The York College Athletic Department, in conjunction with the York College Alumni Office, is proud to announce the Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2012. This year’s class is comprised of men’s basketball player Dave Martins, women’s cross country runner Beth Ann Hooper and men’s soccer forward Matt Shealer. The class is the 22nd in the hall’s history and the three honorees bring the total number of former Spartan standouts enshrined to 79.
Martins was a three-time All-Capital Athletic Conference selection during his career at York. He played in 104 games, starting 84 of those contests, including 81 straight starts to end his career. Martins tallied 1,421 points, good for tenth on the Spartans’ all-time scoring list. He shot 52.8% for his career from the field and 70.9% from the free throw line. He pulled in 656 career rebounds while he posted 121 career blocked shots including a school-record tying eight in a January 1997 game against Catholic.
Martins was a two-time Spartan team MVP while he also won the Daniel J. Klinedinst Award in 2000. That award signifies the outstanding York College senior male athlete of the year. He was also a two-time “Who’s Who Among American College and Universities” honoree.
Martins currently serves as an Arlington County (Va.) police officer.
Hooper was one of the top runners in the history of the York College women’s cross country program. She was a three-time All-Capital Athletic Conference honoree in addition to being the only York College female runner to earn All-Region accolades.
As a freshman, Hooper was York’s top finisher in all seven of their invitational’s during the year. She placed seventh at the CAC Championships at Goucher to earn her initial first-team honor. Hooper went on to place 27th at the Regional Championships, which at the time, was the highest finish for a Spartan women’s runner at the event.
As a sophomore, Hooper picked up where she left off as a freshman. She was consistently York’s top finisher, including picking up an individual championship at the Susquehanna Invitational in early October. She would then post a runner-up finish at the CAC championships to earn her second first-team All-CAC honor. Hooper then earned York’s first women’s all-regional award as she placed in the top 20 at the 1998 regional championships.
After studying abroad as a junior in the fall of 1999, Hooper made her return to the Spartans as a senior in 2000. She continued to be one of the best runners in the CAC as she finished second at the championships for the second time in three years. She closed out her career with a 13th place finish at the regional championships, earning all-regional accolades for the second time as a Spartan.
Shealer was a four-year starter for the Green and White and was a key part of the Spartans’ first men’s soccer Capital Athletic Conference tournament crown. After a freshman year that saw him record 10 points on three goals and four assists, Shealer had a big sophomore year as the Spartans won the conference title. The forward had 31 points on 13 goals and five assists as he earned second-team All-CAC accolades. At the time of his graduation, Shealer’s 31 points were fourth on the single-season list and the 13 goals also left him ranked fourth.
As a junior, Shealer recorded 20 points on eight goals and four assists as he earned first-team All-CAC honors. He then concluded his career in 2000 with 12 goals and three assists for 27 points, including five game-winning goals. He earned his second straight first-team All-CAC honor while he also garnered an NSCAA All-Region third-team nod.
For his career, Shealer collected 88 points on 36 goals and 16 assists. At the time of his graduation, Shealer was second on the goal scoring list and also second on the all-time points list. He ranked behind fellow YCP Hall of Famer Jim May.
Shealer was the first Spartan men’s soccer player to play professionally as he signed with the Reading Rage after graduation. He played for the Rage before moving onto the Harrisburg City Islanders. Shealer retired from competitive play and moved into the coaching realm. He was a graduate assistant at Lynchburg College before returning to York to begin his career in the joint replacement field with Zimmer, Randall, and Associates. Shealer has also coached various teams with York United and FC York.
Martins, Hooper, and Shealer will be inducted on April 28.