Tri-County Chap­ter to in­duct 7 new mem­bers

The Phoenix - - SPORTS - By Me­cury staff sports@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Pottsmer­cS­ports on Twit­ter

The Penn­syl­va­nia Sports Hall of Fame Tri-County Area Chap­ter will wel­come seven new mem­bers at its an­nual ban­quet on Oc­to­ber 27 at Sun­ny­brook Ball­room in Pottstown.

Among the new mem­bers will be Creighton Gun­abich, Frank Lacey, Tim Hughes, Theresa (Min­zola) Af­fler­bach, Joanne (Kehs) Conte, Jodi Cal­vario and Wil­liam “Trip” O’Don­nell. Here is a brief look at each mem­ber to be hon­ored at the ban­quet:

• Creighton Gubanich was an out­stand­ing base­ball player at Phoenixville be­fore grad­u­at­ing in 1990. He was named 2nd Team All-PAC 3B, 1st Team All-Area DH, hit safely in 12 of 13 games (1988). Named 1st Team All-PAC 3B, 1st Team All-Area & Inquirer 3B (1989). Sr year (1990) named 1st Team All-PAC C, 1st Team All-Area, Daily Lo­cal, Inquirer C and was named PA Ga­torade Player of the Year. The Phan­toms were PAC cham­pi­ons 1988-1990 & Dis­trict I champs in 1990. He had a HS ca­reer bat­ting av­er­age .429, amassed 87 hits, 12 dou­bles, 14 home runs be­fore be­ing drafted in the 6th round by Oak­land A’s. He played for 13 mi­nor league sea­sons for 8 teams. His ma­jor league high­light was hit­ting a Grand Slam for the Bos­ton Red Sox for his first hit in the ma­jor league!

• Frank Lacey be­came one of the most ac­com­plished ath­letes at Pottstown be­fore grad­u­at­ing in 1965. He ex­celled in Track, Cross Coun­try, and Bas­ket­ball. A mod­est man, Lacey went about his busi­ness very qui­etly amass­ing rooms full of tro­phies for his many ac­com­plish­ments. He broke track and cross coun­try records nearly ev­ery time he ran. He broke ev­ery cross coun­try record in the Ch­esMont in 1964 & ’65. He broke the mile run record 3 straight years (1963-’65), and re­ceived the Gold Medal in the 880 and mile in Dis­trict I two years. He earned the Out­stand­ing Ath­lete Award at the pres­ti­gious Ven­zke Re­lays beat­ing ri­val James Franey once again. He was a tire­less de­fender on the bas­ket­ball court and av­er­aged 20 pts per game in 1964. He be­came a leg­endary “City League” player in the Pottstown area for years af­ter grad­u­at­ing from PHS.

• Tim Hughes was a stand­out foot­ball player at St. Pius X HS. He was a 2-way player, who was named 1st Team All-Ch­esMont TE, and 2nd Team All-Ch­esMont DE in his Sr year in 1984. He played Tight End at Kutz­townU and was named PCAC Player of the Week 1 time dur­ing his Sr. season. He led the Golden Bears in re­cep­tions with 46 that year. From 1994-2011 was the De­fen­sive Co­or­di­na­tor at Potts­grove and coached on many cham­pi­onship teams (6 PAC ti­tles, 1 Dis­trict I ti­tle). He has de­vel­oped one of the top girls’ soft­ball teams in the state. Head Coach at Spring-Ford from 1997-present: 374-112-1 over­all record (nearly 500 games) in­clud­ing: 9 PAC cham­pi­onships, 20 Dis­trict I ap­pear­ances/1 ti­tle, 6 PA state ap­pear­ances/twice mak­ing Fi­nal 4.

• Theresa (Min­zola) Af­fler­bach was a two-sport star at Boy­er­town High School, Min­zola-Af­fler­bach was MVP in field hockey, lead­ing her team to a Dis­trict III cham­pi­onship, and led her lacrosse team to PAC-10 & Dis­trict I cham­pi­onships in 1994 and 1995. She was se­lected to he Pa. School Girls All-Star team, and named Al­lAmer­i­can by USWLA. She re­ceived schol­ar­ship to West Ch­ester Univer­sity, where she was a two-time Divi­sion II Ath­lete of the Year, a first team All-Amer­i­can, PSAC and West Ch­ester Ath­lete of Year in 1998 & 1999 and named to sev­eral na­tional Divi­sion II teams. Her most pres­ti­gious honor was be­ing in­ducted into West Ch­ester’s Hall of Fame in 2013.

