On Friday, October 7, 2017, Kiski inducted its fifth Athletic Hall of Fame class during a ceremony in the Clark Theater within the Rogers Fine Arts Center. With 130 years of athletic competition to draw from, the first Hall of Fame classes have all been rich with talent. Creating a list of finalists from the large collection of worthy nominations has been a daunting annual exercise. That trend, with no end in sight, continued for the 2017 class. The full ceremony can be viewed HERE.
Tom Maentz ’53 was recognized for his NFL-caliber football prowess. He led Kiski on the football field as a versatile contributor to all phases of the game before continuing to excel on the college level for the University of Michigan. He was then drafted by the Chicago Cardinals with the 22nd overall pick.
Robert Fuellhart ’58 was known for his dominance in multiple sports for both Kiski (football, basketball, track and field and baseball) and the Army Black Knights (football, basketball, baseball and lacrosse). Mr. Fuellhart is still ranked third all-time at Kiski in the broad jump. His daughter, who he unfortunately never met as he was tragically killed in action in Vietnam on the same day her birth announcement was delivered to his base, delivered touching acceptance remarks on his behalf.
One of Kiski’s most dominant runners, Brad Henry ’74, spoke of how his Kiski experience positively changed the trajectory of his life during his speech. Mr. Henry won all but one of his cross-country races at Kiski before joining an Atlantic Coast Conference Championship team at the University of Maryland.
Jeff Urbany ’80 was recognized for his proficiency as a football, track and field and baseball athlete, and especially for his skills on the wrestling mat. Mr. Urbany won back-to-back National Prep Wrestling Championships at 189 pounds and was undefeated (27-0) as a senior. He spoke of all the Kiski mentors that contributed to his success.
The 1981 Golf Team was honored for a nearly perfect season in which they used a mixture of team consistency and individual heroics to accumulate many close victories. In the end, they compiled 19 victories against only one loss. During the acceptance remarks, the rare feat was placed into the context of a sport that often requires a mixture of skill and fortune to achieve greatness.
Head Coach Doug Yoder, reflected on the special nature of his 1994 Track and Field squad. The collection of talented runners, jumpers and throwers distanced themselves from their dual meet competitors by dozens of points in each meet. They carried their undefeated Interstate Prep School League momentum into the championship meet where they captured individual titles in 11 of 16 events while overwhelming the other teams.
The final team was also recognized for an Interstate Prep School League Championship. The 1994 Football Team finished their slate 7-1 to capture the league title. Head Coach Marcus Muster shared stories of obstacles that the squad encountered and overcame during their thrilling season. Curtis Enis led a formidable attack that was buoyed by exceptional contributors throughout the roster. Including Mr. Enis, 11 Cougars from the 1994 team advanced to represent Kiski on the collegiate level.
The next day, the full group was recognized during halftime of the Homecoming football game. The crowd roared in approval as each individual and team was called forward to accept a plaque that was later mounted in the Athletic Hall of Fame within the Ross Athletic Center. The field was framed by rich autumn colors that paired nicely with a temperate breeze. Both Kiski Football and Kiski Soccer provided wins to stoke the raucous atmosphere.
Kiski will induct its sixth Athletic Hall of Fame class on Friday, September 21, 2018. Homecoming will be celebrated the next day as Kiski hosts longtime rival Mercersburg for football and soccer contests. Kiski alumni, parents and friends from all eras are encouraged to join the celebration. Nominations for the newest Athletic Hall of Fame class will be accepted for consideration until March 31, 2018 at www.kiski.org/hofnomination. The 2018 class will be officially announced later this spring.