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Hall of Fame Member Bios 2009

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The Hall will posthumously induct six athletes from the 1930s who achieved All-South Jersey honors in football. They are George Watson ’32, Bill Denise,’32, Bob Smith ’33, Sid Schweim ’34, Charles Bradsley ’34 and Guy Vance ’39. These athletes played in the peak years of the Skeets Irvine tenure.

Sandy LeDonne Verner ’58 earned a total of 11 varsity letters in four sports. She was in the first year that the girls tennis program started under Chester Olinger and played #1 singles for the first four years, 1955-58.
Sandy also captained the varsity basketball team and received three varsity letters in that sport, as well as three in field hockey. She also lettered in swimming.
She attended Keystone Junior College and got an A.A. degree, then completed her baccalaureate degree (B.S.) at Rider University. Sandy is married to Ray Verner and has two grown daughters.

John Grimley was an Englishman whose parents were in the mission field while he was at Collingswood High. That was Collingswood’s gain, as Grimley was one of the Panther’s greatest athletes in track and field.
He was state pole vault champion in 1961 and was MVP of the track team that same year. Grimley also was kicker for the jayvee football team and played intramural soccer.
He earned a B.S. degree in physical education from the University of Oregon
in 1966 and an M.Ed. from West Chester State College in 1971.

Nancy Hunt Manzoni remembers playing with halfcourt basketball rules while in junior high, then had to transition to the same fullcourt rules as the boys game had as a freshman in 1972. She went on to win three letters in basketball and was selected to the All-Conference team as a senior and the team won the Colonial Conference in a playoff with Audubon her junior year.
Hunt also was named to he All-Conference and All-Group III teams in field hockey and received three varsity letters in tennis and achieved All-Conference honors and an MVP award her senior year. She thus earned All-Conference honors in three varsity sports in her senior year.
She received a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education in 1979.

Justin Frank was an outstanding two-way lineman for the Panthers in the years from 1977-79. He received All-Conference and All-Area both ways, and was named to the All-South Jersey first team as well as All-Group III and All-Suburban News Group first team. He was also a second team All-State choice.
He wrestled for two years and earned one letter in the mat sport. Frank was also a dedicated member of the weightlifting club for three years.
He furthered his education at Widener, Kean and Rowan Universities.

Susan Rudderow Murphy is honored as the coach for her 27 years as head lacrosse coach at Shawnee High, where her teams won seven state championships, 11 league titles and nine sectional championships. She also served as assistant coach for a field hockey program that won eight state championships and 13 league championships in 14 years and was assistant coach in basketball for five years.
A math teacher for 28 years, Rudderow Murphy now serves Shawnee as assistant principal and director of athletics. She also served as lacrosse captain at Glassboro State College and was selected to play on collegiate national tournament teams all four years in college. She earned four letters in both hockey and lacrosse in college and earned an M.A. from Rider University.
At Colls High, she played both hockey and lacrosse and was named first team All-Conference in hockey.

Craig Schuehler starred as a lineman for Panther teams in 1988 and ’89. Despite a disappointing 21-20 loss to Woodbury, the Colls gave up just 40 points in his senior year with Schuehler as an anchor. He earned All-State, All-South Jersey, All-Group II and All-Colonial Conference honors following his senior season.
Schuehler also earned two varsity letters in wrestling and one in track. He spent a year at Hudson Valley Community College.

Danielle Dayton was Colls High’s MVP in field hockey (two years), basketball and lacrosse. An All-State hockey player, she was the Field Hockey Club of South Jersey’s High School Defensive Player of the Year, the Inquirer’s Field Hockey Player of the Year and twice an All-South Jersey first team selection.
In lacrosse, she was honorable mention All-American, All-South Jersey first team player and scored 100 points her senior year (173 total goals). She also lettered in basketball.
At graduation Danielle received the Howard T. Irvine Memorial Award, the Beatrice Markwick Memorial Scholarship Award and was the first female recipient of the John Sohanchak Memorial Award. She extended her career at Ohio State University, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Margaret Carter Lacovara earned three letters in each hockey, basketball and lacrosse. She played on an undefeated Colonial Conference champion field hockey team, coached by Bea Markwick, and was co-captain of a basketball team that was undefeated Colonial Conference champs and won the Suburban Cup.
A 1967 graduate, Marge was also one of the first standouts in the lacrosse program at Collingswood High.

