West Perry Athletic Hall of Fame

West Perry Athletic Hall of Fame


Angie Loy
Field Hockey, Basketball, Track 1996-2000

3 time Mid Penn Conference Field Hockey All Star, 1999 Carlisle Sentinel Field Hockey Player
of the Year, Harrisburg Patriot News Big 11 Field Hockey selection, 1st Team All State Field Hockey.
3 time Mid Penn Conference Basketball All Star, 2000 1st Team All Sentinel selection, PA-Maryland All Star game selection, Harrisburg Patriot News Big 15 Basketball selection.
5th place Mid Penn Conference - 300 M Hurdles, 8th place District III - 300 M Hurdles
John Travers Award Finalist, 2000 West Perry Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year, 2000 Carlisle Sentinel Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year, 2000 Perry County Athletic Directors Scholarship Award winner
Stand out Field Hockey player at Old Dominion University.
USA national Team 2008 Player of the Year.

Mary Jane Moyer (Coach)
Field Hockey 1975-1998

Overall Record - 276-76-28, 7 Championships (4 Tri-Valley, 3 mid Penn).
"Mary Jane was one of the most respected field hockey coaches in the Mid Penn Conference when I joined the ranks in 1985. West Perry field hockey teams were always the most prepared, most organized, most sportsmanlike…Mary Jane had this quiet, reserved style of coaching…yet she loved the competition and the challenge to teach her kids. I looked up to her and was fortunate to learn from a legend early in my coaching career." - Anna Baldini, Former Head Field Hockey Coach, Camp Hill High School.

Larry Frederick (Coach)
Baseball, Basketball 1965-1999

Overall Baseball Record - 503-155-1, 26 Championships (2 Perry County, 9 Tri-Valley, 10 Mid Penn, 3 District III, 2 PIAA State) Never had a losing baseball season, Coached 12 league MVPs and 5 players who went on to play professionally.
Notched 37 victories as head Basketball coach from 1967-1971.

Ray Kaseman (Coach)
Boys' Soccer, Basketball 1969-1984

Head Basketball Coach from 1971-1984, 152 wins, 2 Championships (Mid State, Tri-Valley)
Head Boys' Soccer Coach from 1969-1974, 37 wins.
12 years as assistant baseball coach.
Gymnastics coach.
"Coach Kaseman was fiery and competitive…he was also very fair. He had a great sense of humor and was an exceptional motivator. When you played for Mr. Kaseman, you wanted to do well - not out of fear but out of respect for his intense dedication and knowledge of the game." - Bill Weibley, West Perry High School teacher and former student-athlete.
"Coach Kaseman was a competitor yet he understood the game was much more. He made the game fun yet brought the very best out of us. He taught us sportsmanship, integrity and loved what he was doing. Thank you for everything Mr. Kaseman." - Greg Swab. West Perry Chief of Security and former student-athlete

Musa Smith
Football (1996-2000)

1st Team Mid Penn Conference (Defensive Back & Running Back), Mid Penn Offensive MVP, 1477 total yards in 1998, 2042 total yards in 1999, 1st Team All State, Big 33 selection.
Full athletic Scholarship to the University of Georgia
Five years with the National Football Leagues' Baltimore Ravens


Nick Battiste (Coach)
Wrestling, Track 1973-2009

16 years as the Head Girls' track coach, 121 wins and a Mid-Penn championship
26 years as the Head Boys' track coach, 236 wins and 4 championships
8 years as the Head Wrestling coach, 49 wins
Assistant coach for football, wrestling, and track
"Nick coached football, wrestling, and track and field for a combined fifty seasons, most of them as a head coach. His engaging personality will long be remembered as a hallmark of his coaching career. Nick Battiste has left and incredible mark on the West Perry Track Program and I thank him for his dedication." - Tom Abeling, Head Track Coach, West Perry High School
"Nick was a dedicated and enthusiastic coach who always had the best interests of student athletes as his priority. He was both professional and extremely enjoyable to work with." - Demonte Temple, Former West Perry Athletic Director and Coach

Tim Rice
Football, Basketball, Baseball (1977-1980)

Member of the undefeated Twin Valley Championship football team, All-conference honorable mention.
Member of the 1979 and 1980 state championship baseball teams, starting pitcher in the 1980 PIAA State Championship game, currently holds the West Perry baseball records for lowest ERA (0.41), During 1980, he struck out 100 batters while walking just 12,
Attended Clemson University on scholarship, earning a degree in engineering
Drafted by the Chicago Cubs and spent four years in Major League Baseball.
Accomplishments were once featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd"
"Tim was a tremendous athlete. He was well mannered, and in general, a wonderful young man to be around. With all of the media coverage that the baseball program got at the time, I never saw one time where it went to his head." - Larry Frederick, Former West Perry Teacher and Baseball Coach and West Perry Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2009

Tawny (Petrick) Mercer
Field Hockey, Basketball, Track (1981-1984)

1,462 career points in basketball, first female athlete from West Perry to reach the 1,000 point plateau, Patriot News Big 15 selection
Currently holds the West Perry record for 300 meter hurdles, currently stands at 3rd place all time in W.P. Track and Field points, 4th place medal in the state tournament
First Travers Award Winner in W.P. history her individual accomplishments included a and selection to the,
Captain of the United State Naval Academy basketball team her senior year
Member of the Naval Academy track team.

Brent Milligan
Football, Basketball, Baseball (1977-1980)

Captain of the undefeated 1979 Twin Valley League football championship team, led the team in total yards gained and passing yards, while becoming a Twin Valley League Honorable Mention, led the 1980 team in total yards gained, passing yards, and was selected to the 1st team all conference as a QB, Safety, and he was named Twin Valley Offensive Player of the Year.
Member of the mid-state league basketball championship team in 1979, the tri-valley league championship team in 1980, and the league MVP his junior and senior year.
League MVP his junior and senior year of baseball, member of the 1979 and 1980 state championship teams. Owns nine West Perry baseball records including career pitching record (26-0) and most strikeouts in a career (212).
1980 Carlisle Sentinel Athlete of the year, PA Cancer Society High School athlete of the year for 1979-1980.
Full athletic scholarship offer to Penn State for baseball
Drafted and signed with the St. Louis Cardinals


Dave Weaver
Football, Wrestling, Track 1974-1977

Led the football team in tackles, assisted tackles, and tackles for all three years as a starter, 613 career tackles, member of 1977 team Twin Valley conference championship, 1977 Twin Valley Player of the Year, Big 33 participant
6th all time in West Perry history in shot put ( 49'5"), 9th all time in javelin (173'4")
Full athletic scholarship offer to the Univeristy of Virginia
3 year starter at Shippensburg University, team captain, 1st team all conference selection, new record for tackles in a season with 80
"Dave was the most dominating defensive player that I coached or have seen play football here at West Perry since I came in 1973. His presence in the middle of the Mustang defense enabled the team to hold their opponents to 5.1 points/game and led our football team to its first ever Twin Valley Conference championship." - Bob Anderson, Former West Perry Head Football Coach

Barry "B.J." Barnes
Basketball, Baseball 1993-1996

West Perry record for career homeruns (10), West Perry record for single season home runs (8, 1996), West Perry record for most strikeouts in a single game (17), 9th all time in single season batting average (.479, 1996), 12th all time in number of wins in a single season, member of 1996 Perry County Championship team, 1996 Mid Penn Division III MVP
NCAA All American team as a freshman at Duquesne University
Drafted in the 6th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates
"I witnessed B.J.'s extraordinary talent and productivity for both the baseball and basketball programs. While his glowing statistics, particularly in baseball, speak for themselves it was B.J.'s healthy attitude and work ethic that set him apart from the pack." - Jeff Lorenz, former West Perry teacher, coach and administrator.

John Weibley
Football, Basketball, Track 1964-1967

5th highest single season batting average (.492, 1967), member 1967 Tri-Valley league championship team, 29 hits, 20 runs, 5 homeruns, 11 stolen bases and 18 RBIs in 59 at bats were all school records at that time
Member of West Perry's championship basketball team in 1966-1967. Scored 14 second-half points in West Perry's first ever District basketball play off game.
Team captain of the football team. Contributed as a halfback, kicker, kick returner, and quarterback en route to a six win season.
"when he tried football for the first time as a sophomore, John was a quiet boy with athletic ability, but through his junior year his confidence and knowledge of the game grew and for his senior season John was elected one of the tri captains and became a deceptive ball carrier and sure handed receiver." - Red Adams, former West Perry Head Football Coach.
"John was a standout on the baseball field as a shortstop, and when consider his all around skills, he is regarded not only by me by many as one of the best baseball players ever at West Perry. John was never about himself, he always put the team first." - Gov Seager, West Perry Coach and former teammate.

