ESPN’s Bilas to speak at Blair County Hall of Fame ceremony

Former NBA and Duke standout, and ESPN personality, Jay Bilas will be the featured speaker at the 17th Blair County Sports Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony at the Blair County Convention Center on April 23.

The 2016 class scheduled for induction includes Detroit Pistons general manager and Hollidaysburg native Jeff Bower, former Bishop Guilfoyle and West Virginia football player Thom Geishauser, former Altoona and University of Pittsburgh basketball standout Jennifer (Shingler) Hansberry, five-time national biathlon champion and Tyrone native Doug Hoover and Altoona Curve owners Bob and Joan Lozinak. The class also includes Blair County’s first two PIAA championship teams, the 1958 and 66 Williamsburg boys’ basketball teams.

The master of ceremonies will be Pittsburgh broadcaster Stan Savran.

A limited number of tickets are available for $85. Checks can be made payable to Blair County Sports Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 162, Altoona, PA 16603.

For ticket information, call Kathy Millward at 381-8961, email or visit