Bellefonte High School Athletics
CLASS of 1952
J. V. Cheerleaders
Anna Gordon, Mary Alice Smith, Joann Benner
Jean Thompson, Carol Love, Georgie Dickson
Molly Walker, Mariann Mattern
Donna Johnson & Mary Dann
Hear our call!
Get that ball!
Raise that score!
We want more!
Booma lacka, booma lacka,
Bow Wow Wow
Chica lacka, chica lacka,
Chow, chow, chow,
Are we in it? Well I guess!
We belong to B.H.S.
Hoop rah, booma rah!
Rip rah date!
State College High School is our bait.
Girl's Athletic Association
Mary Coder, Erma Crust, Eleanor Markle, Beryl Bloom,
Barbara Bigelow, Joann Benner, Beverly Ripka, ClaudetteYoung, Phyllis Hall,
Beverly Gardner, Sara Mosley, Phyllis McMullin, Sara Novosel, Virginia Tate,
Shirley Ishler, Beverly Bush, Lucy Boldin, Barbara Shuey, Lois Witherite,
Sherry Keeler, Lois Williams, Beverly Schlegal, Rose Ann Lowery,
Shirley White, Frances Kucas, Jean Watson, Mary Baumgardner, Martha
Elizabeth White, Shirley White , Lois Stewart
HUNTING AND RIFLE CLUB
Buzz McCartney, Charles Wian, Walter Yearick,
Richard Nelo, John Masullo,
Phil Ramish, Ray Walker, Robert Schaffer, Richard Smeltzer, Bob
Richard Davidson, Ronald Kelley, George Davidson, Gene Mayes, Mark
Sports for Spectators Club
Mary Lou Hazel, Virginia Tate, Claudette Young
6 - 7
Lewistown 0 -
Mt. Union 18
S. Williamsport 19 - 6
Jersey Shore 12 -26
Lock Haven 12 - 6
Lewisburg 13 - 12
Clearfield 9 - 12
Philipsburg 0 - 18
State College 26 - 0
Captain: Bob "Bike" Bottorf
Co-Captains: Dick Ishler & Dick Meckes
*Bob Bottorf, Bill Fisher, Harold Flick, *Dick Ishler, Gib King, Carl
Harold Lucas, Ken McMullen,**Dick Meckes, Bob Shultz, Doug Smith,
Gene Teaman, Harold Williams
Irv Schlegal & Bill
*Bob Bottorf & Dick Ishler played college football at Bloomsburg
State Teachers College.
**Dick Meckes played for Lock Haven STC.
After 1951 State College Game
READY FOR FIRST GAME WITH YEAGERTOWN
Penn State Photo Shop
(Compliments of Gib King)
First row, from left, Dean Butler, Dick
Ishler, Bob Hayes, Bill Fisher, Harold Coakley,
Dick Meckes and Tom Saxion. Second row, Harold Williams, Bike
Bottorf, Doug Smith,
Gib King, Ken McMullen, Chuck Casper and Harold Lucas. Absent,
Krebs, Bob Shultz and Gene Teaman
"LINE-UP FOR 1951 STATE COLLEGE GAME"
(Submitted by Tom Saxon)
Harold Williams, Capt. Bike Bottorf, Dick Meckes, Harold
Lucas, Chuck Casper
(Submitted by Tom Saxon)
Ken McMullen, Dick Ishler, Bob Hayes, Doug Smith,
Harold Coakley, Gene Teaman, Tom Saxon
Carl Krebs (Absent)
Front Row: Red Flynn, Dick Meckes,
Dick Ishler, Doug Smith, Bob Whipple, Gerry Evey,
Don Rote, Frank Clemson, Bob Genua
2nd Row: Jim Harsayni (Coach), Jay Rossman, Bike Bottorf, Jack
Shaughnessy, Bill Fisher,
Tom Shaughnessy, Harold Williams, Tom Musser, Harold Lucas, Irv Schlegal
3rd Row: Jim Walizer, Gene Teaman, Sam McCulley, Gib King, Ken
McMullen, Pete Bathurst,
Carl Krebs, Fred Bell (Coach)
Co-Captains: Bob Shultz & Dick Ishler
Dick Ishler, Ken McMullen, Dick Meckes
Bill Summers & Gene Cougar Gentzel
ED note: Can you guess...
Bob Bottorf was a wrestler.
