2007 Hall of Fame Bios

Ken Biehn – Ken graduated in 1957.  He lettered in basketball during both his junior and senior years.  The 1956-’57 basketball team was the most successful in the history of Quakertown High.  Ken was one of the “killer B’s” (Ed Becker, Paul Bealer and Biehn) who finished the season playing Chester High in PIAA District One playoff basketball at the Palestra.  He was the MVP on that 22-2 team and the second leading scorer in the Bux-Mont.  Ken was named first team All Bux-Mont and honorable mention All State.  He scored 34 points in a game against Pennridge and 28 in the playoff game against Chester.  While attending Lafayette College, Ken played on the freshman team.  He also played on the Duke University Law School championship intramural teams in both basketball and softball during 1962-’64.  He coached the CB West basketball team during summer play for four years.  He also coached youth basketball for ten years in Central Bucks’ junior and senior leagues.  For the last 27 years, Ken has been the Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Bucks County.

Bob Clymer – Bobby has worn many hats at the local high school level, both as a player and as a coach.  He coached 34 years in local scholastic football, 36 years in track, 23 years in wrestling and even two years in gymnastics.  He was All Bux-Mont in 1957 and 1958 in football.  The 1957 Pennridge team was the Bux-Mont champion.  He was also chosen on the All-Intelligencer gridiron team in 1958.  He won two football letters at Muhlenberg.  Bob later won three titles as head football coach at Pennridge Central Junior High and moved to assist head coaches on the Ram varsity and later at Palisades where he was defensive coordinator.  He was head varsity girls’ track and field coach for 17 years at Pennridge, winning eight league titles including a District crown and state runner-up position in 1983.  He coached Pennridge Central Junior High to seven league wrestling titles in his 16 years at that level and was name Coach of the Year in 1990.  He coached the school varsity grapplers seven years.  Bob then became Principal at Faith Christian Academy for six years.

John Detweiler – John was a tremendous athlete and leader at Quakertown High.  He played football, basketball and baseball for all three years in high school.  His quickness paid dividends as quarterback on the 1956 undefeated Bux-Mont championship football team and as a point guard on the 1957 Bux-Mont championship basketball team, which posted a 22-2 record.  This team played in the state playoffs, losing its final game to Chester at the Penn Palestra.  He also lettered in baseball for three years where he covered a lot of ground as a centerfielder.  John graduated from Ursinus College where he played football and basketball for four years and was the president of the varsity sports club his senior year.  John is known locally as a civic leader.  He has served as president of the Upper Bucks Jaycees and the Upper Bucks YMCA.  He is currently chairman of trustees for the YMCA, is on the board of directors for St. Luke’s Hospital Quakertown, Bucks County Foundation and the financial advisory committee of Heritage Conservancy.

Alan Frick – Alan graduated from Pennridge High in 1967.  He played football (three letters) and baseball (two letters) and earned first team All Bux-Mont League for two years on the diamond as a third baseman.  He graduated in 1972 from East Stroudsburg where he earned first team honors in 1970 and second team in 1972 at the hot corner, captaining the college’s baseball squad as a senior.  Alan played Perkiomen Valley Twilight baseball for the Souderton Warriors from 1971-’87 and led the Tri-County League in hitting in 1973 and 1974 (.531 and .526).  He has been inducted into the Tri-County Baseball Hall of Fame and also recently the Perkiomen Valley Twilight League in 2006.  He coached Pennridge Midget Football from 1973-1976 and has been a PIAA football official from 1982-present.  Alan recently officiated the AAAA 2005 State Championship football game.  He has also been a baseball umpire from 1975-present and umpired the 2001 Class A State Championship final game.

Shirley Neas Merring – Shirley played for Quakertown High in the early 1950’s  and was a strong and steady influence on the field hockey, basketball and tennis teams.  She earned nine varsity letters, graduating in 1953.  In 1951 she was co-captain of the basketball team and the undefeated field hockey team.  Shirley played four years of field hockey at East Stroudsburg College, captaining the squad her senior year.  After graduation she coached winning teams in hockey, basketball and softball at Upper Perkiomen High and in Belvidere, New Jersey.  Shirley had an undefeated field hockey team at Belvidere where she also served as cheerleading coach.  She later officiated high school and collegiate games for 15 years in the Lehigh and Pocono mountain regions, earning the PIAA finals in hockey one year.  Shirley also coached gymnastics for youth programs in East Stroudsburg.

Joan Gruver Price – Joan graduated from Pennridge High in 1962 and was a four-year varsity softball starter and senior co-captain as a leftfielder.  She played softball up and down the East Coast for the Girls’ Amateur Class A Softball Association Perkasie Glenettes from 1959-1964.  Her coaching career began in 1982 at Pennridge South Junior High until 1989 when the team was undefeated and won the league championship.  Joan also served as assistant field hockey coach at South Junior High off and on for nine years.  From 1990 to 1995 Joan was head coach for the Pennridge High varsity softball team.  In 1996-2003 she coached again at South Junior High.  She is an avid golfer, carries a 15 handicap, and achieved a “hole in one” at the Wedgewood Golf Course.  She has been a league bowler for 45 straight years, participating in many regional and national tournaments.