cipollone, Cheryl Gatons, Tony Lonero, Tom Mc- Gough, Melanie Morgan-Miller, Joe Naunchik and Carol Sprague will be honored.

For ticket availability, contact Bob Ford at 412-551-0227, or email

Over the next two weeks, the Times Express will feature each of this year's inductees.

Brian Cipollone

The 1991 Plum graduate enjoyed a standout wrestling career that saw him win a PIAA championship as a senior after finishing as a runner-up one year earlier.

Cipollone also captured two WPIAL titles and two section crowns. He finished his high school career with an 87-5 record, including a 23-1 overall mark at section, WPIAL and PIAA tournaments.

Cipollone was voted an ASICS All-American and a USA Wrestling first team Academic All-American.

His high school career included victories at the prestigious Powerade Tournament and the Eastern Area Tournament.

Cipollone represented Team Pennsylvania at the 1991 Dapper Dan Classic, and he won his bout at the AAA vs. AA Challenge of Champions.

He also represented the United States at an international tournament in Russia and was victorious.

After high school, Cipollone attended Lehigh University and was a four-year starter. He collected more than 70 wins.

His NCAA success in- cluded place finishes at both the Midlands Tournament and the Las Vegas Invitational.

He also was a three-time place winner at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Tournament.

Cipollone was named the Lehigh Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1994.

He is the Executive Director in Credit Risk Management at Nomura Securities in New York City.

He lives in Hoboken, N.J., with his wife, Alisha.

Melanie Morgan-Miller

The 1989 Gateway graduate enjoyed swimming success at both the high school and college levels.

She was a seven-time WPIAL individual champion, and she set WPIAL records in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyles.

Morgan-Miller also won six PIAA individual titles and set state records in the 50 and 100 frees. She was an 11-time high school All-American, and she was ranked No. 1 nationally in the 100 free in 1988.

Each year, Gateway awards the Melanie Morgan Award to a swimmer who exemplifies dedication and leadership.

After high school, Mor- gan-Miller attended the University of Florida and helped the Gators women's team capture four Southeastern Conference titles from 1990 to 1993.

She was selected to the All-SEC team all four seasons and was a five-time SEC champion.

Morgan-Miller was a member of the NCAA champion 4x100 free relay team in 1993. The relay broke the NCAA, U.S. Open and American records and held them for 10 years.

She won a silver medal at the 1991 World University Games and was a U.S. Olympic Trials competitor in 1988, 1992 and 1996.

Morgan-Miller works in medical sales and helps coach club swimming.

She lives in Bridgeville with her husband, Ron, and their sons, Ryan and Shawn.

Tom McGough

At 17, following a standout high school career at Greater Johnstown, McGough, a current Plum resident, was the first pitcher taken by the Cleveland Indians in the 1973 Major League Baseball draft.

He enjoyed success over the next year, with 19 combined wins in both the Golf Coast Rookie and California leagues.

McGough threw a no-hitter on Mother's Day in 1975 as a member of the San Antonio team in the Class AA Texas League.

He then pitched for Class AAA Oklahoma City, and at the end of the 1975 season, he became Major League Baseball's youngest player when he was added to the Tribe's 40-man roster.

McGough pitched a scoreless inning of relief in a spring training game against the Angels, which featured future pitching hall of famers Dennis Eckersley and Nolan Ryan.

Since his playing career ended, McGough has hosted and produced the nationally syndicated SportsWeek television program and served as a motivational speaker for Major League Baseball, the NFL and the NCAA.

He also has served his community since 1991 as a Plum School Board member.

McGough has been a part of the ministry of the Cornerstone Television Network since 1993.

He said one of his greatest joys has been to pass along his knowledge and love of baseball to his sons, Scott and Eric. Both are Plum graduates, were Division I players and signed professional contracts.

Eric is a high school teacher in Maine, while Scott is a relief pitcher in the Miami Marlins organization.

Carol Sprague

The 1971 graduate of Penn Hills High School and 1974 graduate of Slippery Rock University worked as an athletic administrator at the University of Pittsburgh from 1974 to this year.

During her career at Pitt, Sprague was the sports administrator for all of the teams except football and men's basketball.

She also coordinated the use of all of Pitt's athletic facilities and stadium and arena operations.

Sprague was the department's project manager for the construction of the Petersen Events Center and oversaw many other capital projects during her tenure at the university.

She also served on numerous NCAA and Big East committees — including the committee for Division I women's basketball — the NCAA Council and the executive board of the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors.

As an athlete, Sprague was a national championship qualifier as a member of Slippery Rock's swim team, and she had a 22-year career with the Pittsburgh Debs softball team.

The Debs were a two-time USSSA World Champion. She also coached the Debs to five national top-20 finishes.

In 2007, Sprague was selected Administrator of the Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

She is a member of the Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame (1992), the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (1999) and was inducted into Slippery Rock's Hall of Fame in 2011.

She received the Women in Sports Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, in 1993.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at

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