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2008 Inductees

Top: Chuck Miller, Tim Holt, John Garcia, Dave Martin 
Bottom: Jeff Boynton, daughter of Leon Cackowski, Julie George-McCormick,  Peggy Evans

 

Jeff Boynton, class of 1978
Despite earning football accolades for his work on the defensive side of the ball, it was Jeff Boynton’s offensive prowess that startled opponents. Boynton found numerous routes into the end zone during his football career with the Mustangs as he scored 27 touchdowns in his illustrious career, including 16 in one season. Boynton also found a way to score three different ways in one quarter as he once scored touchdowns on a 97-yard kick return, a 70-yard punt return, and a 6-yard rush. Boynton also eclipsed 1,000 all-purpose yards in a season as he had 764 yards rushing and 260 yards receiving in 1978. In addition to his play on the football field, Boynton was also a two-year member of the basketball team and a three-year member of the baseball team. Boynton also participated in American Legion baseball for two years.  Boynton was named the MVP of the Keystone Conference at his position of running back in 1978 and was also voted the Plum Senior High Most Valuable Athlete the same year.  Boynton’s play also earned him a spot on the Big 33 West Team.  Jeff Boynton’s #22 football jersey was the first and only number to be retired by the Mustangs.  

  • Keystone Conference First Team Running Back (2 years)
  • WKPA Radio Player of the Week (2 times)
  • Pittsburgh Press Athlete of the Week
  • Post-Gazette All Area Team – Honorable Mention
  • Post-Gazette Athlete of the Week
  • Keystone Conference Honorable Mention Linebacker
  • Pittsburgh Press WPIAL Class AAA All-Star Team
  • 1978 YMCA Athlete Achievement Award


Leon Cackowski, class of 1946   

Many within Plum High School may know Leon Cackowski by his nickname of Mr. C, but before he became a teacher, coach and athletic director at Plum . Cackowski was a notable athlete on his own merit.  From his years at Plum from 1943-1946, he lettered every year in baseball, football, basketball, and track. Cackowski pitched a no-hitter against Pitcairn in 1945 and was also named an all-WPIAL halfback in 1946. Cackowski lettered in football and baseball during  his first three years at Salem College in West Virginia before signing a professional contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950. At the time, Cackowski had a conference high batting average of .525. Cackowski would spend two years in the Dodgers minor league system in Greenwood , Miss. and Asheville , N.C. before serving in the Army. Cackowski would play centerfield with the U.S. Army 28th division while being stationed in Germany .  Beginning in 1959, Cackowski would teach physical education and health and serve as an assistant football coach under William Rometo Sr.  From 1960 to 1964, Cackowski was the head football coach. In addition, Cackowski also coached volleyball and baseball for five years and served as the athletic director at Plum from 1964 to 1970. Cackowski retired in 1987 and died in 1994 from Lou Gehrig’s disease.  

  • WPIAL Class B first team halfback (1945)
  • Played in All-Start baseball game at Forbes Field
  • Selected to collegiate all-conference nine (1950)
  • Led college conference with a batting average of .525 in 1950
  • Played and coached for several local sandlot baseball teams
  • Played two seasons in the farm system of the Brooklyn Dodgers
  • Head baseball, volleyball, and football coach at Plum High School
  • Athletic Director at Plum High School
  • Selected to 50 year All-Conference collegiate baseball team
  • 4th Place PIAA in Discus
  • 2nd Place PIAA in 880 relay with John Alexander, Joe O'Block & Paul Crowley
  •  Inducted into the Alle-Kiski Sports Hall of Fame

Peggy Evans, class of 1981

Peggy Evans has most certainly left her mark as one of Plum High School ’s top female athletes.  In addition to her contributions in basketball and volleyball, Peggy’s name still appears twice in Plum ’s track and field record book.   After high school, Evans went to the AAU junior Olympics and placed fourth in the nation in the triple jump. Evans collegiate career at Juniata was equally impressive as she was a four-year starter in track and field. Evans was an All-American in track in 1984 and 1985. Perhaps Evans greatest accomplishment came when she became the NCAA Division III National Champion in the Triple Jump in 1985.  She was also a 2 time All-Conference volleyball player.  The itch to compete would touch Evans again in 2003 as she played women’s professional football with the Delaware Griffins for three years. Evans was a starting wide receiver and holds a place in the record book as she caught and scored the franchise’s first touchdown. Evans currently works with Keller Williams Real Estate in West Chester and resides in Glen Mills. She is married to Jeff Ostrowski and has two children – Curt, 12, and Carly, 10.  

