ALUMNI NEWS

Matt Gurniak '12 Performs on Stage at PPL Center

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Matt Gurniak, Class of 2012 will appear in five performances of the traveling stage version of "PAW Patrol Live!" at the PPL Center on Sat, Sept. 21 and Sun, Sept. 22. Gurniak, a Fogelsville native who portrays Ryder, the (human) boy leader of the PAW Patrol, says he got the bug for acting in an eighth-grade play at St. Joseph the Worker School and while at Allentown Central Catholic High School. He got a Freddy Award nomination for “Beauty and the Beast” in 2011. As a senior, he won the Freddy for Best Lead Actor for playing The Cat in the Hat in “Suessical.” At the National High School Musical Theater Awards, he won a Most Improved Actor Award and appeared in the 2012 PBS documentary series “Broadway or Bust.” After graduating from James Madison University with degrees in both theater and chemistry, Matt returned to Broadway in 2017 where he performed alongside the cast of “The Lion King” and other big-name Broadway actors. He had roles in “Footloose” and “Grease” at Pines Dinner Theater in Allentown, and “A Chorus Line” at Bucks County Center for the Performing Arts.

Glenn Granitz Jr. '96 Allentown's Interim Police Chief

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Allentown Central Catholic congratulates alumni Glenn Granitz Jr. '96 as Allentown's new interim police chief. Granitz has been with the Allentown Police Department for 18 years in various roles: Criminal Investigations Division Detective, Lehigh County Homicide Task Force and detective/sergeant in the CID. He lead APD's Youth & Community Services Division and was promoted to lieutenant in May 2016. A year later, Granitz was promoted to serve as captain for Police Service Area IV located in Center City where he's worked with multiple community groups including 8th Ward, 10th Ward, Jordan Heights, Old Allentown, and the Promise Neighborhood. He was also the APD's representative for both Upside Allentown and the Hamilton Main Street Program. Good luck, Chief Granitz!

Joe Ludrof, Jr. '52 on His Basketball Career

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Joe Ludrof, Jr., had a unique high school basketball career. He started it at Allentown Central Catholic, spent two years at Northampton and then returned to ACCHS for his senior year. He was an all-league player at both schools and won a PCIAA state championship with the Vikings in 1952 after finishing second in the league as a Konkrete Kid in both 1950 and 1951. "There was always lots of noise from the balcony in Rockne Hall. Coach Petro was worried about people coming in and spying on us from up there, so he would take us over to the Youngie’s gym or to Masson Auditorium for practice."

Danielle Ohl '13 Appears in Time's "Persons of the Year

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Danielle Ohl and several of the newsroom survivors gathered in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Dec. 9 to visit a new museum installation honoring the five staffers who lost their lives on June 28. While in Washington, they sat down with TIME to discuss why the mission of community journalism is more important than ever — especially in an age where the profession can be increasingly dangerous.

Michelle Brooke-Marciniak '91 in DXI Hall of Fame

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

ACCHS congratulates Michelle Brooke-Marciniak, Class of 1991, who will be honored on Oct. 14 along with the first class of District 11 Hall of Fame inductees. Brooke-Marciniak scored 3,025 career points, became the youngest player ever named a first-team USA Today All-American, was the National High School Player of the Year in 1991 and went on to win a national championship at the University of Tennessee in 1996. Brooke-Marciniak co-founded a 12-day charity bike ride dubbed “Pedal for Pat” that lasts 1,098 miles — one for each of Coach Pat Summitt's wins at Tennessee. It raised $100,000 for the Pat Summitt Foundation. The ride begins Sunday in Knoxville and ends Oct. 17 in Daytona Beach.​

2006 Grad Ray Straccia had time of his life on Capitals' run to the Stanley Cup

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Ray Straccia, ACCHS Class of 2006, is the equipment assistant for the Washington Capitals. On June 7, the Capitals won their first Stanley Cup, finishing off the Vegas Golden Knights in Las Vegas. Straccia, a former Viking basketball, and soccer player was on the bench with the Capitals during the game and was on the ice for the Stanley Cup presentation and team photo that followed.

