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Derby, Wehr are Summit Hill inductees

  • Derby, Wehr are Summit Hill inductees
    Copyright 2012
Published April 14. 2012 09:01AM

The Carbon County Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 2012 class on May 27 at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

The doors will open at 12:45 p.m., with cocktail hour from 1-2 p.m. Dinner will be at 2, with the induction ceremony to follow.

Anyone looking for tickets to the banquet can contact any of the following people: Art George 610-826-2830; Jake Boyer 610-751-6634; Danny McGinley 570-325-3550; Tom Wehr 570-366-2694; Trevor Lawrence 570-645-4722; Ted Bortnick 570-645-9575; Emmett McCall 570-645-2093; Bob Gelatko 570-645-8652; John Harkins 570-645-2627; Tom McGrath 570-668-2237; Gary Clemson 570-668-1066; Tom Pilla 570-669-6666; or Bill Gardiner 570-669-6564.

The TIMES NEWS will run the inductees from all eight of the towns that are part of the Carbon County Hall of Fame on Saturdays during April and May.

This year's Summit Hill inductees are as follows:

William Derby

Will Derby is a 1957 graduate of Summit Hill High School, earning eight varsity letters in four different sports.

Derby shined at quarterback for Summit Hill leading the team in touchdowns as a senior. Derby also did some damage for the Hillers on the hardwood leading the team in scoring and rebounds in his senior season. In the track ranks Derby was considered one of the fastest runners in the area including a couple gold medals at the District 11 Championships and Carbon County Dash. He qualified for the PA State Track Meet in his senior season.

In the 1956-57 season Derby received the highest honor from the Summit Hill Athletic Department earning the Summit Hill High School Outstanding Athlete Award.

Following graduation from Summit Hill, Derby went to the University of Pennsylvania where as a sophomore, he earned a letter as a quarterback and linebacker on the Sprint Football team (175 lb weight limit). Unfortunately, Derby's playing days were cut short by a knee injury that he received in a game against Army that season. Derby still stayed active however, earning him election into the university's Friars Senior Honor Society.

Derby was awarded a Rotary International Foundation Fellowship after graduating from Penn and spent a year of graduate study at Manchester University in Manchester, England, where he played on the basketball team.

Upon returning home, Derby enrolled in the masters degree program at Penn's Wharton School of Finance and received his MBA in International Finance in 1965.

His MBA in finance earned him a 30 year career in banking with Citibank and Bank of America, which included ten years working in Europe and four in Canada. Derby is now retired to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware with his wife Sylvia. They have two daughters and one granddaughter.

Tom Wehr

Tom Wehr is a 1960 alumni of Summit Hill High School and was proud to wear the brown and gold of his hometown Hillers.

Wehr earned 11 Varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball, and track. In 1960 he was the only four letter winner at Summit Hill High School.

Over his four year career at Summit Hill Wehr was a starter in baseball, basketball, football, and track. He was a part of the first place 400 Relay team at the District 11 Championships in Allentown as well. A knee injury to Wehr in his junior campaign ended his football career and thus kept him from playing baseball that season due to injury. Wehr came back in his senior season to make notable contributions to the basketball and baseball teams.

Following his graduation from Summit Hill Wher attended and graduated from Texas Lutheran University with a BA in Health and Physical Education. He also received a training certification from West Chester University.

Wehr then began his years of coaching and educating first teaching one year at the Carbon County School for Special Education. He then spent three years teaching Phys Ed. as well as coaching football, track and girls basketball at Panther Valley. He also served as the Athletic Trainer at PV.

Wehr then moved to Texas for a year where he taught at Edna High School, along with coaching football, basketball, and track. After a year stint in Texas Wehr returned to Summit Hill where he was hired at Blue Mountain High School as a Phys Ed. and Health teacher. He coached football and track for 12 years for the Eagles along with being their Athletic Trainer.

He served as the Defensive Coordinator for the 1983 and 1985 Eastern Conference Southern Division Championship teams at Blue Mountain and also coached their track team to five Schuylkill League Division 1 Championships.

After retiring from coaching, Wher was hired as the Athletic Director at Blue Mountain in 2000 and was named Schuylkill League Athletic Director of the Year in 2004.

Wehr is now retired and resides with his wife Gwen of 45 years. They have two daughters, a son, and five grandchildren.

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