Pop Warner Hall of Fame 2012 inductees announced
Jim Duprey is a 1987 graduate of Springville-Griffith Institute. He is the son of Jim and Ellyn Duprey.
The inductee was a two-way, two-year starter for the Griffins football team in 1985 and 1986. He was honorable mention all-league as a junior and first team all-league in 1986, as a defensive back. Duprey was the team co-captain in 1986. Both the 1985 and 1986 football teams were Division V champions. In 1985, the Griffins defeated Lackawanna 20 – 0 and lost to Clarence the following year 12 – 21.
In baseball, Duprey was a three-year starter for the Griffins, from 1985 – 87. He was second team all-league as a sophomore and then first team all-league at first base as a junior and senior. He was captain of the 1987 squad and was an honorable mention all-WNY selection, in his senior year.
He was named as team most valuable player in both 1986 and 1987. Duprey’s career batting average for the Griffs was .431.
Duprey was a two-year starter for the varsity basketball team, under Coach Jim Rindfuss. He was selected as a first team all-league performer as a junior and senior and was co-captain of the 1986 – 1987 team. Duprey was the team’s most improved player in 1985 – 1986 and co-MVP in 1986 – 1987. The 1985 – 1986 team won the Eastern College Athletic Conference division championship, with a 15 – 3 record.
After being selected as the S-GI class of 1987 male athlete of the year, Duprey played four years of college football at the University at Buffalo as a tight end. He won the UB Football Coaches Award in 1990 and was a recipient of the UB Scholar-Athlete Award the same year. He graduated magna cum laude in 1991, with a degree in history. He was a graduate assistant coach for the UB Bulls football team in 1991, under Coach Sam Sanders.
Duprey also earned his Master of Arts Degree in education from UB in 1994.
In 1992, Duprey began coaching the Salamanca Warriors freshman football team. He was hired as a social studies teacher at Pioneer High School in 1992 and spent 10 years coaching under Mike Haskell in the boys basketball program, from 1994 – 2004. He has been a football coach at Pioneer for 19 years.
He was also defensive coordinator from 1997 – 2001. During that time, Pioneer won three consecutive Section 6 class A championships at Ralph Wilson Stadium. In 2002, Duprey took over as Pioneer’s head coach, replacing Larry Slanovich. His teams were division champions in 2002, 2010 and 2011.
He has also coached boys track and field at Pioneer for 17 years, 16 as head coach. Duprey’s track teams earned eight consecutive division championships, from 2004 – 2011 and compiled a 58 – 5 record during that stretch. His career record, as of 2012, is 97 – 25.
Duprey played baseball with the Western New York Suburban League with Mortons Corners, Springville and Chaffee-Sardinia from 1985 – 2001. In 2000, Duprey played for the Chaffee-Sardinia team that won the Ray Krohn all-around championship.
Duprey was also a player and manager for Springville’s County of Erie Baseball League team, from 1986 – 1990.
“I would like to thank my high school coaches for the tremendous impact they have had on my life,” he said. “They were the role models that helped me develop my character and determination.
“Most importantly, thanks to my mom, dad and my sisters, Michelle and Kristen, for their constant support and love. Thanks to my wife Christy and daughter Allyse, who always help me through the highs and lows of high school coaching. Lastly, thanks to my father, Jim, who coached me in football and baseball. You were my greatest inspiration in sports and life,” Duprey said.
“It is an honor to be inducted into the Pop Warner Hall of Fame with Mark Rumfola and Glenn Weber. We played football, baseball and basketball together since we were kids. You were great athletes, tremendous teammates and even better men!”
Kathryn Farrington-Rehrauer is a 1993 S-GI graduate. She is the daughter of Marge McCarthy of Orlando, Fla. and David Farrington of East Concord.
While at Springville, Farrington-Rehrauer competed in three sports. She was a three-year starter on the varsity basketball team. She led her team in points and rebounds, all three seasons.
During her junior year, Farrington-Rehrauer broke the school record for points scored, at 513, and ended her basketball career with 731 total points.
The basketball team tied the school record with 12 wins her junior year and held the school record with 14 wins, during her senior year.
Farrington-Rehrauer was the varsity most valuable player all three years and was named to first team Division 3 all-star team both her junior and senior years.
Farrington-Rehrauer participated on the Springville woman’s softball team all four years of high school, playing left field for the Lady Griffs. Farrington-Rehrauer was named most improved player her freshman year and most valuable player, both her junior and senior years. She had a batting average of .452 her senior year.
