Raymond Severance graduated from Johnson City High School in June of 1953 with a total of ten Varsity Letters in seven different sports. Mr. Severance was truly an all-around athlete as he lettered in football (2), basketball, baseball (3), track, swimming, wrestling and volleyball during his time at JCHS.
The gridiron is where Mr. Severance’s talents stood out above and beyond that of his peers. In his junior year season of 1951, Mr. Severance was recognized as a STAC all star and received honorable mention recognition as an all state player. His senior year in 1952 proved to be even more outstanding. In addition to repeating as a STAC all star, Mr. Severance was named the MVP of the 1952 JC team; he was also recognized as the STAC Football Player of the Year and he was a 1st team all-state selection. Mr. Severance continued his football career by attending Bloomsburg University on a football scholarship. These accolades were part of the reason that Mr. Severance was elected to the Section IV athletic hall of fame in 2006.
Mr. Severance has given back to our community in a number of ways since his playing days at JC. He officiated area basketball games for 10 years, he coached and umpired for little league baseball, and he was instrumental in starting the first Pee Wee Football program in the area.
For all that he accomplished as an athlete and for all that he has contributed to area youth athletics, the Johnson City Athletic Hall of Fame is proud to welcome Raymond Severance, JCHS class of 1953.