ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES-2012
Robert Klucik, is his long-time friend and colleague, Mr. Mike O’Brien. Mr. Klucik currently resides in Florida and was unable to be here this evening. Bob Klucik is a 1955 graduate of Gowanda Central High School. After high school, he attended college at the University of Buffalo where he earned a degree in school counseling and played on their soccer team. In addition to Mr. Klucik being a guidance counselor for Portville Central School, he coached cross country, football, track and wrestling. During his tenure as wrestling coach, his teams amassed 128 wins and only 10 losses, with 83 of those wins coming consecutively from 1965 through 1971! His wrestling teams also garnered 7 county championships, 6 sectional championship titles and 10 open tournament championships. Coach Klucik was also president of the Cattaraugus County Wrestling League for 7 years. One of Coach Klucik’s proudest moments was when a former wrestler joined the Marines and when they could not break him physically and when they asked him why, he said, “I wrestled for Klucik!” After leaving Portville, Mr. Klucik served as Superintendent of Richburg Central School. Bob and his wife, Sally, reside in Ave Maria, Florida, and have 2 children, Laura and Rob.
Jean Rasey Bantelman. Jean is a 1982 graduate of Portville Central School. While at Portville, she participated in basketball, track and field, swimming, volleyball and softball. Jean earned a partial Division II scholarship to Nazareth College where she played basketball for 3 years and still ranks 5th in field goal percentage and 10th in field goals made in a single season. She earned several awards at Nazareth including French’s Player of the Week and ECIC All Star. While at PCS, Jean was named to the All-Tournament State Basketball team and first team All-State. Jean was also a First-Team League All-Star in Volleyball, qualified for sectional swimming meets, and held the 100-yard butterfly record for one season. While in track, Jean competed in the mile, the 2 mile, 1,500, 1,600, 800, and 1,600 meter relay team, as well as shot put, discus and high jump. She briefly held records in both the 1,600 and 2 mile events. Jean was named the Cattaraugus County Female Athlete of the Year in 1982. As a girls’ basketball coach, Jean led the team to a sectional championship in 2006. “Mrs. B” has been a special education teacher here at Portville Central School since 1996. Jean believes that participating in athletics taught her valuable leadership skills and have helped her in her teaching profession and that you cannot always be the best at everything, especially in life. She is the proud mother of 4 daughters, Mary Anne, Ashley, Rachel and Emily.
Gene Bingman. Gene is a 1967 graduate of Portville Central School. While at Portville, he participated in football, basketball, baseball, track and baseball. He won the Olean Times Herald Gary Sage Memorial Award, while being on Big 30 All-Star teams for football and basketball. He was also the MVP for football. Gene won long jump at the county track meet. Gene also held school and county records for long jump. Gene was offered 24 college athletic scholarships, and eventually accepted a full football scholarship at Louisiana State University. He is a life member of the Hinsdale Fire Department and was awarded the outstanding Board of Director Award in the Empire State Quarter Horse Association. Gene has many stories of his days of playing athletics, and said that if you played for Portville, you never wanted to let the fans down. You always did your best to BE the best. He believes that you can take the boy out of Portville sports, but you can never take the Portville sports out of the boy! Gene and his wife, Wendy, reside in Hinsdale.
Jerry Scutt . Jerry participated in football, basketball, baseball, track and field at PCS. He placed 3rd in high jump at the New York State Track and Field meet in 1969. Jerry was named league MVP for basketball in 1969 and 1970. He received the Courier Express Billy Kelly Award as well as the Dale Child’s Outstanding Running Back Award. In 1970, Jerry received the Portville Sports Booster awards for both football and track and field. After graduating from Portville in 1970, he played football at Colorado State University before enlisting in the US Army in 1972. Jerry also holds state lumberjack titles in New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Connecticut, Wisconsin, and Michigan. He states that his proudest sports accomplishment was when he set the world record in 2-man Cross Cut in Hayward, Wisconsin in 1986. Jerry and his wife, Kathy, reside on Lillibridge Road here in Portville.
Melissa Scutt Longo graduated from Portville Central School in1990. She participated in swimming and diving, cheerleading, basketball, and track and field at PCS. Melissa held PCS Track and Field records in high jump, long jump, triple jump and pentathlon. She also held the diving record. Melissa won Counties in both track and diving. She was the Section VI champion in high jump. Melissa also represented Portville on a Big 30 Track and Field team that traveled to Europe. After high school, she went on to Ohio University, where she participated in Track and Field and graduated in 1994. Melissa is a Health and Physical Education teacher at Custer City Private School. She has coached area gymnastics and track teams and says that she is most proud of her family and the love and support they have always shown. Melissa and her husband, Steve, have a daughter, Kara, and reside in Bradford, Pennsylvania.