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Five local graduates inducted to Athletic Hall of Fame

By Staff | Oct 22, 2015

PHOTO BY HAYLEY BREECH/For the Luminary The Montgomery Athletic Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony during half time of the Montgomery/Loyalsock football game on Friday night.  From left to right are Gary "Yogi" Yocum (Hall of Fame founder and president), Sherry Satteson (mother of inductee, Dionna Satteson), and inductees Allen Horn, Jonathon Carpenter, Matt Bennett and Jim Ring.

MONTGOMERY – The Montgomery Athletic Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony during half time of the Montgomery/Loyalsock football game on Friday night, October 9.

Jim Ring is a 1965 graduate of Montgomery High School who excelled in football and was a starter halfback for the Red Raiders in his junior year under Coach Richard Johns. He scored a touchdown in every game that year except the season finale loss to Muncy. In his senior year as a co-captain, he led the Red Raiders to a season-ending 30-17 win over cross-river rival Muncy, capturing the “Old ShoeTrophy.” The win is captured in an awesome picture of Jim holding “the Shoe Trophy” surrounded by teammates in the newspaper.

Ring was chosen along with Kip Hall to play in the annual All-Star game at Danville. He and his wife live on a farm in Cross Plain, Tennessee. They have 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. He retired from his business and also retired from coaching baseball and football in 2014.

Allen Horn is a 1971 graduate of Montgomery High School. Even though a physical disability kept Allen from playing sports in school, he was still very much involved in them. He was team manager of the Jr. High Basketball and Football teams as well as the High School Basketball Team, where he learned how to keep

the scorebook and run the scoreboard. He continued to keep score while attending Williamsport Area Community College to earn his degree in accounting. Horn got back into Montgomery sports when his

son, Jason’s, Little League T-Ball team needed a coach in 1983. He coached his son through minor league, then coached his oldest daughter, Megan, in T-Ball. While involved in Montgomery Little League, he was

also a board member, an umpire and served as treasurer. He coached AYSO Soccer Teams from 1987-2003. He was also a Board member and treasurer for Montgomery Pop Warner.

Horn also has announced and kept the clock for Red Raider and Lady Raider Basketball for the past 20 seasons. He also was involved with the Montgomery Music Boosters as well as the school’s Odyssey of the Mind program for the last 26 years.

He and his wife, Rebecca, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this past January. They have 5 children, Jason, Megan, Heather, Ashley and Erin, and have 8 grandchildren.

Dionna Satteson would have been a senior this year and was a perfect blend of student and athlete. As hard as “Di” played on the field or hardwood, she was the first to shake an opponent’s hand, smile and say, “Good game!”

As a freshman, Dionna played Varsity Tennis under Coach Weaver. Returning to Lady Raider soccer her sophomore year, she was a 2-year starter. Nicknamed “Diesel”, she was a defensive star while still scoring 3 goals mainly playing as a defensive back playing for Coach Kevin Bittendender. Satteson started at 1st base as a freshman on the Lady Raider Softball team, and finished with a .327 batting average, scoring 16 runs and driving in 12 runs. Playing with fellow freshmen, Lexi McHenry and Reilly Gearhart, all three were named to the Pa. Heartland Athletic Conference – Division 3 2nd team All-Stars.

Basketball was Dionna’s best sport & what she for sure would have gotten a college scholarship in to play at the next level. As a freshman she had her 1st double/double and led the team in rebounding, despite not being a starter. She was also honored as the team’s Most Valuable Player last March. She finished her career with 553 points scored, 671 rebounds and 47 blocked shots.

Dionna Satteson will always be remembered. Accepting the honor for her award, was Dionna’s mother, Sherry Satteson.

Matt Bennett is a 2001 Montgomery Area High School graduate. He was a stand-out Red Raider in both football and wrestling. In football, the team played in the Eastern Conference Playoffs his freshman year. The team reached the District 4 playoffs in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He played linebacker as a sophomore and freshman.

He was named to the West Branch Conference All-Star 1st team at defensive end and a 2nd team All-Star at tight end. His senior year, the Red Raiders were West Branch Champions!

In wrestling he was a 4 year starter and finished with over 100 wins. The team had a winning record all 4 years. As a junior, he was sectional champion, finished 2nd at Districts, 3rd place at Regionals and earned a trip to the PIAA State Championships. His senior year he was the Sectional Champion at 275 pounds, won the District Championship, placed 4th at the Northeast Regional Tournament and earned a 2nd trip to the PIAA State Championships in Hershey. The Red Raider Wrestling team won the West-Central Sectional Team Title for only the second time in school history.

Matt graduated from Ly coming College and then Lehigh University. He is a Fluzial Geomorphologist, also known as an Environmental Specialist. He is married to Jennifer and has 4 children – Addison, Lily and 2 month old twins, Asher and Liam. The reside in Stockertown, Pa.

Jonathon Carpenter is a 2000 graduate of Montgomery Area High School where he was a multi-sport athlete. He was named Outstanding Male Athlete in 2000 by the high school. In track Jonathon earned four varsity letters and qualified for Districts in the 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash and 4 X 100. He was a consistent point scorer for the Red Raiders during his track career. Carpenter also wrestled for the Red Raiders earning four varsity letters and was a regional qualifier his senior year at the 160 Ib. weight class. He finished his career with over 70 wins. In reaching regionals, he placed 2nd at sectionals and 5th at districts. The team never had a losing season in Jon’s four years.

He earned three varsity letters in football and was named to the West Branch All-Stars as a running back. He was also picked as the West Branch Conference Offensive Player of the Year his senior year. His teams qualified for District playoffs in his freshman, junior and senior year and the Eastern Conference Playoffs his sophomore season.

Carpenter played football for 4 years at Lycoming as a running back where in his junior year the team advanced to the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals.

After graduating in 2004 from Lycoming College with a degree in actuarial math, he worked first in Washington, DC and then

Colorado. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2010 as a Military Intelligence Systems Manager for four years. During his time of service, he received several awards for his outstanding contributions and achievements demonstrated in the United States and overseas.

Currently Jonathon works and resides in Aurora, Colorado. He joins his sister, Collette, who was inducted last year to become the first brother/sister tandem to be in the Montgomery Athletic Hall of Fame.