Pequea Valley Inducts Four into Sports Hall of Fame
October 1, 2005
At halftime of Saturday night's soccer game, the PequeaValley community honored four new members of the sports hall of fame for their outstanding contributions to PV athletics. They were Joann Kramer, Anthony(Tony) Weaver and Charles(Charlie) Hoober and Carroll Hershey(deceased). Here are their stories:
Joann Kramer - teacher, coach
1951 Graduate of MountJoy HS
Varsity field hockey and tennis letter winner
1955 Graduate of West Chester State-Lettered in tennis and softball
Taught at PequeaValley from 1955 to 1993
Coached field hockey at PequeaValley from 1955 to 1971
- Section champs in 1960 and 67
Coached girls basketball at PequeaValley from 1963-68
-Started the girls basketball program at PV in 1963
-Coached JH girls basketball in the mid ‘80’s at PV
Coached softball for Paradise in the ‘80’s
Played club hockey in Lancaster where she was a multiple 1st and 2nd team all-star from 1955 to 1964.
Played club softball for Coatesville from 1955 to 1964.Joann now spends most of her days on the golf course.She also rides horses, bowls and fences competitively with the Lancaster Fencing Club.
Joann was a pioneer for female athletics at PequeaValley, starting girls basketball and putting PequeaValley’s field hockey program on the map.
Anthony (Tony) Weaver, PV '81
1981 Graduate of PequeaValley
Career Wrestling Record of 59-13-2
-1977 Oley Valley Open Champion
-1978 Oley Valley Open Champion, Section runner-up
1998 Tony was a third place finisher at 135 lbs. in the 30-39 age bracket of the Blair County Old-timers Wrestling Tournament.
Charles (Charlie) Hoober, PV '59
1959 Graduate of PequeaValley
2 year varsity letter winner in soccer (played fullback)
- 1957 season, Charles was a county honorable mention all-sta - 1958 season, Section/County and District Champions, Charles was a 1st team all-star, a captain and the RaymondLinkLancasterCounty most outstanding soccer player award recipient
3 year varsity letter winner in basketball (played guard)
4 year varsity letter winner in baseball (played 3rd base)
- 1956 Section Champions
- 1957 LancasterCountyChampions
- 1958 Section, County and Inter-district Champions
- 1959 Section Champions (batted clean-up with a .413 batting average his senior year)
4 year FFA member
Played youth ice hockey for Hershey Jr. Bears
President of Hoober Inc. in Intercourse, PA
Carroll Hershey, PV '57
Family members accepted the award
1957 Graduate of PequeaValley (Deceased)
4 year letter winner in soccer (forward)
- 1954 LancasterCounty All-star, Section Champions
- 1955 LancasterCounty All-star, Section/County and District Champions - 1956 Lancaster County All-star, RaymondLinkLancasterCounty most outstanding soccer player award recipient
3 year letter winner in basketball (guard)
- LancasterCounty honorable mention all-star
- 1956 Section Champions
3 year letter winner in baseball (shortstop)
- 1956 Section Champions
- 1957 LancasterCountyChampions
- Lancaster County Most Outstanding baseball player award recipient
Soccer -1960 All AmericanCo-captain NAIACollege Championship Baseball -Finished his senior year with a perfect fielding average while topping the Northern Division with hits and runs scored.
President of Varsity Club and Student Senate Member
Pequea Valley Honors the Hall of Fame Class of 2004
The Pequea Valley Athletic Department is proud to announce the fourth athletic “Hall of Fame” induction.The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor individuals who, through participation, support or interest, have made outstanding contributions to Pequea Valley's athletic heritage. Nominations were accepted by the committee and reviewed until the end of May of this year.
This year there are four inductions: Marty Diller, John Kurtz (deceased), Sam Wenger and Bonnie Groff Wanner.
