2003 Hall of Fame Bios

Julie Coladonato – Julie graduated in 1949 and was a letter winner in field hockey and baseball.  The 1947 team won the hockey championship. Her interest in both sports didn’t stop with graduation, as she played 2 years for the Bux-Mont hockey team and 6 years with various baseball teams, including a hardball team in Perkasie, and a touring team from New York called the ‘Nifties’.  She also played basketball for the ‘Owlettes’.  Bowling then became her sport as she rolled up many 200+ games and participated with the Professional Bowlers in their 25th year celebration.

Gary Dimmig – Gary was quick, and holds the record for the longest pass reception with Bob Lewis at 99 yards against Ambler.  Gutekunst couldn’t catch him on Thanksgiving Day either as he scored the winning TD.  His speed won him many records in the 440 and 880 yard runs.  He had the record for the Bux-Mont 880 at 1:59.6.  At the state meet he ran the 880 in 1:58.1 but came in 2nd by 1/10th of a second.  He lettered in basketball, football and track.  As a halfback, he was 2nd team all Bux-Mont in 1960 and had 18 pass receptions, 901 yards rushing and 73 points.  He defended against much larger players on the court including one at 6’9”.  He was named Outstanding All Around Athlete in 1961.  At the Naval Academy he lettered in track and was captain of the indoor track team in ’66.  He excelled at the 440 and 600 yard runs and many relay teams setting more records.

Jerry Haberle - Jerry was a standout at all levels of his baseball career graduating in 1949 from Hilltown High.  He played 4 years in high school plus American Legion, and later 5 years each in the Bucks County and Perky Leagues.  He pitched for all these teams and was a feared hitter.  He batted .540 his senior year in high school, followed by a .510 season in Legion play.  One year in the Bux County League he hit .480.  In the ’48 Legion season he pitched the final game of the season; a 15 inning win to give Sell-Perk the title.  His last year in high school, with Legion and independent ball clubs saw him play in 62 games where he amassed a .510 average.  Jerry was very proficient in golf and became head pro at Indian Valley CC, teaching pro at Upper Perk GC and life member of the PGA.

Jeff Hollenbach – A natural athlete, Jeff’s Pennridge career includes basketball, baseball (All Bux-Mont in ’71) and especially football (All Bux-Mont in ’70).  He amassed many Pennridge passing records; most yards in a game, season and career, plus competitions in a game and career.  He had 37 TD passes and captained the team his senior year, ’71.  He showed his prowess at the University of Illinois, where he was the starting quarterback in ’73 and ’74 and was voted offensive MVP by his teammates in ’74.  After that he had a tryout with the Pittsburgh Steelers in ’75 and also was awarded the Fellowship of Christian Athletes national award, one of only 2 in the country.  He has coached about 30 teams in over 20 years in football, basketball, baseball, softball and tennis.  He has been Pennridge head football coach for 6 years with a 53-19 record.

 

William “Lanky” Landis – “Lanky” Landis, at 6’7” was a power in the Bux-Mont League during the 1942 basketball season, leading the Quakers to the championship.  He was a 1st team selection All Bux-Mont for that year, and the captain of the team.  He starred also as a pitcher for the baseball team, and was offered a tryout for the Philadelphia A’s, but instead went to Albright College to play basketball.  Now at 6’9”, he became the leading scorer and MVP for the ’44-’45 season.  They played an assortment of local and nationally ranked teams during his 3 years, including the U.S. Coast Guard.  He eventually went to work for the railroad, but enjoyed his hunting and fishing.

John Lichtfuss – John was an outstanding 16 letter, 4 sport athlete at Sell-Perk High, class of 1937, playing football, basketball, baseball and track.  Football was his passion.  He did most of the scoring as a fullback, but was also a fine punter, passer and drop kicker.  He clinched the championship in ’36 from Quakertown with a TD and point after.  As a baseball player, he was quite a hitter and pitcher.  On the track, he threw javelin, discus and shot put, but also competed in the high jump.  He held a shot put record for 25 years.  His basketball skills were apparent by lettering 4 years and scoring as many as 17 points in one game.

Ken Schroy – Kenny had an illustrious career both at QHS and with the N.Y. Jets.  He was a gifted runner and defensive back, as well as a fine basketball player and long and triple jumper.  High school accomplishments include: 10 letters, All Bux-Mont in football junior and senior years, 1st team in his senior year when he scored 15 TDs, 18 PATs and 1337 yards rushing.  Career stats are 27 TDs and 2399 yards rushing.  He had many awards such as UPI All-State 2nd team, Big 33 team, 1970 Outstanding Athlete at QHS and 1970 MVP in football.  His basketball stats were impressive.  He was 2nd team All Bux-Mont his junior and senior years scoring 280 points in his senior year when he was selected MVP.  As MVP of the track team, his special talent was jumping.  He won 13-1sts, 6-2nds and 1-3rd in the long and triple jump.  Kenny went on to a stellar career in football at the University of Maryland as a cornerback.  The led him to the N.Y. Jets and a 10 year career playing 117 games, 72 as a starter.  He had 17 career interceptions and piled up an impressive number of solo tackles, 75 in 1983 and 67 in ’81.  In 1980 he was 3rd in the NFL with 8 INTs.  He has spent and currently is spending a lot of time to benefit charities such as CARE and Marty Lyons Foundation, and Police and Firefighters involved with 9/11.

James Waite – Jimmy was an outstanding 3 sport athlete and might be remembered as the small school quarterback in a TV special curtailed by the murder of President Kennedy.  In high school he was a 3 year letterman in baseball winning All Bux-Mont honors.  A smooth shooting and rebounding member of the basketball team he again achieved All Bux-Mont honors.  Few athletes have been 1st team All Bux-Mont as Jim was.  He was all around athlete at QHS in ’63 and ’64.  He won a football scholarship to the University of Massachusetts and later transferred to East Stroudsburg, where he lettered in football and basketball.  He completed his 33rd year of teaching at Northern Lehigh and coached track there as well as at Muhlenberg.

Gregory R. Wuerstle – A graduate of Pennridge in 1965, Greg garnered 9 varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball.  As the quarterback, he helped lead the football team to 2 undefeated championships and received All Bux-Mont honors each of 3 years, and honorable mention All-State.  He set a school record for passing yardage, yards per reception and completion percentage.  In his junior year he was 1st team All Bux-Mont in basketball and baseball.  After high school and prep school, he played quarterback on Duke’s freshman team and cornerback as a sophomore.  Then at Villanova, he played strong safety for 2 years and did the punting and kicking.