Hall of Fame inductions at Saturday’s football game

| September 18, 2019

Six former star athletes and coaches – Bob Hurley, Rob Harris, Thomas Haines, Gillian Glackin, John Little, the late D. Willard Charles – will be inducted into the Solanco Athletic Hall of Fame in honor of their exceptional work ethic, talent and outstanding success in track, football, wrestling and basketball. They will be officially inducted during the Solanco football game on Saturday, September 21 at 7 p.m. vs. Conestoga Valley.

Hall of Fame - Bob HurleyWEB2Bob Hurley (Solanco Class of 1978)
Hurley was the district 3 triple jump champion in 1977, two-time Lancaster-Lebanon League triple jump champion, a fourth place finisher in the triple jump at states, and the triple jump winner at the Shippensburg College Invitational, Dickinson College Invitational, and Ephrata Relays. He was 60-yard hurdle champion at the Iceberg Olympics, and set the Solanco freshman record in the triple jump (44 feet, 9-12 inches) and high hurdles (15.75). Served as an assistant track coach under head coach Art Harrington. Hurley and his wife live in Cape Coral, Florida; 32-year career in the eye care field. “Upon learning of my induction into the Solanco Hall of Fame, I felt honored to be included in an awesome group. My time there was a wonderful time in my life, unforgettable. I give thanks to the Lord, my family, classmates, teachers, the community, coaches, especially Coach Art Harrington, and of course, Solanco!”

Hall of Fame - Rob HarrisWEBRob Harris (Solanco Class of 1995)
Four varsity letters in track, three in football, two in indoor track. More than 1,000 yards rushing in football in 1994, Harris was the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 2 Most Outstanding Offensive Player, section 2 Most Outstanding Defensive Player, and Player of the Year. A total of 40 track and field medals, including four medals in districts in 1994. Harris played football for East Stroudsburg University. Harris and his wife live in Quarryville.

 

Hall of Fame - Thomas HainesWEB

 

 

 

Thomas Haines (Solanco Class of 2014)
Four-time state champion, Haines’ remarkable wrestling career featured four sectional and four Lancaster-League championships, three district 3 championships, four Mule Classic titles, and an distinguished career record of 174 wins, 5 loses. Haines also earned four varsity soccer letters. Wrestled for Ohio State University and Lock Haven University.  Three-time qualifier for NCAA Division 1 National Championships, three Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championships, an Eastern Wrestling League championship, and a Nittany Lion Open championship. Haines lives in Lancaster and is an intern for Pennsylvania State Senator Scott Martin.

Hall of Fame - Gillian GlackinWEB2

 

Gillian Glackin (Solanco Class of 2013)
With more than 1,000 points in her standout Solanco basketball career, Glackin set a record for career points. Four varsity letters in basketball, two varsity letters each for volleyball and track. Sixth in districts in the shot put. On her selection to the Solanco Hall of Fame, Glackin said “I am just truly honored and pray it is a reflection of all the beautiful teammates, coaches, and support I have had over the years.” Co-captain of the Messiah College basketball team, Glackin received All-America honorable mention and conference MVP recognition. Finished with records for career blocks and rebounding, and fifth in Messiah history in total points (1,403) and 10th in points per game (12.8).

 

Hall of Fame - John LittleWEBJohn Little (Solanco Class of 1974)
Solanco’s legendary wrestling coach from 1982-2018, Little’s career record is an astonishing 382 wins, 170 loses and one tie. Coached two state champion wrestlers, two state runners-up, and 18 wrestlers who earned district gold medals. Little’s teams finished third, fourth, fifth and seventh in states, were two-time district 3 champions, Lancaster-Lebanon League champions 14 times, and won the L-L League Tournament eight times. A member of the L-L League Wrestling Hall of Fame and Solanco Wrestling Hall of Fame, Little was a science teacher at Solanco for 35 years. As a student athlete at Solanco, Little was a district regional wrestling champion in 1974, and earned three varsity letters in both wrestling and cross country. At Millersville University, Little was a Division 3 All America wrestler. Little and his wife live in Lancaster.

D. Willard Charles (Solanco Class of 1954) The late Wink Charles Sr. was Solanco’s first-ever district wrestling champ. Earned four varsity wrestling letters, played on Solanco’s first-ever football team and received two varsity football letters. He wrestled for and coached the YMCA wrestling team for 15 years, and earned coach of the year honors. Charles’ son and grandsons have also been successful wrestlers for Solanco.

 

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Keith Kaufman is the Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District. 786-5617.

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