The Pennsylvania Montco Chapter of the Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce and honor a large, worthy and impressive class of individuals whose accomplishments will be celebrated among friends, teammates, family, fans and supporters on Friday October 14, 2022 at Presidential Caterers in Norristown , PA.

This year’s honorees include Roger Raina, Steve Harner, Henry Williams, Walter Struzek, Harry Joe Yorgi, Tony Funsten, Larry Wilson and Lawrence Livers.

Collectively, not only have they won multiple championships, earned MVP awards, medals, set records, and rightfully been inducted into dozens of other Hall of Fame bodies, they’ve also spent decades advocating for important causes, leading by example, and giving back to their communities
and youth sports organizations.

While all of these luminaries have been honored in various ways over the years, this October 14th inductees will join the elite and exclusive Montco Chapter of the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame, which includes members such as Joe Frazier, Billy Cunningham, Mike Richter, Tom Fazio, Kim Gallagher, Gina Buggy, Brad Scioli, Wally Triplett, Jim Williams, Jenny Hall, Craig Littlepage, Ron Livers, Robbie Vine, Tammy Green, Glenn Fine, Bill Nuttall, Alvin Williams, Hank Sisco, Scott Palmer. They also now belong to a
section in the same club that includes the immortals: Chuck Bednarik, Betsy King, Kathy Rush, Richie Ashburn, Tom Brookshear, Harry Kalas and Tommy MacDonald.

Please join the celebration, everyone is welcome. Eight people who have sports and social career achievements
clearly justified their recognition:

Roger Reyna Wrestling / University of Pennsylvania, winningest coach in 101-year program history, started as youngest coach in Penn wrestling history, Ivy League Coaches Association President, EIWA Coaches Assn President, NWCA President, coached to Olympic Gold
Medalist, pair of NCAA champions, three NCAA finalists, 17 All-Americans, 63 NCAA qualifiers, 31 EIWA champions, won 4 straight EIWA titles, won EIWA COY three times, won 8 Ivy League titles, graduated from Pennsylvania in 1984 where he was a Four-Year starter on team, University of Pennsylvania Athletic HOF, EIWA HOF, National Wrestling PA Chapter HOF.

Walter Struzek Norristown / Seaplane Racing / Speedboat Racing, Gulf 100 Mile Club 1963, Rookie Racer of the Year 1964, St. Petersburg National Champion 1965, Eastern Division Champion 1965, National High Points Winner 1965, National Champion Seattle, Wa
1966 Gulf Marine Racing Hall of Fame 1966 Pound Record Setter New Martinsville, WV 107.071 mph 1966 High Point National Winner 1966 Pilot of the Year 1966 All American Racing Team 1966 President’s Cup Winner 1967 National Champion Guntersville AL 1967 , Zach
Norriton Township Citizen 1967, National Champion Morgan City, LA 1969, Belvedere Cup Canada High Points 1974.

Henry (Hank) Williams Basketball / Norristown, set multiple records and won championships at Norristown HS, three-time first-team All-Suburban selection, three-time first-team AllState selection, Scholastic All-American selection, was drafted by the New York Knicks in the 6th round, forward for the Jacksonville university, 1972 – 1974, played for the Utah Stars in the American Basketball Association, played for the Lancaster Red Roses.

Steve Harner Wrestling / Coach / Norristown, won nine Suburban One championships, eight-time section champion, three-time district and regional champion, 22 wrestlers earned All-American honors, 10 Academic All-Americans, eight-time Suburban One Coach of the Year, MAWA teams won 17 national championships AAU, 1st District COY, AAU COY, Montco Coaches Hall of Fame, Southeastern Wrestling Hall of Fame, Norristown Hall of Fame, AAU Hall of Fame.

Professional boxer Harry Joe Yorgi / Bridgeport / Upper Merion, career record 27-2-2, 12 KOs, 2 TKOs, fought for the UBA world middleweight title, with a record of 16 -0 (eight knockouts), fought for the IBU World Junior Middleweight title. , beat Ronald Hearns to
prepared for a world title fight, wrestled Alfredo Angulo for the WBO interim super middleweight title on HBO, lost to future world champion Jermell Charlo on Showtime, star Upper Merion High School Running Back with 34+ college scholarship offers.

Tony Funsten Volleyball / Basketball / Upper Merion, founded the Upper Merion girls volleyball program in 1993, his teams won 17 Suburban One League championships, six District 1 championships and one Pioneer Athletic Conference Championship before becoming coach
Volleyball, he coached Upper Merion boys and girls basketball, The Times Herald named Tony Funsten the 1989 Boys Basketball Coach of the Year and 1998 Girls Basketball Coach of the Year, Montco Coaches Hall of Fame.

Larry Wilson Athletics / Cross Country / Gwynedd Mercy / Bishop McDevitt, helped found the Ambler Olympic Club, coached Olympic 800m silver medalist Kim Gallagher, coached Olympians Laura McCauley in the 400m hurdles, Steve Griffin in 4 x 400 meter relay and Cowin Mills in the 4 x 400 meter relay, AOC has many national, state and Jesse Owens champions among its alumni, 31 years as head track and cross country coach at Gwynedd Mercy Academy, produced individual champions ( 17 Pennsylvania Division AA Titles and 60 County AA Crowns and led Gwynedd Mercy to County and Bicentennial League championships, his 4 X 800 relay team set the state standard by winning the Pennsylvania AA Meet five years in a row and capturing the 1500 meters at the Penn Relays, Assistant Coach in two international meets, USA head coach at the 1981 National Sports Festival.
Lawrence Livers, Norristown High School three-year track and field winner, 1941, competed in the District One track and field meet in the 180 LH (1st place), high hurdles (3rd place) and high jump (3- e place). He qualified for the State Meet in 180 LH.1939-
Lawrence (father), Larry (son), Ron and Don (sons), 40, were members of Norristown’s track and field teams and won district one team titles. Tickets to the Pennsylvania Montgomery County Chapter of the Sports Hall of Fame
The Oct. 14 induction banquet is available on the Montco Sports Hall of Fame website. Tickets, tables and announcements are also available by check or money order made out to PSHoF – Montco Chapter and mailed to 2921 Dermond Rd Norristown, PA 19403. Please contact sah0628@aol.com or 610-389-8952 with any questions.

Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Montco Chapter Founded in 2009, the chapter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to perpetuate the memory of athletes who have brought eternal glory to Montgomery County and/or the state of Pennsylvania. through them
sports achievements. These individuals must have been raised, worked or performed in Montgomery County to be considered for induction into the Hall of Fame. Also eligible are individuals who have brought similar recognition to the county or state for their contributions to the sport as a whole through managerial, promotional, leadership or other influential capacities. The department collects and donates funds to worthy youth sports organizations in the county.

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