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People Profiles

Colton Lawrence

Claim to Fame: Work Ethic, Competitiveness
Resides: Myerstown
Parents: Todd and Dawn Lawrence
Proudest athletic moment: First dunk in seventh grade, homerun with broken wrist freshman year in baseball
Favorite sport: Basketball
Favorite teams: NFL: Cowboys, College Basketball: Duke
Favorite athlete: Russell Westbrook, Dez Bryant
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite Musical artist: John Legend
Something most people don’t know about you: I love playing football
Favorite quote: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan
Favorite movies: Warrior
Favorite TV shows:
Hobbies: Drawing, Tennis, 2K, Collecting Shoes

Gabrielle “Gabby” Boehmer

Claim to fame: I’m working on it!
Resides: Cornwall, PA
Parents/Spouse/Children: Brian and Melanie Boehmer (parents) and older sister Chelsey
Proudest athletic moment: Winning the first Lancaster-Lebanon League Championship for Cedar Crest girls soccer.
Favorite sport: Soccer, of course
Favorite teams: Boston Bruins, Miami Dolphins
Favorite athlete: Messi, Shawn Thornton
Favorite food: Pasta and Wings
Favorite musical artist: Country music in general.
Something most people don’t know about you: I love to go fishing!
Favorite quote: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog!” Archie Griffin
Favorite movies: To Save a Life, Forever Strong, Shawshank Redemption
Favorite TV shows: Friends and Modern Family
Hobbies: Fishing, Soccer, Golf

Name: Graham Zug (former Penn State football player, Palmyra wide receivers coach)
Claim to fame: Scoring three touchdowns at Michigan my junior season
Resides: Palmyra
Parents/Spouse/Children: Wife – Lauren; Parents – David and Claudia Zug
Proudest athletic moment: Walking on and earning a scholarship at the Division One level
Favorite sport: Football, Hockey, Golf
Favorte teams: Penn State, obviously. And the Flyers
Favorite athlete: Don’t really have a favorite. Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Calvin Johnson are all impressive athletes
Favorte food: Steak
Favorite musical artist: Don’t have one
Something most people don’t know about you: I tried to quit football during my first year playing and my parents did not let me. Thanks mom and dad!
Favorite quote: ‘Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things.’ – Joe Paterno
Favorite move: Green Street Hooligans
Favorite TV show: How I Met Your Mother
Hobbies: Riding my Trek road bike

Alex Rich

Claim to Fame: Hasn’t happened yet…
Resides: Lebanon
Parents: Geoffrey and Joanne Rich
Proudest athletic moment: Committing to play Division One lacrosse at University of Louisville
Favorite sport: Basketball and Lacrosse (I have 2 favorites)
Favorite teams: Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins
Favorite athlete: Troy Polamalu
Favorite food: Dinosaur chicken nuggets
Favorite Musical artist: Hunter Hayes
Something most people don’t know about you: I am a black belt in Karate
Favorite quote: “Pain is temporary, but quitting lasts forever”
Favorite movies: Identity Thief
Favorite TV shows: Friends and Criminal Minds
Hobbies: Working out, playing sports, and being crazy with friends!

Name: Jim Gardner
Claim to fame: HaHa….not sure I have one.
Resides: Palmyra, Pa
Parents/Spouse/Children: Wife Valerie, three boys Zach (stepson), Travis and Chase.
Proudest athletic moment: Without a doubt winning the WB Sullivan Golf Tournament three times.
Favorite sport: What else….Golf
Favorite teams: Steelers, Phillies, and any team related sports involving the USA.
Favorite athlete: Tiger Woods, Rory McIroy, Chase Utley.
Favorite food: Anything my Mom makes….she’s a great cook.
Favorite musical artist: I like all kinds of music from R&B, Country, Dance, Rock, etc.
Something most people don’t know about you: That I’m a fantasy sports geek. I usually participate in 6-8 leagues each in both Fantasy Baseball and Football.
Favorite movies: The Hangover movies are funny. Action and comedy movies are my favorite.
Favorite TV shows: Anything sports related is a plus. CSI shows also catch my interest.
Hobbies: Golf, playing fantasy sports, and working overtime (ok, maybe not that last one).

Name: Haleigh Echard (Cedar Crest girls’ soccer player and Penn State recruit)
Resides: Lebanon County
Parents/Spouse/Children: Father, Gary Echard; Mother, Rustyann Echard; Brothers Tyler and Logan Echard
Proudest athletic moment: Going to the U-18 United States National team camp this summer
Favorite sport: Soccer
Favorite teams: United States Women’s National Soccer Team, Pittsburgh Pirates and the Pittsburgh Steelers
Favorite athlete: Mia Hamm or Landon Donovan
Favorite food: Tacos or pizza
Favorite musical artist: Luke Bryan
Favorite quote: “Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never look back…play for her.’ Mia Hamm
Favorite movies: The Notebook and She’s The Man
Favorite TV shows: Law and Order: SVU

Name: Kirk Keppley
Claim to fame: Scoring the game-winning goal for ELCO in the 1986 PIAA AA State Semi-final soccer game, with only 4 seconds left.
Resides: Myerstown
Parents/Spouse/Children: Wife – Virginia, Sons – Hunter and Riley
Proudest athletic moment: Winning the 1986 PIAA AA state soccer title with Elco, at Cedar Crest High School
Favorite sport: Soccer
Favorite teams: Chelsea, Philadelphia Union, Bayern Munich, USA, Germany, and Brazil (I like to watch good teams play good soccer no matter who they are
Favorite athlete: Pele
Favorite food: Steak
Favorite musical artist: AC/DC
Something most people don’t know about you: I played the drums when I was a kid.
Favorite quote: ‘Everything is practice.’ – Pele
Favorite movies: Platoon
Favorite TV shows: Big Bang Theory and 2 1/2 Men
Hobbies: Watching my sons play soccer, hockey and baseball

