Sussex County Sports Blog

By Dan Cleary

7/18/2014 - SUCO Hall Honors Parichuk

    Mike Parichuk has seen and done it all when it comes to Sussex County sports over the last five decades.

   From player to coach to umpire to member of the media, Parichuk has excelled in all facets of sports in the county.
   But you want to know his best attribute?
   As good as he was at the aforementioned list, and believe me he was that good, he is even a better person.
   That’s right.  It may sound cliché but for those of us that have had the good fortune to get to know Mike on a personal level, know he is one of the finest people you ever want to meet.
   I know it may sound like I’m laying it on thick, but I’m not.  I have dealt with a lot people in my time in this business and Mike is one of the most genuine persons I have ever met and worked with.
   For all the good he has done for the county, Mike will inducted into the Sussex County Sports Hall of Fame in November for his overall contributions as an Honorary Member of the Hall.
   I received the great honor and privilege last year of being inducted as an Honorary Member to the Hall and I thought to myself who better than Mike to nominate next year.
   I have always had the utmost respect for Mike and even lobbied for him to be honored  in the past.  
   But now as a voting member of the Hall I put my money where my mouth is and thankfully the committee that decides who gets the Honorary nod agreed.
   Mike will be one of eight people enshrined. He will be joined by former Sussex and High Point star Lou Frato and outstanding Sparta coach Gene Mendes in November.  The duo was chosen as the Veterans Committee selections.
   The other five will be voted in by dues-paying Hall members and ballots will be made public soon but the nominees names have been released.
   First-time nominees are: former three-sport Newton star Liz Sisca, former Sparta standout and University of Virginia star Kevin  Michaels, former Vernon and Clemson track All-American Lisa Parak Neary, state champion wrestler Steve Dalling from Kittatinny and arguably one of the top long-distance runners the area has ever seen former PJ and Georgetown star Justin Scheid.
   On the ballot for a second year are softball star Loren Arrowsmith of Lenape Valley and Seton Hall, Krista Hessler Carver of Pope John hoops and track fame, Sparta and Princeton star William Ehling, Meredith Mayes, who starred in softball, hoops and tennis at Newton, Tracey Hosler a football and track standout at Lenape Valley and former High Point track and soccer star Meghan Radimer.
   This year’s candidates are a well-rounded group from a variety of sports and with six females on the ballot the Hall can’t be called an “Old Boys Club” anymore.  A stigma that haunted the Hall for years.
   The top five vote-getters at the Hall’s August meeting will be inducted.  The meeting is open to all dues-paying members and the vote count is open and taken very seriously.
   To join the Hall and vote you must fill out an application for membership (form is on the Mugs Media Facebook page) and mail a check or money order  for $25 to SCSHOF P.O. Box 911, Newton NJ 07860.
   That is it.  Under the new Hall leadership of president Gunner Frauenpreis the voting process has been very transparent and that is a good thing.
   So don’t wait, send in you application now.
   Back to Mike.  I’ve know him for many years now and he always kept up on Sussex County sports and had a genuine interest of what was going on and the welfare of the student athletes. 
   He was great to call games with and although he played and coached at Pope John and coached at Kittatinny, he was incredibly fair and showed no bias at all during our basketball broadcasts.
   His analysis was straight-forward and he didn’t make basketball out to be brain surgery as some guys do on ESPN.  He didn’t get bogged down on minutiae of the game, although he knew it, but the people at home maybe didn’t and he was speaking to them.
   Mike was the same when he was umpire, fair and unbiased.
   Mike was a star hoops player at PJ in the late 60s and played football as well.  He then went onto to play hoops on a very good Assumption College team before coming back to coach at PJ.
   He led the 1978 Lions, powered by Frauenpreis down low, a rebounding and scoring machine, to the Sussex County Interscholastic League title before going on to coach at Kittatinny where he had success.
   Mike has affected the lives of many people in the county and not just in sports.  As a guidance counselor at Kittatinny he dealt with hundreds of kids over the years helping them in all aspects in life.
   Sure, Mike could teach you how to shoot a basketball, but he also taught life lessons that stick with his students to this day.
   Like Will Rogers, I have never heard anyone say a bad word about Mike, and that’s the truth.  He is retired now and living in North Carolina where he is still umpiring.
   As for Mendes, this is long overdue in my view.  I’ve always said Mendes was the best assistant coach ever in county history.  
   Yes, he was an outstanding head baseball coach but his contributions to the great Sparta football and boys basketball teams is immeasurable.
   Plus the former DePaul Catholic star and former Mets farmhand, like Parichuk, is one of the greatest guys you ever wanted to meet, so I couldn’t be happier for Mendes on a personal level.
   I know what a special night it was for me and my family when I was inducted so I’m just so excited for the Class 2014 to feel that same thrill.
   Parichuk and Mendes are two true Sussex County  legends and I know they appreciate the honor not only personally but as fans of all Sussex County sports.
   The Hall gets better and better each year thanks to the hard work of a few dedicated people who believe in the Hall.  Frauenpreis, Ray Soroka, Chris McGrath, Scott Longcore, Maryann Roe, Doc Ayers, John Zamos, and Johnny Regan, and I apologize if I left someone out, have brought the Hall to a new level
   So if you love Sussex County sports, and you do if you are reading this blog, then join the Hall now you won’t be disappointed.
 That’s it for now see you on the sidelines.
   
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