Central Mountain inducts three into Athletic Hall of Fame

(TIM WEIGHT/FOR THE EXPRESS) Central Mountain inducted Emily Williams, Jackie Rodabaugh and Cole Renninger into the CM Athletic Hall of Fame Friday night. Holding the plaques left-to-right is Williams, Tom Rodabaugh (brother of Jackie Rodabaugh) and Ava Renninger (sister of Cole Renninger).

By SHAREIK FLOWERS

sflowers@lockhaven.com

MILL HALL- They cemented their legacies in high school, and Friday night was their moment to soak in the praise and join the ranks of Central Mountain’s all-time greatest athletes.

Central Mountain inducted Cole Renninger, Emily Williams and Jackie Rodabaugh into the CM Athletic Hall of Fame Friday night in a pregame ceremony prior to the football game versus Shamokin.

Cole Renninger was the first athlete honored. Renninger was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and track and field. He earned second team All-State honors as a basketball player his senior year and led the state in scoring. He’s also the school’s all-time scoring, rebounding, assists and steals leader.

In football Renninger was a first team Mountain League All Star his junior year. His senior season saw him set the single-season school receiving yards record, which earned him a third team all-state selection. In his lone season as a track and field athlete he broke the school record in the 100-meter dash.

“Obviously I’m really proud of him,” said Cole’s father and Central Mountain varsity football coach Jim Renninger. “He worked really, really hard. He was fortunate enough to have some gifts athletically, but he just turned himself into a great player because of his work ethic and competitiveness.”

Renninger graduated from Central Mountain in 2013 and began his collegiate basketball career at Lehigh before transferring to Lock Haven University his junior season. He served as LHU’s team captain his senior season, and finished his last college semester as a member of the Bald Eagle football team where he started 10 games. He graduated with a Biology Degree and is currently serving in the United States Air Force.

“I’ve never been prouder of anyone in my life than him, and the rest of my children,” Jim Renninger said. “So tonight was a special night.”

Emily Williams was honored after lettering in soccer, tennis and basketball all four years during her high school career.

“I feel really honored to be inducted into the hall of fame,” Williams said. [Tonight] makes me look back at everything and it’s kind of a nice stroll down memory lane remembering all the great times I had whenever I was playing here.”

In soccer Williams earned MAC first-team honors her junior and senior season, and helped guide the soccer team to a district 6 title and the PIAA state semi final game. In tennis she held the No.1 singles position her sophomore, junior and senior seasons and earned MAC first-team honors her senior and junior year. In basketball she led the team to a program-best 23-3 record her senior year.

“I just love all sports,” Williams said of being a three-sport athlete. “I would’ve probably played more if I could, but I just didn’t have the time. I like being active and I think sports are awesome. I like watching them and playing them.”

Jackie Rodabaugh was the third and final member of the 2019 Hall of Fame class. Rodabaugh was a two-sport athlete who lettered in soccer and track and field all four years.

In soccer Rodabaugh led the team to four straight Mountain League Championships and four consecutive state tournament appearances. She was an All State selection her senior year, and ended her high school career as the school’s all-time career scoring leader.

In track Rodabaugh competed in the 800m, 1600m, 3200m, 4×400 and 4×800 meter events. She was a first-team Mountain League Al Star all four years and was a two-time state qualifier.

After graduating high school Rodabaugh became a four-year starter for the Ithaca College soccer team–where she still holds the school record for goals in a single game. Rodabaugh helped lead Ithaca to four straight NCAA tournament appearances, even reaching the NCAA Division III National Semifinal game in 2011.

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