Sean King graduated from Portville Central School in 1993. While in school, Sean excelled in both basketball and football. In basketball, Sean scored 979 points, making him the 4th all-time leader in points. In his senior year, he averaged over 18 points a game.
After graduating from PCS, Sean went to Bethany Lutheran College on a basketball scholarship. He was awarded All Southern Division Player for the MCCC and Honorable Mention All-State in the MCCC, averaging 13 points a game. He studied there for two years before transferring to Dakota State University on a basketball and football scholarship. While at Dakota State, he averaged 14 points per game on the basketball team and was 9th all-time in steals. He played free safety on the football team, and was 3rd leading tackler.
Sean graduated from Dakota State with a BS in Education and taught for 4 years at Pine Crest Middle School in Los Angeles, California. Since leaving teaching, he has pursued work as a Screenwriter in Hollywood and has co-written highly rated movies on the Hallmark Channel and is currently in pre-production of another movie taking place during WWII. Sean feels extremely fortunate to have gone through the PCS basketball and football programs. He credits his high school coaches Ron McMahon and Gary Swetland with teaching him the skills and work ethic needed to compete successfully at the collegiate level. He says he will always treasure witnessing athletes like the late Mike McGreevy working in preparation to get into the Naval Academy and eventually becoming a Navy Seal. Watching him and other hall of famers like Brian Miller and Brian Decker pushed Sean to be better and to work harder.
Sean currently resides in Los Angeles, California, but says that Portville will always hold a special place in his heart.
Brian Blask graduated from Portville Central School in 2001. While in school, Brian excelled at academics and athletics. He played varsity basketball for 3 years, varsity soccer for 3 years, and track for 6 years. In track, Brian still holds the record for 400 meter hurdles and the 3200 meter relay. He competed at the state track championships in the 400 meter hurdles. He is also track and field’s top 10 all time in the 110 hurdles, the 200 meters, the high jump, and the 1600 meter relay. He was also the scoring leader in soccer in the Big 30 during his junior year. He was the starting guard for the varsity basketball team for 3 years and a member of the 2000 Sectional Championship Team. He is also one of Portville’s tops in rebounds, steals and assists. Brian was Salutatorian of his Senior Class, Student Council Vice President and AFS President. He was chosen to Western New York’s All-Academic Team, and received the IAABO Basketball Scholarship in 2001.
After graduation, Brian attended SUNY Geneseo where he graduated cum laude as a biology/chemistry major. He then went on to the New York Chiropractic College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, earning his doctoral degree. Brian is currently a chiropractor and sales executive for ChiroTouch Software.
In reflecting on his time as a Portville Panther, Brian realized that PCS athletics was preparing him for life and helped shape him into the person and successful adult he is today. Getting up to go to BFS before school to train, in addition to the hard work, dedication and relentless pursuit towards a goal prepared him for life. Brian says he loved playing for coaches like Ron McMahon, Bob George, his dad Mike Blask, Marv Smith, Gary Swetland, Kevin Hanley, Larry Welty, Inga Welty, and Wayne Smith because they truly loved the sports they were coaching and cared about the success of the kids and Portville as a whole. He shared that when it comes to feelings, nothing in his sports career was as amazing as winning the sectional title in basketball in 2000 with one of Portville’s most powerful teams for Coach McMahon! He also said that he wasn’t graduating until he beat that hurdles record and the pain of training for all of his athletic accomplishments was worth the feeling of success! He owes that to his coaches, his parents, and his high school sweetheart and wife, Logan.
Brian and Logan, live in Baldwinsville, New York, where they are raising their 7 year old twins, Emerson and Spencer.
LOGAN HADZICKI BLASK
The former Logan Hadzicki graduated from Portville Central School in 2000. While a student here, she participated in soccer for 4 years, basketball for 5 years, and track for 6 years. Her honors in athletics include being a 1,000 point scorer in basketball with 1,114 points, and still holds the all-time career points scoring record for PCS ladies basketball. She is also the career leader in assists and 2nd in rebounding. She was a first team Expressway All-Star in 11th and 12th grades, and was a member of the Sectional Winning Basketball teams for 5 consecutive years as point guard. In soccer, Logan was the MVP of the Expressway League in 11th and 12th grades. In track and field, Logan broke records in the 3,000, 1,500, 800, 4x400 relay, and 4x800 relay. She went on to compete in 4 events in sectionals from 7th through 12th grade and qualified for states 4 years in a row and was named the Expressway League MVP.
Academically, Logan was a member of the National Honor Society, graduated in the top 10 of her class, was class president for 2 years, student council for 2 years, was a member of the Western New York All-Academic Team, and was the recipient of the IAABO basketball scholarship.
