The West Branch Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame has voted to induct 13 people in its Class of 2013. There are 11 living inductees, and 2 deceased. Nominees are voted on by Hall of Fame members during the year. Biographical information was provided by the Hall of Fame, and it was used by the members for voting consideration.
The induction ceremony will be Sunday, Nov. 10 at The Genetti. Social time will begin at 6. Dinner will be served at 7 and inductions will follow.
Tickets will be available beginning Oct. 9 from the following directors: Ron Bowes 748-6673; Al Yearick 743-5722; Gary Yocum 547-1400; Paul Wertman 546-0715; Dave Frey 326-1406; Barry Rake 327-1006; Rod Laub 220-5793; Tom Aber 742-7942; Marty Maurer 323-5746; Tom Kline 322-0977; Bobby George 368-2573; Mike Litzelman 971-7597; Lynn Poust 546-5106; Hal Spooner 323-4816; Chris Cooper 441-1030, and Carl Nolan 323-4702.
Larry Kelley from Yale is s presented the Heisman Trophy on Dec. 16, 1936 in New York. Kelley was a graduate of Williamsport High School and just the second player to win the award. This photo was taken at the ceremony, which drew 750. Also shown are Kelley’s father Larry, Walter L. Conwell, President of the downtown athletic club; Mrs. L. W. Kelley, Larry’s mother, and Virginia, his sister. Kelley, who died in 2000, has been voted into the West Branch Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be Sunday Nov. 10 at the Genetti with a class of 13 inductees.
William Bowes (Football)
Bill was a three-sport athlete at Lock Haven High School in football, basketball and track. He quarterbacked the 1960 team to an undefeated season and was selected to the Big 33 Team. At Penn State he lettered 3 times, captained the 1964 Nittany Lions and played in the Blue-Gray All-Star Game. He also won the Student-Athlete Award. He was head football coach at the University of New Hampshire and had the most wins in the 50-year history of the Yankee Conference. He garnered 175 wins and a .617 winning percentage with 20 winning seasons. His teams earned berths in two Division II and two Division I-AA playoffs, including 4 Yankee Conference Championships and 2 Atlantic 10 Championships. He ranks among the Division I-AA top 15 coaches in career wins. He won Yankee Conference Coach of the year in 1975, 1989 and the Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1994.
Christine Person Dunn (Track, Cross country)
As a competitive runner at Williamsport High School, DunN was a three time All-State selection in cross-country and as a senior she captured the PIAA state crown in the 800 meters. As a junior, she placed 6th and helped lead the Millionaires to the state cross-country championship. At Wake Forest, she was the Atlantic Coast Conference champion in the 800 meters as a freshman and she competed in the NCAA championships in three of her four seasons for the Demon Deacons.
Jason Eck (Football, Wrestling)
(Elected in 2012 and unable to attend 2012 induction)
Jason is a graduate of Loyalsock High School, where he wrestled and played football. His record in wrestling was 113-15, with a third-place at the PIAA championships his senior year. In football he was an outstanding offensive and defensive player. At Susquehanna University, he played football, starting every game for four years. He scored 45 touchdowns on 530 carries with 2,290 yards. He scored 4 touchdowns in 3 separate games. He was an Academic All-American and named Male Athlete of 2005.
Robert Greenly (Wrestling)
Bob excelled in wrestling as both a competitor and a coach. While wrestling at Bucknell, he was a 2-time East Coast Conference Champion and once was named Outstanding Wrestler while compiling an impressive 75 victories. As a coach at Milton High School for 28 years ( 5 as Jr. High and 23 as the high school head coach), he mentored Milton to 259 wins, five District 4 team championships, four District 4 dual meet team championships and two sectional team championships. He coached 21 individual sectional champions, 40 district champions, 6 regional champions, 4 state champions and 9 state place-winners. He was voted District 4 Coach of the Year four times.
Robert Loudenslager (Softball)
Bob started a 27-year softball coaching career in 1980. He became an assistant at Williamsport Area High School in 1986 and later head coach. Williamsport won the State Championships in 1987, 1989, 1992, an was a runner-up in 1999. His Williamsport Little League team placed second in the Senior League Softball World Series in 1987 at Kalamazoo, Mich. His team won the Big League World Series in 1990 at Mesa, Ariz., and in 1994 at Kalamazoo, Mich. They were runners-up in 1995 and 1996, also at Kalamazoo, Mich. Bob taught and worked with many of the local girls fastpitch pitchers who went on to college as outstanding pitchers. He created a legacy of great softball and softball pitchers that is continuing today.
Martin Maurer (Officiating)
Marty has been a registered PIAA basketball, football and softball official for more than 40 years. He has been a playoff official for over 30 years and has been assigned state finals on six occasions, softball (3), football (2) and basketball (1). He has served as Chapter Interpreter in all three sports and PIAA District 4 Basketball Interpreter. In 2008 he was presented with the "Distinguished Service Award" from the local PIAA Basketball Chapter. Marty has also officiated at the collegiate level in all three sports, at all divisions and has been assigned playoff games by the NCAA on numerous occasions, including two PSAC?conference championships in football. He works with the NCAA as a Technical Advisor evaluating and observing football officials. and is the Coordinator of basketball and Softball Officials in the Heartland Athletic Conference.
