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LHU well represented in West Branch Valley Sports Hall of Fame

LOCK HAVEN – The 2018 West Branch Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Class was announced this week and five of the 10 honorees have strong ties to Lock Haven University athletics.

Mike Millward (wrestling), Rebecca Peters (women’s basketball), Ron Puhl (football, swimming, track & field), Paul “Smokey” Stover (baseball) and Adam Waltz (wrestling) are all part of the class that will be inducted into 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 Sunday night, November 11.

The full induction class includes 10 inductees: Pat Carey, Roger Crebs, Pat Daneker, Christen Ditzler, Mike Millward, Rebecca Peter, Ron Puhl, Pat Schemery, Paul “Smokey” Stover and Adam Waltz.

2018 West Branch Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

Pat Carey: Loyalsock Township HS – Football

Played four seasons of professional football in Germany … quarterback with Munich Cowboys and Ingolstadt Dukes, leading the Dukes to a 14-0 record and a league title in his final year in 2014 … led Division II Bloomsburg to a 19-5 record in two seasons as starting quarterback in 2010-11 … finished career with 3,647 yards passing, eighth best in school history, and 37 touchdowns, tied for fifth, in just 24 games … led Huskies to biggest comeback in D-II history from 35 behind in 55-42 win over West Chester … a second-team all-state quarterback as a senior at Loyalsock Township, where he set District IV record with 6,409 passing yards in his career … a two-time all-conference and all-district pick.

Roger Crebs: Lycoming College/Lewisburg HS – Wrestling/Coaching

Lycoming College Head Wrestling Coach since 1993, posting a school-record 393 wins (393-133-2) in past 25 seasons … coached 51 conference champions, 28 All-Americans and four national champions … has coached all seven of the school’s 100-match winners … 1994 National Wrestling Coaches Association Rookie Coach of the Year and 1997 NWCA Division III Coach of the Year … a three-time MAC Champion and NCAA qualifier as a wrestler at Lycoming from 1984-86 … finished third at 167 pounds at state championship as a senior at Lewisburg Area in 1982 … inducted into District 4 Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2011 and the NWCA Division III Hall of Fame in 2012.

Pat Daneker: Loyalsock Township HS – Baseball

Played 10 seasons of professional baseball, reaching major leagues with the Chicago White Sox as a right-handed pitcher … a Freshman All-American at the University of Virginia in 1995 and helped team win Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament title in 1996 … finished three-year career second in Virginia history with 40 games started and 280.1 innings pitched … third with 213 strikeouts … drafted in fifth round of 1997 MLB draft by Chicago White Sox, reaching the major leagues for three games and two starts in 1999, posting a 4.20 ERA in 15 innings … a three-time team MVP from 1992-94 at Loyalsock Township HS and helped Williamsport American Legion finish second in state in 1994.

Christen Ditzler: Lycoming College – Coaching

Lycoming College Head Women’s Basketball Coach since 1993, winning school-record 306 games in past 25 seasons … also coached Lycoming College softball team from 1993-2008, winning a school-record 235 games, and coached volleyball for one season in 2000, winning 13 matches … only coach in Lycoming history to win 500 games at school, totaling 554 … two-time Freedom Conference Coach of the Year in both basketball (1996, 1997) and softball (1999, 2003) … coached 22 all-conference selections in basketball and one conference player of the year … coached 40 all-conference selection in softball, two conference rookies of the year and one pitcher of the year.

Mike Millward: Lock Haven University/District 4 – Wrestling/Coaching/Officiating

NCAA wrestling official for 20 years, working at NCAA Division III Championships once and NWCA Division I National Duals four times … head coach at Montoursville High School for three years, coaching a state champion in 1994 … assistant coach for seven years at Williamsport Area High School, two years at Lycoming College and one year at Bucknell … won 105 matches at Lock Haven University and qualified for NCAA Championships three times (1980-82) … finished second in state at 119 pounds at Bald Eagle Area in 1979 … member of Bald Eagle Area Wrestling, Lock Haven University Wrestling (2001) and District 6 Wrestling (2015) Halls of Fame … received Lifetime Service to Wrestling award from Pennsylvania Chapter of National Wrestling Hall of Fame (2018).

Rebecca Peter: Lock Haven U./Bald Eagle-Nittany HS – Women’s Basketball/Football

Scored 1,195 points (eighth in school history) and posted 600 rebounds (eighth) at Lock Haven University from 1995-99 and scored 1,135 points at Bald Eagle-Nittany … third in LHU history with .511 field goal percentage, and in top 10 in free throws, blocked shots and 137 steals … earned Second Team All-PSAC West honors as a junior … scored 638 points as a senior at BEN, setting school record en route to MVP honors of the West Branch Conference … played three seasons in the Women’s Professional Football League as a tight end, linebacker and long snapper with the Syracuse Sting and New York Dazzles (2003-05).

Ron Puhl: Lock Haven University – Football/Swimming/Track & Field

Three-year letterwinner at Lock Haven University … First Team Williamson Rating, Second Team NAIA and Associated Press Little All-American (1960) … finished third in NAIA with 1,269 rushing yards and 19th in NAIA in scoring (78 points) that season … two-time First Team All-PSAC (1959, ’60) … won 220-yard PSAC hurdles title in 1961 (23.8) and was also a four-year letterwinner in swimming … head coach of Bloomsburg University football team from 1976-79 and also coached men’s cross country for four seasons … inducted into Pottstown Hall of Fame and Lock Haven University Football Hall of Fame.

Pat Schemery: Montoursville HS/Lycoming College – Football/Coaching

Served as an assistant coach with the Lycoming College football team from 1974-2004 … helped team win 13 MAC titles, make 11 NCAA Division III Tournaments and advance to the national title game in 1990 and 1997 … worked specifically with defensive backs, coaching 10 All-Americans and three Academic All-Americans in career … also coached at Bethlehem Freedom (1969), Palmerton Middle School (1970-71) and Mansfield State (1972-74) … played at Montoursville High School, earning team’s most valuable player award in 1964 … played three seasons at Mansfield State College, earning all-conference honors as a defensive back in 1968 … named to Mansfield’s All-125-Year Football Team.

Paul “Smokey” Stover: Lock Haven U/Jersey Shore HS/S. Williamsport HS – Coaching/Officiating

Won 448 games as Lock Haven University’s baseball coach from 1991-2014 … led LHU to the PSAC Tournament five times and coached 54 All-Conference players … named the PSAC Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2002 … helped team set school wins record three times, including winning 30 games in 2000 … posted a 90-33 record at Jersey Shore High School as baseball coach and also assisted football and wrestling teams from 1983-90 … coached South Williamsport to a district title in second year as baseball coach in 2018 … officiated wrestling in District 4 and 6 for 10 years and also played major fastpitch softball, earning acclaim as a hitter.

Adam Waltz: Bald Eagle Nittany HS/Lock Haven U – Wrestling/Coaching

Wrestled for four years at Lock Haven University (1963-67) … won NAIA national title as a freshman at 147 pounds in 1964 … also earned All-American honors, placing fourth at 145 pounds in 1966, helping team to its first of two straight national titles… wrestled for four years at Bald Eagle-Nittany High School from 1959-63, winning a PIAA title at 138 pounds in 1962 … a two-time district champion … served as an assistant coach at Middleburg High School before working as head coach at Bucktail High School … inducted into District 6 Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2009.

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 nine individuals, so please keep that in mind if making reservations for a group larger than nine. It is also requested that you notify us of what inductee you are there to see and choose an entrÈe – either chicken, gluten-free or vegetarian.

The deadline for registration for the banquet is Monday, Nov. 5.

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