2000 Hall of Fame Bios

Bob “Reds” Benner – “Reds” won 11 letters in four years at Sell-Perk graduating in 1940.  He lettered on two Bux-Mont championship teams, the 1936 football squad and the 1940 baseball nine.  In his senior year he captained the football team and was co-captain of the baseball team.  In fact, the first points scored at Sell-Perk in a night football game were scored on a Benner 56 yard touchdown pass to Russ Fretz.  He then kicked the extra point.  As a high school pitcher, he struck out 12 Souderton batters (in seven innings) including the side in the last frame of a late season decisive game.  Bob played four years of American Legion ball and led the ’38 team with a .356 average.  He pitched a three hitter against Philadelphia Post in a Southeastern PA playoff game.  In the late 40’s “Reds” played with the Sell-Perk Redbird baseball team and the Perkasie Legion basketball and softball squads.  As a golfer, Bob has stroked two holes-in-ones.

Paul Dietz – Paul played every sport there was at Quakertown, graduating in the Class of ’27 with 15 letters.  He played football, basketball, baseball, track and tennis, captaining each squad his senior year.  He was an All Star player his last few seasons.  After high school, he eventually helped found the Panther Booster Club, serving as president for many years.  He was always active in sports including golf until time took its toll.  Paul is considered a pioneer in Quakertown area sports.

Rudy Faix – Rudy was a multi-sport standout at Sell-Perk, collecting nine varsity letters.  He participated in football, basketball, baseball and track leading the Bux-Mont Basketball League in scoring his senior year, 1950.  He was All-League in baseball and basketball and also an American Legion Baseball All-Star.  After high school, Rudy played basketball for Sell-Perk in the Big Nine League and baseball for the Souderton Warriors of the Perky League.  The team he played on during Army service won the Eastern Germany title.  He played seven years of softball for the very successful Trinity Lutheran squads in the late 50’s and early 60’s and was on two other local softball teams.  Rudy later coached in the Pennridge Little League and Community League.  He was an officer in the Community League, which helped initiate the Pennridge Greenjackets Midget Football program.

Ron Hendricks – “Rail” accumulated 12 varsity letters at Sell-Perk, playing on football, basketball, baseball and track squads, graduating in 1952.  He was All League in football (quarterback, linebacker, defensive back) and basketball where he led the Bux-Mont in scoring (21.1 ppg) his senior year, a new scoring record at that time.  Ron also played on three championship volleyball teams at Sell-Perk and Legion baseball in the summer.  He received a full football scholarship to Bucknell where he started at quarterback, linebacker and defensive back for three years.  In his junior year, in a 48-46 win over Lehigh, “Rail” scored two touchdowns and kicked six extra points to receive the game ball.  He later played post-college basketball for the Perkiomen Indians.  Ron holds the Sell-Perk/Pennridge individual game basketball scoring record with a 42-point effort against Ambler (now Wissahickon) in 1952.

Jessica Heimbach Raymond – “Jess” earned 12 varsity letters in both high school and college athletics.  At Quakertown, she participated in field hockey, basketball and softball, playing on six Bux-Mont championship teams.  She co-captained the basketball team her senior season, 1952.  Jess was also Sports Editor of the Quaker Challenge.  At Swarthmore College she played field hockey, basketball and lacrosse and was basketball co-captain and field hockey captain her senior years.  She was recognized as All-Philadelphia College field hockey player for her four college years and in her last two seasons was chosen on the All-Philadelphia college/club team, playing in a national tournament.  Jessica also played in the National Lacrosse Tournament her last year in college, 1956.  She then coached field hockey, basketball and lacrosse at Westtown (Chester County) School from ’68-’72 and was a PIAA field hockey and lacrosse official from ’72-’80.  She served on the PIAA field hockey executive committee for a year and volunteer/officiated basketball for the Brandywine Youth Club.

Robert “Butch” Slotter A 1953 grad, “Butch” earned nine varsity letters while playing on the football, basketball and baseball teams.  He played center-linebacker in football and was a big part of the stingy (four shutouts) Panther defense during the ’52 season.  Bob pitched, caught and played first base for the Quakertown nine, attaining ERA’s of 1.25 and 1.98 in his final two springs.  Overall he was 13-5 (with a junior year no-hitter) averaging .382 his senior year.  He was All Bux-Mont and a Legion All-Star as a pitcher.  Butch played center/linebacker for four years at Ursinus and captained the baseball squad his senior college year.  His four-year pitching record was 21-6 with an ERA of 1.83, landing him offers from the Chicago White Sox and Phillies.  Butch did not sign.  He later coached Little League baseball for 23 seasons, 19 in the Devon/Strafford area.  His teams won 12 league titles in the 19 years.  Bob also started a baseball school for Little League players in the Philly area and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Devon/Strafford Little League organization for four years.

John “Skeeter” Smoll – “Skeeter” accumulated six letters, three in baseball at QHS.  He played linebacker and quarterback in football (Honorable Mention All-League) and right field in baseball where he was a first team selection two seasons.  He had a career batting average of .359, leading the 1965 Bux-Mont League champions in hitting his senior year with a .439 average.  Earlier, John was a prominent member of the undefeated 1962 Pa. State Connie Mack Titlists.  In ’64 the Quakertown Legion team won league and District 9 championships.  He received the Jaycee award as most outstanding QHS athlete his senior year.  Skeeter started at running back and defensive back at Columbian Prep in ’65 and was a starting linebacker and punter for Gettysburg College his sophomore year before a career-ending injury occurred in the fourth game of the season.  John then served as undergraduate assistant for the football team.  He later coached in the Q-town Connie Mack and American Legion baseball organizations as well as in the Midget Football program.  Skeeter chaired the Parks and Recreation Committee from ’92-’97.

Charles “Spritz” Wimmer – Known as a great runner in track and football.
“Spritz” was said to have ‘flowing rhythm’ on the cinders and the gridiron.  For years he held the Bucks County record for the 100 and 220-yard dashes before Sell-Perk’s Henry Gutekunst one-upped him.  His record in the broad jump was on the record books for 30 years.  A Sell-Perk grad of 1933, he attended Allentown Prep on a sports scholarship.