Name: Dan Brown
Claim to Fame: Multiple winner of Harrisburg District Golf Player of the Year award
Resides: Cleona, PA
Proudest Athletic Moment: Winning two Sullivans with Brian Auman
Favorite Sport: Golf
Favorite Teams: Eagles, Flyers
Favoite Athlete: Roger Staubach
Favorite Food: Crab legs
Favorite Musical Artist: Bon Jovi
Something Most People Don’t Know About Me: Went to 15 national fast-pitch softball tournaments
Favorite Quote: ‘It’s not over until it’s over.’
Favorite Movies: Titanic, Caddyshack, Rocky
Favorite TV Programs: Shark tank
Hobbies: Going to our cabin in Sullivan County

Name: Bill Neiswender (director of golf at Iron Valley)
Claim to Fame: Being able to love my work
Resides: Myerstown
Proudest Athletic Moment: Watching my students improve
Favorite Sport: Baseball
Favorite Teams: Orioles, Phillies
Favorite Food: Chicken
Favorite Musical Artist: Jimmy Buffett
Something Most People Don’t Know About Me: I’m a Gettysburg history nerd
Favorite Quote: ‘If someone says they never choked, they’ve never been in position to do so.’ – Tom Watson
Favorite Movies: Raising Arizona, Sea Biscuit
Favorite TV Programs: Big Bang Theory, Cheers, West Wing
Hobbies: Reading, Traveling with my wife

Name: Derek Fulk (Elco girls’ soccer coach)
Claim to Fame: None
Resides: Myerstown
Parents: Bill and Judi FulkProudest athletic moment: Being assistant coach with Elco girls soccer team that won District title and being part of the Elco boys soccer state championship.Favorite Sports: Football, Soccer, Basketball and BaseballFavorite Teams: Dallas Cowboys, Manchester United, Real Madrid, San Antonio Spurs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago White Sox, Kentucky Basketball, and all West Virginia athletics.
Favorite Athletes: Wayne Rooney, Tim Duncan, Emmitt Smith, Evgeni Malkin
Favorite Food: Breaded Veal Cutlet
Favorite Music Artists: Bob Marley and Motley Crue
Something most people don’t know about me: I really enjoy just relaxing, even though it rarely happens.
Favorite Quote: ‘What you do when people are watching, is predetermined by what you did when no one was watching.’
Favorite Movies: Caddyshack, Animal House, Scarface, Brian’s Song, Bull Durham
Favorite TV Shows: NCIS, The Following, Walking Dead, True Blood
Hobbies: Coaching (obviously), and golf. Also watching sports of all kinds

Name: Chic Hess
Claim to fame: I was Tabb Bickell’s basketball coach at Lebanon HS during the ’77 & ’78 seasons.
Resides: Kailua, HI
Spouse/Children: Wife, Linda and three grown children, Christine, Becky, and Steve (Hawaii First Team All-State in ’97)
Proudest athletic moment: Taking two minutes in a phone conversation to get Chuck Peffley a full scholarship to Tech school in York, PA to learn how to be a Draftsman.
Favorite sport: Basketball
Favorite teams: Princeton, during the Pete Carril years.
Favorite athlete: Larry Bird
Favorite food: Anything my wife cooks.
Favorite musical artist: Rolling Stones
Something most people don’t know about you: I was a collegiate valedictorian.
Favorite quote: Education is the key to a better life.
Favorite movies: Prof, the screen script I am soon to write. Prof is the story of basketball’s first great coach and his Passaic HS Wonder Teams.
Favorite TV shows: Suits
Hobbies: Teaching kids the game of basketball and how learning the game’s fundamental skills can help you later in life. Attending high school basketball games.

Name: Jason Say
Claim to fame: Made game tying basket in 1994 NCAA Division Three national championship game “WAY BEFORE THE BUZZER” to take game into overtime against New York University.
Resides: Knox, Pennsylvania
Spouse/Children: Wife, Liza; Son, Colin 10 years old’ Daughter, Addison 5 years old
Proudest athletic moment: Being a member of the Lebanon Valley College men’s basketball team’s 1994 National Championship team
Favorite sport: Hoops
Favorite teams: Pittsburgh Steelers (Who else??)
Favorite athlete: Heath Miller
Favorite food: A Good Steak! Venison or Beef, it is all good!
Favorite musical artist: Only two kinds of music in my book – COUNTRY & WESTERN
Something most people don’t know about you: I may not look like, but I am a Redneck at heart, love the country, hunting and fishing!
Favorite quote: “Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something because they couldn’t!”
Favorite movies: Hoosiers, Vision Quest
Favorite TV shows: Walking Dead, Game of Thrones
Hobbies: Hunting, Playing Hoops, Spending Time with Family

Name: Travis Gates, Northern Lebanon sophomore back
Claim to Fame:
I’d have to say determination and a Gym Freak
Veronica and Leroy Gates
Proudest athletic moment:
After losing my football game, the opponents coach called me over to him and asked me what grade I’m in and then when I told him 10th, he shook my hand and said hes been hearing a lot about me. Then he told me that im an astounding football player and that im one of the best sophomores he’s seen in a long time and to keep doing what im doing and don’t let my head down. It meant a lot coming from the teams coach that just beat us.
Favorite Sport:
Football, by far
Favorite team:
Dallas Cowboys, Oregon Ducks
Favorite Athlete:
Trent Richardson
Favorite Food:
Stuffed Shells
Favorite Musical Artist:
Five Finger Death Punch
Something most people don’t know about me:
People can give me all the preachings and speeches until they’re blue in the face, but if I want something I’m going to go get it
Favorite Quote:
I have two! “Its not about how many hours you put in, its about what you do in them hours that count” and “I bust mine to kick yours”
Favorite Movies:
The Expendables, The Fast Five, A Man Apart
Favorite TV shows:
Counting cars, Swamp People, Pawn Stars
Playing football, weight lifting, being with friends and family, and running

