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Sean Clair                            Class of 2005

Sean was a four year varsity letter winner for the Mustangs in wrestling and a team captain three years in a row.  During his tenure at Plum he accrued a record of 153-13 with 101 pins.  Sean was the first 4x Allegheny county champion, a section IV champion four years in a row, a three time WPIAL area VII champion, and a four time state place winner, 7th, 5th, 3rd and 2nd.  His senior year he went to senior nationals and placed fourth, also competing on the Dapper Dan WPIAL team his senior year.  Outside of school he qualified for the PA national freestyle duel team three times and competed in Fargo, ND for the national championships in Freestyle and Greco-Roman, placing fourth his senior year.  

After high school Sean received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and biology at Eastern Michigan University, and was an integral part of their wrestling team qualifying for the NCAA division 1 championships by winning the MAC tournament his senior year.  He currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA, conducting steel industry research. In his free time, Sean continues to pursue grappling, training and competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Renzo Gracie Pittsburgh.



Paul D. Fox                              Class of 1982

Paul Fox earned 5 varsity letters for his achievements in track and swimming.  He lettered in track running the half mile his freshman year. However, his most notable accomplishments were in the sport of swimming where he broke one of the oldest standing high school swimming records, the 100 backstroke. In addition, he was also a member of the high school record setting 200 Medley and 400 Freestyle relays.  Paul qualified for the W.P.I.A.L. all four years, and the P.I.A.A. swimming and diving championships in his senior year where he set another school record in the 200 Medley relay. Paul was instrumental in helping the Plum Swim Team win their Section Title all of his four years and was voted most valuable swimmer, and as their Team Captain his senior year.  In addition to Paulís achievements at Plum, he also received YMCA National Honors in the 200 Medley Relay.

Paul attended college at Clarion University of Pennsylvania where he continued his swimming career under the direction of Bill Miller. In swimming, Paul was a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) qualifier all four years and instrumental in continuing Bill Millerís reign of 19 straight PSAC conference championship titles. He earned PSAC conference champion seven times. In his sophomore year he broke one of the oldest standing PSAC records in the 100 backstroke earning him a spot on the NCAAís in which Clarion received a 3rd place standing at the 1984 NCAA Division II National Swimming Championships at Hofstra University, NY. He continued making NCAA National qualifying times eventually earning 3-Time All American Status. Paul was a two time school and pool record holder at Clarion. He graduated from Clarion University with a B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Information Science.

After graduating from Clarion, Paul went on to obtain a Master Degree (MBA) in Business at Norwich University, Norwich VT and now works as a Software Engineer with Carmeuse North America in Pittsburgh.  He is a Microsoft Certified Professional and currently resides in Glenshaw, PA with his wife Lisa and son Parker.  For Paul however, swimming is a lifelong sport and continues to swim with the Hampton Dolphins Masters Swim Club.  In addition, he is also a recognized certified USMS Masters Swim Coach and a member of the Allegheny Mountain Swimming Association.



Bobby W. Franklin                          class of 2003

The basketball star made his mark at Plum both on and off the court.  He was a Plum scholar-athlete during his senior season, and he was named the 2002-03 Plum Male Athlete of the Year. A four-year varsity starter at point guard, Franklin helped the Mustangs win a section championship as a freshman, and that team also made it to the WPIAL semifinals. The Plum varsity boys basketball team set a school record for the most wins during a four-year period while Franklin was on varsity. He finished his varsity career as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,324 points and was named to several pre and postseason all-star teams.  His accolades at Plum included a WPIAL Quad-A first-team selection as a junior and a senior, and he was a three-time all-section performer.  The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review selected him first-team Quad-A in 2002 and 2003. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette selected him to their FAB 5 All Star Team in 2002 and 2003.

Franklin was a standout player at a number of basketball camps over the summer prior to his senior season, and he was selected to Street & Smith's Magazine Pittsburgh Metro all-star team in both 2001 and 2002.  At the 2002 Las Vegas Holiday Prep Basketball Classic, he earned all-tournament and MVP honors.  Franklin was the starting point guard for the Pennsylvania team against a group of USA stars in a Pittsburgh-based all-star classic in the spring of 2003.

Bobby continued his basketball career on a scholarship to Clarion University where he became team captain and made the Top 10 All-Time Career Assist list. 

He graduated from Clarion University with a Bachelorís Degree in Business and is now Owner/Partner with J&B Investment Properties pa. LLC.  Also, He is currently the Assistant Varsity Coach for the Plum Mustangs.



Staci Fryer Shook               class of 1990

The soccer standout at forward was the first four-year letterman in Plum girls soccer history.Shook was selected to the Western Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Junior-Senior all-star team in 1988 and 1989. She scored 102 regular-season goals and two goals in the playoffs. At the time, she was one of only five girls in the WPIAL to reach the 100-goal milestone. Shook was the second-leading scorer in the WPIAL as a junior with 40 regular-season goals. Plum finished with a 12-0 section record, and the mark included two wins over rival Norwin.  In the playoffs, the Mustangs beat heavily favored Seneca Valley, 2-1, with Shook scoring both goals. It was the first time Plum won a playoff game to advance to the second round.

In addition to her time at Plum, Shook played for Penns Forest on the right wing at dozens of tournaments all over the country.  She was selected to and played as a member of the Western Pennsylvania Olympic Development team.

Shook also lettered three years on the Plum track and field team. At the time, she held records in the 200-yard dash, the 4x100 relay (anchor) and the 4x400 relay (lead leg).  The 4x100 relay won its way to the Junior Olympic national championship meet at the University of Nebraska, and the team finished eighth in the nation.

