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Five from area headed to IUP hall of fame

by The Indiana Gazette on September 12, 2013 10:40 AM

Five local residents who starred in athletics are part of the 14-member class that will be inducted into the IUP Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday.

David Cramer, Laura (Hall) Gourley, Leah (Simmons) Parow, Frank Schatko and Frederick V. Tomb are members of the Class of 2013. Cramer, Schatko and Tomb will be inducted posthumously.

The rest of the class consists of Donald Cavalero and Yancey Taylor (men’s basketball), Dean Cottrill, Bob Jamison and Bob Tate (football), John Griffith (football and track and field), Craig Stabler (baseball), Tiffany Staver (women’s swimming) and Richard Wolf (cross country and track and field).

Following the induction ceremony, the new inductees will be honored at halftime of the football game against Cheyney (4 p.m.) at Miller Stadium.

• Cramer, a Homer City native, was a four-year letterman on the rifle team in 1962-1965. He competed in smallbore rifle in prone, kneeling and standing positions. In 1963, Cramer was named an All-American, becoming the first in school history in the sport.

Following his graduation from IUP in 1966, Cramer joined the U.S. Army and served from 1967-1970. He fought in the Vietnam War and was awarded the U.S. Army Distinguished Rifleman Badge in 1974. He retired as lieutenant colonel in 1994. He was the rifle team coach at Duquesne University for more than 30 years.

Cramer, who was inducted into the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame in 2004, is survived by his wife Alice and his daughter Janell. He will be represented by his sister, Sara Pulliam.

• Gourley, a Rural Valley native, was arguably the top volleyball player in school history. She was the PSAC West Rookie of the Year in 1999, a three-time All-PSAC West selection, a two-time academic All-American and a second-team Daktronics All-American in 2002.

As an outside hitter, she holds numerous season records, including most kills in a season (692), kills per game (5.32), aces in a season (71) and aces per game (.71).

A member of the 2002 PSAC championship team, she also holds the career record for kills (2,348), kills per game (4.83), hitting percentage (.384), aces (261) and aces per game (.54).

She also still holds a number of PSAC volleyball records, including single-season kills, career kills and career aces.

A 2003 graduate, Gourley is a teacher and volleyball coach at West Shamokin High School. She lives in Avonmore with her husband Zachary and daughter Elena.

• Parow, an Indiana High School graduate, was a four-year starter on the basketball team in 1988-1992 who finished her career with 1,342 points, which ranks fifth in school history.

She was named the PSAC West Rookie of the Year in 1989 and was named to the All-PSAC West second team two twice.

One of the top all-around players during her time at IUP, Parow ranks sixth in steals with 228 and seventh in assists with 320. She led the team in scoring in 1989-90 at 14.8 points per game.

A 1993 graduate, Parow works in Morgantown, W.Va. as a trainer at CrossFit. She lives with her husband Erik and three children, sons Evan and Max and daughter Gwyneth.

• Schatko, of Marion Center, played on IUP’s inaugural soccer team in 1971 and helped lead the way to a winning record, scoring 11 gaols in 12 games. Following the 1971 season, he played in an all-star game in Pittsburgh, where he scored the first goal of the match.

After his graduation in 1972, Schatko served in the U.S. Army for three years and then returned to IUP to earn his master’s degree in German education.

Schatko also started the boys’ soccer program at Indiana High School, where he was the coach for more than a decade.

He will be represented by his sister, Anne Marie Watson.

• Tomb, an Indiana native, was a four-year letterman in the football team in 1931-34 and helped lead the team to the first championship in school history, in 1934.

Prior to his passing he and his wife Frances had four children, sons Thomas, James, Raymond and Gregory. He will be represented by Raymond.

• Cavalero, of Butler, was a four-year letterman in basketball and was a part of teams that had a combined record of 49-33.

He was named Coaches’ All-Conference, Penn Sports Writer Team, West Penn Little Eleven all-conference team and was awarded the Gold “I” Basketball Award.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1956, Cavalero went on to serve in the U.S. Army.

A retired teacher, Cavalero lives with his wife Susan. They have three sons, Stephen and twins Jeffery and Randal.

• Dean Cottrill, a native of Upper St. Clair, played on two conference championship teams in football.

A leader on defense at linebacker, Cottrill was a first-team All-American pick by the American Football Coaches Association and an honorable mention selection by the Associate Press during the 1988 season. He was a three-time first-team all-conference selection.

Cottrill helped the 1988 team allow a single-season school record 75.1 yards per game.

A 1988 graduate, Cottrill is president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. He lives in Annapolis, Md., with his daughter Olivia and son Barrett.

• Griffith, a Beaver native, was a four-year starter at halfback on the football team and a sprinter on the track team.

A 1960 graduate, Griffith is a utility industry worker in Williamsburg, Va. He and his wife Patricia have three daughters, Pamela, Gail and Jennifer.

• Jamison, a Greensburg native, played tackle on the football team for two seasons and was named to the Little All-American team in 1963.

A 1965 graduate, Jamison is a retired special agent of the FBI, where he earned numerous letters of commendation, two Quality Service Awards and was the recipient of the U.S. Department of Justice Award for Meritorious Service. He resides in Floyds Knobs, Ind., with his wife Carol. They have two children, Kelly and Steven.

• Stabler, a Montoursville native, was a pitcher on the baseball team and four-year letterman who earned academic All-American honors in 1975 and ’76.

Stabler was a member of the 1973 PSAC championship team and played on teams that compiled a 64-41 record over the course of his career.

An orthopedic surgeon, Stabler graduated with degrees in biology and chemistry. He received his master’s degree at Jefferson Medical and finished his residency at the University of Miami. He resides in Williamsport with his wife Dawn. They have two children, daughters Kimberly and Jessica.

• Staver, a Robesonia native, is one of the most decorated swimmers in IUP history.

An 11-time All-American, Staver was a part of the 200- and 400-meter relay team that set school records. She was a four-time All-PSAC swimmer, winning individual titles at the conference meet in the 100 and 200 freestyles in 1996.

A 1996 graduate with a business degree, she resides in Chambersburg and works as an assistant auctioneer coordinator.

• Tate, an Altoona native, played linebacker, middle guard and placekicker on the football team and was co-captain of the 1968 Boardwalk Bowl team. His teams went 24-4.

Upon his graduation, Tate held the school career record with 76 extra points made, a mark that stood for 22 years.

After graduating in 1969, Tate worked for the U.S. Treasury until 2001 and is now president of a detective agency. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife Brenda. They have a son, Brian.

• Taylor, a Donora native, starred on IUP’s first Elite Eight basketball team in 1994.

A three-year letterman, Taylor ranks 17th on the all-time scoring list with 1,257 points, third in free throws made (424), fifth in free throw attempts (578) and fourth in assists (406). He is one of only two players in school history to record a triple-double.

Taylor was a three-time first-team All-PSAC West selection, including the Player of the Year award in 1994. He was named a second-team NABC All-American in 1994 and 1995 and was a part of a PSAC championship team, two East regional champion teams and an NCAA semifinal team.

Taylor resides in Rostraver and is a sales representative for ACT Entertainment.

• Wolf, an Elizabethtown native, was a four-year letterman on the cross country team and was named an All-American in 1976 and ’77.

A three-time All-PSAC selection, he still ranks second in school history in the 5-mile run and third in the 10K, which came at the 1977 PSAC championships.

Wolf was also part of the 1977 team that placed third at the NCAA championships, the program’s highest finish in school history.

A 1977 graduate with a degree in safety sciences, Wolf is an industrial hygienist and safety consultant in Wilmington, Del.

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