2019 Hall of Fame Bios

Pennridge Inductees

Merv Bryan - Was a 1956 graduate of Pennridge HS who excelled in track & field. Merv led the way as the first great High School runner at Pennridge. During his high school career, he won numerous Buxmont, District One and PIAA State Track titles. After High School he continued his track and field career at West Chester University and upon graduation returned to Pennridge as both a Teacher and a Coach. As a high school coach, Merv was credited with starting the first girls, Cross Country and Track Teams. In addition, Merv had run in over (7) Boston Marathons and officiated hundreds of PIAA Track and Field meets.

Ron Grace - Ron is a 1968 graduate of Pennridge High School. He participated in Varsity Basketball where he was a starter and lettered in both years. It was in Cross-Country and Track, both winter and spring, that some noteworthy achievements were realized. He was undefeated in all (11) Cross-Country dual meets in 1967. He came in 2nd in the Bux-Mont Cross Country Championships and that same year he broke the previous course record of 13:14.5 by running 12:36. In the 9th dual meet against Dieruff High School, Ron broke the old Pennridge course record of 13:13.6 by running 12:54.1. All of the above achievements were accomplished during Ron's first year competing as a Junior. He was voted MVP of Pennridge's Cross-Country team in 1966 and 1967. In 1967, he was selected as Pennridge's Outstanding Scholar-Athlete as designated by the Evening and Sunday Bulletin. In track Ron excelled as well. In 1967, he won all (8) 2-mile run events and set records each time he ran. The signature event for Ron came in 1967 when he broke the 2-mile barrier by running 9:57.2 which was the first time this feat was accomplished in Bux-Mont history. He then proceeded to win the Bux-Mont 2-mile Championship in a new record time of 10:01.4. He won the Philadelphia Department of Recreation Indoor 2-mile run at Convention Hall outdistancing runners from 44 schools in a time of 9:55.1. He ran 9:57.1 to win the meet of champions at the University of Delaware. In 1968, he won all the 2-mile events he entered running notably 9:56.1 against Quakertown and a 9:53 against Souderton. Ron went on to run at West Chester University where he set a Freshman Fieldhouse record against Lafayette University in a time 9:44.2. He also finished that year with 2-mile run wins against Temple University, Lehigh University and the Philadelphia Pioneers Club. Ron concluded his noteworthy achievements by recording the highest placing Freshman time for West Chester University at the IC4A Championships in Van Cortland Park in New York City finishing 9th. Ron credits former standout athletes and coaches

Trevor Pepkowski - Was a 1993 Pennridge High School graduate who excelled in football and baseball. He was a three-year starter in baseball and a two-year starter in football. He was a member of the Suburban I League Carpenter Cup All-Stars in 1991, 1992, and 1993, winning in 1993. He was an All- League pitcher from 1991-1993. A dominating pitcher for Pennridge, he finished with an 8-0 record and 98 strikeouts his senior year. As a junior, Trevor pitched 31 scoreless innings at Veterans Stadium for both the Carpenter Cup and later for Villanova. He was voted player of the year in Buxmont Legion in 1992 and 1993. During his senior year, he was voted North Penn Reporters Male Athlete of the year for baseball and football. He pitched an ERA of .048 during his senior year at Pennridge. With 21 wins and only 1 loss, he had the record for combined pitching record for Pennridge High and Legion. Trevor played for the Quakertown Blazers in 1995 and 1996 and their All-Star team, as well as the Atlantic Coast summer baseball league Allstars. He also left quite a lasting legacy through his football career. He was voted Junior and Senior All League Suburban One Quarterback. He also was 1st team defense punter and 3rd team all-state punter. He broke the record for most passes completed, beating former head coach Jeff Hollenbach for the record, which still stands. After multiple D1 scholarship offers for both football and baseball, Trevor decided to continue his baseball career at Villanova University. He won Big East Rookie of the Year in 1994, with a Villanova career record of 20-12 with 9 complete games. He held the single season saves record for 15 years. His career batting average was .371, with his first college at-bat being a home run. He was the Big East Champion in 1996 when the team was ranked as high as 23rd in the country in route to a 40-win season. Trevor beat Notre Dame twice in 1997 to advance to the Big East Championship. The Chicago Cubs wanted him right out of high school. He and his parents wanted to pursue an education first. He is a proud father of three daughters who play softball and share his love of the game. After his elbow surgery, the dream to play in the major league was lost. Trevor coaches for the East Coast Bullets and the Outlaws softball teams, with a total of about 150 games per season among all three daughters. He teaches his girls the basics of the game, but more importantly to have integrity both on and off the field. His legacy carries on through his daughters and all those he coaches. While his dream was to play in the major leagues, Trevor is quite happy with the way things worked out.