Kyle Ream
Football, Basketball, Track 2002-2004

1 of 4 W.P. athletes recognized in the 2,000 yard club for his 2,464 yards in 2003 as a senior captain, member of defensive unit that held opponents under 50 passing yards per game and yielded just 1 touchdown pass versus 20 interceptions, member of the second ever District III football playoff game for West Perry, 1st team all state and conference defensive back, 1st team all conference quarterback, conference offensive MVP, Carlisle Sentinel All Area Team
970 career points in basketball
716 career points as part of the track team, co-MVP of the undefeated 2004 team
Member of the football team at Bloomsburg University, co-captain, 1st team all conference honors as a wide receiver, Bob Ticker Offensive MVP award recipient
"Kyle was a consistent threat in all three sports. He was extremely focused and very competitive. He worked hard to excel in each of his sports. He did whatever he was told at practice or competitions. Kyle was a versatile athlete, he always displayed exemplary sportsmanlike conduct, and he always placed team goals ahead of personal goals." - Tom Abeling, West Perry teacher and former Head Track Coach

Jodi (Urich) Lavenberg
Field Hockey, Basketball, Softball 1986-1989

Two time Mid Penn all-star in field hockey, Two time Mid-Penn all-star in softball, Three time Mid-Penn all-star in basketball, Two time selection to the Patriot News's Big 15 basketball team
West Perry record holder for most career points with 2,040, rebounds in a career with 843, points in a season with 840, points in a game with 45, and rebounds in a season with 311
All American basketball player at St. Bonaventure, team MVP, two time Atlantic 10 All Conference team, member of the Dean's List every semester
"Mrs. Lavenberg gives her all in everything she does. Between her wonderful teaching in the classroom and awesome coaching on the basketball court, you couldn't ask for a better person to look up to. She has been a huge inspiration to the basketball girls of West Perry because she was so incredible throughout her high school career. Mrs. Lavenberg is one of the best coaches around. She doesn't get mad when her team is losing or let the girls get down on themselves. She motivates them to get out there and do their best. She's always supportive, whether she's helping with some math homework or getting out to see sporting events. When a student or athlete is in need of assistance, they can count on her to be there. Mrs. Lavenberg, you are a great inspiration to all of the students here at West Perry." - Nicole Lisse, West Perry Student-Athlete


Chad Clark
Football, Track 1988-1991

Mr. Clark is best known for his exploits on the gridiron and on the track. He was selected as 1st team All-Conference wide receiver and defensive back in both the 1989 and 1990 seasons. In addition, he earned 2nd Team All-Conference honors as a return specialist in 1990. His 12 touchdowns during the '89 campaign were a school record at the time. Likewise in 1990 Mr. Clark established records for number of catches (43), number of receiving yards (884) and number of interceptions (10). His stats did not go unrecognized by the larger community as he was selected for the East/West All Star game, Patriot News First Team All Area (defensive back), Big 33 checklist and several Player of the Week selections.
Mr. Clark's accomplishments on the track are equally impressive. In 1990 alone he earned all of the following. 110m Hurdles: WP School Record (14.9), MPC Champion, 2nd Place District III, 8th PIAA State Meet. 300m Hurdles: WP School Record (40.09), MPC 2nd Place, 3rd Place District III. He returned in '91 to shatter his old records and add to his medal count. 110m hurdles: WP School Record (14.86), MPC Champion, District III Champion, 7th Place PIAA State meet. 300 m Hurdles: School Record (39.4), Mid Penn Conference Champion, District III Champion. 400m: MPC 2nd Place.
Of Mr. Clark's talents, Coach Bob Anderson shared the following, "(Chad) possessed athleticism with speed and a great pair of hands. Chad was a game breaker and was probably the best offensive wide receiver I coached or have seen play here at West Perry since I came here in 1973."

Jaymie Stum
Basketball, Baseball 1977-1980

Mr. Stum has a lengthy baseball resume that includes: Member 1979 & 1980 AA State, District III and TVL Championship teams. Three time TVL All Star. Holds the single season (42) and career (100) hit records at WP. Set the career hit record for the county (100) in 1980. Record held for 32 years!!!
Holds record for longest hitting streak (27 games). 81 career runs and 60 RBI's and a career batting average of .418. 1980 season 42 hits, 37 runs, 16 Stolen bases and 20 rbi's. Selected by his peers as the team MVP. Former Coach Larry Frederick commented that, "(Jaymie) was the straw that mixed the drink that was known as the '79 and '80 WP baseball team."
Mr. Stum also took his talents indoors at West Perry where he started at guard for Hall of Fame coach, Ray Kaseman. Jaymie's contributions helped the team achieve 2 TVL Championships.
Mr. Stum wishes to congratulate fellow Class of 2012 inductees Matt Delancey and Chad Clark on their selection to the West Perry Athletic Hall of Fame..."You are each well deserving of your selection".
Also, Mr. Stum would like to thank…"A young and enthusiastic teacher and baseball coach named Jeff Sanno who made this night possible for him". "His varsity athletic coaches Larry Frederick and Ray Kaseman who stressed the importance of being a team rather than an individual." "His teammates for allowing him the privilege to share in their success" "His family for encouraging sports in my life and for making it fun." And, finally, Mr. Stum shares that, "It is great honor to join the distinguished people in the West Perry Athletic Hall of Fame. Thank you all very much!"

Matt DeLancey
Football, Wrestling 1990-1993

Mr. DeLancey participated in football and wrestling at West Perry. He finished his HS football career with 137 tackles including 13 sacks. He earned 2nd Team All-Conference honors as a Junior. In his final season he garnered 1st All Conference recognition, and a trip to the Thanksgiving Day East/West All Star game. He contributed to the 1991 MPC Football Championship team 9West Perry's most recent championship).
Mr. DeLancey's wrestling career was full of firsts. He was the first WP wrestler to advance to the regional and eventually to the PIAA State meet. He was the first and only WP wrestler to hit 20 pins in a season. In his senior season Mr. DeLancey led the team in take downs. He was selected to be a member of the All Sentinel wrestling team and received Top Male Athlete, most Improved Wrestler and Outstanding Wrestler Awards.
After graduation Mr. DeLancey started for four years at East Stroudsburg University where he earned All-PSAC & All-ECAC honor. He was listed as a DII Pre-Season All American by Street & Smith and earned the Coaches Award from legendary Coach, Denny Dowds. Matt continued his football career by playing for the Styrian Longhorns of the Austrian Professional Football League.
Mr. Delancey is currently the Asst Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Florida where he has had the privilege to train over 60 Olympic athletes including Olympic Gold medalist and current world record holder, Ryan Lochte.
When asked about Matt both Coach Austin and Coach Anderson commented on his work ethic. Coach Austin notes, "Matt was one of those high school athletes that decided early that he was going to work hard and be accomplished in both of the sports he played." Coach Anderson recalls, "Matt was a workaholic in the weight room. He loved to work out and was probably the strongest athlete that ever graduated from West Perry."


Charles Allen Swab
Football, Basketball, Baseball 1968-1971

Mr. Swab, better known as C.A., was a tri-sport athlete at West Perry. He contributed to the basketball team for two seasons where he was best known for his athleticism that allowed him to excel as a rebounder and defender. He was a selfless player who did all of the little things to give his team the best chance to be successful.

C.A. also found success on the baseball diamond where he played outfield. In 1970 C.A contributed 19 runs, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 9 stolen bases and 15 RBI's…in just 51 At Bats. He earned Tri-Valley All-Star honors for his efforts.

Above all C.A. is best remembered for his exploits on the gridiron. He remains 4th on the all-time career rushing list with 364 carries for 2,344 yards. He averaged 6.4 yards per carry for his career and scored 22 TDS. He was selected as a First Team Tri-Valley League All-Star in both 1968 and 1969. His 1195 yards in 1969 puts him at sixth place on the single-season rushing list. He is one of only two West Perry running backs (Musa Smith) to rush formore than 1000 yards in 2 different seasons. He was also a fierce defender and assumed the duties of punter. As teammate Tom Belmont recalls, "…he had a gift that so few running backs have…he could give you a leg and then take it away and leave you grasping at air. He wasn't just fast. He was as fast as he needed to be regardless of the situation. As a defensive back he took away the other team's best receiver. C.A. made everything about football look easy."
C.A. would like to thank the committee for selecting him for this honor. Thank you to former coaches Red Adams and Larry Frederick for giving him the opportunity to play. And a special thanks to his Mom who was his biggest fan and never missed a single game.

Julie (Sutch) Beddia
Field Hockey, Basketball, Softball, Track 1993-1996

Julie participated in four sports during her high school career. As a freshman she earned aVarsity letter for her contributions to the softball team. Turning her attention to Track in the 1994 season, she contributed as a thrower eventually earning the Outstanding Thrower Award in 1995.

Julie was a three year starter in Field Hockey earning Team Captain, WP Outstanding Field Hockey Player, Mid Penn Conference First Team All-Star and Carlisle Sentinel Big 11 Team honors in 1996. She also led all Mid Penn Division III players in scoring that season.

Julie may be best remembered for her contributions to the basketball team. Julie ran point for the 93-94 team that earned District 3 AAA Runner up. She returned the next season and the team earned the first and only District III Championship in school history. In her senior season Julie earned: WP Outstanding Basketball Player, Mid Penn Scoring Leader, Carlisle Sentinel Female Athlete of the Year, John Travers Award Finalist, PA Sports Hall of Fame, Patriot News Big 15, PA/MD All Star game. Julie is among an elite group of just 10 female athletes in the history of West Perry Womens' hoops who have topped 1000 points in their careers at West Perry.

Julie continued her basketball career at Shippensburg University where she earned numerous awards for her efforts. The Lady Raiders earned 4 PSAC Titles and ran up a record of 101 wins to just 21 losses during her time there. Julie served at team captain for two years. She is a fixture in the Lady Raider record book. Among other records, Julie is 4th all time in assists, 6th all time in steals and 7th all time in 3 point field goals made. She was inducted into the Ship U Hall of Fame in 2010.

Demonte "Spike" Temple
Coach, Administrator 1973-2003

Mr. Temple, best known as Spike, was instrumental instarting the wrestling program at West Perry. He was the first Head Wrestling Coach and managed 48 wins in those first 9 seasons. Spike also served as anassistant football coach.

In 1989 Spike became the Athletic Director at West Perry. His leadership and initiative profoundly impacted West Perry athletics over the next 14 years. Under his tenure as AD significant renovations to the stadium including the addition of the field house, officials quarters, concession stand and lights were realized. He also over saw renovations to the gymnasium which resulted in increased seating, a new wrestling room, weight room and team rooms. He worked to secure scoreboards at each field and planned construction of a new varsity baseball field. He created accountability within the programs so that athletes benefitted from proper equipment, uniforms, transportation, etc. He developed a pay formula for coaches that is still in use today.

Under his watch, expectations for professionalism and performance were significantly raised. From 1989 to 2003 West Perry teams earned 1 DIII Team Championship, 4 Dist III Individual Championships, 27 MPC Championships and 39 Perry County Championships. More importantly, expectations for sportsmanship and class were always stressed.

