WB Sports Hall of Fame induction class of 2016

From staff reports

Twelve members are set to be inducted into the West Branch Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame this year, among them include coaches, professional athletes, national champions and All-Americans. The enshrinement is set for Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Genetti Hotel.

Of the inductees, 10 are living and two are deceased. Seats for the induction banquet are available for $25 by emailing Chapter Treasurer Dave Bower by e-mailing dgbow12@comcast.net, or by mailing a check made payable to the West Branch Valley Sports Hall of Fame mailed to Dave Bower, 1420 Campbell St., Williamsport PA 17701.

The following is a brief biography of each member in the Class of 2016. Information listed is what was provided to members for voting.


(Lock Haven High School: wrestling)

Aungst was a three-time PIAA state semifinalist at Lock Haven High School from 1954-58, winning state titles at 95 pounds in 1956 at 103 pounds in 1957. Aungst was a three-time District 6 champion and three-time Central Northwest Regional Champion and even wrestled for one year at Bloomsburg University, going 16-2 with his only losses coming to three-time national champion Gary Simons.

Aungst went on to compete with the Lock Haven YMCA, winning seven state and two national YMCA titles. He was named the state’s outstanding wrestler five times and national YMCA outstanding wrestler in 1960.

He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008.


(Lock Haven High School/Lock Haven University/Central Mountain High School: coaching)

Buckwalter coached from 1985 through 2015 at Lock Haven High School (1985-95), Lock Haven University (1995-04) and Central Mountain High School (2005-15). He was the quickest coach to reach 300 career dual meet wins (22 seasons). He was a career 307-78-3. Buckwalter won the 2010 PIAA championship, earning the state’s Class AAA Coach of the Year. He was a 10-time District 6 Coach of the Year and coached 54 district champions, 33 Northwest Region champions and nine state champions.

Buckwalter led Lock Haven University to the 1984 NCAA Division I Championships as a qualifier. He was a 2016 Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee.


(Bucknell University: coaching)

Flannery coached at Lebanon Valley (1989-94) before coaching at Bucknell (1994-08) and finished 329-221, including going 234-178 at Bucknell. Flannery led the Bison to the first NCAA Tournament win in Patriot League history when the Bison upset Kansas in 2005. He helped Bucknell earn top-25 national ranking during the 2006 season and won the Hugh Durham Award as mid-major coach of the year.

Flannery was a three-time Patriot League Coach of the Year (1995, 1996, 2006) and won the NCAA Division III title in 1994 at Lebanon Valley and reached the NCAA Tournament twice.

Flannery was the 1994 Division III Coach of the Year and was honored with induction in three hall of fames: Middle Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame (2016), Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame (2011) and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (2009).


(Williamsport High School: track and field, cross country)

Guthrie-Depasqua was named 1996 West Branch Valley Chapter Outstanding Female Athlete, the same year she won the District 4 Outstanding Female Athlete. She finished 15th at the 1994 PIAA Cross Country Championships and followed it up with a seventh-place finish in 1995.

Guthrie-Depasaqua won the 1994 District 4 cross country race and is the only female at Williamsport to run under 18:00 in a 5K race. She’s a two-time District 4 individual and six-time relay champion in track and field. She was a part of the 1993 PIAA Class AAA 3,200-meter relay champions.

The former Millionaire went on to help Shippensburg University to the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships four times, including placing third in 1997. She also qualified for the NCAA Division II track and field championships in the 10,000-meter run in 2000.


(South Williamsport High School/Lycoming College: basketball, soccer)

LeVan is Lycoming women’s basketball’s all-time leading scorer with 1,543 points and was named 2000 Freedom Conference Rookie of the Year. She was a four-time all-conference selection and sits in top-5 in school’s career record books in ten categories. She was the 2003 Lycoming Female Athlete of the Year and inducted into Lycoming’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.

While at South Williamsport, she set the girls’ basketball scoring record in 1999 with 1,495, a record that stood for 21 years. She was named All-West Branch Conference four times and was the 1998 West Branch Conference MVP.

In soccer, she was All-West Branch Conference four times and was a 1999 all-state selection. She had 74 career goals as a Mountie.


(Mifflinburg High School: wrestling)

Lynch was a 1984 NCAA Division I champion at Penn State at 134 pounds, was a three-time All-American and two-time Eastern Wrestling League Wrestler of the Year. Lynch won the 1979 PIAA Class AA 119-pound title at Mifflinburg and was also a two-time state runner-up, three-time Northeast Regional Champion and a two-time District 4 champion.

