Above and Beyond: Wesley College Athletic Hall of Fame 2012Dec 12th, 2012 | By admin | Category: Sports
Membership in Wesley College’s Athletic Hall of Fame expanded from 96 to 110 when 14 newly-elected members were inducted in a ceremony on Friday, October 12 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts. Joe Able, John Araneo, Harry Blackney, Chuck Brenner, Jim Buggy, Brian Chiles, Glenn Courtney, Don Di Blasi, Dickie Fulton, Tom Green, Albert Horne (posthumously), Coleman Morris, Allen Mushett and Jason Visconti make up the 14-member Class of 2012. Additionally, the 1962 Football team, and 1966–67 Men’s Basketball team were the first Wolverine intercollegiate teams to receive induction into Wesley College immortality.
Hall of Fame head coach Dick Smith led the Wolverines to an 8–0 record. This year marks the 50th anniversary of this historic team’s undefeated season, a first for the Wolverines in any sport.
Led by Hall of Fame head coach Jim Wentworth, the Wolverines earned a top seed and collected their first National Junior College Tournament victory over Penn State-Behrend.
Football and Baseball: Class of 2003
Joe Able earned all-conference honors in both football and baseball in his four years with the Wolverines. Able was recognized by his conference five times and still holds the baseball team career record for home runs and triples. Upon graduation he also ranked third in games played, runs and hits and still is among the top 10 in each category. On the gridiron, he left Wesley ranked third in receiving yards, fifth in catches and third in receiving touchdowns. Also a solid student in the classroom, Able was a three-time Academic All-Conference selection and played in the Indoor Football League (IFL) after graduation.
Football: Class of 1967
John Araneo was a two-time All-Region and All-Conference selection for the Wolverines’ football team in 1965–66, he led the team to a conference championship. A team captain, Araneo went on to play at Adelphi University and later assisted on the Panthers’ coaching staff for three years.
Football: Class of 1966
Despite playing just one season on the Wolverines’ NJCAA football team in 1965, Harry Blackney is widely considered by Wesley JUCO alums to be one of the greatest players to ever don the Navy & White. In his one season at Wesley, Blackney played both offense and defense and then went on to play three years at the University of Maryland. After his playing days at College Park were over, Blackney was selected in the 12th Round of the 1969 NFL Draft by the New York Giants at running back.
Football and Wrestling: Class of 1969
Chuck Brenner played two seasons of football and also was a standout on Wesley’s first intercollegiate wrestling teams in 1966 and 1967. A two-time All-American and Conference Champion, Brenner went on to play in the JUCO All-Star Game.
Baseball: Class of 1998
A four-year starter on the baseball team, Jim Buggy was a two-time captain and most valuable player. Buggy was a standout on the mound, and at the plate, and threw a no-hitter against Lincoln University. When he graduated, Buggy ranked second in earned run average, third in innings pitched, complete games and starts while finishing fourth in shutouts. He also left with the single-season doubles record. Following his time at Wesley, Buggy was an All-Star selection in the Delco Semi-Pro League.
Football: Class of 1971
A two-year standout at Wesley, Brian Chiles then went on play for West Virginia University’s football team. A 1969 NJCAA All-American, Chiles helped the Wolverines to the JUCO National Championship Game where he rushed for 204 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries. The Wesley College Male Athlete of the Year in 1970, Chiles graduated from WVU as the 16th leading-rusher in Mountaineer history.
Football and Baseball: Class of 1975
The 1975 Wesley College Male Athlete of the Year, Courtney played on both the Wolverines’ football and baseball teams. A two-time All-Conference honoree, Courtney helped the football team to a conference championship. After leaving Wesley, Courtney went on to play football at Millersville.
DON Di BLASI
Football: Class of 1967
An All-Conference selection in 1965, Don Di Blasi led the Wolverines in scoring and to a pair of conference championships. After scoring three touchdowns in the 1965 conference title game, Di Blasi went on to play football and lacrosse at Hofstra University.
Football: Class of 1968
Fulton led the Wesley College football team in rushing in both 1966 and 1967 and also led the team in receiving to help earn him All-Region and All-Conference honors. After playing in the JUCO All-Star Game, Fulton went on to play at Tennessee Tech where he still holds the record with a 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. To this day, he is the only player from TTU to run back a kick 100 yards, and one of just eight players in Ohio Valley Conference history.
Basketball: Class of 1981
Tom Green was a two-time All-Region and All-Conference honoree on the men’s basketball team in the 1977 and 1978 seasons. After leading the Wolverines in scoring and to a conference title in his second season, Green was named the Wesley College Male Athlete of the Year and played in the JUCO All- Star Game. After leaving Wesley, Green started at point guard for West Chester University and later became an assistant coach for the Golden Rams and head coach at Conestoga High School.
Basketball: Class of 1970
Horne was a two-year starter for the Wolverines in the Junior College era before going on to play at Greensboro College. An All-Dixie Conference selection at Greensboro, Horne was described by James Wentworth as “having the best range on a jump shot of anyone he has ever seen.” After passing away at the age of 43 in 1992, Horne was inducted into the Delaware Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010, the Delaware Afro-American Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Delaware Sports Museum Hall of Fame earlier this year.
Baseball and Basketball: Class of 2001
Coleman Morris earned four letters each in both basketball and baseball and was a two-time All-Conference catcher. A Team MVP in baseball and Wesley College Male Athlete of the Year, Morris was also a multi-year starter on the basketball team. Upon graduation, Morris ranked among the top 10 in career and single-season doubles.
Football and Wrestling: Class of 1967
Mushett was the team captain on Wesley’s first intercollegiate wrestling teams in 1966 and 1967 and also played one year on the football team. A two-time All-Region and All-Conference selection on the mat, Mushett served in the United States Air Force for 24 years and earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Baseball and Football: Class of 2005
Visconti was a four-year performer on the baseball team but really made his mark as a quarterback on the football team. A two-time All- American and team captain, Visconti led the Wolverines to their first NCAA playoff game in 2000 and three conference championships. He still holds the Wesley single-game passing record for yards and touchdowns and played in the 2003 Aztec Bowl (Division III All-Star Game in Mexico). Visconti still ranks second in school history in completions and attempts while sitting third in both passing yards and touchdowns. Following graduation, Visconti played two seasons in the Arena Football League and threw league-record seven touchdowns in one half.