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Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Names 2018 Class for Athletic Hall of Fame

Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Names 2018 Class for Athletic Hall of Fame

Four new members to be inducted at Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on April 7

Bishop Carroll Catholic High School’s PAW Power will hold the seventh annual Athletic Hall of Fame banquet on Saturday, April 7, at the Crystal Hall in Ebensburg.

Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Names 2018 Class for Athletic Hall of Fame

This year’s inductees include: Lady Huskie basketball greats Ellen Fasnacht Sloan and Sarah Bradley Yeager; football standout James McCombie, and longtime coach, teacher, and administrator, Donald J. Scotilla, posthumously.

“These newest members of the BC Athletic Hall of Fame are all truly deserving, and have represented Bishop Carroll with class and dignity while bringing exceptional pride to Huskie hill”, said PAW Power representative and Hall of Fame Chairperson, Rick Surkovich.

Surkovich also added, “Ellen’s commitment to the basketball program set a standard for future players to emulate, and being a part of the very first District Championship team at BC makes her induction special. Sarah played an integral part in establishing the girl’s basketball program on a state level.  Her exceptional post-play propelled the team in many victories and championships.  As a three-time All-State selection for football, James established himself as one of the best. His athletic excellence also shined on the collegiate level.  Don laid the cornerstone for the athletic programs at Bishop Carroll.  His early vision of excellence plays a huge role in our success today”.

For more information about the event, please contact Bishop Carroll Catholic High School at 814-472-7500, or Hall of Fame Chairperson, Rick Surkovich at 814-472-8467 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


About the Inductees

Ellen Fasnacht Sloan

Ellen transferred to Bishop Carroll as a junior in 1977. She was welcomed into the Huskie family by Coach Father James Conrad(a BC Hall of Fame member), the girls basketball team, and the Class of 1979. During the 1977-78 season, Ellen helped the varsity squad win the District 6 Class A Championship, the FIRST District 6 title for any team at Bishop Carroll.

During the 1978-79 season, the varsity squad won the Portage Area Jaycees Invitational Basketball Tournament and was runner-up in the District 6 Class AA. Ellen was named MVP of the Portage Tournament, First-Team All-Stars for the Central-Western Girls Basketball Conference Section II, Windber Area Athletic Boosters Association Tournament All-Stars, Middle Cambria County Girls All-Stars, and the March of Dimes Cambria County All-Stars.

During the season, Ellen scored 405 points, which at the time was the most points scored in a season. Her 634 career points over her two seasons was, at the time, the second highest in program history. She graduated salutatorian in 1979 and was awarded the Coca-Cola Scholar Athlete Award.

Ellen played basketball at Juniata College from 1979-1983 under head coach Nancy Latimore. She was a four-year letter winner. She helped the team earn a spot in the AIAW Division III National Basketball Championship; they finished seventh in the nation. In 1983, Ellen graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and computer science. She began working for Swigart Associates (Mutual Benefit Insurance Company) in Huntingdon, PA, as a Programmer/Analyst and within three years was promoted to Director of Information Systems.

In 1985, Ellen married Joe Sloan. She became a stay-at-home mom in 1988, enabling her to become involved in their children’s school and athletic activities, as well as community interests. She has served on the Board of Directors of J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital for over 20 years; helped coach soccer, t-ball, basketball, and softball for over 15 years with the Huntingdon Community Center; and volunteered with USA Shooting, the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships, and 4-H Shooting Sports for over six years.

Ellen stayed active by playing softball in the Huntingdon Women’s League for over 15 years. Ellen and Joe are active members of Most Holy Trinity where she has taught Religious Education and been a Eucharistic Minister. They were also active in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese Engaged Encounter program for over 10 years. Ellen and Joe have three children: Jack, Evelyn and Mary.

Sarah Bradley Yeager

Sarah’s love for basketball started very early at St Bernard’s Elementary School. At Bishop Carroll, her determination to be her best was fueled by the love she had for the Lady Huskie Team motto: “Who do we represent? Ourselves, our school, and our family.”

In her freshman year the team won the Appalachian Conference Championship. A year later, she was named third team All-State and the team went 3 rounds into State Playoffs, losing to eventual champion Kennedy Catholic.

As a junior, Sarah was named second team All-State, and the Huskies won the D6 Championship, and were crowned the 2002 state champions. As a Senior, Sarah reached the 1,000+ career points mark, was first team All-State and District 6 MVP and was named Altoona Mirror Player of the Year.

Sarah helped her team win the Laurel Highlands Conference Championship, and back-to-back D6 titles (which was also the 100th win for her Senior class), and back-to-back gold in the state Championship game. Sarah was a four year letter-winner in basketball and volleyball. Throughout her varsity career she netted 1,335 points, 866 rebounds, 200 blocks, 152 steals, 177 forced turnovers, and 90 assists.

In addition, she was the recipient of multiple Tournament All-Star and MVP awards and Player of The Game Titles. She played in the Big John Riley Senior game and the Eat n’ Park Round Ball Classic in Pittsburgh. Her hometown Hastings Area Youth Association presented her with an Outstanding Accomplishments in Basketball award during their Memorial Day celebration.