She ran cross-country at Springville for her freshman and sophomore years, before that program was canceled. As a freshman, Farrington-Rehrauer was the third runner, behind her sister Rhonda Farrington and Teresa Russel. During her sophomore season, Farrington-Rehrauer finished as the second runner, behind Russel.
Farrington-Rehrauer played flag football for Springville her junior and senior years and, as the team quarterback, helped the Lady Griffins with a victory both years.
After graduation, Farrington-Rehrauer attended Genesee Community College in Batavia, graduating with a degree in business.
While there, she played basketball for the Lady Cougars and started on the team, both years. The Lady Cougars went to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II national championship game in Maryland in 1994.
Farrington-Rehrauer was awarded the coaches award at GCC for her basketball play in the 1994 – 1995 season.
Farrington-Rehrauer credited Coach Jim Kramer’s “constant support” in helping shape her as a player. “I would also like to send out a very special thank you to my biggest fan, who rarely missed a game during both my high school and college career,” she said. “Thanks, Dad!”
Farrington-Rehrauer called her induction into the Pop Warner Hall of Fame at the same time that her son, Bobby Fisher, is participating on the varsity football team “a dream come true.”
Farrington-Rehrauer currently lives in Colden with her two children, Bobby Fisher and Meghan Rehrauer. She has been working for National Fuel Gas Supply Company for the past 14 years as a corrosion technician, out of Collins.
Mark Rumfola is a 1988 graduate of Springville-Griffith Institute. He is the son of Charles and Betty Rumfola of Springville. While in school, Mark Rumfola lettered in three sports and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Rumfola played six years of Little League football and lost one game in those years. He played for the junior varsity football team for two years and was undefeated both seasons. In his sophomore year, the team was undefeated and unscored on. The team scored 326 points in an eight-game season. Rumfola was the co-captain with Glenn Weber for the team during his sophomore year.
Rumfola started at quarterback both years on the varsity squad. During his junior year, the team posted a 6 – 1 – 1 record and was the Division V champion. The team went on to play at Rich Stadium. Rumfola passed for 458 yards and 6 touchdowns for the season.
During Rumfola’s senior season, the team had a regular season record of 7 – 1. That year, Rumfola broke the school record for touchdown passes in a year by throwing 12, a record he still holds. He was also selected to the First Team Division V All-Star team and Second Team All-WNY.
Rumfola participated in the Lions–Tops all-star football classic on the south all-star squad. He had an overall record of 29 – 4 – 1 in high school and a total record of 74 – 5 – 3 for his career in Springville football.
The athlete went on to play football for four years at Canisius College. He started during his senior year and posted career totals of 1,382 passing yards and 5 touchdowns. He set a school record for most attempts and completions in a game. He was 25 – for – 47 in a game against Buffalo State. He was also an Eastern College Athletic Conference honorable mention for that week.
Rumfola played junior basketball his freshman year and played three years on the varsity team. During his freshman year, his team had a 15 – 3 record. During his sophomore year, the team was the Division IV champion and had a record of 15 – 3, 12 – 0 in league play. The team was ranked ninth in Western New York, at the end of the season.
During Rumfola’s junior year, his team posted a 10 – 9 overall record. Rumfola had 258 points, 156 rebounds and 29 assists. He led the team in points and rebounds. Rumfola was also selected to First-Team ECIC Division III all-star team and was third in scoring in that division.
During Rumfola’s senior year, his team had a 19 – 2 record, 11 – 1 in league play. The team was a Division III co-champion. Rumfola had 316 points, 169 rebounds and 56 assists. He was a co-captain.Rumfola’s varsity cumulative record was 44 – 14 and was 59 – 17 for all four years. He is on the school record books at the No. 4 position for career scoring, with 707 points.Rumfola played two years of junior varsity baseball and two on varsity. During his junior year, he had a .306 batting average and 13 RBIs. He was selected to the second team Division IV all-star team.
Rumfola was also named player of the week and defensive player of the week. He was also awarded the Dyar “Pat” Haddad Memorial Award as the outstanding male athlete.
Rumfola finished his education at Canisius College and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in finance in 1992. He is currently employed by Verizon as a field technician.
He married his wife Kara on Aug. 17, 2002. The couple has three children, Alexandria, 20; Garett, 7 and Gretchen, 6. Alexandria is working on her teaching degree. Garett and Gretchen are both active in sports.
Rumfola was on a three-on-three basketball team with last year’s Pop Warner inductee Jamie Cifersky and other S-GI alumni. He also played in a league in Holland at the Boys & Girls Club.
“It is truly an honor to be in inducted into the Pop Warner Hall of Fame,” Rumfola said. “This is something that I have always strived for. In the past 40 years, there have been many great athletes inducted and I am glad to be mentioned with them.”
