Elizabethtown College Online Magazine

10 Inducted into Ira R. Herr Athletic Hall of Fame

Elizabethtown College welcomed  10 new members to the Ira R. Herr Athletic Hall of Fame at the seventh annual Blue Jays Athletic Alumni Reunion Saturday, May 11—the most since its inaugural class in 1975.

Front Row (L to R): Melissa St. Clair ‘05, Liz Fretz ‘05, Susan Nation Collins (daughter of Annette Mumma Nation ‘46), Becky Nocito Nichols ‘99; Back Row (L to R): Mike Ahern ‘93, Larry Bullock ‘00, Frankie Puzzangara ‘07, Tim Jones ‘92, David Nation (son of Annette Mumma Nation ‘46), Kevin Clark ‘08 and Elaine Balaban Scholz ‘87

Front Row (L to R): Melissa St. Clair ‘05, Liz Fretz ‘05, Susan Nation Collins (daughter of Annette Mumma Nation ‘46), Becky Nocito Nichols ‘99; Back Row (L to R): Mike Ahern ‘93, Larry Bullock ‘00, Frankie Puzzangara ‘07, Tim Jones ‘92, David Nation (son of Annette Mumma Nation ‘46), Kevin Clark ‘08 and Elaine Balaban Scholz ‘87

Each new Hall of Fame inductee stamped his or her mark on Blue Jays Athletics, contributing to the success of a program that has been among the Division III top 100 for most of the past two decades.

Michael Ahern ‘93
Larry Bullock ‘00

Ahern is the wrestling program’s career wins leader with 121. Bullock led the 1999 men’s cross country team to its first MAC Championship since 1965 and was on the Blue Jays’ first NCAA Championships qualifying team.

Kevin Clark ‘08

Clark’s five All-America honors were highlighted by a track and field team national championship in the pole vault at the 2007 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. He remains the College’s only individual national champion.

Frankie Puzzangara ‘07

Men’s lacrosse was also honored with its first inductee, Puzzangara, a two-time MAC Player of the Year and second on the Jays’ career scoring list.

Elizabeth Fretz ‘05

Fretz, who ranks second on E-town’s career scoring list, is the first women’s lacrosse player inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Tim Jones ‘92
Nocito Nichols ‘99

Jones was an All-American and member of the 1989 NCAA Division III Champion men’s soccer team. Nichols piled up 94 points during four seasons with the women’s soccer team, leading it to the 1997 NCAA Division III Final Four. She was named MAC Commonwealth Player of the Year in 1995 and 1996.

Elaine Balaban ScholZ ‘87
Annette Mumma Nation ‘46

Two former members of the women’s basketball team were inducted. Balaban Scholz scored more than 1,200 points during her career and is one of only four players in team history to finish with 1,000 or more points and 800 or more rebounds. Mumma Nation, played two seasons at Elizabethtown, scoring 23.8 points per game with four straight games of 30 points or more during her sophomore year.

Melissa St. Clair ‘05

St. Clair earned four All-America finishes on the track and was the College’s first female cross country All-American. She was the bronze medalist in the 5k at the 2004 NCAA DIII Indoor Championships and the silver medalist in the 10k at that year’s outdoor championship meet. At the 2005 outdoor championships, St. Clair fought for All-America finishes in the 5k and 10k.

Additionally, Dr. D. Rodney

Chamberlain ’74 was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award, and Gordon McK. Bateman was presented with the Joseph A. Whitmore Service to Student-Athletes Award.

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