Sunday, September 4, 2011

Scott Tantino into North Penn Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame

Former Villanova All-American Scott Tantino (pictured right, leading Villanova's Ryan Hayden) will be among eight North Penn High School alumni athletes inducted into its athletics Hall of Fame on October 7th.

Tantino, who owns and manages the North Penn Running Company, will be among these individuals being elevated into the Hall:

Scott Tantino, a 1997 graduate who earned varsity letters in cross country and indoor and spring track. Tantino set the freshman mile and two-mile school records and qualified for the District One Championship in outdoor track. He broke the the Suburban One 1600m and 3200m records at the league championships. He was undefeated in cross country and was the first high school athlete to run under 16 minutes on Belmont Plateau’s course. Tantino was a 12-time All Big East selection at Villanova University. He owns and manages North Wales Running Company.

While at Villanova, Tantino was a standout for the track & field and cross country teams. In 1996, he was a member of the IC4A/NCAA District 2 Championship Team. Three years later, he was the NCAA Cross Country Regional Runner-up. In 2001, Tantino earned All-America accolades in the outdoor 5000 meters when he was a finalist at the NCAA championship meet, running 14:09.02 for 12th place. His personal best times include a 1:51.91 in the 800m, 13:51 in the 5000 meters, 4:01.4 in the mile, 24:05.2 in the 8000 meters. He served as an assistant coach for Villanova for several years after graduating cum laude with a degree in psychology in 2001.

Bradd DelMuto, a 1997 graduate who earned 12 varsity letters in track and who was named Male Athlete of the Year in grades nine, 10 and 11. DelMuto earned first place finishes at the 1996 Suburban One League championships and set a course record at the Steel City Invitational. In 1996, DelMuto brought the 4x800 team from dead last to fifth at the District I Championships with a personal best time by four seconds. The same relay team went on to become state champs.

Zac Fryling, a 2004 graduate who was a four-year varsity letterman in wrestling. Fryling was a three-time sectional champ, a two-time District I champ, a three-time regional champ and a four-time state qualifier. He was state champion in 2002 and 2003 in the 160-pound weight class. He is in his third year as assistant wrestling coach at North Penn High School

Jennifer Houser, a 1997 graduate who participated in field hockey, lacrosse, cross country and basketball. Houser was MVP for the basketball team in her junior and senior seasons, averaging 21.2 points per game her senior year.

Dr. Henry “Skip” Ruth, a 1953 graduate of Lansdale High School who was a member of the Bux-Mont Championship Track and Field teams from 1951-1953. Dr. Ruth co-captained the Ursinus track team. He entered the Navy following University of Pennsylvania medical school and was a flight surgeon and served at the Naval Station Midway Island. He resides in Aberdeen, MD, with his wife and daughter, and he is a father to three and grandfather to six.

Mark Hoff, a 1980 graduate who held seven varsity letters in cross country and track and field. He was named Senior Athlete of the Year in 1980. He was undefeated in pole vault in winter and spring track, and he was solid 100m and 300m hurdler. He held 15 first place finishes in hurdle events and took second place in 100m hurdles at the Bux-Mont League meet in 1980.

Linda Krelovich Sanfield, a 1989 graduate is a four-time North Penn Swim Team MVP, five-time Suburban One League Champion, 12-time PIAA State medalist, two-time PIAA State champion and seven-time National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association All-American. Her team record time of 4:57.45 still stands 23 years later at North Penn.

Larry Pijanowski, a 1985 graduate who earned six varsity letters in football and baseball. He was the Outstanding Senior Award winner, was named first team All Bux-Mont for offense and defense, earned third team All-State honors as a defensive back, was named MVP for the baseball team, earned first team Bux-Mont honors in baseball and was named to the All Southeastern PA team. He broke three football records in one game against Neshaminy in his junior year. He returned an interception for 96 yards for a touchdown and returned a punt for 85 yards for a touchdown

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