Chad Scholl - Is a 1990 graduate of Pennridge High School where he played both football and baseball. From 1988-1990 Chad was a Varsity football letter winner and was named team captain and the teams MVP in 1990.b Chads honors included selection to the All Suburban First Team as a WR, DB & KR. He led the team with 4 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, 3 recoveries, 43 receptions and 470 receiving yards. Averaged over 21 yards per kick return and was a 1990 Bux-Mont Lions All Star Game WR. In baseball he was a 2-year letter winner 1988-1990 and was selected team Captain and MVP winner in 1990. During his career he hit over 370, stole 25 bases including 5 stolen bases in a single game against Quakertown. His baseball honors included All Suburban 1 Outfield and All Intel All Star Outfielder. He played in the Carpenter Cup as a Suburban 1 All Star outfielder. Started in RF in the Carpenter Cup at Veterans Stadium in the morning, and played the same night starting as a WR in the Lions Bux-Mont All Star Football game. Chad continued his sports career at Delaware Valley College (Del Val), where he was a 2-year football letter winner 1991-1992 and was defensive captain in 1992. In his career at Del Val he had 78 tackles, 5 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 3 blocked punts, 2 blocked field goals and 7 interceptions. He received the honor of being named 3-time East Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week. He holds a school record for 3 interceptions in a game against Weidner University including 71 return yards on those interceptions, also a school record. At Del Val he was a 3-year letter winner 1992-1995 in baseball. He was a Captain and MVP in his Senior year. Career batting average of .308, Senior year batting champion at .406. Held a school record with 2 home runs in a single game against Muhlenberg. He was named All Middle Atlantic Conference Outfielder in his final season. Post college he was a 2-time member of a Nationally Qualified Fast Pitch Softball Team Class B. Playing in Orlando Florida and Eugene Oregon. He was also the MVP of the Pennridge Fast Pitch Softball Tournament hitting 17-21 in the tournament. He also played in many State Tournaments Class B Fastpitch as well as Church League State Tournaments.


Quakertown Inductees

George Banas - Was a 1994 Quakertown Community High School graduate where he won numerous awards as a three-sport athlete. He went on to play at Shippensburg University on a football scholarship, and eventually returned to coach at QCHS. As a Panther, George earned varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball in 1993 and 1994. In 1994 he was voted Quakertown High School "Male Athlete of the Year". He was named All League 1st Team Offense and Defense in football; 1st Team catcher in baseball, 2nd Team forward in basketball for the 1993 and 1994 seasons. He received a nomination to play in the Big 33 football game and holds a spot in the Panthers' 1,000-yard rushing club. He set a school record for single season touchdowns with 22. Selected for the Bucks County All-Star Football Game, he served as captain and was named MVP. George earned Carpenter Cup selection for baseball and was selected captain of the team. A 1998 Graduate of Shippensburg University, George started all four years on the football team. He was moved from running back his freshmen year to outside linebacker for his sophomore year. George was in the top three for tackles on the team all three years as a linebacker, earning All-PSAC honors as a senior. He also earned the Ray Ellis Fighting Heart award for coming back from multiple knee injuries to help lead his team to a second-place finish in the PSAC conference his senior year. George started giving back early to the community by coaching Senior Legion Baseball when he was 19 years old. He has never stopped leading teams and has coached multiple sports including football, baseball, basketball and softball for the past 23 years. He recently completed his ninth season as head football coach at his alma mater, after performing the defensive coordinator duties the prior five years. He teaches Project Lead the Way technology courses at the school. His Quakertown football teams have gone 60-49; won the first district playoff game in school history in 2014; won a conference title in 2014; and won three district playoff games. George coached 125 SOL all-league selections, 100 players to set team records at QCHS, five 1000-yard rushers, four 1000-yard passers and has sent over thirty players to play at the collegiate level. George was also named Suburban One Coach of the Year in 2014.