Spike was a founding member of the MPC and the PCADA which continues to give scholarship money to county athletes. He continues to contribute to athletics. He maintains the MPC and PCADA websites. He founded and operates a meet management company called Bout Masters. Most recently, in response to a need in the greater athletic community he led the development and launch of new scheduling software called Officiate.

Coach Anderson sums it up well when he says, "Most importantly, Mr. Temple's courtesy and professionalism was recognized by our visiting guests: administrators, coaches, teams and fans developed a greater respect for our athletic program and the people involved in it because of his leadership. Congratulations on your induction and thanks for setting a very high standard for us to follow still today."

Erin (Sober) French
Field Hockey, Volleyball, Basketball, Softball 1992-1995

Erin participated in four sports during her high school career. In 1991 she used her athletic talents on the field hockey field. She turned instead to volleyball in the fall of 1992 and eventually earned Team Captain honors in the '94 season. In softball she earned a varsity letter as a freshman and went on to receive Patriot News Big 11 2nd team recognition.

Erin's most significant accomplishments in High School athletics came on the basketball court where she led her team to a District III 2nd place finish in 93-94 and a District III Championship in 94-95. In 1995 Erin earned team captain, WP Tri-athlete award, WP Outstanding Female Athlete and Honor Graduate Award(Honor Society). She surpassed the 1000 career points mark as well. Erin's abilities would earn her recognition from multiple organizations throughout the central Pennsylvania area. She earned; Patriot News "Best and Brightest", Patriot News and M&T Bank Travers Award, Carlisle Sentinel Female Athlete of the Year, "Old Timer" award for female athlete of the year, 2 time Patriot News Big 15, MVP 1995 District III Championship game.

Eventually Erin's accomplishments would land her a Full Scholarship to Div I St. Bonaventure where she played all four years and graduated Magna cum Laude. She went onto earn a Master's Degree in Sports Administration from Western Maryland College.

Erin continues to serve the athletic community as a teacher, coach and official. This year she began her 15th year of teaching H/PE in the West Shore School District. She is a registered PIAA Official and has officiated games at both the high school and collegiate level in places like the Giant Center and at the PIAA District III AA Championships. She coaches Tennis at Red Land HS. She coaches her sons', Anderson and Aiden, flag football, basketball and baseball teams. She also serves on the Patriot News John Travers Award Committee for the annual selection of outstanding male and female athletes.

Retired Red Land Athletic Director/Phys Ed Instructor, Iris Cecovich says, "[Erin] demonstrated a great competitive spirit,outstanding leadership, and loyalty to her coach and her teammates. Erin always played hard and gave 100% win or lose - though you could always tell she preferred to win." "As AD at Red Land I hired Erin as our girlsbasketball coach. Her expectations of hard work, commitment to the program, team work, skill development, sportsmanship and giving all out effort at both practices and games for her players and the coaching staff were the reason for her being hired. All of these characteristics have been a recurring theme of Erin's life.


Karen Barclay
Field Hockey, Basketball, Track, Softball 1983-1986

Karen was a pioneer for female athletes at West Perry being one of the first to excel as a four-sport athlete in field hockey, girls' basketball, track and softball. Karen was a powerful defender on the field hockey field. In four years she helped her teams to a combined 39-13-10 record. On the basketball court Karen was one half of a dynamic duo along with Hall of Famer Tawny Petrick. The two served as co-captains. She showcased her talents on the track and field team by breaking a school record in the shot by throwing 37' 9.5". The record would stand for 18 years until Halima Smith was able to break it. Karen qualified for both the District III and PIAA State Championships earning a 3rd place medal at Districts and a 6th place medal at States. Karen's name is plastered all over the West Perry Softball record book as well. In 1984 Karen set the single season home run mark at 5. That record stood for 21 years. Among many other awards and accolades, Karen was awarded the West Perry Athlete of the Year Award in 1986.

Karen continued her softball and basketball pursuits at Elizabethtown College where she earned a career batting average of .372, 12 career triples, 5 career homeruns. She was a two-time All MAC Northwest League catcher. In 1990 Karen batted .434, smacked four home runs, drove in 16 others and scored 28 times. Karen was an integral part of Elizabethtown's 2 conference championships in softball as well as the NCAA Softball Tournament team and the 88-89 NCAA Division III National Championship Basketball team. She is a member of the Elizabethtown College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Former West Perry softball coach, Steve Johnson led the Mustangs to 5 Perry County Championships and 3 Mid Penn Championships in his 13 years as Head Coach. He had the following to say about Karen. "Karen was the best all around player that I had while I was head softball coach for 13 years. She played shortstop and had a cannon for an arm. She was extremely quick and was not afraid to dive for a ball or hang in there on a steal attempt. Many teams would pitch around her. In her senior year, Karen struck out only twice in 59 at bats. During her college career I would take the team to E-town to see her play. She was always appreciative that we came to see her play and she would spend time after the games talking with the team. Not only was Karen a great athlete but she was even a better person".

Karen's contributions as a long-time member of the West Perry Girls Basketball coaching staff have contributed to the success of that program; most recently resulting in a District III Championship. Karen wishes to thank her three cousins Duff, Steve and John. She credits them with her induction this evening. She recalls, "Whatever sports season it was, that's what they were playing in the backyard - everyday." Also, Karen thanks the selection Committee, West Perry School District, and all of my coaches. She admits she could not have done this without the many teammates that I had during my High School career. The biggest Thank You goes to Jim & Lois Barclay. Her Mom and Dad were her biggest supporters and without them allowing her to play sports instead of farming, she would not have had this opportunity!

Megan (Moyer) Seiber
Field Hockey, Basketball, Softball 1980-1983

Megan was solid on the softball diamond and helped her team secure West Perry's first-ever PECO Championship in 1983. She also stood out on the hardwood, collecting 483 points and 453 rebounds over her career. Her rebounding total was ninth on the program's all-time list as recently as 2003.

But, Megan made her most indelible mark playing field hockey under her Mom, WP Hall of Fame Coach, Mary Jane Moyer. In the words of local sports writer and Perry County Sports history buff, John Alvanatakis, "[Megan] was Angie Loy before there was an Angie Loy". A three-year starter, Moyer was the first Perry County field hockey player to score more than 20 goals in a season and the first to accumulate 100 career points. She capped her career with a senior season that included 22 goals, eight assists and 52 points in just 16 games, establishing single-season and career program records that lasted until Angie Loy came along. To this day, over three decades later, Megan remains second only to Loy in single-season goals and points, and career goals, assists and points. Megan earned 2nd team All Star honors as a sophomore and back to back 1st team All Star honors in her Junior and Senior seasons. She was named to the Harrisburg Patriot Big 15 Team. She twice earned Mid Atlantic Field Hockey Camp All Star honors. She lead her team to a Tri-Valley League Championship in 1981 while running up an impressive 18-1 record. That team earned DIII silver and a trip to the PIAA State Quarterfinals. She again took her team to Districts in 1982 with a 14-1 regular season record. In three years Megan's teams tallied 40 wins to just 6 losses!

Megan took her talents to Susquehanna University where she continued to excel. By 1983 Megan was already tied for most career assists and 3rd in Career Goals. Megan currently sits at number 13 in All Time Career Goals Scored (17) at Susquehanna University.

Megan's brother, West Perry Head Basketball Coach, Scott Moyer recalls watching his sister play field hockey. "Megan was intense, especially in the circle. She was really physical in the box. Sean was a really good athlete, but in terms of reaching another level, Megan, in field hockey particularly, was probably the most accomplished athlete in our family." Megan is a wonderful example of an intense, focused competitor who, at the same time, inspired others with her positivity and kindness. Fellow 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee, Karen Barclay notes, "Being inducted tonight with Megan Moyer is such a great honor to me. She not only was a superb athlete in field hockey, but she was someone who took care of me and looked out for me. As a Senior, she never put us freshmen down. We were her teammates and there to do the same thing…win."


Joshua Bell

Baseball 1995-1998, Soccer 1995-1997, Basketball 1995-1997

Josh participated in three sports during his high school career.

As a sophomore he was on the Patriot News All Sophomore Team and played in the Capital Area Keystone State Games.

In his Junior year he was a part of the pre-season Division III first team. He led the Mid-Penn with a .515 batting average. He was a Team One Invitee, member of the All-Sentinel Team, member of the Patriot News Big 11 First Team, and Legion All-Star as shortstop for the East Team.

During his senior year he signed to play Division I with James Madison. He was named Sentinel Athlete of the Week. He again led the Mid-Penn with a .509 batting average. He was a member of the All-Sentinel Team and the Patriot News Big 11 First Team.

Josh signed with the New York Mets during the summer of 1998. He was with the organization from 1998-2000.

He also won the Gulf Coast League Championship in 1999.

Josh went back to Shippensburg University on less than the 4 year exemption rule which allows individuals to gain 2 years of eligibility back at a Division II school if he sits one year out. In 2002 he was "Special Assistant" to the Shippensburg University Baseball Team. In 2003 and 2004 he was nominated as Captain of the team, and let the team to a 21-22 and 43-12 records. The team was ranked as high as #2 in the country! Josh also earned numerous PSAC honors.

Justin Fry

Basketball 2003-2006, Football 2002-2004

Justin Fry was part of the Class of 2006 Basketball Team that made school history with its run to the AAA State Semi-Finals. Some of the accomplishments and stats Justin earned while playing basketball for West Perry include: awarded a Division I athletic scholarship to play basketball at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2005-2006 AP All-State Second Team All-Star, 2005-2006 Sentinel Boys Player of the Year, 2005-2006 Patriot News Big 15 Selection, Following the 2005-2006 season, Justin's jersey was retired by the West Perry School Board.

