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Fourteen former athletes, coaches inducted into Bucks County Chapter of PA Sports Hall of Fame

by June Portnoy

The Bucks County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame introduced its Class of 2018 Inductees during its Tenth Annual Induction Ceremony and Banquet on April 19th.

The event took place at the Brookside Manor at Somerton Springs in Feasterville, during which time 14 individuals who began their athletic endeavors in Bucks County or who coached a sport in this community were recognized for their vast accomplishments.

The mission of the Bucks County Sports Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization, is “to recognize individuals who through their commitment, sacrifice, and dedication in amateur and/or professional sports at the post high school level have brought pride and distinction to the county.”

John Chaump, President of the Bucks County Chapter, emceed the evening’s ceremony.

Patricia Toner, Executive Director of the Bucks County Chapter, presented each inductee with a recognition plaque, while describing their many athletic achievements.

The first inductee introduced was Maggie Moyer Baker from Doylestown. While attending Central Bucks West High School, Maggie earned three varsity letters on both the basketball team and the hockey field.

As a soccer star, she was a starter on the varsity team for four years. Maggie continued her soccer career at Rutgers University where she was a varsity starter all four years.

Michael Chase, a Holland native, was a four-year letter winner on the wrestling team while attending Council Rock High School.

He continued his wrestling career in college and later as an official. Michael is currently a Big 10 official.

Ed Cochrane, a Yardley resident, became coach of the Pennsbury basketball team in 1972. His teams made the PIAA playoffs 11 times, and his 1980 team advanced to the District One finals.

Fred Conger, raised in Feasterville, was the starting guard and middle linebacker for three years while attending Neshaminy High School in the mid-1960s.

After playing football in college, he spent his career coaching football at various high schools including Morrisville High School. He was voted Bucks County Football Coach of the Year in 1974.

Sheree J. Davis, a Fairless Hills native, was one of the best softball pitchers at Pennsbury High School. In her two-year starting varsity career, she led her team to the league championship.

For two years, she was also a starting varsity player on the basketball team. Sheree was the first female to receive an athletic scholarship at Pennsbury High School. At Temple University, she was the starting pitcher for four years.

Sheree ultimately became a pitching coach for two New Jersey colleges and continues to coach in her retirement.

Jim Dumont, a Newtown resident raised in Levittown, was a starting linebacker on Neshaminy-Maple Point’s football team for two years.

He was named All-County linebacker in his junior and senior years and All-State Honorable Mention in his senior year.

While at Rutgers University, Jim was a four-year starting linebacker. He played for the Cleveland Browns in 1984 and for the New Jersey Generals in 1985.

Michael Ellzy was a three-year starter for the basketball team at Bensalem High School. He is Bensalem’s all-time leading scorer and twice led the team to the league championship.

While attending Bloomsburg University, Michael became the university’s all-time leading scorer in basketball.

Traci Forchetti Fitzpatrick, a Doylestown resident raised in Newtown, was a varsity starter in field hockey for four years while attending Council Rock High School.

In her sophomore, junior and senior years, she was the area scoring champion. Traci was also on the soccer team for two years and the varsity lacrosse team for two years. Throughout high school and college, she received many scholar athlete and academic awards.

Joe Kiefer, a Fairless Hills resident, became Pennsbury High School’s varsity head wrestling coach in 1986. Joe coached Pennsbury’s only two wrestling state championships.

He was also named Coach of the Year in the league, District One, and Southeast Region. In addition, Joe coached Pennsbury’s soccer team and during this time, his teams won two league championships.

Amy Pine McQuibben from Langhorne was a two-year varsity starter in field hockey while attending Neshaminy High School.

She was also a three-year varsity starter on the soccer team and a three-year starter on the basketball team. While attending the University of Pennsylvania, Amy was a four-year starter on the field hockey team.

Matt Napoleon, raised in Feasterville, was a two-year starting varsity player as goalie of the soccer team at Neshaminy High School.

While attending Columbia University, he was the starting goalkeeper for three years and was named to the All-Ivy Team.

For five years, he was the goalkeeper for three teams in the Major League Soccer-A League. In 1997, he competed for the US in the Under 20 World Cup in Malaysia.

Sheldon Per was the varsity boys’ basketball coach at Bensalem High School from 1980 to 2003, qualifying for postseason play every year. Sheldon finished his career with 312 wins, the most of any coach in Bensalem’s history.

Tony Petruccio, a Yardley resident raised in Levittown, was a member of the very successful Bishop Egan High School football teams from 1971 to 1975.

He continued playing football at Penn State where he played in four bowl games. He was drafted in the NFL tenth round by the San Diego Chargers. Tony ultimately played on three professional Canadian football teams.

While attending Council Rock High School, Carrie Neidhardt Voedisch, raised in Washington Crossing, was a four-year starter on field hockey teams that won the SOL, District One, and PIAA Championships.

While attending college, Cary was a starter on the varsity field hockey team for three years. She later became the head field hockey coach at a North Carolina high school.

For more information about the Bucks County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame, visit www.buckscountysportshof.com.

PHOTO CAP: Sheree J. Davis (left), former Pennsbury High School athlete, accepts her Hall of Fame certificate from John Chaump.