After graduating from Portville, Logan attended SUNY Geneseo where she majored in Education. While there, she was a member of the soccer team for 4 years and garnered many awards. Logan holds the record for most goals in a career, set a record for most points in a game with 4 goals and 1 assist, was named Rookie of the Year for SUNYAC Conference her freshman year, was SUNYAC Division Player of the year for 2 years, was named Geneseo Top Female Athlete of the Year in 2000, and All-Greater Rochester Area Player of the Year in Women’s Soccer. Logan was also selected to the SUNYAC All-Academic Team for all 4 years. Additionally, Logan was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and Education Honor Society. She was also the guest speaker at the Geneseo James Leary Leadership in Athletics Alumni Dinner. In 2010, Logan was inducted into the Geneseo Athletic Hall of Fame for Soccer.
Logan taught at Weedsport Elementary School for 7 years and coached Cross Country, basketball and track and field. She is now a stay at home mom with her twins, Emerson and Spencer, and considers them and her relationship with her husband Brian, and their entire families as her greatest accomplishment in life. She credits Portville Athletics with being a huge part of her life growing up being able to participate with her sisters and being coached by both her mother and father who were always there for them. Logan says that it is an honor to be inducted into the Portville Athletic Hall of Fame this evening with Coach Bob George, as he was her coach who helped in building the foundation that led her to a successful college soccer career. She also credits Coach Chuck Hild for holding her to such high standards as a track athlete.
Logan and her husband, co-inductee, Brian Blask, have been each others’ number 1 fans for 21 years!
Bob George graduated from Portville Central School in 1975 and attended Mercyhurst College following graduation from high school.
Bob was Portville’s varsity softball coach for 10 years, varsity baseball coach for 14 years, and varsity girls soccer coach for 28 years!
As softball coach, Bob coached two teams to sectional finals and had 8 NYS scholar athlete teams and was named Big 30 Softball Coach of the Year in 2013.
As baseball coach, Bob coached the team to 1 sectional championship, 1 trip to the New York state final four, 1 trip to New York state finals, 10 New York state scholar athlete teams, and 1 NY state champion scholar athlete team. He was also named Big 30 Baseball Coach of the Year 2 times.
Finally, as girls soccer coach, Bob George’s overall record was 310 wins, 106 losses and 28 ties. His teams captured 4 sectional championships, made 2 trips to the NYS final four, and 1 trip to the state finals. Of the 28 years he coached, his teams were NYS Scholar Athlete Teams 25 times. Bob was also named Big 30 Girls Soccer Coach of the Year 1 time.
Bob was inducted into the Cattaraugus County Sports Hall of Fame in 2016. He shared that he has always appreciated the dedication and effort he got from all the athletes he coached over the year. He currently resides in Portville and has owned Pizzaland for over 30 years. He is the proud father of daughter, Gia, who is a teacher and following in her dad’s footsteps as a softball coach!
Gary Swetland grew up in Portville and graduated from Portville Central School in 1979. While in high school, Gary participated in football and track for 4 years. He was awarded the Dale Childs Memorial Award as Outstanding Back in 1978 and also received awards for his outstanding performance in both pole vault and relay teams while in track. He was also voted Most Likely to Succeed at BOCES as a senior.
After graduating from PCS, Gary attended Chadron State College in Nebraska for a year and then transferred to Canisius College where he obtained a Bachelors in International Relations and in Secondary Education. Gary also worked for Burlington Northern Railroad and as a bricklayer for many years during summers. While at Canisius, Gary played football for 3 years and also participated in several intramural sports.
Gary began teaching Social Studies at Portville Central School in 1987 and is still teaching here. He became Portville’s Varsity Football Coach in 1992, a position he would hold until he stepped down in 2018 with a 134-96-1 record. He was the Big 30’s longest-tenured and winningest active coach. The 1979 PCS graduate long since surpassed his high school mentor, Bob Connell, atop Portville’s career wins list in addition to being named Big 30 Coach of the Year 3 times! His teams also were awarded many
During his football coaching tenure, Swetland brought five teams to what’s now New Era Field. His 2003 squad won the program’s first Section 6 title, prevailing 7-6 over Cleveland Hill in the Class C final at the Buffalo Bills’ home.
As track coach, Mr. Swetland has coached student athletes to 24 school records and sent 10 different athletes to the NYS Track and Field Championship Qualifiers. He remains the current track coach.
Gary states that “having been born and raised in Portville, the opportunity to give back to Portville what it gave to me and my family is something of a dream come true.” Gary is married to Beth and they are the parents of Garett, Chase, and Reece. Congratulations and thank you, Mr. Swetland.