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Class act

The Blair County Sports Hall of Fame’s 2008 induction class includes: (From left): Renee (Riccio) McCutchan, Nick Leasure, Tom Irwin, Ronnie Blazier and Nadine (DeLeo) Buchanan. Along with the national champion 1957 Altoona NABF baseball team, this group was inducted into the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame in ceremonies held Saturday evening, at the Blair County Convention Center. A record crowd of more than 1,000 people were on hand to see the 2008 Class inducted and to listen to guest speaker Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver. Local favorites Nick Leasure was presented for induction by former St. Francis head men’s basketball coach Dave Magarity, who is now head women’s coach at Army, and Ronnie Blazier was presented by former Philadelphia Phillies manager Terry Francona, who is currently manager of the world champion Boston Red Sox. (The Daily Herald/Bob Miller)