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2012 Inductees


Rob Carter, class of 1993
Rob was a three year starter at wide receiver for the Mustangs. He was Honorable Mention All Conference as a sophomore and First Team All Conference as Junior and Senior. Rob was also a Captain of the team
as a senior. During his high school career, Rob had 90 receptions, 1600 yards and 16 TDs. In addition to football Rob was a three year letterman in basketball and ended his career as the all time assist leader. He also earned four letters in track where he placed 5th at WPIAL finals in 400m. He was also a member of school record holding 4x400 relay team, set in 1991 with current Hall Of Fame inductee Jim Rumbaugh. After high school, Rob received a full scholarship to Villanova University where he was a four year letterman as a wide receiver. During his freshman and sophomore years, he had a streak of 16 consecutive games with a catch. As a senior, Rob help lead his team to the Division 1-AA playoffs.

Rob currently runs a youth sports programs outside of Philadelphia. Helives in Havertown, Pa, with his wife, Chrissy, and their 4 children.

Matt Cassidy, class of 2002
Matt was a multiple sport athlete at Plum Senior High School where he earned 3 varsity letters in football
and baseball and four in wrestling. He played running back, safety and even kicked off for the Mustangs
football team. During his senior year as a captain, he rushed for 1,158 yards, scored 15 touchdowns and was chosen to play in the Foothills Football Classic. Matt set school records with 326 rushing yards in a game, 24 kicked extra points in a season and 15 career interceptions. Matt was named to the WPIAL Quad A Section 3 All Conference 1st Team as a Defensive Back in 2000 and 2001. He was an accomplished outfielder for the baseball team, named captain in 2002 and was selected to the All Section Team in 2001 and 2002. Stats 2001: Stole 16 bases in 18 attempts, batted .435. Perhaps Matt’s greatest high school athletic achievements came on the wrestling mat, where he held a 109-23 career record. Matt was a Section 4 Champion in 2000, 2001 and 2002. Southwest Regional Champion in 2001 and 2002. WPIAL District VII Champion in 2001 and 2002. Finished 4th in the PIAA State Championships in 2001. Named to the PIAA Class AAA All Pennsylvania Wrestling Team in 2001 and 2002. Served as a captain in 2000, 2001 and 2002. He accomplished the ultimate goal of every high school wrestler by becoming a PIAA State Champion at 189 pounds in 2002. Matt was given the honor to represent Team Pennsylvania in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic during his
senior season. Matt received the WPIAL Scholar/Athlete Award in 2002.
Matt accepted an athletic scholarship to Lehigh University where he was a four-year Letterman and served as a captain his senior year. He was a two time NCCA Division 1 qualifier and the EIWA Champion in 2006 and a key member of the nationally dominant Lehigh Mountain Hawks. Matt earned a degree in business finance from Lehigh University and now lives in Arlington, VA. Matt was inducted into Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, East Boros Chapter in 2011.

Joe Ionta,       Coach 1979 - 2012  

Joe Ionta has coached the special student athletes of Plum School District for over thirty-five years. Although he served as an assistant varsity basketball coach for fifteen years, his greatest influence among the Plum athletes has been in the Plum Cross Country and Track Programs. Having coached the athletes of these two programs since 1979, he has witnessed the Plum Mustangs receiving section titles as well as their participating in the WPIAL and the State Championships. With the help of parents and the alumni athletes, Joe was influential in organizing the Running Mustangs Alumni Association. Each year this organization gives four $1000 scholarships to our Plum student athletes. For the past 6 years this group has sponsored the “Stampede in the Park” event at Boyce Park during the month of July. To date $100,000 has been donated to the Hillman Center Research for Leukemia. Joe has been truly blessed to work with numerous outstanding athletes and parents during his career in the Plum School District. As a recent retiree of the district, he still currently coaches the athletes in the cross country and track programs.
• Over 20 Girl WPIAL Track Medalists
• 12 Girls State Qualifiers in Track
• Over 60 Boy WPIAL Track Medalists
• 25 Boy State Qualifiers in Track
• WPIAL Hurdle Champion in Track
• 3 Girl State Qualifiers in Cross Country
• 12 Boy State Qualifiers in Cross Country
• 3 Girl Section Championship Teams in Cross Country
• 1 Boy Section Championship Team in Cross Country
• 1 Girl Section Championship Team in Track
• 5 Boy Section Championship Teams in Track
• 1 Boy State Qualifying Team in Cross Country

