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Golden Eagle Monogram Club Roll of Honor Recognition Part Two

We will begin the second part of our report on the Tyrone Monogram Club Honor Roll Banquet with George Stever presenting Barney Mogle, posthumously.
Barney Mogle was a standout athlete at Tyrone Area High School, but had so much to do with the development of sports in Tyrone, particularly with the youth program. He headed the junior bowling program for many years at West End Lanes. He was the first president of the Golden Eagle Monogram Club. Barney loved working with youngsters. Over the years if you attended a Tyrone sporting event, not far behind was George Stever. The two were long-time friends and who could be better to present Barney Mogle than his life-long friend George Stever.
“On rare occasions, you are asked to do something that you dream about, but never have the opportunity to carry out,” explained Stever, “to recognize one of your peers, to be able to reward him for an outstanding life of service to his community. I consider it a great honor to be a part of the induction of Byron E. “Barney” Mogle. It is always difficult to measure how much has been accomplished by an individual when the accomplishments are not measured by points scored, yards gained or record time. If you measure Barney’s accomplishments, all you need to do is to talk to the youth who passed through the YMCA when he was the director, stand in the outfield at Shea Field or behind the batter’s box at Ferner Field, dribble a basketball at the YMCA or throw a bowling ball down a lane. This would bring back a lot of memories and you would realize that Barney stood tall in developing our youth, not only in sports, but in the development of their character.
Aside from his family, this is where Barney’s heart was. He loved to work with and teach the youth. Barney could have coined the phrase ‘Never leave the child behind.’ He was a vital part of the Tyrone sports scene for over 50 years. It is not uncommon for these people in later years to testify of the positive influence Barney had on their lives. My son Mark had the greatest respect for Barney. He wrote two notes to Mark upon his graduation in 1977. The first note reads, ‘Win or lose, I am real proud of you Mark, it’s how we play the game that counts,’ the second says ‘Mark, I am very proud of you as an athlete, but more of the fine young man. Continue to keep your priorities in order.’ My grandson Anthony has also expressed how much he likes Barney. He was very appreciative of the letter of recommendation Barney wrote when ha was entering college. This is just an illustration of how Barney Mogle influenced the lives of three generations of one family. Barney’s participation in sports covered a wide range. He was a member of the basketball and track teams in high school, was instrumental in organizing the various leagues in basketball and softball, managed a Little League team and served as president of the League, was an instructor in the youth bowling league, was one of the first bowlers from Tyrone to bowl a perfect game. He was a staunch reporter in the Tyrone Area High School sports program.
Barney was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd where he taught a Sunday School class and was a member of several committees. Barney was a director on the School Board, Blair County Respiratory Disease Society, YMCA, Tyrone Hospital and Chem/ First Advisory Council to name just a few of the organizations Barney was apart of. he served in World War II in several theaters, including te Battle of the Bulge and for a short time was a prisoner of war.
In everything Barney Mogle was involved with, he accepted responsibility and worked to make a difference.”
Barney’s son Tim Mogle accepted for his father who passed away in 2001.
“My dad put his heart and soul into everything he did in life, including sports, as a competitor and as a fan” explained Barney’s son Tim. “I wish he was here to accept this award, but I am honored to accept it for him.”
Jim Swaney presented Ashley Norris.
Ashley Norris went from a basketball player at Tyrone to be a development engineer at Dupont. Norris was a three-year starter at Tyrone Area High School setting numerous scoring records. At Boston University, where she continued her education she was a four-year letterwinner. She was on the Dean’s List and won the Coaches’ Award for outstanding leadership.
Jim Swaney has been the girls basketball coach for 15 years at TAHS, where his teams have won at least 15 games, six times. In 1994, his team won Mountain league and District Six titles. Six of his players have been inducted into the Tyrone Basketball Hall of Fame. Three of his players have gone on to play Division I ball and six have played Division II, III or NAIA basketball in college.
