Monday, May 23, 2016

Graf and Kinney Inducted into the Lycoming College Athletic Hall of Fame

Clockwise from top left: Stacy Flick, Megan McIntyre, Sean Graf, Jessica (Feerrar) Boyer, A.J. LeViere, Don Kinney and Greg Sye - the Lycoming Athletics Class of 2016.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The 2016 Lycoming College Athletics Hall of Fame class of Jessica (Feerrar) Boyer '03 (softball), Stacy Flick '11 (women's swimming), Megan McIntyre '10 (women's lacrosse), Sean Graf '01 (football), Don Kinney '92 (football), A.J. LeViere '01 (men's swimming) and Greg Sye '09 (men's basketball) was inducted in a ceremony on Saturday, May 21 in Lamade Gym as part of the college's Alumni Weekend.

A four-year starting defensive back for the Warriors, Sean Graf was a key part of one of the most successful four-year runs in the history of the football program, helping the team win three MAC titles, make three NCAA Tournament appearances and make one trip to the Stagg Bowl, the NCAA Division III Championship game, in 1997. By the time he finished his career in 2000, the Philadelphia, Pa., native had accumulated 15 career interceptions, the sixth-most in program history, while his 38 passes defended are seventh, while he also posted 153 career tackles, eight tackles for loss and five fumble recoveries. He was Lycoming's Defensive Player of the Year and earned his first of two First Team All-MAC honors as a junior before a senior year to remember helped him leave his stamp on the program. As a senior, he earned consensus All-American honors, earning second team honors on the Hewlett Packard/SID list and third-team All-American honors from both the Don Hansen Football Gazette and During the season, Graff picked off eight passes and had four more passes defended while making 24 tackles. The shutdown cornerback was again a First Team All-MAC selection and also earned First Team All-MAC honors as a punt returner, as well as the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Touchdown Club MAC Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named Lycoming's team MVP and the program's Special Teams Player of the Year. After the season, he participated in the 2000 Aztec Bowl, which faced off Division III All-Stars against a Mexican football squad. Graf and his wife, Natalie, have two boys, Mason and Benjamin and one daughter, Chloe. Still living an active lifestyle, Graf still participates in various flag and rough touch football leagues and he started his own crossfit gym in Philadelphia, SWEATX. He competes in several local crossfit competitions, as well as Spartan Race and the Tough Mudder. Graf also owns a construction company, GRAIN Builders, LLC, and he is also starting a development company. GRAIN Builders, as well as Graf, have been featured on several different home remodeling shows, including ones on A&E, HGTV and the DIY Network.

Much like Graf, Don Kinney was a key member of the Lycoming College football team during one of the program's most successful periods. A quick and powerful player that saw time as both an end and a tackle in his career, the Philadelphia, Pa., native was a four-year starter and a two-time First Team All-MAC defensive lineman that helped the Warriors to MAC titles in 1989 and 1991. As a freshman, Kinney helped the defense lead Division III by allowing 35.4 rushing yards per game, finish second in total defense (155.9) and third in scoring defense (7.7). With a nose for the ball behind the line of scrimmage, Kinney finished with 51 tackles, 11 for a loss and 10 sacks while earning the team's co-defensive player of the year award in 1989, sharing the award with three-time All-American Rick Bealer. As a senior, he truly left his mark, posting 12 sacks and 26.5 tackles for loss, helping him earn First Team SID All-American honors and earning him the 1991 Dowtown Wilkes-Barre Touchdown Club MAC Defensive Lineman of the Year award. Kinney is still third in school history with 46.5 career tackles for loss and fourth with 34.5 career sacks. After graduating Lycoming, Kinney went on to serve as an assistant coach at Loyalsock Township High School for more than a decade, coaching both offensive and defensive lineman. He owns his own construction and flooring business and enjoys any outdoor activities, but especially hiking and fishing. A resident of Williamsport, Kinney has five children, Alissa, Don, Jr., Michael, Lyla and Lydia.

Second baseman Jessica (Feerrar) Boyer was a four-year starter for the Lycoming softball team that not only turned into an Academic All-American, but also helped the softball program earn three trips to the postseason and one trip to the Freedom Conference championship game in her career. She broke through as a freshman, hitting .304 with a school-record nine doubles, a mark that stood for 10 seasons. As a junior, she helped the Warriors qualify for the Freedom Conference playoffs for the first time since the MAC reorganized into two separate championships for the Freedom and Commonwealth conferences. As a senior, the Lock Haven, Pa., native left her true mark, though, hitting a career-best .307 with 14 runs, five doubles, four triples and her seventh career homer, tying Jen Shuler for the school record for home runs, a mark that stood for 12 years. She was named to the First Team All-Freedom Conference and then went on to earn some even more prestigious honors, becoming the sixth woman in the school's history to earn First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District honors and then joining Jeanine Evans as the only Academic All-Americans in the softball program's history, earning a slot on the second team. Boyer is still second in school history with 24 doubles and seven home runs, sixth in school history with five triples and ninth with 51 RBI. She is one of only four players in school history to homer in all four years of her career. A three-time member of the MAC Academic Honor Roll, Boyer also earned Lycoming's Edward J. Gray Prize for the highest grade-point average in the senior class. After graduating Lycoming, Boyer coached middle school girls' soccer for three years and high school softball for five years at Manheim Township before moving to the State College area, where she currently plays in a slowpitch softball league. She earned a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction in Science Education from Penn State Great Valley and is now a science teacher in the Delta Program, a democratic school of choice within the State College School District. She is married to Shaun Boyer and the couple have a daughter, Addison.