- Bill Fisher
*District 6-9 P.I.A.A. Champ
*1956 PENNSYLVANIA STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE CONFERENCE CHAMPION
Bob Davis Bob Heverly
Krebs John Warner
3 State Champs in 4 Years
(Excerpts from RED & WHITE / March 14,
Smith came to Bellefonte High School four years ago -- right after
graduating from Penn
State. While in college he was Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling
Association champion at
Inaugurating the sport of
wrestling to BHS in 1947, his record the first year was five losses
win; at Muncy High School. The following season many new
recruits turned out for the program,
and the matmen garnered a record of 11 wins and no loses. Winning at
the State tournament, Tom
Riglin became Bellefonte's first state champ at 95 pounds.
Interest in the sport increased, and a junior varsity team was
formed during Smith's third year at
the helm. With a win streak of 21 victories to their credit, the
team's only loss was in a one point
defeat at the hands of an experienced Clearfield team at Penn
State's Recreation Hall. True,
Bellefonte lost by one point, but it showed that the power was
shifting our way. At season's end,
Joe Masullo won Bellefonte's second state title -- at 120 pounds.
Smith's fourth season was another successful one as he guided the
team to another unbeaten
season - 10 wins and one tie. Clearfield tied the the locals on
February 17. The Red Raiders' mat
supremacy was complete when they won the District 6-9 tournament.
Dave Adams, Ken Moyer,
Tom Musser, Larry Fornicola, and Bill Krebs won district crowns. Tom
Musser won State honors at
In addition to his coaching duties, Mr. Smith teaches health and
physical education. He is also
junior varsity football mentor.
Varsity Wrestling Team
(1st row, l to r): Budd Whitehill, Doyle
Corman, Captain Don Hess, Tom Riglin, Joe Masullo.
(2nd row, l to r): Bob Hull, Tom Cowen, Lee Smith, Bill Krebs,
(3rd row, l to r): Harry McMullen, Bob Nellis, Pat Kelley,
Dick Thompson, Sam Markle.
(4th row, l to r): Coach Glenn Smith, Manager Cecil Baney
1st row, l to r):
Tom Riglin, Allen Thal, Captain Don Hess, Larry Fornicola, Joe
(2nd row, l to r): Budd Whitehill, Bob McMullen, Tom Musser,
Bill Alterio, Bob Hull.
(3rd row, l to r): Bill Krebs, Pat Kelley, Sam Markle, Bob
Nellis, Bob Whipple.
(4th row, l to r): Coach Glenn Smith, Phil Levine.
1st row, l to r): Jim Stem, Tom Riglin,
Captain Sam Markle, Allan Thal, Joe Masullo.
(2nd row, l to r): Dan Clemson, Larry Fornicola, Budd
Whitehill, Pete Huey, Tom Musser.
(3rd row, l to r): Bill Krebs, Ron Sager, Bob Hull, Pat
Kelley, Bill Alterio.
(4th row, l to r): Coach Glenn Smith, Bob Whipple, Ken Haupt.
(1st row, l to r): Ken Moyer, Dave Adams, Tom Riglin,
Nick Delallo, Joe Masullo.
(2nd row, l to r): Tom Saxion, Jim Stem, Bob Bird, Tom Musser,
Larry Fornicola, Bill Alterio.
(3rd row, l to r): Pete Huey, Bob Hull, Ron Sager, Bill Krebs,
(4th row, l to r): Coach Glenn Smith, Bob Whipple, Pat Kelley,
Russ Letterman, Manager Phil Levine.
(1st row, l to r): Tom Bear, Blair Confer, Captain
Tom Musser, Don Hyde, Ken Moyer.
(2nd row, l to r): Dave Adams, John Warner, Larry Fornicola, Bob
Bottorf, Bill Fisher.
(3rd row, l to r): Coach Glenn Smith, Gerald Evey, Eugene Watson,
Dennis Anderson, Russ Letterman.
Can you identify ...
John Warner, Bike Bottorf, Bill Fisher, Gerry Evey, Bob Heverly?
*William "Bill" Fisher
Bill Fisher, a
1952 graduate of Bellefonte High School and a two-year varsity
under legendary Hall of Fame Coach Glenn Smith, posted a winning career
record of 18-8-2. In his senior year, Bill served as team captain and was
and Central Northwest Regional Champion at 145 pounds. He capped off his
school wrestling experience as a PIAA state semi-finalist.
Following graduation, Bill took his wrestling talents to Millersville
College -- now Millersville State University -- where he compiled a highly
Returning home in 1956, Bill was hired to teach industrial arts,
and, to organize and coach the first wrestling team at Bald Eagle Area
Bill served as Bald Eagle’s varsity wrestling coach from 1956 to 1960.
1980's and 90's, he switched from varsity coaching to running BEA's junior
program -- producing several excellent wrestlers and teams. Retired now,
and coaching, Bill resides with his wife and family in Bald Eagle Valley.
