Wellsville Hall of Fame adds four
WELLSVILLE — The Wellsville Athletic Hall of Fame will induct four during a ceremony set for 10 a.m. Sept. 2 at Wellsville High School.
Noelle Amato (Class of 2012), Barry Keller Class of 1986), James Thirtyacre (Class of 1992) and Jimmy Malone (Class of 2006) will also be introduced at the Sept. 1 Tigers home football game against Edison.
Class of 2006
Malone picked up 10 letters during his time as a standout athlete. As a football player, he lettered three times and picked up many awards for his work on the line including All-Area, first team all-district and All-Ohio special mention. As a wrestler, Malone lettered four times and was 71-22 in his career, having reached the district tournament twice.
In track, where he lettered three times, Malone was an accomplished thrower as he placed third in the discus and shot at the Columbiana County meet and had podium finishes at the OVAC meet.
He was also awarded a the Arichie Griffin award and was noted for his sportsmanship.
Following high school, Malone graduated from Bethany College with a degree in physical education. He was a member of the track and football teams while in college. Later he earned a master’s degree in special education from Grand Canyon University. He is currently employed as an intervention specialist in the Southern Local schools.
He and his wife Kelly reside in Wellsville.
Class of 2012
Amato was a stellar back-row fixture on the Tiger volleyball team during her accomplished high school career. As a setter, Amato set many school records and she currently ranks eight all-time in service aces according to state records kept by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. She is also 19th all-time in service aces for a single season.
As a senior, Amato was named the Div. IV, District No. 1 player of the year and was honored with a spot in the Ohio State All-Star Match. She was also in the national spotlight as she was a part of the Under Armour High School All-American Volleyball Watch List.
In 2010, Amato played a key role in leading the Tiger volleyball team to a district championship.
Her postseason awards included being named to all-league, district and county. She also was twice named an All-Ohio honorable mention.
Amato was recruited by NCAA Div. I colleges and was offered a full scholarship to play at LaSalle. The daughter of Nicholas and Anne Amato graduated magna cum laude from Kent State University in 2016 with a degree in justice studies. She will be attending Capital Law School in Columbus in the fall.
Class of 1992
Thirtyacre totaled nine varsity letters during his time at Wellsville — three each in football, baseball and wrestling.
In football he was the team’s defensive MVP his senior season where he recorded 81 tackles, 51 solo, three sacks, a fumble recovery and three blocked passes. For his efforts he was named All-Ohio, first team Quad County, first team OVAC and first team All-Columbiana County. On offense, he helped pave the way for Reese Davis’ 1,000-yard rushing season.
He had 47 tackles as a junior and was credited for nine key blocks that produced touchdowns.
In wrestling, he recorded 7 and 9 second pins.
In college, Thirtyacre lettered in football three times at Washington and Jefferson where he played for an NCAA Div. III national championship in 1995.
Class of 1986
Keller was an outstanding football player for the Tigers having reached the heights of All-Ohio as a junior and senior. Credited to being one of the most decorated linemen of his generation the Tiger teams he played on as a junior and senior went 8-1-1 and 9-1 respectively.
Keller married Heather Pasco and has three children — Marie Elizabeth 27, Zoie Elizabeth 25 and Kyleigh Grace 5. He also has one grandchild, Wyatt Charles, age 3.