2018 Bucks County Chapter – 2017 Nominees
Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame
VOTE FOR TEN
1L-Lisa Laskow Adams–Lisa was a three-sport participant at C.B. East High School. She was a varsity starter on the field hockey team and the lacrosse team for two years. She was named to the Bux-Mont First Team in lacrosse and in 1974 was a member of their league championship team. For four years Lisa competed on the swimming team. She led her team to the league championship in 1972-73. She was named to the All-League First Team in the 50 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly and 200 Medley Relay. She was named All-State in all three events in 1974 and Honorable Mention All-American. Lisa placed third in the PIAA championships in 1974 in the 100 Butterfly. At Shippenburg University, she was a member of the swimming team for three years. At the I.A.W. Eastern Association Finals (predecessor of the NCAA) in 1975, she placed second in the 50 and 100 Butterfly, third in the 200 Free Relay, 400 Medley Relay, and 400 Freestyle Relay. In 1977 Lisa was named an All-American in the 50 Butterfly, 200 Medley Relay, 400 Medley Relay, and 400 Freestyle Relay. Lisa was inducted into the C.B. East Hall of Fame.
2L -Ryan Bauer—Ryan won varsity letters in tennis, football, and soccer at C.B. East High School. He was the number one singles tennis player all four years and was named to the All-Conference Team for three years. In District One Singles Tournament he finished in the top four in his sophomore, junior, and senior years. He also qualified for the PIAA Tournament in those years. In his senior year, he finished fourth and was named All-State. At the Keystone Games, he won the Gold Medal in his junior and senior years. On the soccer field, Ryan was named to the All-Conference Team. Ryan was also the placekicker for the football team in his senior year. His collegiate tennis career began at Penn State and continued for the next three years at Clemson University. During those years he was the number one singles and doubles player and accumulated three twenty-win seasons. His play helped the team to win the ACC Men’s Tennis Championship in 1997. Ryan was named to the All-ACC Conference Team. In 1999, Ryan was the South Carolina Indoor Singles Tournament Champion. He was inducted into the Clemson University Athletic Wall of Fame. Following his collegiate career, Ryan competed for three years on the ATP Tour and played in several tournaments in the United States and in foreign countries. He obtained an ATP World ranking in doubles and had multiple wins over players in the top 500 in the world. Ryan was also the assistant coach at Furman University. Ryan was inducted into the Central Bucks Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
3L—Michael Chase—Michael was an outstanding two sport athlete at Council Rock High School. He was a four- year letter winner on the wrestling team. Over his four-year career, he won the Sectional Championship twice, the District One Championship, the Regional Championship, and was a three-time PIAA state qualifier. He broke the school record with 97 career wins. In the Fall, Michael was a two-year letter winner on the football team. Michael’s wrestling career continued at North Carolina State University, where he finished fourth at the ACC Tournament. The following year he transferred to the University of North Carolina. In his four years, his career record was 102-32. He was a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference champion and a three-time Division One NCAA qualifier. Michael continued his association with wrestling as an official. For eight years he was an ACC head official and a Big 12 official for four years. He is currently a Big 10 official. Michael has officiated 15 Division One National Championships and is currently ranked in the top ten in the United States.
4L—Fred Conger—Fred was an outstanding player on the gridiron for Neshaminy High School in the mid 1960’s. For three years he was the starting guard and middle linebacker. He was named All-County at linebacker in 1964 and All-County at linebacker and guard in 1965. Fred was selected to participate in the “Big 33” game in his senior year. At the University of Kentucky, Fred was a three year starter at middle linebacker. From 1972-78 he was head coach at Morrisville High School and was voted Bucks County Football Coach of The Year in 1974. Fred continued coaching as an assistant at the University of Pennsylvania for eight years and at Mercyhurst College for seven years. He finished his coaching career at Charlotte Latin High School as an assistant football coach and head baseball coach. His baseball teams won two state titles and he was voted North Carolina Baseball Coach of The Year on two occasions. Fred was inducted into the Neshaminy Football Hall of Fame.
