•  Cardinals Hall of Fame Members

     Class of 2023

    Class of 2023 Hall of Fame Inductees: Kelly Brennan, Jamie Edwards, Mike Knepp, Oliva Lindsay, Crystal Schneck and Percy Alexander

    Kelly Brennan

    Kelly is a 1992 graduate of Pocono Mountain High School. She was a 4-year varsity letter winner in swimming and 3-year varsity letter winner in track and field hockey.  She was a member of the 1990 Centennial League girl’s track championship team and earned a gold medal in the 4x800 relay team. She also earned a silver medal in the event at the PIAA District XI championships. The following year, she won a silver medal for the 300-meter hurdles at the Centennial League championships and a bronze medal at the PIAA District XI championships.

    Kelly swam for four years on the Pocono Mountain swim team, was a captain her senior year and qualified for District XI Championships. Her 200 Freestyle Relay team also set a new school record that year. She was an avid skier and won second place for free style skiing at the Keystone State games her senior year. In field hockey, she was a member of the PIAA District XI runner up team and qualified for the PA AAA State Tournament her senior year.

    Kelly was recruited by Slippery Rock University for both track and field hockey. She decided to play field hockey at SRU and lettered all four years at college. Her senior year, she was named team captain and earned second team honors in the PA State Athletic Conference.

    Kelly graduated from Slippery Rock University as an exercise science major and moved to Salt Lake City, UT to start her career in the winter of 1996.

    Jamie Edwards

    Jamie is a 2011 graduate of Pocono Mountain East High School. She earned Varsity letters in both field hockey and soccer in her high school career. She was a 3-year Varsity letter winner in field hockey and a 4-year Varsity letter winner in soccer. Her senior year, she was recognized as the Mountain Valley Conference Honorable Mention in field hockey.

    Jamie had many achievements during her soccer career. She was voted to the MVC first team in her junior and senior years. For her senior season, she was voted as the MVC’s Outstanding Player of the Year. Jamie earned recognition outside of the conference as she led the area in goals her senior year. She was recognized as the Pocono Record Girls Soccer Player of the Year. She was then invited to play in the annual Lions All-Star Soccer Classic and topped off her career with a PSCA selection to the All-state High School Soccer Team.

    Jamie went on to attend East Stroudsburg University where she would earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation & Human Services. She returned  to Pocono Mountain East over the years to assist in two years of coaching the Girl’s Junior Varsity soccer program. She now resides in Effort, PA with her husband and three sons, Michael, Mason and Oliver.


    Mike Knepp

    Mike is a 2006 graduate of Pocono Mountain East High School. He earned varsity letters in basketball and soccer all four years of his high school career. He was a varsity starter for basketball in his junior and senior year and was a varsity starter all four years in soccer.

    Mike’s achievements in soccer include 1st team Mountain Valley Conference honors from his sophomore through senior years (2003-2005). In his senior season, he was the leading scorer, and earned the MVC outstanding player from the Pennsylvania State Soccer Coaches Association all-state team. That same season, he earned the Pocono Record All-Area 1st team, the Outstanding Player award and was named the Pocono Record All-Area Player of the year. To cap off his senior year achievements, the MVC named him the Most Valuable Player for the 2005 season.

    Mike’s achievements in basketball include earning all-tournament team honors at the hoop fest tournament vs Christ the King his junior year. Also, in his junior year, he was also selected to the Pocono Record Honorable Mention all-area team. During his senior year, he was selected to the 2nd team all-star team, was named to the 1st team Pocono Record all area team and played in the District XI championship game. Throughout his high school basketball seasons, the team won two MVC championships, one being an undefeated conference record in 2005-2006. They were the first team in Pocono Mountain history to play in two state tournament games as well as the winningest team in 42 years.

    Mike went on to play both soccer and basketball in college where he achieved several awards and set multiple school records. He currently lives in Wisconsin with his wife Laura and their four children Jordy, Brynley, Lyla and Emersyn.


