Committee Names Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Inductees
Dear Pine-Richland Community:
The Pine-Richland Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is announcing the second annual Athletic Hall of Fame Class of Inductees. Approved in June of 2020, the Pine-Richland Athletic Hall of Fame honors and recognizes those associated with Pine-Richland athletics who have experienced significant accomplishments in their chosen sport or sports. The second annual class of 2020 will include the following inductees:
Aylmer Girdwood: Mr. Girdwood was hired in 1956 as a biology teacher and served as the head football coach of the Rams for two years starting in 1962. He retired from Richland Elementary in 1982. He was the recreation director for the Pine-Richland Youth Foundation and a scoutmaster for a local Boy Scouts of America Troop in Gibsonia. He is posthumously being inducted in the category of community contributor due to his exemplary community service and his positive influence on the athletes and youth of Pine-Richland.
Robert McDonough: Coach McDonough began his teaching career at Richland High School in 1957. He started coaching both boys and girls cross country in 1972 for 16 seasons until his retirement in 1989. During his leadership, the girls cross country teams were WPIAL Class AA Champions in 1981, 1984, 1986, 1987, and 1988. The girls cross country team also won the state PIAA championships in 1988, the first-ever state PIAA championship in Richland school history.
Brett Warren: The 2002 graduate was a three-time WPIAL Champion in the sport of boys tennis. He won the WPIAL Individual Singles Tennis Championship in 1999, 2000, and 2002. He was PIAA State Champion in 2002. He was a seven-time finalist at both the WPIAL and State level throughout his career as a Ram. He also won four boys individual singles county titles as well.
Kristen Wisse: The 1998 graduate was the true definition of the term tri-athlete. She competed in three sports for the Rams - girls soccer, girls basketball, and girls Track and field. Throughout her career as a RAM, she earned 12 varsity letters. She was the first basketball player male or female to score 1,000 points (1,145 total), She ranks in the top 10 all-time in the WPIAL girls soccer for goals scored in a career (133) and at one time held the school record for the girls 800 meters.
Carrie Walker: The 2000 graduate led the Pine-Richland girls basketball team to the WPIAL Championship game in 1998. At one time she was the Pine-Richland all-time leading scorer with more than 1,800 points, a record that stood for 17 years. During her career, she was a member of the Post-Gazette “Fab 5.” She played collegiately at the Division 1 level and professionally in Europe after her high-school career.
1988 Girls Cross Country Team: Led by Head Coach Bob McDonough, the 1988 Pine-Richland Girls Cross Country Team was the first team in the school history to ever win a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association State Championship. Senior members of that team also won both the section and WPIAL championships in 1986, 1987, and 1988.
The district is planning to recognize the inductees on October 16, 2020, by invitation only prior to the Pine-Richland home football game. A video will be produced to share with the community in late October.