The Hall of Fame class

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:17

    SUSSEX COUNTY-The Sussex County Sports Hall of Fame will hold its annual induction dinner on Nov. 13 at the Farmstead Country Club in Andover. Six individuals will be inducted. They are: KEVIN HOPKINS A 1987 graduate of Pope John High School; 1992 graduate of Mount Union College, nominated for accomplishments in two sports, swimming and baseball; senior year in high school, despite missing the first eleven games due to the YMCA Nationals swimming competition in Florida, hit eight home runs (led SCIL), had a 956 slugging average, batted 413, had a 509 on base average, scored fourteen runs, and had 23 RBI=92s; baseball awards that season, NJ Herald First Team All Area, First Team All SCIL, Star Ledger West Jersey Second Team, North Jersey Advance Co-Male Athlete of the Month for May 1987 (for three home runs in one game). ED PAIVA 1975 graduate of Sussex Technical School; 1981 graduate of William Paterson College; nominated for achievements in basketball in high school and college as a player and as a coach; in high school, captained the team junior and senior years; Sussex Tech MVP junior and senior years; led Sussex County in scoring in the 1974/75 season with a 26 point average including 44 points against Pope John and 40 against High Point; scored 30 points or more eight times and 20 points or more on sixteen occasions; shot 50% from field and 80% from foul line his senior year; first team All County senior year; Sussex County All Tournament Team; first player in Sussex Tech history to score 1,000 points with a career total of 1,220. RANDALL SPRAGUE 1966 graduate of Newton High School; 1971 BSCE graduate of NJIT; 1981 MSCE graduate of NJIT; nominated for accomplishments in sailing; began competitive sailing in 1963 at Swartswood Yacht Club (member of North American Yacht Racing Association); represented Swartswood Yacht Club in Flying Tern and other sailboat classes at competitions from 1964 through 1984 1964-1978 won 12 Flying Tern Fleet Championships at Swartswood Lake 1978-1984 won 3 Laser Class Fleet Championships at Swartswood Lake 1969-1984 won 8 North Jersey Yacht Racing Association Championships 1969-1978 won 6 Mid Atlantic Championships for North American Flying Tern. 1967 won United States National Championship North American Flying Tern. 1968-1969 second place US National Championships North American Flying Tern. Won Invitational Regattas Oyster Bay, LI, Carnegie Lake, NJ and Harrisburg, PA. ELIZABETH HOLLANDER WOLFSON 1985 graduate of Newton High School; 1989 graduate of Brown University; nominated for accomplishments in softball, basketball and field hockey; in high school softball, lettered four years, All SCIL and All Area Second Team two years (1984 & 1985), All West Jersey 1982, All State Group II Second Team 1982, Coaches Award 1985; team Captain as junior and senior; in high school basketball, lettered four years, Captain last two years, All SCIL 1984 & 1985, All Area 1984, All Area Second Team 1985, All West Jersey Third Team 1984; scored 1,075 points in 1985; 1984 MVP; 1985 SCIL All Stars; in high school field hockey, lettered three years; Captain 1983 and 1984; All SCIL, All Area and All West Jersey 1983 and 1984; All State Group II First Team 1983; All State (all groups) 1984-first female in Sussex County to be named to the Star Ledger All State Top 11 Player Roster; MVP 1983 & 1984; team voted Team of the Year in New Jersey, Dream Team with 21-1 record and only three goals against all year, a Sussex County record that still exists today; Best Female Senior Athlete by Athletic Department and Best Class Athlete by classmates in 1985; National Junior Olympics, East Squad 1985 JOHN GARDNER 1990 graduate High Point Regional High School; 1995 graduate of Clemson University; nominated for accomplishments in wrestling, football and coaching; in high school wrestling, was the first in county to win 100 matches; set all time NJ state win record in 1990 with 131 career wins; 189 pound State Champion in 1990, third place at 152 pounds in 1989, and third at 140 pounds in 1988; Regional Champion all four years; District Champion three years; selected Male Athlete of the Year for Sussex County in 1990 by NJ Herald; in college wrestling, captained Clemson team in 1994; South Carolina Collegiate State Champion 1993 and 1994; All Atlantic Coast Conference selection in 1992 and 1994; Clemson was NCAA Division I ranked in 1994 (7th) and 1993 (13th); at National Tournaments level, was Cadet Freestyle State Champion and All American (6th) in 1987, Junior Freestyle State Champion and Junior Greco Roman State Champion in 1989 and 1990, Junior Greco Roman All American (2nd) in 1989, Espoir Freestyle All American (3rd) in 1991 and Asics All American in 1990. ROBERT TRENZ 1966 graduate of West Milford High School; 1970 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University; nominated for accomplishments as boys swim coach at Vernon High School; eighteen years (1986-2004) as head coach; career record of 200 wins and 34 losses (85% winning percentage); SCIL record of 121 wins and 2 losses (98% winning percentage); had sixteen undefeated SCIL seasons; his teams qualified for State Tournament eighteen consecutive years; two State Sectional titles, 1988 and 2004; five State Champions in NJ Meet of Champions (MOC); six High School All Americans; Star Ledger State Boys Swimming Coach of the Year in 2003 Had a forty nine meet win streak in SCIL from 1986 to 1994; finished career in 2004 with another SCIL win streak of seventy two meets Additional Accolades: Named NJ Herald Swim Coach of the Year six times; named Star Ledger West Jersey's State Boys Swim Coach of the Year four times.