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Goretti inducts 2nd Hall class

November 24, 2012
  • Dave Russell, Tom Walsh, Kristen Ardinger Karn and Jennifer Tsetsilas Hartmann were inducted into the St. Maria Goretti Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday during a luncheon at Fountain Head Country Club. In the photo, from left to right, are: Bob Starkey (Dave Russell's coach at Shepherd), Mark Russell (Dave's brother), Marlene Russell (Dave's stepmother), Don Ardinger (Kristen Ardinger Karn's father), Jackie Walsh (Tom Walsh's wife), Ami Schultz (Tom Walsh's daughter) and Jennifer Tsetsilas Hartmann.
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HAGERSTOWN — St. Maria Goretti High School inducted its second class into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday in a luncheon at Fountain Head Country Club and later at the Mid-Atlantic Invitational Tournament at the Gael Center.

Four individuals make up the induction class — Dave Russell, Tom Walsh, Kristen Ardinger Karn and Jennifer Tsetsilas Hartmann. The quartet represent four different sports.

* Russell, a 1971 Goretti graduate, was a star on the basketball floor and is one of the most talented players to play at the Gael Center. At 6-foot-8, Russell made the Goretti team as a freshman and was pivotal in moving the Goretti tradition forward.

Russell moved on to Shepherd College and was the first player there to attain all-American honors in 1975. He still remains Shepherd’s all-time career scoring leader with 2,761 points, a 25.6 points-per-game average.

He was signed by the Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Jazz of the National Basketball Association and also played overseas in Spain and France.

Russell was tragically killed in Europe in a car accident in December, 1977.

* Walsh hails from the class of 1970 and was known in Washington County as “the fastest pitcher in the area.”

During the 1968 season, Walsh helped turn around a Goretti program that had won only one game the previous season. He was eventually drafted by the Houston Astros in 1970.

Walsh passed away in February, 2011.

His brother, Michael, noted Tom Walsh’s biggest moment in sports came in 1967 when he played for the Hagerstown team that won the Colt League World Series.

He was active in church affairs and coached Little League baseball in Williamsport.

* Ardinger Karn, of the 1987 class, is the first inductee recognized for achievements in swimming.

In two seasons at Goretti, Ardinger Karn set records in every event she was in and today still holds the school record for the 50 freestyle at 24.48.

Following graduation, she swam at Syracuse University, where she graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Design.

With her husband, Daniel, she moved to Jackson Hole, Wyo., in 2009 and ran a pet boarding service.

A car accident claimed Ardinger Karn’s life in the summer of 2010.

* Tsetsilas Hartmann represents the class of 1991 as a successful softball pitcher at Goretti from 1989-1991. In addition she was also a member of the volleyball and swim teams.

Tsetsilas attended the University of Mobile on a full athletic scholarship and graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and then went on to the University of Virginia where she received her Masters in Education.

On the mound, she pitched in the NAIA Championships in 1993 and 1995. Back home, Tsetsilas coached softball at Goretti and also at Boonsboro.

Tsetsilas Hartman is a teacher in Loudon County, Va. Earlier this year she won the Agnes Meyer Award as the Washington Post Distinguished Teacher.

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