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Gloucester County Hall of Fame to Induct 13 New Members!

Posted by gchalloffame on February 11, 2012 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Former Gloucester Catholic baseball coach Al Radano and Rider University baseball coach Barry Davis will be among the 13 new inductees to the Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame during the 32nd Annual Induction Banquet on March 27 at Auletto’s Caterers in Almonesson, the Executive Committee has announced.  

Also to be inducted in the Class of 2012 will be Michael Pensabene (Pitman), Joe Alexander (Delsea), Bernard Bunn (Glassboro), Cindy Ogbin (Deptford), John Cobb (West Deptford), Frank Zini (Clayton), Sean Silver (Deptford Twp.), John Jengehino (Williamstown), Arnita Green-Stanford  (Delsea), Mike Reynolds (Williamstown), and Paulette Reilley-Cwik (Paulsboro).

Tickets for the 32nd Annual Banquet are available by calling Hall of Fame President Gus Ostrum at (609) 502-0424.

 

Al Radano (GloucesterCatholic) 

A resident of Washington Township, coach Radano helped to establish Gloucester Catholic as one of New Jersey’s premier baseball programs from 1976 through 1993, earning six NJSIAA state championships and compiling a career record of 313-101. His great career was highlighted by an unbeaten season in 1980, in which standout players such as Bob Sebra, John Yowler, Steve Cordner and Dennis Barth helped the Rams easily win the Parochial B state crown and earn “Team of the Century” honors.

Radano is a1960 GCHS graduate and a member of the Hot Stovers Baseball Hall of Fame and the Camden County Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Barry Davis(Gloucester CC)

Davis enters his eighth season at Rider University with a career record of 761-348, including 190-181 at Rider. In 2010 he led Rider to a program-best 36 wins and last year he tied the program record with 33 regular season wins.

In just his fourth season at Rider Coach Davis led the Broncs to the 2008 NCAA Tournament as champion of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and repeated that accomplishment in 2010, guiding Rider to the MAAC title and to the NCAA Regional at Austin, Texas.

The former Gloucester County College baseball coach for 11 seasons, Davis compiled an amazing 434-109-5 record  as Roadrunners’ skipper. As one of the nation’s top JUCO coaches, his teams won four national championships during his 11 seasons.

 

Michael Pensabene(Pitman)

A 1973 graduate of Pitman High School, Pensabene won three varsity letters each in football, basketball, and baseball.  He also servedas captain for each of these teams in his senior year.

The 1972 football team went 8-1, as Pensabene pulled in numerous honors from various newspapers and football organizations.  His 1973basketball team won 22 games while losing just 3, including a triple overtime loss in the South Jersey Championship game. He was selected to the ‘All Tri-County Conference Team that year.  His 1972 baseball team went to the State Finals in Princeton, losing to Roselle Park.

Pensabene attended Bucknell University from 1973 to 1976, excelling on the gridiron for the Bisons.

 

 

Joe Alexander(Delsea)

One of the top wrestlers in the successful history of Delsea wrestling, Alexander became only the second Crusader  to win four consecutive District 31 championships in 1999. He qualified for the state championship finals in Atlantic City three times, winning two state crowns to finish with 126 career wins.

At theUniversity of Virginia, he experienced several injuries and surgeries, but still managed to qualify for the NCAA championship tournament three times and finish as an Atlantic Coast Conference runnerup twice. He is a member of Delsea High School’s Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Cindy Ogbin(Deptford)

A 1971 Deptford High graduate, Ogbin reigned supreme as a roller derby queen throughout the 1970s.  As a member of the old Philadelphia Warriors from 1972 through 1976, and earlier the Detroit Devils, the Deptford graduate was known by national TV viewers as “Little Pretty” Cindy Ogbin.

She teamed with roller derby standouts such as Judy Arnold and Judy Sowinski to give the Warriors one of the top teams in the nation, one that also traveled to Japan and Puerto Rico at  the height of the sport’s popularity.

