HOF Night at NHS
Northampton High School announced its hall of fame class for 2018 on Tuesday night at the boys basketball game.
Class of 2002, Matthew was a four year letter winner in swimming from 1999-2002.
As a sophomore, Matthew was a state championship qualifier in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. As a junior, Matthew was a District 11 champion in the 50 freestyle, where he also became the Northampton and District 11 record holder. He won the District 11 championship in the 100 breaststroke, finished third place at states in the 50 freestyle and finished fifth place at states in the 100 breaststroke.
Matthew finished the year as the Express-Times Swimmer of the Year and went undefeated in his dual meet races for the year.
As a senior, Matthew once again went undefeated in his dual meet races for the year. He was a 1st Team All-American in the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, as well as an Honorable Mention All-American in the 200 freestyle relay along with Josh Miller, Mark Erdosy and Travis Backenstoe.
He was the 2002 Mountain Valley Conference Swimmer of the Year. He became the Northampton record holder in the 50 freestyle, the District 11 champion in the 100 breaststroke
and a member of the District 11 championship 200 medley relay along with Josh Miller, Mark Erdosy and Travis Backenstoe. He was also the PIAA state champion in the 50 freestyle, third place finisher in the PIAA 100 breaststroke, and a fifth place finisher in the 200 freestyle relay along with Josh Miller, Mark Erdosy and Travis Backenstoe.
Matthew went on to swim collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh where he went on to become a letter winner and a member of the 2003 and 2004 Big East Conference Championship Teams. Matthew is the grandson of Northampton Hall of Fame Inductee Alek Erdosy and the grandnephew of Northampton Hall of Fame Inductee Al Erdosy.
Matthew resides in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Stacy and is currently a middle school science teacher and an assistant swimming coach at Berkeley Carroll School in New York.
Class of 1958, Gary lettered in football, basketball and track and played a big part in the Lehigh Valley League Championship seasons of football and track his senior year. He captained the football team that went through the league undefeated and his versatility on the track team of long jumping, discus throwing and running relays played a major role in the track championship.
Gary was recruited by major college programs before choosing the United States Naval Academy. He enrolled at Columbian Prep School in Washington, D.C. in the Fall of 1958 to prepare for the Academy. Gary entered the Academy in 1959 and played on the freshman football team.
In his sophomore year he played on the varsity team that featured Heisman trophy winner Joe Bellino and that team went to the Orange Bowl. In 1963, Gary’s senior year, he played right end as well as playing on the defensive side of the ball too. The 1963 team featured Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach and in the Notre Dame game Gary caught a touchdown pass from Staubach and then later in the game on defense he intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown.
Navy was ranked #2 in the nation and in the famous Army-Navy game of ’63 he caught a Staubach touchdown pass, but the play was nullified and the TD was called back because of a penalty. Navy won the game 21-15. The Midshipmen earned a trip to the Cotton Bowl but were defeated by #1 ranked Texas.
Gary was an outstanding softball pitcher and led his company to the fast-pitch softball Brigade Championship. Upon graduation in 1964, Ensign Kellner was assigned to duties at the Academy where he assisted coach Jack Cloud in coaching the 150-pound football team. In December of 1964 he started flight training in Pensacola, Florida. There he teamed up with QB Bruce Able to lead the Navy Goshhawks to a championship.
He was a qualified F8 Jet Fighter Pilot who was deployed to Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, served our country in Vietnam, and while stationed in Japan on the USS Midway his ship was sent to the Persian Gulf in the first Iranian Crisis. Gary obtained the rank of Commander and received the National Defense Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, Air Medal (First Strike/Flight Award) Air Medal (Second & Third Strike/Flight Award).
Commander Kellner is retired and living in Texas with his wife of 53 years Theodora (Haff) aka Teddi. They have a son Brian and a daughter Valorie and two grandchildren Emilie and Abigale.
Class of 2001, Lindsey played field hockey and softball during her time at Northampton.
Lindsey played four years on the field hockey team, and in 1997, ranked third on the team with six assists. In 1998, she ranked third on the team with five goals scored and ranked first on the team with seven assists. Lindsey finished the year being selected as an Honorable Mention on the 1998 Mountain Valley Conference
In 1999, Lindsey was a member of the first Northampton field hockey team to reach the PIAA Championship quarterfinal round. Lindsey ranked first on the team with nine assists and helped lead the team to a second place finish in District 11. In 2000, Lindsey ranked first on the team with 24 goals scored and first with 11 assists. Lindsey finished her career in third place on Northampton’s career goals scored list with 31 goals scored.
She was selected as a Frantz Trophies Athlete of the Week, 1st Team Mountain Valley Conference All-Conference player, and a Class 3A 2nd Team All-State player.
Lindsey also played four years on the softball team. In 1998, she finished 4-0 with a 0.68 earned run average. In 1999, she finished fourth on the team with a .278 batting average and first on the team with 165 total putouts. Lindsey finished the year being selected as an Honorable Mention on the 1999 Mountain Valley Conference All-Conference Team and she helped lead the softball team to a second place finish in District 11.
In 2000, she finished first on the team with 42 assists, second with 42 total putouts and first with seven stolen bases. Lindsey finished the year being selected as an Honorable Mention on the 2000 Mountain Valley Conference All-Conference Team. In 2001, Lindsey finished first on the team with 12 runs scored, first with 22 hits, and second with 22 assists. She finished the year being selected to the Mountain Valley Conference All-Conference 1st Team and to the Keith Groller All-Area Team.
Knupp recently completed her 13th season in Minor League Baseball overall, and tenth season with the IronPigs, as the club’s Vice President of Marketing & Entertainment and also serves as a board member for IronPigs Charities. Under her direction, the IronPigs have developed and maintained the strongest promotional schedule in Minor League Baseball and have captured Ballpark Digest’s prestigious “Promo of the Year” award as well as GameOps.com’s “Best Game Operations and Presentation” award. The IronPigs’ forward-thinking promotions have been highlighted in numerous national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Sports Illustrated. Knupp oversees the
Community Relations and Multimedia Design efforts of the IronPigs in addition to her responsibilities handling promotions and entertainment.
Lindsey recently (this past October) received the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award. The award, presented each year by the Women’s Business Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, is given to an area leader who excels professionally in the community while serving as a role model for young men and women.
In 2015, Knupp was selected as the recipient of the Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year Award by Minor League Baseball. Since 1976, the Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year Award has been presented annually to a woman who has made outstanding contributions to her club or league, or to baseball.
Lindsey is a graduate of Shippensburg University where she was a two-time All-American and captain of the varsity field hockey team. She was inducted into the
Shippensburg University Athletic Hall of Fame this past October.