He was named 1979 Northeast Region Outstanding Wrestler and posted a career record of 92-8-3 with the Wildcats. He was inducted into the EWL Hall of Fame, the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame and the District 4 Wrestling Hall of Fame.


(Lock Haven University: wrestling)

Melchior was a 1968 NCAA Division I champion at 115 pounds at Lock Haven University, where he won three NAIA national titles. He won two at 115 pounds (1967-68) and won at 123 (1969). He was the 1969 NAIA Most Outstanding Wrestler and was a three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion (1967-69).

In his career at LHU, Melchior was 98-6 and qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team in 1968 and 1972. Melchior was a runner-up at the 1971 National AAU Freestyle Tournament and finished third at the 1972 World Military Greco-Roman Championship.

Melchior was a two-time New York state champion at Lindenhurst High School and was inducted into the South Jersey Wrestling, Lindenhurst High School, Lock Haven University Wrestling and NAIA Wrestling Halls of Fame.


(Montoursville High School: wrestling, baseball)

Rodarmel was a 1994 PIAA Class AA champion at 152 pounds and was a four-year starter at Montoursville where he finished with a career record of 120-12. He was a four-time section champion and four-time District 4 champion, a three-time Northwest Regional champion and was a three-time state placewinner, finishing second in 1996 and third in 1995.

He was inducted into the District 4 Wrestling Hall of Fame this year.

He was a three-year member of the Shippensburg University baseball team and tossed two one-hitters his senior year. He was a first-team All-PSAC pitcher in 2000 and first-team All-PSAC third baseman in 1999.

Rodarmel was a 40th-round draft pick in the 2000 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics and played two seasons in the minor leagues.


(Bald Eagle Nittany High School/Lock Haven University: wrestling, coaching)

Walizer was a 1963 graduate of Lock Haven University where he was a two-time NAIA champion at 130 pounds (1961, 1963) and was a three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion (twice at 137 pounds – 1961, 1962 – and at 123 pounds in 1963). He recorded a career record of 72-10-1 and had a win in the 1963 NAIA finals over two-time Olympic Bobby Douglas.

Walizer coached high school wrestling for 32 years, including at Bald Eagle Nittany from 1970-95. He had a 252-135-5 record and won 10 district championships. He coached 53 individual district champions, 20 region champions and seven state champions.

He’s a member of the NAIA National Hall of Fame in addition to the Clinton County, District 6 and Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association and National Wrestling-Pennsylvania Chapter Halls of Fame.


(Lewisburg: bowling)

Wilcox was the first American champion at the Bowling World Cup in 1966 and was the U.S. Bowling Congress Open Championships All Events champion in 1966. He added a USBC title in 1977 in Classic Team.

Wilcox posted an 885 series in 1972 that stood as the best three-game set for a left-handed bowler for two decades and has bowled 59 300 games and 36 800 series. He won five Pennsylvania state titles (one doubles, one team event, one singles and two all events) and won a PBA title at the Syracuse Open in 1975.

He’s amember of the Pennsylvania Bowling, Central Pennsylvania Bowling, Lycoming County Bowling and the United States Bowling Congress Halls of Fame.


(Lock Haven: baseball)

Poorman was the first major league player from the West Branch Valley (Lock Haven). He played in the National League and American Association for parts of six seasons from 1880-1888, playing with Buffalo (NL), Chicago (NL), Toledo (AA), Boston (NL) and Philadelphia (AA). He broke into the majors as a starting pitcher with Buffalo in 1880.

He transitioned to the outfield and re-emerged in the majors in 1884. Poorman led the American Association with 19 triples and finished eighth in stolen bases in 1887 for Philadelphia.

He played parts of 12 seasons of professional baseball and finished his major league career with 498 hits, 165 stolen baes, 65 doubles, 43 triples, 12 home runs and had two wins as a pitcher.


(Lock Haven High School: coaching)

Stehman was the head wrestling coach at Lock Haven High School. He coached the 1961 team which featured four individual state champions in Mike Johnson, Lee Deitrick, Gary Cook and Jerry Swope. All four went on to become NCAA All-Americans. Stehman won his first District 6 Coach of the Year Award in 1960 and repeated in 1961. He started a wrestling progrma at Mill Hall High School (Bald Eagle Nittany).

Stehman was a member of the first Lock Haven wrestling team in 1939, winning the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference title in 1941. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 1975 and the District 6 Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1990.