Susquehanna to Induct Five Into Sports Hall of Fame
SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- Five former Susquehanna University
student-athletes will be inducted into the university's Sports Hall
of Fame in ceremonies in the Degenstein Campus Center on Saturday,
The Class of 2008 will increase the total membership of the Sports Hall of Fame to 179 members since its foun ding in 1967.
This year's inductees are Trevor Henry '89 (football), Karyn Kern Pinter '01 (basketball, track), Brandon Naples '95 (baseball), Adam Ressler '00 (track and field), and Karen Warner Higgins '93 (track and field).
A four-year starter at inside linebacker, Henry was named All-American and first-team All-MAC as a senior, finishing the season with 140 tackles. He was named the team’s Best Defensive Player his sophomore year, when he recorded 107 tackles, and again his senior year. He finished his career with 360 tackles.
Henry spent eight years of active duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy, trained in nuclear submarines. He earned four Navy Achievement medals, a commendation medal, and was a finalist of Junior Officer Leadership Award.
He and his wife, Kim, and children, Alora and Kent, reside in Charlottesville, Va., where he is vice president of development with Stonehaus, Inc.
On the court, Pinter grabbed a record 1,079 rebounds in 106 career games and scored 1,773 points during her four years. She was selected first-team All-Conference as a junior and senior, and second-team as a freshman and sophomore. She is still first in career rebounds and third in career points.
In track and field, she was a three-time MAC outdoor track and field champion in triple jump, and a MAC outdoor track and field champion in long jump as a sophomore.
Pinter is the director of student-athlete services and sports information director at Kean University. She and her husband, Marty ‘98, and daughter, Julia, live in Mount Bethel, Pa.
Naples, a four-year letterwinner at first base, holds career records for hits (163), batting average (.401), triples (12), and runs batted in (101). He also holds the season record for hits (56) and shares the record for home runs (9).
He was team Most Valuable Player as a junior and senior, and named first-team All-Conference and second-team All-Region as a senior. He signed a free-agent contract with the New York Mets after graduation and played in their minor league organization.
Naples is the distribution center manager with Sneaker Villa and resides in Sinking Spring, Pa., with his wife, Cheryl, and daughter, Peyton.
Ressler was the 2000 NCAA Division III national champion in the javelin (221’ ½”). He also was MAC javelin champion that year and a NCAA Division III qualifier in the high jump, tying a school record at 6’ 9”, as a sophomore. He is one of seven NCAA track and field champions from Susquehanna. He also was a two-year player on the basketball team, known for his energy and up-tempo play.
Ressler was recognized as the 2003 Information Services Employee of the Year by CIMNET, Inc. and is now a solution architect manager with Invensys. He and his wife, Lauren, live in West Lawn, Pa.
Higgins was a four-year letterwinner and named the team’s Most Valuable Athlete for three consecutive years. She set the high jump record (5-3 3/4) as a junior in 1992, a mark that stood until 2004. She ranks second in long jump (16-11 1/4) and fifth in triple jump (34-3 3/4), and placed in four events at MAC outdoor championships as a senior.
Higgins served on the board of the Philadelphia chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and now serves on the board of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. She is the president of A & E Communications, Inc. She and her husband, Chris, and daughters Alison and Emily live in Collegeville, Pa.