A 1938 graduate of Collingswood High, Marvin Hume attended the University of Pennsylvania and served with distinction as a petty officer with the Naval Air Corps in the Pacific during World War II.
He is receiving the Community Service Award for establishing the tradition of holding a patriotic flag lowering ceremony every evening on Cape May beach property he owns. This ceremony, attended by up to 200 people, also enables families to honor their deceased veterans by using the flag that decorates their graves.
Marvin carries on this service despite the fact he is now 83 years old.

Al Maussner was a standout wrestler for Sam Coursen’s first teams. He wrestled for three years and was captain his senior year. He was Collingswood’s first two-time South Jersey (preceded the regionals) champion and placed fourth in the state competition.
He also ran cross-country for three years and was in the top seven his last two years. Maussner was also a three-year letterman in golf and was the number one player his junior and senior years, when he also captained the team. He graduated from Winona State College in Minnesota.

The 1963 Collingswood High basketball team under Coach John Smith is being honored this year for winning the Colonial Conference championship in its first year in the league.
The Colls had a 13-1 record in the league, including a split of games with an Audubon team that won the State Group III title that year.
Collingswood got off to a good start that year by winning the March of Dimes Tournament, defeating Camden Catholic in the final. They also posted two wins over good teams like Haddonfield and Paulsboro in the conference and Woodrow Wilson out of the conference. Collingswood also defeated Moorestown that year.
The Colls were sparked by a great backcourt in Gary Williams (coach of the Maryland Terrapins, an NCAA basketball champion) and Rick Wright. Gary was named to the All-South Jersey team and both Gary and Rick were first team All-Colonial picks.
Other contributing team members were Cliff Cook, Ed Hoepfner, John “Corpy” Fisher, Don Marritz, Mike Brennan, Jack Getzinger, Bruce Haines, Ken Catanella, Bill Cattell, Rich Falk and Rick Sherman.

Buck Rogers was a two-sport athlete at Collingswood High and lettered in both football and track. He was a lineman on the football team and an outstanding pole vaulter in track.
When his classmates were involved in commencement activities, Buck was at the State Track Meet at Rutgers University. He surprised the better-known North Jersey vaulters by winning the pole vault event. He went on to the five-year electrical engineering at Drexel University and graduated with a B.S.E.E.

Pat is married to Hall of Famer and Colls High classmate Ron Bandock. She won three varsity letters in swimming while a student. Since then she has been involved in several programs for the community.
Pat worked 27 years for the Board of Education, including seven years in the athletic office, and served as a library worker, Brownie and Intermediate Girl Scout leader, and treasurer for three PTAs. She also helped with the organization of Collingswood girls’ softball.
She has been a tireless worker for the Collingswood Athletic Hall of Fame and has served at least 12 years on the executive committee. Since retiring, she and Ron support Collingswood girls and boys basketball, as well as field hockey and lacrosse. For all this, she is receiving this year’s Meritorious Service award.


Dave Wilson, recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, was a member of the Collingswood High class of 1955. He is honored for his long and distinguished career in the manufacturing, sales and marketing of all Milton Bradley, Parker Brothers, Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro Canada game products sold in North America.
At Collingswood High he was a football and wrestling letterman. He began his career by holding various sales and marketing positions with General Mills. From 1972 to 1980, he served as vice president of sales for Parker Brothers Games.
In 1980, Wilson joined Milton Bradley as manager of the Games Division and ten years later was named president of the company. He also served as president of the parent Hasbro Games Group and in 2004 was promoted to executive vice president of global development for Hasbro while also serving as president of the Hasbro Games Segment. He retired in 2005.
Wilson is a graduate of the advanced management program at Harvard Business School and is a member of the American International College Board of Trustees. He is also a board member of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts and is a past member of the Governor’s Board of Economic Advisors
He is a widower with three daughters and a son. He currently resides in Wilbraham, MA.

Previous Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees
2002 – Bob Scarborough ’42
2003 – Doris E. Hand ’35
2004 – William K. Dickey ’39
2005 – Capt. Robert J. Bloxsom ’38
2006 – Dr. Ralph A. Skowron ‘47
2007 – Dr. Neil O. Thompson ‘62
2008 - Suzanne Zimmerman Williams '58

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