November 23, 2010

Five Join Ranks of Maroon Club Hall of Fame as Class of 2010

Five former student-athletes were inducted into the Lafayette Maroon Club Hall of Fame Nov. 19: basketball star Brian Ehlers ’00, multi-sport standout John Ernst ’25, women’s lacrosse player Allison Jones ’98, football player Bob Mahr ’83, and basketball player Michael Whitman ’82.

Ehlers, a two-time Patriot League Player of the Year and All-League selection every season, stands as the third all-time leading scorer for Lafayette with 1,836 points, fourth all-time in Patriot League history. He is also second all-time at Lafayette in career free throws (456) and ninth in assists (307).

Ernst was a member of the football, basketball, and baseball squads, with his greatest successes on the gridiron and baseball diamond.

After college, he joined the NFL Pottsville Maroons and later played a season with the Boston Braves and then joined the Frankford Yellow Jackets.

For four seasons, Ernst was Lafayette’s first-string catcher and went on to play minor league baseball for the Williamsport Grays and the Wilkes-Barre Barons. In 1981, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Ernst passed away in 1968. One of his grandsons is John B. Ernst ’11.

Jones was a four-year member of the field hockey and lacrosse teams, with her greatest successes in lacrosse. She earned All-League status in 1995, 1996, and 1998 and was a member of the IWLCA All-Mid Atlantic Team from 1995-96. She also was an All-American in 1996 and received National USWLA honors in 1997.

Jones stands first all-time at Lafayette and second in the Patriot League in career saves (382).

Another former football player, Mahr was a three-year starter at cornerback and safety who finished his career with 178 tackles. He set a school record and led the nation with 10 interceptions in 1981, a Lafayette single-season record.

Following graduation, he earned a free agent tryout with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Montreal Concordes of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He is married to Vicki Minturn ’83.

A 1,000-point scorer, Whitman is the 21st all-time leading scorer in Lafayette history with 1,176 points. He averaged 10.6 ppg and tallied 382 career assists, fourth all-time at Lafayette.

Whitman is married to Linda Tedori Whitman ’83. They have four children including Katherine ’11 and Christopher ’12. They co-chair Cy Fleck Consistent Giving Society and are active in Marquis Parents Council.

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