First Class Inducted to Fleetwood’s Sports Hall of Fame

Posted on January 25, 2013 by


If you walk down the ramp outside of the Fleetwood Area High School gym, you can now see the newly created Sports Hall of Fame.

The inaugural class was inducted on 27 December 2012 during a ceremony in the high school cafeteria.

Athletes were introduced before the Fleetwood boys’ basketball team played Palisades during the Tiger Classic in front of a large crowd. The inaugural class of twenty included many athletes that excelled in multiple sports, along with legendary coaches.

Coach Ray Buss won 14 Berks titles, 9 District titles, and 2 State championships. Along with Buss, seven players of his were also inducted: Troy Snyder, Doug Moyer, Jerry Moyer, Ken Mayer, Glenn Mayer, Brent Buss, and Keith Schlegel. Those seven players achieved All-American honors.

Another member of this inaugural class was Dr. Richard Kleppinger, who led the county in scoring and helped Fleetwood win the 1942 county basketball title.

Arlan Burkert led Fleetwood to a state basketball title in 1957 and was named All-State in basketball. He also won All-Berks honors in soccer.

Burkert’s coach John Stengele was also inducted this year. Stengele coached the 1957 state championship basketball team and also coached the Berks champion baseball team in 1953.

Jeff Batturs also led his basketball team to the state finals and in result was named All-State. Batturs was also named All-Berks in soccer and baseball.

Paul Price and Jason Koehler were both drafted by MLB teams.  Price was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies and Koehler by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Price achieved All-Berks honors in baseball, basketball, and soccer in 1954. Price also played for the world champion Rising Sun softball team.

Koehler was also named All-Berks in three sports: baseball, golf and basketball in 1993. Koehler also won the Berks Golf Title in 1993.

Gary Koch helped the baseball team win a county title in 1970 and was named All-Berks in baseball and soccer.

Eleven time All-Berks selection Donna Werner is also being inducted.  She was a basketball, field hockey and softball standout.

Vicki Scheidt was also an All-Berks selection in basketball, field hockey, and softball.

Jodie Swavely pitched the softball team to a state championship in 2001 and was selected All-State in softball and All-Berks in field hockey.

The second leading scorer in Fleetwood Girls’ basketball, Jill Henne, was also inducted. Henne lead the county in scoring twice and was All-Berks in basketball and track. She attended the University of Miami on a basketball scholarship.

Rick Price was also a part of the inaugural class after winning the Berks golf championship and making the pro tour.

“It was cool to see the past athletes that attended our school and accomplished so much. It inspires you to work hard to maybe one day be inducted,” senior Micah Storms said.

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