5L—Sheree Davis—Pennsbury High School has produced many excellent softball pitchers and Sheree Davis was one of the very best. In her two-year starting varsity career, she was named to the All-LBCL First Team. She led her team to the league championship. For two years she was also a starting varsity player on the basketball team. She was a top ten scorer in the 1975-76 season. Her team won the league championship, advanced to the District One semi-finals, and to the PIAA state quarter-finals. She was named to the All-LBCL Team. Sheree was the first female to receive an athletic scholarship at Pennsbury High School. At Temple University, she was the starting pitcher for four years. She received the Philadelphia Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Pitching Award. She was a nominee for Division One All-American and the EAIAW First Team All-Region Team. Her pitching records at Temple University in 1981 stood for almost twenty years. Some of these were: ERA Record– .07; most strike outs in a season—134 in 96 innings pitched; highest winning percentage–.857; opponent’s batting average–.074. Sheree also was a member of the varsity basketball team for two years. After graduation, Sheree played ASA Fastpitch for the Allentown Patriettes for 16 years. She pitched in four major ASA National Tournaments. Sheree was the pitching coach for Mercer County Community College and the College of New Jersey where they won the Division II National Championship in 1986. Sheree has coached many pitchers who have been named All-Region and All-Americans and continues to coach in her retirement.
6L—Jim Dumont—Jim was a starting linebacker on Neshaminy-Maple Point’s football team for two years. He was named All-County linebacker in junior and senior years, and All-State Honorable Mention in his senior year. He also played on the baseball team for four years being named to the All-League Team in his junior and senior years. In his senior year, he was the second leading batter in the league. At Rutgers University, he was a four-year starter. He was named to the All-East Third Team in his sophomore year, and to the First Team in his junior and senior years. In his senior year Jim was also named All-America Third Team. In the seventh round of the NFL draft he was chosen by the Cleveland Browns. In 1984, he played for the Cleveland Browns and in 1985 for the New Jersey Generals. In 1990, he was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Fame.
7L—Michael Ellzy—Michael displayed his excellent basketball skills at Bensalem High School from 1989-1993. He was a three-year starter for the team. In his senior year, he was named SOL Player of the Year. He was also named to the Suburban One First Team in 1992 and 1993 and the Golden 18 Team in 1991, 1992, and 1993. He is Bensalem’s all-time leading scorer and led the team to the league championship in 1990 and 1991. Michael continued his athletic career at Bloomsburg University. He was named Division II All-American in 1997 and Sporting News All-American Second Team. His other awards were PSAC East Player of the Year (1996), East Region First Team (1996 and 1997), All ECAC (1996-1997), and PSAC First Team (1995-1997). Michael was also named Bloomsburg’s Outstanding Athlete in 1996 and is the university’s all-time leading scorer in basketball. Following graduation Michael played for the Atlantic City Seagulls in the USBL and with the Mercer Marauders in the EBA. Michael was inducted into the Bloomsburg Hall of Fame in 2013.
8L—Traci Forchetti Fitzpatrick—Traci’s prolific career at Council Rock spanned three sports. She was a varsity starter in field hockey for four years. In her freshman year the team won the PIAA, District One, and SOL Championships. The team was again SOL and District Champions the next year. In her sophomore, junior, and senior years, she was the area scoring champion. She garnered many awards in her three years. Some of these were: All-State First Team; SOL First Team; Courier Times First Team; Philadelphia Area First Team. In her junior and senior years, she was the Courier Times Player of The Year, Trenton Times Player of The Year, and Philadelphia Inquirer Player of The Year. In her senior year, she was named All-American. On the soccer field for two years she was part of a team that were league champions, District One and state finalists. She was named to the Courier Times First Team. In two years on the varsity lacrosse team, she was named to the SOL First Team and was the Courier Times Player of The Year in both years. Traci brought her field hockey talents to James Madison University. In her junior and senior years, she was named to the CAA All Conference Team, CAA All-Tournament Team, ECAC First Team, First Team South Regional All American, and National All American. In 1998, she was named to the Under 20 National Team. Throughout high school and college, she received many scholar athlete and academic awards. Traci was inducted into the Council Rock Hall of Fame.