 

 

Paulette Reilley Cwik(Paulsboro)

A 1976 Glassboro State graduate, Reilley-Cwik has been of South Jersey’s top girls' track and field coaches from 1976 through 1995. She compiled a career dual meet record of 155-29-1, capturing seven South Jersey Group 1 crowns and eight Colonial Conference titles. She coached many individual sectional champions as well as six individual state champions.

Paulette is a member of the Paulsboro High School Sports Hall of Fame and the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Hall of Fame, and was voted South Jersey Girls’ Track Coach of the Year in  1987 and 1991.

 

John Cobb (WestDeptford)

A long-time  girls’ soccer coach at West Deptford, Cobb has enjoyed outstanding success since 1994. His Eagles teams won Colonial Conference championships in 1999, 2001 and 2002 as well as a South Jersey Group III crown in 1999. He earned South Jersey Coach of the Year honors in 1999.

He also served as assistant boys coach from 1985 through 1994. Cobb was also a standout athlete at West Deptford in both soccer and golf prior to his 1982 graduation as well as a standout golfer at Camden County College and Rutgers-Camden.


Frank Zini (Clayton)

A 1956 Clayton High graduate, Zinni excelled in football and baseball, earning four varsity letter winners in each sport. He earned All-Tri-County Conference honors under coach Harry Gamble in football in 1955 and 1956.  He later went on to star in football at Carnegie-Mellon College, playing four years and graduating in 1960. He earned All-Western Pennsylvania Athletic Conference honors in 1959.

Zinni was also elected to the Clayton High School Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Sean Silver (DeptfordTwp.)

For 25 years, Silver has been involved prominently in the Special Olympics games in sports such as track and field, traditional softball, unified softball, basketball, bowling, unifiedgolf and floor hockey. He has earned dozens of ribbons and medals, including a gold medal in floor hockey in 2008 and silver medals in floor hockey and unified gold, both in 2007.

In 2005, he was inducted into the New Jersey Special Olympic Hall of Fame. He graduated from the Bancroft School in 1994, but also attended Gateway Regional High School, taking part in wrestling, cross country, track and field all four years. 

 

 

John Jengehino(Williamstown)

As a co-founder of the Olympic Conference and Williamstown’s first-ever football coach, Jengehino produced many standout athletes fo r the Braves in his 13 years as head coach. His 1960 team won the Gloucester County Championship with an 8-1 record, and followed that effort with a 6-3 record in 1961. He retired as coach in 1977.

Jengehino also served as Williamstown’s assistant basketball coach under Roger Cassi from 1958 to 1968,was the track and field head coach in 1964 and 1965, and was head coach of theschool’s golf program for a brief period. He is a member of Williamstown High’s Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Arnita Green Stanford(Delsea)

A1989 Delsea graduate, Arnita won the State Group III 400m hurdles, and the 100m hurdles as well.  She was the Pennsauken Relays MVP, and the South Jersey Track Club MVP, and was chosen South Jersey Hurdler of the Year in 1989. 

Upon graduation, Arnita moved on tocollege where she continued to set records at Ohio State University, winning Big10 MVP honors in April 1992 and three-time All-American honors in the 400m hurdles.

 

Mike Reynolds(Williamstown)

Reynolds was a multi-sport star at Williamstown who graduated in 1966 who starred in baseball, basketball and football for the Braves. His brightest moment was helping the Braves to a state championship appearance in basketball in Spring 1966.

He was a four-year starter on Catawba College’s football team through the 1970 season as a defensive back,earning an All-District selection as a senior, and was also a four-year starter as a catcher on the college’s baseball team, earning an All-Conference FirstTeam honor.  Reynolds was drafted into Major League Baseball and played four seasons in the Chicago White Sox farm system, earning All-Star status in two of those seasons.