Jill Markowski Kiss, class of 1999 
Jill Markowski Kiss was a leader on the Lady Mustang basketball team. She was team captain in her junior and senior years. In 1998, Jill became the 4th female in Plum history to eclipse the 1,000th point scoring mark. Her Plum High School
basketball playing days ended against Oakland Catholic when she scored 21 points to become Plum’s all time girls’ basketball scoring leader with 1,201 points. Many of these points were scored because of her defensive skills. She also holds the school record with 382 steals. Jill’s interest in basketball began at an early age. She played AAU basketball, which gave her opportunities to travel to national tournaments. Her team won the 12 year old national YBOA tournament, and Jill was named to the “All Tournament Team”. In high school, Jill was selected to the east suburban 1999 “High School Super Team” by the East Boros Chapter of Pennsylvania Hall of Fame. She participated in two all star games - The Eat N Park Pennsylvania Girls Roundball Classic All Star Game (North vs. South game), and the A-K Valley Cager Classic All Star Game. In 1996, she was chosen as MVP in the Burrell High School Girls’ Basketball Tournament. She also received “All Tournament Team awards in the 1995 Seneca Valley Girls’ Tournament, the 1997 Burrell High School Girl’s Christmas Tournament, and the 1998 Hopewell Tip-Off Tournament. Her other awards include the Comcast MVP Award in 1998 and 1999,
Valley News Dispatch 3rd team All Stars in 1998, and 2nd team All Star selection in 1999. In 2003, Jill graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is a Kindergarten teacher at Holiday Park Elementary School in the Plum Borough School District. With much joy, she returned to the Lady Mustangs as JV coach and assistant varsity coach for four years. She is married to Charley Kiss. They have a one year old son named Cameron.


John Moses, class of 1983

John Moses enjoyed success in wrestling and football at Plum High School. He earned a 3-year varsity letter in both sports. As a senior, Moses captained both teams. The wrestling team finished the season as Sectional Champions (11-3-1). The football team garnered the Sectional Championship and WPIAL Regional semi-finalists (10-2). Individually on the mat, Moses accomplished a 73-13-1 record winning two Sectional Championships, a California State University Championship, and an Eastern Area Championship. Regionally, Moses earned 3rd and 4th place medals. At the State Championships, he was on the podium as the 4th place finisher his senior year. In 1982, he grappled the fastest pin in Plum High School history at :09 seconds.
On the gridiron, Moses played linebacker and offensive guard. Moses’ tenacious play earned him conference and state notoriety. In the class room, Moses achieved lofty results as well. Through his success on the mat, on the field, and in the class room, Moses received several scholarship opportunities for wrestling and football. He selected West Virginia University to further his football play. In his 4-year college career, the Mountaineers were ranked as high as # 4 in the nation, finished in the top
20 nationally twice, won two Bowl Games, and beat Penn State for the first time in 25 years. In fact, Moses recovered the fumble that led to the winning touchdown to defeat the Nittany Lions. At his college graduation, Moses was the recipient of the Louis D. Meisel Trophy awarded to the football player with the highest academic GPA.
He and his high school sweetheart Karen, and daughters Courtney, Demi, and Haley live in Cincinnati, OH.

Marty Scarano, class of 1974  

The 2012-13 academic year marks the 13th season Marty Scarano has served as the Director of Athletics at the University of New Hampshire. During his tenure, Scarano has heightened national exposure for UNH athletics with academics, facility renovations and programmatic advancement being top priorities. His many accomplishments played a key role in UNH being named one of the Top 20 Athletic Departments in the Country in U.S. News and World Report college athletics rankings. In 2007, Scarano was named the All-American Football Foundation Athletic Director of the Year for FCS football in the Northeast region. Scarano was also awarded the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA)
AD of the Year for the FCS. Scarano has also been an active member in the leadership of UNH’s three major conferences and was the chair of the executive committees for Atlantic 10 football, Hockey East and America East from 2003 to 2007. He also served as chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee in 2005-06 and 2006-07 and is currently on the America East Executive Council. Most recently, Scarano was a member of the Hockey East Restructuring team that successfully recruited Notre Dame and the University of Connecticut to the conference. Outside of athletics, Scarano is in his 10th year on the Board of Corporators at Canterbury Shaker Village, a non-profit museum located in Canterbury, N.H. Before arriving at the University of New Hampshire, Scarano held the position of Athletics Director at Colorado College from July 1996 through June 2000. During his tenure, Colorado College was ranked among the top 20 Division III programs in the Sears Cup national standings and produced several All-Americans, all-academic award winners and NCAA post-graduate
scholarship recipients. Prior to his stay in Colorado Springs, Scarano worked
for 13 years at Colgate University, where he served as assistant director of
athletics, director of physical education, associate director, and senior associate director. Scarano, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., is a 1978 graduate of Penn State
University, where he started his athletic career as assistant ticket manager and
the athletics events manager from 1980-83. Scarano holds a Master’s Degree
in Environmental History from Colgate. He and his wife, Cydney, have three
children, Lyndon, Kyle, a sophomore at UNH, and Corey.

