By Steve Svetovich
The Northeast Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame will induct 11 new members at its annual dinner Sunday, October 2, at the University of Scranton DeNaples Center.
The annual event will begin with a cocktail hour from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The cost is $40 per ticket.
The 2016 inductees are Kevin Borrelli for cross country and track, Ryan Castellani for football, Kristen Maile for volleyball. Melissa Rose McTiernan for basketball. Jared Nepa for football, Tom Parry for basketball, Tom Rudzinski for softball, Mike Sokoloski for baseball, basketball and golf; Joe Tuzze for football and track; and the late Bill Zinsky for golf. Scott Walsh, the long time Scranton Times-Tribune sports writer, will receive the Service Award.
Bob Walsh (570-346-2228) is in charge of tickets. Tom Dougherty (570-346-9991) and Alice Foley (570-346-5796) are in charge of advertisements.
Kevin Borrelli was a standout runner at Mid Valley Secondary Center where he won three district titles, three state medals and earned the title of Lackawanna County Runner of the Year in 2000 and 2001. He enjoyed an outstanding running career at Duquesne University. As a distance runner, he is a two-time winner of the Wilkes-Barre Triple Crown and won back-to-back Steamtown Marathon titles in. 2008-2009. As coach of both the men’s and women’s cross country teams for 6 years at Marywood, he was five times named Colonial States Athletic Conference coach of the year. His women’s teams won four straight CSAC Conference titles.
Ryan Castellani was an All-Regional running back and defensive back at Valley View High School. At Wagner College, he was a first-team 1AA All-American returns specialist. He is a three-time All-Northeast defensive back. He holds the all time punt return yardage record in a season with 507 yards and career average at 13.8 yards per return for both Wagner College and the Northeast Conference. He ranks sixth all-time in NCAA Division 1AA football in punt return yards (1,253).
Kristin Maile was a two-time basketball all-star and four-time all-star in volleyball at Forest City High School. She led both the basketball and volleyball teams to district titles and led the league in scoring for basketball.
She was an MAC all-star in volleyball at the University of Scranton. She became the University of Scranton’s head volleyball coach and led her teams to 100 wins in five years. She was named MAC coach of the year twice. She earned 200 more coaching wins at Cedar Crest where she was athletic director and physical education director.
Melissa “Missy” Rose McTiernan led Scranton Prep to two Lackawanna League Southern Division titles. She was a three-time All-League selection and two-time All Regional pick. She averaged 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists as a senior and earned Team Player of the Year as a junior.
She was a four-year member of the University of Connecticut Lady Huskies who won four Big East regular season titles and four Big East tournaments. She was a member of the 1995 Women’s Basketball National title team. In 1997, she was named New England Scholar Athlete of the Year and was selected into the New England Hall of Fame.
Jared Nepa led Carbondale Area to the 2002 district title while passing for 1400 yards and 17 touchdown passes. He was first-team All-Conference on offense and defense and second-team All-State. He received the Bill McDonough Coaches Award. He was a first-team all-star, All Regional and third-team All-State in basketball.
While at Colgate, Nepa was named the Patriot League’s defensive player of the year. He was first-team All-Patriot League and All-Northeast linebacker of the year. He was inducted into the New York State Hall of Fame.
Tom Parry was a 1000-point scored at Lakeland High School. He led his team to the Class C district title in two seasons. In his 20 years as Lackawanna Trail basketball coach, he won over 240 games, including two District 12 titles. His Keystone States basketball team won a gold and silver medal.
Tom Rudzinski led Abington Heights, Lakeland High School and Mountain View High School all to softball championships. His combined record at the three schools was 194-55.
He officiated in four National Championship Minor Professional football games and was inducted into the Minor Professional Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
Mike Sokoloski was Northern Division basketball leading scorer at Scott High School. He was also a two-time all-star pitcher. At East Stroudsburg University, he twice pitched complete game doubleheaders. As an amateur baseball player, he pitched 15 years and won over 200 games, including 12 in the playoffs.
He is the only member of the Stonehedge Country Club to win the Stonehedge Slam, or all six major tournaments.
Joe Tuzze is a two-time All-State selection at linebacker for Lakeland High School. He was a key member of four undefeated Lackawanna Conference championship teams. He was three-time All-League and All Regional. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry as a four-year starter at Akron University where he was an MAC Vern Smith Leadership Award nominee.
The late Bill Zinsky was a 41-year member of the Elkview Country Club. He won its golf championship in 1968, 1978 and 1998. He won senior club titles in 1989 and 1997. He won the Ed Daley Memorial Tournament title in 1986 and the Lackawanna Senior Golf title in 1992. He scored three holes in one.
Scott Walsh has been a sports reporter 30 years for the Scranton Times-Tribune. He currently covers motor sports, local colleges and high school cross country. He is a copy editor and page designer. He is an adjunct professor in the Communications department at the University of Scranton. He teaches a sports writing class.
He has earned numerous awards for sports writing and editing. He has been honored by the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League and Minor League Football Alliance. He is a writer for New York Yankees Magazine. He previously covered the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.