His Senior year stats: 643 points, 322 rebounds, 147 blocked shots, 81 assists and 21 steals, he broke the single season scoring record that was previously held by Shawn Shreffler, he had two Triple-Doubles and fourteen Double-Doubles (including four of them in state playoffs), lists his best single-game performance as a 32-point (13/18 fg), 13-rebound, five-assist effort in a win over Greencastle, 2005-2006 Team Captain for a team that set a school record of 25 wins (vs 7 losses).

His high school career stats: 1270 points, 873 rebounds, 387 blocks.

During Justin's career, West Perry basketball won two Palmyra Tip-Off Tournament titles, three Perry County Tournament titles and two Mid-Penn Colonial League Championships and finished a school best fifth in District 3 and 4th in the State Tournament.

While competing at UMBC, Justin continued to excel on the hardwood. By December of his freshman year, Justin had worked himself into the starting line-up. As a freshman, Justin competed in the most games ever by a UMBC first-year player and started the final 23 games of the season. Justin's best individual performance came against Hartford in which Justin set a UMBC Division I record with 20 points and 20 rebounds in the same game. Similar to his playing days at West Perry, UMBC's basketball program reached unprecedented success during Justin's career. During Justin's sophomore season, UMBC won the America East League and Tournament Championships which allowed them to compete in the NCAA National Championship Tournament. On March 21, 2008, UMBC played Georgetown at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Along with athletic success, Justin excelled in the classroom. Justin is a member of the 2009 America East Men's Basketball All-Academic Team. Justin earned his Bachelor's degree in Financial Economics from UMBC in 2010. He has remained in the Baltimore/DC area and is currently working for Sebonic Financial as a Senior Mortgage Loan Officer.


Ms. Amie Kretzing

Field Hockey, Track & Field, Basketball 1996 - 1999

Amie was a tri-sport athlete at West Perry from 1996-1999 as a standout in field hockey, track and field, and of course, where she made her biggest impact as a Mustang - basketball.

She was a stalwart defensive player for the West Perry Field Hockey team, which won 3 Perry County Championships and 1 Mid-Penn Division III Championship during her career. Some of her other accomplishments as a field hockey player included earning 1 JV Letter, 3 Varsity Letters, the West Perry Field Hockey Coach's Award, being a two-time Mid-Atlantic Camp All-Star, and being voted a team captain her senior year. She also took her talents to the Mustang Track and Field Team where she contributed as a thrower. Over three years she accumulated 242 career points while competing in all three throwing disciplines. As a senior Amie won the javelin throw event at the Perry County Championship, and she remains on the Top 25 lists for both the discus throw at #13 and the javelin throw at #11. A three-time Varsity Track and Field Letter winner, she was also honored with back to back West Perry Field Awards as well as the Best Thrower Award. In the words of Amie's throwing coach, Bob Anderson, "Amie was a tremendous role model for her teammates. With her happy, friendly personality, she always gave her best effort and was willing to work hard to improve her skills, and challenged her teammates to the same. As a competitor, Amie challenged her opponents to bring their "A" game because she always wished the best for everyone."

While excelling in her other sports, Amie's legacy as Mustang was cemented on the basketball court. Never hiding the fact that basketball was her favorite sport, Amie immediately became one of the Mustangs' most important pieces from the first moment she stepped on the court. A Varsity Letter winner all four years, she scored 1,335 career points, finished 2nd in career free throws, 3rd in all-time three-point shooting percentage, and 13th in career rebounds at only 5' 4-1/2". She also ranks in the Top 10 in steals and assists. To no one's surprise, Amie was a three-time Mid Penn Division III All-Star, a three-time Mid Penn Division III scoring leader, a Mid Penn Conference Student Athlete Award winner, a three-time member of the Carlisle Sentinel All-Star Team, Pennsylvania-Maryland Shootout All-Star, and won the West Perry Girls' Basketball Coach's Award. Druing her career, the Mustangs won a Perry County Championship and a Mid Penn Division III Championship. She was also selected to be a team captain during her senior year and won the Team MVP Award. Longtime West Perry Girls' Basketball Coach Scott Moyer had this to say of Amie, "On the basketball court, Amie Kretzing was as hardworking and competitive as anyone I have ever coached. This drive propelled her to becom an elite Midstate player. Off the floor she was and continues to be one of the nicest people I have ever met."

Some of her other accolades during her athletic career at West Perry include being named a Who's Who in Sports All Star, a Perry County Athletic Directors Association Student Athlete Award Winner, a Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (West Shore Chapter) Scholar Athlete Award Winner and the 1999 West Perry Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year. Amie was also an outstanding student at West Perry. She was an American Legion Auxiliary 'Medal Award' winner, was named a HOBY Ambassador, won a PA Association of School Retirees Lauretta Woodson Award, earned Distinguished Honor Roll and Student of the Month all four years, was named to Who's Who Among High School Students for three years, earned three US Achievement Academy Awards for Honor Roll and Leadership, and graduated 6th in her class of 231.

After high school, Amie continued her basketball career at Messiah College where over her four year playing career the Falcons had a record of 100-18. They also played in the NCAA Division III Tournament all four years including advancing to the second round twice, the Elite Eight once, and one appearance in the NCAA Division III National Championship Game. The Falcons also had the highest team GPA out of 400+ schools two years in a row. Some of her individual collegiate accomplishments included being named the MAC Player of the Week, setting the free throw percentage record her freshman year, and being named MAC All-Conference for the Commonwealth Division both her Junior and Senior years. She finished her Falcon career with 1406 points, set the record for all time free throw percentage, and was 2nd all time for career three-point percentage.

Amie has also done outstanding community service work by volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girls on the Run, the New Bloomfield Fire Company, and serving as Messiah College Basketball Camp Commissioner. She has a Masters of Education degree in Reading and is currently employed by the Steelton-Highspire School district as a Third Grade teacher.

Ms. Morgan Sheaffer

Field Hockey, Basketball, Track & Field 2008-2011

If you were making a list of superlatives to describe our second enshrine, you would quickly run out of paper. Simply put, Morgan Sheaffer is one of the most prolific athletes in the history of West Perry High School.

She was an outstanding field hockey and basketball player, but it was in track and field where she was a dominant force as a runner and thrower.

Morgan was a key offensive contributor for the Mustang field hockey team for four years. She helped lead the Mustangs to the 2010 Mid Penn Capital Division Championship and made two District III AA Tournament appearances. On the basketball court, Morgan used her speed and ball-handling skills as an outstanding guard. Over her four years, the Mustangs won 3 out of 4 Perry County Championships and made two District III AAA Tournament appearances. The career statistics she finished with were very impressive - 1097 points, 222 assists, 397 rebounds, and 334 steals. Her totals rank her 10th all-time for scoring and 2nd all-time in steals. Former West Perry Coach Scott Moyer had this statement upon looking back at Morgan's career, "Morgan Sheaffer was able to dominate teams at both ends of the floor with rarely seen athleticism. Morgan continues to be the most gifted athlete I have ever worked with."

Although she excelled at both field hockey and basketball, it was as a member of the track and field team where Morgan truly left her imprint as a Mustang. Over four years she competed in six different events - the 200 Meter Dash, 400 Meter Dash, 800 Meter Run, 1600 Meter Run, 4 x 400 Meter Relay, and the Javelin Throw. When her career was over, Morgan had set West Perry school Records for five out of the six (records which still stand today!). She is also the school career leader for points with an astonishing 1,680. As dominant as Morgan was in the individual events, she was possibly more impressive as the anchor of the 4 x 400 Meter Relay Team, as no lead was ever safe for an opposing team as her competitive drive would not allow her to let her team lose. She led the mustangs to the 2011 Perry County Championship. At the Stan Morgan Invitational, Morgan won the Stan Morgan Award as Outstanding Female Athlete three years in a row. . During her illustrious career, while she won numerous Mid Pen Conference and Perry County individual championships, it was the District KKK Championships that she turned into her personal playground. As a junior she compete in both the 400 Meter Dash and the 800 Meter Run and own both events. Not one to be satisfied though, she returned the next year as a senior and no only wont the 400 and 800 events, for the second straight year but won the Javelin Throw championship as well. In that event having already won by the margin of 1 inch when it came time for her final throw, Morgan insisted on taking I tand threw the best throw of her career - a school record of 137' 1". Morgan won two PIAA Championship medals her senior year - 3rd Place in the 800 Meter Run and 4th Place in the Javelin Throw. Veteran Mustang Throwing Coach Bob Anderson had this to say about Morgan, "Morgan was blessed with God given talent. Opponents learned very quickly that she was super quick, very competitive, and could rin like a deer. With the determination to be the best that she could be, Morgan trained longer and harder, always pushing herself toget better. She loved to compete and was always ready to give 100%. Morgan knew how to raise her competitive level for each competition so that she could excel. She was a joy to coach and to watch perform as she always thrilled her West Perry fans. Congratulations on your well-deserved induction and thanks for the memories."

Morgan also was active with several service projects while at West Perry. She helped organize a Chuck-A-Duck Basketball Game to help fight breast cancer, participated in the Relay for Life, worked on landscaping of the High School grounds, and worked with the West Perry Youth Basketball Program.

Upon graduating from West Perry, Morgan continued her education at James Madison University where she earned a degree in Nursing and continued her track and field career. She competed in the 800 Meter Run, 4 x 400 Meter Relay, 4 x 800 Meter Relay, and the Javelin Throw. In the 800 Meter Run her career best was 2:11. In 2012 Morgan helped the Dukes win the CAA Team Championship, and was part of a 4 x 800 Meter Relay team that won the 2014 Eastern Collegian Athletic Conference Championship with a new meet record. She is also a member of school record holding indoor 4 x 800 Meter Relay Team.

