The Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame John Louis Popple Chapter will add 13 new members on Aug. 17 at its annual induction ceremonies.
The inductees will be honored at the Joseph DeSimone Memorial Banquet will be held at Genetti’s Hotel and Conference Center in Wilkes-Barre. The event starts at 4 p.m. with a cocktail hour followed by dinner and the inductions.
Cost for the banquet is $30 for adults, $15 for children ages 3-12 and free for children 2 and under. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Here is a brief look at the 13 new inductees. More detailed biographies will run closer to the banquet date.
Leonard Augustine: A star basketball player at Ashley High School from 1955-1959, Augustine became the seventh player in state history to score 2,000 career points. He had 34 points as a sophomore in a victory over Elk Lake in the PIAA Eastern semifinals. As a senior, he scored the third-most points in the state.
Karen Stefanowicz Brubaker: The Lake-Lehman graduate’s volleyball honors included All-State honorable mention and second-team selections. In softball, she helped Lake-Lehman win the District 2 Class 3A title as a senior. She played softball at Trenton State, winning the NCAA Division III title in 1994.
Neil Corbett: Corbett started a long newspaper career in June 1972 as a clerk at the Wilkes-Barre Record. In May 1979, he was appointed the sports editor at The Citizens Voice, a position he held until retiring in 2013. His staff won numerous state and national awards during his tenure.
Tom Gauntlett: Gauntlett lettered in five sports while at Dallas High School. He went on to play basketball at North Carolina where he was nominated to the All-ACC freshman team, started two years and advanced to the Final Four. Among his teammates were future ABA and NBA stars Billy Cunningham and Charlie Scott.
Ronald Hungarter: A Meyers High School Hall of Fame inductee, Hungarter starred in football and track. He set several records throwing the discus, and his throw of 175 feet is still a school record. He received a scholarship to Ohio University and continued to excel in the throwing events. He was a member of the U.S. Olympic Training team in 1970.
Stephanie Jallen: Despite a birth defect that caused the left side of her body to underdevelop, the recent Wyoming Area grad excels at skiing. At the 2014 Paralympics Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, she won bronzes medals in the Super G and Super Combined. She also won a gold, silver and bronze in the 2013 Australian World Cup among other accomplishments.
Alex “Rep” Junevitz Jr.: Junevitz will be inducted posthumously for his baseball career at Harter High School in West Nanticoke. In 1947 and 1948, he pitched seven no-hitters, struck out 330 and batted .414. He signed with the New York Yankees, but an injury during National Guard training ended his baseball career.
Ron Musto Jr.: Musto was a standout baseball player at Wyoming Area and with the Greater Pittston American Legion team. He went on to start three years at East Stroudsburg University before beginning a long, successful coaching career at Wyoming Area and Greater Pittston. He was the legion team’s manager and general manager for 25 seasons.
Charles Podlesny: Podlesny was a three-sport standout at West Hazleton and honored as the school’s best athlete in 1950. He captained Millersville College’s undefeated basketball team in 1954. After two years in the military, he went on to coach varsity basketball at Neshaminy High School. He is a member of the Greater Hazleton Area and Neshaminy halls of fame.
Thomas Rokita: Rokita was a four-time MVP for the Wilkes College tennis team and three-year starter at goalkeeper for the soccer team in the late 1960s. He was head coach of Wyoming Seminary’s boys soccer team from 1983-1993 as the team won its first District 2 title. He also coached soccer and tennis at Wilkes and was Lake-Lehman’s athletic director from 2005-2012.
Gary Siegel: A standout wrestler at Crestwood High School from 1977-1979, Siegel won the PIAA state title at 112 pounds in 1978. He was second the following year. At Syracuse, he was 88-17-1 and won several honors before a knee injury ended his career as a senior. He went on to coach at the high school and college levels.
Elliot Silkowski: Silkowski starred in several sports while at GAR High School. As a swimmer, he placed in the top 20 in nationals at West Point. In football, he was a linebacker/defensive end on the 1984 championship team. He also lettered in baseball and tennis. He later played for a flag football team that won the national championship and for the Wilkes-Barre Breakers rugby team.
Gordon Williams: A three-sport star at West Pittston High School from 1952-1956, Williams was a starting end on the 1955 championship football team. On the basketball court, he scored over 1,200 points. In baseball, he was named a Valley League all-star twice. In track, he won six medals and set the District 2 record for the mile run. He went on to participate in basketball and track at Syracuse.