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JT Hall of Fame: Wernett

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Date: August 13th, 2010

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Peter Wernett

Peter Wernett

Peter Wernett is a 1956 graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School. He lettered in both baseball and football and was a member of the first football team in Jim Thorpe High School history.

On April 28, 1955, Wernett had the distinction of pitching the first no-hitter in school history against White Haven in a 14-0 victory for the Olympians. Ten days earlier, Wernett flirted with a potential no-hitter, but settled for a one-hitter against Ringtown and then in May of that year pitched a two-hitter again over White Haven while striking out 10 batters. During the 1956 season, Wernett was the leading hitter on the team with a .545 batting average.

In 1956, Wernett was named to the Tri-County American Legion Junior Baseball League All-Star team. He was then invited to and attended baseball camps by the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Wernett also played tackle on the first football team at Jim Thorpe and was selected to the Panther Valley All-Star team.

During his senior year, Wernett was the receipient of the Babe Ruth Award for sportsmanship. Also, during his senior year, he was selected by the student body and faculty to represent Jim Thorpe High School as a page to the Hon. Francis E. Walters in the United State House of Representatives, Washington, DC for the month of March.

Wernett attended Norwich University and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1960. Wernett went on to attend Moravian Theological Seminary in 1967 and 1968 and received his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1970. Wernett is a retired ordained United Methodist Minister and currently is an owner of Demographic Information Company, MissionInsite, LLC in Irvine, California.

The Jim Thorpe Sports Hall of Fame banquet will be held on Saturday, August 21 at the Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall. Cocktail hour will begin at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., the Induction ceremonies at 7:15 p.m. and the entertainment will follow beginning at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the induction ceremony and the entire evening can be obtained by calling Craig Zurn at 570-325-3855/3631, Ron Sheehan at 570-325-4244, Wilmer Redline at 570-325-3073 or Jack Kmetz at 570-325-4923.

JT Hall of Fame: Balliet

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Date: July 25th, 2010

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From the Times-News:

Brian Balliet graduated from Jim Thorpe High School in 1995 and excelled in basketball his entire time at the school. During his career he earned four varsity letters and scored 1,286 points. This achievement earned him third place on the all-time career scoring list, behind only Joe Rader (1,348) and Jeff Hydro (1,342). He averaged 20+ points-per-game during his junior and senior seasons, scoring 484 points in 1994 and 549 in 1995. He was the team’s MVP both of those seasons.

His signature performance happened his senior year when he scored 55 points against Williams Valley. This shattered the previous single-game scoring record held for 36 years by Billy Bechtold, who scored 47 points against Lansford in 1959. In his game, Balliet hit 12 three-pointers and was a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line. For this outstanding performance, he received mention in the nationally circulated USA Today daily newspaper.

Looking back on his career, Balliet finished with 160 three-pointers – which at the time was a TIMES NEWS area record. As a senior, he shot 83 percent from the free throw line and became the tenth player in Jim Thorpe history to be included on the 1,000-point list. He reached that plateau by scoring 22 points against Schuylkill Haven in a 54-40 victory. He was recognized several times as the WNEP 16 Sports Star of the Week, the Morning Call Athlete of the Week and the Eyewatch News 13 Male of the Week. He capped off his star-studded career by being voted to the TIMES NEWS All-First Team in both 1994 and 1995.

Balliet is currently employed as a Union Carpenter and resides in Jim Thorpe with his fiance, Rachelle Reinart, his step-daughter Kaylee and his newborn daughter Brielle.

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The Jim Thorpe Sports Hall of Fame banquet will be held on Saturday, Aug. 21 at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall. Cocktail hour will begin at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., the induction ceremony at 7:15 p.m. and entertainment will follow around 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the induction ceremonies and the entire evening can be obtained by calling Craig Zurn at 570-325-3631, Ron Sheehan at 570-325-4244, Wilmer Redline at 570-325-3073 or Jack Kmetz at 570-325-4923.

JT Hall of Fame announces 2010 class

Posted By bqschwartz

Date: June 1st, 2010

Category: JT Hall of Fame

The Jim Thorpe Area Sports Hall of Fame has announced its incoming Class of 2010.
The inductees includes three Olympian alumnus and one varsity sports team.
Peter Wernett, a 1956 graduate, excelled on the baseball field and lettered on the school’s first varsity football team. Wernett, who played offensive/defensive tackle, was selected as a member of the Panther Valley All-Star football team his senior year.
Wernett also pitched the school’s first no-hitter on April 28, 1955 against White Haven in a 14-0 victory. He came close to second one 10 days earlier but had to settle for a one-hitter against Ringtown instead.
Brian Balliet, a 1995 graduate, earned four varsity letter as a member of the Olympians’ basketball team. Balliet scored 1,286 career points, which places him third best on the Olympians’ All-Time scoring list. He scored a school’s best 55 points in a single game against Williams Valley his senior year, which edged the previous record of 47 held by Bill Bechtold in 1959.
Balliet was a two-time Most Valuable Player in 1994 and 1995. was WNEP 16 Sports Star of the Week, the Morning Call Player of the Week, Eyewatch News 13 Male Athlete of the Week several times and was voted TIMES NEWS “All First Team” in ’94 and ’95.
Chelsea Mullins, a 2001 graduate, lettered four years in cross country at Jim Thorpe Area High School as well as four years at Moravian College. Mullins crossed the finish line first in 40 of her 41 dual or tri-meets while attending Jim Thorpe.
Two years in a row, Mullins won the Lions Invitational at Moravian Academy. Mullins collected two District silver medals prior to becoming the first District 11 Cross Country champion in the program’s history in 2001. She established course records at six different schools four of which are Salisbury, Shamokin, Freeland MMI and Mauch Chunk Lake Park. She was named Jim Thorpe’s MVP in cross coutry all four years she competed in the sport.
The 1992 Jim Thorpe Area High School girls’ softball team was the first and only girls’ softball team to earn a championship in the program’s history.
While competing in the Schuylkill League Division II North, the Olympians recorded a league record of 13-1. The Olympians’ won the program’s first-ever District 11 game with a 4-2 victory over Cardinal Brennan. However, their championship season ended with a 6-5 loss to Northwestern in a nine inning game that brought their final record to 15-4, which has not been challenged before or since the 1992 championship season.
Ray Heiser was the Olympians’ head coach, while he was assisted by Lori Leinhard and Tom Skelly. Team members included Bobbi Jo Leinhard, Jen Skelly, Jen Karper, Mary Gillespie, Kristen Heiser, Vicky Schafer, Tammy Mullen, Deb Doll, Amy Zovak, Jolene Livengood, Leslie Serfass, Rhonda Lazorick, Melissa Marzen, Marcia King, Jolene Hasaman, Hope Ferguson, Jen Beers, Kerri Hartman, Jessy Schoch and Michelle Bianculli. Managers were Ian Heiser and Wendy Highland.

Tickets for the induction ceremonies can be obtained by calling Craig Zurn at 570-325-4244, Wil Redline at 570-325-3073 or Jack Kmetz at 570-325-4923.