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2011 Inductees

 Top: Dave Pucka, Geoff Alexander, Bob Wolford, Tony Bonura
Bottom: John Schmeck, Jim Ryan, Marilyn Bott, Amy Williams-Scheuneman

Geoff Alexander, class of 1981
Geoff Alexander lettered in three sports football, wrestling and track all three years of High School.  Geoff was first team all conference his junior and senior years with over 3000 yds. rushing in his high school career. His wrestling career he had 89 wins and 9 losses and was Plum's first WPIAL Champion. He accepted a scholarship at Clarion University where he played football and wrestled. Geoff graduated from Clarion University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. In 1987 he started in his own Health Club business called Alexanders Athletic Clubs and has been in business for almost 25 years. Geoff has been married for 23 years to his wife Vicki and they have four children Geoffrey, Justin, Jenna and Josh they live in the Fox Chapel school district.

Tony Bonura, class of 2001
Tony Bonura was a four year letter winner in football three year in track and two year in wrestling.
He was voted athlete of the year and most athletic by his peers in 2001. At graduation he owned several school records in football that include, most career passing
yards, the longest play from scrimmage of 99 yards. He was also a two time All Conference selection and Terrific Twenty member , and captain for the mustang football team. Tony also had success in wrestling as a two
time WPIAL qualifier and a two time section place winner. As a member of the track and field team Tony had much success in javelin as he was a two time WPIAL place winner with a 7th place finish in 2000 and the WPIAL runner up in 2001. He was also a state qualifier in track, placing ninth in 2001. Tony also holds the Plum school record with a 203’4” throw. After graduating from Plum Tony attended The University of Pittsburgh where he became a four time Big East qualifier, three time regional qualifier, two time Big East Champion, two time NCAA All American, and the
University of Pittsburgh record holder of 71.50m. Being a captain of the Pittsburgh track team Tony also has the second farthest throw in Big East history. In 2006, he had the 4th farthest throw in the entire nation. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, Tony went to the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis where he got his 3rd All American honor with a 7th place finish. In the same year,
he qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials. He did not compete due to injury. Tony now resides in Plum Borough with his wife Matti and new son Luke.

Marilyn Bott
Educator - Sponsor - Coach
1962 - 2001

A graduate of Penn High School, Marilyn lettered in basketball and participated in all sports made available to girls. She attended Slippery Rock State College and
Colorado State College where she majored in Health, Physical Education, French and Science and lettered in basketball and field hockey. In college, she served as president of Delta Psi Kappa (a national honorary fraternity for women in physical education); vice president of Women’s Athletic Association; and was a member of Kappa Delta Pi (an honorary education fraternity). She taught health and physical education at Penn Hills for 3 years and
Plum for 36 years as well as teaching for Penn State Extension and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. Her coaching career included tennis and track and field and was also interim coach for volleyball, soccer and softball. During this time she also sponsored cheerleaders, majorettes, Pep Club,and colorguard. Marilyn started the Girls Leaders Association (GLA)and led them in their service projects each year. The club grew to a membership of 300 and participated in 80 yearly projects of service to those in need in the school and community. Her retirement has been filled with hobbies of stained glass projects, dog obedience training, pet therapy and book club.
Her career highlights included:

• encouraged and developed the sports program to include
varsity teams for the girls
• initiated a 5 day-a -week Health and Physical Education program
• choreographed/sponsored Gym shows from 1963-1976.
• coached an undefeated track season (10-0) in 1979.
• was selected Plum Borough Citizen of the Year in 1996
• in 2001 GLA was the USA Weekend Make a Difference Day winner
• served 5 years on the Plum Sports Hall of Fame board

Dave Pucka, class of 1998  
Plum’s all-time leading football rusher, Pucka earned
all-conference honorable-mention honors as a sophomore and first-team recognition as a junior and a senior. He ended his Plum varsity football career with the most career touchdowns. Pucka landed on various other local all-star teams and was selected to play in the 1998 Foothills Football Classic all-star game. After graduation from Plum, Pucka attended Duquesne University and played football for the Dukes. The success continued, as he played for four Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship teams. Duquesne went 34-10-1, including a 24-3 mark in MAAC play, in Pucka’s four seasons. Pucka was a three-year starter at safety, and he started 34 consecutive Dukes games to finish out his collegiate career. He made 201 career tackles (134 solo), and his 15 career interceptions rank second in school history only to nine-year NFL veteran Leigh Bodden. Pucka’s 219 career interception return yards rank fourth all-time. His six interceptions in 1999 rank tied for fifth on Duquesne’s all-time single-season list, and he was one of just 16 NCAA I-AA players with six or more interceptions that season. Pucka earned second-team All-MAAC honors in 1999 and 2001. He graduated from Duquesne with a degree in elementary education and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Gannon University. Pucka is a fifth-grade teacher at Holiday Park Elementary. He coached running backs and defensive backs on the Franklin Regional 2005 state championship football team. Pucka served as a Plum varsity girls basketball assistant from 2008 to 2010 and was the head seventh-grade basketball coach in 2010.


