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West Branch to induct 9 to HOF

An outstanding group of 10 honorees, including eight living inductees, one deceased inductee and a Volunteer of the Year, will be honored at the the West Branch Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame during the annual Hall of Fame banquet at the Genetti Hotel & Suites in Williamsport on Nov. 10.

The induction class includes living inductees: Janis Arp, Jim Arp, Rick Burd, Bob Crawford, Kelly Mazzante, Trap McCormick, Mark Mussina and Mike Vuocolo. The deceased inductee is Gene Depew, and the Volunteer of the Year is Max Dell.

Seats for the induction banquet are available for $25 from Cindy Fawess-Aber by e-mailing cindyfawess1@gmail.com or calling 570-713-4215 or 570-742-7942, or by mailing a check made payable to the West Branch Valley Sports Hall of Fame mailed to Cindy Fawess, 358 Vine St., Milton, Pa., 17847.

When making reservations, it is requested that you send attendees full name (please print or type legibly) as well as a contact person and phone number in case of questions. Each table shall seat no more than eight individuals, so please keep that in mind if making reservations for a group larger than eight. It is also requested that you notify us of what inductee you are there to see and choose an entrée – either chicken, gluten-free or vegetarian.

The deadline for registration for the banquet is Friday, Nov. 1.

Hall of Fame Inductees

Janis Arp

Williamsport HS, Lycoming College

Participated at US Swimming Olympic Trials in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke in 1964 as a senior at Williamsport … Coached first girls basketball team at Williamsport, going 12-0 (1972) … Coached girls swimming (1972-83, 119-43-1), boys swimming (16-10-1) and girls tennis (1972-83, 121-30) at Williamsport Area … Won 70 swim meets in a row to start career and had 10 undefeated seasons (five swimming, four tennis, one basketball) … Coached field hockey (1984-90) and swimming (1986-90) at Lycoming College … PIAA official for basketball (38 years), field hockey (20 years), soccer (four years) and girls lacrosse (10 years), working two basketball state championship games and field hockey and women’s lacrosse (18 years) NCAA official.

Jim Arp

Williamsport HS, Lycoming College

Head softball coach at Williamsport Area High School from 1989-97, winning PIAA Class AAA state titles in 1989 (1-0 in 12 innings) and 1992 (1-0 in eight innings) … Posted a 158-39 (.802) record in that span … Also served as an assistant coach in tennis, girls basketball and softball, helping the Williamsport softball team to a third state title in 1987 … Coached boys tennis for one season at Williamsport and girls’ basketball at Loyalsock Township in 2008-09, earning Heartland Conference’s Coach of the Year award … officiated PIAA basketball and football for nearly 30 years, working one state title game … has worked as Lycoming College’s timer at football games since 1990 and scorekeeper at basketball games since 1995.

Rick Burd

Lock Haven HS, Lycoming College

1980 Honorable Mention AP Little All-America quarterback at Lycoming College … 1979 MAC Northern Division MVP … Three-time first team All-MAC quarterback from 1978-80 … First quarterback in Lycoming history to pass for more than 2,000 yards in a season in 1980 (2,215), leading the MAC in passing yards three times … Helped team to a share of its first MAC title in 1978 and helped it repeat in 1979, as he finished his career with a 24-4-1 record … First player to have his number (11) retired by the college in 1981 … Inducted to Lycoming Athletics Hall of Fame in 1986 … Led Lock Haven to 9-2 mark as a senior in 1976, setting school’s single-season passing record with 1,012 yards.

Bob Crawford Milton HS

One of 12 four-time state champions in PIAA wrestling history … Posted a 138-2 record in career at Milton, winning Class AA title at 112 pounds as a freshman and Class AAA titles the next three years (119, 1991; 125, 1992; 125, 1993) … Scored more than 10 points in three of the finals bouts, winning his first two championships in overtime … Won 133 consecutive matches between freshman year and regional final as a senior … Won four district and three regional titles … Wrestled three years at Clarion University, winning a PSAC title at 126 pounds in 1994 and ranking as high as eighth nationally as a junior.

Kelly Mazzante Montoursville HS

Scored a Big Ten-record 2,919 points at Penn State … A two-time Associated Press First Team All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year (2003, ’04) … Helped Nittany Lions to two Big Ten championships … Also holds Big Ten records for points in a season (872 in 2001-02) and points in a game (49 vs. Minnesota in 2001) … Drafted in 2004 by Charlotte Sting in WNBA draft and played 11 seasons professionally … Won two WNBA titles with Phoenix Mercury (2007, ’09) … Scored 3,217 points in career at Montoursville Area … Led Warriors to state championship games her junior and senior years.

Trap McCormack Bald Eagle-Nittany HS, Lock Haven University

A three-time state champion, winning 1995 and 1996 titles at 103 pounds at Sugar Valley High School before winning 1997 title at 112 pounds at Bald Eagle-Nittany … Went 138-4 in career, won four district titles and three region titles … Scored more than 55 goals in soccer career, including a school-record 36 as a senior in 1996 … Went to Lock Haven University where he was a four-time NCAA Wrestling Championships qualifier at 125 pounds … Won PSAC titles in 2001 and 2002 and an EWL title in 2000, finishing career with 91-18 career record … Inducted to District 6 Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006.

Mark Mussina Montoursville Area HS

A first-team all-conference athlete in football, basketball and baseball as a senior at Montoursville High School in 1989-90 …. Led football team to state championship game as starting quarterback, throwing for more than 2,000 yards and completing more than 60 percent of passes … Threw for 322 yards in state title game, setting a state championship record which lasted 16 years … Earned first-team all-state honors … Led baseball team to state finals in 1990 as a pitcher and shortstop … Attended Susquehanna University where he was a four-year member of the football team and played two years of baseball … Caught 59 passes for more than 600 yards as a split end.

Mike Vuocolo Lock Haven HS

One of the best athletes in Pennsylvania as a senior in 1960, a second-team all-state running back, a state semifinalist at 180 pounds in wrestling and finished fourth in the state in the discus throw, setting Lock Haven school record … First team All-Central Counties in football and honorable mention National High School All-American … Named to the second team backfield of the Lock Haven Express’ Lock Haven High School 25th Anniversary Football Team in 1967 … A two-year team member with University of Michigan football team as a halfback and fullback in 1961-62 and one-year team member in wrestling (1962) until injury ended his career … Inducted into District 6 Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2019.

Gene Depew Bucknell University

Coached Bucknell University baseball team for 31 years (1982-2012) … Won 591 games and helped Bison to five NCAA Tournament appearances … Helped team to Patriot League titles (1996, 2001, ’03, ’08, ’10 … Five-time Patriot League Coach of the Year … Coached two major leaguers and seven that played professionally … Served as assistant football coach with the Bison (1972-92) and assistant baseball coach (1974-81) … Three-year letterwinner in football at Bucknell (1967-69) … An Honorable Mention All-MAC selection as a defensive lineman and a team captain as a senior … Inducted into Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.

Volunteer of the Year

Max Dell District 4 Football

Started the District 4 Football All-Star Game in 1991 and still serves as game coordinator, which has raised thousands for the South Williamsport Lions Club … Proceeds from the game have helped build ramps for homebound people, provide scholarship money to players and high school academic scholarships, Christmas baskets that are distributed each year, sponsorship of Little League teams, and support of services for the visually impaired … Coached football at South Williamsport Area for 12 years, including helping to organize South Williamsport’s Pop Warner program in 1977 … Also coached three years for the junior high school team … Coached Little League and American Legion baseball for 12 years.

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