 

“It was such a whirlwind,” Straccia said. “It’s hard to explain what it all felt like. It probably didn’t soak in until several days later when we had the parade, which was an unbelievable experience in itself. You never dream about being on a float and going right through Washington, D.C. in front of thousands of fans. You could see people as far as you can look. It gives you goosebumps.”

Alumni Kevin Jiang's International Student Experience

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

ACCHS alumni, Class of 2016, Kevin Jiang! Currently a sophomore at UPENN, Kevin shares his experience as an International Student.

ACCHS Grad Honors Summitt by Cycling 1,098 miles

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ACCHS alumna Michelle Brooke-Marciniak who will bike from Knoxville, TN to Marathon, FL. to raise money and awareness for the fight against Alzheimer's disease. The 12-day "Pedal for Pat" excursion lasts 1,098 miles — one mile for each of Pat Summitt's career wins as the Tennessee women's basketball coach. 

 

Brooke-Marciniak played for Tennessee from 1993-96, but her connection with Summitt goes well beyond that. Summitt was on a recruiting visit to Brooke-Marciniak's Pennsylvania home when the coach went into labor before boarding a plane to Tennessee to give birth to her son, Tyler Summitt. 

 

Brooke-Marciniak initially enrolled at Notre Dame before transferring to Tennessee, where she capped her career as the most outstanding player in 1996 Final Four. A member of the Pat Summitt Foundation's advisory board, she gave a eulogy at Summitt's funeral.

Matt Mattare '04 sets course record, wins Philly Open

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Lower Saucon Township native Matt Mattare shot a final round 4-over-par 75 Tuesday to hold on and win the 113th Philadelphia Open at Philadelphia Country Club.

 

Mattare, 31, finished with a 36-hole score of 4-under-par 63-75-138 to win the title by two strokes. "It's extremely validating," said Mattare, a member at Saucon Valley Country Club. "You put in a ton of work. It's nice to bring one home (a victory) instead of second or third place."

 

A former Allentown Central Catholic golfer (Class of 2004) and 2008 University of Notre Dame graduate, Mattare had nine birdies, eight pars, and a lone bogey on the par-4 18th hole on Monday. He birdied the second, third, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, 12th, 13th and 17th holes.

Josh Hinkle '04 is Mcall Baseball Coach of the Year

Thursday, July 06, 2017

After two years of finishing under .500 and missing out on districts, Josh Hinkle, ACCHS Class of 2004, helped the Wilson Warriors breakthrough in his third year of coaching the team. They ripped off an eight-game winning streak late in the regular season to qualify for the Colonial League tournament. An early exit there didn't stop them from a memorable 2017. Josh Hinkle's team won the District 11 4A title for its first district championship since 2002 and nabbed a state-tournament victory for the first time in program history. That late-season run left Hinkle, The Morning Call's baseball coach of the year, looking for more success in the years ahead.

Dr. B. Hanna '85, Bloomsburg University President

Monday, May 22, 2017

Bloomsburg University had a lot to celebrate. The school named its 19th president and students are excited about the new leadership. Dr. Bashar Hanna will take over as president of the school in July. "Excited is the understatement of the century. I'm elated, nervous, humbled, honored to serve this wonderful institution," Hanna said. Dr. Hanna was born in Syria and graduated from Temple University. He is the former vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown. Dr. Hanna is a 1985 graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School.

Joanie Troutman '05, Penn State LV's Volleyball Coach

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

The Penn State Lehigh Valley Athletics Department has announced the hiring of Joanie Guman Troutman, ACCHS Class of 2005, as the campus’ new head women's volleyball coach. Troutman, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a 2009 graduate of Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences. At Penn State, Troutman was a member of the women’s volleyball team. She contributed to the 2005 and 2006 Big Ten Championship teams; was a 2005 NCAA Sweet Sixteen participant; and a 2006 NCAA Elite Eight participant. Troutman was also the recipient of the 2006 Penn State University Women’s Volleyball Coaches Award. Before playing collegiately, Troutman played volleyball on the Allentown Central Catholic high school team.

