Montco Chap­ter names nine to Hall of Fame

Souderton Independent - - OPINION -

Nine men and women will be wel­comed to the Mont­gomery County chap­ter of the Penn­syl­va­nia Sports Hall of Fame at its third an­nual in­duc­tion banquet on Sept. 25 at the Val­ley Forge Radis­son Ho­tel.

David Rit­ting, pres­i­dent of the Mont­gomery County chap­ter, has an­nounced the fol­low­ing hon­orees for the Class of 2012. They were cho­sen for their ac­com­plish­ments in base­ball, football, WUDFN DnG fiHOG, fiHOG KRFNHy, swim­ming, sports me­dia, wrestling, lacrosse, and bas­ket­ball. Two of the hon­orees rep­re­sented the r.S. in Olympic par­tic­i­pa­tion. Two for­mer high school football stars ad­vanced to the Na­tional Football League.

The nine new in­ductees are Wil­liam (BillF Bar­tle, Bob Bloss, Kim Gal­lagher (de­ceasedF, Henry (HankF King, John King, Chad Le­vitt, Richard (DickF Rit­ting, Bon­nie Smith Tay­lor and Wally Triplett.

Bon­nie Smith Tay­lor and the late Kim Gal­lagher each have Olympic backgrounds on their re­sumes. Smith 7DyORU, D fiHOG KRFNHy DnG swim­ming stand­out at Nor­ris­town High and at Tem­ple rniver­sity, went on to a OHnJWKy fiHOG KRFNHy FRDFKing ca­reer, then served as a ODFURVVH DnG fiHOG KRFNHy um­pire for nearly three decades, and was pres­i­dent of the Abing­ton chap­ter of um­pires. An in­ductee of three Halls of Fame — Nor­ris­town High, Tem­ple rniver­sity, r.S. Field Hockey — she was a mem­ber of the 19761984 Olympic De­vel­op­ment Coach­ing staff, and held a key or­ga­ni­za­tional post with the Hous­ton, Ok­la­homa and At­lanta Olympic Fes­ti­vals.

Gal­lagher, a stroke vic­tim who passed away at age 39, was an rp­per Dublin High School stu­dent-ath­lete who later earned in­ter­na­tional ac­claim as a sil­ver and bronze medal win­ner in the 800-me­ter run at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games, re­spec­tively. She was the only r.S. man or woman to have won an in­di­vid­ual medal in any event longer than 400 me­ters at Seoul in 1988. Gal­lagher coura­geously bat­tled FDnFHU-UHODWHG DIflLFWLRnV IRU 14 years be­fore suc­cumb­ing in 2002. As late as 1992, she com­peted in the Olympic tri­als. She has been in­ducted in Halls of Fame es­tab­lished by the Penn­syl­va­nia Track and Field Coaches, rp­per Dublin High and the Penn Re­lays.

Chad Le­vitt and Wal­lace (Wal­lyF Triplett are two 2012 in­ductees who at­tended Chel­tenham High School and even­tu­ally played foot- ball in the NFL.

7ULSOHWW, WKH fiUVW AIULFDn Amer­i­can to start a football game at Penn State, was a mem­ber of the Nit­tany Lions’ 1948 Cot­ton Bowl team that played SMr to a 13-13 tie. Af­ter col­lege, the Chel­tenham High Hall of Famer SODyHG fiYH yHDUV IRU WKH DHtroit Lions and Chicago Car­di­nals. He re­mains Detroit’s holder of the sin­gle game record for kick­off re­turn yardage — 294 yards.

Le­vitt, in ad­di­tion to football, was also a Chel­tenham wUHVWOLnJ DnG WUDFN DnG fiHOG (shot put and 4x100 re­layF stand­out. He car­ried his football tal­ent to Cor­nell where he was a three-time All-Ivy /HDJuH fiUVW WHDP. HH HVtab­lished Cor­nell records for most 100-yard games (24F, and for most rush­ing at­tempts (922F. A mem­ber of the Cor­nell rniver­sity and the Philadel­phia Jewish League Halls of Fame, Le­vitt was a fourth round draft se­lec­tion of the Oak­land Raiders. He also played for the St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears.

Wil­liam (BillF Bar­tle, from the mid-1970s to 2000, was one of the most head­lined com­pet­i­tive swimmers in Penn­syl­va­nia, then an out­stand­ing high school swim­ming coach in Mont­gomery and neigh­bor­ing Berks County. A four-time high school All Amer­i­can with eight PIAA cham­pi­onship medals to his credit, Bar­tle later pi­loted 17 scholastic swim­ming and 16 wa­ter polo All Amer­i­cans dur­ing his head coach­ing tenures at Read­ing High School (1985-’94F and North Penn High, (1994-2000F. He is en­shrined in the North Penn High, North Penn/Soud­er­ton and Berks County Halls of Fame, and is re­cip­i­ent of the David H. Robert­son Ex­cel­lence in Coach­ing ac­co­lade.

Bob Bloss en­ters the sports Hall not for prowHVV Rn WKH fiHOGV DnG FRuUWV of play, but for his me­dia cov­er­age of those ath­letes whose per­for­mances he’s de­scribed via type­writer and mi­cro­phone. The Tem­ple rniver­sity Com­mu­ni­ca­tions ma­jor has cov­ered the Phillies reg­u­larly since the early 1960s, and re­cently au­thored two na­tion­ally dis­trib­uted base­ball books. His Mon­tJRPHUy CRunWy EyOLnHV fiUVW ap­peared for ed­i­tor Charley My­ers at The Re­porter, then, through the 1960s, un­der leg­endary Times Her­ald sports ed­i­tor Red McCarthy. Bloss’s sports cov­er­age has in­cluded play-by-play of Bux-Mont League football (WNPV Ra­dio, 1960s

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