A Marine Corps athlete of the year at Plum, Shook earned an academic and athletic scholarship to play soccer at Seton Hill University.  She started as a forward on the 1990 and 1991 NAIA district championship team. The 1991 squad won a regional title and qualified for nationals in Florida.   The Griffins upset perennial NAIA power Georgian Court in a marathon overtime game. The game-winner for Seton Hill came on an assist from Shook.  Seton Hill went on to finish No. 6 in the final NAIA national rankings.

Shook graduated with a degree in psychology and a certification in elementary education.

She resides in Greensburg with her husband, Bob, also a Plum graduate; three sons, Tyler, Jacob and Joshua; and a daughter, Tia.


Luke Linhart                 class of 1991

 

The three-year letterman in football and track and field for the Mustangs is the current record holder in the discus at 154 feet, 8 inches set in 1991.  Linhart was not beaten in the discus, shot put and javelin in a dual meet for his entire senior season.  He qualified for states in the discus, shot and javelin in 1991. The feat hadnít been accomplished at Plum since the 1950s, and it hasnít been done since.

 

On the football field, he was a first-team Quad East all-star selection at quarterback in 1989 and 1990. Linhart was leading the WPIAL in passing his senior season until he was sidelined with an injury.

 

After graduating from Plum, he accepted a full scholarship to Temple University.

He lettered as a redshirt freshman during the 1992 season and made four starts.

Linhart transferred to Slippery Rock in 1993 and earned letters in both 1993 and 1994.

 

He graduated from Slippery Rock with a degree in safety and environmental management and works for Delmonte Foods as a manager of warehouse operations and inventory control.

 

Linhart lives in Plum with his wife, Debbie, and children Hunter, Sydney and Brady.

He has served as a baseball coach in Plum Borough for seven years and as a coach in the Plum Midget Football Association for two years.



Matthew Magnusen           Class of 2000

Matthew Magnusen graduated with honors in 2000.  He was a multisport athlete who excelled on the basketball court.  He was a two time all-section player and was selected to play in the AK  Valley Cager Classic.  He helped the Mustangs to their first ever section championship and to record setting 23 wins in a single season.  In addition, he was an all section volleyball player and received the Outstanding Athlete Award for the class of 2000.

Matthew continued his basketball career as a Scholar Athlete at Allegheny College where he was a two time all conference selection and a second team all region selection.  He was the only player in Allegheny College history to lead the conference in scoring.  He also holds the school record for 3 point field goal percentage.

Matthew currently teaches AP Psychology at Plum High School and sponsors the National Honor Society.   He has also coached for seven years at various levels.  Matthew is married with two daughters.


Eric McGough                   Class of 2004

 

The standout baseball player was a four-year letterman, and he played on section championship squads in 2002 and 2003.  McGough set the school record with a 15 strikeout, three-hit performance against Woodland Hills in 2004. He was selected at Plumís Male Athlete of the year for 2003-04.

He pitched in the inaugural WPIAL all-star game in 2004, and that summer, he pitched in the Pennsylvania State American Legion all-star game in Harrisburg.

 

McGough had a 26-2 career record for Plum American Legion Post 980.  He also earned basketball letterman recognition, and he represented Plum in the 2004 Cager Classic.

 

McGough earned a full scholarship to play at Jefferson Davis Community College, and he found success at CCAC Boyce while rehabbing from Tommy John Surgery. He also led the semi-pro Pittsburgh Federation League with a perfect 6-0 record and a 0.54 ERA in 2006.  McGough earned a full Division I scholarship to play for Charleston Southern University in the Big South Conference in 2006. He led the pitching staff in ERA in 2008.  He pitched for the league champion Kauai Menehunes in the Hawaiian Collegiate Summer League in 2008.

 

After graduating from Charleston Southern, McGough signed a professional contract to pitch for the Edinburg Roadrunners in the United League in 2009.  McGough was a six-time scholar-athlete at Charleston Southern and was selected for membership in two international academic honor societies.

 

He coached the Limestone-Maine School of Science and Mathematics to their first-ever appearance in the Eastern Maine Championships.

 

McGough and his wife, Katie, are expecting their first child in the spring.


Rachel Marie Twigg                                    Class of 2005

Rachelís running career began in the Fall of 2000.  When she was in Junior High School, Coach Ionta invited her to run in the Slippery Rock Invitational.  Rachel was the only Plum runner among teams from Mt. Lebanon, North Allegheny, and other schools.  Rachel won the race out of 145 girls.

During the first race of 2001, the Gateway Invitational, Rachel finished as Plumís fastest cross country runner as a freshman.  She was named to the Valley News Dispatch cross country All Star Team.  In the 2002 season, Rachel led the cross-country team to the top of the WPIAL Section 4 standings, along the way upsetting the previously unbeaten Monroeville Gateway team, and winning first place at the Grove City Invitational.  She came in 23rd at WPIALs which qualified her for States.  In Hershey, she came in 60th, the best place among any Plum female runners.  She was named the Valley News Dispatch Runner of the Year.  Plum won Section Champs and its season record was 8-1.  In the 2003 season, Rachel suffered a quad injury that kept her out of the first three events, but she battled back to place 1st for Plum in the next 5 meets.  She came in 28th at WPIALs and qualified for States again where she came in 161st.  Plumís 2003 season record was 9-1.  Rachel was named Valley News Dispatch Runner of the Year for the second consecutive year.

 Rachel holds three school records; she tied for 3,200 meters with Kara Weichler (Rachel 2002, Kara tied in 2005), holds the indoor track record as part of the 3200 meter relay team in 2003, and both the Junior High 800 meter and 1600 meter in 2001.

 Rachel attended Pitt where she majored in Finance with a minor in French and certificate in International Business.  She studied abroad in Bulgaria in 2007 and graduated in 2010.  Rachel was Grand Marshall for the Stampede in the Park race in 2009 and 2010.

 


 

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