Name: Travis Thome
Claim to Fame:
Still hoping to create my claim to fame… Head Baseball Coach and Sports Information Director at Eastern Maine Community College
Parents/ Spouse:
Wife- Amy Thome (Achey), Parents- Joe and Lisa Thome (Schaefferstown, PA)
Proudest Athletic Moment:
Winning MACC Championship Senior Year of College
Favorite Sport:
Favorite Teams:
MLB- Phillies, NFL – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NBA- Boston Celtics, NHL- Boston Bruins
Favorite Athlete:
Kevin Garnett- His passion and intensity for his sport is unmatched.
Favorite Food:
Favorite Musical Artist:
Brooks & Dunn
Something Most people don’t know about me:
I saw Mike Mussina pitch for the Stanford Cardinals (at Stanford) when I was 2 months old.
Favorite Quote:
“Speak softly and carry a big stick” ~ Teddy Roosevelt
Favorite Movies:
Waterboy, Little Giants, Sandlot, Bad News Bears
Yard work, trying different workout programs

Name: Gerry Yonchiuk (head football coach at Lebanon High School)
Claim to fame:
I can make outstanding Buffalo Wings!!
Married, 4 Children
Proudest athletic moment:
Throwing a 93 yard TD pass.
Favorite sport:
Favorite teams:
Favorite food:
Favorite musical artists: I like many not just one
Something most people don’t know about you: This is my 29th year of coaching high school football
Favorite quote: Show me, don’t tell m
Favorite TV shows: Ghost Hunters, Man vs Food
Hobbies: Metal Detecting, Fishing

Name: Kristi (Harshman) Costello
Claim to fame: Palmyra High School Head Field Hockey Coach and High School Life Skills Teacher
Resides: Palmyra
Spouse: My husband Mark and 2 dogs Deac (beagle) and Hank (pit mix)
Proudest athletic moment: As a player, winning the 2nd NCAA Division One title in 2004 at Wake Forest at home in front of our fans and winning the ACC title as a senior (2006) after losing a former teammate the week of the tournament. As a coach – winning the Mid Penn Conference title by beating LD in OT in 2009 and becoming a District Champion in 2011 after beating Donegal and Greenwood in playoffs.
Favorite sport: Field Hockey
Favorite teams: US field hockey team, any Palmyra team!
Favorite athlete: Lauren Crandall, my college roommate and captain of the United States field hockey team
Favorite foods: Apples and guacamole
Favorite musical artist: Carrie Underwood
Favorite quote: “Don’t get bitter, get better”

Name: Jamie Gray (Beyerle)
Claim to Fame: Olympic Gold Medalist
Resides: Phenix City, Alabama
Parents: Rod and Karen Beyerle (Lebanon, PA)
Sibling: Mike Beyerle (Jappa, MD)
Spouse: Hank Gray
Proudest Ahletic Moment: Winning the women’s 3×20 Rifle event at the 2012 Olympic Games
Favorite sports: Baseball, ice hockey, table tennis, soccer
Favorite teams: Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Penguins, Duke (college), D.C. United
Favorite Food: Blue Crab
Favorite musical artist: Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks
Something most people don’t know about me: My husband proposed to me while we were hunting in a turkey blind in Kansas.
Favorite quote: Champions are made, not born – unknown
Favorite Movie: Miracle
Favorite TV show: How I Met Your Mother
Hobbies: Table tennis, tennis, golf, running, cycling, cooking, reading, board games, hunting

Name: Robert Miller (Elco head football coach)
Claim to fame: Nothing yet
Resides: West Cornwall
Parents/Spouse/Children: Parents – Bill and Karen; Wife – Miki; Daughters – Emily and Sara
Proudest athletic moment: Making the semi-finals of the state championship playoffs in football while playing at for State College High School in 1991 and 1992. You can almost hear Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Glory Days” now, huh?
Favorite sport: To watch – football; To coach – I love them all
Favorite teams: Florida State for everything, Penn State for football – unless they play FSU
Favorite athlete: Brett Favre
Favorite food: Grilled Wings
Favorite musical artists: Blink 182, Johnny Cash
Favorite quote: Jeremiah 29:11, “The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate ‘apparently ordinary’ people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people.”
- K. Patricia Cross, “If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality.”-Norman Cousins
Favorite movies: Dumb and Dumber, The Rock, Hatfield and McCoys mini-series
Favorite TV shows: Longmire, the original Two and a Half Men, Pawn Stars
Hobbies: Sitting by a fire pit with family and friends

Name: Tony Deraco
Claim to fame: Oldest person to win the Lebanon County Amateur Golf Championship, and posted the lowest two-day total in the history of the event.
Resides: Lancaster
Parents/Children: Parents – Gus and Maxine Deraco; Children – Robert and Michael, and three granddaughters)
Proudest athletic moments: I have several since 1969, but I will mention golf events only since I have done this most of my adult life. Winning the Lebanon County Amateur is important on my list along with reaching the finals of the WB Sullivan Golf tournament in 2009; winning the Lebanon County Senior in 2006 & 2007; winning the better ball championship at Tyoga Country Club in 2009; winning four club championships at Lebanon Valley GC; and winning the Pine Meadows Summer Classic in 2009.
Favorite sport: Golf
Favorite teams: New York Yankees, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia 76ers, Penn State Nittany Lions
Favorite athlete: Jack Nicklaus
Favorite foods: Gnocchi, Sushi, Clams or a great filet mignon
Favorite musical artists: Moody Blues, The Temptations
Something most people don’t know about you: I have an art degree and have done many portraits (in pencil) including one for Joe Paterno in 1975 and for the mayor of Harrisburg in 1977.
Favorite quote: “The only thing consistent about golf is it is inconsistent” – Jack Nicklaus
Favorite movies: King Kong, Blazing Saddles, Gladiator, Caddyshack
Favorite TV shows: NCIS, The Mentalist, Mike and Molly, Big Bang Theory
Hobbies: Golf, travel (great locations for golf, vacations, and business)

