Marian Hall of Fame banquet on Sunday
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 Labosky, Makovec, Rick Marsilio, Tom Marsilio and Prekopa appear in today's paper. The other members of the class were profiled last 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.
David R. Labosky
Labosky was a member of the class of 1974 and posthumously joins fellow teammates Joe Balascik, Bob Schlosser, Bernie Krupa and Mark Pollick as well as legendary Coach Bob Fulton into the Hall of Fame. This 6'2" forward scored 921 points during his career under Coach Fulton, but was best remembered for his defensive prowess and outstanding rebounding ability. In Dave's senior year, the Colts advanced to the Anthracite League Finals, where they suffered a one point loss to Bishop Hafey.
After graduating from Marian, Dave enrolled at Kutztown University, where he became a starting forward as a freshman and had an outstanding career for the Kutztown Bears. After graduating with a degree in Biology, Dave enrolled in the Temple School of Pharmacy, but tragically in his final year at Temple he was stricken with leukemia, which eventually at the age of 25, claimed his life.
Dave was an outstanding student, athlete, and young man, and his loss was felt deeply by his family and the entire Marian Community.
Michael J. Makovec
Makovec, a Lake Hauto native, graduated from Marian in 1991 and was a multi-sport letterwinner in football (3 years), basketball (3 years), and track (4 years). He was a 3 year starter in football at quarterback, wing back, and safety and helped lead the Colts to their State Championship win over Farrell in 1990. He was the 1990 Reading Eagle Defensive Back of the year, the 1990 Times-News Player of the Year, and received the 1990 outstanding athlete Billy McHale award. He was named 3rd Team All-State in 1990 and Schuylkill County All-Star in both football and basketball. He also qualified for the PIAA State track meet in his senior year in the 100 meter dash, long jump, and triple jump.
Makovec received a nomination to West Point.. As a freshman, Mike earned the starting quarterback role at Army, but tore his ACL which sidelined him for his freshman season. As a sophomore, he again earned the starting quarterback role, but again injured the same ACL against North Carolina, which cut short his college football career. In 1994, Mike was the recipient of the Army Coaches Award for his determination to battle back from injury. Mike graduated from West Point in 1995 and served in the U.S. Army as a Transportation and Logistics Officer for 8 1/2 years before resigning his commission with an honorable discharge. He commanded a Transportation company in Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star for his leadership in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Makovec is married to the former Calyn McKee and they are the parents of two boys.
Marsilio, a Hometown native graduated from Marian High School in 1986. During his years at Marian, he participated in football and basketball. He was a three year starter in football as quarterback and safety. In his senior year, he led the Colts to an 11-1 season which ended with a District 11 Championship. One of the highlights of his senior year occurred against Pottsville when he returned an interception 103 yards for a touchdown, setting a national record and earning the MCI Long Distance Award for the 1986 season. He earned first team All-Star recognition from the Times News, Pottsville Republican, Standard Speaker, Morning Call, and Patriot-News.
Marsilio accepted a full athletic scholarship to the University of Akron, coached at the time by Gerry Faust. Following a string of injuries, Rick transferred to Towson State University, where shoulder injuries limited his playing time. Rick graduated from Towson in 1990 with a degree in Psychology. Rick had tryouts in the NFL and Arena football leagues, but injuries finished his playing career.
Marsilio continues to coach and instruct youth football organizations in South Central Pennsylvania where he works as a consultant with at-risk youth
Thomas J. Marsilio
Thomas Marsilio is a 1988 graduate and brother of Rick Marsilio. He was a member of both the football and basketball teams for four years and Tri-Captain in both sports in his senior year. He was a key member of the 13-0 Eastern Conference Championship team in 1987 and enjoyed a 27 game winning streak as a Marian Colt. He was named to the All-District and All-County teams in 1987 and 1988 as well as being a National Honor Society member for 3 years,
Marsilio was awarded a full scholarship to Syracuse University, from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1992, in a year when he was also a Rhodes Scholarship nominee. He played in 2 Hall of Fame Bowls and also played in the Peach Bowl and the Aloha Bowl while a player and student at Syracuse. He attended graduate school at Hahnemann University, earning a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy, graduating Summa Cum Laude and receiving the Benjamin Mankeima Award for his excellence in Orthopedic Physical Therapy.
Marsilio is presently President and CEO of CPRS Physical Therapy and resides in Wrightsville, PA with his wife, Stacy.
Joseph J. Prekopa
Prekopa, a 1971 Marian graduate was cut during basketball tryouts as a sophomore. He more than made up for this disappointment by earning two letters in both basketball and baseball. As a senior with Hall of Fame teammates like Joe Balascik, Frank Yosella, and Bobby Schlosser, Joe started all 29 games of a 25-4 season and helped the Colts earn the 1971 PCIAA Class B State Championship. Prekopa averaged 11 points per game and always drew the largest defensive assignment. A two year starter for the Colt Basketball Team, he played a solid third base and merited McGeehan League all-star status both years.
Prekopa moved on to Susquehanna University, where he earned three letters in both basketball and baseball. In basketball, he was a three year starter at guard and scored 525 points and averaged two assists per game. As Co-Captain in his senior season, he was the recipient of the 1975 Mr. Basketball award. A three year starter in baseball, he caught for one year and played the outfield for two years and finished with a career batting average of .364 and served as Co-Captain. As a senior, he received the Blair Heaton Memorial Award, given to the senior who best exemplified the devotion to scholarship and athletics, and the self discipline and courage shown on the playing field by the late Blair Heaton, 1942.