Prior to the 2016 formal induction of the Shenandoah Valley Sports Hall of Fame four representatives of the district paused to remember and pay tribute to Dr. Stanley Rakowsky, who came up with the idea to honor the school’s outstanding athletes. A plaque with his picture and a dedication will be hung on the wall located outside the high school gymnasium where the SV Athletic Hall of Fame is located. Shown L-R: SV Maintenance Supervisor Dave Lukashunas, Co-Athletic Director Jeff Maksimik, SV School Board President Dan Salvadore, Co-Athletic Director John Brennan, & SV Business Manager Tony Demalis.
CLASS OF 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees
Shenandoah Valley Dedicates its Sports Hall of Fame in Memory of Dr. Stanley Rakowsky
Shenandoah Valley Athletic Hall of Fame
The inaugural class of the Shenandoah Valley Athletic Hall of Fame (Hall) was the class of 2007. Initiated by Shenandoah Valley School District (SVSD) Board of Education (Board) and developed by Superintendent Dr. Stanley G. Rakowsky along with athletic directors John Brennan and Jeff Maksimik, the Hall was established with a singular purpose. That guiding principle of this autonomous (albeit Board approved entity) is to recognize and honor players, coaches, teams and other individuals and or groups who have made significant contributions to promote SVSD athletics since the inception of the District in 1968.
Induction into the Hall begins with the name of an individual being submitted on an official nominating form (ONF) to the SVHS athletic office. Nominations are accepted beginning December 1st with the last date being March 31st. These NF are available in the SVSD athletics office or online at Nomination Form.
Once all nominees have been properly certified, a ballot is prepared. Voting by mail for nominees is done by the 31 member Selection Committee (SC).
This ballot contains the names of newly nominated persons as well as nominees who were not elected the previous year. Nominee names appearing on a minimum of sixty percent (60%) of the ballots cast by the SC are certified as the Current Induction Class (CIC).
Nominees failing to be chosen for two (2) consecutive years are dropped from the ballot. The only exception to this is a one (1) time review by the Special Inductee Review Committee (SIRC) where the 60% threshold is raised to 75% required for selection. Further reconsideration can only come through being renominated.
The annual induction is scheduled in conjunction with the first home football game. Unless excused for extenuating circumstances, living inductees must be represented. Failure to attend or be represented at the annual induction will result in the candidate being barred from consideration for a period of 10 years.
Ron Barlow '74 Athlete
Mike Cadau '85 Athlete
Joe Jacavage '69 Athlete
Fred Kushwarra '76 Athlete
Kelly Murray '02 Athlete
Dr. John Mika Team Physician
Frank Ulicny Athletic Director
Ginny Achiewicz '84 Athlete
Coach Jack Babinchak
Coach Len Ciszek
Coach Bill "Babe" Conroy
Mike Pladus '76 Athlete
Brian Bender '98 Athlete
Coach Paul Brutto
"Albie" Drumheller '89 Athlete
Joe Ruth '87 & Coach
Nick Sajone '98 Athlete & Coach
Gene Sinkus Athletic Trainer
John Curry ‘98 Athlete
Jack Meluskey ‘87 Athlete
Peter Ulicny ‘73 Athlete
Joe Domozik ’69 Athlete & Coach
Scott Grochowski ’98 Athlete
Frank Kacilowicz’75 Athlete & Coach
Anthony Kilker ‘86 Athlete
77 Boys Basketball Team
Natalie Testin Tracey
1983-84 Sun Devils/Coach Bob Yudinsky
1992 Blue Devil Football Team
Jodi Piekarski Loughlin
1996 Blue Devil Football Team
Marie (Michalik) Rosahac ’90
Mike Creasy ’82
Steve Karvois ’83
Edward McCole ’71
Edward Barlow ’75)
Albert Sands ’70
Dominique Stasulli ’09
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Shenandoah Valley School District
Co-athletic director, Jeff Maksimik; Superintendent, Brian Waite; Marie (Michalik) Rosahac ’90 (Athlete); Mike Creasy ’82 (Athlete); Steve Karvois ’83 (Athlete); Edward McCole ’71 (Athlete); Frank Kacilowicz (Athlete/accepting for inductee Edward Barlow ’75); Albert Sands ’70 (Athlete); School Board President, Dan Salvadore; Co-athletic director, John Brennan; Front: Connor and Brandon Stasulli (Athlete/accepting for inductee Dominique Stasulli ’09)
Dr. Stanley Rakowsky Remembered
Prior to the start of the memorial walk to honor the late Dr. Stanley Rakowsky, members of his family and employees of the Shenandoah Valley School District gathered to formally dedicate the Shenandoah Valley Athletic Hall of Fame located in the lobby outside the high school gymnasium. The Sports Hall of Fame emerged from an idea conceived by Dr. Rakowsky to formally recognize the most outstanding athletes to have ever played or coached a Blue Devil team.
Shown in the photo foreground L-R: Patti Chesla, Leslee Dreisbach, Meg Bzura, & Renee Buchanan. Back row: Ian McCole who was the first student to become the recipient of the Dr. Stanley Rakowsky Scholar Athlete Memorial Award, Michelle Smarkanic, Larry Rakowsky, and Dave Lukashunas.