Romanoski Chapter to induct new members
The Bernie Romanoski Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame will induct seven new members, and award special honors to six persons and two teams next Saturday at its annual induction ceremony and breakfast at Masser's Banquet Hall, Paxinos.
Inductees for 2011 are Andy Mills, Bob Newbury, Luke Brown, Kirk Stehman, Bill Enders, Matt Dennis and Lori Martino Schwartz. Persons being given special awards are Bill Gilger, Bob Probert, Joseph Haddock, Alberta Zlockie, and Scholar-Athletes Dylan Lawrence and Kiana Motto.
The 1975-76 Lourdes Regional girls basketball team and 1989-90 state champion Lourdes boys basketball team will be honored.
Following are thumbnail sketches of the inductees and honorees:
2011 Individual Inductees
Andy Mills Southern Columbia
Mills excelled in football and baseball at Southern Lehigh High School, with the Spartans going 30-1 and winning two Lehigh Valley League titles in football while he played. In baseball, he had a 7-1 record and 1.49 earned run average in leading the Spartans to a Colonial League title.
He began a 30-plus-year teaching career at Southern Columbia in 1979 and has been a key member of the Tigers' athletic success. He has served as Southern's defensive coordinator in football for 32 seasons, during which the Tigers have won 22 league titles, two Eastern Conference titles, 20 District 4 championships, six state championships and six state runnerup finishes.
Mills served as head baseball coach from 1980-1995 and his 1994 team was 22-3, won the District 4 title and played in the PIAA East 'A' final. He presently serves as assistant baseball coach.
Mills and his wife Kim reside in Elysburg.
Bob Newbury Coal Township
Newbury served as a PIAA basketball and football official for more than 40 years. He officiated more than 800 high school basketball games including 12 District 3 finals and two state championship games. He also officiated college basketball on all three NCAA division levels, including NCAA tournament games.
In football, he officiated 14 district championship games and two state championship games, and at the college level worked in all three divisions, including a Division II national championship game. He also officiated in three BIg 33 games.
Newbury conducts officiating clinics. He and his wife Lorraine reside in Harrisburg.
Luke Brown Coal Township
Brown averaged 15 points per game for Coal Township's 22-2 1956-57 team that won the Harrisburg City Christmas Tournament, Keystone League and District 4 championships. He scored 454 points for an 18.9 scoring average as a senior in leading Coal Township to a 15-9 record. He scored 819 points in two varsity seasons. Brown and his wife Antoinette reside in Overlook.
Kirk Stehman Shamokin Area
Stehman earned eight varsity letters in football and wrestling at Shamokin Area. Stehman had a four-year wrestling record of 116-10, with two District 4 titles, a Northeast Regional championship and two state championships in 1990 and 1991. He had 55 career pins and was the first Indian wrestler to achieve 100 career wins. He continued his wrestling carear at North Carolina State, where he posted a career record of 44-30 and was an NCAA qualifier.
In football, he helped Shamokin post a 34-6 record from 1989-91, during which time the Indians won two District 4 titles, an Eastern Conference Southern Division title and played in the PIAA East semifinal. He had 2,687 career yards rushing and scored 51 career touchdowns. Defensively, he had 290 tackles, 13 interceptions and six blocked punts.
Stehman and his wife Jackie reside in Wyncote.
Bill Enders Line Mountain
Enders starred in football, wrestling and baseball at Line Mountain. He was a two-way end in football for the 8-1 1969 Eagles, and had a 15-3 wrestling record with a Selinsgrove Holiday Tournament title and a second place finish at the sectional tournament.
In baseball, Enders led the 1970 Eagles to the Upper Dauphin League title. His American Legion team won the Schuylkill County championship in 1970 and 1971 and he was named league MVP in 1971. Enders later returned to Line Mountain as an assistant baseball coach and helped the Eagles win their first district championship.
Bill and his wife reside in Dornsife.
Matt Dennis Lourdes Regional
A three-year letter winner in basketball, Dennis's teams had a 71-16 record, winning two Knights of Columbus titles, three District Four championships and a trip to the Class A Eastern final in 1983-84. At the time of his graduation, Dennis was second all-time at Lourdes in steals (283), third in rebounds (603), fourth in assists (244), sixth in free throw percentage (76 percent) and seventh in scoring (1,119 points).
He was a two-time Schuylkill League first team pick, two-time K of C Tournament all-star including the MVP award in 1985, and third team all-state.
He later played for Kutztown University, where he earned three varsity letters. Kutztown won the PSAC East title and played in the NCAA Division II tournament in 1988.
Matt and his wife reside in Reading.
Lori Martino Schwartz Lourdes Regional
Lori was a three-year letter winner in basketball and led Lourdes to a 50-25 record in that span, graduating in 1989. At the time of her graduation, she was first in career rebounds (1,021) and ranked in the top five in scoring (815 points). She averaged a double-double for her career (10.7 points, 13.3 rebounds). At Susquehanna University, she played four seasons, during which the Crusaders went 78-28, won three Middle Atlantic Conference titles and played in three NCAA Division III tournaments. She was co-captain as a senior.
Lori and her husband Bernie reside in Shamokin.
