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Kiski Area running back Asayan Jordan looks for yardage in a Sept. 28, 1985, game at Fox Chapel. Jordan and nine other athletes will be among those inducted into the Kiski Area Sports Hall of Fame on Aug. 31, 2013.

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By George Guido
Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 12:11 a.m.

Asayan Jordan earned nine varsity letters at Kiski Area High School, excelling in football, basketball and baseball.

During that time, he played in two of the school's most famous athletic events — both of which turned out to be losses.

In football, he played in the 1986 WPIAL Class AAA title game at Three Rivers Stadium, where the Cavaliers scored a touchdown after time ran out, but came up short on a two-point conversion attempt to win the game.

Mt. Pleasant defeated Kiski Area, 14-13, but the WPIAL was so impressed by the Cavaliers' determination that the league instituted overtime for the championship game the following season.

Several months earlier, Jordan was a member of the Cavaliers' basketball team that nearly upset Carlisle in the PIAA basketball finals at Hersheypark Arena.

With Jordan's considerable body of work in mind, the 1987 Kiski Area graduate will be part of the eighth annual Kiski Area Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet Aug. 31 at New Kensington's Clarion Hotel.

Jordan, who scored four touchdowns in a 1985 game against Fox Chapel, also played football two seasons for the University of Michigan.

Besides Jordan, here are the other 2013 inductees, with their graduation year in parentheses:

• Stacy Jastrzemski Ankrum (1998). An all-around athlete who earned nine letters in cross country, track and basketball, Jastrzemski Ankrum played in the 1998 girls basketball Roundball Classic. She later was highly decorated in basketball at Seton Hill University.

• Tina Hall Booher (1993). A participant in PIAA track meets in 1991 and '92, Hall Booher was the school's track MVP in 1993 and placed sixth in the state meet in the 100 hurdles. She later was hurdles champion at Bucknell University in the Patriot League.

• Anthony Collecchi (1979). Now a successful businessman near the Kiski Area campus, Collecchi was a 1978 Associated Press second-team all-state selection. He earned four varsity letters in football, track and baseball and played on Clarion University's 1983 conference champion football team.

• Mike Corcetti (2003). While compiling a 129-29 individual record in wrestling, Corcetti was part of the WPIAL team champion in 2003 and also played football and baseball for the Cavaliers. He was a four-time All-American in wrestling at Pitt-Johnstown, where he compiled a 131-45 mark.

• Marcie Hepler (2001). A WPIAL champion in the shot put, Hepler medaled three times in PIAA meets and also played basketball for the Cavaliers. She later went to Duquesne University, where she was a record-setting shot putter.

• Kelsey Knapp (2003). A four-time, all-section pitcher in softball, Knapp was the 2002 Valley News Dispatch Player of the year. She set the school record for career strikeouts and went on to the University of Delaware, where she set the school career record for saves.

• Chris Recchia (1991). A standout in three sports, Recchia was an all-conference defensive back in football, an all-section guard in basketball and a member of the 400 relay team that won a WPIAL title. He also played football three seasons at Kent State.

• Sharon Waddell (1985). The school's female Athlete of the Year in 1985, Waddell earned seven varsity letters in volleyball and softball. At the University of Georgia, she helped the Bulldogs to a 30-4 mark in volleyball, the school's best winning percentage (.883).

• Vince Woody (1974). In 1973, Woody was the team's MVP and selected to the Foothills all-conference team. He earned a scholarship to Bucknell, excelling in football.

Also being honored at the banquet will be the school's 1985-86 WPIAL and PIAA runner-up basketball team.

Dan and Mark Albert will get the Community Service Award and Chuck Tursky, the winningest wrestling coach in WPIAL history, will get a special award for his many accomplishments.

For banquet tickets, call Tony Nicholas at 724-727-2527.

George Guido is a Valley News Dispatch scholastic sports correspondent. His column appears Wednesdays.

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