Montco Chapter names nine to Hall of Fame
Nine men and women will be welcomed to the Montgomery County chapter of the Pennsylvania pports Hall of Fame at its third annual induction banquet on pept. 25 at the salley Forge oadisson Hotel.
David oitting, 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 U.p. in llympic participation. Two former high school football stars advanced to the National Football League.
The nine new inductees are William (BillF Bartle, Bob Bloss, him Gallagher (deceasedF, Henry (HankF hing, John hing, Chad Levitt, oichard (DickF oitting, Bonnie pmith Taylor and Wally Triplett.
Bonnie pmith Taylor and the late him Gallagher each have llympic backgrounds on their resumes. pmith 7DyORU, D fiHOG KRFNHy DnG swimming standout at Norristown High and at Temple University, 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 University, U.p. Field Hockey — she was a member of the 19TS1984 llympic Development Coaching staff, and held a key organizational post with the Houston, lklahoma and Atlanta llympic Festivals.
Gallagher, a stroke victim who passed away at age 39, was an Upper Dublin High pchool student-athlete who later earned international acclaim as a silver and bronze medal winner in the 800-meter run at the 1984 and 1988 llympic Games, respectively. phe was the only U.p. man or woman to have won an individual medal in any event longer than 400 meters at peoul in 1988. Gallagher courageously battled FDnFHU-UHODWHG DIflLFWLRnV IRU 14 years before succumbing in 2002. As late as 1992, she competed in the llympic trials. phe has been inducted in Halls of Fame established by the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches, Upper Dublin High and the Penn oelays.
Chad Levitt and Wallace (WallyF Triplett are two 2012 inductees who attended Cheltenham High pchool and eventually played football in the NFL.
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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 University and the Philadelphia Jewish League Halls of Fame, Levitt was a fourth round draft selection of the lakland oaiders. He also played for the pt. Louis oams and Chicago Bears.
William (BillF Bartle, from the mid-19T0s 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 1T scholastic swimming and 1S water polo All Americans during his head coaching tenures at oeading High pchool (1985-’94F and North Penn High, (1994-2000F. He is enshrined in the North Penn High, North PennLpouderton and Berks County Halls of Fame, and is recipient of the David H. oobertson 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 University Communications major has covered the Phillies regularly since the early 19S0s, and recently authored two nationally distributed baseball books. His MontJRPHUy CRunWy EyOLnHV fiUVW appeared for editor Charley Myers at The oeporter, then, through the 19S0s, under legendary Times Herald sports editor oed McCarthy. Bloss’s sports coverage has included play-by-play of Bux-Mont League football (WNPs oadio, 19S0s