Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees-2016
Eva White Schellenbach graduated from Portville Central School in 1986. While at Portville, she excelled at swimming and was a part of the team for six years. Upon graduation, Eva held all 8 individual swimming records and was a member of the 2 relay teams that also held records. She was a silver medalist in the 400 meter IM at the Empire State Games and was a 10-time county champion in individual events. She qualified for, and swam in the Sectional Swimming Championship Meet for 6 years; qualified for, and swam in the New York State Championship Meet for 2 years. While competing at the state level, Eva was a two time top ten finisher in the 100 butterfly and two time Top 16 finisher in the 200 IM. She was the swim team captain and was the first seventh-grade athlete to obtain a varsity letter in a sport! Eva was also a member of the National Honor Society, the Yearbook Editor, served on the Student Council, was a member of the Pep Club, was a stat for both basketball and softball, and was an aide to the Athletic Director, Mr. Ray Deland, for 4 years.
After graduating from Portville, Eva attended Valparaiso University on a 4-year Division 1 athletic and academic scholarship. While at Valpo, she swam for 4 years, gathering school records and meet records. She was a 2-time conference champ in the 200 butterfly and was the conference champ in the 100 butterfly for one year. She also participated in softball and intramural cross country running while a student at Valparaiso. Upon graduating summa cum laude, with two masters degrees, Eva became a teacher, coach and author. She resided in Japan for several years and was the Japanese National Champion in the 50-meter butterfly, silver medalist in the 3 events, and bronze medalist in 4 events. Eva has received several Teacher of the Year Awards, volunteer awards, and coaching awards.
Eva has taught academic subject to both college and high school students and has assisted speakers of other languages to effectively communicate in English. She has also taught swimming adults and children alike and is currently the Swim Instructor Coordinator and Head Swim Coach at the Jeff Rouse Swim and Sports Center in Stafford, Virginia. Eva feels that the greatest sense of accomplishment is watching her students and athletes go on to succeed in life.
Eva resides in Stafford, Virginia with her husband, Mastery Gunnery Marine Corps Sergeant Michael Schellenbach and their two pets. She looks back fondly on her days as a swimmer at Portville Central School and wanted to thank her high school swim coach, Chuck Hild, for his dedication and for giving her the opportunity to work as an assistant under him, as these experiences have given her the foundation upon which to build her coaching career. She also wants to thank her parents and her siblings, Al, Michael, Harold, and Samantha for their support over the years.
Terry Miller graduated from Portville Central School in 1977. He competed in wrestling for 4 years and football for one year. While wrestling under Portville Hall of Fame Coach Robert Klucik, Terry was the Section 6 Wrestling Champion for 2 years and placed 3rd place two times in the New York State Wrestling Tournament. Terry was also a member of the National Honor Society.
Terry and his family operated the youth wrestling concession stand for many years, generating funds for the sport. His family also organized and hosted the first annual Curling Tournament in the southern tier, that was so popular, it has been moved to Good Times of Olean and is now one of the biggest winter events in the area. The proceeds from this tournament go to Portville sports programs.
Terry has been married to his high school sweetheart, Barb, for 38 years, and they have 4 grown children, who also competed in sports at Portville. He is proud of the dedication and effort he and his wife put forth in supporting and dedicating themselves to raising their children and their involvement in sports. In looking back through the years of watching Millers and relatives of the Millers compete in Portville athletics, Terry says “it is easy to be a proud Portville Athlete!
Ronald Mosher graduated from Portville Central School in 1952. While a student athlete at PCS, he participated in football, basketball and baseball, excelling and earning letters in all three sports. He was named an all-star in basketball in 1950, 51, and 52, and in football in 1949, 50, 51, and 52. He also attended Boys’ State in 1951. Ron was a member of the United States Air Force for four years and graduated from Brockport State University in 1960. While at college, Ron competed in baseball, track, and was the table tennis champ in 1959.
After graduating college, Ron was a teacher and coach at Hinsdale Central School and Cuba Central School. He coached all different levels of football, wrestling, baseball, basketball, boys and girls track, and even volleyball for 5 different schools over the past 50 YEARS before retiring in 2010! While coaching at Cuba, his team varsity football team had 20 straight wins, and he was named Big 30 Coach of the Year. In between coaching and teaching, Ron also managed to complete 7 marathons in the 1980’s along with numerous 10K races. And was named the NHPA Horseshoe World Champion in 1994! At present, he is an avid golfer and bowler.
Ron has been married to fellow Portville graduate, Barbara Benz Mosher, for 63 years and they are parents to 9 children. Previously, Ron was inducted into Cuba Central School’s Hall of Fame and the Allegany County Hall of Fame!
Coach Michael DeBarbieri graduated from Wellsville Central School in 1972. While a student athlete at Wellsville, Mike participated in football, wrestling, and track, lettering in all three sports. He was a member of the football all star team and placed third in the Section 5 Class A wrestling tournament.
After graduating from Wellsville, Mike attended Lock Haven University, wrestled for the Bald Eagles for 4 years. After teaching in Bolivar, Mike began teaching at Portville Central School in 1985 and retired in 2010. While at Portville, Mike taught various subjects including elementary, physical education, and health, as well as coaching cross country for 2 years, assistant coaching football for 16 years, and serving as head wrestling coach for 28 years. He also served as the Athletic Director for several years.
Mike’s honors include Section 6 Wrestling Coach of the year 6 times, Induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, serving as a Section 6 football committee member, and as Section 6 wrestling chairman for the past 15 years.
Mike resides with his wife, Sue. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Mike truly loved being able to help student athletes progress, perform, and have fun in athletics. He enjoyed coaching here for 28 years and feels that the many coaches he worked with at Portville over the years were outstanding. He is also grateful to the community for being so supportive and is deeply honored by this induction.
Coach Kevin Curran graduated from Allegany Central School in 1972. After graduating from Allegany, he attended Lock Haven University and later graduated from St. Bonavenuture University with administrative certification.
Kevin began teaching at Portville Central School in 1980. He was an assistant football coach his first year at Portville before taking the head football coaching position in 1981, a position he would hold until 1991. In 1984, his team went undefeated in the Border League, going 8-0. In 1985 and 1986, the football teams won the section 6 championships, and in 1986, they made their first appearance at Rich Stadium. Kevin also coached varsity girls’ basketball from 1980-1983, ending with 3 successful seasons and advancing to the 1982 New York State Public School Athletic Association Finals in class C after winning the section 6 title.
He served as Athletic Director for 11 years and also served as the Cattaraugus County track chairman, Section 6 Divisional Football Chairman, helped in the creation of the Expressway Conference, and also was instrumental in forming the now-popular Trap Shooting Club here at Portville.
After leaving in 2000 to become a principal at Scio Central School, Kevin returned to Portville in 2004, where he served as principal until his retirement in 2010. Kevin states that he has many proud memories of coaching and teaching at Portville and while savoring the championships and honors, he feels that the many opportunities he had to see the faces of kids achieving goals at an individual or team level was most rewarding. Kevin was married to the late Judy Curran and still resides in Portville. Kevin’s daughters, Kaitlin and Kristin, are both Portville grads who now have families of their own.