Class of 2019 is inducted into West Branch Hall of Fame

RALPH WILSON/Sun-Gazette Correspondent Nine new inductees were honored by the West Branch Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame at an awards banquet at the Genetti Hotel on Sunday. Shown from left are front: Trap McCormack, Bob Crawford, Janis Arp, Jim Arp, Mike Vuocolo back: Mark Mussina, Scott Heather for Gene Depew, Kelly Mazzante and Rick Burd.

Nine members were inducted into the West Branch Hall of Fame on Sunday at the Genetti Hotel.

They were Janis Arp, Jim Arp, Rick Burd, Bob Crawford, Trap McCormack, Kelly Mazzante, Trap McCormack, Mark Mussina, Mike Vuocolo and Gene Depew.

Janis Arp participated at the US Swimming Olympic Trials in the 100 and 200 breast in 1964 as a senior at Williamsport. She coached the Millionaires first girls basketball team (1972) and coached swimming (1972-83) and girls tennis (1972-83).

Jim Arp was a softball coach at Williamsport form 1989-97 and won the PIAA Class AAA title in 1989 and 1992 and went 158-39 in that span. He officiated basketball and football for nearly 30 years and has worked as a timer for Lycoming’s football games since 1990 and scorekeeper at basketball games since 1995.

Burd played football at Lock Haven High School and Lycoming and was a 1989 honorable mention AP Little All-American quarterback at Lycoming. He was a 1979 MAC Northern Division MVP and a three-time first-team All-MAC quarterback. He was the first Lycoming quarterback to throw for 2,000 yards in a season (2,215 in 1980). He was inducted into the Lycoming Athletics Hall of Fame in 1986.

Crawford wrestled at Milton and was one of 12 four-time state champions in PIAA wrestling history. He went 138-2 at Milton and won the Class AA title at 112 pounds as a freshman and won the Class AAA titles the next three years (119 in 1991; 125 in 1992; 125 in 1993). He wrestled three years at Clarion and won a PSAC title at 126 pounds in 1994.

Mazzante played basketball at Montoursville and went on to play at Penn State and in the WNBA. At Penn State, she set a Big Ten scoring record of 2,919 points and was a two-time Associated Press first-team All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year (2003, 2004). She holds Big Ten records for points in a season (872 in 2001-02) and points in a game (49 vs. Minnesota in 2001). She was drafted in 2004 by the WNBA’s Charlotte Sting and played 11 seasons professionally, winning two WNBA titles with the Phoenix Mercury (2007, 2009).

At Montoursville, she scored a remarkable 3,217 points and led the Warriors to the state championship game as a junior and senior.

McCormack was a wrestler and soccer player for Bald Eagle-Nittany High School and Lock Haven University. He was a three-time state champion, winning in 1995 and 1996 at 103 pounds at Sugar Valley High School before winning the 1997 title at 112 at Bald Eagle-Nittany. He went 138-4 in his career and won four district and three region titles.

In soccer, he scored more than 55 goals in his career, including a school-record 36 as a senior in 1996. At Lock Haven, he was a four-time NCAA wrestling championship qualifier at 125 pounds and won the PSAC title in 2001 and 2002. He also won an EWL title in 2000. He was 91-18. He also is a member of the District 6 Wrestling Hall of Fame (Class of 2006).

Mussina played football, baseball and basketball at Montoursville. He was a first-team all-conference athlete in all three sports as a senior in 1989-90. He led the Warriors football team to the state championship game, throwing for more than 2,000 yards and completing more than 60% of his passes. He threw for 322 yards in the state final, a record that stood for 16 years. He earned all-state honors as a first-team selection.

In baseball, he led his team to the state finals in 1990 as a pitcher and shortstop and attended Susquehanna, where he was a four-year member of the football team and played two years of baseball.

Vuocolo wrestled, competed in track and field and played football at Lock Haven High School. He was a second-team all-state running back in 1960, a state semifinalist at 180 pounds in wrestling and was fourth in the state meet in the discus throw. He was a first-team All-Central Counties selection in football and honorable mention National High School All-American.

He was a halfback and fullback for two years with the University of Michigan in 1961-62 and wrestled in 1962 until an injury ended his carer. He also is a member of the District 6 Wrestling Hall of Fame (Class of 2019).

Depew coached baseball at Bucknell for 31 years (1982-2012) and won 591 games. He coached the Bison to five NCAA Tournament appearances and helped the team win Patriot League titles in 1996, 2001, 2003, 2008 and 2010. He was a five-time Patriot League Coach of the Year and coached two major leaguers and seven that played professionally.

He was an assistant football coach at Bucknell (1972-92) and assistant baseball coach (1974-81). Depew played football at Bucknell and was an honorable mention All-MAC selection at defensive lineman. He was inducted into Bucknell’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.

The West Branch Hall of Fame also named Max Dell as its Volunteer of the Year.

Dell started the District 4 football all-star game in 1991 and still serves as the game coordinator, which has raised thousands of dollars for the South Williamsport Lions Club. The proceeds from the game help within the community.

He coached football at South Williamsport for 12 years, including helping organize South’s Pop Warner program in 1977. He also coached three years for the junior high team and coached Little League and American League baseball teams for 12 years.


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