WILLIAMSPORT – Four athletic standouts with Clinton County connections were among the 11 most recent inductees into the West Branch Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. The annual event was held at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport Sunday night.
Among those inducted, with all the locals present for the ceremony, were:
Lee Deitrick – Lock Haven High School – Wrestling
1961 PIAA champion at 133 pounds…two-time District 6 champion (1960-61)…1961 West Regional champion…posted a 36-4 high school record…a three-year letter-winner at University of Michigan…earned All-American honors as a senior, finishing fifth at 147 pounds…won Big 10 title at 147 pounds in 1964 and placed three times at conference meet…went 51-13-2 in collegiate career…won one AAU (1969) and two YMCA (1968-69) national titles…recorded a record of 113-30-2 in 10 years as head coach of Lansing Sexton (Michigan), Battle Creek Lakeview (Michigan) and Fontana (California) High Schools.
Frank Eisenhower – Bald Eagle-Nittany High School/Lock Haven University – Wrestling/Soccer
1965 NAIA champion at 157 pounds with Lock Haven wrestling team…two-time NAIA All American, also placing third in 1964…won Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference title in 1965…three time NCAA Division I qualifier…two-time PIAA state champion at Bald Eagle-Nittany, taking titles at 145 pounds in 1959 and 154 in 1960…served as head wrestling coach at Curwensville Area for nine seasons (1975-77, 1989-96), coaching school’s first individual state champion and also coached boys’ soccer…served as head soccer and assistant wrestling coach at St. Francis (Pa) 1966-73)…a member of Pennsylvania Wrestling Association Coaches, District 9 and District 6 Wrestling Halls of Fame.
Lenny Long – Lock Haven University – Coaching
Head men’s soccer coach at Lock Haven University (1984-96) and Virginia Wesleyan (1978-83)…recorded 224-88-29 (.699) career record, including 173-74-21 (.685) at Lock Haven…helped team to seven PSAC championships and five runner-up finishes…team reached NCAA Division II quarterfinals five times…coached eight All-Americans, 38 all-region and 84 all-conference honorees…1996 PSAC Coach of the Year and two-time Dixie Conference Coach of the Year at VWU…1976 graduate of Lock Haven University, where he was a first-team All-PSAC selection in 1975…led 1974 team with 12 goals.
Tom Muir – PIAA District 4/District 6 – Wrestling/Official/Contributor
Worked as assistant executive director of the PIAA, coordinating, recruiting and assigning officials in district, regional and state tournaments (1985-88)…worked as area wrestling official for six years (1979-85)…officiated in three consecutive PIAA wrestling championships (1983-85) …officiated with Junior Olympic Wrestling program (1970-78)…won a District 6 and Northwest Regional title in wrestling at Philipsburg-Osceola High School in 1964…wrestled at Lehigh University, qualifying twice for the NCAA Division I championships…coached high school wrestling from 1969-79, working as head coach at Bellefonte High School for eight years…later served as superintendent of the Keystone Central School District…resident of Lamar.