2001 Hall of Fame Bios

Tom Apple – Tom was PIAA state individual golf champion in 1964 and ’65 while lettering four times in tennis and three in basketball at the Ram school.  He was first singles four years at Pennridge and won the Bux-Mont first singles’ tennis championship his senior year.  He also received All-League honors in basketball.  After winning the State Jaycee Golf Championship in ’65, he became the number one linksman at Penn State while leading the Nittany Lions to an ECAC championship in ’68 and ’69. 
Tom has been the head golf pro at the Eagle Vail Club, 1975-1984 (Vail, CO) and Country Club of the Rockies, 1984-present (Vail, CO).  He has received numerous golf teaching awards and was a member of the PGA tour in ’79 and ’80.  He presently also is the Lead Instructor at the PGA National Academy of Golf.

Larry Grim – Larry was a multi-sport athlete, accumulating nine varsity letters before graduating in 1953.  He participated on the football, wrestling, basketball, baseball and track teams while also being active in the Rifle Club at Quakertown.  He was All Bux-Mont his senior year in baseball with a batting average of .500 also being recognized as Panther MVP.  Larry played summer American Legion Baseball and did diamond duty with Richlandtown in the Tri-County League.  He also went back to the hardwoods to play for the U.S. Army 535th Engineering championship team while in the service.  He had a tryout with the Phillies and Pirates.

John “Mac” Haldeman – “Mac” was a three-sport star at Sell-Perk and Albright College, playing for the football, basketball and baseball squads.  In 1928, John, Stan and Ted Haldeman hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in a high school game, a record that stood for 60 years before being tied three years ago.  He was the top scorer for Sell-Perk’s roundball team in ’31. At Albright, he was a feared hitter in baseball and swatted the longest home run ever hit at the Albright field.  After receiving a master’s degree, Mac coached high school football, overseeing Tunkhannock (PA) H.S. to a 1942 District 12 football title and later Grady H.S. (Atlanta, GA) to a state title in ’53.  He also was head coach of top level baseball and girls’ basketball teams in the 50’s.  He coached College All-Americans and one future pro gridiron player in Atlanta.  After retiring from coaching and administrative work at the secondary level, he was a statistician for the Atlanta Falcons for seven years in the 80’s.

Dolores “Chick” Kramer – “Chick” has one of the best all-time high school coaching records in the Bux-Mont while at Pennridge.  As an athlete at Liberty H.S., Bethlehem she lettered in hockey, basketball, volleyball and softball while participating in soccer, bowling and gymnastics at the intramural level.  She was in the band and orchestra.  Dolores earned ten letters (field hockey -4, basketball – 4, volleyball -1 and archery 1) at East Stroudsburg University and was also in the band.  In 1954 she coached field hockey, basketball and softball at Pennridge and in 18 seasons the Ram basketball team won seven Bux-Mont championships and had five undefeated teams.  Her softball squads won titles in 11 of 18 years and had five unbeaten years.  In basketball and softball her combined record was 219-56 (.796).  In 1961 she started the Perkasie Glenettes softball team that competed in the Girls Amateur Softball Association, a Class A Fast Pitch League.  They won many state and regional titles.  “Chick” is an All-Star bowler (lifetime 184 average) and was a Philadelphia All-Star field hockey player.  Post-Pennridge she coached the Sul Ross College (Texas) volleyball team to state championships in ’78-’80 and was recently inducted into the Allentown Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame and has received golfing awards.  Dolores coached the 1975 East Stroudsburg University softball squad to a second place in the nationals.

Virginia Benner Mann – “Prissy” won 11 letters in a stellar High School career.  She played on six Sell-Perk league championship teams, three in softball.  Graduating in 1941, Virginia seemed to strike out the majority of the hitters she faced, mowing down 15 and 14 in two outings her junior year.  She changed positions and caught the few games she did not pitch and was one of the best hitters on the Sell-Perk nine.  Virginia also lettered in hockey and basketball and played on all three squads in ’37-’38 when they all won league crowns.

Dick Miller – Dick was an all-around standout athlete at Quakertown.  His last two years there he garnered eight letters with two each in football, basketball, baseball and track.  He was All Bux-Mont in three sports and was second in District One in the 220 yard dash in 1950, his senior season.  He captained the basketball squad his final year.  He was the first athlete to represent QHS at the State PIAA Track Meet.  Dick collected eight letters at West Chester University and co-captained the track team, winning the Pennsylvania State College 220 yard dash his senior collegiate year.  He then played roundball for the champion Quakertown Pioneers in ’51 and was all-league.  In the Army he was baseball MVP of the Fort Bliss Championship Battalion leading his team to the title.  Dick later coached football and track for 13 years before spending 20 years as Athletic Director for the Elizabethtown Area H.S.  He was A.D. of the year in the Lebanon-Lancaster AA in ’80 and the youth basketball program he started in 1963 in Elizabethtown still exists today.  He also oversaw the summer park recreational program for 20 years.

Burt Shelly – Burt either played or coached varsity, military and local league sports through a 54-year span.  It all started in 1940 at Quakertown H.S. when he played varsity football and baseball.  He was a two-way halfback on the gridiron and an all-league baseball catcher where he led the Bux-Mont in hitting his senior year – a .496 average.  In July of ’43, one month out of high school, Burt went into the Navy for WW II where he organized softball teams for three years in Saipan and in the Pacific.  Post-war, he played football for the Quakertown Hurricanes in the Big Six League for three years, playing on the championship ’48 squad.  He played for the Souderton Warriors early in ’49 but broke his collarbone which ended his gridiron days.  Burt played third base in local softball, starting with the Quakertown Weasels in ’46 and his playing days ended in Upper Bucks Softball in 1968 when he hung up his glove.  However, he never used a glove in his softball days, a habit that began in Saipan when there were not enough gloves to field a team.  He coached Quakertown Church League Softball from 1990-1994.

Don Young – Don spent approximately 38 years coaching Quakertown varsity and junior varsity sports after a heralded athletic career at Catasauqua and Ursinus College.  “Youngie” coached 18 years as head Panther basketball coach capturing two Bux-Mont championships (’56-’57 and ’69-’70) and winning 167 games during that period.  He also won junior high football crowns and was the backfield coach for the Panther championship varsity gridiron team in 1970, coaching pro d-back Ken Schroy.  A 1947 high school graduate, he won eight varsity letters (they had no baseball team for one post-war season due to lack of equipment) playing tailback, quarterback and defensive back on the gridiron, guard in basketball and shortstop and pitcher in the spring.  He was named Lehigh Valley League H.S. “Mr. Football” his senior season.  “Youngie” played in a post-season roundball game at the old Madison Square Garden his senior year.  At Ursinus he also accumulated eight letters and was a college Maxwell Club winner as a Bear back his sophomore season.  After two years in the Army he replaced legendary Quakertown coach John Barth as head of Quakertown basketball in 1955.