9L – David Haggerty- At Pennsbury High School from 1972 to 1975, Dave was a four-year starter on the varsity tennis team. He was the number one singles player in all those years, only losing four matches in that time frame. Dave was named the All Bucks County Player of The Year in 1973,1974, and 1975 by the Bucks County Courier Times. In 1975, he was the PIAA state champion in doubles. He continued his education at George Washington University where he was awarded a tennis scholarship. Dave was the All-Metro singles and doubles champion in all four years. He still holds the record for most wins in a career at George Washington—84-26 in singles and 98-12 in doubles. After graduating, Dave played professionally for many years and achieved a world ranking of 749. After retiring from playing, Dave transitioned to the business side of the sport industry. For thirty-two years, he represented companies manufacturing tennis equipment, eventually becoming the CEO of Head USA and President of Penn Racquet Sports. In 2010, he became a member of the USTA Board of Directors and its President in 2013. He was chairman of the U.S. Open in 2013-14. Since 2015 Dave has been President of the International Tennis Federation. He was named the tennis industry Person of The Year. Dave was also inducted into the Pennsbury and George Washington Athletic Halls of Fame.
10L-Bobby Hill—In his three years at Council Rock High School, Bobby competed in wrestling and soccer. In 1983 Bobby was the starting fullback on the soccer team that won the LBCL Championship. During the Winter season, Bobby was a three-year varsity letter winner on the wrestling team. He won the C.R. Christmas Tournament all three years. He was a Sectional Champion and a two- time District One champion. In 1983 and 1984 he placed sixth at the PIAA State Championship. His three-year record was 78-18. Bobby matriculated at Brown University. He was a four-year varsity starter. In those years, he won the Coast Guard Tournament three years. He was named to the First Team All-Ivy Team three years and was the Ivy League Wrestler of The Year in 1987 and 1988. His record at Brown was 119-25. In the post season, Bobby was a two-time Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Champion, a three-time EIWA Tournament place winner, and a two-time NCAA Division One Tournament qualifier. Bobby has been inducted into the Council Rock, Brown University and Southeastern Pennsylvania Wrestling Athletic Halls of Fame. He was named Brown University Athlete of the Year in 1986-87 and was selected to the Top 100 Athletes of the twentieth century at the university. Bobby was the assistant coach at Drexel and Brown Universities.
11L— Joseph Kiefer—Joe hailed from Bethlehem where he attended Liberty High School. He was a member of the soccer, wrestling, and track teams. In soccer, he was named to the All-League Team. He was a district qualifier in wrestling and was a member of the track team. At Wilkes University, he was an All-American and National Runner-Up at the College Division Tournament in 1966. He was also the team’s leading scorer in soccer. At Pennsbury High School, Joe was named varsity head wrestling coach in 1986 after coaching at the middle school level. Over 25 years, he posted 411 wins and 115 losses. His teams won 10 league championships and 3 District One Dual Team Championships. He coached 65 Sectional, 26 District One, 17 Southeastern Regional, and 13 PIAA State Place Winners. His 1992 team won the League, Sectional, and Southeastern Regional Championships. Joe also coached Pennsbury’s only two wrestling state champions. He was named Coach of The Year in the league, District One, and Southeast Region. Joe also coached the high school soccer team. His teams won two league championships and was named Coach of The Year. He coached All-State, Regional All-Americans, National Team and Pro players. Joe was inducted into several Halls of Fame (National Wrestling, Pennsylvania State Wrestling Coaches, Southeastern Pennsylvania Wrestling, Pennsbury High School, and Wilkes University).