Jim Ryan, class of 1952

Jim was captain of the football team as a senior in 1951. Sports were limited in schools when he attended. Plum High had football, basketball, baseball, track and golf. He participated in three – football, baseball and track. As a tackle,
he played both offense and defense for four years, and was chosen two years as an all conference tackle in 1950 and 1951. In 1951 he made the all WPIAL team. Their football team was two time conference champs in 1950 and 51. As a utility player in baseball his junior year, their team won the section champion ship and qualified for the WPIAL playoffs. Jim participated on the track team his senior year – shot put and discus – and this team won the Class “B” championship at Pitt Stadium. He qualified for the PIAA in the shot put at Penn State that year. He received a full scholarship to play football at the University of Maryland, where as a freshman they went to the Orange Bowl. During spring drills his sophomore year he sustained a career ending injury. After he served his country in the US Army, Jim finished his education at Slippery Rock University. While serving in the Army and going to Slippery Rock he continued to be involved in the coaching of football, and participated in softball while in the Army. He was also selected to the Alle-Kiski Hall of Fame in 1993. He became a teacher and a coach which proved to be a great choice for him as he has many fond memories and friendships which developed over the years. While coaching at
Plum with Leo Cackowski, they coached the last game at the old field and the first one at the new field. Jim is married to Dorothy and is the father of four children and grandfather of six.

John Schmeck, class of 1975  

John was one of those athletes who possessed many “intangibles”: teamplayer, competitor, desire to win and proven leader. John was captain of the 1975 football team, a 3yr lettermen and 3 year starter as Quarterback. John also was a 3-year starter on the Baseball Team. However, he was a standout for the Plum Championship Football Team. John was awarded 1st team quarterback in the Keystone Conference and also recognized as the single most valuable player for the entire Conference;  named the “MOST VALUABLE Offensive Back.” John was also recognized in 1975 at the Western Pennsylvania YMCA – Man of the Year Banquet along with Johnny Majors and other Western Pennsylvania standout student athletes. After participating in sports John also coached. At the age of 20 he was selected to coach the Plum Baseball Association’s First Traveling Colt League Team. He also coached 8th grade basketball at Plum Jr. High and that same year ran and organized the elementary basketball program. From 1981 -1983 John coached Football at Burrell High School.  In 1983 John left education/coaching and entered the Food Service Industry and also began a Public Service career for his community. John served Plum as an elected official for 22 years. 1984 he was elected to the Plum School Board serving 14 years, four of which he served as President. John initiated the hiring of an Athletic Trainer for the football program, which in turn grew the next year for all sports. He also served 8 years on the Eastern Area School Board for Special Needs Children, of which 2 years were as President. In 1998 John was elected Mayor of Plum Borough for which he was elected to serve for 8 years. John resides in Plum along with his wife and 3 children. He’s never lost those intangibles he learned growing up in and playing for Plum: teamwork, competition, winning, and leadership. Mayor John Schmeck believes that Plum is a great place to raise a family and he is proud to call Plum Borough his home.

Amy Williams-Scheuneman, 
class of 1999

Amy Scheuneman was voted “Most Athletic Female” by her peers for valid reasons. In her tenure at Plum HS she earned 14 varsity letters (4 SOC, 3 CC, 4 Ind.TRACK, 3 Out.TRACK). Amy was named to the All-Section and Advanced Leader Elite Eleven Soccer Teams all 4 years and as captain her senior year she led her team to the playoffs for the first time in 10 years and was named to the All-WPIAL Team. While playing soccer, Amy was also a member of the Cross Country Team and earned the honor of “Freshman of the Year” in 1995. She was a multi-event athlete for the Indoor and Outdoor Track teams and was a member of the 4x100 relay which held the school record for a period of time. For her efforts, Amy received a dual scholarship to play soccer and run track at Robert Morris College.
While at Robert Morris, Amy was a four year starter and team captain her senior year for the Colonials’ Women’s Soccer Team earning 4 varsity letters. In track, Amy earned another 4 varsity letters as a pole vaulter for the Colonials during their North East Conference Indoor Championship in 2000. After graduation, Amy became the youngest Athletic Director in the WPIAL with her
position at Avonworth High School. She continued to make history when she took the same position at Bethel Park High School in 2006 and became the first female athletic director at a Quad A school in the WPIAL. Amy continues to promote and advance Interscholastic Athletics as a member of the District 7 Athletic Director’s Executive Committee and WPIAL Soccer Steering Committee. In 2008, Amy was honored with the “Administrator of the Year
Award” by the EAIFO Association and also received the “Extra Mile Award” from Bethel Park that same year. Amy is married to Paul Scheuneman and currently resides in Robinson Township, PA.

Bob Wolford,  class of 1987

The three-sport athlete earned seven varsity letters at Plum - three for football, two for basketball and two for baseball. Wolford was a team captain for all three sports and was voted Plum’s most valuable athlete in 1987. He earned all-conference honors in football, was named to several all-star football lists and held Plum’s career receiving record with 76 catches. Wolford earned a football scholarship to the University of Delaware and lettered three seasons there. He was an All-Yankee Conference linebacker in 1990 and was a preseason All-American candidate in 1991. Wolford was a captain of the 1991 Delaware team, and he finished with the sixth-most tackles (232) in the history of the football program. Delaware won the Yankee Conference championship, qualified for the NCAA I-AA playoffs and finished with a top-15 national ranking in both 1989 and 1991. After his collegiate playing days, Wolford served as a graduate assistant coach in the Delaware football program. He has coached high school football since 1993, and currently is the head football coach at Conrad High School in Wilmington, Delaware.

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