 

 

Bernard Bunn (Glassboro)

A 1954 Glassboro High graduate, Bunn starred in both baseball ad football for the Bulldogs, who fielded many talented teams in this era. Bunn played varsity football at Glassboro as a lineman from 1951 through 1953, and earned three letters in varsity baseball as well. In 1954 he earned a South Jersey 165-pound wrestling championship, and led Glassboro to a South Jersey Group 2 crown in baseball, also in 1954.

Bunn went on to play both college football and baseball at Delaware Valley College, and was also elected to the Glassboro High School Sports Hall of Fame.

 

 


GC 2012 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced!

Posted by gchalloffame on January 29, 2012 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame will induct 13 new members on Tuesday evening, March 27, 2011, at Auletto Caterers in Deptford, NJ!

 

This year's inductees include:  Michael Pensabene (Pitman);  Al Radano (Gloucester Catholic);  Barry Davis (Gloucester County College);  Joe Alexander (Delsea);  John Jengehino (Williamstown);  Mike Reynolds  (Williamstown);  Paulette Reilley-Cwik  (Paulsboro);  Bernard Bunn (Glassboro);  Frank Zinni (Clayton); Cindy Ogbin (Deptford); John Cobb (West Deptford); Sean Silver (Woodbury Heights); and  Arnita Green-Stanford (Delsea).

 


2012 Hall of Fame Banquet Date Set!

Posted by gchalloffame on April 12, 2011 at 8:59 PM Comments comments (0)

The Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame 2012 banquet will be held on March 27, 2012 at Auletto's Sunset Ballroom in Almonesson, NJ, the Hall of Fame Executive Committee has announced!

More details will follow shortly. If you would like to nominate a candidate for Hall of Fame induction, click here.


Hall of Fame Inducts Class of 2011!

Posted by gchalloffame on April 10, 2011 at 4:56 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame Inducts Class of 2011!


            Former Woodbury High and Eastern football coach Larry Ginsburg, along with Kingsway Regional track standout Denise Liles were among the 15 inductees to the Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame during the 31st Annual Induction Banquet on March 29 at Auletto’s Caterers in Almonesson, NJ.

            Also inducted in the Class of 2011 were Mike Taylor (Deptford), Greg Burlingame (Kingsway), Jenn Stephenson-Brown (Franklin Twp.), Kelly Ann DeLong (Washington Twp.), Harold Hill (Rowan University), Amy Thompson-Weyrich (Woodbury), Leroy Thompson (Williamstown), Catherine Fennal-Tanksley (Washington Twp.), Charles Lepre (Pitman), Warren Lopez (Paulsboro), Jim Hall (Clayton), and Ken Noddin (Gateway).

         The Hall of Fame ceremony attracted 225 attendees. The event was graciously emceed by former Washington Township football coach Tony DeLucas, a member of the Hall of Fame's Executive Committee and a past inductee himself.


Larry Ginsburg (Woodbury, Eastern)

            A graduate of Southern High in Philadelphia, Ginsburg is one of South Jersey’sall-time winningest football coaches with a career record  of 139-76-7 at Woodbury and Eastern Regionalhigh schools. At Dover High in Delaware, he compiled a 73-25-2 record from 1967to 1976. Ginsburg, who finished with 212 career wins, is a founding board member of the Adam Taliaferro Foundation.

 

Denise Liles (Kingsway)

            A 1986 Kingsway graduate, Liles was considered one of New Jersey’s greatest tracksprinters of the 1980s, capturing four Meet of Champions titles in the 100 and 200 meters in her career. At Norfolk State University, Denise was a two timeNCAA Division II All American. She was a recent inductee in the South JerseyTrack and Field Hall of Fame in 2010.