Name: Sean Patrick Smyth
Claim to fame: Head golf pro at Lebanon Country Club
Resides: Lebanon, PA
Parents/Spouse/Children: Parents – Courtney & Mary Jo Smyth; Wife – Julie Henise Smyth; Children – Cal Jordan Smyth, 2, Rory James, 1
Proudest athletic moment: Dunked in a college basketball game in 1994 at New River Community College, prior to transfering to Virginia Tech
Favorite sport: Basketball, Golf
Favorite teams: Virginia Tech Hokies in all sports
Favorite athlete: Mike Vick
Favorite food: Breakfast
Favorite musical artist: The Samples
Something most people don’t know about you: I have a degree in Information Technology and prior to becoming a golf pro I traveled the world as a Web Developer for BAE Systems. Traveled as far as Japan and China.
Favorite quote: “With keeness and determination anything can be accomplished.” – Ben Hogan
Favorite movie: Shawshank Redemption
Favorite TV show: Seinfeld
Hobbies: All things sport


Name: Ben Witter
Claim to fame: Living to fight another day and enjoy every battle along the way!
Resides: Myerstown, PA
Parents/Spouse/Children: Parents – Johhn & Linda Witter; Wife: Ann; Kids: Samantha 21, Alexandra 20, Margaret 19, Gabrielle 17, Nicolas 6
Proudest athletic moment: Being inducted into the Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, and reflecting on my career with my entire family with me at the induction ceremony.
Favorite sport: Professionally – Golf; Non-professionally – Wakeboarding, Mountain Biking, Racquetball
Favorite teams: Eagles, Phillies
Favorite athlete: Jack Nicklaus
Favorite food: Steamed broccoli, grilled asparagus
Favorite musical artist: The Beatles
Something most people don’t know about you: I was very shy in high school
Favorite quote: “No one gets out of here alive and no one knows their expiration date. All we can do is live every day to the fullest and dare to dream.” – Ben Witter
Favorite movies: The Matrix
Favorite TV shows: Criminal Minds, House, Friends, Seinfeld, The Golf Channel
Hobbies: Mountain Biking, Wakeboarding, Racquetball
Name: Chris Groff, former Cedar Crest baseball coach
Claim to fame: The first batter I faced in my college career was Sean Casey. He lined out to my first baseman.
Resides: Cornwall
Parents/Spouse/Children: Parents – Mike and Gina Groff; Wife – Lauren; Children – Nolan, Dylan, Alison
Proudest athletic moment: 1993 Regional Championship, as a player for Fredericksburg American Legion baseball team; As a coach, 2010 and 2012 District Three Class AAAA Championships
Favorite sport: Baseball
Favorite teams: Phillies, Eagles, Flyers
Favorite athlete: Chase Utley
Favorite food: Wings
Favorite musical artist: Five for Fighting
Something most people don’t know about you: I have a fear of heights.
Favorite quote: “Perfection never exists in reality, but only in our dreams.”
Favorite movies: Shawshank Redemption, Billy Madison
Favorite TV shows: Sportscenter, The Office, Modern Family
Hobbies: Playing with my kids
Name: Colby Conway
Claim to fame: Palmyra and Campbelltown catcher, Cougar basketball player, NCAA Division Two baseball recruit
Resides: Palmyra, PA
Parents/Siblings: Parents – Scot and Lisa; Sister – Catie
Proudest athletic moment: Playing on Target Field in Minneapolis in the RBI world series
Favorite sport: Baseball
Favorite teams: New York Yankees, Houston Texans, Florida Gators
Favorite athlete: Tim Tebow
Favorite food: Steak
Favorite musical artist: Mac Miller
Something most people don’t know about you: I can juggle
Favorite quote: “Do not pray for challenges equal to your strength, but for strength equal to your challenges”
Favorite movies: For The Love of the Game, the entire Major League series, Moneyball, Anchorman
Favorite TV shows: Sportscenter, Friends, Baseball IQ, Storage Wars
Hobbies: Sports, Xbox, Hanging out with friends
Name: Michael F. Capriotti (Cappy)
Claim to fame: 34 years as head baseball coach at Annville-Cleona, and only one of two Lebanon County baseball coaches to win a STATE Championship.
Resides: North Lebanon Twp.
Parents/Spouse/Children: Parents: Earl Capriotti(deceased) & Gloria Powell; Spouse: Karen; Children: Emma, Nina, Eric & Erin
Proudest athletic moment: Winning the Class AA 1986 PIAA State Baseball Championship
Favorite sport: DAH!!!!!!!!!!! Baseball of course, with NASCAR racing right behind!!!
Favorite teams: Phillies, Red Sox, Flyers, Kansas City Chiefs, Penn State college football, Notre Dame college football, Duke men’s basketball
Favorite athlete: Carl Yazstremski, Lou Brock, Lenny Dykstra, Dale Earnhardt Sr., Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Favorite food: anything Italian, Liver & Onions, Haluska
Favorite musical artist: Led Zepplin, AC/DC, Ke$ha
Something most people don’t know about you: I am a ”softie” at heart!!
Favorite quote: ”Don’t knock it until you try it!”
Favorite movies: Lord of The Rings (all three), Ben Hur, All the ”Underworld” movies
Favorite TV shows: Big Bang Theory, ’21’, Ice Road Truckers
Hobbies: Watching/attending baseball games, Hunting, Fishing, Golfing, Boating, Doing lawn work, Socializing.
Name: Drew Weidman, 2003 graduate of Elco High School
Claim to fame: Sports Editor at The (Hummelstown) Sun Newspaper
Resides: Hershey
Parents: James and Kelly Weidman
Proudest athletic moment: Winning in the first round of the District 3-AA playoffs as part of the ELCO baseball team.
Favorite sport: Baseball
Favorite teams: Seattle Mariners, Dallas Cowboys
Favorite athlete: Ken Griffey Jr.
Favorite food: Mexican
Favorite musical artist: T-Pain
Something most people don’t know about you: I love cats
Favorite quote: “Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.” – Vince Lombardi
Favorite movies: Casino, The Godfather and Vanilla Sky
Favorite TV shows: Seinfeld, Big Bang Theory, Walking Dead
Hobbies: Working on my Mustang, Hunting, Playing baseball



Name: Mike Rohrbach

Claim to fame: Cedar Crest head tennis coach, forner and current tennis player, and five-time Kickball League Champion (that’s true!).

