The Lehigh Valley Sports Hall of Fame has announced their High School, College, and Special Awards to be presented at their May 12 Banquet in Northampton.
The following outstanding high school senior student athletes will be receiving awards:
Greg Bensley, Pocono Mountain West, football and wrestling, Big School Male Athlete of the Year
James Haag, Emmaus, soccer and volleyball, Big School Male Scholar Athlete of the Year
Grace Mittl, Liberty, volleyball, track and field, indoor track and field, Big School Female Athlete of the Year
Olivia Sahaydak, Liberty, field hockey, track and field, indoor track and field, Big School Female Scholar Athlete of the Year
Caleb Clymer, Northwestern Lehigh, football, wrestling, Small School Male Athlete of the Year
Sawyer Carl Beltz, Pen Argyl, football, wrestling, track and field, Small School Male Scholar Athlete of the Year
Kaitlyn Cavallaro, Palisades, soccer, basketball, track and field, Small School Female Athlete of the Year
Emily Deschler, Allentown Central Catholic, cross country, soccer, track and field, Small School Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.
The following outstanding college athletes also will be receiving awards:
Saquon Barkley, Whitehall, Penn State University, football, Male College Athlete of the Year
Aspen Gaita, Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg University, track and field, indoor track and field, Female College Athlete of the Year
Katie Bacher, Emmaus, MIT, cross country, track and field, indoor track and field, Female College Scholar Athlete of the Year
The following others will be receiving special awards:
Parkland Girls Soccer Team, Debbie Stellar Memorial Community Service Award
Brad Wilson, LehighValleyLive.com Sportswriter, John Kunda Memorial Print Media Award
Wes Schlauch, Parkland, Hill School, Penn State Lehigh Valley (Class of 2018), Robert “Skeeter” Steckel Memorial Perseverance Award
The organization previously announced its 2018 Induction Class that includes Michael Andretti, Ed Cahn, Chuck Frantz, Rich Lerner, Jen Lobasso, Brad Pensyl, Craig Smith, Jeff Tipping, Cindy Werley, Mike Williams, and the late Jack Pressmann and Betsy Wilson, who will be inducted posthumously.
The Lehigh Valley Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 2009 by Don Zangl and Joe Zemba, Director Emeritus, as the Lehigh Valley Recreational Sports Hall of Fame, to recognize recreational athletes who excelled in their sports in the Lehigh Valley.
It was later renamed the Lehigh Valley Sports Hall of Fame and began to recognize former high school, college, amateur, semi-pro, and professional athletes in addition to recreational athletes from the Lehigh Valley and later the Poconos who excelled in one or more sports as an athlete, coach, manager, organizer, builder, official, announcer, sportswriter, or in some other way related to sports while living in the Lehigh Valley and beyond.
The group reorganized and was incorporated last year as the Lehigh Valley Sports Hall of Fame, Inc., a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation; it also was recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt public charity and was approved by the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame as the Lehigh Valley – Pocono Chapter of the state organization.
The LVSHOF will be holding its annual induction ceremony and banquet on Saturday, May 12, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Northampton Memorial Community Center in Northampton Boro.
Tickets for the event are available for $30.00, which includes a family-style banquet dinner, dessert, and beverages.
The deadline for tickets and all advertising – including messages of congratulations for inductees and award winners – is Wednesday, May 2.
The PASHOF will be holding its annual induction ceremony and banquet on Saturday, November 3, at The Woodlands Inn in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Tickets for that event are $50.00.
The deadline for tickets and advertising for the PASHOF banquet will be later in the year.
The LVSHOF and LV-Pocono Chapter of the PASHOF is run by an 11-member board of directors headed by Edward John White of Allentown as Chairman/Chapter President, Joe Mayer of Easton as Vice Chairman/Chapter Vice President, Luiz D. Garcia of Allentown as Secretary, and Ron Spinner of Stroudsburg as Treasurer, and seven other board members.
St. Luke’s University Health Network is the Exclusive Event Sponsor of the Lehigh Valley Sports Hall of Fame Annual Induction Ceremony and Banquet; Discover Lehigh Valley is a marketing partner, Royal Graphic Studios is the Exclusive Printing Sponsor, and Frantz Trophies & Plaques is the Exclusive Trophy and Plaque Sponsor.
For additional information or to purchase tickets to the LVSHOF or PASHOF banquet or to advertise in the banquet program for either event, please contact LVSHOF Chairman Edward John White by phone at 610-739-3414 or via email at LVSportsHOF@gmail.com.
Information Provided By:
Edward John White
Chairman, Lehigh Valley Sports Hall of Fame, Inc. Board of Directors,
President, Lehigh Valley – Pocono Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and
Member, Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Inc., Board of Governors
“We recognize the achievements of outstanding sports people of the Greater Lehigh Valley and the Poconos in Eastern Pennsylvania while promoting youth growth.”