Christine Button Strumski who established the first girls’ little league softball program in Wyoming County and beloved track and field coach, the late Jane Helman, head a class of 15 which will be enshrined into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame at its annual induction dinner in August, according to Jim Martin, president of the John Louis Popple chapter.
The ceremony is set for Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Gus Genetti Conference Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre with a cocktail hour beginning at 4 p.m. and the dinner and induction at 5. Tickets are $45 for adults and $20 for children ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free. Tickets can be obtained at the chapter’s website, luzernecountysportshalloffame.com or by check to Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame, 25 Frederick St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, or contacting Carol Hurley at 570-824-7133.
Joining the pair are Frank Majikes, PIAA District 2 chairman; Olympic field hockey star Kelsey Kolojejchick; Bob Barbieri, the first football coach in Pittston Area history; wrestling icon Brooke Yeager; Misiericordia University’s all-time great runner, Chris Wadas; former three-sport standout at Crestwood High School, Laura Whalen Slane; Berwick High School athletic director and former great quarterback, Bo Orlando; and former Wyoming Area and Brown University football standout Joseph Karcutskie.
Also being inducted are Morgan Alaina Craft, of Sullivan County, a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic skeet shooting team; and legendary Wyalusing High School coach, Walter Fisk; and career minor league baseball player Ed “Shovels” Kobesky.
The counties of Wyoming, Bradford, Sullivan and the northern part of Columbia included in the Luzerne County Chapter of the
Pennsylvania Sports Hall