12L – Al Matuza Jr.—In high school at Pennsbury, Al was a member of the football, basketball, and track teams. In football Al was named to the All Lower Bucks County First Team and the All Delaware Valley First Team. He was also Honorable Mention All-State. As a basketball player, he was a member of the All Lower Bucks Second Team. During the track season, he was a member of two relays. In the 4 X 200 Relay, his team won first place in the county, District One, and PIAA Championships. In the 4 X 400 Relay, the team won first place in the county, District One, and fifth place in the PIAA Championships. Al matriculated at Duke University. In his football career he played both defensive end and tight end. He returned to his Alma Mater as assistant football coach and two years later became the head coach. His team won the league championship in 1990. His four-year record was 26-16-2. He continued as an assistant coach for twenty years.
13L—Amy Pine McQuibben—Amy was an excellent three sport athlete at Neshaminy High School. In the sport of field hockey, she was a two-year varsity starter. During that time, the team’s record was 43-6-4. In 1989, they won the SOL Conference, placed second in District One and was the PIAA state semi-finalist. In Amy’s senior year the team again won the SOL Conference, placed third in District One and won the PIAA State Championship. In her field hockey career, she scored 32 goals and had 20 assists as a midfielder. She was the scoring leader of the conference in her senior year. That year she was named to the All-League First Team, All-Area First Team, the Golden 18 Team, and the Trenton All-Area First Team. She was named Player of The Year by the Bucks County Courier Times and the Trenton Times and was named a High School All-American. At the Keystone games, her team won the Silver Medal. On the soccer team, Amy was a varsity starter for three years. She was named to the All-League, Trenton Times and All-State Teams in 1990 and 1991. Amy was also a three-year starter on the basketball team. She was named the Outstanding Female Athlete in her senior year and Scholar Athlete. Amy continued her education at the University of Pennsylvania where she was a four-year starter on the field hockey team. The team won the Ivy League Title in 1992 and 1993. Amy was named to the First Team All- Ivy Team in from 1991,1992 and 1993. She was a Regional All American in 1992, 93, 94 and a CFHCA Division One All American in 1994. She scored 33 goals and recorded 14 assists as a midfielder. Amy was inducted into the Neshaminy All Sports Hall of Fame in both field hockey and soccer.
14L—Jim Morrison—From 1969 to 1972, Jim was an outstanding cross country and track and field athlete at Pennsbury High School. In cross country, he was a four-year varsity competitor. In 1972 the team won the LBCL Championship. Jim was named to the LBCL Top 10 in 1970, 71, 72. Jim competed in both winter and spring track and field for three years. The team won the LBCL spring championships in 1970, 71, 72. He set the mile record at the Greater Philadelphia Track and Field Coaches Association Meet of Champions in 1972. In that year, he also won the District One Championship and the PIAA state Championship in the mile and half mile. At the Track and Field International Prep Championship, he placed first in the mile. Jim repeated this performance and was named National Champion at the Golden West Invitational. Jim continued his accomplishments at Penn State where he competed in both track and field and cross country for four years. He was a member of several IC4A and NCAAA winning relays. Following graduation, he competed in the New York City Marathon and several mini-triathlons. Jim was inducted into the Pennsbury Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Track and Field Hall of Fame.
15L -Matthew Napoleon—Matt was one of several great soccer players coached by Hal Heffelfinger at Neshaminy High School. He was a two-year starting varsity player as goalie of the soccer team. In 1993 the team advanced to the District One Quarter-Finals. Matt recorded three shutouts in that season. In his senior year, he was named to the All-League Team, All-Area Golden Team, All-State Team and All-American. Matt recorded fifteen shutouts as the team won the PIAA State Championship. His career record was 37-8-2. He also was a two-year varsity starter on the baseball team. Following high school graduation, Matt enrolled at Columbia University. For three years he was the starting goalkeeper and was named to the All-Ivy Team. The next year he turned professional. For five years in Major League Soccer—A League, he was the goalkeeper for the Miami Fusion, Columbus Crew, and the Portland Timbers. In 1997, Matt competed for the U.S. in the Under 20 World Cup in Malaysia. The team finished fourth. This was the best ever finish for a U.S. team at that age level. In 2000 Matt was a member of the Olympic Team that played in Sydney, Australia. Matt has been inducted into the Neshaminy Sports Hall of Fame. He also served as an assistant coach at Portland State University.
