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West Branch Hall of Fame To Honor 11 Inductees

Two weeks ago the West Branch Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame stepped up to the plate and successfully hosted the 55th Annual Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies in Williamsport. Among the 13 statewide honorees was Loyalsock Township High School basketball coach Ron Insinger, Pennsylvania’s all-time leader in boy’s high school basketball wins with 852.

This Sunday night, at the Genetti, the West Branch Chapter resets its sights with the induction of 11 new members to its local Sports Hall of Fame. Included among those to be recognized is Scott Lowery, a Webb Weekly sports columnist, who has been writing for the paper since its inaugural edition fifteen years ago. He joins Montoursville’s Rennie Rodarmel Jr. and the late Williamsport High School coach Bill Olsen as Lycoming County inductees.

Lowery, who was inducted into the South Williamsport High School Hall of Fame in 2015, has long been involved in local sports activities. He managed the Barr’s Hardware Little League team for 22 years, winning 11 league championships, was an assistant high school baseball coach for 15 years and is entering his 31st year as a junior high basketball coach at South Williamsport. He has a long association with Little League Baseball, serving 14 years as the organization’s Central Region Director and three years as its Summer Camp Director. He has been a part of the Little League World Series radio broadcast team for 16 years and in past years served as the LLWS Public Address Announcer and official scorer.

Rodarmel was a three-time PIAA wrestling place winner and compiled a 133-11-1 record, leaving Montoursville High School as its all-time wins leader. He posted a 73-0 dual-meet record and won three District IV Sectional and District titles — including being named the District’s Outstanding Wrestler in 1993. He wrestled collegiately at Lock Haven University and was a 2016 inductee into the District Four Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Olsen was a longtime defensive coordinator at Williamsport High School from 1981-2006 and was on the staff of the 1986 Eastern Conference football champions. His 42-year coaching career included stops at Montoursville, South Williamsport and Lycoming College. He was a four-year starter at Lycoming, earning the Tomahawk Award as the school’s top male athlete in 1971. In 1970 he was named First Team All-MAC and Second Team Associated Press All-State defensive back.

Other 2017 Hall of Fame honorees include:

Ann (Sundberg) Beckley, Mifflinburg. She coached field hockey at Mifflinburg High School for 24 years posting a 190-59-9 record. She coached her team to a 2007 state title and led her team to the District IV postseason in all 12 seasons as varsity coach.

Mike Beckley, Mifflinburg. He coached high school and collegiate softball for 24 years posting a 262-133 record as Mifflinburg’s head coach from 1991-2008. In 2004, his team won the PIAA state title and didn’t allow a run in playoff competition. He was named SVL Coach of the Year three times and was inducted into the District IV Softball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012.

Lee Deitrick, Lock Haven High School wrestling. He was the 1961 PIAA State champion at 133 pounds in 1961 and a three-year letter winner at the University of Michigan. He earned All-American honors as a senior and won the Big Ten title at 147 pounds in 1964. He captured an AAU title in 1969 and later compiled a record of 113-30-2 during a ten-year high school coaching career.

Frank Eisenhower, Bald-Eagle Nittany High School and Lock Haven University wrestling. He won PIAA state championships in 1959 and 1960 at BEN. In college, he was a two-time NAIA All-American and a three-time NCAA Division 1 championship qualifier. He later was wrestling coach at Curwensville High School and served as an assistant coach at St. Francis. He was elected to the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches District 9 and District 6 Halls of Fame.

Annette (Weller) Kinney, Lewisburg High School and Lycoming College. She was a four-year letter winner in both basketball and softball at Lycoming. She holds numerous school basketball records and was an Honorable Mention All-American and two-time MAC first-team All-Conference performer. She was elected Lycoming’s Female Athlete of the Year in 1995 and was inducted into Lycoming Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001. At Lewisburg High School she was the school’s first 1,000-point scorer.

Lenny Long, Lock Haven University coaching. He served as men’s soccer coach at Lock Haven University (1984-96) and Virginia Wesleyan (1978-83) compiling a 224-88-29 record. He helped Lock Haven reach seven PSAC Championships and five runner-up finishes. He was selected as the 1996 PSAC Coach of the Year and was two-time Dixie Conference Coach of the Year.

Tom Muir, Lamar, wrestling, official, contributor. He worked as assistant executive director of the PIAA, coordinating, recruiting and assigning officials for district, regional and state tournaments. Muir worked as an PIAA wresting official for six years, including three consecutive PIAA Wrestling Championships in 1983-85. He wrested collegiately for Lehigh University and coached high school wrestling at Bellefonte from 1969-79.

Tricia Pawling-King, Milton, basketball. She scored 2,256 points during her career at Milton High School, the third highest in District IV history. She earned All-State honors as a senior, averaging 26 points per game. She played collegiately at St. Bonaventure University where she was named Woman of the Year in 1997 and was a two-time member of the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team.

The November 12 ceremony at the Genetti will include a social from 6-6:45 p.m., followed by dinner and the induction ceremonies.

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