The Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame will hold its 18th Annual Induction Ceremony next month. Here is the first installment of our biographical capsules.
Greg Frigoletto, chairman of the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame, recently announced the offical list for this year’s induction class.
According to Mr. Frigoletto, the Class of 2011 will consist of 18 members.
They are: Robin Scartelli, Harv Swendsen, Keith Williams, Joanne Wychowanec, Raeann Winkler Genbis, Jim Rutledge, Eve Skier, Jim Rodda, Andrew Kussoff, Randy Skates, Robert A. McHugh Sr., William Shaughnessy, Terry Blaum, Dennis Longenecker, Lonnie Thorpe, Darren Thorpe, Van Abbott and Grant Fritz.
This year marks the 18th anniversary for the local shrine, which came into existence in 1994.
A celebration in honor of the newest inductees will be held Saturday, September 24th. The Inn at Woodloch Pines will play host.
The banquet begins at 5:00 p.m. with social hour, to be followed by dinner and induction ceremonies. This event is open to the public and all are welcome.
For more information, or to purchase tickets for the banquet, please call Dottie Rickard at 570-488-5282.
As we’ve done in years past, The Wayne Independent will publish individual bio capsules periodically in the weeks leading up to the 2011 Induction. Here is our first installment...
Terry Blaum: A graduate of Wilkes Barre Coughlin, Terry was a standout in both track and football.
He continued his athletic career on the collegiate gridiron for Wilkes Univer-sity. There, he was named to the All-MAC?team as a linebacker and captained the ‘74 team to a league title.
Terry made his presence felt at Honesdale in the classroom and on the athletic field. He coached the freshmen football team to a pair of undefeated seasons and mentored fellow Hall of Famer Donnie Myers to a 5th place finish at the PIAA State Track & Field Championships.
After Honesdale, Terry moved on to teaching and coaching stints at North Pocono, Wilkes University, Coughlin and Wallenpaupack Area.
He helped found the Hawley Rotary Basketball Tournament and is still deeply involved in this annual holiday event.
Terry is married to Ann Marie Blaum. He has a son, Justin, and two stepdaughters, Krista & Marci.
James Rutledge: Jim attended both Damascus High (1973-75) and HHS (1975-77), where he was a standout in several sports.
Jim was named Most Valuable Player of Damascus’ varsity volleyball team and Best Defensive Player on the hoops squad.
After arriving in Honesdale, Jim helped lead the Red &?Black to a pair of Wayne League basketball titles. He was honored with the Gus Kiegler Memorial Award for 1976-77.
After high school, Jim devoted much of his time to youth sports. He coached the Damscus Orioles from 1976-99 and was president of the Damascus Little Fellows Baseball League.
He’s also been head coach of the Damascus junior high basketball team fof more than two decades.
Jim is the son of James &?Johanne Rutledge of Tyler Hill. He has been married to the former Carol Yatsonsky for 30 years.