Sayre native among four to be inducted in MU Hall of Fame
Baseball standout Michael Collier, softball All-Star Jess Ricker Czako, women's basketball record-setter Lynelle Mosley and football legend John Soprano of Sayre comprise the Mansfield University Athletic/Alumni Class of 2012.
The foursome will be the 30th Class to enter the MU Athletic/Alumni Hall of Fame since its founding in 1983 when they are presented during induction ceremonies this Friday evening in North Manser Dining Hall.
In addition to the induction ceremony, the Class of 2012 will also be honored in Saturday's Homecoming Parade as well as prior to Saturday's Post University vs. Mansfield football game at Karl Van Norman Field.
John Soprano, Class of 1968
Soprano, a Sayre native, was considered the premier running back on the football team in one of the most successful eras in school history. A four-year starter under head coaches Tut Moore and Rod Kelchner from 1964-67, Soprano earned All-PSAC 1st-Team honors as a senior. He was a co-captain and leading rusher on the 1967 team that posted a 6-3 record, the most wins for the program in 27 years.
Michael Collier, Class of 1982
Collier was a four-year letter winner and three-year starter on the baseball team under Coach John Heaps from 1979-82. An All-PSAC East selection his junior and senior seasons, Collier set a school record with a .474 batting average in 1982. His record-setting performance was the fifth highest batting average in NCAA Division III that season. Collier was a member of the 1979 team that finished third in the NCAA Division III World Series as well as a starter on the 1980 squad that earned a berth in the NCAA Division III Mid-East Regional. Collier was signed by the Detroit Tigers after graduating in 1982.
Jessica Ricker Czako, Class of 2003
Ricker was a four-year starter for the Mansfield University softball program under head coach Edith Gallagher from 2000-03. Over that span, Ricker started all 147 games at third base where she earned 1st Team All-PSAC East honors in 2000 and 2003 and 2nd Team All-PSAC East honors in 2001 and 2002. Ricker was the first, and currently the only softball player, in MU softball history to earn All-PSAC honors in each of her four seasons. In addition to her All-PSAC honors, Ricker was an All-Region selection in 2003 as well as the MU Female Spring Athlete of the Year in 2002. She was named to All-ECAC South honors in 2000, 2002 and 2003.
Lynelle Mosley, Class of 2004
Mosley was a four-year starter for the women's basketball team under head coach Ruth Hermansen from 2000-03. Mosley, who started 101 of 105 games during her four-year career, was twice named to All-PSAC East honors including a 1st team selection in 2003 and 2nd team pick in 2002. She is one of just five Mountaineer women's basketball players to earn 1st Team All-PSAC East honors. Mosley scored 1,110 points in her career and was exceptional off the court as well, earning All-Academic honors and being named MU Presidential and PSAC Scholar-athlete a total of six times. She was the MU Female Winter Athlete of the Year in 2003.