Sarah received a full basketball scholarship to Division I Robert Morris University of the Northeast Conference.  As a freshman, she earned a starting role, became a team captain, and was named to the NEC All-Rookie team. Sadly, Sarah endured a career-ending medical injury at the completion of her freshman year. However, she was able to continue to be a part of the team as a Student Assistant helping with practices, camps, and recruiting.

Upon graduation she accepted a coaching position at Penn Cambria School District as Head Junior High Girls Basketball Coach for the 2008-09 season. The following year she was named the Assistant Junior High Volleyball Coach. She held those positions for the next three years until she resigned and took both Assistant Varsity Coach positions for Girls Basketball and Volleyball.

Sarah married Tim Yeager in the fall of 2012. Sarah left the coaching profession to be a stay-at-home Mom. She still works part time as a substitute teacher for Penn Cambria School District. She also teaches Sunday School at her church and works at the Top Shop Greenhouses. Sarah and her husband Tim live in Patton, PA. They have one son, Issac.

James McCombie

James is the son of James and Sally McCombie of Nicktown.  At Bishop Carroll he was a three-year letter winner in football and a Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference/District 6 All-Star. Being named a three-time First Team All -State performer, he was highly recruited before choosing Slippery Rock University to continue his athletic career.

James graduated from Slippery Rock University with a degree in park and resource management. While playing for Coach George Mihalik, a BC Hall of Fame member, James established a long list of accolades on the collegiate level as a punter. 

As a freshman, James played in all 11 games for the Rock and led the PSAC with 18 punts inside the 20 yard line, averaging 36.8 yards, 5 of which went over 50 yards.

As a sophomore he continued to be a major contributor. Playing in all 11 games, he punted 43 times and averaged 41.0 with 20 punts ending inside the 20 and five punts going over 50 yards. James booted a career high 74 yard punt at Edinboro University. His outstanding performances earned him a Daktronics, Inc., All-Super Region One Performer Honor.

James’ junior year he played in 11 games, punted 50 times for a total of 2,033 yards, had 14 punts inside the 20 with 10 punts over 50 yards. He received the Beyond Sports Network Athlete of the Week.

As a Senior he earned many prestigious honors including: Daktronics All-Region 1st Team, Beyond Sports Network D2 All America 3rd Team, Daktronics All-America Second Team, Don Hansen All-Region First Team, Beyond Sports Network Punter of the week for Sept. 7 vs. Northwood,  USA College Football Honorable Mention Special Teams POTW Nov. 16 vs Bloomsburg, All PSAC West First Team, and Don Hansen All-America First Team.

James recently accepted a new job with Halliburton as an assistant operator. James resides in Zanesville, Ohio.

Donald J. Scotilla

Don loved sports his entire life. He played football for Ebensburg Cambria High School.  During his senior year, he was chosen as the first-string center on the Johnstown Tribune Democrat’s All-Scholastic Team, was named to the All-Pennsylvania State team, and went on to play in the East-West All Star game.  

He attended the University of Michigan where he studied history and education.  In 1957 and 1958, while serving his country in the US Army in Germany, Don became the head football coach of the Seventh Army Special Troops in Stuttgart.

After serving in the army, Don taught briefly in Michigan before returning to Pennsylvania in 1960.  He first taught at Richland Township High School and was hired as the head basketball coach at Blacklick Valley High School in 1963.  He began his career at Bishop Carroll in 1966 when he was hired as a teacher and an assistant football coach. He became head football coach in 1969.

Don led the Huskies to two consecutive football championships in the Pittsburgh City Catholic Diocesan League. He was awarded the Dapper Dan Coach’s award after the 1970 season, and was also inducted in the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1970.  That same year, while serving as president of the Cambria Area Football Coaches Association, he and his coaching peers started the Ken Lantzy Classic All-Star Football game which became an Easter Seals benefit.

Don also coached other Bishop Carroll sports.  He was an assistant basketball coach and in 1974 became head coach of that sport as well.  Don also spent time as the head golf coach.  In 1977, Don became the first lay person in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese to become an administrator when he was named Assistant Principal of Bishop Carroll.  At that point, he transitioned out of coaching. Don retired from Bishop Carroll in 1988.  In 1991, Don became Cambria County Court Administrator, a position he held until his retirement in 2010.

He loved teaching and coaching young people more than anything, and he was quite proud of their accomplishments. While he placed many students in collegiate sports, he was most proud of his students’ academic and career successes.

Sadly, Don passed away in 2017.  He was married for 25 years to his wife Pat.  He had two children, Jill Ramacciotti (BC Class of 1980) and Scott. He had four step-children, Chris, Rhonda, Dana and Darrin.  He also had nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

About Bishop Carroll Catholic High School

Located in Ebensburg, Bishop Carroll Catholic High School provides a high-quality, faith-based education to students in Ebensburg surrounding communities in Cambria County. Bishop Carroll strives to educate the whole student in spirit, heart, mind, and body, striving for excellence in these four pillars that form a strong foundation for life inside and outside of school.

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