Reflecting on Morgan's impact on Mustang Track and Field, her coach, Tom Abeling had the following remarks, "Morgan Sheaffer was the epitome of a star athlete. She was everything a coach and a teammate could wish for. District III athletes and coaches admired her gutsy and prominent performances but were overjoyed when she graduated. Morgan was a fierce competitor who never gave up, never made excuses, never pointed fingers, and most importantly, never gloated or let her head swell. she elevated the performance of both teammates and competitors. Ms. Sheaffer was the ultimate team player. She put the team score and outcome ahead of her individual goals. Morgan's extremely hard work every day at practice and in the offseason, combined with her natural talent, created a potent combination. Morgan was mentally and physically tough and did whatever she was asked to do. Versatility was another of her strengths - she was talented enough to score and win most of the 18 track and field events. I never questioned her focus, desire, determination or commitment to the Mustangs. During meets she cheered on her teammates between and after her own events. In short, Morgan inspired others to excel - not only in athletics but in the classroom and as a person. She was a team leader and a notable member of our student body throughout her high school career. As tenacious as Morgan was while competing, she was friendly and compassionate when the event concluded. She was a mature and driven young lady. Although Morgan is an incredibly special person, superior student, and gifted multi-sport athlete, she never desired, expected or received special treatment. I feel honored to have coached you and blessed to have known this endearing and genuine track and field star. Thank you, Morgan!"


John Liebel
 Football, Basketball, Baseball 1975-1978

One attribute of a hall of fame athlete is to leave a lasting legacy long after your playing career, and one former Mustang athlete that did just that is John Liebel. 

He was an outstanding athlete at West Perry from 1975-1978, and left a lasting impression on the football field, the basketball court, and the baseball diamond.

John was a three-year starter for the Mustang Football Team and was a Twin Valley League All-Star Selection each year.  As a sophomore and a junior, he was a First Team Selection as a punter.  He then earned that distinction for a third consecutive season as a senior, as well as being selected First Team quarterback and defensive back.  His statistics over the three years are beyond impressive – 2,515 all purpose yards, 8 rushing touchdowns, 9 touchdown passes, 11 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries, 126 tackles, and a 38.8 yard punting average.  John’s leadership qualities made him a natural selection by his teammates as a tri-captain both his junior and senior season alongside 2011 Hall of Famer, Dave Weaver.  This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the 1977 Mustang Team they led, alongside fellow tri-captain Brian Stambaugh, to the school’s first ever Twin Valley  Conference Championship.

On the basketball court, John was the ultimate team player.  He led the Mustangs in assists and steals in both his junior and senior seasons and was a 2nd team Twin Valley League All-Star selection as a junior.  He scored a total of 37 points in four Perry County Tournament games over his career, helping to lead West Perry to the 1976 Perry County Tournament Championship.

John also left a lasting legacy as a Mustang on the baseball diamond.  He was the first freshman to ever play on the Varsity Baseball Team at West Perry.  As a sophomore, he helped lead the Mustangs to the 1976 Tri-Valley League Championship.  In 1977, his junior season, John had a team leading .491 batting average (TVL leading .535 average), and also lead the team in home runs, RBIs, hits, and, stolen bases.  John set school records that year for runs and stolen bases.  These accomplishments earned him a selection as a First Team Tri-Valley League All-Star Infielder.  John was just setting the stage though for his senior season.   In 1978, as he closed out his Mustang career, John went out with a bang.  He again lead the Mustangs in several categories – hits, triples, stolen bases, and batting average.  John was not only a First Team Tri-Valley League All-Star selection as an outfielder, he was selected the overall 1978 Tri-Valley League Most Valuable Player.  When his senior season was concluded, he left the program having set 8 West Perry School Records – Most Career at Bats (170), Most Single-Season Runs (27), Most Career Runs (75), Most Career Hits (74), Most Single Season Triples (7), Most Career Triples (10), Most Single Season Stolen Bases (18), and Most Career Stolen Bases (47).   

John continued his athletic career at Western Maryland (Now McDaniel) College as a four Varsity starter for both football and baseball.  He set a school baseball record his freshman year with 11 stolen bases, and as a senior baseball player was a co-captain and a Second Team All-Conference selection.

He would later return to West Perry to serve as an assistant coach for both the football and baseball programs.

John’s football coach, Bob Anderson, had this to say about his impact on Mustang Athletics, “John was a very talented three sport athlete at West Perry.  He was very competitive, full of energy, and always gave his best effort for the success of his team.”

Former Mustang baseball coach, Larry Frederick had this statement, “John Liebel is certainly a worthy selection and a credit to the West Perry Athletic Hall of Fame.”

Mr. Gregory Swab
Football, Basketball, Baseball 1968-1971

When you look for someone who left a lasting impact on not only West Perry Athletics but the community as a whole, then you look no further then Greg Swab. 

Greg was a triple threat for the Mustangs from 1968 to 1971.  He played offensive guard and linebacker for the football team, and in his senior season he served as a team captain and led the team in tackles.  Greg made perhaps his biggest impact on the basketball court for West Perry.  As team captain he was a court general playing the point guard position, and was selected as Most Valuable Player for both the team and the Tri-Valley League as a senior.  Greg was also a captain of the baseball team and was selected as a Tri-Valley League All-Star Outfielder.

As impressive as his athletic feats are, Greg arguably made a bigger contribution to West Perry when, following the completion of his career in the United States Army, he returned to Elliottsburg to serve as the District’s Chief of Security.   Greg was more than just a security guard, however.  He was fan cheering on all of the Mustang sports teams, handing out high fives to players, and always wishing them good luck.  Greg enjoyed talking to students and athletes about West Perry Athletic history.   He could even be seen quite often shooting hoops either by stopping in during Wellness & Fitness class or before games with the basketball team.  Greg was the definition of a fixture at West Perry.


Mustangs’ Girls Track and Field Coach T.J. Quaker had this to say about Mr. Swab, “Greg provided a lasting impact to students, staff, and the community over past 15 plus years.  He always served his community and was the ultimate team player.”


West Perry Football Coach Bob Boden offered these remarks, “Greg Swab is West Perry through and through.  Whether through athletics or through his work, he epitomized what being a Mustang is all about.  I cannot think of a more deserving person for this honor.”


Greg holds yet another distinction, as he and his brother, C.A., hold the distinction of being the first set of brothers to be elected.


Mr. Chris Yentzer
Wrestling 1996-2001


When making a list of the best wrestlers to ever don a West Perry singlet, one name you’ll find right around the top is Chris Yentzer. 


Chris’ career spanned from 1996 -2001, and he finished as one of the most decorated wrestlers in school history.  His dominance started in eighth grade, when he became the first middle school wrestler ever to complete a season undefeated.  This led to him earning a varsity starting position as a freshman.  Although hampered by an injury his junior season that sidelined him for eight matches, Chris was one of the best wrestlers at 103 pounds in Central Pennsylvania throughout his high school career.  He saved his best wrestling though for his senior season.  Chris earned a 3rd Sectional Tournament medal and the following week became West Perry’s first and only District Wrestling Champion.  At the PIAA Wrestling Championships, competing in what Rod Frisco of the Patriot-News called the “toughest weight class of 2001”, he went 3-2 and brought home the only state medal in school history with a seventh place finish.  He finished the season as the school’s first 30 Win wrestler.  Chris was the first West Perry wrestler to be selected to compete at the District III All-Star Meet where his 4-3 victory in double overtime helped propel his team to a 31-30 victory.  Following the season he won the wrestling team’s Charles Schwanger Memorial Award for Most Dual Meet Falls and the Senior Award for Wrestling Excellence.  He finished with a career record of 92-21.  Some of Chris’ other accomplishments during his career include being three time Mid Penn Tournament Medalist, Eastern York Tournament Champion, Lewistown Tournament Champion, four time Mid Penn Conference All-Star Selection, CBS 21 and Carlisle Sentinel Athlete of the Week, two time member of the 20 Win Club, two time Team Most Outstanding Wrestler, and four year Varsity Letter winner.  He also set new school records for Career Wins, Two Point Nearfalls, and Three Point Nearfalls.


Chris continued his wrestling career at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.  Following graduation he moved into the coaching ranks with successful runs as head coach at Central York High School and as an assistant coach at Millersville University.  In addition Chris runs lessons and technique sessions for school age wrestlers, and he has returned on several occasions to run clinics and camps here at West Perry.


His coach, Roger Austin, had this statement about Chris, “Chris’ accomplishments, leadership, and post high school commitment make him very worthy of being a Hall of Famer.”


Former West Perry Wrestling Coach, Shelly Wertz offered these remarks, “Chris set a high bar of excellence for himself which positively impacted the coaches and athletes around him.


Chris prepared this statement about his election, I would like to thank all who has helped me accomplish this honor!  Performing in front of ravenously supportive home fans is what fuels us to excel to our greatest potential.  Thank you always for showing the love.  Remember the louder you get the stronger we get; so fill the stands, get loud, remind us that we don't stand alone when we are engaged in our grittiest battles.” 

Mr. Willie Reisinger

A hall of fame athlete is one whose accomplishments are long remembered after their playing career.  That most certainly describes the late Willie Reisinger.   

Willie was an outstanding two sport athlete at West Perry from 1965-1968 as a member of the soccer and baseball teams.  It was on the baseball diamond, where he truly left his mark as a Mustang. 

Willie was a superb three year player contributing as a pitcher and center fielder.  As a sophomore, he started his Mustang career with 9 hits, 10 runs, 4 RBIs, 4 stolen bases, and a .257 batting average.   During his junior season, he helped the team to a record of 15-3 and increased his statistics to 17 hits, 11 runs, 15 RBIs, 6 stolen bases, and a .321 batting average.  He also belted 4 home runs.  Willie saved his best though for his senior season.   Over the course of 16 games, Willie compiled 14 hits and .298 batting average.  He also led the team with 19 runs, 16 RBIs, 9 stolen bases and 4 home runs.  He accumulated a pitching record of 4 wins and 2 losses.  As a result of his stellar season, Willie was named the 1968 Tri-Valley League Most Valuable Player.  He also helped lead the Mustangs to the District Playoffs in both 1967 and 1968.    

