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Morett-Curtiss and Fayak Elected to Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame

by on June 06, 2016 3:00 PM

Penn State field hockey All-American and head coach Char Morett-Curtiss and football standout kicker Craig Fayak will be inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame as part of the group's 54th annual ceremony. The induction celebration will take place on Saturday, October 22 at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie.

"I'm very honored and humbled to be selected into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame," said Morett-Curtiss in a press release. "This is special for me as Penn State coaches Russ Rose and Joe Paterno are previous inductees. The years I've been on the ballot, which gives me a chance to vote, there have been very qualified athletes and coaches throughout the list. It's such an honor and I'm proud to accept. Going into the Hall of Fame with Craig Fayak, whom I know, makes it all the more exciting. I'm really proud to represent Penn State."

A 1979 graduate of Penn State, Morett-Curtiss was an outstanding field hockey player and the program's only three-time first team All-American. Captain of the undefeated 1978 team, Morett-Curtiss was a phenomenal scorer, netting 50 goals in four years and was the first Lion to score five goals in a game. She held that record for 21 years.

"I am obviously honored to have been selected to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame - and am so thankful for the many coaches and teammates who taught and helped me throughout my career," said Fayak.

Fayak was a four-year starter for the Nittany Lions as a place kicker. He ranks third in program history with 50 career field goals made and second in career scoring with 282 points via 50 field goals and 132 extra points. He converted on 95 percent (132-139) of his extra point attempts during his collegiate career.

As a freshman, Fayak connected on a 34-yard field goal with 58 seconds left to propel the Nittany Lions to a 24-21 win over No. 1 Notre Dame in 1990. The Nittany Lions were down 21-7 at halftime to the Fighting Irish. He also connected on a 50-yard field goal against Alabama as a freshman. During his senior season, Fayak led the Big Ten in extra points made (40), extra point attempts (42) and field goal attempts (23).

A native of Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, Fayak played quarterback, safety, kicker and punter at Belle Vernon Area High School. He scored 266 career points with 140 kicking points and 21 touchdowns. He led Belle Vernon to a 10-2 record as a senior and played in the 1990 Big 33 Game.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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