Plum HS Sports Hall of Fame announces Class of 2014
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The Plum High School Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014 has been selected, and eight individual athletic greats will be enshrined on Nov. 13 at Edgewood Country Club.
This year's class is Dave Blotzer, Craig Cooley, Joe Dellostritto, Michael John Kovalchick, Joe Manganello, Lisa Poeschl Vavrek, Mark Pupilli, Jack Savage and Diane Sujansky.
Tickets for the banquet and ceremony are on sale now.
Tickets are $40 per individual or $320 for a table of eight.
Checks can be made payable to Plum High School Sports Hall of Fame and submitted to Plum High School Sports Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 114006, Pittsburgh, PA, 15239.
A return address is needed for all submitted ticket requests.
Here is a quick look at each inductee:
Dave Blotzer Class of 1977
Blotzer was a first-team all-state center on the football team, and he played in the Big 33 All-Star Classic.
He took third at the WPIAL wrestling championships and qualified for the PIAA tournament.
Blotzer played football in college for the University of Maine and Kent State University.
Craig Cooley Class of 1992
Cooley was a three-time All-WPIAL and two-time all-state volleyball player.
He also was a four-year letterman in basketball and finished with 1,062 career rebounds.
Joe Dellostritto Coach, 1971-1985
Dellostritto founded the Oblock Junior High wrestling program in 1971 and coached the team until 1985.
During his very successful tenure, the Oblock wrestling team owned a 46-match winning streak and remained undefeated for five straight years.
Michael John Kovalchick Class of 1962
Kovalchick was a standout in football and basketball.
He earned four letters and was a team captain of both teams.
Joe Manganello Class of 1998
Manganello was an all-conference offensive lineman.
He lettered three years at the University of Pittsburgh and played in two bowl games.
Manganello made the Big East All-Academic team all four years.
Lisa Poeschl Vavrek Class of 1997
Poeschl Vavrek was a four-year starter for successful Plum volleyball teams that placed twice at the PIAA tournament.
Her success continued at Edinboro University where she was PSAC West Rookie of the Year, PSAC Tournament MVP and twice an all-conference selection.
Mark Pupilli Class of 1976
Pupilli was an accomplished three-sport athlete.
He was a member of two WPIAL champion relay teams on the track.
Pupilli also was a Keystone Conference all-star running back who rushed for more than 1,000 yards.
He played football for West Virginia University.
Jack Savage Class of 1985
Savage was a PIAA runner-up in wrestling and a key member of the 1983 WPIAL championship football team.
He competed in both sports for Franklin & Marshall College where he was named the Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Diane Sujansky Class of 2003
Sujansky excelled in cross country, swimming and track and field.
She is the only athlete from Plum to qualify for states in three different sports.
Sujansky also set school records in swimming and track.
She continued her swimming success at Lock Haven University.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825, at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter at Mlove_Trib.
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