“I really didn’t know what to say about a kid that means so much to me,” said Swaney referring to Norris. “I am very, very honored to be able to present Ashley for this award. The first time I met Ashley, she was a seventh grader playing junior high basketball. She was about two-foot-three and had trouble getting the ball up to the basket. What she lacked in size, however, she made up in a lot of areas. She didn’t need basketball to be a success in life, I told her once that she would be a success in whatever she wanted to do. Basketball became a part of her life. As she grew, her game grew along with it in dramatic fashion. As a freshman, she only scored 15 points. By the time she was a sophomore, she was our starting point guard. Ashley is the only player we have ever had, who served as captain for three years. Even as a sophomore, her leadership skills were something that I have never seen before. When she spoke, the kids listened. In her sophomore and junior year, we played for the Mountain League championship, during her senior season, we were lucky enough to be undefeated. In her senior year, she became the first Tyrone girl to score over 500 points in a season. She was the Most Valuable Player of the Mountain League. She certainly was the catalyst for a team that set the school record in wins with 24. She was named twice to the All-Region Team and twice to the All-Mountain League Team. She played in the Dapper Dan All-Star Classic in Pittsburgh and was a member of the Blair County Team in the John Riley Classic. She ended her high school career as the second leading scorer at Tyrone-to Barb Miller. Ashley was the all-time leader in steals and was second in assists. She also followed Barb Miller in being the second Tyrone girl to sign a Division I scholarship when she went to Boston University. Boston was a great fit for Ashley, giving her an opportunity to play right away. As a freshman, Ashley led the nation for most of the year in free-throw percentage. She tied the school mark for three-pointers as a sophomore and a year later set a new record with 43. Her senior season almost ended before it began when Ashley was injured on the first day of practice before the season started. But with Ashley’s work ethic, she only missed the first two games and then was back by Boston University’s third contest. She ended her career at Boston with the best three-point percentage in BU history and was second in career three-pointers made. She was a two-year captain and won the Renee Doctor Award for the woman most successfully defining what a Lady Terrier was, and she won the Coaches Outstanding Player Award. She graduated in 1998 with a degree in mechanical engineering, Magna Cum Laude.
She had an offer to coach at BlackHawk High School after graduation as an assistant. During those two years, the varsity won two WPIAL titles and two state championships and Ashley coached the junior varsity to two undefeated seasons, never losing a game. Ashley certainly has a gift for this game. Norris went to Youngstown State, earning a Masters degree in Business Administration and is currently living in Delaware working for the Dupont company.
“I wouldn’t be standing here before you tonight if it hadn’t been for some people I would like to thank,” explained Ashley Norris. “First, I would like thank my parents for their unconditional love and support, but most of all, for challenging me. My Mom has become my best friend and I thank her for everything. Coach Swaney, thanks for always challenging me, for your dedication and support of Tyrone basketball. Thank you for everything.”
Dr. William Miller presented Doug Schonewolf.
Dr, Miller, long-time Tyrone Area School District superintendent presented Schonewolf because Doug’s college coach, Frank Gerardi couldn’t be here because of a last-second emergency.
Doug Schonewolf was a two-way lineman and kicker for Tyrone Area High School and was selected to the First Team All-State defensive line as a senior. Doug was inducted into the Tyrone Football Hall of Fame in 2000. He graduated from Lycoming College in 1983. Doug was a co-captain and won the Defensive Player Award on the Number One ranked Division III defense in the nation in 1982. Schonewolf was chosen for the Division III Little All-American Team in 1993 and was elected to the Lycoming Football Hall of Fame.
“I got a call from Mr. Butler asking if I would make this presentation to the Schonewolf family and I said I would be very happy to do so,” said Dr. Miller. “I don’t have much of a background in sports, but I have known the Schonewolf family for a long time. Doug was an outstanding football player and he was well respected by fellow students, staff and community. His father John Schonewolf, I knew quite well as a excellent teacher at Tyrone, who taught his students respect and ethics as well as history. That’s an area we’re missing out on today. I think Doug exemplifies that kind of individual. In an e-mail from his sister Robin, I learned that Doug truly loved this area and had plans to return, to have his children educated in Tyrone, but his sickness prevented that. He had even done some looking around at houses. We all know he put up a valiant fight.”
Doug Schonewolf passed away in 2002. His sister Robin Chamberlain accepted his award.
“I want to thank everybody for this honor on behalf of my brother,” said Mrs. Chamberlain, who is a sixth-grade teacher in the Tyrone Area School District. “He was a competitor throughout all his years of football and he was a competitor right up to the day he died. He did enjoy his days in Tyrone and he truly did want to get back into the area and really wanted to raise his children in Tyrone. As I look around the room, I see many people who had an impact on his life. He was very appreciative of everything the community gave him and he wanted to return.”