  • Plum Record holder in triple jump and 100meter hurdles
  • NCAA Division III champion in the Triple Jump (1985)
  • 4 time MAC Champion in triple jump
  • Four-year starter in volleyball at Juniata
  • 2 time All-MAC in volleyball
  • Two-year starter in basketball at Juniata
  • Charter member of Juniata College Hall of Fame



John Garcia, class of 1978  

No one can underrate John Garcia’s contribution to the Mustang football program. In his senior season in 1977, Garcia scored a record 28 touchdowns in one season, breaking the record held by current hall-of-famer Vic Zucco. Garcia also set the Plum record for touchdowns in a game when he scored four in one contest. While rushing for over 1000 yards in the season, Garcia was also talented enough on defense to be the only player on the Big 33 team to start on both offense and defense. He would also start on both sides of the ball in the Shriner’s East-West Game and score two touchdowns in the game. Garcia accepted a full scholarship to West Virginia University and started as a freshman. Injuries plagued John throughout the next two seasons and eventually forced him to quit playing during his junior year shortly after being named defensive team captain.  In tribute to his dedication, Garcia was presented with the game ball from the first win at Mountaineer Stadium. Garcia would continue his leadership on the sideline as a student coach and help guide the Mountaineers to several bowl games in five years. In 1999, Garcia founded Parkwood Resources, Inc., an underground coal mining company, in Homer City . John is married to Cathy Schnupp, a former WVU cheerleader. The couple has three children, Katie, Jeff, and Valerie and resides in Latrobe.

  • Defensive captain – West Virginia Mountaineers
  • Keystone Conference Most Valuable Defensive Player
  • Keystone Conference first team fullback
  • Keystone Conference first time linebacker
  • Big 33 Selection
  • Two-time letterman in track
  • Member of school record breaking 1 mile relay
  • Letterman on Plum ’s undefeated wrestling team
  • Color analyst for WVU Football on the Mountaineer Sports Network

 


Tim Holt, class of 1977

Tim Holt was a standout football player for the Mustangs on offense, defense and as a special teams return man. As a three-year starter, Holt made a name for himself at the starting quarterback and safety positions and guided the Mustangs to a 10-0 season his senior year as well as an appearance in the second round of the WPIAL playoffs. Holt earned first-team offense and defense honors in the Keystone Conference and also captured the Offensive Player of the Year and MVP awards in the conference. Holt also was proficient on punt and kickoff returns, which led to him receiving several Division I scholarships. Holt accepted a full scholarship to the University of Tulsa and earned four letters during his tenure there. He was a starter on special teams as a freshman and became the starting safety in his junior year. He also holds a record at Tulsa by returning 72 consecutive punts without a fair catch. In addition to his football talents, Holt also set WPIAL records in the 880 and 440 relay and in the 330 hurdles.  

  • Three-year lettermen football, swimming and track
  • Captain of the Mustang Football team
  • All-Conference offense and defense Jr. and Sr. years
  • Top 100 in the Pittsburgh Press
  • All-WPIAL second team quarterback
  • All-state honors
  • Overall record of 25-2-2 during three years high school football
  • Placed fifth in the PIAA in the 880 relay
  • WPIAL record in the 440 relay which stood for 20 years
  • Plum record in the 330 hurdles which stood for 26 years



