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Guido: Vick Moran to join Kiski Area Sports Hall of Fame

| Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 9:21 p.m.
Kiski Area High School volleyball coaches Jamie Vick Moran (left center) and Ellen Toy talk with their team in May 2010, when both were battling cancer.
Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch
Kiski Area High School volleyball coaches Jamie Vick Moran (left center) and Ellen Toy talk with their team in May 2010, when both were battling cancer.

The late Jamie Vick Moran will be honored at the 11th annual Kiski Area Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet Sept. 3.

The event will be at 6 p.m. at the Greek Orthodox Social Hall in Oakmont.

She earned varsity letters in basketball, volleyball and track while at Kiski Area, during which time she had the first of three battles with leukemia.

She was a member of the 2000-01 Cavaliers basketball team that compiled the best record in school history at 23-2. As a senior, she played in the Pittsburgh Roundball Classic.

After her basketball career at St. Vincent ended, Vick Moran became a math teacher and assistant volleyball coach.

She again was stricken with cancer in 2009, the same year as head coach Ellen Toy.

Vick Moran died Aug. 8, 2012, at age 28 after an infection following a bone marrow transplant.

Her twin sister, Jodie Vick McCartney, also will be inducted. Vick McCartney also excelled in basketball, volleyball and track and was instrumental in the Cavaliers section volleyball title drive in 2000.

Jodie also was a three-year basketball starter at St. Vincent.

Here are the other inductees, with their Kiski Area graduation years in parentheses:

• Dan Albert (1971). A letter-winner in football, wrestling and track, Albert was first-team Foothills Conference as a senior. He also threw the javelin, discus and shot put and earned a football scholarship at Tennessee Tech.

• Jim Allera (1970). As a quarterback in 1969, Allera led the Cavaliers to the Foothills title and a 9-1 record. He played football and graduated from Carnegie Mellon.

• Gerald Dickson (1982). A winner of five varsity letters in football and track, Dickson was all-conference in football and a shot put performer in track. He played football at Clarion and helped the Golden Eagles to the state title in 1983.

• Adam Gunn (2004). An all-state Class AAAA football selection, Gunn led the Cavaliers to three straight WPIAL playoff appearances. He later was a three-year starter at safety for Pitt and was an academic All-American.

• Denise Hansen (1975). A member of the WPIAL volleyball runners-up, Hansen also lettered in softball and basketball. She set the school's single-game scoring record with 39 points.

• John Meighan (1970). A United Press International all-state honorable mention in 1969. Meighan played football four seasons at Princeton. He recently retired as Kiski Area School District superintendent.

• Amy Lion Toland (1997). A standout in cross country and track, Lion Toland was the 1997 WPIAL 1,600-meter champion and a member of the 3,200 relay team that season. She also was a member of the Cavaliers state cross country title-winners in 1995 and '96.

• Kristen Kimble Verruggio (1997). Also a member of the PIAA cross country title teams in 1995 and '96, Kimble Verruggio held the school track record in the 3,200-meter run and was a member of the record 3,200 relay team. She has run in the Pittsburgh, New York and Boston marathons.

The 1995 and '96 girls cross country state title teams will be honored, and public address announcer and former assistant coach Dennis Rupert will be given the Bill Miller Community Service Award.

For $25 banquet tickets, contact Tony Nicholas at 724-727-2527.

B.B. to be honored

Former Valley High School and Duquesne University basketball standout B.B. Flenory will be honored Wednesday at the Savoy Restaurant in Pittsburgh.

The 1976 Valley graduate will receive the Willie “Pops” Stargell MVP Memorial Award for his work with youths at Pittsburgh's Pressley Ridge School.

It's the 42nd annual awards banquet for folks in sports that have made a difference in the community. Previous recipients included Lynn Swann, Franco Harris and the late Muhammad Ali.

“Just to be alongside those names is fantastic, but to be honored for helping kids and families goes beyond fantastic, it is unbelievable,” Flenory said. “I have been honored many times, but The Pittsburgh Pirates Community Champion Award and this award are special because it is for changing lives not a ball game.”

Flenory was recognized earlier this year as part of Duquesne's all-century basketball team. He was inducted into the Alle-Kiski Valley Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

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

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