R.J. Umberger,Class of 1996-1998

High School Member of the Plum Mustangs Varsity Hockey Team from 1996-1998 Led the Mustangs to WPIHL Championship during sophomore season,
scoring the overtime winning goal against Pittsburgh Central Catholic. Sophomore season scored 66 goals,
52 assists, 116 points in 28 games leading all high school players in Western Pennsylvania. Career totals of 108 goals, 79 assists, and 187 points in 48 games. 1st Pittsburgh player to make the USA Under-18 National team competing domestically and internationally (98-00). Accepted a full athletic scholarship to The Ohio State University (OSU). College Freshman Year Earned the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Rookie of the Year Award, All-Rookie Team, OSU’s Team Most Valuable Freshman and OSU’s Leading Scorer Award. Sophomore Year Earned OSU’s Leading Scorer Award and was an OSU Scholar Athlete. Junior Year Received CCHA’s 1st Team All-Star, 2nd-Team West All-American, top 10 Hobey Baker Finalist for top player in college hockey, OSU’s Leading Scorer Award, OSU Scholar
Athlete and Big Ten All Academic Team. Professional Vancouver Canucks’ 1st pick 16th overall selection in the 2001 NHL Draft – becoming the first Pittsburgh player selected in the 1st round. Signed as free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers in June 2004. In 7 NHL seasons for Philadelphia and Columbus, RJ has scored 143 goals, 171 assists, 314 points in 551 games. 2009–2010 RJ received the Blue Jackets’ Community Service Player Award for involvement in Down ’s Syndrome and Cystic Fibrosis. 2010-2011 Earned Columbus’ Most Valuable Player Award. 2011-2012 Blue Jackets Iron Man Streak Record ended after 288 consecutive games.

Scott Urch,  Class of 1983

After graduating from Plum High School in 1983, Scott attended the University of Virginia on a football scholarship  playing four years earning two varsity letters as well as being named to the ACC Honor Roll in 1984, 1986, 1987 and Academic All ACC in 1983 and 1986. He received a tryout with the Dallas Cowboys in 1987 and played three games that same year with the New York Giants. Dr. Urch graduated from medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He then completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Virginia in 1998. He completed a sports medicine fellowship in 1999 with Dr. Shelbourne in Indianapolis. He began his practice in Christiansburg, VA in 1999, focusing on the care of athletes. He served as the team physician for Virginia Military Institute from 1999-2006 and as a team physician for Virginia Tech from 2002-2006 as well as caring for a local high school. He returned to Indianapolis in 2006 where he joined his fellowship director at the Shelbourne Knee Center. He currently is the team physician at Wabash
College and assists in that capacity at Purdue University. He is currently on the volunteer faculty at Purdue University and the Indiana School of Medicine and was an Associate Professor of Orthopedics the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, VA. Dr. Urch has dedicated his practice solely to knee care including surgery and non-operative knee rehabilitation. He is currently involved with ongoing research studies and has published over 20 articles in orthopaedic journals and given over 70 presentations at state, national and international meetings relating to the care of knee injuries. He has been married 20 years to his wife Ann. They have two children, Jeffrey and Samantha and currently live in Indianapolis, IN.


Cara Yannotti Clayton, Class of 2000

Cara Yannotti-Clayton graduated Plum High School in 2000 as a 3 sport, 10 varsity letter winner. During her time at Plum High School Cara established 4 records that she still holds today.
In soccer she is a four time letter winner and was captain her senior year. She holds the all-time leading scorer record with
117 career goals and is the all-time single season scoring leader with 43 goals. Cara was named to the WPIAL All-Section
team three years and in her fourth year was named to the All-WPIAL team. She also earned the title of Valley News Dispatch player of the year in 1999 and was voted several times to the Advance Leader Elite 11. During her senior year Cara was voted most athletic by the class of 2000 and received the United States Army Reserve National Scholor Athlete Award. Along with soccer, Cara ran varsity track all 4 years and indoor track 2 years. She earned 6 letters and currently holds the school’s indoor and outdoor long jump record.
After high school Cara attended Slippery Rock University on a soccer scholarship. She played on the 1st team ever at SRU to make the NCAA division 2 playoffs. Cara is in the top ten at Slippery Rock for career assists, career goals, and career points. She holds the SRU and PSAC record for goals scored in a single game with five. Cara was a PSAC
Scholar Athlete in 2002 and 2003 and also an Academic All-American. Ms. Yannotti-Clayton graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a minor in Psychology. Cara married Dan Clayton in 2008 and resides in Plum Borough. She is
currently employed by Forman Inc, and is the Regional Territory Manager for Western Pa, Eastern OH, and Northern WV. Cara still enjoys soccer to this day.

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