Bethel Park to induct 7 into Hall of Fame
The Bethel Park Athletic Hall of Fame will induct seven new members Dec. 20 during halftime of the boys’ varsity basketball game against Moon.
The members of the Class of 2013 include:
• Chris Buzzi (Class of 1989/Baseball)—A three-year letterman, Buzzi starte at shortstop on a squad, that won three consecutive section titles, a WPIAL crown in 1987 and a state championship in 1988. A three-time all-section and two-time all-district performer, he and won the WPIAL batting title in 1988 with a .615 average. Buzzi played baseball for Penn State and guided the Nittany Lions to the 1991 Atlantic 10 championship game.
• Michele Davidovich (Class of 1987/Softball)—A four-time all-section performer and three-year captain, this catcher led the Lady Hawks to a PIAA runner-up showing in 1987. In Volleyball, Davidovich was a four-year letter winner and two-year captain. She guided the Lady Hawks to two section titles. She played for Southern Illinois University.
• Joe Lodge (Cross Country, Wrestling, Track Coach and Athletic Director)—He started the boys’ cross country program at Bethel Park and served as coach from 1962-1973. Under his direction, the Hawks captured WPIAL titles in 1964 and 1966. Lodge also started the wrestling program at Bethel Park and served as head coach from 1967-1979. He served as assistant boys’ track and field Coach from 1963 through 1973. During his tenure as athletic director, from 1979-97, Bethel Park won 38 WPIAL titles and 13 PIAA championships. He was a founding member of the Bethel Park Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, serving from 1998-2008.
• Frank Lucido (Class of 1962/Football, Basketball and Track)—A three-year varsity, he played offensive guard, linebacker, special teams and kicker on the football team. A co-captain in 1961, Lucido was to the all-conference, all-WPIAL and all-state teams. A two-year letterman, he helped the Hawks to a section title in 1962. A three-year letterman in track, he still holds the school record in the discus, with a throw of 156 feet, 6.5 inches. A WPIAL runner-up, he also medaled at the state finals. At Slippery Rock, he served as captain of the football team in 1965 and gained NAIA All-America laurels as well as all-conference and all-state acclaim. Lucido returned to his alma mater and served as a assistant coach in football and track. He also was an assistant coach when the Hawks won the Penguins Cup ice hockey championship in 1983.
• Michael Partyka (Class of 1982/Soccer)—A four year letterman and two-year captain, he led the soccer team in scoring in 1981 and currently ranks third on the school’s all-time goal-scorers list. Partyka earned all-section honors, twice and gained all-district and all-state distinction in 1981 before heading to Slippery Rock.
• Josh Rudinsky (Class of 1997/Swimming)—An Olympic Trials qualifier, he competed on four WPIAL and two state championship teams from 1994-1997. Rudinsky won individual WPIAL gold medals in the 100-yard breaststroke from 1995-97. He was the 1997 WPIAL champion in the 200 individual medley. A PIAA gold medalist in the 100 breast in 1996, Rudinsky was member of the 200 medley relay that won the WPIAL title in 1996 and the 200 freestyle relay that won the 1995 WPIAL and PIAA championships. Rudinsky earned All-America honors in the 400-yard medley relay while swimming for the University of Wisconsin.
• Brad Stewart (Class of 2003/Football, Track and Field) – A three-year letterwinner and starter at offensive and defensive tackle, Stewart helped the Hawks reach the WPIAL quarterfinals two years in a row. In 2002, the team captain gained third-Team all-state acclaim and first-team, all-conference praise. He was selected to play in the 2003 East-West State All-Star Game. Stewarted lettered four years in track. He won WPIAL titles in the shot put in 2002 and 2003. He also was a two-time district medalist in the discus. Stewart earned all-state honors by earning medals in the shot put at the PIAA championships in 2002 and 2003. A 2003 YMCA Scholar Athlete of the Year and the 2002 Fellowship of Christian Athletes annual winner, Stewart attended the College of William and Mary. A captain of the football team, he netted all-conference recognition in 2007.
In addition to the seven inductees, the Hall of Fame committee will recognize John Deans’ service with its
Distinguished Contribution Award. Deans was an assistant coach for boys’ soccer, girls’ soccer and girls’ basketball from 1976-97.