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Digital Terrier Hall of Fame
The audience, which included families of the honorees and some current athletes, filled the school's Gold Gym. The décor included a large poster for each team, coach or athlete inducted, featuring blow-ups from old yearbooks.
Plaques were handed out, along with stainless steel “Hall of Famer” water bottles, and photos were taken.
Afterward, the Hall of Famers went down to Tap Webb Memorial Field for a pre-game finale. As announcer Carlos Webster introduced them over the PA system, each honoree walked between two rows of cheerleaders as they dramatically rustled their pompoms. Afterward, the Terriers fell 49-20 to A.L. Johnson.
Athletic Director Bill Deniz was the driving force behind the Hall of Fame project, with Andy Fitz heading up the committee of coaches that evaluated the nominees.
“It was an evening of inspiration, and a reminder of the life-changing impact that great coaches have on their athletes," Principal Adrienne Olcott said. "Yes, we want our kids to be academically proficient, but while teachers are improving their minds, our coaches are working on their discipline, their drive, and their character. Those things stay with students even if they never kick another soccer ball or catch another football.”
Next year, playing catch-up, Del Val will induct a class of inductees chosen from Del Val’s earliest years and from old Frenchtown High School. After that, Hall of Fame inductions will take place every other year.
Hall of Famers
- W. Tap Webb, 1958-1971, achieved a 61-58-5 record as football coach, and coached the 1960 Group 1 State Champions. Del Val’s football field was named in his memory. He was represented at the induction by his son.
- Betty Kenny was head field hockey and track coach during the 1960s and ‘70s. She led five teams to conference championships.
- Bill Petty, 1964-present, achieved 239-88 record in cross country, coached three Sectional Championship teams, member of the NJSIAA Cross Country Hall of Fame.
- Vince Fitz, 1971-1990, achieved a 284-59-7 record in wrestling, coached six Group 2 State Championship teams, member of the National Wrestling National Hall of Fame.
- Allen Hamlin, Class of 1972, lettered in football, basketball, and track & field, held seven school records and was a four-time Group Champion in track & field. He couldn’t attend, but he sent his brother, and Coach Petty read a letter he’d received years ago from Allen Hamlin.
- Jamie Wicks, Class of 1988, two-time NJSIAA state wrestling champion, named Outstanding Wrestler in N.J. in 1988, achieved a 92-5 record.
- Robert Bradley, Class of 1993, NJSIAA State Golf Champion, held lowest score under par in NJSIAA State Tournament history. He was honored in absentia.
- Jenn Berghoff, Class of 1997, starting pitcher on Group 2 State Finalist softball team in 1997, holds school records for wins (65) and strikeouts (774).
- Cathy Abel, Class of 2003, leader of 2002 State Championship Soccer Team, holds school records for goals (82) and assists (52).
- The 1960 Football Team won the Group 1 state title, which was the first state championship in Del Val history. That team remains Del Val’s only undefeated football team.
- The 1984 Wrestling Team was the only Del Val team to earn the No. 1 ranking in NJSIAA in any sport. Went 19-0-1 and was the first wrestling team to win the Group 2 State Championship.
- The 2002 Girls’ Soccer Team was the only Del Val team ever to win State, Sectional, and Hunterdon-Warren titles in the same year.