CASTLETON, Vt. – This year, Castleton is pleased to induct a trio of deserving alumni into the Castleton Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 16 during Homecoming Weekend. This year's three honorees are Casey Wedge '06, Albert "A.J." Marro '71, and Joel Leichtnam '05.
Wedge etched her name across the Castleton women's basketball record book during her standout four-year career with the Spartans. As a sophomore she made a name for herself, taking home North Atlantic Conference Co-Player of the Year and First-Team All-Conference honors while averaging 15.9 points per game and leading the Spartans to their first-ever NAC Championship. Her team finished the year with a 21-7 record, including a 15-1 mark in conference action, buoyed by her impressive three-point shooting. Wedge connected on a then record 82 three-point field goals, while shooting 38.0 percent from beyond the arc. As a junior, Wedge led her team to an 18-9 record to earn NAC Player of the Year and First-Team All-Conference honors once again. She averaged 15.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while making 80 three-point field goals. Wedge concluded her career with a third First-Team All-Conference selection after averaging 15.2 points and 4.0 assists per game to go with a program-record 83 three-point field goals on 39.0 percent shooting. She finished her career third all-time in Castleton history with 1,474 points and first in three-point shooting with 277 three pointers while making 38.1 percent of her attempts from beyond the arc. Wedge also played one year of lacrosse and two seasons of soccer Castleton. She totaled 11 goals and six assists with the soccer team, helping them claim the program's first NAC Title and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005. Wedge is currently employed as a dental hygienist and resides in Milton, Vermont.
Marro has been a fixture in the Rutland community for over four decades, creating memories for thousands with his camera. Marro grew up in Rutland, attending Mount St. Joseph, before moving on to Castleton, where he was involved with the Community Forum and member of the Student Senate. Marro graduated in 1971 after studying history and English, and moved on to the Rutland Herald full time, where he had previously delivered newspapers on his bicycle as a teenager. During his illustrious career with the Herald, Marro covered governors, mayors, accidents, fires, community theatre as well as some of the most iconic sports moments in the Rutland region. He has received numerous awards for his photography over the years and was fittingly voted into the Vermont Principals' Association Hall of Fame as a media member in 2007. Marro retired from the paper in 2015 but still finds time to help out the Herald on occasion, immortalizing memories for another generation. He currently resides Rutland.
Leichtnam '05 helped establish Castleton as a force in the North Atlantic Conference in both soccer and basketball as a four-year letterwinner in each sport. Leichtnam was a defensive anchor in both, serving as a goalkeeper in soccer and forward on the hardwood. He took over keeper starting duties as a junior and establishing himself as one of the top goalies in the North Atlantic Conference. Leichtnam led the Spartans to back-to-back NAC Championships in 2003 and 2004, appearing 42 games and starting 39. He won 24 of those contests, posting a 1.50 GAA over that period with 11 shutouts – highlighted by shutouts in the 2003 and 2004 NAC Championship matches. As a senior he was All-Conference honorable mention, while his eight shutouts is still tied for third all-time in a single season. Leichtnam finished his career fourth all-time in wins while posting a career 1.55 GAA. In basketball, the forward is one of five players to surpass 1,000 points and 700 rebounds in a single career. Leichtnam was honored as the team's Most Valuable Player as both a sophomore and junior, and was selected as NAC All-Conference Honorable Mention during the 2002-03 season. As a senior, he helped lead the team to its first-ever NCAA Tournament Appearance. Leichtnam concluded his career fifth all-time in rebounds with 722, while also scoring 1,059 points. He and his wife currently reside in Texas where he works for General Electric.
These three join an impressive group of Spartan alumni and supporters who have helped Castleton become one of the top athletic programs in the region. They will be inducted in a ceremony that begins at 5:00 p.m. as part of homecoming weekend activities.
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