TARPON SPRINGS — Tarpon Springs High’s newest tradition will officially begin Sept. 5 when the school inducts 23 former Spongers into its new Athletic Hall of Fame.
The inaugural class of players and coaches will be honored at halftime of Tarpon Springs’ Week 2 football game against Osceola.
Spongers from the 1940s through the 2000s comprise the list of 23 inductees. The sport represented most prominently is football, with 13 selections, followed by soccer (4) and volleyball (3). Baseball, basketball and wrestling each have one honoree.
Tarpon Springs High School Hall of Fame Class of 2014 (sport, decade)
Jack Pappas (football, 1940s), Mike Karaphilis (football, 1950s), Bill Paskalakis (football, 1950s), Nick Hatzie (football, 1960s), Steve Craven (football, 1960s), Don Smith (football, 1970s), Teddy Watts (football, 1970s), John Karaphilis (football, 1970s), Frank Pitts (football, 1970s), Leonard Conley (football, 1980s), Kipp Vickers (football, 1980s), Jed Lehrer (soccer, 1980s), Russ Schenk (wrestling, 1980s), Jeff Geier (soccer, 1980s), Mark Hardy (football, 1980s), Carol Kidman (volleyball, 1990s), Kris Wilson (baseball, 1990s), Monica Wilson (volleyball, 1990s), Atif Austin (football, 1990s), Evie Alexopoulos (basketball, 1990s), Jaime Bielenda (volleyball, 1990s) and Libby Gianeskis (soccer, 2000s).