The induction ceremony took place at Pequea Valley during half-time of the varsity soccer game Saturday evening, October 9th. Rich Eby, CAA PV Director of Athletics
In soccer, Marty received three varsity letters and captained his soccer team as a senior. In his senior year, he was named to the Pennsylvania All-State Team, was an L-L League All Star and broke the PVHS and the L-L League single season scoring records, tallying 23 goals in one season. In his junior year he shared the Section 2 scoring championship with 17 goals and also earned L-L League All Star honors. His team was the Section 2 champion. In basketball, Marty also received three varsity letters and was one of the team captains during his senior year. As a Senior he was an LL League All-star and Lancaster Intelligencer’s Athlete of the Week.
In baseball, he earned three varsity letters and was again, one of the team captains during his senior year. Marty also received the MVP soccer award in 1976 from the Salisbury Township Lions Club, served as Varsity Club President his senior year and received Pequea Valley’s Most Outstanding Athlete Award.After high school, Marty was a member of the Central Penn League Champion Lancaster United Kickers in 1978. He graduated from Elizabethtown College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Computer Science in 1982. Marty and his wife, Mary have two sons, Andrew and Jonathan. He is currently the Director of Application Development at Complete Healthcare Resources, Inc. in Horsham, PA. Marty coaches his boys’ soccer teams, has been a Big Brother since 2001 in the Amachi inner city Big Brother program and is a member of the Church of the Savior in Wayne, PA.
John Kurtz, PV '67(deceased)
In John’s high school career, he was a three-sport letter winner in soccer, basketball and baseball. During his senior year, he captained his soccer and basketball teams. As a junior, he was a second team All Star and as a senior he was a first team All-County All Star as a pitcher. In addition, John was also the PVHS senior class president and completed his high school athletic career by being honored as the 1967 Pequea Valley Most Outstanding Athlete. John attended Morehead State University in Kentucky and was awarded the Morehead State University Scholarship Award. He earned two collegiate varsity letters in soccer and four in baseball. As a pitcher in baseball he had an impressive win-loss record of 12-4. He was an integral part of the 1973 Ohio Valley Conference championship team, received Outstanding Athlete President’s Cup honors in 1974 and was named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference All Star team as a pitcher.
John Kurtz’s oldest daughter Karen and wife Kathleen Kurtz
After college, John took his passion for baseball to the coaching level. During his 18 year career as Georgia College’s head baseball coach, John compiled a record of 577 wins and 370 losses. His teams won seven GA Intercollegiate Conference championships, four NAIA district titles and had two trips to the NAIA World Series. On October 1, 1993, John Kurtz’s suffered a heart attack while conducting a team practice and passed away. In his honor and memory, the NCAA, during its 88th annual convention, adopted a memorial resolution commemorating Mr. Kurtz’s distinguished service to athletics. Georgia College also dedicated its baseball facility in his honor by naming it “John Kurtz Baseball Field.”
Bonnie Groff Wanner, PV '70
During Bonnie’s 1967-1970 high school career, she lettered in both field hockey and basketball, which were the only two female sports sponsored at that time, and also played club tennis her senior year. She was one of the captains for both sports and played a major role in the growth of female sports at Pequea Valley. In field hockey, Bonnie was the team high scorer during her sophomore, junior and senior years. During her junior and senior basketball seasons, Bonnie was the team’s highest scorer, averaging 18 points per game. Her fantastic high school career culminated with the Pequea Valley Most Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year award. Bonnie went on to play varsity field hockey at Lock Haven University.
After Bonnie graduated, she continued to play competitive field hockey at the club level and also coached softball. In 1972 she married Allen Wanner and had two children, Stacey and Kevin. Bonnie loves to bike and run and has competed in the Red Rose race numerous times. She also loves to hunt and fish with her family at their cabin.
Sam Wenger, PV '56
Sam Wenger was an amazing three-sport athlete who lettered in soccer, basketball and baseball. In soccer, Sam was a Lancaster County All Star as a midfielder and was a part of the PV section II championship teams in both of his junior and senior years. His senior-year team went on to be the District III champion and earned a trip to States, where they eventually lost in the Eastern Final 2-1 to Upper Darby. In basketball, Sam played varsity as a freshman. This team was the section 3 runner-up with an 11-3 record. He also scored a PV record 48 points in one game. In his sophomore and junior years he was a varsity forward who scored an average of 15 points per game. His team tied L-S for first place in the section during his junior year. Sam captained his team in his senior year. He averaged 19.1 points per game, was named a first team Lancaster County New Era All Star and an honorable mention on the All-State team.