    Olivia Lindsay

    Olivia is a 2009 graduate of Pocono Mountain East High School. She was a 4-year varsity letter winner in both volleyball and softball. In softball, she received recognition as 2nd team Mountain Valley Conference and honorable mention for outfield and pitching, respectively, as a freshman, Pocono Record All-Area Team as a sophomore, and 1st Team MVC for her junior and senior seasons. She was a standout volleyball player, being elected to 1st Team MVC as a junior and senior, as well as helping to lead the team to win their first Mountain Valley Conference Championship in school history in 2007.

    Additionally, Olivia was awarded the MVP as a senior. She graduated holding six team records: career assists, season ace %, career ace %, career aces, season hitting average, and career hitting average. Her high school career culminated in winning the 2009 Edward J. Watto Athlete of the Year award.

    Following graduation, Olivia attended Pennsylvania State University where she was a member of the women’s rugby team and won 4 D1 National Championships. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her family where she continues to both play and coach rugby.


    Crystal Schneck

    Crystal is a 2003 graduate of Pocono Mountain High School. Over the course of her high school athletic career from 1999-2003, she could be found year-round representing the Cardinals on a court or on the softball diamond. Crystal was a 3-year varsity letter winner in volleyball and a 4-year varsity letter winner in basketball and softball. The inaugural year of girls’ volleyball at Pocono Mountain was in 2000. During her three years in volleyball, she was recognized as a leader of the team by being a team captain, set a single-season record for most assists and was recognized in her senior year (2003) as a Lehigh Valley All Star.

    Throughout her basketball career as a point-guard, she was the eyes of the court on offense and the disruptive pressure on the defensive end. Her achievements during her four-year career included: most assists in a single season, most assists in a single game, most assists in a career and tied for most steals in a single game. In her senior year, she helped lead the basketball team to an MVC championship game and was recognized to the MVC All-star 2nd team.

    During her softball season, Crystal was defined as a utility player for the Cardinals softball team. During her career, she could be found playing first base, second base, pitcher, and center field. In her senior year she was a team captain and helped lead the team to its first district game appearance in over a decade. She was recognized for the following achievements as an outfielder in her senior year: MVC All-Star Team, 1st Team All Area Team by the Pocono Record and Honorable Mention by the Morning Call, and the Lehigh Valley PIAA Softball Umpires Associate-Softball Scholar Athlete. She was also the first female recipient of the Donald Cramer Memorial Award and was Salutatorian of the Class of 2003.

    Following high school, Crystal went to Susquehanna University where she played women’s basketball for four years and majored in Chemistry with a minor in secondary education. She later went on to earn a Masters degree in Chemistry from Lehigh University. She continues to use her leadership skills through her professional career in the life sciences industry working with teams supporting drug discovery, innovation and commercialization of therapeutics across the global marketplace. When not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.


    Percy Alexander

    Percy is a 1968 graduate of Pocono Mountain High School. Those who saw Percy run the football typically refer to him as "The Flash" due to his speed and acceleration on the Gridiron. He would become the very first Pocono Mountain Football Player to receive significant Statewide recognition as he would be named to the 1967 Associated Press All-state Honorable Mention List. This was accomplished while he was playing for the relatively new and unknown football program in Pocono Mountain for sportswriters across the state.

    Percy finished his three-year football career with over 2,700 yards rushing, 40 touchdowns, scored 4 touchdowns in a game on three different occasions, and would hold a total of eleven school records at the end of his playing career. He would also score at least once in 20 of the 23 football games he would play in during his three-year career and led the Cardinals to their first two winning seasons in the program's history in 1966 and 1967.

    Percy was a member of the basketball team from 1965-67. He also participated in Track and Field for 3 years. He competed and placed in many running and jumping events.

    Percy was inducted as a member of the Hall of Fame class of 2006 although he is being honored this weekend.

     

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