It’s almost here.
Tomorrow night is the long-awaited 2009 Corry Hall of Fame ceremonies, set for halftime of the Beavers’ game against Warren.
The 2009 Corry Sports Hall of Fame class was selected last month and joins 15 other members in the Corry Hall.
The four newest members to the HOF are Joe Frisina, Tim Knapp, "Chip" Nuzzo and Kathy Walsh.
Frisina was a long-time baseball, football, and basketball coach and teacher for 30 years at Spartansburg and Corry. Prior to coaching and teaching, he played minor league baseball in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ and Cleveland Indians’ organizations. Also, he managed in minor league baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization. Frisina also worked as a baseball scout for over 50 years.
In addition, he has been a well-known football and basketball official in District 10 and the PIAA and has worked many district and state playoff games.
Knapp, a 1995 Corry graduate, was a PIAA state champion in the 200-yard Individual medley in 1994. He also finished as a state runner-up four times and was third at the PIAA meet three times. He was named to 12 all-state swimming teams, won 11 District 10 championships and was named first team All-Erie County League 15 times.
In addition, during his swimming career, his team went 40-0 in the Erie County League and won two D-10 team titles.
Nuzzo, who now goes as Anthony D’Annunzio, was an outstanding football, basketball and track athlete at Corry High School. He was a state qualifier in the 800 in track and was all-league in football, basketball and track. He holds Corry’s record for nine interceptions in a season.
Following his high school career, he went on to play football in college at Princeton University and later played for the Buffalo Bills replacement team in the National Football League.
Walsh, a 1976 Corry grad, was one of the first standout Lady Beaver female athletes. She was a star in volleyball, basketball and track. She still holds the record for most points scored in a basketball game with 56 points against Rocky Grove.
When she graduated, she was the all-time leading scorer for girls basketball with 968 points. She still ranks sixth in career scoring.
Walsh was a member of the first female class at the United States Naval Academy where she was a member of both the volleyball and basketball teams.
The current HOF members include: Lou Hanna, football coach; Joe Baressi, long-time little league coach and St. Thomas boys' basketball coach; and Jim Bennett, state champion wrestler and pole vaulter from the first class back in 1998.
Also, Vic Cragg, football, basketball and track coach; Max Bennink, track coach and founder of athletic training at Corry; and Fred Marsh, major league baseball player from ‘99.
Jim Hammond, founder of Corry rec basketball program and long-time American Legion baseball coach; Dick Fox, basketball and golf coach; Ed Burkhart, state wrestling champion, Carmen Hill, major league baseball pitcher were inducted in 2000.
Last year’s class featured Jack McIntyre, highly-successful swim coach; Jim Gruca, long-time boys basketball coach; Terry Williams, multi-talented athlete and ex-American Legion baseball coach and school board director; Tony Knapp, state champion swimmer; and Megan McCray, high school and college basketball standout.