On Friday December 27, approximately 150 community members and relatives witnessed the induction of 14 new members into the Fleetwood Sports Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held prior to the first night of the Tiger Classic (boys’ basketball tournament). The inductees were then introduced during the tournament.
The Fleetwood Hall of Fame inaugurated its first class last year. Honorees are recognized for their excellence in either playing or coaching one or more athletic teams in the district. Readers who follow Fleetwood sports will recognize many of the individuals who were honored.
Four of the inductees were recognized for their coaching skills, and one was recognized for both his athletic and coaching performance.
Dale Cullin served as a coach for 25 years. He has the most wins by a Fleetwood coach (240 wins) and most division titles (five). He coached four sports: boys and girls tennis; and boys and girls basketball.
Tony Didyoung was the boys’ soccer coach for ten years. His team won the PIAA State Championship in 2000. He also coached the girls’ tennis team. Charlie Young was the boys’ basketball coach for 24 years. During those years, his team won numerous division titles, and earned the most victories (166).
Mary Hill coached from 1973 to 2011. She coached field hockey, gymnastics, basketball, and track.
Jeff Wolfe played from 1972 to 1976. In basketball, he was elected to All Berks and the All Division teams. He also coached basketball from 1986 to 1990 winning the district championship in 1990. He played tennis during high school and college.
All ten of the athletes honored played in multiple sports during their high school careers. Three of the honorees participated in four sports.
Doug Hill played from 1974 to 1978. He earned the Berks MVP in soccer. In track, he set the school record for pole vault. He also participated in wrestling and gymnastics.
Mike Hill played from 1971 to 1975. He played soccer and was recognized as a Berks County Most Valuable Player. He also played basketball, track, and tennis.
Barry Rhoads played from 1961 to 1964. In basketball, he was elected to the All Berks teams for two years and was an All Berks shortstop in baseball. He also played soccer, and softball.
Barry Buss played soccer and basketball from 1978 to 1982. In 1981 he was the Berks County Most Valuable Player in soccer and was selected to the PIAA All State Team. He also played on the 1978 and 1980 state championship teams. Ryan Fick played from 1997 to 2001. He was a member of the state championship soccer team in 2000 and was selected to the all county team that same year. In track, he was the 800 meter county champion in 2001.
In soccer, Sara Fick was selected to he PIAA State Team and was the Berks County Player of the Year in 2003. She also played basketball and tennis.
Katie Madenford played from to1996 to 1999. In soccer, she set a school record with thirty-one goals. She also played basketball and softball.
Keith Meyer played from 1977 to 1980. In soccer, he was a member of the state championship teams in 1978 and 1980. He also played basketball and tennis.
Geoff Pezon played from 2003 to 2007. He was a team MVP in both soccer and volleyball. He also excelled in soccer during college and presently plays for the Harrisburg Heat.
The Fleetwood Sports Hall of Fame is supported solely through donations from Fleetwood fans, local organizations, athletes and coaches.