Bedford Area School District
Barry Ressler has been a long-time supporter of athletics in the Bedford area for many years. He played high school football, basketball, and baseball at Bedford High School. As a senior in 1970, Barry led the Bedford football team in rushing and tackles. He also played fast-pitch softball in the 1970s and 1980s.
As the owner of Ressler’s Automotive and Towing, Barry has sponsored and helped coach youth league teams for many years.
Barry has been very supportive of the Bedford youth athletic programs for over 40 years. Thanks Barry!
Dr. Eric Weaverling
Chestnut Ridge School District
Dr. Eric Weaverling has been a long-time supporter of the Chestnut Ridge School District and the athletic program. He is a graduate of Chestnut Ridge and a former wrestler for the Lions. He has been a school district doctor for many years and a team doctor for the athletic program. Along with providing physical examinations for all athletes, he has been on the field for many football games over the years as the game doctor. Being a former wrestler, he is very interested in making sure that the wrestlers are in the proper weight classes, and he is at the school in the preseason to establish the proper weights.
Dr. Weaverling has been very supportive of community athletic programs for many years and is a true Chestnut Ridge fan and member of the community. He is truly deserving of this honor.
Jack D. Burkett
Claysburg-Kimmel School District
Varsity and Junior High Wrestling Coach from 1981-1985
Instrumental in preserving the wrestling program at Claysburg-Kimmel
Coached Junior High and Varsity Wrestling in lieu of eliminating the programs
Coached the first PIAA State Qualifier from Claysburg-Kimmel in 1982
Current avid supporter of Claysburg-Kimmel Wrestling
Everett Area School District
Bill Zimmerman graduated from Everett High School in 1954 and attended Lock Haven State Teachers College. He was an Everett School Board Director, which he held for several years. He also served on the Everett Borough Council and while he is currently a member of the Borough of Everett Area Municipal Authority. He helped acquire funding for new sidewalks and streetlights for downtown Everett as well
as funding and construction of the Water Treatment Plant and the Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Bill did this while operating a family-owned hardware store that assists do-it-yourself customers as well as supports many local organizations and athletic teams. Coaching his grandson’s youth tackle football team for two years is one of his most memorable service endeavors.
Hyndman Junior-Senior High School
Following graduation from Slippery Rock University where he was a three-sport athlete, Chris Stoner accepted his first teaching and coaching assignment at Hyndman Junior-Senior High School in 1951. Stoner inherited a basketball team in only its second year of scholastic competition, but he soon built the Hornet roundball program into one of the finest in the area and won three District 5 Class C championships. During the “Golden Years” in the 1950s, he coached Bruce May, John Keller, and Royce Waltman, all members of the Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame.
Northern Bedford School District
Ivan Steele was hired and began the Varsity Wrestling program at Northern Bedford in the 1964-65 school year. He coached the team to winning records in each of his two seasons as the varsity coach before moving on to Solanco High School where he continued as a head wrestling coach for 16 years.
Ivan coached the school’s first individual district champion in Eric Martin in 1965 and followed that up with Don Connelly in 1966 before he left Northern Bedford.
The wrestling program has flourished and is very popular at Northern Bedford and it can all be traced back to the gracious contributions of our first coach, Mr. Ivan Steele.
Ron Hoffman & Don Hoffman
Tussey Mountain School District
Ron and Don Hoffman, better known as the “Huffy Twins” have been active spectators of many Tussey Mountain sporting events over the years. At any given boys or girls event, you can usually count on one if not both of these brothers to be there. For the last 35-plus years, Ron and Don have managed the sideline yard markers at all Tussey Mountain home football games. The Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame honors both of these men for their years of dedication and enthusiasm.
Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame
Special Recognition Award
Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame
Bedford County, Pennsylvania