Blast from the Past is a new column by our advertising editor, Ted Ladd, where he will choose to highlight a story from past issues of The Beltsville News. This month's item comes from the July 2004 edition.
Beltsville Sports Hero Honored by Sports Hall of Fame
Joe Scarcia was inducted posthumously unto the Huntingtown, PA Sports Hall of Game on June 5, 2004. He played football, basketball and baseball for Saxton Liberty High School during the 1940’s. Scarcia also served in the Army Air Corps where he played football and baseball for the base team at Westover Field in Massachusetts. He then entered West Nottingham Academy Prep School in Maryland and earned the Outstanding Citizenship Award. There he was named outstanding athlete for his accomplishments in football, basketball and baseball. He later played football for the University of Delaware where he was a running back and punter.
Joe, his wife Carolyn and three children, moved to Beltsville in 1961, where he then coached baseball and football for 10 years. The Beltsville Boys and Girls Club named him Man of the Year in 1966. During this time, he helped build the clubhouse on Roby Avenue.