His senior team was the first and only one to win a section championship; they went on to the third round of district play-offs. In baseball, Sam was a varsity pitcher as a freshman. During his sophomore year his team was the section II runner-up. In his junior year he was a part of the first PV school district team as a pitcher and third baseman. Unfortunately he was unable to play his senior year due to a late-season basketball injury, but instead represented PV in the District III track meet participating and taking third place in the long jump.
Sam continued his athletic career at Goshen College in Indiana, where he lettered in in soccer, basketball and baseball. He was a starting midfielder in soccer, a forward in basketball, where he averaged 14 points per game his senior year, and was a pitcher and shortstop in baseball for the Maple Leafs. After college he taught in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada for one year where played in the top amateur Class A basketball league. From 1967 to 1971 he was an assistant baseball coach at Manheim Central. From 1967-77 he was also a PIAA soccer official.
PV Soccer Coach Robbie Martin greets and congratulates Sam Wenger at Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, October 9, 2004, Pequea Valley Stadium.
After returning from Canada Sam taught chemistry for twenty-four years and served as the department head of the science department. He was also a Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year nominee and finalist in 1997. He then went on to Warwick HS for nine years and retired in 1997.
The following honored individuals were selected to the Pequea Valley Athletic Hall of Fame in its third year.
Richard Skethway (PV ’56) earned eight varsity letters, four each in soccer and basketball. He was a leading member of the 1955-56 teams that had outstanding seasons: The soccer team was Lancaster County and District II champions. Richard scored 31 of the 36 regular season goals and 9 of the 13 play-off goals.The basketball team won the L-L Section II championship and made it to the District III semi-finals. The basketball teams compiled a 49-12 record during Richard’s years as point guard.
Milan Kratzer, a former PV German teacher, was involved in PV athletics – as a coach and Athletic Director – from 1959 to 1990. He coached baseball (two years as an assistant and 17 years as head coach). His teams were the Lancaster New Era Midget-Midget Tournament champions in 1959 and Section III champions in 1965. He also received the Pennsylvania State American Legion Sportsmanship Award in 1960.
Ruth Bicking was an English teacher and coach at Pequea Valley for 30 years (1969-1999). She coached JV girls’ basketball and JV field hockey for two years before becoming the head coach for field hockey in 1972. Her 1975 team was number two in state competition. Ruth completed her coaching career with the junior high field hockey team (1992-93).
The 1975 Varsity Field Hockey Team completed an outstanding year with an overall record of 14-2-3. With their performance, the team finished second in their section, first in District III and second in state competition. Team members include Patti Stoltzfus McCarty, Marsha Miller Heath, Lisa Hoover High, Patti Graham Herr, Cheryl Fryer Reese, Gloria Diller Schatzmann, Sue Stoner Stoltzfus, Denise Hackenberger Archer, Marilyn Morrow Bartel, Ann Beane Schumacher, Lucinda McLaughlin Boone, Patti Weidman, J. Samea Baker, Shirley Hochstettler, Tammy McLerran Lapp, Chelle Skiles Rodgers, Lois Wanner Kauffmann, Carol Zimmerman Pike, Joan Zook Schmidt; managers Bonnie Denlinger Kushnerick, Connie Moore Campbell and Sharon Scott; head coach Ruth Bicking, assistant coach Nancy Wiker, A. D. Milan Kratzer and bus driver Mrs. Graybeal.
2002 PV Hall of Fame Inductees
Congratulations to the Class of 2002 Hall of Fame honorees. Kelly Shenke Ray Stern Gwen Stoltzfus-Diller Clair Witwer Additional information about our past honorees will be posted shortly.
2001 PV Hall of Fame Inductees
Congratulations to our first recipients of Pequea Valley's Hall of Fame honors. Richard Altman Don Bailey Brian Diem Laura Eby Al Hershey Jim Hopkins Ginny Neiss Marlin Wenger Information about the honorees of our inaugural Hall of Fame will be posted shortly.