Resides: South Lebanon

Parents: Jane & Gary Rohrbach,

Proudest athletic moment: Winning the 2000 PSAC tennis championship with Kutztown University and being named tournament MVP.

Favorite sports: Baseball, Football, Basketball, Tennis, Soccer, Golf, I love them all!

Favorite teams: Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, and Cedar Crest tennis team

Favorite athletes: Mike Schmidt, Charles Barkley and Randall Cunningham

Favorite foods: Magic Wok’s Genral Tso’s Chicken, A&M Cecilian Pizza, or Jigger Shop Milk Shake

Favorite musical artist: Huey Lewis & The News

Something most people don’t know about you: I like to think I’m as good of a water skier as I am a tennis player.

Favorite movies: Miracle, Teen Wolf, Hoosiers, & Star Wars

Favorite TV shows: Sportscenter, The Wire, & ESPN News

Hobbies: Fantasy Baseball & Football, Playing intramural kick ball and flag football, tennis and golf



Name: Rob Bare (Cedar Crest boys’ track and field coach)

Claim to fame: Wish I had one – haha! My actual claim to fame is being married to the lovely Tiffany Bare

Resides: Lebanon, PA

Parents/Spouse/Children: Parents – Hershey & Mary Ann Bare; Spouse – Tiffany Bare; Children – Matthew (age 14) and Zachary (age 9)

Proudest athletic moments: I’m not sure if you mean personally or as a coach, so I’ll list one for each. Personally, my proudest athletic moment was being a two-time NCAA Div III Scholar-Athlete for wrestling at Messiah College. Coaching wise, there have been so many, it’s tough to choose just one. If I’m allowed a few, I would have to list them as follows: 14 consecutive Lebanon County Track & Field Team Championships, 9 Section One Lanc-Leb League Track & Field Team Championships, 3 District III AAA Track & Field Team Championships, and 8 PIAA AAA Track & Field State Champions.

Favorite sport: Track & Field

Favorite teams: Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Reds

Favorite athlete: Lance Armstrong

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite musical artist: AC/DC

Something most people don’t know about you: I can’t swim to save my own life!

Favorite quote: Oh, I have a lot of favorite quotes. . .but I guess my all- time favorite quote is: “These are the days that Champions are made!” I shout this at the top of my lungs when we are doing a challening workout in adverse weather conditions (wind, cold, sleet, rain, etc).

Favorite movies: National Lampoon’s Vacation

Favorite TV shows: Big Brother; I’m sorry to admit this, but I do like watching the Bachelor. Funny stuff!!

Hobbies: Running, Lifting Weights, Going to the beach, Spending time with my family!


Name: Ed Bouchette, after my father.

Claim to fame: I cover the Steelers for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and graduated proudly from Lebanon Catholic.
Resides: Pittsburgh suburb of Plum, Pa.
Children: 3 children, all grown and accomplished, one new grandchild.
Proudest athletic moment: Pitching in national championship VFW Teener League game for Lebanon Valley. We finished 2nd. I also once grounded to short off Eddie Feigner of The King & His Court fame.
Favorite sport: Pro football now. For many, many years it was baseball. I hate basketball.
Favorite teams: Boston Red Sox. There are no others, particularly after the ’64 Phillies broke my young heart.
Favorite athlete: Tony Conigliaro, whose career and then life were cut too short.
Favorite food: The Italian Ice at Sirro’s in Lebanon
Favorite musical artist: Chicago. Blood, Sweat & Tears. I’ m brassy, I guess.
Something most people don’t know about you: I vote for both the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. There should be an investigation.
Favorite quote: “If it were easy, anyone could do it.” From my favorite coach, Chuck Noll.
Favorite movies: A cliche, but The Godfather, which I first saw at The Colonial Theatre in Lebanon, 1972.
Favorite TV shows: Mike & Molly, starring Pittsburgh’s own Billy Gardell, whom I’ve met. Also Boardwalk Empire, but I cancelled HBO and missed the second season.
Hobbies: I gave up golf 7 years ago, and I consider that move a hobby in itself.
Name: Daryl Hess
Claim to Fame: Northern Lebanon head baseball coach
Resides: Lebanon
Parents: Ken and Irene Hess
Proudest Athletic Moments: 1. As a coach, being part of the coaching staff on LVC’s national championship baskeball team; 2. Being part of the Section and Lancster-Lebanon League baseball championships at NL, as a player and as a coach; 3. Coaching baseball at Northern Lebanon with my Dad.
Favorite Sport: Whatever season we are in
Favorite Teams: Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Sixers, St Louis Rams
Favorite Athletes: Johnny Bench, Julius Erving, Larry Bird
Favorite Food: Lasagna
Favorite Musical Artist: The Tragically Hip
Favorite Movies: Hoosiers, Bad News Bears (the original), The Shawshank Redemption, First Blood (Rambo)
Favorite TV Shows: Happy Days, Seinfeld
Hobbies: Collecting and listening to music (CD’s), Playing golf
Name: Ed Ludwig (former Northern Lebanon High School Athletic Director)
Claim to fame: Played on two soccer and one baseball PSAC championship teams at East Stroudsburg University
Resides: Fredericksburg,Pa
Parents/Spouse/Children: William & Kathleen Ludwig / Elaine Ludwig / Terry Ludwit and Travis Ludwig
Proudest athletic moment: Back- to-back Lancaster-Lebanon League baseball titles as a coach
Favorite sport: Baseball
Favorite teams: Yankees
Favorite athlete: Derek Jeter
Favorite foods: Pasta and Ice Cream (not in the same bowl)
Favorite musical artist: J.S. Bach
Something most people don’t know about you: High School District Band Trombonist for two years
Favorite quote: “They don’t care how much you know till they know how much you care.”
Favorite movies: Field of Dreams, The Ten Commandments
Favorite TV shows: Baseball Tonight, Sport Center, O’Reilly
Hobbies: Golf, Tennis, Racquetball, Biking