Following graduation, Willie began his career in the construction field primarily as a plumber and electrician for H.M. Greaney, James E. Swenson, Inc, and finally Collins Construction, Inc. from which he retired.  Willie was well known for his jocular personality and was a devoted family man to his three sons and ten grandchildren. 

Former Mustang baseball coach, Larry Frederick had these thoughts about Willie, “As I look back over my coaching career at West Perry, we had a lot of very good baseball players.  I think Willie was in the top five and probably had the best arm.  The pros would call him a five tool player. ” 

It is with much honor and respect that we enshrine Willie Reisinger into the West Perry Athletic Hall of Fame.



Leadership, unselfishness, athleticism, and versatility – these are just some of the qualities used to describe our first honoree – Ryan McMillen.   Ryan left an indelible mark across the landscape of Mustang athletics.
Spreading his talents across four sports, he played a huge part in bringing more success to our football, soccer, basketball and baseball programs, where he earned 12 varsity letters.
Ryan was an integral part of our boys’ soccer program as a four year starter.  During his career, he helped lead the Mustangs to three District III Playoff appearances (advancing twice to the quarterfinals)  and to capture the school’s first ever Mid Penn Conference Capital Division championship.  Ryan finished his soccer career with an impressive 34 goals, 14 assists, and 82 total points.  Following his senior season, he was selected as a 1st team MPC Capital Division All-Star and to play in the 32nd annual Central PA Scholastic All Star Soccer Game.  Ryan was named to the All-Sentinel Team and to the Patriot-News Big 11 Second Team.  During his senior year while a still a member of the soccer team, Ryan also added punting and kicking duties for the football team to his résumé.  Over the course of the season, he pinned opponents with his punts inside their own 20 seven times, leading him to be named the MPC Colonial Division 2nd Team All Star Punter.  Ryan also kicked 38 extra points and 2 field goals to finish the season with 44 points.

Ryan was a four year player on the Mustang basketball team, including serving as a starter and team captain his senior year.  As a senior, he accomplished the feat of making five 3 point shots in 3 different games.   He finished his career with 335 points.  Ryan was named an MPC Capital Division All Star Honorable Mention and All-Sentinel Team Honorable Mention.

However, Ryan saved his greatest accomplishments as a Mustang, for the diamond, adding to the already storied history of West Perry Baseball.  Again a four year starter, he finished his career as West Perry’s all time leader in runs (111), hits (101), doubles (21), walks (52), hit by pitches (23) and at bats (270).  Ryan joined fellow Hall of Famer Jaymie Stum as only the second baseball player in the 100 Hit Club.  Over four years, he helped lead the Mustangs to 3 Perry County Championships, 3 MPC Capital Division Championships, 4 District III Playoff appearances, and an undefeated regular season in 2013.  Some of his other accolades were - four time MPC Capital Division All Star , 2013 MPC Capital Division Player of the Year, two time All-Sentinel 1st Team selection, two time Patriot-News Big 11 Team selection, and a 1st team selection for PA High School Baseball Coaches Association AAA All-State Team.  Ryan was also selected to play for Pennsylvania in the inaugural Big 26 Baseball Classic and scored Pennsylvania’s first ever run.  

In addition to these accomplishments, Ryan added two more prestigious honors to finish his Mustang career.  He was named a finalist for the John Travers Award and was named West Perry’s Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year.  Ryan was a member of National Honor Society, Class Vice President, and graduated with distinguished honors. 

Ryan moved on to Shippensburg University to continue his baseball career, and did not miss a beat.  A three year starter, he had his best season as a senior with a team high 81 hits and 64 runs, and he led the PSAC in hits, runs, and at bats.  He served as a team captain his junior and senior seasons, and was named a PSAC East 1st Team All Conference selection and a 2nd Team Division II All-Atlantic Region Team selection.  Ryan graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science with minors in coaching and biology.  

Ryan’s soccer coach, Jared Weibley had these words – “Ryan was a standout on the soccer field; recognized for his technical ability, athleticism, and work ethic.  His soccer accomplishments and unselfishness combined with basketball, football, and a stellar baseball career make him very deserving of this honor.”

West Perry Baseball Coach Jeff Sanno said of Ryan – “It was an honor and privilege to coach Ryan McMillen.  He is without a doubt the best position player I have coached in my tenure.  Ryan’s stats speak for themselves, however his contributions to our program throughout his career went much further than that.  Ryan was a tremendous leader on and off the field.  At all times, he put his own individual goals aside in order to solely focus on our team goals.  I cannot speak highly enough of Ryan McMillen.”   



Rarely is an athlete labeled as perhaps the school’s most dominating player ever for a particular sport, but that is just the case for our second honoree.  Jacob Oldaker is arguably the most dominating Mustang soccer player in school history.

In addition to soccer, Jacob was also an important piece of our boys’ basketball program.  He primarily served as a defensive specialist and helped lead the Mustangs to two District III Playoff appearances.  
On the soccer field, though, was where Jacob truly left his mark as a Mustang.  As a freshman, he contributed 7 goals, 10 assists, and 24 points, but that would be just the tip of the iceberg.  The following year, Jacob increased his totals to 14 goals, 8 assists, and 36 points, and added his first MPC Colonial Division 1st Team All Star selection.  As a junior, he set single season school records for goals with 34 and points with 82.  Once again, he was a 1st Team All Star selection and also earned the MPC Capital Division Golden Boot Award.  Jacob was not finished, however.  In his senior season, he broke his own single season records with 41 goals and 94 points.  Among the accolades he collected that year were – his third MPC Capital Division 1st Team All Star selection, his second MPC Capital Division Golden Boot Award, All-Sentinel 1st Team selection, and Patriot-News Big 11 Team selection.   Jacob finished his career with West Perry and Perry County records with 96 goals and 236 points, and joined the West Perry 100 Point Club.

Jacob continued his soccer career at Lock Haven and scored 19 goals with 11 assists over his four year career.  He was appointed to a team leadership role his junior and senior seasons.  Jacob was the 2012 PSAC Freshman of the Year and was a 2014 and 2015 All-PSAC All Star selection.
Jacob is set to graduate from Widener Law School.

His basketball coach, Michael Urich, offered these words – “I have had the privilege to coach Jacob in both basketball and soccer at a multitude of competitive levels.  I believe it was his competitive drive that set him apart and allowed him to excel throughout his high school career.  Jacob was never outworked.  It did not matter if it was a practice or a game, Jacob was as competitive a player as I have coached in the past twenty-seven years.”

Jared Weibley , Jacob’s soccer coach, had this reflection on his career – “Jacob Oldaker was a standout on the soccer field; setting records that will likely stand for many years to come, not just at West Perry but for all of Perry County.  Praised for his technical ability, athleticism, and his work rate, many people would agree that Jacob dominated a sport in a way that has little to no precedent at West Perry.  Jacob’s contribution to our athletic community went beyond statistics, though.  He was instrumental in making West Perry a well-respected, competitive program.”



The motto of the West Perry Cross Country Team is “Running is not what we do, it’s who we are.”  This fittingly describes inductee Jonathan Eckert, arguably the greatest distance runner to ever wear a Mustang uniform.  Nicknamed “The Machine” by his teammates, Eckert over the course of four years from 1978-1981, set the standard that all runners that followed would strive for.
As a freshman on the track and field team, Jonathan immediately focused his attention on competing in the long distance events and immediately began to excel.  Over the course of 11 meets, he won the mile run 6 times, was runner up 3 times, and twice finished in 3rd place.  His record in the two mile run was even better winning 8 times and finishing as runner up 3 times to complete his season with 89 points.  Eckert improved his record during his sophomore season.  During 15 meets, he won the mile 14 times with one runner up finish.  He performed even better in the two mile – finishing unbeaten in regular meets, a 3rd place finish at the Shippensburg Invitational, and 1st place at the Tri Valley League Championships.   As a sophomore, he compiled 103 points.  In 1980, metric distances were used for the first time, and John kept getting better.  While racking up 236 points, John finished unbeaten in the 1600, 3200, and 4x800 meter events in 15 meets including the Tri Valley League Championships, and won the 3200 at the Shippensburg Invitational.  He added the high jump to his repertoire, and finished 1st 7 times.  At the District III AA Championships, he placed in the 1600, 3200, and 4x800 meter events.  He saved his best for the PIAA AA State Championships, finishing fourth in the 1600 and sixth in the 3200 while setting West Perry school records for both events.  His 1600 meter run record (4:24.74) stood for 37 years and his 3200 meter run record (9:23.74) still stands to this day.
In the fall of 1980, Coach Nick Battiste decided to give Jonathan a new challenge – cross country.  Even though there was no school cross country team, he got John invited to 7 meets.  He went undefeated in all 7 meets, became the only District III (AA) Cross Country champion in school history, and finished third in the PIAA AA Championships.  His senior year of track and field was hampered by stress fractures, but John still competed when his team needed him.  He helped the team to a 12-1 record, winning the 1600 nine times, and again finished undefeated in the 3200 and 4x800 meter relay.  He also won the Tri Valley Championship in all three events.  He finished with 133 points, but the stress fractures prevented him from running in the postseason.   Jonathan finished his career with a total of 561 points, and helped the team to a total record of 53 wins and 7 losses.  He also finished with Tri Valley League records in the one mile, two mile, 3200 meter run, and 4x800 meter relay.
Jonathan moved on to the University of Pennsylvania following graduation and continued his running career.  He was a six time letterman in cross country and track and field, and was the cross country MVP in 1984.  He also finished 7th twice in the 10,000 meters at the HEPS Championships.  John was also a four time winner of the local Perry 5000 race, twice while in high school and twice while in college.
John’s coach, West Perry Hall of Famer Nicholas Battiste, remarked that “John exemplified a coach’s dream type of athlete.  He was a state medalist in both sports, and West Perry will be proud to display John’s name on its Hall of Fame plaque.”  His teammate, Tom Abeling had this reflection, “In high school, I and other teammates referred to John Eckert as ‘the machine’ due to racing style and consistency.  John epitomizes the best distance runner to ever attend West Perry High School.  In my 29 years of coaching track and field at West Perry, John’s times, performances, and workouts were ‘the standard’ we utilized to measure and compare other distance runners’ performances to.”