 

Maddie Link '16, featured on 2017 Notre Dame Day

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Maddie Link, class of 2016, was featured during the Notre Dame Day broadcast on Sunday, April 23. The story focused on Notre Dame's efforts to help Maddie and other visually impaired students understand the layout of the campus, the location of buildings and proximity of one building to another using a 3D map of campus. Maddie is also a member of the Women's Liturgical Choir.

Catholic Charities Honors Anne Jaindl '46

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Allentown Central Catholic High School congratulates Ann Jaindl, Class of 1946. Catholic Charities 2017 honoree, recognized for her lifetime of generosity and support.

Juan Moreno’s journey from refugee to grad student

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Juan Palacio Moreno, an 2013 ACCHS grad, came into the world fighting for his life, and he’s been a fighter ever since. In May 1995, he was born one month premature in Bello, Colombia. Unequipped to provide him with the necessary medical care, doctors told his parents the only thing they could do was pray. In 2000, Palacio Moreno and his mother boarded a plane to the United States. He and his mother moved constantly. He would attend six schools before finally spending four years in the same place to attend Allentown Central Catholic High School. “Teachers could’ve waved me off and said, ‘Oh he lives on Sixth and Walnut Street. I can’t teach him,’ but they always had hope,” he said. “And I think it’s really important to always have hope in other people.”

1989 Grad Christopher Pez Enters Race for Mayor

Friday, February 17, 2017

Christopher Pez, an '89 graduate of ACCHS, announced he will be running for Allentown's highest office. "New business and new blood are refraining from even considering Allentown as a place to plant their flag," Pez said in a news release. "I genuinely believe that I possess the networking and marketing aggressiveness with leadership capabilities to entice businesses into Allentown and get more jobs for our beloved Allentonians."

ACCHS adds six to its Rockne Wall of Fame

Sunday, February 05, 2017

ACCHS alumni John Rosenberger put it best when he said: "It takes people who want to do the little jobs to make some things successful on the big stage." Certainly, no area high school has enjoyed more district and state championship success over the past four decades than Allentown Central Catholic, and some of the behind-the-scenes people who took the Vikings and Vikettes to great heights were honored on Jan. 28 when the school held its 28th Annual Rockne Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Former ACCHS Basketball Coach Bob Schlosser

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Bob Schlosser, who led Allentown Central Catholic to three state finals appearances in the 1980s, has announced that this season will be his last as the men's basketball coach at Elizabethtown. This is Schlosser's 27th season in charge of the Blue Jays. He was the head coach at Marian Catholic for two years before coming to ACCHS and posting a remarkable 204-73 record in nine seasons, winning two league titles, two District 11 crowns and taking three teams to the state finals. His 1984 and '86 squads won state championships. No District 11 team has won a state gold since.

Gabe Lewullis, MD, Class of 1995, discusses injuries

Thursday, January 05, 2017

ACCHS Class of 1995, Gabe Lewullis, MD, is a Lehigh Valley Health Network sports medicine orthopedic surgeon with LVPG Orthopedics. He was a star basketball player at Allentown Central Catholic High School. Lewullis is also well-known for scoring the winning basket with 3.9 seconds to play in Princeton’s 1996 NCAA Tournament upset of defending national champion UCLA. He discusses the reasons why overuse injuries are near-epidemic, especially among younger athletes.

Honoring a Hometown Hero and ACCHS Alumni

Monday, December 19, 2016

During a Lehigh Valley Phantoms game, First Generation was proud to honor one of its own heroes Fred Koons III, now an Account Manager at First Generation and a Retired Staff Sergeant with the US Army who served three tours to Iraq & Afghanistan. Fred attended elementary school at the Cathedral School in Allentown and graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School in 2003. He attended Kutztown University before volunteering for the US Army during the Iraq War in 2007.

