Capital Area Chapter Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame to induct 11 new members including Olympian, soccer pro

The Capital Area Chapter Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame will induct 11 new members on Saturday.

This year’s class includes an Olympic medalist, a professional soccer player and coach, a professional baseball player and more. The induction ceremony will take place at the Red Lion Hotel in Harrisburg on Saturday night, June 11.

The banquet had been postponed since 2020. Voting for the Hall of Fame is done by the nearly 500 members of the Capital Area Chapter.

This year’s inductees include:

Ron Collier, baseball

Lettered in three sports at Mansfield University, coached baseball at Lower Dauphin High School for 45 years (707 wins and 22 division/league championships with LD), twice drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Senators. He pitched for the Yankees in the minor leagues.

Arthur Cover, Baseball/Basketball

Lettered at Susquehanna Twp. High School, he played professional baseball in the Cincinnati Reds minor league system as a pitcher and an outfielder. He had an outstanding baseball career with the East-West Shore Twilight baseball leagues playing for Mechanicsburg and Dauphin.

Ronald Davis, coaching football

Lettered at John Harris High School and Shippensburg University. Head coaching and assistant coaching stints for 34 seasons at Steel-High, Central Dauphin, Cedar Cliff and Hershey. Mid-Penn Conference 4-A Coach of the Year 1996 at CD.

Hyleas Fountain-Vaught, Track & Field

Olympic medalist out of CD East and the University of Georgia. Won NCAA national titles in heptathlon, indoor long jump, outdoor long jump, and pentathlon in 2004. Won the silver medal in 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, setting US Olympic records previously held by Jackie Joyner. She was a coach for two years with the track program at North Carolina A&T.

Owen Hannah, basketball referee

Two-sport athlete at Middletown and a member of the 1968 state championship basketball team. He attended California University of Pennsylvania. Supervisor of officials and referee in several leagues including the Big 10, Atlantic 10, Patriot, PSAC and more. He worked numerous tournament games in Division I, II, and III basketball over a distinguished career.

Duquesene “Duke” Freeman McKamey, basketball

Played at Steel-High 1995-1998 winning the state championship in 1998. Was a four-year letterman at Fordham University and was named the Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player. Drafted to the NBA’s 2002 Development League. He played internationally for 11 years in the Baltic and South American Leagues. He is a mentor and coach with Advanced Hoops in the Harrisburg area.

John Wilsbach, sports broadcasting

Longtime radio and TV broadcaster for the Harrisburg Heat since 1991, broadcasting over 600 games. Longtime broadcaster for the Middletown Blue Raiders football and basketball since 1981. Also the voice of Lebanon Valley College football and basketball since 2005. He has also done the Philadelphia Kixx, Hershey Bears, Big 33 and numerous other teams in Central Pa.

Sharon Etter, basketball, field hockey, softball, lacrosse (2019)

Three-sport athlete at East Pennsboro High School. She owns 10 varsity letters at East Stroudsburg University where she was recognized as Noxzema All American in field hockey. Ella coached softball for 25 seasons at East Penn with back-to-back division titles in 2001 and 2002 while being named Coach of the Year. She also coached tennis at East Pennsboro.

Ben Olsen, soccer (2014)

Star soccer player at Middletown Area Senior High School. He was named 1993 Parade Magazine National Player of the Year. University of Virginia Soccer America Player of the Year. He played for 11 seasons, scoring 29 goals with DC United leading them to the 1999 championship. Played with Nottingham Forest, the US National Team, the US Olympic team and the 2006 World Cup. Was the coach for DC United from 2010-2020, winning 113 games and being named Coach of the Year in 2014. Currently President of Club Operations for the women’s pro soccer team Washington Spirit.


Dolores “Shortie” Bimle, coach, official

Started and coached Middletown’s first girl’s softball team in 1974. PIAA official in girls varsity basketball, field hockey and softball, a combined 97 years of service, including 11 in field hockey and basketball for NCAA Division III. She spent 39 years as a physical education teacher.

Frank Mathers, hockey

Player in the 1940′s and 1950′s with NHL Toronto and AHL Pittsburgh and Hershey. Spent 35 years as player, coach, GM and President of the Hershey Bears. He won eight Calder Cups, two with Pittsburgh, two as a player/coach, one as coach and three as GM of Hershey. Awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1987. Enshrined in the 1992 Builders Category of the Hockey Hall of Fame and in the AHL Hall of Fame in 2006. He Also played pro football in the CFL as fullback for Winnepeg and Ottawa.

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