One attribute of a hall of fame caliber athlete is to be a game-changer – having that quality to be able to do what needs to be done in the moment to help your team succeed. One such athlete who fits this description perfectly is inductee Derek Morrison, who played football and baseball from 1994-1997.
As a member of the football team, Derek contributed as a backup quarterback as a sophomore, and as a team captain and starting quarterback as a junior. In his one year as the starter, Derek compiled 788 total yards.  He threw 6 touchdown passes, ran for four more touchdowns, and kicked 4 PATs. However, his biggest contribution was his ability to come up with a big play when his team needed it the most including a 58 yard highlight reel touchdown run in a 19-0 win over Susquehanna Township.
Derek contributed even more to the West Perry Baseball program. As a four year starter, he collected many accolades and honors including the Patriot-News All-Freshman Team, the Patriot-News All-Sophomore Team, and the Patriot-News Big 11 1st Team as both a junior and senior. He was also named the 1997 Carlisle Sentinel Baseball Player of the Year. Derek was invited along with fellow West Perry Hall of Famer B.J. Barns to the Team One Regional Showcase in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1995.  That year he also earned the Clemson Tiger Baseball Camp Best Hitter Award.  The following year Derek was invited to the Team One National Showcase in Cincinnati for the Top 96 high school players in the country. In 1997, he attended tryouts for both the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies two week before the MLB Draft. Derek left the West Perry program having amassed impressive statistics – 17 wins as a pitcher including 180 strikeouts, 27 outfield assists, and a record 89 career RBIs. He also finished with 80 total hits (47 singles, 14 doubles, 11 triples, and 8 home runs) and a career batting average of .349. Derek’s contributions help lead his teams to 1 Perry County Tournament Championship, 4 MPC Division III Championships, District III AAA Playoff appearances four consecutive years (including a 4th Place finish in 1995 and a 3rd Place finish in 1996), and the PIAA AAA Quarterfinals in 1996.
Derek received a full scholarship to George Mason University and immediately contributed to the Patriots baseball program. He started all 54 games as a freshman, had a 17 game hitting streak, and finished as the runner up for CAA Rookie of the Year.  In 1998 he was invited to play for the Wilson Tobs of the wooden bat Coastal Plain League.  In 1999, he was invited to the most prestigious wooden bat league in the country, the Cape Cod League, to play for the Bourne Braves. While he was a member of the Braves, Derek got to play with and against future Major League Baseball players.
Derek’s coach, Larry Frederick remarked, “Derek was truly a gifted athlete.  He was a joy to coach.  He arrived at practice every day working to improve himself.  He was what the pro scouts call a 5 tool player.”
Former West Perry baseball coach Jay Kipp offered these thoughts, “Derek was a student and player whose maturity was well beyond his age. In practices and games, he was a mature, motivated, and focused player.  He was willing to take advice and suggestions and was a very coachable player. Derek was, in baseball verbiage, a very gifted five tool player. He could hit for average, hit for power, field well, had a very strong arm, and could run well. Derek Morrison is the type of model person that young athletes should emulate and be motivated to become.”


Some athletes focus their time and attention on one or two sports, but then there are truly special individuals who can play three different sports and excel in each one.  One such special athlete is inductee Billy Stum, a three sport star for the Mustangs in the late 1970s playing soccer, basketball, and baseball.
Billy was one of the top offensive players on the West Perry soccer team for three years. As a sophomore, he had a team leading 12 goals, helped lead the Mustangs to the District III AAA Quarterfinals, and was selected as a Tri-Valley League All Star. Billy repeated as a TVL All Star the following year. He was selected the team captain as a senior, and finished his career as a three year letter winner.
On the basketball court, Billy was a top contributor for the Mustangs. He led the team in scoring as both a junior and senior, and was named a Tri-Valley League 2nd Team All Star both years. As the team captain during his senior season (1977), he helped the team to win the Perry County Tournament and was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
Billy made his biggest impact for West Perry on the baseball diamond. A three year letter winner, he helped lead the team to the 1976 Tri Valley League Championship as a junior with a team leading batting average of .466.  He received the most votes for the Tri Valley League All Star Team for an infielder. As a team captain for the third different sport during his senior year, Billy set a school record with 60 at bats and finished with a .429 batting average and while pitching he struck out 23 batters in 23½ innings.  He was essential part of the Mustangs advancing to the District III Quarterfinals. Once again Billy was selected as a Tri-Valley League All Star. He completed his Mustang career with a combined batting average of. 436 and he also hit 10 home runs.
The icing on the cake for Billy and one of his most impressive accomplishments came at the end of the year at the annual West Perry All Sports Banquet. He was awarded three MVP awards for soccer, basketball, and baseball. Then to top it off, Billy was named the Outstanding Senior Male Athlete of the Year.
Following high school, Billy played Sandlot baseball for over 20 years as a shortstop and pitcher for Loysville and Blain in both the West Shore Twilight and West Branch Leagues.
Former West Perry Baseball Coach Larry Frederick remarked of Billy, “Another young man that came to practice every day working to improve himself.  He is certainly worthy of being in the West Perry Athletic Hall of Fame.”
Former West Perry Football Coach and Assistant Baseball Coach Bob Anderson had this reflection, “With a great work ethic and a desire to excel, Billy would come to practice every day ready to work on his fielding, batting, and pitching skills. He never wanted me to stop hitting him grounders instead he always ask me ‘Coach A, hit me another one!’ Billy was a great role model for his teammates by always displaying a positive attitude and always encouraging them to do the same. Billy was a natural leader who always displayed good character no matter where he was – in the classroom, on the playing field, or in the community. It was a pleasure for me to have had the opportunity to coach him.”


Sometimes it is a natural athletic pedigree that helps turn an athlete into a hall of famer. The son of West Perry Hall of Famer Dave Weaver, inductee Adam Weaver used his inherited athletic ability to become one of the most successful wrestlers in West Perry history.
A four year letter winner, Adam helped lead the Mustangs to one of the best four year stretches in school history. During his career the Mustangs had a combined record of 53-18, achieved a top 10 state ranking, won two Perry County Tournament championships, and made their first postseason appearance by earning a spot in the Mid Penn Conference Duals vs. perennial power Central Dauphin.
Adam also compiled impressive individual statistics as well. Adam was a two-time team captain, four-time letter winner, and four-time MPC All Star selection.  He holds the top three spots for most takedowns in a single season and is also the school record holder for career takedowns with 347. Over his last 63 matches, he compiled a record of 56-7 and finished with 96 career wins.  He was Perry County’s only two-time Mid Penn Conference Tournament champion. In the postseason, Adam was a 2002 Section I-AAA Champion and a 2003 District III/SE Regional AAA Medalist. He was the first West Perry wrestler to be selected to the Patriot-News Big 14 Wrestling Team, and he was named a 2002 Carlisle Sentinel All Star. Adam earned three consecutive spots in the school’s 20 Win Club and was named the team’s MVP. He finished his career by winning the District III Coaches Scholarship Award.
Adam and his father, Dave now become the first father and son combination to be inducted into the West Perry Athletic Hall of Fame.
Former West Perry Wrestling Coach Roger Austin noted, “Adam Weaver was a part of the greatest four years in West Perry Wrestling history, starting as a freshman.  His dedication and commitment helped West Perry Wrestling achieve a state ranking, the school’s first ever postseason competition, various tournament titles, and a complete destruction of our school’s individual and team record books.”
Former West Perry Wrestling Coach Shelly Wertz commented, “Adam was a successful student leader in the program.  His work ethic and dedication to self-improvement was contagious among the team. The wrestling program has had other individuals in the past find success through hard work and off season workouts. However, Adam was able to pull in the rest of his teammates to this next level of training. The investment in off season training through on campus workouts, home workouts, camps, and competitions has continued in the program to this day. This in turn raised the bar of the West Perry Wrestling program.” 



