Marian High School announces Hall of Fame class
Marian High School's Hall of Fame will induct its fifth group of honorees at their bi-annual banquet, which will take place in the Grand Ballroom of Kelly's Irish Pub in Lansford on Sunday, Oct. 21 with dinner scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
This years honorees are Joe Antinozzi (1978), Greg Chelak (1981), Patti Oakes Freiler (1986), Joe Gillespie (1991), Justen Hackenberg (1991), Dave Labosky (1974), Mike Makovec (1991), Rick Marsilio (1986), Tom Marsilio (1988) and Joe Prekopa (1971).
Biographies on Antinozzi, Chelak, Oakes Freiler, Gillespie and Hackenberg appear in today's paper. The remaining members of the class will be profiled next week.
Tickets for the affair are available by contacting any committee member, including Emmett McCall Sr. at 570-645-2093 or Jack Malarkey at 570-668-2116.
Antinozzi is a McAdoo native who currently resides in Fallston, Maryland and is the second member of the class of 1978 to be inducted into the Marian Hall of Fame.
Antinozzi was a four year member of the Colt basketball team and during his career scored over 1,000 points. In his senior year he was named the Anthracite League's Pizza Hut player of the year, was named Most Valuable Player of the Schuylkill Tournament and Most Valuable Player of the Schuylkill County All-Star team.
Antinozzi also lettered on the cross country and track teams during his freshman year
Chelak is a 1981 graduate who hailed from Mahanoy City and had an outstanding athletic an academic career at Marian.
Chelak played 3 seasons of varsity basketball under Coach Tom Sheehan and Coach Bob Schlosser in his junior and senior years. He finished his high school career with 940 points in the era before the three point line. In his senior year, the Colts finished with a record of 31-6, winning the Anthracite League Championships and runner-up in District 11. He earned All Anthracite recognition and All-State honorable mention.
Chelak attended Albright College and lettered in varsity basketball. After graduating from Albright in 1985, he attended and graduated from the Dickinson School of Law in 1988 with a Juris Doctorate Degree and until 1996 was associated with various law firms and handled thousands of court cases . Fom 1996-2007 he and his wife, Stacy, operated their own law firm. In 2008 he was elected to the Pike County Court of Common Pleas where he handled the majority of civil cases in Pike County.
Greg and Stacy have 3 children: Christian, Corey, and Clayton, all of whom attend the Delaware Valley School District and have distinguished themselves both academically and athletically
Patti Oakes Freiler
Oakes Freiler was a 1986 graduate and a Mahanoy City native. She was a four year member of Coach Elsie Tolan's Marian Fillies basketball team.
In her freshman year, Oakes Freiler played on the District 11 Class A Championship team and Easter Final runner-up; in her sophomore year Marian won the the District 11 Class A Championship, Eastern Final Championship, and Class A State Championship. In her junior year, the Fillies were again the Eastern Final runner-up and Patti was named to the first team Schuylkill League, Standard Speaker and Reading Eagle All Star teams and ran the 100 and 300 hurdles for the Fillies Track team. In her senior year, the Fillies once again were District 11 Champions and were Eastern Final runner-up.
Oakes Freiler finished her basketball carer with 941 points and was named to the All State Team as well as the Schuylkill League, Standard Speaker and Reading Eagle All-Star teams and continued to run both the 100 and 300 meter hurdles in track
Joseph M Gillespie
Gillespie is Summit Hill native and 1991 graduate who had great athletic careers in both football and baseball and also lettered in basketball in his senior season.
As a running back and linebacker, Joe was a three year letterman for Stan Dakosty's Colts. He was a key member of the 1988 District 11 runner-up team, the 1989 District 11 Championship team and the 1990 Class A State Championship team. In his senior year, he was named first team All-State, first team All Anthracite, first team All County, and was selected to the Big 33 team. He was a 1,000 yard rusher during the 1990 season and overall rushed for 2400 yards as a Marian Colt.
Gillespie was awarded a full football scholarship to the University of Maryland and was second on the depth chart during his junior year until a serious knee injury ended his football career. Joe graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in Kinesiological Sciences and then earned a degree in Anatomy and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the National College of Chiropractics. His practice is in Lower Bucks County, where he lives with his wife, Melissa
Justen D. Hackenberg
Hackenberg is a 1991 graduate who was a three year letter winner in both football and track from 1989-1991.
As a two way starter in his junior year, he recorded 64 tackles and 4 sacks as a member of the 1989 District 11 championship team and was named first team Reading Eagle All Anthracite and first team All County as a defensive tackle. He served as a Co-Captain of the 1990 State Championship team (13-1) recording 121 tackles and 21 sacks. He was named first team All State Offense, Defensive Lineman of the year-Reading Eagle, Times-Leader Defensive Lineman of the year, first team All County and Big 33 nominee.
Hackenberg received a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he was a 3 year letter winner at nose guard for the Black Knights, who were 3-1 vs. Navy during his career.
Hackenberg graduated from West Point in 1995 and served 11 1/2 years as an active duty Armor Officer and also as Company Commander of a Tank Company during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He received an honorable discharge from the military and currently serves as Director of Student Services and is an Assistant Football Coach at Marian.