Name: Joy Riley (Annville-Cleona tennis coach)
Claim to fame: Working for the United States Tennis Association, the largest non-profit tennis association in the world. I had the opportunity to be a speaker at the USTA Teachers conference in New York in 2009 and will be repeating this in August 2012.
Resides: Lebanon Pa
Children: Two daughters and one grand-daughter (Riley) and all three are the love of my life
Proudest athletic moment: Participating in the Goodwill Tennis tour in the Philippines in 2007. Three pros from the US toured the Philippines to share tennis tips with the tennis teachers/ pros. The tour was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy. We visited seven different cities over a one-month span.
Favorite sport: Tennis
Favorite athlete: John Isner. John is well-rounded in sports. He did not just vocus on one sport growing up. He participate in several different sports including basketball. He played four years in college. He is a team player. He did not leave college to play pro before graduating. Now he is excelling in tennis on the tour. He represents the US with grace. He is unassuming – not baggy. He comes from a balanced home life with good parents and loving brothers. He is a great role model for the young, up-and -oming tennis players.
Favorite food: Anything healthy
Something most people don’t know about you: I did not start playing tennis until I was 30 years old. I was a swimmer at Cedar Crest High School and Shippensburg University.
Favorite quote: ” Life is a work of art designed by those who live it.”
Hobbies: Visiting Caribbean islands as a teaching pro. I receive a free vacation for teaching 3 hrs of tennis at the resort. I wish I could just do this full time.

Name: Ashli Shay

Claim to fame: ELCO Girl’s Basketball head coach
Resides: Building a home in the Cornwall-Lebanon school district
Parents/Children: Husband Matt, daughter Isabella (1 year old) and daughter on the way (due February 10th)
Proudest athletic moment: Section, League, and District Championships in high school at Elco and back-to-back Big 10 Championships at Penn State
Favorite sport: Basketball
Favorite teams: Penn State, Eagles, Phillies
Favorite athlete: Charles Barkley
Favorite food: Italian Food
Favorite musical artist: Adele
Favorite quote: “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden
Favorite TV shows: Law and Order: SVU, Friends, Seinfeld
Hobbies: Spending time with my family, playing sports/working out
Name: Gary Bouchette
Claim to fame: Northern Lebanon boys’ basketball coach
Resides: Pine Grove
Parents/Children: Rick and Linda Bouchette; Wife – Mardelle, expecting boy in May
Proudest athletic moment: Being able to play college basketball
Favorite sport: Basketball
Favorite teams: University of North Carolina
Favorite athlete: Michael Jordan
Favorite food: Pasta
Favorite musical artist: Zac Brown Band
Something most people don’t know about you: I teach and coach at my alma mater
Favorite quote: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan
Favorite movies: Braveheart
Favorite TV shows: Sons of Anarchy
Hobbies: Coaching, Hiking, Kayaking


Name: Ken Battistelli II, Northern Lebanon girls’ basketball coach
Claim to fame: Being a father of 4 children, soon to be 5. Can’t be more famous than by being a dad!
Resides: Lebanon Pa
Parents/Children: Parents – Ken and Bonnie Battistelli; Kids- Kelsey, Kenny, vincent, Isabella and TBD
Proudest athletic moment: Every time a former player shows up to a game and comes up and gives me a hug.
Favorite sport: Basketball to play and coach, football to watch
Favorite teams: Everything Pittsburgh!
Favorite athlete: Michael Jordan, Greg Lloyd
Favorite food: Way too many to name
Favorite musical artist: The King…Elvis Presley
Something most people don’t know about you: I’m not nearly as mean as I seem to be on the sideline!
Favorite quote: “Maybe I can’t win……but to beat me, he’s gonna have to kill me” – Rocky IV
Favorite movies: The Godfather 1 and 2, all the Rockys
Favorite TV shows: Two and a Half Men (when Charlie Sheen was still in it), NCIS
Hobbies: Reading, hiking with my dog, shooting, playing poker, hanging out with my family, snugglin my kids.


Name: Patti Hower
Claim to fame: Lebanon Catholic girls basketball coach
Resides: Myerstown
Parents/Children: Parents – Ed and Jackie Werth; Child – Becky Kleinfelter; Grand-daughter – Mya Kleinfelter
Proudest athletic moment: State Championships 1992, 1995
Favorite sport: basketball
Favorite teams: Notre Dame, Baltimore Orioles, Sixers, Steelers
Favorite athlete: Cal Ripken
Favorite food: pizza
Favorite musical artist: Kenny Chesney
Favorite quote: Never let yesterday’s disappointments out shadow tomorrow’s dreams
Favorite movies: I do not go to the movies
Favorite TV shows: NCIS
Hobbies: Walking, biking, swimming


Name: Scott Clentimack, Lebanon Catholic boys’ basketball coach
Resides: Lebanon
Parents: Patricia (mom), Raymond (dad/deceased)
Proudest Athletic Moment: Our Three District Three Championships
Favorite Sport : Basketball (obviously)
Favotite Teams: Villanova (basketball), Phillies (baseball)
Favorite Athletes: Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Musical Artist: Rascal Flatts
Favorite Quote: From the movie Taxi Driver…”You Talkin to Me”.
Favotite Movies: “Cool Hand Luke”, all sports movies
Favorite TV Shows: NCIS, Criminal Minds, Big Bang Theory.
Hobbies: Playing Poker


