The Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019 includes a Kodak All-American women’s basketball player, a pair of two-time All-American wrestlers, a local 1,000-point men’s basketball scorer, and a former Point Stadium Award-winning pitcher.
Pitt-Johnstown’s 12th hall of fame class will be inducted during a banquet on April 6 in the Wellness Center at the Richland campus. A reception will begin at 5:45 p.m., with the banquet to follow at 7.
The Class of 2019 includes:
• Carrie Ferguson, women’s basketball, 1987-1991. Ferguson was an honorable mention Kodak All-American in 1990-91 for former coach Jodi Gault. She was part of two NCAA Division II Tournament teams, including a regional champion in 1987-88.
Ferguson scored 1,344 career points and had 911 rebounds.
The Greensburg Salem graduate saw playing time as a freshman and became a key player during her sophomore season. Ferguson was a first-team All-Mideast Conference selection and set the UPJ single-season record with 294 rebounds in 1989-90. She was named MVP of the Mideast Conference Tournament.
As a senior in 1990-91, Ferguson was named co-Mideast Conference Player of the Year and earned the conference tournament MVP for a second straight season. The Lady Cats advanced to the NCAA Tournament again.
Ferguson had a then-record 137 single-season free throws made and 519 career free throws attempted. She now ranks second and third in those categories, respectively.
• Isaac Greeley, wrestling, 1994-99. Greeley was part of both Pitt-Johnstown national championship wrestling teams and is a two-time NCAA Division II All-American.
A three-time East Region champion and two-time National Wrestling Coaches All-Academic Team pick, Greeley placed third in the nation on the 1999 national championship team.
A four-time state qualifier and two-time state placewinner at Port Allegany High School, Greeley joined coach Pat Pecora’s program in 1994-95 and compiled a 106-23 career record and .822 winning percentage at 134 and 149 pounds.
He steadily improved at UPJ, going 12-3 as a redshirt freshman, 24-6 as a sophomore, 42-7 as a junior and won 28 matches as a senior on the 1999 national championship team.
For the past 15 years, Greeley has been an assistant coach at Burrell High School, where he was part of two PIAA team championships and 13 WPIAL team titles coaching with fellow UPJ product Chris Como.
Greeley founded The Mat Factory W.C. in Lower Burrell and is the co-founder of the Bruno Iorfido Wrestling Camp in Port Allegany.
Greeley is a member of the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling Hall of Fame and the District 9 Wrestling Hall of Fame.
• Matt Lushko, men’s basketball, 1993-97. A Ferndale High School graduate and Cambria County’s all-time leading boys basketball scorer, Lushko took his game to the next level while playing for coach Bob Rukavina’s Mountain Cats.
Lushko broke the Pitt-Johnstown records for career and single-game 3-pointers made.
He was part of the Mountain Cats’ first NCAA Division II regional tournament berth in 1996-97. UPJ went 21-6 during that historic season as Lushko averaged 11.5 points and 3.4 rebounds a game. Lushko scored 1,046 career points and had 165 3-point field goals.
He tied a school single-game record with seven 3-pointers.
Prior to joining the Mountain Cats, Lushko scored a Cambria County-best 2,541 career points at Ferndale, where he set records of 938 points in a season and 51 in a game.
Lushko spent 15 years as an athletic trainer. For the past nine years, he has been an administrator with Laurel Highlands Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), where he became state director of Western Pennsylvania in September.
Lushko coaches fifth and sixth grade basketball in the Ferndale Area Community Youth Basketball League.
• Larry Robey, wrestling, 1984-89. A two-time NCAA Division II All-American and two-time regional champion, Robey helped Pecora’s Mountain Cats become one of the top programs in the country.
The Biglerville High School graduate earned a starting spot at 134 pounds and compiled 20 wins as a freshman. A three-year captain, Robey won his first regional title and helped the Cats win the regional team crown as a sophomore – the first of his three trips to the NCAA Tournament.
As a junior in 1987-88, Robey won his second regional championship and earned All-American honors with a seventh-place finish at the national tournament. As a senior, he helped UPJ win its third straight regional team title. He earned his second All-American honor with a fifth-place finish at the national event.
• J.J. Thomas, baseball, 2000-02. A transfer from NCAA Division I Marshall University, Thomas played a significant role on coach Todd Williams’ teams that dominated throughout the region.
A Greater Johnstown High School graduate, Thomas led Pitt-Johnstown on the field as a first-team all-region selection and in the classroom as a second-team Verizon Academic All-District II pick.
In 2000, he went 10-3 with one save and was an All-North Atlantic Region first-team selection. He had 60 strikeouts in 711/3 innings pitched as UPJ finished 14th in the NCAA Division II earned run average category.
As a junior in 2001, Thomas had a team-best 8-3 record and three saves. He led the team with a 2.79 ERA, 66 strikeouts and 771/3 innings. In his team-high 14 appearances, opponents batted only .235.
He closed his career in 2002 with an 8-3 record, including six complete games and one shutout. Thomas struck out 46 batters. He was invited to play on the Team USA Athletes squad that toured Germany.
Thomas’ three-year statistics still rank among the best in Pitt-Johnstown baseball history. His 26 career wins rank first all-time. He remains among the UPJ leaders in career strikeouts (172, fourth), career ERA (3.26, third), saves (four, tie for fifth) and appearances (44, eighth).
Thomas won the 1999 Point Stadium Award after pitching 22 innings and striking out 34 batters in a game that stretched over two different dates for Seward VFW in the AAABA League playoffs. He had a win and a save as a pick-up player with Galliker Dairy in the 2000 AAABA Tournament.
Mike Mastovich is a sports writer for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter @masty81.