Karl Schnure (Wrestling)
Karl was a multi-sport athlete at Watsontown High School, lettering nine times in football, basketball and baseball. In his senior year, the football and baseball teams went undefeated with the baseball squad captured the District 4 championship. He graduated from East Stroudsburg University, where he lettered in two sports. He coached football, track and wrestling (22 years) at Wyalusing High School. As wrestling coach his teams won 14 league team titles and 2 District 4 team titles. He coached individual wrestlers to 53 sectional championships and 8 District 4 Championships. His teams also enjoyed a lot of success in dual meets with winning streaks of 31 matches and another of 32 matches. He has been inducted into the Wyalusing High School Hall of Fame, District 4 Wrestling Hall of Fame, and the PIAA State Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame.
Gray Simons (Wrestling)
Originally from Norfolk, Va., Gray enrolled at Lock Haven State College in 1958 and became the best-ever Pennsylvania collegiate wrestler, posting a 91-1 career record. He was a 4-time 115 pound NAIA Champion and Outstanding Wrestler from 1959-1962 and a three-time NCAA Champion (1960-62), and also an Outstanding Wrestler. Gray's only loss was to the defending NCAA 123-pound champion as a freshman, 8-7. He won 84 straight bouts after that loss. Gray represented the United States on the 1960 and 1964 Olympic team. He was selected by Amateur Wrestling News as the No. 1 lightweight wrestler of all time. Gray had a 36-year coaching career that included six years at LHSC where his teams posted a 59-10-1 record while winning two NAIA team titles and placing in the top 10 at the 1966 and 1968 NCAA tournaments. Gray has been inducted into seven Halls of Fame.
Neil Turner (Wrestling)
Neil was a wrestler at Clearfield High School and Penn State but gained prominence in his 50 year coaching career (35 as a head coach). He coached at Altoona, Stevens Trade School, Clarion University, Crusade for Christ in San Bernardino, Calif., Athletes in Action in Lancaster, Clearfield, Lock Haven University and Messiah College. He established a career record of 361-162-6 as a head coach. He has been inducted into Halls of Fame in the PSAC (2001), Pennsylvania., District 9 (1997) and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (2004). He also received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Penn State University, Coach of the year, MAC (1996) and in 1988 was named Coach of the year in the Eastern Wrestling League and the PSAC. He is currently serving as Director and Coach of the Mat-Town USA Wrestling Club.
Randall Watts (Wrestling)
Randy graduated from Bloomsburg State College in 1975, where he won the 150-pound NCAA Division II National Championship and placed 6th at the NCAA Division I National Championship, earning All-American honors. While at Bloomsburg, Randy was a two-time PSAC Champion and wrestling team captain. He was named to Who's Who in American Colleges & Universities and Outstanding College Athletes of America. Randy has coached wrestling for 38 seasons (1975-2013) at Warrior Run, Milton, Line Mountain, Berwick, Lewisburg, and Lock Haven University, accruing a junior high record of 321-66 and an overall record of 472-123. Randy earned three Pennsylvania Junior High Coach of the Year honors and seven District 4 Junior High Coach of the Year honors. His junior high teams accomplished three undefeated seasons, 12 league titles, and five Tournament of Champions team titles. Randy has been inducted into multiple area Halls of Fame.
Steve Wiser (Football)
Steve is currently serving his 40th year as an assistant football coach for Lycoming College, helping the Warriors to 14 MAC titles. Under his tutelage as Defensive Coordinator, he led the team to the number 1 ranking in total defense on two occasions in 1975 and 1983. During his coaching tenure the team posted a 296-119-5 record and garnered 12 NCAA playoff appearances including two national title game appearances, His defenses topped the MAC 16 times while posting 66 shutouts. As a competitor he was elected into the Lycoming College Sports Hall of Fame as a wrestler and a football star.
Larry Kelley (Football)
Represented by Mayor of Williamsport Gabriel J. Campana
Larry was an outstanding football player at Williamsport High School in the early 1930s and upon graduation attended Peddie Academy, a boarding school in Hightstown, N.J. for one year where he excelled in the classroom and on the playing field. From there, he went to Yale where his exploits on the gridiron gained him national prominence. He achieved All-American Honors and in 1936 he was named captain of the Bulldogs, who at that time were clinging to their role as a national collegiate football powerhouse. Yale was ranked 12th in the nation in his senior year when he was awarded the Heisman Trophy. He turned down a fantastic offer ($11,000 signing bonus) to play for the Detroit Lions. He had also received All-American Honors in baseball at Yale and turned down an offer to sign with the New York Yankees and an offer to play himself in a Hollywood movie. He was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969. Larry spent his later years as Athletic Director at Peddie Academy living in Hightstown until his death at age 85 on June 27, 2000.
Larry Rippey (Wrestling)
Represented by Larry's widow, Cherie Rippey
Rippey enjoyed an extraordinary wrestling career at Lock Haven High School and Lock Haven University. In high school, he won 3 PIAA District 6 titles, 2 Northeast Regional crowns and 2 PIAA titles. In the championship match in his senior year, he dominated the defending state champion, 11-1. His high school record was 78-5-1 with a remarkable 51 falls. At Lock Haven University, he compiled a 77-7-2 record, won the NAIA championship in 1970, the PSAC Championship in 1971, and placed fourth in the NCAA Championship in 1971, earning All-American status. He extended his wrestling career as both a coach and a PIAA official.