Five individuals have been selected for induction in the North Hills School District Sports Hall of Fame.
The 2012 inductees include Dave Collins, class of 1981; Kevin Donas, class of 1982; Marc Mitchell, class of 2001; Robert Weider, class of 1968; and Sara Zilles, class of 2002.
Created in 1995, the honors individuals who have distinguished themselves in athletics during and/or beyond their years at North Hills High School or the former West View High School. Inductees have brought pride and recognition to the district’s athletic programs and to the community as former players, coaches, administrators and supporters.
Inductees will be honored at the Sports Hall of Fame annual dinner on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at the Nu Babcock in Ross Township. They will also be recognized at the home football game the following evening at Martorelli Stadium.
This year marks the 17th anniversary of the Sports Hall of Fame. For more information regarding the Sports Hall of Fame or to purchase tickets to the Sept. 13 dinner, contact Chelle Zimmerman, activities coordinator, at 412-318-1438 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dave Collins, Class of 1981: Dave was one of North Hills’ outstanding soccer players. He was a three-year varsity starter and served as team captain his senior year. Scoring 76 goals from 1978 to 1980, he is the leading career scorer in North Hills history. This individual was ranked first in 1980 and second in 1979 for the highest number of goals per season. Mr. Collins helped lead the North Hills soccer team to its first WPIAL Section Championship. Dave was voted by the WPIAL coaches to the WPIAL All-Star Team his junior and senior years. Mr. Collins continues to contribute to North Hills soccer as a youth soccer coach for the past eight years. Dave is an engineer with the Kurt J. Lesker Company and resides in the North Hills with his wife and family.
Kevin Donas, Class of 1982: Kevin competed in football and basketball at North Hills – earning six varsity letters. He was named All Conference in football and was selected to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Fabulous 22 North Team. Mr. Donas was selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Big 33 game. Kevin earned a football scholarship to the University of Maryland where he was an All-Conference linebacker for the Terrapins. Kevin resides in Beaver Falls with his family and is currently the director of operations for the Cogos Company.
Marc Mitchell, Class of 2001: Marc participated in track and field and basketball at North Hills – earning seven varsity letters and setting the record for the long jump. He held the WPIAL record for the long jump for three consecutive years and was named to the All-State Track & Field Team. Mark holds four track and field PIAA championship medals including three for the long jump and one for the 200 meter. He earned an athletic scholarship to Kent State University where he lettered in Track and Field all four years. Marc serves as a systems administrator at Dexter Magnetic Technologies and resides in Deerfield, Ill. with his family.
Robert Weider, Class of 1968: Community person. Robert pitched for the North Hills baseball team during high school and following graduation he played on a semi-professional baseball team. His love for baseball has led him to promote and teach the sport in the North Hills for more than 20 years. He has generously served as a volunteer coach for community baseball teams and helps to organize the local baseball and softball recreation programs. A resident of the North Hills, Robert continues to coach.
Sara Zilles, Class of 2002: A three-sport athlete, Sara competed in softball, soccer and basketball at North Hills Senior High School. She made her mark in the sport of softball – helping to lead the softball team to the 2000 WPIAL Championship. Sara was named All-Section all four years and one of the Terrific 12 (2002) All-Area Team. She earned eight varsity letters at North Hills. Sara continue to excel at the University of Akron where she was named 2003 Freshman of the year, University of Akron Defensive Player of the Year three years in a row, University of Akron MVP 2006, and captain of her team. She has been a member of the Akron Racers Pro Softball Team. Ms. Zilles resides in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio where she is an account manager for Meyer Distributing.