Doin’ Dunmore: New Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

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By Steve Svetovich

The Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame inducted 11 new members last month at the University of Scranton DeNaples Center.

The inductees included Kevin Borrelli, Ryan Castsllani, Kristin Maile, Melissa E. “Missy” Rose McTiernan, Jared NEPA, Tom Parry, Tom Rudzinski, Mike Sokoloski, Joe Tuzze, Bill Zinsky and Scott Walsh who received the media award.

The 34th annual induction ceremonial was held October 2. Bob Walsh is Chapter President. WNEP-TV sportscaster Jim Coles served as toastmaster for the ceremony.

Judy Igoe Carr performed the Welcome. Alice Foley provided the Benediction. Walsh provided the Toastmaster Introduction and Introduction of Inductees. Walsh served as chairman for the dinner. Ed Ludwig is president of the Northeastern Chapter. Jerry Valonis is vice president. Judy Igoe Carr is secretary. Tom “Doc” Dougherty is treasurer.

Cole, serving as toastmaster, said he has interviewed all of the inductees on the Dias. “I would not be here as an athlete ever,” he joked. “My dad took me to football games when I was younger. He took me to see the a Blakely Bears.  We are all just local people from the area trying to do the best we can.”

cross-country-running-clipart-1Borrelli, the former standout Mid Valley and Dusquesne University cross country/track runner, was the first inductee to speak. “I went to camps and clinics all the time. We would do what we could to get better. Running was my thing, so I went after it. Running is a very simple sport. If you want to win, you work hard. In college, instead of being a star I became a member of a team. Running opened up all sorts of doors for me with coaching. I got a running high from coaching.

“It was great when an ex student called me and said, ‘Hey coach, you want to go for a run?’ Or when I get a wedding invitation from a former student. I met my wife at my first cross country match in seventh grade.”

Former Valley View All Region running back Ryan Castellani, who played football at Wagner College, was the next inductee to speak. “Football was everything growing up in my family,” he said. “I thank my wife and kids, the committee and the inductees. I thank my former coach at Valley View, Frank Pazzaglia, for believing in me. I thank all the coaches who helped me succeed. The coaching and opportunities coach Pazzaglia gave me helped me in everyday life.

“I overcame adversity in college. I had an operation to my right eye. I thank my family for supporting me. My dad felt that giving in was not an option. I thank my late brother-in-law Randy Kordish for standing by me. My brothers Rob and Randy set the bar for me. If it were not for those two, I would not be here today.

“The advice I can give to young athletes is to go for it. Shoot for the stars and don’t look back.”

vbKristen Maile, the former Forest City and University of Scranton volleyball player, was next. “I grew up talking sports at the family table. I am thankful to all my coaches and teammates who were a part of my volleyball career. I thank my mom and dad. My dad is here, but my mom is battling health issues at home. My dad has been with me every step of the way. He was at every volleyball game I performed in. And later I was very proud to become an athletic director.”

Missy Rose McTiernan, the former Scranton Prep and University of Connecticut basketball star, was next. “I thank my former teammates who always put team goals first. I thank Dan Kennedy who coached me at Prep. I thank Gino Auriemma who coached me at U Conn. I was so proud to be a Huskie. It formulated my life. I especially thank my parents. This award represents so much. I thank my husband Bob who never really liked basketball, but now is a basketball junkie.”

Former Carbondale Area and Colgate football star Jared NEPA was next. “I thank my family for pushing me to become better. I thank my coaches, including John Lasavage at Carbondale. I quote John Wooden in his book, ‘The Pyramid of Success’ which defines success as becoming the best person you can be. You know, my dad would ask me how many practice shots I took on the basketball court. If I told him 200, he would say he was sure someone out there took 250. I thank my dad for that drive he gave me.”

Former Lakeland basketball star and Lackawanna Trail basketball coach Tom a Parry said, “I wanted to not only develop a basketball program at Trail that was competitive, but one that was consistent year in and year out. I was not afraid to work hard and put the time in.”

