Punxsy Sports Hall of Fame welcomes new class of inductees

— Gary Astorino.
— Dominic Barilar.
— Roger Raybuck.
— William Vassallo.
— George Work.
— Bruce Chambers (posthumous inductee).

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame will hold its 11th induction banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in the Punxsutawney High School Cafeteria.

The keynote speaker for the evening will be Les Shoop.

Shoop is the former basketball coach at Punxsutawney with a record of 198-96. His record includes five District IX Class AAAA Championships.
He coached his last Dapper Dan Round Ball classic at the Civic Arena.
Shoop attended high school at Shannock Valley from 1962-65, where he lettered three years in basketball, was the second leading scorer in school history and the third team All-State during his senior year.

He attended college at IUP, where he was a four-year letterman with 991 career points (seventh place all at that time) and was captain his senior year.

He is married to Marsha McMinn, and they have five children. Three of their sons played for a National Championship in college.

Shoop was inducted into the Armstrong County Sports Hall of Fame in 1984, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Hall of Fame in 2004, and Butler County Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

Tickets for this year’s banquet will be available at the PAHS office; Lily’s; and the Medicine Shoppe. There are only 200 tickets available.
In order for an athlete to be considered for the Hall of Fame, a nomination form needs to be completed and turned into the Hall of Fame committee. Forms are available from any Hall of Fame committee member or in the high school office.

The induction ceremony is every 18 months.

The Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame Committee consists of Patti Fallara, Keith Hughes, Joyce Martino, Nancy Maruca, Perry McKeen, John Miller, William Sisk, Dr. Jack Smelko, Joe Steiner and William Vassallo.