Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame inducts Class of 2013, honors Class of 1973
Oct. 2, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Pictured at the Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are (L to R): Dean of Student Keith Paylo, Bryan Neal (Baseball), Chivas Whipple (Men's Basketball), Joe Emanuele (Baseball), Alisa Favero-Lucarelli (Women's Basketball) and Director of Athletics Dan Swalga. Photo by Jim Judkis.
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University's 2013 Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday (Sept. 28) inducted the Class of 2013 and honored the Class of 1973 on the 40th anniversary of the inaugural class.
The induction ceremony held in Lawrence Hall enshrined the Class of 2013, which included Joe Emanuele (Baseball, 1971-73), Alisa Favero-Lucarelli (Womens Basketball, 1988-93), Bryan Neal (Baseball, 1994-97) and Chivas Whipple (Men's Basketball, 2005-08).
The Class of 1973 was welcomed back for the 40th anniversary of the first-ever class of the Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame, and many of that year's inductees were on hand for the festivities.
The Class of 1973 included Tyrone Anderson (Men's Basketball, 1963-65), Dr. Marvin Buncher (Fmr. Dean of Students), Frank Gustine (Baseball Coach), Ed Josefoski (Men's Basketball, 1967-71), Jim Masserio (Men's Golf, 1969-71), Dan Moriarty (Men's Cross Country, 1969-72), Joe Ogrodnik (Baseball, 1968-71) and Paul Temcio (Men's Basketball, 1964-66).
Joe Emanuele was an NAIA District 18 all-star infielder for Point Park baseball from 1971-73. He led the team with a .403 average in 1971 and his .348 career average ranked eighth in school history at the time of his graduation. He went on to be a math teacher for 40 years at his alma of Central Catholic High School, where he also coached baseball and football.
Alisa Favero-Lucarelli is the all-time assists leader in the history of Point Park women's basketball with 416 career assists from 1988-93. A point guard from Pittsburgh and Seton-LaSalle, she scored 1,180 career points to rank 10th in the school record books. She is now a first-grade teacher in the Bethel Park School District.
Bryan Neal is Point Park baseball's all-time leader in wins, innings pitched and appearances. A native of McKeesport, Pa., Neal had a record of 24-10 from 1994-97. His 24 victories, 233.2 innings pitched and 61 appearances are all school records. Neal struck out 151 batters to rank sixth at Point Park. He has been the Pioneers' pitching coach since 2010, and his pitching staffs have regularly ranked among the best in the NAIA.
Chivas Whipple was a three-time NAIA Division II All-American in men's basketball from 2005-08. Whipple, from Youngstown, Ohio, is the Pioneers' fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,736 career points and sixth all-time leading rebounder with 731 career boards. Most impressive about Whipple is that he did that in three years and at the height of 6-foot-1. His career averages were 20.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.2 spg, 52 percent field goals and 80 percent free throws.
Master of Ceremonies Josh Frketic, a 2011 Point Park broadcasting graduate and an anchor/reporter at WKBN in Youngstown, Ohio, presided over the induction ceremony. Point Park Director of Athletics Dan Swalga gave opening remarks followed by Dean of Students & Dean of Student Affairs Keith Paylo and Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs and Dean of Faculty Dr. Karen McIntyre.
After the recognition of the Class of 1973, the 2013 induction ceremony began. Each of this year's inductees was presented by a friend, teammate, coach or family member of their choosing.
Joe Emanuele was presented by Thomas Boross, a former player of his at Central Catholic High School and a captain in the U.S. Coast Guard. Alisa Favero-Lucarelli was presented by her husband Joe Lucarelli, who was a baseball standout at Point Park.
Bryan Neal was presented by Point Park teammate Clint Carpenter, who was a fellow pitcher for the Pioneers. Chivas Whipple was presented by Point Park assistant basketball coach Gabe Bubon, who recruited him to the school.
For the complete bios on the Class of 2013, click here.
On hand with the Hall of Fame Class of 1973 were (L to R): Dean of Students Keith Paylo, Bob Gustine & Frank Gustine Jr (representing Frank Gustine, Baseball), Tyrone Anderson (Men's Basketball), Paul Temcio (Men's Basketball) and Director of Athetics Dan Swalga. Photo by Jim Judkis.