Above and Beyond: Wesley College Athletic Hall of Fame 2012

Dec 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.


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.

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