Former coach/official Tom Rudzinski thanked his wife “for often taking a back seat” to his activities with sports. “I am an emotional guy. As a coach, you are only as good as your players. I was very lucky to have a fantastic group. Without them, I would not be here. The quote by Vince Lombardi that winning is not everything, but the only thing, is probably a quote he wishes he did not make. For me, if at one moment I consider that I made an impact in a player’s life, then I know I succeeded.”

basketballFormer Scott High School and East Stroudsburg golf/baseball/basketball great Mike Sokoloski was next. “I remember what Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Phil Neikro once said. He said if he ever saw a turtle make it across the street siting on the side of a fence, you knew it needed help. To be a success, you need a lot of help along the way. My dad was a quiet person. He told me to succeed in sports, you have to practice and work hard. My dad set the foundation for me. He told me that applied to everything. It applied to sports, work, academics, religion.”

Former Carbondale football star Joe Tuzze was next. “I thank my dad for standing by me side by side. I thank my mom for throwing pitches to me even though line drives were coming right back. She didn’t want me to play football. She played the loving mom by keeping us safe and helping us accomplish our goals. I can tell many great stories about my mom. I thank my dad for pushing me, supporting me and taking me to every camp. He made it happen. He was my role model. I owe him everything.”

Golfing great Bill Zinsky passed away in 2014. His son accepted for him. He called him “an exceptional golfer and honorable man who was a gentleman on and off the course” He recalled Fathers Day tournaments with his dad. “This one’s for you, dad.”

Scranton Times-Tribune sports writer/editor Scott Walsh received the media award. He thanked former Scranton Times sports editor John McCormack for giving him his first opportunity. “Since high school, I knew I wanted to be a sports writer. I have met a lot of interesting people, but never thought I would be in this Hall of Fame. I am grateful and humbled by it. I thank my colleagues and bosses in the sports department. I thank my wife Andrea and my family. I thank my dad who took me to ball games and gave me a passion for sports.”

Northeast PA Sports Hall of Fame inducting 11 at DeNaples Center

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By Steve Svetovich

The Northeast Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame will induct 11 new members at its annual dinner Sunday, October 2, at the University of Scranton DeNaples Center.

The annual event will begin with a cocktail hour from 4:45  to 5:45 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The cost is $40 per ticket.

The 2016 inductees are Kevin Borrelli for cross country and track, Ryan Castellani for football, Kristen Maile for volleyball. Melissa Rose McTiernan for basketball. Jared Nepa for football, Tom Parry for basketball, Tom Rudzinski for softball, Mike Sokoloski for baseball, basketball and golf; Joe Tuzze for football and track; and the late Bill Zinsky for golf. Scott Walsh, the long time Scranton Times-Tribune sports writer, will receive the Service Award.

Bob Walsh (570-346-2228) is in charge of tickets. Tom Dougherty (570-346-9991) and Alice Foley (570-346-5796) are in charge of advertisements.

cross-country-running-clipart-1.jpgKevin Borrelli was a standout runner at Mid Valley Secondary Center where he won three district titles, three state medals and earned the title of Lackawanna County Runner of the Year in 2000 and 2001. He enjoyed an outstanding running career at Duquesne University. As a distance runner, he is a two-time winner of the Wilkes-Barre Triple Crown and won back-to-back Steamtown Marathon titles in. 2008-2009. As coach of both the men’s and women’s cross country teams for 6 years at Marywood, he was five times named Colonial States Athletic Conference coach of the year. His women’s teams won four straight CSAC Conference titles.

Ryan Castellani was an All-Regional running back and defensive back at Valley View High School. At Wagner College, he was a first-team 1AA All-American returns specialist. He is a three-time All-Northeast defensive back. He holds the all time punt return yardage record in a season with 507 yards and career average at 13.8 yards per return for both Wagner College and the Northeast Conference. He ranks sixth all-time in NCAA Division 1AA football in punt return yards (1,253).

Kristin Maile was a two-time basketball all-star and four-time all-star in volleyball at Forest City High School. She led both the basketball and volleyball teams to district titles and led the league in scoring for basketball.

vbShe was an MAC all-star in volleyball at the University of Scranton. She became the University of Scranton’s head volleyball coach and led her teams to 100 wins in five years. She was named MAC coach of the year twice. She earned 200 more coaching wins at Cedar Crest where she was athletic director and physical education director.

Melissa “Missy” Rose McTiernan led Scranton Prep to two Lackawanna League Southern Division titles. She was a three-time All-League selection and two-time All Regional pick. She averaged 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists as a senior and earned Team Player of the Year as a junior.