(Condensed from a BASD article)
For the first time since before the
war, BHS has a golf team; under the direction of Fred Bell.
Reporting for the team are: Bill Seig, Wil Howard, Doug Smith, Dick
Houser, Hal Harman, Clayton Young, Don Rote, Bob
and Tim Waite.
Class Members: Doug
Smith, Bob Heverly, Dick Houser, Hal Harman, and Clayton Young
- Robert "Mud" Davis
Ken McMullen & Bob Davis
Forest "Benny" Benford
BOB BOTTORF'S DIARY
Learning to fish in Bellefonte
My first fishing experience began when I was six or
seven years old. Living in Bellefonte, most people had some understanding
of what fishing was all about; and I was anxious to learn, too.
One of my older brothers, John Bottorf, was a good fisherman. He had
several rods, and he kept them stored in the rafters of the
"upper" back porch on our house; too high for me to
reach. I always aspired to be like John -- doing
the things he did. So, my first "copy cat" pursuit was
to become a fisherman, like him
Wanting to go fishing, but unable to "borrow / reach" my
brother's rods and reels, I had to settle for cutting off a branch from a
tree and tying some string to the end of it. Having no hook, I fashioned
one from a Bobbi-pin. And digging in my backyard, I soon found enough worms
Off I marched: down Logan Street, down Stoney Batter, past the
Bellefonte Academy buildings, and on to Water Street. Taking a "quick right"
when I reached the bottom of the hill, I headed down the railroad tracks
behind the Universal Match Factory to Spring Creek, which wasn't far away.
Hop-stepping across a small railroad bridge, with my fishing pole over my
shoulder, I spied what looked like a good spot on my left, along the creek
bank. I walked up to
the water's edge with all of the confidence in the world ... knowing that
I would catch some fish.
Spring Creek flows through the entire lower section of Bellefonte. It was
a favorite fishing site for anglers all the way from
"Fisherman's Paradise" -- located on the State's fish hatchery
grounds -- until it flows into Bald Eagle Creek. I used to swim in Spring
Creek but I never paid any attention to the fish; until now.
I parked myself along the
stream with my stick (rod) and bait (worms). Gathering all of my confidence, I
threw my line in the water, and was amazed at how that worm stayed on my
Bobbi-pin hook. This was "no frills" fishing.
Waiting for what seemed like hours, I finally got a bite. I jerked on the
line, but I never stood a chance, the fish took my
bait and swam away. It wasn't easy threading another worm on my home-made
hook; but I stuck with it.
About two hours later, I got another bite. This time the fish must have
swallowed the bait because it stayed on the hook; I was lucky this time.
While landing it, I yanked so hard with my rod that the fish flew up on the bank and began to
thresh about. Until finally, I had to pound it into submission.
I had caught a trout, and it looked like it was a foot long; Boy!
Was I proud of that fish. It measured out at seven inches, but it sure
looked bigger than that.
Keeping the line still attached to the fish's mouth, I put the pole back
on my shoulder and walked along the railroad tracks leading to the
"main drag." Walking by the train station, I took a right turn and boldly
walked up High street -- to the Diamond, the center of town. Turning right
at Allegheny Street, I pointed for home. Passing the
"Murphy Store, " I was aware that I was getting some attention.
It felt good.
My mom cleaned the fish for me. Even after she cut off the head, it still
looked like a good catch ... and it provided me with a nice
None of my other brothers, Ralph or Donnie, seemed interested in fishing
-- which made it nice for for me. When my brother, John, left for
the Army in 1943, I acquired his equipment; and fishing immediately became
more enjoyable. Good equipment makes a difference.
I continually returned to the spot of "my first catch," It was
always good for some catfish, suckers, or more trout. The only bait I used
was the worm; worms were plentiful ... and they were
Even as I grew older, I continued to fish using only a single hook and a sinker.
For a while, I couldn't figure out why my line was always twisting, but I soon
discovered that I'd better use some swivels. I couldn't use line all tangled
up, looking like a bird's nest.
Now that I had decent fishing equipment, I spent most of my leisure time
along one of the local streams. I don't remember all of the people I
fished with, but I often took my sister, Sandy, along with me for company.
I enjoyed fishing with Harold Coakley and his father -- we'd
always bring something home. But, Frank Jodon taught me the finer points of
catching fish. "The art of fishing," as he
Frank and I usually fished Spring Creek in back of the Sutton Engineering
Company, and sometimes, we fished Logan Branch, too. During one of our fishing
adventures, I stepped in a hole while wading in the stream. It was a
tough ordeal getting to shore with my boots full of water. An experience
any fisherman wants to avoid ... it can be frightening.
