By Steve Svetovich
Al Callejas, John Marichak, Kevin Walsh and Sara Harris Walsh, all with Dunmore ties, are among the nine to be inducted into the Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, October 27, at 5 p.m. in the University of Scranton DeNaples Center.
The other inductees include Pam Kiesel, James “Red” McAndrew, Tom O’Donnell, Pete Smith and former New York Giants guard and two-time Super Bowl champion and four-time Pro Bowl selection Chris Snee, a Montrose Area graduate.
Callejas has 488 wins in a 25-year career as Bishop O’Hara and Holy Cross basketball coach. Fiery as a coach, he was twice named state coach of the year in his classification and took two of his teams to the state final. He is known as a tenacious competitor among his peers.
Marichak, currently the superintendent at Dunmore High School, was a tough linebacker and three-sport athlete at Scranton Technical High School, where he was an excellent student in the classroom and twice an all-star on the gridiron.
Marichak, intense on the football field, was a four-year starter at Villanova University and later head football coach at Scranton High School. His Scranton Knights twice won Lackawanna Football Conference Division I titles and a District 2 Class 4A crown in his nine years at the helm.
Kevin Walsh, MVP of both the baseball and basketball teams at Dunmore, was a 1,000-point scorer for the Bucks and MVP of the Lynett Memorial Tournament. He was a two-time District 2 champion, and in college played for two Wilkes University league championship teams.
Harris Walsh was a two-sport star in basketball and softball at Bishop O’Hara. She was a four-time Lackawanna League Southern Division all-star and three-time MVP of the Scranton Jaycees/LJC Girls’ Holiday Tournament and three-time All-Region selection.
Carly Graytock Shea will also be officially inducted. She was voted in two years ago.
Longtime sportscaster Kent Westling will receive the Northeast Chapter Sports Hall of Fame’s Media Award. Westling was the play-by-play voice of the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons for many years.
Snee was a three-time All-Region football player and named All-State one year at Montrose. He played four years of standout football at Boston College before moving on to the New York Giants as a second round draft pick in 2004.
Smith was a highly regarded coach, official and previously standout wrestler at Abington Heights.
Kiesel was the first woman to roll a 300 game in the Scranton Women’s Bowling Association.
McAndrew was a stalwart basketball player and track star at Scranton Tech before a superb 35-year career as a high school basketball official.
O’Donnell was a standout two-way tackle at Scranton Prep who went on to play at West Point and was a four-year letter winner for the Army.
Graytock Shea was a 3,200 meter state champion at Forest City High School and three-time All-Patriot League cross country standout at Bucknell University.
Tickets for this year’s event are $50 and can be obtained by calling Bob Walsh at 570-346-2228, or Jerry Valonis at 570-498-9461.