One sure characteristic of a Hall of Famer is to generate comparisons to other Hall of Famers during their career. This is certainly true in the case of former Mustang pitcher Benjamin Dum III.  Over a four year career, Ben simply rewrote the West Perry Baseball record book.
From 2012-2015, Ben helped lead the Mustang Baseball program to a combined record of 78-16, three Perry County Tournament championships, two Mid Penn Conference Colonial Division Championships, four District III AAA Tournament appearances (including twice advancing to the quarterfinals and a 2nd place finish in 2014) and one PIAA AAA State Playoff appearance.  Although he valued team successes above personal accomplishments, it is his individual accolades that are even more impressive.   He pitched two no hitters in his career – one as a freshman and one as a senior.  Ben set the single season ERA record at 0.29 and set career records for games pitched – 49, innings pitched – 278.2, strikeouts – 335, wins – 34, as well as sacrifices on offense – 24. In addition he was a two time West Perry Baseball Team MVP, a three time Gary Dixon Award winner for Outstanding Team Pitcher, a four time MPC Capital Division All-Star selection, a two time MPC Capital Division MVP, a four time Carlisle Sentinel All-Star Selection, a two time Carlisle Sentinel Player of the Year, a Patriot-News All Underclassmen Team selection, a two time Patriot-News Big 11 Team selection, a Pennlive All-Star team selection,  an All-State AAA 1st Team Pitcher selection, and a two time selection for the Pennsylvania Big 26 Classic Team.  He was also named West Perry High School Outstanding Male Athlete in 2015. This outstanding career earned Ben a Division I scholarship to play baseball at Virginia Commonwealth University. West Perry Baseball Coach Jeff Sanno summarized Ben’s career with the following, “Ben’s statistics, records, and awards speak for themselves - he was an outstanding baseball player. However, he was an even better young man. Ben selflessly represented our baseball program to his best abilities at all times on and off the field.  Ben strived for excellence in all that he did.  He brought contagious positive energy to each and every game and practice. Ben was a great role model for our underclassmen. These two characteristics allowed him to develop into a tremendous leader.”
Ben was also a four year member of the Mustang Boys’ Soccer Team. He was a three year starter and while serving as a team captain his senior year, he helped lead the program to the Perry County Tournament championship, the Mid Penn Capital Division Championship, a District III AA Tournament appearance, and a school record for wins with 16. His coach, Jared Weibley, had this reflection, “Ben’s innate ability to juggle personalities and get the most out of his peers was critical to our success. As a coach I was always appreciative of the fact that Ben was committed to the idea of playing multiple sports throughout high school.   As a young player it was clear that his path after high school would include baseball, but he was always aware that multiple activities were important for developing as an athlete, growing as a leader, and broadening his experiences.  Ben is the most humble athlete that I have coached.”
Upon graduation, Ben continued his baseball career at VCU.  During his four year as a Ram, he accumulated 22 wins.  As a junior he pitched four no-hit innings versus Virginia and had a team best 1.64 ERA. During his senior year, he appeared in 21 games, retired 63 batters in 70.1 innings and was an Atlantic-10 All Conference Second Team selection. He also pitched for the Strasburg Express of the Valley League during summer breaks.  His coach, Shawn Stiffler offered these remarks, “I never saw Ben take a day off. It was that work ethic and how much he cared about every detail of his game and training that made his coaching staff and so many of his teammates trust him so much. We always knew as a team that if Ben was in the game that things were going to be fine.  He was going to lead us and give us everything he had that day.”  
Following his college career, Ben started his professional career playing independent baseball with the Southern Illinois Miners. He then signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Twins and was assigned to the Elizabethton Twins of the Appalachian League. Ben is currently playing for the Low-A East Augusta GreenJackets in the Atlanta Braves organization. He is also currently working as a pitching instructor for Full Reps, and as an assistant coach for the Mid-State Mavericks 14U team.


As a two-sport standout in the late 1960s, Al Keller helped set a standard for all future multi-sport athletes to follow.  
As a member of the football team, Al was the epitome of the term ‘all-around player’ playing offense, defense, and special teams.  He started out playing offensive guard as a sophomore before switching to fullback for his junior and senior seasons. As a junior he rushed for 351 yards on 73 carries with an average of 4.8 per carry.  In his senior season, Al had a 100 yard rushing game versus Line Mountain which earned him a spot on the Pennsylvania Big 33 Checklist.  At the end of the season, he was named the Twin Valley Conference Most Valuable Player. He also excelled at the defensive end position with 7 forced fumbles and 1 interception.  Al’s coach, Raymond “Red” Adams remarked, “Al Keller was a strong, quiet, and intelligent athlete. He lived by example and had the respect of our team, our coaches, and every team we played.  Al was the best ‘all-around’ player that I coached at West Perry High School.”
Al also competed on the track and field team for three years in the shot put, discus throw, and 4x220 yard relay events. He set a school record in the shot put of 49’ 9¾” which stood for 34 years, and his school record in the discus throw of 140’ stood for 23 years. He also helped his relay team set a school record as well.  Al qualified for the District III Championships in both the shot put and the discus throw in which he finished in 3rd place. 
After graduation Al continued his athletics at the collegiate level at Stevens Trade School (now Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology) as a member of the football, wrestling, and track and field teams. He continued to play both fullback and defensive end in football and wrestled for 3 years.  During his track and field career, he threw the 16 lb. shot over 45 feet and the 2K discus 145 feet. At the conclusion of his senior year, Al earned the prestigious 40 et 8 Award which was awarded to an outstanding athlete.


A hall of fame athlete can be defined as one who helps lead his teams to heights of success never seen before.  This is a perfect description of Derek Ricker who helped guide West Perry Wrestling through one of the best stretches in program history.
Over the course of four years from 2000-2003, Derek accumulated an impressive list of accomplishments – two year team captain, Northern Lebanon Tournament champion, three time Mid-Penn Conference Tournament medalist, three time District III AAA Sectional Medalist, 2002 District III Championship Medalist, a four year varsity letter winner, a two time Mid Penn Conference All-Star selection, a three time winner of the “Most Dedicated Wrestler” Award, a three time member of the 20 Win Club, a Carlisle Sentinel All-Star selection, a District III Wrestling Coaches Association Scholarship recipient, and he was the only West Perry wrestler to be named to the Pennsylvania Wrestling All-American Academic Team.  During this time, the Mustang Wrestling Teams won two Perry County Tournament championships, earned the school’s first ever postseason appearance by clinching a spot in the Mid Penn Conference Duals, achieved the program’s first ever top 10 state ranking, and finished with a combined team record of 53-18.  His wrestling coach, Roger Austin, remarked that, “Derek was possibly the hardest worker and most respected wrestler to ever wear a West Perry uniform.  He took his career in wrestling further than any other individual in our school’s wrestling history.”
Derek continued his wrestling career at Messiah College (now Messiah University).   Through four years he finished with a career record of 119-44 (the only wrestler in West Perry history to win over 100 matches at the collegiate level). He also accumulated 35 career falls and 233 career takedowns.  Derek was also a two year team captain, a Middle Atlantic Conference champion in 2006, a two time NCAA Division III Championships qualifier as a junior and a senior, and a three time NWCA Scholar All-American from 2005-2007.   He stayed with the Falcon Wrestling program following graduation as an assistant coach from 2009-2017.  Derek helped the program earn four NCAA Division III Regional Championships and second and third place finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships.  He assisted in coaching 21 NCAA All-Americans and four national champions.   Fellow Hall of Famer Chris Yentzer noted of his former teammate, “While our time spent working together athletically brought us both honorable accolades on the mat, it is Derek’s postsecondary success that make a candidate worthy of this honor, and makes him a model figure for future generations.”
Two other West Perry Hall of Famers – Dave Weaver and Matt DeLancey offered praise of Derek as well.  Mr. Weaver reflected, “Derek has always given 100% in his training and in competition.  During his wrestling career in high school and college he represented West Perry and Messiah University with honor and integrity off and on the mat.”  Mr. DeLancey commented, “Derek is an absolute role model for the person that belongs in the Hall of Fame - hard worker, strong character, and excellent athletic performance in the sport of wrestling.  He is highly deserving of this honor.”


Some athletes excel more on the field or court and some athletes excel more in the classroom.  However, it is the truly special athletes who find that perfect balance to excel both on the field and in the classroom.  One such athlete is former Mustang softball player Heather Woods Mahan.
From 1989-1992, Heather was clearly one of the best all-around softball players in Central Pennsylvania.  On the mound, she compiled a career record of 52-13 and set a school record as a junior for single season strikeouts with 102.  Heather set four other school pitching records that still stand – career strikeouts (303), career strikeout average per inning (0.75 for 407 innings), single-season wins (19), and career wins (52).  The latter two marks, in addition, are still standing Perry County records also.  Her prowess on defense was not limited just to pitching, as she was outstanding second baseman also.  So skilled was she at that position that she was named to the Patriot-News Big 11 Team as a senior.  Besides being a very dominant defensive standout, she excelled on the offensive side as well.  Heather set a single season school record for hits as a junior with 35.  She finished her career with 63 RBIs and hit 7 home runs.  Heather was named a Mid Penn Conference Division III All-Star three consecutive seasons from 1990-1992.  During her playing career, Heather bolstered the Mustangs and helped pilot them to two Perry County Tournament championships, three consecutive MPC Division III Championships, and three consecutive District III AAA Playoff appearances.  Her coach Steven Johnson remarked of her career, “One of the most fundamentally complete and talented softball players that I had the honor and privilege to coach during my tenure at West Perry High School was Heather Woods.  Heather’s motivation, commitment, pride, and loyalty to the team made her a natural leader as well as enabling her to be one of the elite softball players in the entire Mid Penn Conference.  Off the playing field, Heather honorably represented West Perry with her gifted ability in academics and music.”
Heather did not limit her success at West Perry strictly to the softball field.  She was an accomplished trumpet player in the Marching, Concert, and Jazz Bands.  In addition, Heather was selected three straight years for the PEMA District Band.  She achieved excellence in the classroom as well.   Heather finished her high school career at the top of her class to be named the Class of 1992 Valedictorian.
Heather continued her education at Penn State University and was selected for the prestigious Penn State Blue Band.  She additionally served as the Secretary of the Blue Band for two years.  She graduated from Penn State in 1996 with a Master of Science in Information Systems Degree.  Heather currently works as a Vice President of Professional Services for Manhattan Associates of Atlanta, Georgia.
East Pennsboro High School softball coach Sharon Etter reflected on Heather’s accomplishments, “I have seen many players on and off the field throughout my 25 years.  Heather was not only one of the top athletes but a player who demonstrated the true meaning of being a student-athlete.  Accomplishing what she did with her academic and softball honors, as well as being able to participate in college with the Blue Band show you her commitment to excellence and her well-rounded talents.”
Two of Heather’s former teammates, Hall of Famers Jodi (Urich) Lavenberg and Erin (Sober) Gay shared observations of Heather.  Jodi Lavenberg commented, “Heather was a freshman when I was a senior.  As a senior and captain on the softball team, I remember wanting Heather to pitch during our varsity games.  She was by far the best pitcher as a freshman.”  Erin Gay offered this opinion, “I had the pleasure of playing softball with Heather Woods on the 1992 Varsity Softball team.  One might say that playing with someone for one year is not long enough to get to know a person; however, it only took one practice to get to know what kind of student-athlete Heather was.  Heather was a leader that led by example as well as a verbal leader providing positive praise and constant feedback to her teammates.  She knew how to push each player to make them better.”