Col­lelu­ori leads Eastern Pa. Lacrosse Hall of Fame class

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The Eastern Penn­syl­va­nia Lacrosse As­so­ci­a­tion added 11 in­di­vid­u­als to its Hall of Fame at its awards din­ner at Whitemarsh Val­ley Coun­try Club Satur­day.

Join­ing the Hall were the late Nick Col­lelu­ori, a Ridley High grad­u­ate; Cathy D’Ig­nazio, who played at Pen­ncrest; for­mer Spring­field boys head coach Jon Heis­man; Tami Wor­ley Kirby, a grad­u­ate of Marple New­town; Epis­co­pal Academy prod­ucts Kurt Lunken­heimer and Jeff MacBean and Rose TreeMe­dia Op­ti­mist Lacrosse Club founder Jef­frey Pet­tit.

Also in­ducted are the late Suzanne Honey­sett McKinny, Anne Phillips, Jill John­son Red­fern and Robye Nye Wood.

Col­lelu­ori’s mother, Ch­eryl, talked about how her son ded­i­cated his time to found­ing the HEADstrong Foun­da­tion after he learned that he had non-Hodgkin’s Lym­phoma when he was play­ing at Hof­s­tra Univer­sity. HEADstrong has raised more than $10 mil­lion to aid can­cer vic­tims and their fam­i­lies.

“He al­ways put his con­cern for oth­ers first,” Col­lelu­ori’s mother said of her son, who died in 2006.

D’Ig­nazio was an Al­lAmer­ica se­lec­tion at the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, then taught and coached ju­nior high girls bas­ket­ball in Los An­ge­les be­fore re­turn­ing to this area. She has de­voted much of her time to youth lacrosse pro­grams.

“Sports for girls has be­come a very pow­er­ful thing,” she said.

Heis­man has coached state cham­pion boys teams at West Ch­ester East (1988), Spring­field

(1992) and Bishop Shana­han (2018). He has more than 450 ca­reer coach­ing vic­to­ries.

While at Penn State, Kirby played in four na­tional cham­pi­onship games and was on the win­ning side in 1987 and

1989.

“Be­ing the youngest of six kids taught me to be com­pet­i­tive and tough,” she said.

Lunken­heimer was a three-time All-Amer­i­can at Prince­ton Univer­sity, and MacBean made the All-Amer­ica sec­ond team while play­ing for Prince­ton.

Pet­tit said his wife helped him un­der­stand that after driv­ing their chil­dren all over to play club lacrosse, it would be bet­ter for the fam­ily if he founded a pro­gram in their com­mu­nity.

“It’s great to be able to see new groups of young peo­ple come through the pro­gram ev­ery few years,” he said. “And there’s noth­ing like see­ing the chil­dren and even the grand­chil­dren of peo­ple you helped be­come a part of the pro­gram.”

••• Gar­net Val­ley’s boys and girls bas­ket­ball teams re­cently hosted their an­nual “Buddy Day,” which in­cluded a clinic for high school stu­dents with spe­cial needs.

Boys head coach Mike Brown and girls head coach Joe Woods were among those direct­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties, along with as­sis­tant coaches Chris Duf­fin, Pat McCusker, Mike Louden and Mike Krautzel. Michelle Louden and An­n­marie Bor­cky pro­vided spe­cial as­sis­tance in mak­ing the pro­gram a suc­cess.

On-court ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded drills, com­pe­ti­tions, and full-court games. Par­tic­i­pants, par­ents, play­ers, and their bud­dies made spirit posters for all of the Gar­net Val­ley play­ers who took part in the clinic.

Among those tak­ing part was Charlotte Gold­kamp, who at­tends all of the GV girls team’s games. At Gar­net Val­ley’s last reg­u­lar-sea­son home game, she re­ceived a bas­ket­ball that had been signed by all of the Gar­net Val­ley play­ers and coaches.

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The Delaware County Ath­letes Hall of Fame will honor Charles Cata­nia Jr. as win­ner of its An­drew W. MacMur­trie Sportsper­son of the Year Award at the as­so­ci­a­tion’s 2019 awards din­ner at Con­cordville Inn April 14.

