Poland Seminary High School announces that it will be inducting seven new members to the Poland Athletic Hall of Fame this year. The induction ceremony will take place on Friday, Sept. 13 prior to the Poland vs. Boardman football game. There will be also be a Hall of Fame tailgate party prior to the game. All former coaches and inductees are invited to attend.
This year's Hall of Fame class includes:
ROBERT "STUBBY" MILLER (1953)
Miller was a three sport letterman in football, basketball, and track. He was a rare four year letter winner in football. He played linebacker and running back and was a captain his senior year. He also was chosen to the All Tri-County team his senior year. Miller joined the Marine Corps after graduation and served until his untimely death in an auto accident in 1963.
BOB HULBERT (1972)
Hulbert was a three sport letterman in football, baseball, and track. He accumulated eight total letters, three in football, two in baseball, and three in track. His football accomplishments included All Tri County 1st team (two years), All Northeastern 1st team, and honorable mention All-State. In addition to his two track letters, Hulbert held the PHSH low hurdles champion record for many years and was All-State during his senior year.
DAVE SMERCANSKY (1975)
Smercansky earned three varsity letters during his baseball career and was named captain of the 1975 team. As a pitcher, he complied am 11-2 record during his varsity career recording 109 strikeouts in 102 innings pitched with a 1.35 ERA. In addition, Smercansky threw a no-hitter and four one-hitters during his career.
Smercansky continued his career at Youngstown State University and was named to their Hall of Fame in 1995. He is currently the athletic director with Boardman Schools.
BECKY JASINSKI (1989)
Jasinski enjoyed four years in Poland Seminary High School athletics playing both softball and soccer. Her high school sports career began when, during her freshman year, she was recruited from a girls community soccer team to join the Poland Seminary men's junior varsity soccer team, primarily as a goalie.
On the Bulldog varsity softball team, Jasinski served four years as pitcher, supporting the Bulldogs' development into a competitive force. Despite joining the varsity squad as a "untested" freshman pitcher, she showed sufficient competence on the mound to letter her freshman year and graduated a four-year letter winner. The high school team became a consistent contender within the Mahoning Valley Conference, at regional and state bound levels. Jasinski 's high school pitching career ended with 36 official high school victories. These victories included three no-hitters, four one-hitters, 12 two-hitters, and 11 three-hitters. Regular high school season statistics also include 363 strikeouts in 339 innings with a .44 ERA during her junior year and a 1.07 overall high school ERA. As a pitcher, Jasinski was a Mahoning Valley Conference first team pitching selection in both her junior and senior years at Poland Seminary.
Jasinski was active in other areas at Poland Seminary to include four years in show choir, concert choir as well as symphonic and marching bands, all while maintaining a strong academic record.
At the time of her graduation in 1989, Becky entered college at Youngstown State University with softball and academic scholarships.
DAN SCHARVILLE (1992)
Scharville was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs baseball team. As a catcher, he was selected Honorable Mention All-MVC his junior year. As a senior co-captain, he was selected to the All-MVC First Team. He led the Dogs to a 17-3 record, MVC Championship, and Sectional Championship (1992). He batted .406 and had a fielding percentage of .963. As a senior, he was also selected to play in the Mahoning Valley All Star game and received the Matt Hardy Baseball Scholarship.
Scharville was also a two-year starter in football, earning Second Team All MVC as a senior. He set the current school record for the longest kickoff return for a touchdown (93 yards).
After graduating PSHS, Scharville played baseball at Allegheny College from 1993 to 1996. During his collegiate baseball career the team compiled a 135-40 record and earned two trips to the NCAA Mideast Regional Tournament. Scharville was also selected as a scholar athlete and received the team's first annual leadership award.
JOHN JEREN III (2000)
Jeren was an outstanding track and field athlete from 1998 to 2000, as a three-year letter winner, three years first team All-Conference, a state qualifier as a junior and senior, and All-Ohio in three events as a senior. During his years as a Bulldog, he broke school records in the 4x800 meter relay (7:57.2), the 4x400 meter relay (3:20.43) and the 800 meter run (1:55.86).
During Jeren's senior year, he helped lead the 2000 track team into Poland sports history. His team won the conference championship, won the district championship, placed second at the regional and went on the win the Division 2 State Track and Field Championship. Jeren was All-Conference again as a senior. At the Northeast Ohio Division 2 District Meet, Jeren won three events, the 4x800 meter relay (which set a district record), the 800 meter run (which set a school record), and the 4x400 meter relay (which set a school record). At that meet, he broke the 27-year-old 800 meter run school record that was formerly set by Poland Hall of Famer Ed Ciszewski in 1973. Jeren continued to improve that school record throughout the 2000 season by placing second at the regional meet, and placing sixth at the State Championship Meet and setting the record at 1:55.86. Jeren's 4x800 meter relay school record still stands.
Jeren went on to run track and cross country for Malone College. He was selected to the All-American Mideast Conference team as a sophomore, junior and senior. He was an NAIA National Track & Field Championships qualifier as a sophomore and as a senior. As a senior, he qualified for the NAIA National Track & Field Championships as a member of the 4 x 400 meter relay team, which placed 12th at the national meet.
ANDREW FRUM (2001)
Frum ran track and cross country from 1997-2001, and was a four-year letter winner in both sports. He earned All Ohio honors five times, twice in cross country, 1999 and 2000, and three times in track, twice in 2000 and once in 2001. He was fifth in the state in cross country in 1999. He was a member of the state championship track team in 2000, and was state runner up in the 3200 meters and 4x800 relay that year. He is a member of the school record holding 4x800 relay team.
During Frum's senior year, he was the 2000 regional champion in cross country as well as the 2001 regional champion in the 3200 meters in track. He placed fifth in the state championships in both cross country and the 3200 meters. He also was the team captain of both the cross country and track teams during his senior year. He went on to run track and cross country on a scholarship at Ohio University, where he was a four-time NCAA Division 1 letterman, and co-captain of the track and cross country teams.