SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Susquehanna University has announced
that six former student-athletes will be inducted into the SU
Sports Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2012. The on-campus
induction ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28, the opening
day of Homecoming Weekend.
The inductees will also be recognized at halftime of Saturday’s 1 p.m. game against Muhlenberg.
The six individuals represent four sports, with three being former members of the football team. The class is comprised of field hockey player Leah Bailor ’03 Hane, football standouts Mark Bartosic ’04 and Mike Bowman ’03, track and field athlete Matt Deamer ’04, women’s tennis player Tara McHugh ’04 and football player Matt Wichlinski ’00.
Bailor was a four-year member of the Crusader
field hockey team (1999-2002) and was the first STX/NFHCA
All-American in program history. In fact, she was a Third-Team
honoree in 1999 and earned Second-Team recognition in 2002. That
1999 season also saw her named the MAC Rookie of the Year and she
went on to be a three-time All-MAC First-Team player.
She led the Commonwealth in 2002 in goals (22) while also setting a single-season record in the process. Seven of her goals that year were game winners and she went on to finish that year with SU single-season marks in goals (22), assists (12) and points (56). She is the program leader in goals (51), assists (35) and points (197).
Bailor helped Susquehanna qualify for the NCAA Tournament in 1999 and 2002 and her 1999 squad recorded the only NCAA Tournament win in school history.
Like Bailor, Bartosic was also a two-time All-American (2002, 2003) who became the first player in NCAA history at any level to post four consecutive 1,000-plus yard receiving seasons. Bartosic was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2002 after also being named the Rookie of the Year in 2000.
He is the school record-holder in career receptions (275), yards (4,733), touchdown receptions (55), all-purpose yards (5,857) and career points (354). Bartosic also holds several single season records, including receptions, receiving yards, touchdown receptions and all-purpose yards. He is currently tied for first with 30 points in a single game and holds six of the top seven spots of single-game receptions.
He still ranks among the top four in Division III history in career receiving yards, touchdown catches and receiving yards per game. Following graduation, Bartosic signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2004.
The man who threw many of those passes to Bartosic was Bowman, who will join his former teammate in the SU Sports Hall of Fame. Bowman, a Blair Heaton Award winner, is the program leader in career offensive yards (7,900), passing yards (8,160), completions (609) and touchdown passes (63). He holds a significant lead in all of those categories, meaning he should remain at the top of the SU record books for years to come.
He twice threw for more than 400 yards in a single game and holds season records in passing yards (2,563), completions (184), touchdown passes (20) and total offensive yards (2,462). Bowman also holds the Susquehanna record for completions in a game (33 at Widener in 2002) and was the first player to throw for 300-plus yards in Lopardo Stadium history in 2000 against Moravian.
Bowman helped the Crusaders earn the MAC Commonwealth Championship title in 1999.
Deamer was four-time NCAA Outdoor track and field participant and was an All-American in 2001 after a third-place finish in the javelin with a throw of 203’11’’. He holds the school record in the javelin by more than 15 feet and currently holds the third longest “new” javelin throw in NCAA Division III history with a throw of 236’1 1/2” in 2003.
Deamer guided his team to the 2003 MAC Championship and he competed at the United States Outdoor Track & Field championships at Stanford that same year. A two-time MAC champion as junior and senior (2002, 2003), he also placed second at the conference championships as a freshman in 2000.
One of the best tennis players in Crusader history, McHugh is the school record holder with 46 career singles wins (46-10 record) and is tied for fourth all-time with 26 career doubles wins (26-15 record).
She was named the MAC Commonwealth Rookie of the Year in 2000 and won a school-record 16 singles matches in 2002 (16-0 record) en route to being named the MAC Commonwealth Player of the Year.
McHugh is tied for third in single-season history with a .875 doubles winning percentage in 2003 (7-1 record). She was named to the MAC Commonwealth First-Team from 2000 thru 2003. She was the recipient of the Connie Harnum Award as a senior in 2004.
During his All-American years on the gridiron in 1997 and 1998, Wichlinski ran his way into the Crusader record books by becoming the program’s single season rushing touchdown leader and scoring leader with 18 scores for 108 points in 1997.
His 1,322 rushing yards in 1997 are the second best single-season total. He ranks fifth and seventh best in single game rushing with his performances during the 1997 campaign (206 vs. Wilkes 9/20; 193 vs. Kean 9/6). He was named to the MAC Commonwealth First-Team in 1997 and 1998 and was the Commonwealth Player of the Year in 1998.
Wichlinski’s 1,163 rushing yards and 1,406 all-purpose yards in 1998 are fifth-best in SU history. He tied the school record with five touchdowns and 30 points in a single game (10/24/98 vs. Juniata) and scored 102 points that season, which is good for third in school history.
Wichlinski helped the Crusaders win the MAC Commonwealth championship in 1998 and 1999. He was a participant in the Aztec Bowl in 1998 (NCAA Division III All-Stars versus Mexican All-Stars) after gaining 1,406 all-purpose yards that season, ranking him fifth in SU history.
For his career, he ranks second in program history in career rushing yards (3,243), third in career rushing TDs (37), fourth in career points (246) and fourth in all-purpose yards (3,644).