The Mercer County Hall of Fame will induct 11 new members at its annual banquet Saturday at The Park Inn by Radisson, near West Middlesex.
Three of the new inductees made their mark in the Allied News area, including Pat Forese, Marty Mattocks and Greg Slatcoff.
Others to be enshrined in the oldest local Hall of Fame in the world are: Gary Douglas, Ellen Banick-Keller, Joe Evans, Jim Leetch, Jerry Misik, Jerry Pacifico, Steve Riley and posthumous A.J. Janosko.
Following are sports biographies of the three Allied News area inductees:
Pat Forese was a multi-sport great at Grove City High School who went on to a brilliant coaching career.
He played football and wrestled for four years and competed in track for two seasons before graduating in 1972.
He was a 2-year letter-winner in each sport. In football he was 2nd-team All-Northwest Conference defensive back.
Forese went on to Slippery Rock State College where he played baseball for four years and graduated in 1976. As team captain in his senior year, he won the team’s Outstanding Senior Award and was named 1st-Team PSAC West at catcher.
He played in the Orange County (Calif.) Baseball Association from 1977-79 and was an all-star at 3rd base.
He played in the New Castle Softball League and was honored as MVP. In other independent sports he competed in basketball, volleyball, hockey, flag football and golf.
Forese was named to all-star teams many times in baseball and softball leagues and was inducted into the Legends of North County Baseball, New Castle, in 2014.
An outstanding golfer, he was club champion at Grove City Country Club in 2013 and carried a handicap of 2 or 3 for years.
He coached several sports at Grove City High, especially making his mark in baseball where he was head coach for 26 years. His teams won 14 league titles and 6 District 10 crowns. He started the program that went 350-167-1 in his long tenure. He coached boys golf for 14 years and won 3 region titles, while finishing D-10 runner-up once. He also was assistant coach to Mercer County Hall of Famer Roger Flynn in girls basketball for 9 years, winning 2 D-10 titles; assistant wrestling coach 1 season; and 9th grade boys basketball coach one year, going 16-6.
He helped coach Little League and conducted a Little League Coaches Clinic for 20-plus years.
Marty Mattocks is one in the long line of basketball greats at Mercer High School, while he also excelled in running sports.
He was a 3-year starter on Mustangs hoop teams that posted an aggregate 48-23 record. He helped spark the team to the Mercer County and District 10 Championships in 1971.
That club reached the state Final Four before losing to eventual state champ Midland.
He scored 723 career points. The MVP of the Christmas Basketball Tournament in 1969, he was named 5th-Team All-State as a junior. He was honorable mention All-State as a senior although he missed 8 games because of mononucleosis.
In cross country, he was a three-year letter-winner as well as a 2-time state medalist. He finished 6th at state as a sophomore in 1968 and 3rd as a senior, still the best finish ever by a Mercer runner. The team won the District 10 title in 1970 and finished 2nd at the state meet, best ever in Mercer history.
He also ran track for one season.
He went on to play basketball at Indiana University of Pa. and was a 3-year starter on teams that compiled a 51-24 overall mark. Mattocks led the team in assists for 3 years and had 273 career assists, third best in college history at that time.
In 1974, the team won the District 18 championship and advanced to the NAIA Elite 8. The team was a District 18 finalist in 1975.
He played post-collegiate basketball in several tournaments and fundraisers. He also played in adult rec leagues.
He coached and umpired Little League. He was inducted into the Mercer High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
While he was an outstanding all-around athlete at Richland High School in Johnstown, it was his great coaching career in Mercer County that landed him Hall of Fame honors.
After playing football at Slippery Rock University as a freshman in 1970 and winning a varsity letter in 1971, as a senior he was given the chance to become as student coach for the freshman team which inspired a long career as a mentor.
At Lakeview High School, he was an assistant football coach for 4 seasons and was head junior high coach for 2 years.
In cross country, he served as head coach of both the boys and girls teams from 1980-85. The girls teams won 4 league championships and had 3 unbeaten dual-meet seasons. His teams placed 3rd in the district in 1982 and 5th in 1985. The 1980 boys team won the league crown. Three of his individual athletes qualified for the state meet.
Overall he served for 24 years as track and field coach at Lakeview. As girls coach from 1975 to 1990, his teams went 104-21-1 in dual meets. The team won 3 District 10 championships and finished 2nd twice. The team won 8 Mercer County Championships and had a string of 36 dual-meet victories.
He coached two state champs in that period - Mercer County Hall of Famer Ginny Wilson in discus in 1982 and Brenda Bindas in high jump in 1989.
Slatcoff returned to coach the girls team from 2004-11 and had a 65-14 record. The team won 4 straight Region 1 titles and a streak of 33 straight dual-meet wins. He coached 2-time state javelin champion Fawn Miller, who set a state record in the event. During his time the team sent 23 relay teams to state and 7 medaled.
He helped run the Lakeview Girls Invitational Track Meet and coached his 1983 girls team in the Hershey Track and Field Games. He also coached Little League baseball.
He currently serves as a volunteer track coach and was inducted into the inaugural class of the Lakeview Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.