Former football coach Morgans in Hall of Fame

Sunday, November 13, 2016

This is the first season in more than 60 years that Jim Morgans, a 1964 Allentown Central Catholic graduate, is not playing or coaching football. But the longtime high school coach, who guided ACCHS to two state titles, is still following along, sometimes from afar. In October, Morgans was inducted into the Louisiana College Athletic Hall of Fame.

ACCHS football foursome's friendship continues

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Oscar Ghasab never played football before ninth grade at Allentown Central Catholic High School. He admittedly didn't even know the rules. "I didn't even know my left from my right on the field," he recalled. "Back then, I wasn't so good. I thought that maybe this wasn't my thing." But as the new kid at school, Ghasab wanted to give it a shot as a way to meet new friends. He found three in Andrew Englebert, Jeff Gulyas and Colin McDermott. Six years later, Ghasab is roommates with one and neighbors with the other two as all four are contributors for the Shippensburg University football program. Ghasab figured out his left from his right and is a starting offensive lineman alongside Englebert. Gulyas starts at tight end and McDermott is a backup running back. "What has really kept us together is just how we're not at all self-centered," McDermott said. "All four of us are really driven toward being the best we can and trying to be part of a winning program like we were at Central Catholic."

Former ACCHS hoops star Gabe Lewullis

Monday, October 24, 2016

While known for one of the best backdoor plays in NCAA history, Gabe Lewullis is proud to open the front door in his new role as the chief of sports medicine for the Lehigh Valley Health Network. The orthopedic surgeon is excited to be coming home and working closely with Lehigh Valley athletes as they battle through injuries. Lewullis, who scored 1,693 points and helped Central Catholic win four District 11 titles and one East Penn Conference crown in his high school career and then scored 1,277 points and was a three-time all-Ivy League selection in college, has also been a champion in the medical field. He has spent the last five years working in orthopedic sports medicine in Dover, Del., working with numerous colleges and high schools.

ACCHS sports With John Rosenberger

Sunday, October 02, 2016

It's a cool, rainy Saturday night and only a few hundred fans, mostly students, are in the stands at Allentown's J. Birney Crum Stadium. But in the press box, John Rosenberger is diligently giving those fans all the information they could ever want as Central Catholic plays East Stroudsburg North in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference North Division football game. There may be better ways to spend a Saturday night for some, but not for Rosenberger, who has been the public address voice of the football Vikings since 1998 and involved with the school in other ways since he returned to his alma mater after graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1978.

1961 Letter from ACCHS Coach George Kinek

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A collection of programs and newspaper clippings were found detailing George Kinek's career as a standout football player at Allentown Central Catholic High School; Tulane University; the Cherry Point (N.C.) Flyers from his time in the U.S. Marine Corps; and the Chicago Cardinals in the NFL, where he played with Dick "Night Train" Lane, among others, and roomed with Pat Summerall. When his playing days were over, Kinek returned to Central Catholic and spent 37 years at his alma mater as a teacher, coach and, later, athletic director. He was Central's Catholic head football coach from 1957-70, winning 52 games, including seven in a memorable 1965 season.

1989 Grad Remembered for Selfless Spirit

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The 15th Annual Bill Sugra Memorial Outing was held Aug. 26 at Green Pond Country Club, and our family would like to thank all of the many generous sponsors, volunteers, and golfers who participated. In the 15 years, we have been able to grant $588,152 to many worthwhile organizations and individuals in need. Without the community's love, prayers and support, none of this would be possible. We thank each and every one of you. Please visit our website, billsugramemorialfund.org, to find out more.

