By Steve Svetovich
Former Holy Cross track and field and cross country star Enrico Galassi was among a class of 10 who were enshrined into the Northeastern Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Fiorelli’s, Peckville.
The other inductees in the class of 2022 included Ross Zanghi, Bob Timlin, Mike Lucarelli, Natalie Winters, Laura Fitzpatrick O’Malley, Jess Armillay Cacchioli, the late John Bucci, Donnie Collins for the Media Award, and Mike Serino for the Service Award.
Bob Walsh, Dunmore, is Northeastern Chapter president. Jerry Valonis is vice president.
Judy Igoe Carr is secretary of the Northeastern Chapter. Tom “Doc” Dougherty is treasurer. Other members of the executive committee include Dunmore’s Rich Revta, Terry Greene and Jerry Dempsey.
Retired sports broadcaster Jim Coles served as toastmaster for the 38th annual Induction Ceremony which was attended by about 180 persons.
The U.S. Marine Corps had a presentation of colors prior to the pledge of allegiance. Walsh provided the welcome address.
Galassi was three times All-Regional in both cross country and track and field at Holy Cross. He was the Scranton Times cross country male Performer of the Year and first team All-State in both cross country and track and field. He was a two-time,District 2 Class AA first place champion in both the 1600m and 3200m. He was voted Atlantic 10 outstanding rookie at Dusquesne University where he was a two-time first team All-Conference cross country runner. He holds the school’s 3K outdoor track record with a time of 8:21.95.
Zanghi was an all-star in baseball, basketball and football at Scranton Tech. He was a three-time All-Scholastic in football and three-time Scranton Times Athlete of the Week. He was Scranton Times Athlete of the Year runner up and twice a state PIAA honorable mention. In basketball, he was a three-time second team All-Scholastic and MVP in both the Dream Game and Forest City Holiday Basketball Tournaments. He earned Athlete of the Week and was a PIAA state honorable mention.
In baseball, he was a three-time first team baseball All-Scholastic. Small in stature, he was blessed with power and speed accompanied with hard work and all-out hustle. He was a PIAA basketball official for 30 years and PIAA football official for 27 years officiating numerous district finals in both sports. He refereed the PIAA Class AA state football final in 1998.
Timlin was a PIAA basketball official for 37 years and IABBO college basketball official for 32 years. Known as “Sugar,” he was the Dean of District 2 basketball officials. He officiated 14 Lackawanna League championship games, 21 District 2 championship games and 26 PIAA state playoff games. He officiated every round of the 2002 PIAA tournament, including the PIAA state championship at Hershey. He officiated 111 Lackawanna League All-Star games and mentored countless young PIAA officials.
Armillay was a member of three straight District 2 Class 1A and Lackawanna League Division championships as a softball pitcher for Old Forge. She was a two-time Times-Tribune All-Regional pitcher and selected Times-Tribune Softball Player of the Year as a junior. She finished 18-3 with a 2.26 ERA and 153 strikeouts. She threw back-to-back perfect games which was a first in PIAA playoff history. She was named first team All-Star pitcher. She had a 34-3 pitching record in her final two seasons at Old Forge. She was a three-year starter at Misericordia University, winning 23 games.
The late Bucci had a 171-47 record in his nine seasons coaching basketball at Bishop Hannon. His teams were five-time Lackawanna League champions, four-time District 2 champions and appeared in three state finals, winning the PIAA Class AA Boys’ Basketball state title in 2002. He founded, owned, operated and coached a Northeastern Pennsylvania Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) program which exposed local athletes to college coaches throughout the country. He is in the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame.
Lucarelli led the Lackawanna League in scoring playing basketball for Old Forge. He was Northern Division Player of the Year, first team All-Regional and selected to the third team for Small School Pennsylvania All-State basketball. He was a 1,000 point scorer at Old Forge. He played shortstop and third base on Old Forge’s baseball state championship team and was named Lackawanna County Athlete of the Year.
He was a three-year letterman in basketball at Franklin and Marshall College. His 1994-95 team went undefeated at 24-0. As coach of the Cal Ripken Baseball League team in Marlton, New Jersey, his team won the Regional and New Jersey state titles.
Fitzpatrick O’Malley lettered in four sports at Lackawanna Trail High School. She participated in field hockey, basketball, softball and track and field. She was a two-time NAC All-Conference Field Hockey All-Star and Player of the Year. She was an NAC All-Conference track performer at Syracuse University.
She was Big East Conference Rookie of the Year as a freshman field hockey player. She was a 2000 AstroTurf National Field Hockey Coaches Association third team All American, first team All-Mideast Region and first team All Big East performer. She was a three-time Big East Academic All-Star and selected an alternate to the under 21 U.S. Olympic team. She was presented the Soladay Award for outstanding achievement in academics, community service, leadership and athletics.
Winters Aniska was a three-time basketball Lackawanna League first-team All-Star, twice Times-Tribune Athlete of the Week, two-time Times-Tribune All-Regional selection and Times-Tribune Athlete of the Year. She is Carbondale Area’s all-time leading scorer with 1,887 points and a PIAA Class AA second team All-State selection. She was two-time basketball captain at West Chester University where she received the Carol Eckman Award given to the player who best exemplifies sportsmanship and dedication. She coached basketball at Forest City and Western Wayne.
Serino spent 65 years as a volunteer for Little League baseball. The first 30 years were spent at the West Scranton Little League where he was coach, manager, umpire while holding numerous league office positions. He was a District 17 Umpire-in-Chief, District Administrator of District 17/32 for the past 23 years and a Pennsylvania State Coordinator for 11 years. He was elected to the International Board of Directors where he served a three-year term. He was instrumental in getting our Local Challenger Division to play baseball in Williamsport.
Collins, a Pittston Area and Penn State graduate, has covered area sports at every level for the past 24 years at the Scranton Times-Tribune. He covered local product Gerry McNamara’s entire basketball career at Bishop Hannon and Syracuse University and Matt McGloin’s football career at West Scranton, Penn State and into the NFL. He covered the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons/RailRiders beat for 15 years interviewing and writing about the likes of Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and later Aaron Judge.
For the past 20 seasons, he has been the Times-Tribune’s Penn State football beat reporter. He takes great pride in telling the stories of local and professional athletes. He maintains the same enthusiasm he exhibited when he began a career in sports journalism 24 years ago.