Edward J. Binkoski Award Bill Gilger Lourdes Regional
Gilger is in his 31st year of teaching and coaching at Lourdes. He has served as freshman and junior varsity basketball coach, with an overall record of 404-201, including tournament and league titles.
As head softball coach from 1981-1994, he led the 1983 team to a 14-0 regular season record and the Red Raiders were District Four runnerup. The next year, his team was 12-2.
Bill and his wife JoAnne reside in Shamokin.
Special achievement Bob Probert
A graduate of West Hazleton High School and Susquehanna University, Probert began his basketball coaching career at Avon Grove High School, leading the Red Devils to a 23-1 record. He became head coach at Shamokin High School in 1961-62. His career record with the Greyhounds and Indians was 326-153, with five Susquehanna Valley League titles, a Keystone Big Nine title and five District Four championships.
He joined former player Frank Marcinek's staff at Susquehanna from 1995-2000, during which time the Crusaders made four postseason appearances, won a Middle Atlantic Conference title and competed in the NCAA Division III tournament.
For the past 11 seasons, he has served another former player, Joe Klebon, as assistant coach at Shamokin, during which time the Indians have gone 205-82 with eight Knights of Columbus Tournament championships, three Schuylkill League titles, a Heartland Conference Division I title and three District Four championships.
Francis L. Gurski Community Service Award Joseph Haddock
Haddock has been affiliated with the Shamokin-Coal Township Juvenile Sports Association/Youth Football League as a coach, booster and league officer for 32 years. He served 30 years as head coach of the Tigers and held every office within the Tigers' booster group. He continues to serve the league as its president as it embarks on a joint venture with the Shikellamy Youth Football League. He is a member of the Hillside Coaches Group, served as president of the Edgewood Swim club and an officer in the West Catholic boosters.
Joe and his wife MaryLee are parents of four boys - Jeremy, Joel, Jordan, a Hall of Fame scholar-athlete, and Jared.
Harvey Boughner Booster Award Alberta Zlockie
She has long been active as a football and basketball booster at Lourdes, spent a four-year term as the school's Parent Teacher Organization president and served as a member of the school's board of directors. Alberta and her husband, Charles, live in Kulpmont, and all eight of their children - Charles, Teresa, Christine, Kathy, Mary Ellen, Joel, Michelle and Daniel - graduated from Lourdes.
Joseph Bordell Scholar-Athlete Dylan Lawrence Lourdes Regional
A son of Tom and Kelly Lawrence, Dylan has excelled as a student-athlete at Lourdes and a co-op athletes at Mount Carmel. He has earned a total of 13 varsity letters in football and soccer at Lourdes, and cross country and track and field at Mount Carmel.
He was a member of two All-American Conference championship teams and three Eastern Conference playoff teams. In track and field at Mount Carmel, he has competed in the 400, 800, 3200-meter relay and 300-meter hurdles, contributing to unbeaten seasons in 2008 and 2010. He was a state qualifier in the 1600-meter relay and was named to The News-Item all-area track and field team.
His school activities include National Honor Society, yearbook, Boys Services Club, SADD, and spring musicals. He is a young scholar at Luzerne County Community College and will enroll at Widener University to major in biomedical engineering.
Joseph Bordell Scholar-Athlete Kiana Motto Lourdes Regional
A daughter of David and Lynette Motto, Kiana is a co-op athlete in Mount Carmel's track and field program, in which she has earned four letters competing in the pole vault. She was a member of two undefeated teams (2008 and 2010) and earned a black belt in karate. She currently ranks in the top three in her class and has served as class president in ninth, 10th and 11th grade. She is a member of the National Honor Society, serving as vice-president, and also is member of the Spanish National Honor Society, SADD, and vice-president of the Respect Life Club. She plays piano and guitar, and has been accepted into the pharmacy program at Duquesne University.
2011 Team Inductees 1975-76 Lourdes girls basketball
The 1975-76 Red Raiders were 18-6 and won the Schuylkill League Division III and District Four AA championships. Mike Klembara was head coach and team members were, Jodie Rosetta, Natalie Santor, Christine Kunkel, Susan Worhacz, Kathy Verano, Juanita Balonis, Terry Garrigan, Kathy Jacoski, Lynn Stanchansky. Denise Miller, Rene Bartol, Ann Swatt, Terry Bettick, Mary Carol Starke, Heidi Malasiewski, Lisa Miller, Mary Ann Janusz, Lisa Weinhoffer and Colleen Scandle. Managers were LeeAnn Sherman and Mary Stief.
1989-90 Lourdes boys basketball
The 1989-90 Lourdes Red Raiders won five championships, culminating in the program's only PIAA Class A state championship. The team posted a 30-1 record and won the Knights of Columbus, Schuylkill League Division III, Schuylkill League, and District Four championships. Head coach was Lee Korbich, and he was assisted by Bill Gilger, John Brennan and Leo Mulhall. Team members were Damian Knopka, Matt Rosini, Barry Getchey, Steve Hauer, Mike Long, Stephen Bartlinski, Jon Bach, Ed Bendas, Shawn Kalinoski, Brian Derk, John Lazicki and Matt Reiprish. Support staff were Bill Wolfe, Michael Robatin, Gary Lubeskie, Flavio Andrade, Ed Gilger and John Brennan Jr.