 

Mike Taylor (Deptford)

            A three-sport star at Deptford High who graduated in 1989, Taylor playedfootball, baseball, and basketball for the Spartans. In football, he earnedAll-South Jersey honors in 1988. After starring in baseball at BrookdaleCommunity College, Taylor played four seasons of professional baseball in theCleveland Indians and Florida Marlins farm systems

 

Jenn Stephenson-Brown (Delsea)

            Stephenson,a 1994 Delsea graduate, was one of South Jersey’s all-time leading soccerscorers with 163 goals, being named Player of the Year in 1993 by the S.J. Soccer Coaches’ Association after leading her team to a state title. She was also a 1,000-point scorer in girls’ basketball at Delsea. Stephenson later went on to finish as Campbell University’s all-time leading scorer in women’ ssoccer.

 

Greg Burlingame (Kingsway)

            A Kingsway graduate, Burlingame proved to be one of South Jersey’s top leftypitchers of the 1980s, leading the Dragons to a South Jersey Group 1 championship and All-State honors. He also was one of the region’s top quarterbacks in football. After standout careers at the Community College of Baltimore and University of Hawaii,  Burlingame pitched in the Seattle Mariners’ farm system in the late 1980s.

 

Kelly Ann DeLong (Washington Twp)

            DeLong is a 1982 graduate of Washington Township High who was an Olympic ConferenceAll-Star for two years each in basketball, tennis, and track. In 1982 she became the first female WTHS basketball player to score 1,000 career points.She later starred at Missouri, where she helped her team to three Big Eight Conference titles and four NCAA tournament bids.

 

Harold Hill (Rowan University)

             A 1973 Glassboro State graduate, Hill was a former football standout under head coach Richard Wackar for four seasons. Hill served as a former football coach at Woodrow Wilson High School and later was elected to the Glassboro State/Rowan University Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Amy Thompson-Weyrich (Woodbury)

            A 1984 graduate of Woodbury High School, Amy starred in field hockey, swimming,softball, and basketball. In field hockey, she won All-South Jersey and All-County honors during her senior year and later starred in the sport at William and Mary College.

 

Leroy Thompson (Williamstown)

            A 1989 Williamstown High graduate, Thompson is a former fullback/linebacker in the Arena Football League for 13 years. He played college football at Delaware State University where he was a first team Division I AA All American. He played with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1996 and also with the Toronto Argonautsof the CFL in 1994, and is currently an assistant football coach at Wesley College..

 

Catherine Fennal-Tanksley (Washington Twp.)

            A 1980 Washington Township High graduate, Fennal proved to be one of SouthJersey’s premier track and field female track stars, earning All-South Jersey and All-Olympic Conference honors for the Minutemaids in winter and spring track her junior and senior years She is a member of the Washington Township High School Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Charles Lepre (Pitman, deceased)

            Lepre was a former professional golfer who competed in tournaments with pros such as Sam Snead and Jack Nicklaus. He was formerly the head professional golfer at Tavistock Country Club, and became president of the Lepcar Corporation that operated the Pitman Golf Club in the early 1970s. .


Warren Lopez (Paulsboro)

            A member of the football, wrestling and track teams for four years at PaulsboroHigh School, Lopez earned seven varsity letters (two in football, two in wrestling and three in track). Prior to his graduation in 1970, Lopez was one of South Jersey’s top wrestlers, and later continued his wrestling career at Gloucester County College.

 

Jim Hall (Clayton)

            Hall coached football for 26 years and helped to guide Clayton High to the Tri-County ClassicDivision crown in 1991 with a 9-0 record. He also served as Clayton’s athleticdirector for 10 years. He was a former standout athlete at Haddonfield Memorialand played in two bowl games at Auburn University in the 1950s before being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers.

 

Ken Noddin (Gateway)

            A premier cross country and track runner at Gateway. Noddin teamed with Mike Mantini to form perhaps the best distance duo in the state in 1979 and 1980, winning the Group 2 state championships in the 800 meters (outdoor track) both years. He later starred in track and cross country at both Gloucester County College and Glassboro State College.

 

 


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