She was a four-year member of the University of Connecticut Lady Huskies who won four Big East regular season titles and four Big East tournaments. She was a member of the 1995 Women’s Basketball National title team. In 1997, she was named New England Scholar Athlete of the Year and was selected into the New England Hall of Fame.

Jared Nepa led Carbondale Area to the 2002 district title while passing for 1400 yards and 17 touchdown passes. He was first-team All-Conference on offense and defense and second-team All-State. He received the Bill McDonough Coaches Award. He was a first-team all-star, All Regional and third-team All-State in basketball.

While at Colgate, Nepa was named the Patriot League’s defensive player of the year. He was first-team All-Patriot League and All-Northeast linebacker of the year. He was inducted into the New York State Hall of Fame.

Tom Parry was a 1000-point scored at Lakeland High School. He led his team to the Class C district title in two seasons. In his 20 years as Lackawanna Trail basketball coach, he won over 240 games, including two District 12 titles. His Keystone States basketball team won a gold and silver medal.

Tom Rudzinski led Abington Heights, Lakeland High School and Mountain View High School all to softball championships. His combined record at the three schools was 194-55.

He officiated in four National Championship Minor Professional football games and was inducted into the Minor Professional Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

basketball.pngMike Sokoloski was Northern Division basketball leading scorer at Scott High School. He was also a two-time all-star pitcher. At East Stroudsburg University, he twice pitched complete game doubleheaders. As an amateur baseball player, he pitched 15 years and won over 200 games, including 12 in the playoffs.

He is the only member of the Stonehedge Country Club to win the Stonehedge Slam, or all six major tournaments.

Joe Tuzze is a two-time All-State selection at linebacker for Lakeland High School. He was a key member of four undefeated Lackawanna Conference championship teams. He was three-time All-League and All Regional. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry as a four-year starter at Akron University where he was an MAC Vern Smith Leadership Award nominee.

The late Bill Zinsky was a 41-year member of the Elkview Country Club. He won its golf championship in 1968, 1978 and 1998. He won senior club titles in 1989 and 1997. He won the Ed Daley Memorial Tournament title in 1986 and the Lackawanna Senior Golf title in 1992. He scored three holes in one.

Scott Walsh has been a sports reporter 30 years for the Scranton Times-Tribune. He currently covers motor sports, local colleges and high school cross country. He is a copy editor and page designer. He is an adjunct professor in the Communications department at the University of Scranton. He teaches a sports writing class.

He has earned numerous awards for sports writing and editing. He has been honored by the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League and Minor League Football Alliance. He is a writer for New York Yankees Magazine. He previously covered the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

 

Donato Entering Northeastern Chapter of Hall of Fame

By Steve Svetovich

Anthony Donato is among a group of 10 individuals being inducted to the Northeastern chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

The elite 10 will be inducted during the 33rd annual Induction Ceremonial Sunday, Oct. 4, at 5 p.m. in the DeNaples Center at the University of Scranton. Donato is being inducted as a football and track coach.

At Dunmore High School, Donato was a UPI All-State wide-receiver in 1971. He was a Scranton Times All-Regional and All-Scholastic wide receiver. He was the Scranton Times athlete of the week for track and was the conference scoring champion in 1972. He earned a PA Conference championship at East Stroudsburg and was inducted into the East Stroudsburg University Hall of Fame in 2014.

He spent five years as an assistant football coach at Dunmore High School and 13 years at North Pocono High School. He led Abington Heights to its first Big 11 football title during his two years there as head coach. In his six years at North Pocono, he won both the Lackawanna League and Eastern Conference football titles.

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The other inductees include Ed Bugno, James Burock, Wayne Lydon, Heather Gallagher Raley, Kathleen Klein Prindle, Cal Urso, Greg Legg and Bob Gilbride. Scranton Times sports writer Marty Myers will receive the Service Award.

Ed Bugno is being inducted for football. The West Scranton graduate received the James “Hookey” Reap award twice. He was an All-Scholastic wide receiver in 1975 and was the first receiver in NEPA to be named first-team All-State receiver by the UPI and AP in 1975. Bungo was first-team All-Scholastic in football, baseball and basketball. He was PSAC All-Conference second-team in 1976 and 1977 and first-team in 1978 and 1979 as a wide receiver at Bloomsburg.