Cata­nia has been in­volved with the Ridley United Soc­cer Club for more than 20 years. He was a coach, then in 2011 he be­came pres­i­dent of the club, which has more than 500 play­ers, ages

2-15, par­tic­i­pat­ing in its pro­grams.

He has helped with the The Out­reach Pro­gram for Soc­cer (TOPS), which pro­vides train­ing for young ath­letes with dis­abil­i­ties.

Cata­nia will join his late fa­ther, Charles J. Cata­nia, as a Delco Hall hon­oree. The el­der Cata­nia was in­ducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979 for his skills as a soft­ball player.

For ticket reser­va­tions for the din­ner, visit del­co­hallof­[email protected] or con­tact Theresa Dun­bar at dun­[email protected] com or 610-322-2525.

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The Sports Le­gends of Delaware County Mu­seum is pre­sent­ing an ex­hibit of pho­to­graphs en­ti­tled “Base­ball Im­mor­tals Caught on Film” at Slid­ers Restau­rant, 17 S. Mor­ton Av­enue in Mor­ton.

The pho­to­graphs were taken from the video “Grand Mem­o­ries of a Great Cham­pion,” which fea­tures films taken by Mickey Ver­non, the Mar­cus Hook na­tive who won a pair of Amer­i­can League bat­ting cham­pi­onships. Among the play­ers de­picted are Ted Williams, Jackie Robin­son, Stan Mu­sial, Mickey Man­tle, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMag­gio and Robin Roberts.

In­for­ma­tion about ob­tain­ing a copy of the video can be ob­tained by con­tact­ing Jim Vankoski at [email protected]­cast. net or by call­ing 610-9094919.

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Elon Univer­sity opened its 2019 women’s lacrosse sea­son with a 15-5 vic­tory over Campbell Univer­sity.

Elon’s as­sis­tant coaches are Beth El­lis Roberts and Ka­t­rina Geiger. Roberts was an All-Delco player at Radnor in 2008, help­ing the Raiders win the dis­trict cham­pi­onship. She played in three NCAA Di­vi­sion I Fi­nal Fours with the Univer­sity of North Carolina and was head coach at Durham (N.C.) Academy for four years be­fore join­ing the staff at Elon.

Geiger, a grad­u­ate of Haver­ford High and the

2012 Daily Times Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year, was a two-time All-Pa­triot League se­lec­tion while play­ing at Loy­ola (Md.). She com­peted in the NCAA Tour­na­ment three times and re­cently com­pleted work at Loy­ola on a mas­ter’s de­gree in Emerg­ing Me­dia. ••• Arch­mere Academy re­cently added five in­di­vid­u­als to its Sports Hall of Fame: John Stevens Jr. (Class of 1962), a for­mer res­i­dent of the Sproul Es­tates sec­tion of Nether Prov­i­dence; An­drea Nolan Bo­henek (‘86), who played CYO bas­ket­ball at St. Robert School in Ch­ester; Paul Ram­seur Jr. (‘87); Ed­sel Tor­res (‘99), a for­mer Car­di­nal O’Hara as­sis­tant foot­ball coach; and Michael Blahusch (‘04), a na­tive of Clay­mont, Del. who played base­ball at Saint Joseph’s Univer­sity.

Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about the in­ductees will be in­cluded in the next In the Com­mu­nity column.

••• Ge­orge Syd­nor, who is among the many Delaware County ath­letes de­picted on the Sports Le­gends of Delaware County Mu­seum’s Black His­tory Month poster, is a grad­u­ate of Haver­ford High School.

An item in the last

In the Com­mu­nity column in­cor­rectly listed the school he at­tended.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Charlotte Gold­kamp, cen­ter (wear­ing head­phones) took part in Gar­net Val­ley’s “Best Buddy Day” pro­gram with, clock­wise from left, GV girls bas­ket­ball play­ers An­nie Bechthold, Jil­lian Nagy, Gianna Preis­ing, Tay­lor Dauben­berger, and Ken­dall DiCamillo.

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