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PAW Power: Bishop Carroll Hall of Fame Names 2017 Class

PAW Power, a group that highlights former standout athletes, will hold the sixth annual Athletic Hall of Fame banquet on Saturday, April 1, at Ebensburg’s Crystal Hall.

Basketball greats Val Long (Jones) and Dan Martinazzi from the ’80s will be joined by football standout Paul Forcellini and football and basketball standout Jeff Minemyer, along with longtime Bishop Carroll mainstay, Steve Lieb, for Huskie Pride.

“This event honors these newest members of the Hall of Fame who have truly represented Bishop Carroll with class and dignity,” said PAW Power President Rick Surkovich.  “Our committee prides itself on selecting individuals who have contributed to the athletic program while bringing exceptional pride to Huskie Hill.”

Val Long (Jones) lead her basketball team to a 30-6 record her senior season under the guidance of Coach Deb Yesenosky.  The team won the District 6 Class A and Section II championships on route to a state quarter round appearance.  She established 16 school scoring and rebounding records.  Val had 1699 career points, 1619 career rebounds, and captured a single game scoring record with 48 points in 3 quarters of play.  She averaged 27 points and 17.8 rebounds a game.

Long’s (Jones) national awards in 1983 included:  recipient of the US Achievement Academy for Rebounding, US National Basketball Assoc. Award for Field Goal Percentage, and Wade Trophy Medalist Recipient, which represented one tenth of one percent of the nation’s top high school players. Val was a member of the first team of the Central Western Conference her junior and senior year.  She was the Coca Cola Scholar Athlete of the Year, and a member of the Pennsylvania All-State Team.

Val was awarded a full basketball scholarship to Slippery Rock University where she played from 1983-1986. She was a 3 year letter winner and received the PA State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete Award.  Val graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Elementary Education.  Val is a teacher in Franklin, PA.

Dan Martinazzi earned 7 varsity letters in basketball and baseball during his time at Bishop Carroll.  As a three year starter in basketball, he finished with 1099 career points and a career shooting percentage of 50%.  Dan was a 1983 West Central League First Team All Star, a three year member of the All-Tournament Team of the Admiral Peary Tournament, and was a 1984 Big John Riley All Star selection.

Dan graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Therapy.  While at Pitt, Dan won the prestigious Jesse Wright Award given to a student for their outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated potential for excellence in the field of physical therapy.  Dan currently manages a Drayer owned Physical Therapy clinic in Cresson, PA.

Paul Forcellini was a four year letterman in both football and track.  He was instrumental in guiding the Huskie football team to district titles in 2003 and 2005 and a state runner-up title in 2003 under coach Craig Sponsky.  Paul was the Altoona Mirror Player of the Year and Johnstown Tribune-Democrat Offensive Player of the Year in 2005.  He was a two time Associated Press All-State selection, and a First Team PA Football News All-State and All-Academic team member.  Paul posted career totals of 5056 rushing yards, 831 receiving yards, and 73 touchdowns.  He averaged 7.8 yards per rush, 18.1 yards per catch, and 27.9 yards per kickoff return.  Defensively, he had 403 career tackles, 8 sacks and 9 interceptions.

Forcellini went on to Bucknell University where he graduated with a Political Science degree and a Pre-Law degree.  He currently manages a construction company.

Jeff Minemyer was a 4 year starter on the Bishop Carroll basketball team.  He was a key member of the 2004 district championship team.  He was selected to the Altoona Mirror Second Team in 2005 and the Altoona Mirror First Team in 2006.  He was selected to play in the first Altoona Mirror Classic All-Star Game in 2006.  During his career at BC, he compiled approximately 1500 points and 1000 rebounds.  He was selected as the 2006 Altoona Mirror Athlete of the Year for all sports.

Minemyer was also an integral part of the 2003 and 2005 championship football teams as well.  During his time at Carroll, the football team had a 35-5 record.  He was selected to the First Team Altoona Mirror, First Team Tribune-Democrat, and First Team All-State as a tight end.  He also played in the East-West All Star Game.  Jeff accepted a full scholarship to play football at Rutgers University.  He was a member of the 2006 Texas Bowl Championship Team, the 2007 International Bowl Championship Team, and the 2008 Bowl Championship Team.

Jeff graduated from Rutgers University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.  He is Vice President of Operations for Montgomery Truss and Panel Inc. in Grove City, PA.

Steve Lieb has been a mainstay at Bishop Carroll since he began school as a freshman in 1965.  He played football his junior and senior years, and after graduating from BC, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from IUP.  In 1972 Steve came back to Huskie hill as a Physics teacher and football coach.  Over the next 35 years, Steve served as an Asst Varsity Football coach, a JV Football coach, Cross County coach and was Athletic Director for a period of time.  Steve retired in 2008 but remained a substitute teacher and in 2013 came back to help coach the junior high football program.

Steve and his wife Mary live in Ebensburg.

To make reservations to attend the dinner/banquet, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Reservations for adults are $35, children 5-9 are $15, and children under 5 are free.  Cocktail hour begins at 5pm with dinner starting at 6pm.  For additional questions, call 814-472- 7500.

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