From her first day at Lycoming to her last, Flick was one of the best swimmers in the MAC. A three-time MAC Academic honor roll selection, the Easton, Pa., native left Lycoming a perfect 8-for-8 in First Team All-MAC breaststroke awards, finishing third or better in both the 100- and 200-yard events four times apiece. She was also one of the best sprinters in the league, finishing second in the 50-yard freestyle as a freshman and sixth as a sophomore. During her junior year, she entered the MAC Championships with a sprained knee, but still managed to win her first MAC title in the 100-yard breaststroke, helping her earn the Sol "Woody" Wolf award as the school's most improved junior athlete. As a senior, the two-time CSCAA Scholar All-American finished her career by winning titles at the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships in both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke, finishing her career with the second-most MAC titles in the women's program's history. She also finished her career with school-records in both breaststroke events, posting a 1:05.43 in the 100-yard event, as she earned an NCAA "B" Provisional cut twice in her career, and a 2:27.61 in the 200-yard event. She added another prestigious award by being named Most Outstanding Female Athlete nod in 2011. The criminal justice and psychology major was a three-time member of the MAC Academic Honor Roll. Since graduating, Flick still has an avid love of water and has taken to kayaking, hiking and biking, as well as swimming recreationally when she gets the chance. She is a Family and Permanency Specialist with The Salvation Army Children's Services in Allentown, Pa., which provides foster care and adoption services.

From the time McIntyre came to Lycoming from Baltimore, Md., to the day she graduated, the attacker made an impact in every game she played. As a rookie in 2007, she scored 50 goals as she picked up Second Team All-MAC honors. The Baltimore native added 24 assists and helped the team reach the conference semifinals. As a sophomore, she crossed the 100-point mark and as a junior, she posted 38 goals and 29 assists, finishing fifth in the league in assists and earning all-conference honors again. She topped that as a senior, becoming the team's top scoring option, as she posted 75 points (47 goals and 28 assists), finishing in the top 10 in the league in assists, points and goals. She capped her career by picking up Second Team IWLCA All-Metro Region honors and led the Warriors to the league semifinals for the second time. McIntyre concluded her career with 251 points (156 goals and 95 assists), ranking her second all-time at Lycoming in points and helpers. Her class of 12 seniors is the only one to qualify for the MAC Championship tournament in all four years of their career. After graduating from Lycoming, McIntyre completed her Master's in Human Resources Development and Management from Towson University in 2015. She currently works as a Human Resources Manager for SEPHORA Inc. McIntyre went on to coach the Elite Lacrosse club in Baltimore for five seasons. Still an avid sports enthusiast, she ran in the Baltimore Half Marathon in 2015. McIntyre and her husband, Joe Galloway, currently reside in Baltimore.

Even emergency surgery to save his leg at age 14 couldn't stop LeViere from not just swimming at Lycoming College, but becoming one of the best in program history. At the time, doctors were not sure if he would ever run or swim again, but from 1998-01, the Pittsburgh, Pa., native was the go-to-swimmer for the men's swimming team. The Monsignor Bonner (Philadelphia) graduate earned 12 First Team All-MAC honors during his career, finishing in the top three at the MAC Championships in every individual race he ever entered. As a sophomore, the Monsignor Bonner graduate won the 200-yard backstroke MAC championship, finishing in 2:02.50. As a junior, he won the event in 2:01.20, becoming the first Warrior in school history to repeat as MAC champion in the backstroke and just the second in school history to repeat in any event. In all, he finished as the runner-up at the MAC Championships seven times to go with those two titles, including four runner-up finishes in the 100-yard backstrokes. LeViere was also a key member of the Warriors' relay teams at the MAC Championships, helping the team earn 16 All-MAC (11 first team and five second team) honors during his career, serving as the leadoff swimmer on 11 times and the anchor leg four times. He is still found in the record book 15 years after his graduation, as his 200-yard freestyle time of 1:48.02 and his 200-yard backstroke time of 2:01.18 are both third in program history. LeViere was also a key part of one of the most successful periods in the history of the men's swimming program, as the team never finished lower than fourth in the MAC in his career and finished third twice, which is tied for the best finish in program history. The team's third-place finish in 1999 was the program's first in 33 years. After graduating from Lycoming, LeViere earned a Master's in Communication from Rowan University and he is currently a Lead Member Development Specialist at Christian Care Ministry in Melbourne, Fla. Still one to enjoy getting in the water when he gets the chance, LeViere has also turned into an avid softball player, recently playing in a World Qualifier Tournament at the Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. He has also orchestrated many charity tournaments. LeViere and his wife, Chelsea, have a son, Tristan, and a daughter, Joey.

A 6-5 forward from Chantily, Va., Sye carried on a long tradition of athletic big men for the men's basketball team when he joined the team in 2005. That season, he teamed with fellow Athletic Hall of Famer Jonathan Pribble to make the Freedom Conference Tournament for the first of two times in his career. Meanwhile, he stepped into the starting lineup and averaged 12.4 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game, helping him earn Freedom Conference Rookie of the Year honors. As his career progressed, Sye continued to earn honors from the conference, earning three all-conference honors in his career, including being named First Team All-Commonwealth Conference after averaging 14.0 points as a senior. He keyed the Warriors to the Commonwealth Conference Tournament title game in the team's first year in the league, starting 23 games while helping the team to a 17-10 record. By the time the forward had wrapped up his career, he was 16th in school history with 1,253 career points, while he still sits fifth in school history with 77 career blocked shots and seventh with 132 steals. His .560 field goal percentage is 10th in program annals. A four-time conference player of the week, Sye was also honored by the athletic department twice in his career, as he was named the Sol "Woody" Wolf award winner, given to the most improved junior student-athlete, and the Most Outstanding Male Athlete in 2009. Sye is married to wife Terra (Erway) '09 and the couple reside in Northern Virginia, where Sye is employed by the Department of Justice.