This month’s Penn Stater Magazine published an article ranking Penn State’s top 100 athletes. Naturally, I don’t 100% agree with them but, all in all, I thought they did a pretty good job. Some observations:
First, here are the basketball players (in order to justify not sticking it OT). While substantial consideration for inclusion on the list seem to be given to an athlete’s accomplishments post-PSU, that didn’t seem to hold for hoops (perhaps because hoopsters haven’t accomplished all that much after leaving here).
- Jesse Arnelle
- Kelly Mazzante
- Suzie McConnell
- Susan Robinson
- Maggie Lucas
- Cumberland Posey
- Helen Darling
- Talor Battle
There were 65 men and 35 women on the list. Jack Ham (#1) and Candy Finn (#2) held down the top spot for their respective sexes.
Here are the sports represented (ranked by number of athletes on the list) along with each sport’s top athlete .
Football: 27 - Jack Ham #1
Volleyball: 18 (13W/5M) - Megan Hodge #6/Matt Anderson #21
Wrestling: 10 - David Taylor #9
Track: 9 (7M/2W) - Barney Ewell #7/Kathy Mills #16
Basketball: 8 (5W/3M) - Jesse Arnelle #5/Kelly Mazzante #22
Soccer: 7 (4W/3M) - Christie Welsh #24/Jim Stamatis #49
Field Hockey: 6 - Candy Finn #2
Gymnastics: 6 (2W/4M) - Ann Carr #11/Jean Cronstadt #41
Fencing: 5 (3W/2M) - Jana Angelakis #19/Thomas Strzalkowski #57
Lacrosse: 3 (3W) - Candy Finn #2
Swimming: 3 (2W/1M) - Mary Ellen Clarke #9/Shane Ryan #91
Baseball: 3 - John Montgomery Ward #36
Boxing: 2 - Steve Hamas #12
Hockey: 1 - Casey Bailey #93
Disclaimer: I didn’t double check my counts so I might be off by one or two here and there. Also the sport numbers add up to more than 100 because of multi-sport athletes.
Note: athletes that were competing for PSU during the 2018-19 year were excluded from the list but ten current athletes were listed who might be considered worthy of inclusion on any future list (including Lamar Stevens).