Tewksbury ‘Wall’ honors excellence
BY ROBERT L. BAKER
WYOMING COUNTY PRESS EXAMINER
The recent addition of a plaque honoring the late Coach Ernie Holdredge to the ‘Tewksbury Wall of Fame’ at Tunkhannock Area High School begs the question of just who so gets honored.
According to attorney Gerald Grimaud, who has served on the Walter B. Tewksbury Committee since the early 1990s, said the wall was set up to remind persons attending sporting events in the TAHS gym of some phenomenal persons to be associated with the school district.
He said he has a philosophy that every town has basically the same level of talent but it’s the adult leadership that causes success or fails to cause success, and the people on the wall seriously demonstrates the “high performers” – those folks who demonstrated the highest caliber of accomplishment and set the standard.
He said the committee tries to honor the memory of Walter Tewksbury who was a resident of Tunkhannock when he competed in the 1900 Olympics in Paris bringing home three first places in track events.
Tewksbury attended Wyoming Seminary and was an outstanding college athlete at the University of Pennsylvania, but years after beginning his dental practice in Tunkhannock, he also served as a volunteer assistant coach in the local school district.
Grimaud noted that the ‘Tewskbury Wall’ was so designated by former Principal Michael Thornton sometime during his 2005-2010 tenure at TAHS.
The Walter Tewksbury Track & Field Athlete of the Year perpetual plaque was in place long before Thornton’s arrival and recognizes the names of winners and the criteria (an objective point system) used to choose them.
A Tewksbury Award perpetual plague also shares the names of a range of athletes who performed admirably as representatives of the school or community in furtherance of its athletic program but may have never received appropriate recognition.
Its honorees are:
1998 – David Sechrist
1999 – George Frempter
2000 – Jennnifer Lupinski Schreckengast
2001 – Gretchen Grimaud Moore
2002 – Robert Dunn
2003 – Richard Mosier
2004 – Helen Terry Tewksbury Hamilton
2005 – Jenifer Alexander Langan
2006 – Jeffrey Brewer
2007 – Mindy Alexander McCall
2010 – Frank Valvano
2012 – John Morgan
Those on the actual ‘Wall of Fame’ are:
* Oz Hudock, Class of ’52, pro football player;
*Jim Hudock, Class of ’58, collegiate basketball player drafted by NBA;
*Veto Barzilosky, Class of ’37, collegiate boxing champion;
*Coach George Bunnell, legendary football coach; and
*Coach Ernie Holdredge, legendary volleyball coach.
Grimaud, a former TA athlete, who played for Coaches Bunnell and Holdredge acknowledges that he composed the write-ups for all the plaques, except for Bunnell’s, which were paid for by the Tewksbury Committee through the years.
Grimaud added that the idea of a ‘Wall’ and most plagues there now were envisioned while the late attorney John Morgan was head of the Tewksbury Committee with Terry Hamilton, Walter Tewksbury’s daughter,
He said he believed both were charter members of the Committee dating from the early 1980s along with local attorney John Hovan.