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Six New Inductees Join Donegal Athletic Hall of Fame

The list of accomplished and highly-accoladed athletes who have come through the Donegal School District is an impressive one, and each year, several of those distinguished athletes are honored through induction into the Donegal Athletic Hall of Fame.

For 2019, the class of inductees includes: Kelsey Buffenmyer-McNeal, John L. Felix Jr., Duane Koser, J. Alan Kugle, Michael S. Madara, and the 1970 baseball team.

Kelsey Buffenmyer-McNeal ’05

While at Donegal, Buffenmyer-McNeal earned varsity letters in tennis, track and field, and basketball, as well as being named the 2005 basketball team’s most valuable player and Donegal’s Outstanding Senior Athlete that same year. While she excelled across all three sports, Buffenmyer-McNeal was perhaps most successful in track and field. Throughout all four of her seasons, Buffenmyer-McNeal was the highest point earner for the Indians, and her high jump and long jump abilities earned her seven District Three medals and four PIAA medals before she went on to compete for Juniata College.

John L. Felix Jr.

Today, Felix serves as the Donegal elementary school wrestling coach, but that role is just one of many that the longtime Indians’ coach has held as a mentor to many of Donegal’s football, baseball, and wrestling athletes throughout the years. Felix led Donegal’s varsity wrestling program from 1993 to 2005, and in 2013, he was recognized with induction into the Lancaster-Lebanon League Wrestling Hall of Fame. Throughout his ongoing tenure, Felix coached wrestlers to 17 sectional tournament individual championships, two District Three championships, a South Central Regional championship, and eight PIAA Tournament qualifications with three place winners.

Duane Koser ’86

As a student at Donegal, Koser earned four varsity letters in track and field and numerous accolades including the win in the LL-3 200-meter for three consecutive years from 1984-86. His senior year, Koser earned a bronze medal in the event at the state championships and set a school record for the distance with a time of 9:40.68.

Koser also claimed a silver medal in the District Three Class 2A race, and in 1985, he won the district championship in a course-record time of 16:02.3 before also going on to finish runner-up in the state meet.

Today, Koser serves as Donegal’s junior high and varsity cross country coach, as well as the distance coach for the track and field team.

J. Alan Kugle ’55

While at Donegal, Kugle earned four varsity letters in baseball and three in basketball. An All-Star in both sports, Kugle’s 1955 baseball team won both the Lancaster County championship and the District Three championship, and that same year, his basketball squad set a Donegal record with a 25-1 season. Following his time at Donegal, Kugle went on to have a standout basketball career at Franklin and Marshall College.

Michael S. Madara ’99

After earning three varsity letters in football, Madara finished his football career at Donegal with an impressive 4,197 rushing yards and 71 touchdowns. His performances earned him spots on the L-L Section Three First Team Offense and Second Team Defense, the titles of L-L Section Three Offensive Back of the Year, Outstanding Back of the Year, and a War of the Roses All-Star, as well being named a Big 33 nominee.

With talents not limited to football, Madara also earned two letters in baseball while playing on the 1998 and 1998 L-L Section Three championship teams.

The 1970 Baseball Team

In 1970, baseball team compiled a 13-2 record and finished as both Section One champions and Lancaster County champions. Coached by Donald Staley and Al Brooks, the team included:

  • Thomas Derr
  • Douglas Lee Estock
  • Dennis Frank
  • Dennis Hay
  • John Henry
  • Lynn Hoffman
  • Tom Houseal
  • Butch McCurdy
  • Donald Musser
  • Scott C. Penwell
  • John F. Shrum Jr.
  • Bruce Sutter.

Congratulations to all 2019 Donegal Athletic Hall of Fame inductees!