ACCHS Grad Qualifies for U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur

Monday, August 29, 2016

Amy Loughney, an Allentown Central Catholic High graduate, advanced to the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur golf championship through a playoff Monday. Loughney, who played golf at Bucknell University, shot an 84 in qualifying, rallying to play the final three holes at 1-under par, to qualify for a four-player playoff. With a par on the first playoff hole, Loughney earned one of 10 qualifying spots from the tournament at Hillendale Country Club in Baltimore. The U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur, for players 25 and older, will be held Sept. 10-15 at The Kahkwa Club in Erie. Loughney is playing in her fourth consecutive Mid-Amateur. She has reached match play the last three years, advancing to the Round of 32 in 2013.

Madeline Link, Class of 2016; LV Marketplace

Monday, August 29, 2016

Although legally blind, Maddie Link possesses a very limited degree of vision. Nevertheless, she’s obviously not one to wallow in self-pity (with her schedule, she wouldn’t have the time, anyway!). Instead, she treats her situation as an inconvenience, not a handicap. Throughout her four years at Allentown Central Catholic High School, Maddie participated in the Model UN Conference held at Lehigh University, and medaled twice. “In my sophomore year, I represented Greece, and sat on the environmental committee; as senior, I represented France, and encouraged other countries in the EU to work with my group to get equal rights for men and women in the workplace,” she said. But perhaps her highest profile in the Valley is as an accomplished harpist, with a slew of gigs ranging from private parties to the Musikfest stage.

Bakey Brothers Share Bond as Navy Pilots

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

The bond between brothers is deep. When that's compounded by the same bond any Navy pilot in the world shares, it truly becomes inseparable. To know Colin Bakey is to understand that he would never want anything written about him. He was raised to be humble. In fact, whenever pressed, he famously just smiles and shrugs his shoulders. And yet, Colin was a standout athlete and senior class president at Allentown Central Catholic High School, where he graduated from in 2009.

Alumni wins first place at Institute of Internal Auditors

Monday, May 02, 2016

Destiny Medina, a 2013 graduate of ACCHS, was recently part of a student accounting team that won first place at the Institute of Internal Auditors, Pittsburgh Chapter, 2016 Case Study Competition. Medina is pursuing dual Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting and business management at Point Park University in Downtown Pittsburgh, Pa. “As a team, we were able to use the knowledge we gained from class to connect with the professionals we interviewed. Our case was a learning experience in which we compared book knowledge with the real world,” said Medina.

Lauren Tamayo Wins National Road Cycling Title

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Lauren Tamayo, a Central Catholic graduate, Barto native, former Valley Preferred Cycling Center regular and current UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team member, collected a solo victory at the 2016 USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships in Greenville, S.C. on Sunday.The 32-year-old Tamayo, who captured silver at the 2012 London Olympics in track cycling team pursuit and grabbed a silver medal at the 2015 Pan-Am Championships last year and now lives in Asheville, N.C., announced her retirement effective at the end of this season after the race.

Frances Koons, ACCHS Class of 2004 PA High School Track and Field Hall of Fame Inductee

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Frances Koons, ACCHS Class of 2004 will be inducted to the Pennsylvania High School Track and Field Hall of Fame on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Penn State University. Frances was an outstanding distance runner, whose accomplishments include:

— Pennsylvania Track & Field Coaches' Athlete of the Year for Cross Country (2003)

— PIAA (AAA) Cross Country Champion (2003)

— PIAA (AAA) champion in the 1600m run (2004)

— Indoor State Champion in both the Mile Run and the 3000m Run (2004)

ACCHS Grads are Forever Young

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Ask Bill Scharle to sum up the theme that permeates his 87 years on this planet, and this is what he’ll tell you, with a laugh: “I guess I’m just one of those people who has to be active to be happy!” Scharle has been driven and goal-oriented for most of his life, starting in eighth grade, when, between playing sports and palling around with his friends in Allentown, he settled on a career choice. “I knew I wanted to be a chemical engineer,” he says. “I was always strong in math and technical things. I never wanted to do anything else.”

That may seem like a lofty goal for a boy growing up during the uncertain days of the Great Depression and World War II, but Scharle never deviated from the plan. Following his graduation from Central Catholic High School in 1946, he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Villanova University in 1950.