York Area Sports Hall of Fame selects three new members

Steve Heiser
  • Parrish Petry is longtime York County basketball coach and player.
  • Donald Smith is a standout bowler on both the state and national level.

The York Area Sports Hall of Fame will soon have three new members.

Basketball player and coach Parrish Petry, bowler Don Smith and boxing coach and promoter Julio Alvarez have been selected for induction for the Class of 2017.

Parrish Petry: Petry, 53, is currently the head coach of the Penn State York men's basketball team. He formerly coached high school basketball at both West York and Red Lion and was a standout player at both West York High School and Shippensburg University.

Petry led PSY to three straight PSUAC titles from 2013 through 2015, and this past year, his local Lions finished second in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division II National Championships, losing in the finals in overtime.

Parrish Petry

Petry led Red Lion to five York-Adams Division I titles and a York-Adams League crown in 2006. His Lions had five straight 20-win seasons and compiled the most 4-A wins (123) in Pennsylvania from 2002 through 2007. He was a six-time Coach of the Year honoree in the York-Adams League (two with West York and four with Red Lion).

He's the all-time leading scorer in West York basketball history with 1,359 points, and he compiled nearly 1,000 points during his Shippensburg career. He was an All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference First-Team pick in 1985.

Don Smith: Smith, 64, will become a member of his third hall of fame.

He's already a member of the York County Bowling Hall of Fame and a rare first-ballot selection to the Pennsylvania State Bowling Hall of Fame.

He's competed in a number of United States Bowling Congress National Tournaments, an event that annually attracts more than 30,000 competitors. In that event, he finished a career-best fourth in the singles event in 1979. Smith also helped DJ's Tavern to a sixth-place finish in the 1995 World Team Challenge.

Don Smith

A member of the York County/Adams County Bowling Association for 45 years, Smith has been a member of the Professional Bowlers Association since 2007. Smith is five-time scratch champion in the Pennsylvania State Bowling Association State Senior Tournament in singles, doubles or team events. He also owns a dozen York County crowns in scratch singles, doubles or team events.

Overall, he's won more than 100 tournaments, owns 37 300 games and 10 800 series. In 2009-2010, he carried a 232 average, and in 2012-2013, he had a 233 average. His high series, set in 1997, was 843.

Julio Alvarez: Like Smith, Alvarez, 65, is already a hall of famer, having been elected to the Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Hall of Fame and Mid-Atlantic District Golden Gloves Hall of Fame.

Alvarez moved to the United States from Guatemala at a young age after boxing in his home nation. Since coming to the United States, Alvarez focused on coaching and promoting the sport, first in Hanover and now in West York at Lincolnway SportCenter.

For decades, Alvarez has mentored some of York County's top boxers, including Carney "Beeper" Bowman, Stevie Weimer, Jose Alfaro, Eric Nemo and Brittany Inkrote. His fighters have earned state and national titles in Golden Gloves, Police Athletic League and USA Boxing tournaments. Two of his boxers competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Julio Alvarez

In 1994, Alvarez was Coach of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic District.

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