Name: Justin Edwards
Claim to fame: Head Boys’ Basketball Coach, Annville-Cleona High School
Resides: Harrisburg
Parents/Children: Parents: Jan and Cecelia Edwards…..Child will be here in March!
Proudest athletic moment: NCAA Division Three Final Four and National Runner-up senior year at Elizabethtown College
Favorite sport: Basketball
Favorite teams: Professional basketball – Oklahoma City Thunder; College basketball – Duke; Football – Denver Broncos; Baseball – Phillies
Favorite food: red meat
Favorite musical artist: James Taylor
Favorite quote: ‘One of the greatest motivating factors is the pat on the back, although with some individuals, you have to make the pat a little lower or a little harder.’ –John Wooden
Favorite movies: Hoosiers, Major League
Hobbies: Spending time with family


Name: Tommy Smith
Claim to fame: Cedar Crest High School Grad, current Cedar Crest boys’ basketball coach
Resides: North Cornwall
Parents/Children: Parents – Tom & Linda Smith; Wife – Erin Smith; Children – Emma (3), Jackson (2)
Proudest athletic moment: Beating Manheim Central in football in my junior season
Favorite sport: Football (watch), Basketball (coach)
Favorite teams: Ohio State, Eagles, Phillies, Sixers
Favorite athlete: Deion Sanders
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite musical artist: Pearl Jam
Something most people don’t know about you: I haven’t grown since 6th grade
Favorite quote: ‘Great achievement is born of great sacrifice, and never the result of selfishness.
Favorite movies: Braveheart
Favorite TV shows: Don’t watch much TV
Hobbies: Spending time with my kids, fishing, golfing


Name: Todd Goclowski
Claim to fame: Head Coach, Women’s Basketball at Lebanon Valley College
Resides: Cleona, PA
Proudest athletic moment: Winning LVC’s first Conference Championship for Women’s Basketball
Favorite sport: Women’s Basketball
Favorite teams: LVC Women’s Basketball, UCONN, Green Bay Packers, NY Yankees
Favorite athlete: Muhammad Ali
Favorite food: Anything Italian, good guacamole, asparagus
Favorite musical artist: U2, Billy Joel
Something most people don’t know about you: I have lived in Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C. and Eastern Europe
Favorite quote: “Friendship is held to be the severest test of character.” – Charles Eastman
Favorite movies: Braveheart, Princess Bride, Shawshank Redemption, It’s A Wonderful Life
Favorite TV shows: CBS 48 Hours, The Daily Show
Hobbies: Hiking, Writing, Traveling


Name: Ben Brewer, Lebanon High head girls’ basketball coach
Claim to fame: Still waiting!
Resides: Annville
Parents: Barb/Rob Smith & Pat/Bev Brewer
Proudest athletic moment: Making the Rider University basketball team as a walk-on.
Favorite sport: Golf and Basketball
Favorite teams: Phillies, Redskins, Capitals, Penn State and Rider Broncs
Favorite athlete: Tiger Woods
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite musical artist: OAR
Something most people don’t know about you: I have caddied for an LPGA Professional, Jennifer Johnson, currently ranked 58th in the world.
Favorite quote: “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” –Jim Valvano
Favorite movies: Braveheart, Miracle, Caddy Shack, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Favorite TV shows: NCIS, CSI, Criminal Minds, SportsCenter
Hobbies: Golfing, traveling, cooking, and working out.


Name: Ronald L. Berman, Palmyra girls’ basketball coach
Claim to fame: 35 years of teaching at the Palmyra Middle School and over 40 years of coaching or directing Outdoor Ed at Palmyra
Resides: Palmyra
Wife: Susan K. Berman, was also a teacher at Palmyra for over 20 years, Married for 42 years
Children: Douglas, 38 and Jody, 36
Grandchildren: Sarah, 9 Lauren, 8 and Ashley, 7
Proudest athletic moment: Winning Mount Gretna Clay Court Doubles Tennis Championship in 1973 and Beating Allentown Central Catholic in the AAA State Boys’ tournament in 1988
Favorite sport: Pro Football, College Basketball and PGA Golf
Favorite teams: Phillies, Eagles and 76ers, North Carolina and Duke
Favorite athlete/coach: Dean Smith, Coach K and Richie Asburn
Favorite food: Pizza, steak, potatoes and soft pretzels
Favorite musical artist: Neil Diamond, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift
Something most people don’t know about you: I love teaching basketball. My favorite thing about coaching is practices where we can teach the girls how to play the game correctly. I really don’t enjoy the games nearly as much as do going to practices. Games are for the players and our fans, but practices are for the coaches. If you enjoy teaching, coaching is the perfect classroom. You have players who want to be there, studying a subject they want to take in a great environment.
Favorite quote: “Good things are going happen to you if you work hard enough to make them happen”
Favorite movies: Independence Day, A Few Good Men and Grease
Favorite TV shows: Football, basketball and golf tournaments


Name: John Shaffer, Cedar Crest High School Athletic Director
Claim to fame: Had the opening kickoff in the National Championship game in college.
Resides: Hummelstown
Children: 1 son, Colin, age 2
Proudest athletic moment: Obtaining All-American Status in College
Favorite sport: I like all sports.
Favorite teams: I don’t have a favorite, I just like athletics
Favorite athlete: None
Favorite food: Italian
Favorite musical artist: I don’t have a favorite, I just listen to the radio
Favorite quote: “Don’t hold anything back”
Favorite movies: All the Transformers movies
Favorite TV shows: I am a flipper, I can watch three shows at a time and not see how any of them end.
Hobbies: Spending time with my family and playing golf


Name: Mike Miller, Lebanon Catholic athletic director
Claim to fame: Smart enough to marry my wife
Resides: Lebanon
Parents/Children: 2 of each
Proudest athletic moment: Coaching Lebanon Catolic boys’ basketball team to undefeated section championship in 1983-84
Favorite sport: Baseball, Golf
Favorite teams: Phillies, Penn State
Favorite athlete: Mike Schmidt
Favorite food: Surf and Turf
Favorite musical artist: Fleetwood Mac
Favorite quote: ‘What you have left at the end of the game is gone forever’
Favorite movies: Platoon
Favorite TV shows: CSI LA, History Channel
Hobbies: Golf, Travel


