This is a continuation from Thursday’s article about the Bernie Romanoski Hall of Fame induction breakfast on Saturday, April 20, which includes five new members. The ceremony will dedicate time to honoring special award winners as well.
Joseph Bordell Scholar-Athlete Award Marshall Buggy, Shamokin Area
Buggy is a four-year letter winner in track and field for head coach Mike Rogers, competing in hurdles, sprints and relays. He was a silver medalist in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2018 PHAC championships and silver medalist in the 300-meter hurdles at the District Four AAA championships. He also was a member of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams which competed at the Penn Relays.
He is a member of the National Honor Society and has been accepted into the University of Pennsylvania to study astrophysics. He hopes to eventually work for NASA or the private company Space X, and model the expansion of the universe.
He serves as president of the chemistry club, vice president of the strategy club, a member of the ski club and a volunteer at the track and field speed and agility camp in the summer. He also serves as an usher at Mount Zion Welsh Congregational Church.
A son of Michael and Sherry Buggy of Coal Township, he lists his hobbies as reading, skiing and playing cards and video games.
Charles Nesbitt Sportsmanship Award Lauren Wagner, Shamokin Area
Wagner has earned 13 letters at Shamokin, four each in soccer, cross country and track and field, and one in girls basketball.
She served as captain of the soccer team for head coach Todd Nye, winning the 2018 Heart and Hustle Award, while at the same time competing in cross country for coach Tammy Nazih as well during the fall season.
In track, she has served as captain and has been a district qualifier all four years for coach David Kopitsky. She placed seventh in the high jump and long jump at the district AAA meet, and fifth in the high jump at the Shikellamy Invitational, the unofficial Heartland Athletic Conference meet. She also served as basketball captain as a senior and was a member of back-to-back PHAC divisional championship teams under head coach Jordan Rickert.
A daughter of Brian and Jessica Wagner of Shamokin, she is vice president of the National Honor Society and currently is ranked sixth in her graduating class. She is a member of the chemistry club, Student Council, science club and president of Students Against Bullying.
Her community service includes Toys for Tots, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Tata Trot 5K.
She plans to attend Wilkes University to major in pharmacy with a minor in business.
Her other activities include hanging out with her friends, spending time with her family and helping out on her family’s Christmas tree farm.
Charles Nesbit Sportsmanship Award Clif Zheng, Shamokin Area
Clif is a four-year letter winner in cross country and track and field for coaches Tammy Nazih and Mike Rogers. He is a second-team PHAC Division One all-star in cross country and has won several district medals in the middle distance events in track.
He is a member of the National Honor Society and a member of the marching band and competitive band. He serves as vice president of the chemistry club and also belongs to the chess club and strategy club.
He is a son of Li dong Zheng and Xin Yan Wang, Shamokin, and has a sister, Cynthia, 15.
His future plans are to attend Arcadia University to major in biology, then attend physical therapy school.
Edward J. Binkoski Coaching Award Sam Weaver
Weaver, a 1964 graduate of Coal Township High School and 1968 graduate of Bloomsburg State College, was head coach of Shamokin Area’s boys track and field teams from 1976 to 2000 and coach of the boys and girls cross country teams from 1979 to 2006.
His boys cross country teams had a 158-158 record and the girls teams had a 185-98 mark. His boys track teams were 116-119-1. He was Schuylkill League Division I girls coach of the year in cross country in 1994.
Over the years in cross country, he coached two individual district champions (Damian Hojnacki and Farrah Ryan) and an all-stater (Ryan). His teams had 22 state qualifiers, won three SIAL all-league team titles, six division titles and had three SIAL individual champs, and 50 Division I all-stars.
His boys track and field teams had 26 individual district champs, 34 state qualifiers and a sixth-place PIAA finisher, Jim Dressler in the javelin. In addition, he established the annual Purple and White Relays.
Weaver also served as an assistant junior high wrestling coach (1969-70) and junior high/JV boys track and field coach from 1972 to 1975.
He earned a master’s degree in education from Bloomsburg in 1972 and his principal’s certification from Bucknell University in 1992. He taught for 35 years (1968-2003) in Shamokin Area School District, grades 8-12 in the science department, which he headed from 2000-03.
He served as pep club adviser (1975-77) and was a class adviser for the Classes of 1996 and 2000. He also was a time and scoreboard operator for boys basketball.
He has been a high school and college track official since 2002 and has been president of the Coal Township Alumni Association from 2008 to the present. He also has served on a scholarship committee that has helped hundreds of Shamokin Area students defray college expenses.
A son of Sam and Grace Weaver, he is married to his wife, Gerri. They have three children, Kimberly, Lori and Eric.