• Joanne (Kehs) Conte had an al­most un­be­liev­able track ca­reer at Perkiomen Val­ley HS. Kehs-Conte is re­mem­bered for her stamina and en­durance and nu­mer­ous records through­out the county and state. At PV, she ac­com­plished the fol­low­ing: 10-time PIAA Track & Field State Cham­pion (most in state his­tory at grad­u­a­tion/1982); eight-time PIAA Team State Cham­pion; eight-time Dis­trict I Cham­pion: seven-time BuxMont Cham­pion; sev­en­time BuxMont Team Cham­pion; Na­tional In­door High School, Dis­trict I and PIAA State record holder; Prep All Amer­i­can; Dan­nehower Scholar-Ath­lete Award (first fe­male); Con­gree­man’s Medal of Merit. 4.0 GPA. She then went to Vil­lanova, where she ac­com­plished the fol­low­ing: World record holder and Na­tional Cham­pion (4x800 re­lay in­door/1985; five-time NCAA In­door All Amer­i­can; six-time Big East In­door Cham­pion; seven-time Big East Cham­pion; and three-time Aca­demic All-Amer­i­can. She grad­u­ated Summa Cum Laude with 3.91 grade-point av­er­age and was in­ducted into Vil­lanova’s Var­sity Club Hall of Fame.

• Jodi Cal­vario ar­rived at The Hill School in the sec­ond year of co-ed­u­ca­tion and quickly be­came the first fe­male ath­lete leader. She ex­celled in water polo and on the swim team. She led the Water Polo team in as­sists and goals in 2001 &’02, and led the team to the New Eng­land Cham­pi­onship in 2001, while be­ing named tour­na­ment MVP. She was named All-Amer­i­can in water polo for her ac­com­plish­ments in 2002. She also set records in swim­ming at Hill School and won its Ath­letic Award for both swim­ming and water polo. She not only ex­celled in the water but also the class­room and the school com­mu­nity. She won many awards, in­clud­ing the Spe­cial Recog­ni­tion Award for Out­stand­ing Lead­er­ship in En­hanc­ing Morale, Spirit and Char­ac­ter. She has an award named af­ter her “The Jodi Cal­vario ’03 Award”, given out an­nu­ally in tes­ta­ment to the tremen­dous im­pact she left on the Hill School. “Her life mea­sured short in years but con­tin­ues to be hon­ored by thou­sands”…… a mem­o­rable quote about Jodi’s life.

• Wil­liam “Trip” O’Don­nell at­tended the Hill School from 1960-1963; while there, he ex­celled on the golf course. He was the Hill’s cham­pion all four years, and the East­ern In­ter­scholas­tic cham­pion in 1962. He was the Philadel­phia & Pa. cham­pion in 1963. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the Hill, he ac­cepted a schol­ar­ship to Duke Univer­sity for golf. He was the No. 1 player in 1965, 1966, & 1967 (cap­tain) for the Blue Devils. Fin­ished sec­ond in ACC In­di­vid­ual cham­pi­onships in 1965, and Duke won the ACC cham­pi­onship in 1966. He then ex­celled in many Philadel­phia and Pa. ama­teur events, in­clud­ing qual­i­fy­ing for the U.S. Ama­teur in 1964 & 1965. He shot the course record at Brook­side Coun­try club in 1966 with a

64. He then went to the Whar­ton School of Busi­ness to pur­sue his love for golf. He then started Arnold Palmer Golf Course De­sign Com­pany, was the Di­rec­tor of Golf, and served as li­ai­son be­tween him­self and Arnold Palmer.

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Tick­ets for the ban­quet, again be­ing held at Sun­ny­brook. are $40 and avail­able to the gen­eral pub­lic. They in­clude ad­mis­sion and din­ner.

Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion may be ob­tained by call­ing 484-300-1971.

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