Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Lycoming Football's Steve Weigle, Class of '77 inducted into Hall of Fame

"Weigle helped transform the Warrior defense"
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – One is the school’s all-time kills leader, another one of the school’s best two-sport stars. A third was a key cog in some of the most successful men’s basketball teams in school history and a fourth led the nation in scoring in men’s lacrosse. The fastest runner in the men’s cross country program’s history, the women’s soccer program’s all-time leading scorer and one of the college’s first football All-Americans round out the Lycoming College Athletics Hall of Fame class, which will be inducted as part of Alumni Weekend, May 16-18.

 The complete class features Lindsey Artz ’07 (volleyball), Amy Bauman ’93 (women’s basketball/softball), Geoff Boblick ’98 (men’s basketball), Dan Cannon ’08 (men’s lacrosse), Scott Condello ’01 (men’s cross country/track and field), Bekah Shipe ’09 (women’s soccer) and Steve Weigle ’77 (football). All seven will be inducted in a ceremony on Saturday, May 17, at 2 p.m. in the Jane Schultz Room, Wertz Student Center. A reception will follow the ceremony in Burchfield Lounge. To sign up for the Hall of Fame ceremony, please visit the Alumni Weekend website

Steve Weigle '77 - Football
As Frank Girardi built the teams that went on to dominate the MAC for much of the ’80s and ’90s, it was players such as Weigle that laid the foundation. From Williamsport High, Weigle helped transform the Warrior defense from a middle of the pack group to one of the nation’s best by the time he graduated. That defensive transformation resonated throughout the team, as the Warriors went from a squad with a 2-6 record during Weigle’s first year to an 8-1 powerhouse by his senior campaign. A two-time First Team All-MAC defensive end, Weigle was a key frontline piece on the 1975 team that led the nation in total defense. As a senior, while leading the team to a school record number of wins, Weigle earned Honorable Mention AP Little All-America honors while helping the team lead the nation in rushing defense. Weigle went on to earn a master’s in counselor education from the University of South Florida and is a school counselor at Collier County School District in Naples, Fla. 

When Artz came to Lycoming in 2003, the volleyball team was coming off its first appearance in the Freedom Conference finals. In her four years with the Warriors, she led the squad to four more finals appearances and two conference titles. The 6-1 middle hitter made an immediate impact while playing behind 2001 Freedom Conference Player of the Year Layne Haverstock, finishing third in the conference with a .267 hitting percentage and leading the conference with 1.02 blocks per set. As a sophomore, Artz moved into the team’s primary hitting role, leaping to the top of the conference with 4.44 kills per set, finishing 24th in Division III, while also leading the league with 1.29 blocks per set. Meanwhile, she helped the Warriors to the first conference title in school history by drilling 24 kills in the conference title match, a five-set thriller against FDU-Florham. She was even better as a junior, once again leading the Warriors to the conference finals, as she finished seventh in Division III and led the Freedom Conference with 4.91 kills per game. She wrapped up her career in 2006 by leading the Warriors back to the NCAA Tournament and by leading the Freedom Conference for the third time in rejections, averaging 1.57 per set. Once again, in the conference title game, Artz rose to the challenge in a five-set affair, posting 28 kills and three blocks while hitting a solid .418. Along the way, she shattered the school’s career kills mark, finishing with 1,927 and also set the school record for solo blocks (407) and points (2,631). In all, the Hegins, Pa., native earned two First Team All-Freedom Conference accolades, one second-team honor and was named the conference’s player of the year in 2005. Artz is now an account manager with MANSI Media in Harrisburg, Pa.

One of the school’s best two-sport athletes, Bauman earned four letters in basketball and three in softball, earning first team all-conference honors in each. From nearby Mill Hall, Pa., Bauman was a factor for the women’s basketball team from the day she stepped foot on the court. In her first year, she helped the Warriors to the Middle Atlantic Conference championship game. As a junior, she score d 462 points, the third-most in program history en route to First Team All-MAC Northwest League honors. As a senior, she led the team in scoring with a 16.1 points per game average and finished her career with 1,005 points. Her 124 free throws made as a junior and the 273 in her career are both the second-best marks in program history while her .760 career free throw percentage is seventh. She is also still in the top 10 in school history in steals in a career (148) and season (67, 1991-92), while her 12.9 point-per-game average is ninth in program history. When the snow started to melt, Bauman took her sneakers off to lace on cleats, as she played three seasons as the softball team’s starting shortstop. One of the best offensive players in program history, her .520 on-base percentage as a senior is still the school record, while her .429 batting average that season is fifth in school history. A .338 career batter, she led the Warriors in batting average twice and picked up First Team All-Freedom Conference honors as a senior. Bauman is now a program specialist for the New England Center for Children.