Harvey Boughner Booster Award Mike Savlov
Savlov, a 1971 Shamokin Area graduate who played football and was a standout sprinter on the track and field team, has been a member of the Hillside Coaches for 15 years. He is often seen around the coaches concession stand during home events.
He has been a Shamokin boys basketball scorekeeper for the past nine years. In addition, Savlov has coached youth soccer (six years), basketball (eight years), baseball (10 years) and football (eight years).
Francis L. Gurski Community Service Award Kathy Vetovich
A 1979 Shamokin Area graduate, Kathy and her husband of 34 years, Sam, have spent much of the past several years renovating blighted properties in the Shamokin area and turning them into viable, productive businesses in the downtown area.
Kathy played four years of varsity softball and three years of varsity basketball in high school and later played basketball at Bloomsburg University. She also attended Keystone College and holds a bachelor of science degree in technology management.
After a career in health care at Geisinger Health System (1983-97) and GE Healthcare (1997-2003), she has operated KAV Consulting since 2003 to the present. She has served as a youth boys basketball coach and Little League coach.
She and her husband are parents of adult children Shaun and Kristalyn.
Abby Doss Shamokin Area 2019 PIAA State Swimming Champion
Abby Doss continued her exemplary high school swimming career this year with two more PIAA Class AA state championships, in the 200 individual medley and 500-yard freestyle. The junior has now won three state titles in the 500 free and two in the 200 IM, and was state runnerup in the latter event as a freshman.
She has been District Four champion in both events all three seasons. In addition, she was one of four swimmers on the first Shamokin girls relay team to qualify for the state meet in the 200 free relay. She was named PIAA Swimmer of the Meet for the second straight year.
Doss holds school records in the 200 IM, 200 free, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 500 freestyle, 200 free relay and 400 free relay. She holds the district record for the 500 freestyle.
Also, Doss is a two-time national champion in the YMCA Long Course National Championships in the 200 IM, and has won titles in the 200 and 400 freestyles as well. She has also taken a second, three thirds, a fourth and two fifths in YMCA national events.
She is a member of the National Honor Society and the varsity club and has also been active in the art club and Students Against Bullying. Her coaches are Jessica Wolfgang, Patrick McDevitt and Jerry Foley.
She is a daughter of Neil and Renee Doss, and has a sister, Gabby, who is a state placewinning swimmer, and a brother, Nick.
Gaige Garcia Southern Columbia 2019 PIAA Wrestling State Champion
The Southern Columbia three-sport standout captured the 2019 PIAA Class AA state championship in the 195-pound weight class. The junior capped off a perfect season with a 47-0 record, including 34 pins. He won his third consecutive title in the South Sectional, District Four and Northeast Regional tournaments, respectively.
His first-place medal at the PIAA tournament was his third at the state championships, after placing fifth as a freshman and third as a sophomore.
As one of the team’s captains, he helped guide the Tigers to winning the team championship at the state meet. Southern sent nine wrestlers to the state meet and six of them medaled. The Tigers were also state runnerups in the PIAA Class AA dual meet tournament. Southern also won its third straight district championship in that event.
Garcia was a crucial part of Southern winning a state-record ninth PIAA title. The running back scored five touchdowns in the state championship game. He broke Henry Hynoski’s school record for career touchdowns with yet another season to play and is on pace to break Hynoski’s career rushing record for the school.
Missing one game in his career, the state title game as a freshman, Southern is 47-0 in the games he has played in.
Garcia has received a myriad of scholarship offers in both wrestling and football at the Division I level. His wrestling offers include Ohio State, Michigan and North Carolina State. In football, he has received offers from universities such as Harvard, Yale and Princeton. Garcia is also near the top of his class academically.
Garcia is a son of Mike and Melissa Garcia, of Catawissa, and has three younger brothers, Gavin, Garrett and Grady.
Michael A. Klembara Coaching Recognition Award Our Lady of Lourdes Girls Basketball
During the 2018-19 season, Klembara, a 1988 Hall inductee, won his 700th career game and guided the Red Raiders to their fourth PIAA state championship game and second in the past four seasons.
In 37 seasons as head coach of the Red Raiders, Klembara has now posted 713 career wins. His teams have won 14 District Four championships. His 1993-94 team won the state title, and his 1992-93, 2015-16 and 2018-19 teams have been state runnerups.
Including a stint as head coach at Hazleton Area, Klembara has now won 745 games overall.
Klembara spent 20 seasons as an assistant football coach at Susquehanna University under Bill Moll, William “Rocky” Rees and Steve Briggs. He also coached the football team at Lourdes for many successful seasons, including the 1974 squad that won a share of the Eastern Conference championship with West Scranton.
Mike and his wife, Jane, of Coal Township, are parents of four children — Michael, Pottsville; Andy, Elysburg; Jennifer, Easton; and Melissa, Washington, D.C. They also have eight grandchildren.