Name: Brian S. Weidler, Palmyra athletic director
Claim to fame: Competitive Spirit
Resides: Palmyra School District
Children: 1 son, Griffin, age 10
Proudest athletic moment: 2 state championships, one in field hockey in 2005 and one in boys’ soccer in 2007
Favorite sport: All
Favorite teams: Phillies, Chelsea
Favorite athlete: MJ (Michael Jordan)
Favorite food: Shrimp Lo Mein
Favorite musical artist: Dan Fogleberg
Something most people don’t know about you: Compassionate
Favorite quote: “The greatest risk of all is not taking one”
Favorite movies: Seven, Christmas Vacation
Favorite TV shows: Seinfeld, ESPN’s Sports Center
Hobbies: Landscaping, Hunting, Coaching


Name: Terri Johnston (Lebanon Athletic Director)
Claim to fame: not sure I have one! Maybe scoring 1000 pts in college hoops
Resides: Lebanon
Children: 2 daughters (Haley -17 and Lauren – 14)
Proudest athletic moment: Being inducted into the LHS and Eastern University Athletic Halls of Fame
Favorite sport: Probably basketball, although I also love field hockey and softball
Favorite teams: Penn State (Football), Duke (college basketball), Eagles and Phillies
Favorite athlete: I am more a fan of coaches than players now! My favorite is Coach K (Mike Krzykewski of Duke)
Favorite food: Ice cream
Favorite musical artist: Michael Card, Paul Simon and Simon/Garfunkel
Something most people don’t know about you: My dad was a jockey and my tallest blood relative is 5’4
Favorite quote: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight oh Lord.” Ps 19:14
Favorite movies: I love movies but I can’t find a favorite. My favorite genre is comedy or romance, and I really don’t like horror or very violent movies!
Favorite TV shows: I’m pretty boring because I watch mostly sports, but I also enjoy documentaries and science shows.
Hobbies: Hanging with my husband and girls, working out, playing any sport that I am invited to play


Name: Terry Lehman, Annville-Cleona head football coach
Claim to fame: I am a Teacher and Coach at the same school for over 25 years.
Resides: Fontana, Pa
Children: Wife Sharon and sons Hunter Lehman and Tyler Kaylor
Proudest athletic moment: Every year Senior Night
Favorite sport: Football
Favorite teams: Annville-Cleona, College-Alabama, Pro-Minnesota Vikings
Favorite athlete: Adrian Peterson RB Vikings
Favorite food: Hard Shell Crabs
Favorite musical artist: Johnny Cash
Favorite quote: “It is what it is!!!”
Favorite movies: The Great Outdoors with Dan Aykroyd and John Candy.
Favorite TV shows: Man vs. Food
Hobbies: Hunting and Fishing


Name: Tom Waranavage
Claim to fame: Cedar Crest head football coach
Resides: South Lebanon Township
Wife/Children: wife Patricia and two beautiful, healthy children
Parents: Fred & Linda Waranavage
Proudest athletic moment: Friday Night Lights
Favorite Sport: Football
Favorite Teams: Eagles, Phillies
Favorite Athlete: Mike Schmidt
Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers
Favorite Musical Artist: Billy Joel
Something most people don’t know about me: I was the first person in my family to attend college.
Favorite quote: “Fatigue makes a coward of us all” – Vince Lombardi
Favorite movie: Remember the Titans
Favorite TV show: M*A*S*H -I used to watch it with my grandfather.
Hobby: I like to fish.


Name: Charlie Grimes
Claim to fame: Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Lebanon Valley College
Resides: Ono, PA
Wife/Children: Jess, son Simon, daughter Mira
Proudest athletic moment: as a player; my first minutes on the field as a pro player; as a coach; when LVC beat Messiah 2-1 in the 2008 season
Favorite sport: Soccer
Favorite teams: Lebanon Valley College, FC Barcelona, Manchester United
Favorite athletes: Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Ryan Giggs
Favorite food: Chicken
Favorite musical artist: Steven Curtis Chapman
Favorite quote: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. ‘
Favorite movies: Passion of the Christ, Braveheart, Star Wars series
Favorite TV shows: Spanish league and English league soccer matches; sporting events
Hobbies: Playing guitar, writing songs, spending time with my family and friends (especially outdoors), travelling


Name: Jared Odrick
Claim to fame: Athlete
Howard Odrick, Jan Falk
Most memorable athletic moment: Getting drafted
Favorite sports: Football, Basketball
Favorite team: 1996 Chicago Bulls
Favorite athlete: Michael Jordan
Favorite foods: Philly cheese steak, old bay fries
Favorite musical artists: Drake, Kings of Leon, The XX
Something most people don’t know about me: That I’m a movie enthusiast
Favorite movies: 000, Gladiator, Layer Cake, 25th HR, Matrix, Casino, Snatch, Revolver, City of God, Crash, No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood
Favorite quote: Too many to name
Favorite TV shows: Game of Thrones, MXC, PTI, Boardwalk Empire
Hobbies:Video Games, Fine Dining


Name: Don Scott
Resides: Lebanon
Claim to fame: 2001 induction Central Chapter PA Sports Hall of Fame; 1987 American Softball Association of PA Sportscaster of the Year
Favorite interviews: Bobby Orr, Michael Jordan, Bob Feller
Favorite sports: Baseball, Hockey
Favorite teams: Phillies, Hershey Bears
Favorite athlete: Willie Mays
Favorite food: Prime rib
Favorite musical artist: Frank Sinatra
Favorite quote: Joe Frazier who refuses to fly: “I’ll put my black *** on a plane when they make it out of the same material the black box that survives a crash is made of.”
Favorite movies: Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Slap Shot
Favorite TV shows: Boston Legal, Everybody Loves Raymond
Something nobody knows: In 1953 struck out more than 100 batters in Lebanon-City County Teener League and was 5-0 with 1956 Lebanon Legion team that won league championship.
Hobbies: Collecting sports memorabilia and Public Address announcer for Hershey Bears games since 1991


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  1. Love seeing old names and friends on your website, keep up the good work.