Eight to be added to Luzerne County Hall of Fame

June 26th, 2015 1:00 am

First Posted: 7/20/2013

Eight former local athletes will be inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame John Louis Popple Chapter during next month’s ceremonies.

The inductions will take play on Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Ramada Inn in Wilkes-Barre. There will be a cocktail hour starting at 4 p.m. Dinner will take place at 5 p.m. followed by the induction ceremonies.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children 5-11. Children 4 and under are free.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting chapter secretary Carol Hurley at 824-7133. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Here are the members of the 2013 induction class:

Edward Burke


Three-year starter and letterwinner at Coughlin where he played as a lineman and kicker. … Help Coughlin to a 9-1 record in 1964, finishing in the top 20 in scoring and earning all-state honorable mention recognition. … Attended Frederick Military Academy and won the prep football title there. … Offensive tackle for three years at Wilkes College and was part of a 32-game winning streak and three MAC titles. … Named All-MAC in 1968 and later named to the MAC All-Century team. … MAC’s most valuable offensive lineman in 1969. … Recruited to play for the Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Colts. … Assistant football coach at Wyoming Valley West from 1972-1977.

Dominick “Don” Cassetori


Winningest player in Wyoming Valley tennis with over 30 singles titles and 38 doubles championships. … Played at No. 1 singles for the 1986 national runner-up 4.5 team from Scranton. … Won 11 season-ending Wyoming Valley Grand Prix championships, a title given to the player with the most tournament wins in a season. … Has been ranked in the top 20 in the Middle States and held the No. 1 spot in Lehigh Valley singles three times. … In 2009 was ranked No. 1 in the Middle States 4.0 with partner Mark Dryfoss. … A certified teaching pro, he has been the pro at Kingston Indoor Tennis and has coached numerous students who have gone on to college success. … Was a member of the USTA sectional championship team in 2008. … Coached tennis at Wyoming Area from 1990-2003, winning one district title.

Larry Ksanznak


Captained the West Hazleton High School team and was selected to the All-Anthracite and All-Region teams. … Made the winning free throw with one second left to give West Hazleton the Anthracite League title. … Selected to the Dream Team as a senior. … Captained the Bloomsburg University team that won the school’s first state title. … Played on the VFW team that won three Rogers Open Tournaments. … Helped with the service league championship while stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army. … Coached basketball in the Hamilton (N.Y.) School District. … Also excelled at fastpitch softball, winning five titles. … The Lawrence Township (N.Y.) Public Schools named its Olympic-size pool and fitness center in his honor.

Ned McGinley


While at Kingston High School was a two-time district champion, three-time district finalist and a Northeast Regional finalist. … Team captain in 1961 and three-year letterwinner. … High school dual meet record was 36-1-1. … At Wilkes College was an NAIA All-American in 1963, Wilkes Open finalist in 1962 and MAC finalist in 1965. … Three-time national qualifier with a winning percentage of over .800. … Was Wilkes’ captain in 1965 and earned four letters. … Founded the King’s College program in 1968 and has coached there the past 44 years. … At King’s has recorded over 400 dual meet wins, two NCAA Division III championships, four Division III finalist berths, 18 All-Americans, 28 conference championships and two Wilkes Open titles. … Inducted into the NCAA Division III Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame.

William “Bill” Noone


Attended Seton Catholic High School where he was a three-sport MVP in baseball, basketball and soccer. … Was a Wyoming Valley Conference all-star in baseball and soccer in 1991. … Was a member of the Greater Pittston team that won the American Legion baseball title in 1990. … At Wilkes University was named the MAC Freedom League MVP in 1994, the same year the Colonels won the MAC title. … In 1994 and 1995 was named All-ECAC and to the Freedom League first-team all-stars. … Had a career record of 17-7 with 215 strikeouts and a 3.14 ERA in 195 innings. … A 1995 finalist in the open male division for the Killer Bees Award. … Drafted in the 37th round by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1995 and spent a season in the rookie and low-A leagues. … Inducted into the Wilkes University Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.

James Pizano


Played at Wyoming Area from 1990-1993, setting school records for career rushing yards (4,086) and touchdowns (63). … Ran for 1,863 yards and 27 TDs as a senior. … First-team all-state as a senior and played in the Big 33 Game, scoring Pennsylvania’s only touchdown. … Wyoming Valley Conference MVP as a senior and two-time Carmen Falcone Award winner. … Earned a scholarship to the University of Massachusetts where he lettered for four years. … Holds the UMass record for longest run from scrimmage, a 96-yard gain vs. Rhode Island. … Part of the 1998 Division I-AA national championship team that defeated Georgia Southern for the title. … Inducted to the Wyoming Area “Ring Of Pride” Hall of Fame in 2003. … Continues to help local athletes through volunteering his time with fundraisers, as a guest speaker and assisting in the recruiting process.

Lorraine Sharp


Started playing tennis at 19 years old and by age 25 began playing in USTA-sanctioned events. … Won three consecutive USTA events at Kirby Park, earning the coveted Janet F. Post Trophy. … Began playing in USTA Middle States events and was consistently ranked among the top 10 players in the region’s open division from 1969-1976. … Top-three play in the 40 division and the top-ranked player in the 45 division for five years. … Competed nationally and was ranked No. 6 in the nation for five years. … Continued to play nationally into her 50s until an ankle injury ended her career at a tournament in Salt Lake. … Finished second in singles and doubles at the nationals in Milwaukee. … Attended the Dennis Van der Meer Tennis University in Maryland where she earned a Professional Tennis Instructor’s Certificate in 1976. … Taught the sport for several years after retiring from competition.

Karel Zubris

Ice Skating

Has been fixture in local amateur sports and the ice skating community for more than three decades. … Currently the figure skating instructor at the Ice Rink in Wilkes-Barre. … Founding member of the Diamond City Figure Skating Club where as the public relations chairperson has promoted the talents of club members on the local and national levels. … Former judge in the Keystone State Games. … Presented proclamations on the behalf of Wilkes-Barre to Olympic gold medalists Tara Lipinski and Scott Hamilton. … Oversaw the first local figure skaters to perform at the Mohegan Sun Arena. … Participated and performed in DVD fitness production ICERCIZE, an on-ice workout. … Member of the Professional Skaters Association, the Ice Skating Institute and the United States Figure Skating Association.