ROBBINSVILLE — A New York Giants Super Bowl XXI hero, a retired Jets standout and two Olympic soccer stars are among the 11 Garden State sporting luminaries inducted into the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Bollinger Hall of Fame’s class of 2012.
William “Billy” Ard, who retired from the National Football League with a New York Giants Super Bowl XXI ring, attended Watchung Hills High School from 1973-1977. From there, he went on to Wake Forest University on a full athletic scholarship, and as a football star was named to the All–ACC team, along with being a Sporting News 1st Team All-American. He played in both the Senior Bowl and Hula Bowl prior to beginning his NFL career.
David Szott, a Jets guard in 2002-2003, was a two-sport standout for Clifton High School in the 1980’s. An All-American wrestler, he placed third in the state in 1985 and was a state champion in 1986. Also a three-time regional wrestling champion, Szott graduated from high school with a career record of 109-8. As a high school football player, he was twice honored as a 1st Team All-State selection and was named a USA Today/Parade Magazine All-American in 1985. He played at Penn State on the Nittany Lions’ 1986 national championship squad, and was named a 1st Team All-East performer. The Kansas City Chiefs drafted him in 1990, and in addition to his time with the Jets, he also played for one season with the Redskins.
In addition to Ard and Szott, the other 2012 inductees are:
- Bob Baly was a stellar, three-sport athlete at Union High School, competing in football, basketball, and baseball. He later coached high school football at Watchung Hills, where fellow class of 2012 inductee Billy Ard was among his players. Baly’s educational career included being a principal and the chief school administrator for the Watchung Hills Regional School District, along with a distinguished, eight-year stint as assistant director of the NJSIAA.
- George Washington Case, Jr. attended Brown University where he was a spectacular student-athlete. After college, he played Major League baseball, and from 1936 through 1943 led the American League in stolen bases. His Major League career concluded in 1947 with a .282 lifetime batting average, 1,415 hits and 349 stolen bases.
- Jeffery Holman has amassed more than 600 wins in 23 seasons coaching the Haddonfield High School girls tennis team, and 600 additional wins in 21 years heading Haddonfield’s boys tennis team. His honors include the NJSIAA Award of Honor in 1995, and being elected to the South Jersey Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998.
- Monte Irvin was among the first African-American players to be signed to a Major League contract after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. Irvin signed with the National League’s Giants, and in 1951 helped his team overtake Brooklyn on the last day of the season and win the now-legendary one-game playoff to win the NL pennant. He was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1973, and is currently the oldest living African-American to have played in the Major Leagues.
- Carli Lloyd grew up in Delran and played soccer for Delran High, and later for Rutgers. She was named 1st Team All-Big East four straight years, and went on to score goals for the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic teams in 2008 (Beijing) and 2012 (London).
- Heather O’Reilly played soccer for East Brunswick High School, at which she scored 143 goals. In her junior year, she led the Lady Bears to an NJSIAA state title. The following year, O’Reilly was named Parade All-American, Parade National Player of the Year, Gatorade High School National Player of the Year, and the National Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year. O’Reilly later went on to capture three Olympic gold medals as a member of the U.S. national team.
- Christie Rampone starred in four separate sports as a youngster — soccer, basketball, track and field, and hockey. She became the first female athlete in state history to lead her conference in scoring in three different sports, and in college excelled in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. Rampone is a three-time Olympic gold medalist in soccer, from the games in 2004 (Athens), 2008 (Beijing), and 2012 (London).
- Bill Schutsky was a two-sport standout and an Academic All-American at Hillside High School. At West Point he played under legendary basketball coach Billy Knight, amassing a college career total of 1,292 points. In 1968, Schutsky was given All-Tournament recognition for that season’s National Invitational Tournament.
- Stanley Woods was a four-year varsity letter winner in both football and basketball at Seton Hall Prep. In his senior year at the University of Pittsburgh, he was named team captain and Defensive Player of the Year. In 1987, the Seattle Seahawks selected him in the first round of the NFL draft, the first New Jersey player to be picked in the opening round.
Established in 1995 and named for Short Hills-based sponsor Bollinger Insurance, a provider of sports-related insurance products, the NJSIAA’s Bollinger Hall of Fame receives nominations annually from high schools across the state. These submissions are reviewed by a selection committee that makes final decisions regarding inductees. Additional details – including specific criteria and the nomination form – are available by visiting http://www.njsiaa.org/NJSIAA/10NJSIAAhalloffamenominationform.pdf.
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