Hames was standout at SV in 2 sports
August 15, 2012
This is the first in a series of seven articles profiling the Seneca Valley Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012. LANCASTER TWP — Excelling at one sport in high school is often good enough to earn a former athlete induction into a school’s hall of fame. Marlesse (Schlott) Hames has that covered, and then some. Hames starred in both basketball and softball at Seneca Valley before graduating in 1992. She will be one of seven people inducted into the SV Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony Sept. 8 at the senior high. “It’s going to be amazing,” Hames said of her thoughts on being honored by her alma mater. Though she has been out of high school for more than 20 years, Hames, a former center, is the only girls basketball player at the school to reach the 1,000-point plateau. “I remember the game I got my 1,000th point,” she said. “It was a home game against North Allegheny and I hit a free throw to get it. They stopped the game and gave me the ball. It was very surreal. “I didn’t pay much attention to my stats and it wasn’t until my senior year when I realized that I was close (to the milestone),” added Hames, who also is tops at SV in career rebounds with 961. “I had to start adding up my statistics because colleges became interested in me and they wanted to know.” Hames, who began playing competitive basketball in seventh grade, grew as a player due in large part to the help she received at home. “My dad (Ronald) and brother (Aaron) both worked with me a lot,” she said. “Aaron is four years older than me and is 6-foot-4. He also played basketball at Seneca and did not take it easy on me. Both of them helped me become the player I was.” Hames played soccer for the Raiders as well and earned 10 varsity letters. She met with the most team success in softball, especially in her senior year when SV won the WPIAL Class AAA title and played in the state championship game. A pitcher, Hames threw a gem in the state final, but SV dropped a 1-0, eight-inning decision to Williamsport at Shippensburg University. “It took me a while after the game, but I realized what an accomplishment it was for us to get to the state final,” Hames said. “The softball program at Seneca Valley had started just a few years before.” Hames initially went to Washington & Jefferson College, but stayed only one year. “There was nothing bad about it, but it just wasn’t the right fit for me,” she said. She would find the right fit 150 miles north on Interstate 79 at Penn State Behrend. While earning a degree in biology, Hames was a starter on the basketball and softball teams. Despite suffering a stress fracture in her shin during her sophomore year, she scored 800 career points for the Lions and is still third on the school’s all-time list in rebounds (655) and ninth in career scoring average (11.8). The program’s Offensive Player of the Year Award is now named after her. “They named it after me the year after I left,” Hames said. “To have an award with my name on it, it was very overwhelming when they did that.” Hames helped the Lions reach both the NCAA Division III and ECAC tournaments during her stay, being named the MVP of the latter after helping Behrend take the championship in 1996. On the collegiate softball field, Hames hit .371 and collected 67 RBIs in her career. She was inducted into the school’s hall of fame in 2006. Throughout her athletic career, Hames could count on two familiar faces being in the crowd no matter where her game was being played. “My parents, Ron and Mary Schlott, never missed one of my games, in high school or college,” she said. “Their support was very important to me. I hope I can do that for my kids.” Hames is a ninth grade biology teacher at Seneca Valley Intermediate High School. She and her husband of 12 years, Chase, live outside of Harmony with their two daughters, Meah (6) and Lexie (5). Note: Members of the SV Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012 will be recognized at halftime of the home football game against Pine-Richland Sept. 7. They will be formally inducted during a ceremony at the high school, starting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 8. For more details, call 724-452-6040.