James Burock is going in for baseball. He was undefeated for three years with 21-0 record as a pitcher for Valley View High School. He was first-team All-State and All-Conference and Regional Player of the Year in 2000 and All Regional in 2000 and 2001. Burock was a Heisman finalist and four-year starter at Old Dominion where he was All-Conference 2002-05. He was ESPN Academic All-American, All-State Academic and was drafted by both the Cleveland Indians and Colorado Rockies.

Cal Urso is receiving the honor for his performance as a baseball coach. He played basketball for Throop High School where he was the Northern Division leading scorer in 1969. He was an All-Regional selection. Urso was baseball coach for 32 years at Mid Valley High a School where he recorded 321 wins and won three Lackawanna League titles, 10 Northern Division titles and three District 2 AA baseball titles.

Wayne Lydon is being recognized for his performance as a baseball, track and football star. He is one of the fastest athletes to ever come out of this area. He was All-State and All Regional and a defensive player of the year as a defensive back for Valley View High School in 1998. He was a district track winner in the 100 and 200 meters and state qualifier in the 200 meters. Lydon was drafted by the New York Mets in the ninth round in 1999. He made five all-star teams from A to AAA ball to the Independent League. He batted .263 and stole 595 bases in his 13-year minor league career. He was a part of three league title teams in the minors for the Mets. He was on the Mets 40-man roster two years and was called up once. His time with the Mets lasted one day as he was sent down when Cliff Floyd came off the disabled list. He stole 87 bases in 2002. That was one short of leading the entire minor leagues. Lydon was named Baseball America’s best base runner three times.

Greg Legg is going in for baseball. Legg played six years with the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons. He is the only player to have his number retired. He played parts of two seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies compiling a .409 batting average during his short stays. He has been in the Phillies organization for 33 years, 13 as a player and 20 as a coach or manager. Legg has coached or managed at Lakewood, Reading and Allentown and currently manages the Clearwater Threshers. He holds a fundraising dinner each year in NEPA to raise scholarship funds for local athletes.

Heather Gallagher Raley earned her spot in the Hall of Fame for swimming. She was a record holder in seven of 10 events. She was a two-time district champion in the 100-meter freestyle and in 1999 won the District 2 title in the 100-meter butterfly. She earned a spot the PIAA states in 1998 and 1999. At Gettysburg, she was an All-American in 2001 and 2002. She holds the record in the 100 free and 400-meter medley relay and was captain as a senior. Raley was twice Academic All-American, six times Conference Centennial Academic Honor Roll and eight times Conference Centennial All-American selection.

Kathleen Klein Prindle will enter the hall as a coach and swimmer. She was a four-year letterman at Scranton Prep and was inspired by her grandmother Julie Holleran Igoe, a 1983 Hall inductee. She trained elite swimmers in 17 countries for the Olympic Games, USA Senior/Junior Nationals, Commonwealth Games and multiple International championships. She was three times a US Olympics Trials coach preparing eight athletes in 2008 Beijing games resulting in two Olympic winners. Prindle founded Learn-to-Swim programs in NEPA, Florida and New Jersey and made 11 straight state championship appearances as a South Florida high school swimming coach.

The late Bob Gilbride is being honored as a coach. He won 168 games, including five division titles and one Diocesan title, as basketball coach at Holy Rosary High School. He was five Lackawanna League Southern Division titles and 14 Lackawanna League divisional titles as basketball coach at Scranton Central High School where he compiled 481 wins. Gilbride won five Lackawanna League titles, nine Southern Division titles, 11 Class AA titles and two district titles as the baseball coach at Scranton Central. He won titles in parts of four decades from the 60’s through the 90’s.

Finally, Marty Myers spent 10 years as a sports reporter and editor for the Wayne Independent in Honesdale. He has been a sports reporter for the Scranton Times for over 20 years. He was inducted into the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. He received the PIAA District 2 McGladric Award for contributions to high school sports through journalism.

Tickets for the event are $40. Contact Bob Walsh  at (570) 346-2228, Jerry Valonis at (570) 498-9461, or Alice Foley  at (570) 346-5796. For advertisements, contact Tom Dougherty (570) 346-9991.