When Joe Bressi took over the men’s basketball program in 1994, the keystone of his first recruiting class was Boblick. The guard didn’t disappoint, as he began his career by averaging 16.1 points and earning Freedom League Rookie of the Year honors in 1994-95 while helping the Warriors to a seven-win improvement. During that season, the Cedar Cliff High School graduate set a school record by posting 10 steals against Juniata, a mark that has yet to be approached. With the help of another strong recruiting class the next year, which included All-American Andy Rutherford and 1,000-point scorer Kevin McFarland, the Warriors made another leap, winning a school-record 21 games and reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In all, Boblick was a key cog in the wheel that helped the Warriors complete one of the greatest transformations in program history, as he led the team to a 64-36 (.640) record in his career as the team made three appearances in the MAC Tournament. A 1,000-point scorer by the end of his junior year, the New Cumberland, Pa., native finished his career with 1,363 career points, the 11th-most in program history, and a school-record 181 steals, a record that stood for 15 years. He is also still eighth in program history with 230 career assists and is also in the top 10 in career 3-point field goals made (174), games started (95) and free throws made (303). Still active in athletics, Boblick is an assistant football coach at Trinity High School in Camp Hill, Pa. He is a youth specialist at Schaffner Youth Detention Center.

It took Cannon a little while to get used to the collegiate game of lacrosse after growing up in Ontario, playing indoor lacrosse for most of his life before entering Lycoming in 2004. In his first two years, he scored just 12 goals, but as a junior, with a new coach, Brian Anken, and a high-flying offensive style, Cannon transformed into one of the top players in the MAC. He posted 29 goals and 18 assists in a breakthrough year, finishing sixth in the league and earning Second Team All-MAC honors, setting up one of the most remarkable finales to a men’s lacrosse career in school history. He led all Division III players in points per game at 5.69 in 2008, notching 47 goals and 44 assists in 16 games while leading the Warriors to a second-place finish in the MAC. His 91 points are still the second-most in a season in Lycoming history and helped him earn First Team All-MAC honors and four MAC Offensive Player of the Week honors. He finished his career in the top 10 in school history in six statistical categories and is in the top 10 in eight single-season categories. He also posted 10 points in a game three times and also notched eight assists in a game against DeSales, the second-best mark in school history. After the season, he played in the USILA North-South All-Star Game and was invited to the National Lacrosse League combine. A member of the MAC Century Team, Cannon is an assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Guelph University in Ontario.

A transfer from Division I St. Joseph’s (Pa.), Condello made an immediate and lasting impact when he made the decision to come to Williamsport for his sophomore year. Three years later, he graduated as the only cross country runner to earn all-conference honors in every year of his career. The North Penn High School graduate led the Warriors in every cross country meet for the next three years. Along the way, he earned three straight First Team All-MAC honors, beginning by finishing a school-record fifth in 1998 at the championships at DeSales, crossing the finish line at 27:35.2. As a junior, he continued to pace the team, finishing in the top five at three races before finishing fifth at the MAC Championships with a time of 27:14.47, which is still the school record for best time at the race. In 2000, as a senior, he finished his career by posting a time of 27:35.99 to finish 10th in the race. In track and field, Condello was just as consistent, earning fifth-place finishes in the 3,000-yard steeplechase (10:08.69) and 5,000-yard run (16:10.35) as a sophomore before taking sixth in the steeplechase (10:23.19) as a junior, as he left the school with school records in both the steeplechase and the 5,000-yard run (15:07.93). A business major, Condello wrapped up his career by earning an Iruska Society award and was named to the MAC Academic Honor Roll as a senior. He is a national sales manager for Howard Berger Company.

Coming from Northumberland Christian, which graduates about 20 students per year, Shipe may have been a bit overlooked before she joined the Lycoming women’s soccer team. That all changed, though, after her freshman year, when the forward tied for the Freedom Conference lead in scoring with 28 points. Earning first-team all-conference honors, Shipe finished third in the league in goals. It was just the beginning of one of the greatest careers in the history of the program, as she finished her career as the only player in school history to earn three all-conference awards. As a junior, after finishing fifth in the league in goals (11) and third in points per game (1.69), she earned Second Team All-Commonwealth Conference honors and duplicated the feat as a senior when she finished sixth in the league with nine goals. She also became the school’s all-time leader in points and goals during the season-opener as a senior, scoring twice against Mary Washington to surpass Donna Mongiello’s marks of 26 goals and 66 points. She finished her career holding school records for points (85), goals (34) and game-winning goals (9), while also being in the top five in four other career categories and eight single-season ones. She was named the Lycoming Female Athlete of the Year in 2009. She is second in school’s career record book in assists (17) and games started (65) and the only player in school history with three 20-point seasons (28, 2005; 27, 2007; 22, 2008) and two 10-goal seasons (12, 2005; 11, 2007). She recorded two hat tricks in her career (2005 at King’s; 2007 vs. Cedar Crest) and one three-assist game (2007 vs. Penn State-Berks). A member of the MAC Academic Honor Roll and MAC Sportsmanship Team in 2008, Shipe went on to serve as an assistant for the Warriors for one season before moving on to earn a master’s in art history, criticism and conservation from the University of Cincinnati in 2012. She is an assistant store manager at Palm Beach Tan in Cincinnati.