Many of you might remember Reynolds Avenue Playground; it was at the
bottom of the hill, just below Carol Love's house. Spring Creek flowed in
back of the playground. There was a popular swimming hole there, but it
was a good fishing spot, too.
My Bellefonte fishing memories are fond ones. And
since I've retired, I fish as much as the weather allows. I also enjoy
deep sea fishing, and I go to the Jersey shore as much as I can.
Review From the
Athletic team managers:
Levine Jimmy Miller
95---Ken Moyer Dec. Dean Sease (C) 3-2
103--Dave Adams Dec. Conklin (C) 7-3
112--Sam Maranno (C) Dec. Joe Masullo 9-6
120--Glen Flegal (C) Dec. Bob Bird 9-0
127--Tom Musser Dec. McCorkle (C) 7-4
133--Larry Fornicola Tied Halford (C) 6-6
138--Nelson (C) Dec. Pete Huey 6-1
145--Maurey (C) Dec. Bill Krebs 3-0
154--Kay Shugarts (C) Dec. Bob Hull 10-9
165--Pat Kelley Dec. Johnson (C) 6-0
185--Bob Whipple Dec. McDonald (C) 8-1
Looking way back ... by
Suzie and Bill Krebs '50
Football Team's Annual Banquet Features One Time Mentor Of The Bellefonte
Academy, Carl Snavely, the featured main speaker,
was the coach of North Carolina University. Does
"Choo Choo Justice" ring a
Courtmen Boast Four Experienced Letterman ....... BHS
Cagers started practice under second year
coach, James Harsanyi. Bill
Mills, Wil Hauer, Jack Kershner, and Dick Wion are returning
starters. Eugene McBride will probably
replace the graduated Tom Knapik.
Fifty Mat Candidates Report To Coach
Smith ............ Tommy
Riglin, former 95 lb.
champ, has grown like the proverbial bad weed and will move up a few
weight classes. The same is true of several other wrestlers; namely, Allen
Thal, Bud Whitehill, and Sam Markle.
Returning lettermen are: Sam Markle, Dick Thompson,
Tom Riglin, Bill Krebs, Allan Thal, Bob Hull, Budd Whitehill, Pat Kelley,
Doyle Corman, Pete Huey, Bill Alterio, Joe Masulla, Bob Whipple,
Two members of the Red and White sports staff, John
Flynn, and Dan Clemson, have reported
for basketball and wrestling, respectively. Watch their smoke ....
New lights for the football field are dedicated on
November 4, prior to the Philipsburg football game.
Bill Krebs and Glen
Walizer are elected to the School Athletic Council
Raiders Down Mount Union on Bob Whipple's
Field Goal, 15-0
Indian Cagers End Season With Victory Over State
College ............ The Red Raiders made it three
in a row, crushng State 43-37. Walt Manning
and Tim Waite were high scorers for the
Matmen Defeat Williamsport 38-8 .............. Ken
Moyer remains undefeated. Dave Adams,
Joe Masulla, Tom Musser, Larry Fornicola, Bill Krebs Pat "Irish"
Kelley, and Bob Whipple score wins. Russ
Letterman draws. (injured, Bob Bottorf)
Jay-Vee Grapplers End Season 3-1 .... Blair Confer and Bob Heeman scored
wins in final meet with Philipsburg. Charlie Sager drew 2-2.
Courtmen Complete '49 season with 6 wins, 2 loses ...Coach Ralph
Dale's junior varsity basketballers finished off a highly successful
season with a 37-36 triumph over Philipsburg. The Raiders lineup includes:
Gene Teaman, Frank "Sonny" Lyons, Ken McMullen, Harold
williams, Clayton Young,
Dick Ishler, Dick Meckes, and Bob Bottorf.
New Varsity Cheerleaders
Johnson and Mary Emily "Tootsie" Dann were chosen varsity cheerleaders,
representing the class
of '52. Other finalists were: Eleanor Markle,
Carol Love, Georgie Dickson, and Melverna Fahr
BHS Golfers start pre-match drills; four
meets scheduled ...
first time since before the war, BHS has a golf team; under the direction
of Fred Bell. Reporting for the team are: Bill Seig, Wil Howard, Doug
Smith, Dick Houser, Hal Harman, Clayton Young,
Bob Heverly, and Tim Waite.
(5/17)Tribe loses to State High in second
golf match on the long end of of a 131/2 to 11/2 tally on the Nittany
Country Club green ... Bob Heverly and Doug Smith competed
in the second foursome.
New Football Field completed for opening game