16L—Tony Petruccio—Tony was a member of the very successful Bishop Egan High School football teams from 1971-75. He lettered all four years as a defensive tackle. In his senior year, he was named to the All-Area, All- Catholic, All-City and All-State Teams. He was named All-American by the Scholastic Magazine. At Penn State, he started for Joe Paterno for two years at defensive tackle. He was named Freshman All-American Second Team and Sophomore First Team by Football News. In his four-year career, he played in four bowl games Sugar (1975), Gator (1976), Fiesta (1977), and the National Championship Sugar Bowl against Alabama in 1978. He was drafted in the NFL tenth round by the San Diego Chargers. That year he played for the Montreal Alouettes. In 1980, he was a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. During both years he played in the Grey Cup, the Canadian Football League’s Championship.
17L—Fred Richter—In the mid 1960’s, Fred was a three-year starter on the Quakertown High School’s basketball team. He was named to the All Bux-Mont Team in his junior and senior years. At East Stroudsburg State College, he was a varsity starter for three years. The 1970 team recorded the first twenty-win season in school history and Fred was named to the All-Conference Team. He entered the coaching profession as the boys’ basketball coach at Central Bucks East High School and returned to his Alma Mater as head coach for six years. From 1982 to 1991 Fred was the girls’ basketball coach at Quakertown. During that time, his team recorded 145 wins. His 1982-83 team won the league championship with a 19-3 record and advanced to the District One Tournament and the PIAA Tournament. In 1991 Fred became the women’s basketball coach at Allentown College, now DeSales University. His teams won eight conference championships and have appeared in nine NCAA Tournaments. In the 2007-08 season, the team advanced to the “Sweet 16” in the NCAA Tournament. Under Fred’s leadership, his teams have had thirteen twenty-win seasons and have recorded 495 wins. Fred has been inducted into the Pennridge/Quakertown Hall of Fame and the East Stroudsburg University Hall of Fame.
18L -Tara Schmucker—Tara received nine varsity letters at C.B. East in the 1990’s. She was named to the All-League teams in field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse. The field hockey team won the league championship in two of the years she played and the basketball team also won a league championship. In lacrosse, Tara was All-American and All-Academic and was the league leading scorer. Tara matriculated at Vanderbilt University where she was a starter in all four years. During those years she was named to the American Lacrosse Conference First Team, the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association All-American South Region Team and All-Academic Team. In her career, the team was ranked sixth in the nation and reached the “Sweet 16”. In 2002 Vanderbilt was conference champions as Tara led the team in caused turnovers. Following graduation Tara became the head girls’ lacrosse coach at C.B. East winning the league championship in 2009. Tara is currently in her tenth year as the head coach at C.B. West. Her team won the league championship in 2015. Tara was inducted into the C.B. East Hall of Fame.
19L -Carrie Neidhardt Voedisch—In the mid 1990’s Carrie was an outstanding field hockey player at Council Rock High School. She was a four-year starter on teams that won the SOL and District One Championships. Carrie was named to the Under 16 National Field Hockey Team in 1995. In 1996 and 1997 she was named to the Bucks County and All-Area First Team. Carrie was also named to the All-State Team for three years. She participated in the Junior Olympics in 1995 and the National Futures Tournament from 1994-1997. In 1997, she was a NFHCA All-American, Regional All-American, and recipient of the Keystone State Games Athletic Award of Honor. In 1998, she received the Dick Dougherty Twin Sports Award for Achievement. Carrie was also a varsity lacrosse starter for two years. At Wake Forest University, Carrie was a starter on the varsity field hockey team for three years. From 1991-2001, she was instrumental in assisting her team in competing in the ACC final four, ACC finals, NCAA Division One quarterfinals and Final Four. She received the Student Athlete Excellence Award in 2001 and 2002. Carrie was the head field hockey coach at Carolina Day High School in Asheville, North Carolina from 2006-2013.