Schretzman headed to HOF


By David Fong

dfong@aimmediamidwest.com

TROY — Lincoln High School’s loss was Troy High School’s gain.

Following her freshman year at Lincoln High School in Rhode Island, Stacy Pahl Schretzman’s family moved to Troy. She immediately became a three-year starter for both the Troy High School basketball and volleyball teams — and this weekend, she’ll become a member of the Troy Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

“My dad took a job with Hobart and we moved here before my sophomore year,” Schretzman said. “I was very excited. We took a recon trip with my parents before we moved here, and it was Hometown, USA. I remember feeling immediately welcome once we moved here. I was sort of enveloped by the girls volleyball team. The rest of the girls on the team made me feel very welcome — and they seemed excited they were getting this big, 6-foot-1 girl moving to town.”

Schretzman will be one of five former Troy athletes and coaches inducted into this year’s hall of fame. She’ll be joined by track and field coach Herb Hartman (1968-present), former football coach Steve Nolan (1984-2011), basketball player Dick Steineman (class of 1973) and gymnast/track athlete Rob Evans (class of 1978). The five will be introduced at the Troy football team’s home game against Bellefontaine Friday, then formally inducted in a ceremony Saturday at the Crystal Room in Troy.

“For me, this is such an honor,” Schretzman said. “I’m very excited and really honored, but it’s so much bigger than me. It’s an honor for all of my coaches and the teammates I played with. It really is a shout out to all of the girls who played with me in that same era.”

Schretzman made an immediate impact on both the Troy volleyball and basketball teams. In volleyball, she guided the team to a 13-1 record by her senior year, as the Trojans won a Greater Miami Valley Conference title, a sectional title and were the district runners-up. She was named second-team All-Ohio, first-team All-GMVC and the District 9 AAA Player of the Year.

In basketball, she was part of a complete three-year renovation project. Her sophomore year, the Trojans went just 1-20. Her junior year, the Trojans made a stunning turnaround, going 16-6 while she averaged 16.5 points per game. By her senior year, Troy went 18-4 as she averaged 17.1 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. Along the way, she was named honorable mention All-Ohio, first-team All-GMVC twice, a District 9 all-star and the team’s most valuable player three times.

“It was kind of like a perfect storm for me,” Schretzman said. “All the planets aligned. I was able to play with some really amazing girls. I also had two coaches, Vicki Felver (volleyball) and Tom Dunn (basketball) who were outstanding coaches to play for and had a huge impact on my life. From them, I learned that anything really is possible.”

Schretzman said in the three years she spent in Troy before going away to college, she fell in love with the entire town.

“It’s a community that really appreciates its athletes,” she said. “I felt a lot of pride walking around town in my letter jacket. People would stop in the grocery store and talk to me. It really was a true community.”

Schretzman would go on to play college basketball at Bentley University. Her senior year, she was named a 1990 American Women’s Sports Federation Division II first-team All-American, a WBCA Kodak Division II honorable mention All-American, the Northeast 10 Player of the Year and first-team All-Northeast 10.

For all she accomplished, Schretzman said she feels fortunate her family made that move to Troy in the 1980s.

“Moving to Troy really changed my whole life,” she said. “I don’t think I’d be the same person I am today without it.”

Contact David Fong at dfong@aimmediamidwest.com; follow him on Twitter @thefong

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Photo Curtesy of Bentley University. Troy High School graduate Stacy Pahl Schretzman (44) drives the lane for the Bentley University women’s basketball team. This weekend, Schretzman will be inducted into the Troy Athletic Hall of Fame.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/09/web1_pahl-action.jpgPhoto Curtesy of Bentley University. Troy High School graduate Stacy Pahl Schretzman (44) drives the lane for the Bentley University women’s basketball team. This weekend, Schretzman will be inducted into the Troy Athletic Hall of Fame.
Two-sport star flourished at Troy