Former Fleetwood Graduates Inducted into Fleetwood Sports Hall of Fame

Posted on January 30, 2019 by

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Chris Unger, Dale Faust, and Barry Koch were inducted into the Fleetwood Sports Hall of Fame on 27 December. The ceremony included opening remarks from Superintendent Dr. Greg Miller followed by a guest speaker, Dale Cullin. The three alumni were then inducted and introduced before the boys’ basketball game in the gymnasium.

The selection committee consists of President Charlie Young, secretary/treasurer Jeff Wolfe, other established Fleetwood alumni, as well as athletic director Matt Diehl. They get together each year and vote on new inductees.

Chris Unger went to Fleetwood from 1985-1990. He earned a total of ten varsity letters in four sports in his career. He played soccer, starting for two years, basketball starting for the same amount of time, track for four years, and baseball for a year. Unger once finished sixth in the 400-meter dash in the County meets, but he excelled in soccer and basketball.

Unger won two Berks County championships, two District titles, and he played in the State Championship in 1989. Individually, he was an All-County selection in 1990. Chris won the District III title in basketball in 1990, the same year he was named All-County as a team captain.

Dale Faust, the next inductee, went to Fleetwood from 1962-1966. He earned nine varsity letters in three sports over the course of his career. He played soccer, basketball, and baseball.

In soccer, Faust was an All-County honorable mention goalie in 1964 and an All-County forward in ‘65. In 1966, Faust was the leading scorer in Berks County Eastern Basketball Division, finishing third in the entire county.

Dale Faust also excelled in baseball. He was the first pitcher in school history to win 20 games, winning 23 in his career. He was an All-County selection in 1965 for pitcher and outfielder and again as a pitcher in 1966. He won two county championships as well in 1964 and 1966.

Barry Koch, the final inductee, attended Fleetwood from 1972-1974. He earned nine varsity letters in three sports in his career, winning Fleetwood Outstanding Male Athlete in 1976.

Barry Koch started four years of baseball, three in soccer, and two in basketball. He was an All-County honorable mention for soccer and a very solid basketball player. Baseball, however, was where he stood out. Starting all four years, Koch was All-County in 1974 and 1976, winning the team MVP in ‘75 and ‘76. He won three division championships from ‘74-’76. Barry was named to 1970’s Reading Eagle’s Baseball First Team and Reading Eagle’s All-Decades fourth team.

Koch went on to play college baseball at Mesa Community College, where he earned All-Conference and NJCAA Southwest District first honors in 1980. He won the regional championship at Mesa C.C., placing 5th at the NJCAA World Series. He then transferred to Arizona State University, where he won an NCAA World Series in 1981. Koch went on to be drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1982.

All three inductees had storied careers at Fleetwood, well deserving of their spot in the Fleetwood Sports Hall of Fame.

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