David Martin, class of 1983  

Undersized by most standards at 5’7”,  David Martin was an outstanding tailback.  He was quick enough to run around potential tacklers, but often chose to run over them. Martin scored 21 touchdowns during the 1982 season, including a school record with five in one game. He amassed over 1,200 yards that season and was third in the WPIAL in scoring. His high school accomplishments afforded him a scholarship to Bucknell University where he lettered as a freshman and sophomore before being sidelined by injuries.  As a freshman, he led the team in punt return yardage and was second in the conference.  His exceptional leadership qualities allowed him to serve as an undergraduate assistant coach for the Bison during his junior and senior years. More recently Martin participated in the U.S. Challenge adventure races. Martin was part of a team that qualified for the World Challenge in 2006 in Malta and in 2007 in Nice , France . Martin was on one of five United States teams that competed against over 40 teams from around the globe. Martin helped to raise money for St. Jude’s by participating in these challenges. Martin is currently employed as a general operations manager for United Stationers. He lives in Hartville , Ohio with his wife Kathy and his sons Bailey, 9, and Aaron, 6.  

  • Longest TD reception in Plum history (94 yards)
  • Pittsburgh Press Finest 44
  • Post-Gazette Player of the Week
  • Gateway Publication Offensive Player of the Year
  • YMCA of Pittsburgh Outstanding Athletic Achievement Award
  • Post-Gazette Class AAAA All-Star
  • 1-AA National Offensive Player of the Week Honorable Mention as a sophomore at Bucknell
  • Special Team and Offensive Player of the Week at Bucknell

Julie George-McCormick, class of 1977

Julie George McCormick’s abilities as a two-sport athlete in college highlighted her abilities as a Mustang. She was a two-year letter winner in volleyball and basketball and captain of the volleyball team in her senior year. George-McCormick attended Juniata College and had an outstanding basketball career. She was a four-year starter for the Eagles and served two years as the team captain. In her junior year, George-McCormick helped lead the team to a final eight appearance in the national tournament. As a senior, she was voted MVP of the team and graduated with 31 records including career, season, and individual scoring. She also had over 1000 points and 1000 rebounds in her career. George-McCormick was also a four-year starter on the volleyball team and was voted team MVP her sophomore year. She received the Bargerstock award as the most outstanding athlete of her class and was inducted into the inaugural class of Juniata College Sports Hall of Fame. After graduating college, George-McCormick coached volleyball at Plum for 11 years and led them to a PIAA tournament appearance, a WPIAL runner-up finish, and had over 100 career wins. Julie has been married to Ron McCormick for 22 years and has five children, Ben, Kelly, Sarah, Billy, and Danny.  

  • Captain of Plum volleyball team and two-year letter winner
  • Two-year letter winner in basketball
  • One-year letter winner in softball
  • All-American and academic All-American junior and senior years in Juniata
  • Graduated with 31 basketball records at Juniata
  • Member of inaugural class of Juniata College Sports Hall of Fame
  • Volleyball coach for East/West All-Star Game (1993)

Charles Miller, Class of 1970

Versatility is a word that can best be used to describe Chuck Miller’s athletic career at Plum .  Miller lettered in four different sports during his time as a Mustang as he lettered four years in baseball, three years in football, twice in basketball, and once in volleyball.  He earned all-conference honors in his senior year in basketball, baseball, and football.  Some of Miller’s greatest moments came on the field at Mustang Stadium as he was the first Plum quarterback to pass for 1500 yards in a single season. He also passed for 30 touchdowns in that same season.  He received a football scholarship to Edinboro University where he accepted the dual role of playing both quarterback and serving as the team’s punter.   Miller would take his athletic insight to the coach’s bench as he served as an assistant coach to the varsity football team at Penn Hills from 1984 to 1986 before becoming an assistant coach to Plum’s varsity team in 1987 and continuing in that position to the present day. Miller was also an assistant basketball coach at Plum from 1996 to 1998 and has been an assistant track coach since 1998. Miller is currently employed at Test America Environmental Laboratory. He and his wife, Debbie, have three daughters, Heather, Heidi, and Hope.  

  • All-WPIAL football / QB
  • All-WPIAL baseball
  • All-WPIAL basketball
  • WKPA Radio Player of the Week
  • First Plum quarterback to throw for 1500 yards in one season
  • Passed for 30 TDs
  • Coach 7 QB’s that played in college

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