Metro Erie Chapter of PA Sports Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2017




Metro Erie Chapter, Pa. Sports Hall of Fame, Announces 2017 Inductees

The Metro Erie Chapter of the Pa Sports Hall of Fame has announced its 2017 inductees. This year’s list includes the following (alphabetically):

1. Steve “Buzz” Brandon: one of McDowell’s finest athletes in the mid-1960s. After military service, Steve went on to play on the first baseball and basketball teams at Mercyhurst College. Later became one of Erie’s greatest fast-pitch softball stars.

2. Janine Calabrese: Calabrese was among the gold medal recipients at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles in July 2015. She was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at age two and was recognized as the Erie Times-News Sportswoman of the Year in 2015.

3. Bill Callahan: had an outstanding athletic career at Tech Memorial in the late-1960s. At Gannon, he played both basketball and golf and participated on three Gannon golf teams that made it to the NCAA National Championships.

4. Dann Carr: World Arm-Wrestling Champion in 1975; National Champion in 1974, 1977, 1978, 1983, and 1985; helped to develop the first American Gladiators’ competition which jump-started the National TV Show; helped run the Lower (Erie) Eastside Gym which took a lot of kids off the street.

5. Phil Glass: had a distinguished coaching career at Iroquois. He coached football for 30 years and won District X titles in 1990, 1991, and 1995. His baseball teams won six ECL crowns and two District X championships. Also resurrected a struggling volleyball program. Overall, coached a total of 70 sport seasons.

6. Alane Keefer: enjoyed an outstanding career in cross country and track & field. At Northwestern High School, she placed third in the state championships as a junior and seventh as a senior. Later at Ashland College, she became the first female athlete there to compete in the National Championships in two different sports in the same year. She’s a member of the Ashland Athletic Hall of Fame.

7. Mike Machuga: one of the greatest bowlers in the history of Erie. two PBA National Titles (2005 Greater Omaha Classic, 2008 Chameleon Championship); five PBA Runner-Up Finishes; 24 career PBA 300-games with over 100 competitive 300-games; 60-plus lifetime 800 series; has won virtually every scratch tournament in the Erie area, including the 1997 Erie Times-News Open.

8. Ron Sertz: has been involved in the Erie sports scene for over 50 years as an athlete, coach, author, administrator (Cathedral Prep, Erie Otters, Erie Bayhawks), and entrepreneur. Currently serves as the Executive Director of the Erie Sports Commission (ESC). The ESC was named National Sports Commission of the Year in 2014 and 2016 and Sertz was chosen National Executive of the Year in April of 2016.

9. Stan Swank: has amassed over 550 wins with the Edinboro University’s women’s basketball program since taking over in 1987-88; all-time winningest coach in Edinboro history, winningest coach in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), and the conference’s longest-tenured coach; PSAC West Coach of the Year seven times and Edinboro’s Coach of the Year four times.

10. Tom Turnbull (deceased): one of Erie’s greatest wrestlers; graduated from Iroquois High School in 1973 with a 65-6 record; only wrestler in the history of the Erie area to win four sectional titles; finished 101-25-1 with 40 pins at Clarion University; during Tom’s tenure, the Golden Eagles won the PSAC championships in 1975, 1976, and 1977.

The ten will be inducted formally into the Metro Erie Chapter of the Pa Sports Hall of Fame Wednesday, June 21, at the Shrine Club on East 38th. The Induction Dinner will begin at 6pm.  Ticket information will be released at a later date.

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