ERIE, Pa. – Penn State Behrend will induct six individuals into the College’s Athletics Hall of Fame this fall. Danielle Bemis ’04, Jenny Detelich ’00, Jacob Hordych ’04, Andy Laver ’04, Ryan Seyler ’03, and Chris Shearer ’02 will be inducted into the Hall on Saturday, September 28. The 1993-94 women’s basketball team, 1978 men’s soccer team and the 2003 men’s soccer team will be honored for their anniversaries of winning championships.
Bemis was a three-time All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) selection for the volleyball team. She garnered AMCC Newcomer of the Year honors her first season, before helping the Lions win the AMCC Championship in 2001. Her senior year, she broke the program record for kills (1125) and digs (1776) to earn the James Frye Female Athlete of the Year and John Zahniser Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. She also was chosen Team MVP and the recipient of the Herb Lauffer Leadership/Scholarship award.
Detelich excelled in both cross country and track & field during her time at Behrend. She graduated the school’s record holder in the 800m and 1500m while finishing second in the 3000m. Her sophomore year she ran 4:58.10 to set the school record, but her specialty was in the 800m. Detelich set that record with a time of 2:25.76. She concluded her career being honored with the John Zahniser Female Scholar Athlete Award. Detelich was also a member of the women’s basketball team for one season.
Hordych concluded his career as one of the finest men’s soccer goalies in program history. Hordych was honored with the Herb Lauffer Leadership/Scholarship award as a freshman before earning All-AMCC accolades the next three years. A team captain, he set the career record for both games played and shut outs, and 10 years later is still ranked second in each category. Hordych is also fourth in career saves with 382.
Laver was a standout for the Penn State Behrend men’s soccer team. He was named AMCC Player of the Year along with Team MVP in 2003, leading the Lions to an AMCC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. The three-time All-AMCC choice finished his career ranked seventh in career goals (22), eighth in career points (55) and 16th in career assists (11).
Seyler was the first pitcher in baseball program history to be named a two-time Academic All-American. He broke the school record for wins, innings pitched, strikeouts and complete games. The three-time Team’s Most Valuable Pitcher also earned All-Conference honors twice, the Herb Lauffer Scholarship/Leadership Award and the John Zahniser Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Shearer made a big impact in his two years on the Penn State Behrend baseball team. As starting catcher his senior year, he led the Lions to their first-ever ECAC Championship and a program-record 35 wins. Shearer was named to the All-AMCC second team, while earning Verizon Academic All-American honors and the Team’s Golden Glove Award for a perfect fielding percentage in 2002.
The 1993-94 women’s basketball will be honored for their 20-year anniversary of winning championships, while the 1978 men’s soccer squad is being recognized for their 35-year anniversary of winning the District 18 title. The 2003 men’s soccer team received the program’s first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning the AMCC Championship. The Lions concluded the year with a program record 14 wins.
The induction ceremony and dinner will be held at 6 p.m. in the McGarvey Commons of the Reed Union Building on Behrend’s campus. The induction will conclude the Reunion Weekend activities