1994 Hall of Fame Bios

John “Jake” Crouthamel – Was an outstanding Pennridge athlete lettering three years in football, three years in track and two years in basketball.  He received all league honors in all three sports and was named the schools “top athlete.”  He attended Dartmouth College where he earned three letters in football, one in track and two in rugby.  He twice received All Ivy League honors and was chosen second team All American.  He held the Dartmouth career rushing record.  He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1960 and played for the AFL Boston Patriots.  He coached Mercersburg Academy in 1964.  From 1971-1978 he was the head football coach at Dartmouth winning three Ivy League titles.  He is currently the Director of Athletics at Syracuse University.

Kermit “Kermie” Funk – He was a long time supporter of youth baseball in Quakertown.  He managed Little League from 1958-’66 then became active in Connie Mack baseball from 1967-’85 as a manager and finance officer.  He was also an avid supporter of the American Legion baseball program.

Russell “Holly” Hollenbach – He was a player, coach and organizer.  In 1933 he captained the Legion team, batted .500 and went to the state semi-finals.  He helped organize the Pennridge Little League and Church Softball League.  For seven years he coached the Legion team winning four county championships and one district championship.  He once won a contest for matching wits with a major league manager.

Lillian “Lil” (Magargal) Loux – Earned nine Sell-Perk letters in hockey, basketball, and softball.  She played on championship teams in all three sports in her senior year in 1939.  She spent many years involved in auto racing and partnered a car with driver Clarence (Lucky) Loux.

Wilmer “Pepper” Martin – Was a member of the Quakertown baseball teams that won four straight championships in the mid ‘30s.  He coached numerous Quakertown baseball team and is still active as a coach with Silver Creek in the Bux-Mont Legion League.  He was inducted into the PA American Legion Hall of Fame in 1990.

John “Johnny” Rivers – Was one of the better ends to play football at Quakertown High School.  After graduation he turned to boxing, both amateur and pro.  He was a decorated Marine who lost his life on a beachhead in the South Pacific at the age of 24.

Austin “Austy” Short – Received All Bux-Mont recognition in football and basketball as an athlete at Quakertown High School 1951-’53 and was chosen MVP in football in 1952.  He captained the football and lacrosse teams at Lehigh University receiving All State and Little All American Honors and the Maxwell Award in football.  He was the MVP and honorable mention All American in lacrosse.  He coached football at Muhlenberg 1957-’60.  He officiated football from 1960-’76.

Ethel S. (Sprenkel) Stout – She was the director of girls athletics at Sell-Perk High 1943-’52.  She coached varsity hockey, basketball and baseball winning 10 championships and tying for one other.  She graduated from Perkasie High School in 1923 where she starred in basketball and track.  She graduated from Temple in 1927.  She coached girls’ basketball there for two years and then at Pitman, New Jersey from 1929-’39.

Lloyd “Gus” Yeakel – Graduate of Perkasie High School class of 1916.  He played baseball, basketball and football.  In football, he was famous for his 40 yard plus drop kick field goals.  As a first baseman, he played for many area semi-pro teams.  He coached the undefeated 1926 Perkasie High Scholl Basketball team.  He also coached Perkasie Legion Junior Baseball in the 1930s and led the team to several county, southeastern and eastern district titles.

Lester “Les” Zetty – He graduated from Quakertown in 1937 where he was an outstanding football player.  He went on to play at the University of Pennsylvania and Muhlenberg College.  He coached the Sellersville Greenjackets, Valley Forge Military Academy and Cherry Hill, NJ.  He retired as the athletic director at Cherry Hill.