He credited his parents for helping him get to this point in his life, as well as his siblings, Loralee, Carol, Peggy and Chuck.
“I hope that all student athletes could enjoy the friendships and work ethic instilled in us, during our high school careers,” he said. “This induction was only made better when I heard who I was being inducted with. This is an honor to be inducted into the Pop Warner Hall of Fame. We are the champions!”
Glenn Weber is a 1988 graduate of S-GI. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Weber of Glenwood.
His sports career started in 1977, when he played Little League baseball and Pop Warner football.
During Glenn Weber’s freshman year, he played on his school’s junior varsity team and went 8 – 0. His team was also Division V champion.
As a sophomore, Weber was co-captain on the JV football team coached by Jim Duprey and Tom O’Brien, with fellow inductee and co-captain Mark Rumfola. That team was named the Division V champion and was undefeated and unscored on 8 – 0. Weber scored 100 points as the starting running back that year and was named team most valuable player.
As a junior, he was a starting running back and ran for more than 800 yards and 8 touchdowns. He was named to the first team Division V all-star team. The team was the Division V champion and played at Rich Stadium with a record of 6 – 2 – 1.
As a senior, Weber was the captain for a varsity football team that finished 7 – 2. Weber earned MVP honors the first game of the year against Pioneer. He earned second team division 5 all-star, as a defensive back.
Weber was named to the first team All-WNY academic football team as a running back. His total high school football record was 29 – 4 – 1.
Weber played four years of basketball, two on the JV team and two on the varsity team. During his junior year, he had 42 assists, 65 steals and scored 78 points. During his senior year, he was again co-captain with Rumfola and was the starting point guard on the Division III co-champion team that went 19 – 2. That team won the McDonald’s tip-off tournament and three sectional playoff games and played at Alumni Arena at the University of Buffalo. The team won against Lackawanna, a team that had not lost a division game in 114 games, until it came to Springville. Weber led the team with 97 assists and 72 steals and scored 170 points, earning him the most improved player.
Weber also played four years of high school baseball, one on the JV team and three on the varsity team. He played varsity baseball as a sophomore and started as a second baseman. As a junior, Weber was named to the second team Division IV baseball all-star team, by having a .380 batting average and 15 RBIs season. Weber’s baseball career included tryouts with the Cleveland Indians with fellow inductee Jim Duprey.
Throughout his career, Weber received Sportsmanship Award, National Honor Society in 11th and 12th grades, American Legion School Award and multiple Simon Brothers player of the week and defensive player of the week designations.
He was a four-year starter at Canisius College, playing as a wide receiver on the varsity football team Division III and a three-year starter on the varsity baseball team Division I as a left fielder. He was named rookie of the year in 1988 for football and Eastern College Athletic Conference player of the week in 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991. He led the football team with 29 receptions and 393 yards in 1989 and 24 receptions in 1991. All of his 1991 receptions came from Rumfola.
Overall, Weber amassed 89 receptions, for 1,268 yards and 10 touchdowns. He ranks sixth and seventh all-time in receptions and yards.
In baseball, Weber started 85 games and had an overall batting average of .289, a slugging percentage of .368 and an on-base percentage of .385. He was selected for the Akron all-tournament team in 1992.
Weber earned a Bachelors of Science Degree from Canisius College in 1992 and a Master of Business Administration from Capella University in 2011. He works for Catholic Health at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo as the director of Perioperative Operations.
Weber married his wife Sherri in 1995. They are the parents of 14-year-old Bryce, 12-year-old Megan and 10-year-old Makenzie. Sherri is a professor at Buffalo State College.
Bryce runs cross-country and track at Starpoint High School and Megan and Makenzie play softball in Pendleton, where Weber has coached the last two years. The Weber family participates in triathlons, with stated ambitions of taking on a 1/2-ironman.
“Being inducted into the Pop Warner Hall of Fame is a dream come true and I am sincerely humbled, especially being inducted with Jim and Mark,” Weber said. “The three of us played on many football, basketball and baseball teams together, from Little League through high school.”
Weber credited his S-GI coaches and teachers, his brothers and his parents for helping him reach this point. “I don’t believe my parents ever missed a game that I played and, for that, I am truly grateful,” he said. “I didn’t know the lessons that I would learn while playing sports, but I have learned over the years that these include persistence, dedication and a positive attitude.
“Participating in sports at Springville-GI has shaped me into the person I am today. I can only hope that my children enjoy their high school years and sports activities as much as I did and that they come away with positive life lessons.”