Thomas Barrow - Tom started teaching at QCHS in 1966 after teaching 2 years at Stroudsburg HS and 2 years at Souderton HS. Tom coached 3 sports. He was hired to replace "Spider" Meyers as the 9th grade Health and PE teacher and Varsity Baseball Coach. The following year he became QCHS's first Varsity Soccer Coach, a position he held for 11 years. In 1970 he filled in as the assistant Wrestling coach. The following year he resigned the baseball job and became the Head Wrestling Coach, a position he held for 4 years. On Saturdays he held Elementary and Jr High clinics until the Quakertown Youth Wrestling Club was formed. Just before giving up the HS soccer job Tom was one of the co-founders and first president of the Quakertown Soccer Club. He ran the T-shirt program and coached both girls and boys traveling teams. In the late 70's Tom officiated club soccer, became a PIAA wrestling official and a PIAA baseball umpire. After a one-year teaching sabbatical in 1982-83 Tom returned to coaching as a JV and then an assistant Varsity baseball coach for a number of years. In 1990 he became an assistant soccer coach under his former assistant, Bruce Knauss. He became Head Varsity Coach again in 1993 when Bruce retired from coaching. Tom retired from coaching and teaching 3 years later. In that time the soccer team won two Liberty Division Championships. Tom's own baseball career spanned over 60 years. He was the top pitcher in HS, College and four different Adult baseball leagues in eastern PA. He pitched his last game in PA at the age of 47 for Al Frick's Souderton Warriors Perkiomen Valley Twilight League team. After retiring to Colorado and Arizona he founded an Over 60 hardball team in Tucson and for 10 years pitched locally and in National Age Level Tournaments. At the age of 70 he won his 200th career game at the Philadelphia Phillies 2011 Phantasy Camp. Today he stays active playing golf, tennis and over 60 softball.

Jen Carlson-Pietraszek - Is a 1989 Quakertown High School graduate who excelled in Field Hockey and Basketball. During her high school career (grades 10-12) Jen received a total of seven Varsity Letters, three in Field Hockey and four in Basketball. Coach Fred Richter brought her up from Strayer Junior High as a ninth grader, and she played four years of HS Varsity basketball. While she did not play soccer for the high school, Jen was also an avid soccer player who played for Larry Bliss on a very successful Quakertown travel team for many years. Her honors in these sports included being named to the All Suburban One team, the All-Intelligencer team, Suburban One League All-Star (American), the William Penn Classic Game (North team), MVP of the Philadelphia Girls Basketball Shootout, captain, and MVP. Jen scored her 1000th point during her senior year and finished with the second highest scoring in the school's history, 12 points shy of the late Marian Afflerbach's first place record from the 1930's. Recruited for both sports, Jen continued her basketball career at Princeton University. In her freshman year her teammates joked that she had a "pact with the devil" because she tended to hit her first shot off the bench. After her sophomore season, however, back-to-back surgeries on her right then left shoulder ended her college career. As with most things in life, though, each ending is also a beginning. Jen began coaching in earnest during her junior and senior years of college, serving as an assistant varsity soccer and basketball coach at the local Princeton High School. After graduating from Princeton in 1993, Jen taught and coached soccer and basketball at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY. She earned her MA in Education at Columbia University's Teachers College in 1997 before moving up to Dedham, MA, to the Noble & Greenough School, where she has worked for the last 22 years. Throughout her years there, in addition to various teaching and administrative roles, Jen has coached field hockey, soccer, basketball, and outdoor adventure. When her own children, now aged 15 and 16, were younger, Jen coached soccer and basketball in town and travel leagues. She continues to play in an informal women's basketball league and to coach individual players now and again. Jen has been an educator, in the classroom and on the field and court, for 29 years, and she credits her upbringing in the town of Quakertown with her love of and commitment to sport.

William "Bill" Murray - Was a 1988 Quakertown High School graduate where he was an outstanding athlete in Wrestling and Football. Bill compiled a 76-18-1 career high school wrestling record where he received countless All League and District awards. His high school wrestling career culminated in 1988, with a record of 30-2 in his senior season, after he placed 4th in the 1988 PIAA State Wrestling Championship at Heavyweight. At the time of his graduation he was 8th in the Quakertown All-Time Career Winners list and 3rd in the Quakertown All-Time Career Pinners list with 40. Bill was also an excellent offensive tackle and defensive end at Quakertown. Following graduation, he went on to wrestle and play football at the United States Naval Academy Prep School for one year and then wrestled for 4 years and played football for 3 years, while attending the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1993. Bill, still serving as an officer in the United States Navy as of 2019, has continued his love of wrestling by serving as a volunteer coach at numerous high schools across the country, throughout his Navy career.


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