Reed’s induction road wasn’t easy
BEDFORD – Walter Reed’s path to the Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame wasn’t an easy road both on and off the mat.
“His stepfather would often hit him and say, that is for nothing,” Reed’s presenter Dwane Gochnour said. “If there were any leftovers, Walter could have them.”
Saturday, the Everett Southern graduate along with his fellow classmates were inducted into the hall at a packed Bedford County Elks Club.
“Walter never complained about all of the abuse,” Gochnour said. “All he would ever tell me was it prepared me for life.”
Reed won a district championship in 1964 in the 133-pound weight class. After high school, he went on to serve in Vietnam from 1964-1968 and received the Purple Heart.
“I learned to never take anything personally,” he said of his upbringing.
Walter went on to serve in the Baltimore police force until 1975, started a pest control business and was a wrestling official for 35 years in Maryland. He was inducted as a member of the United States Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2004.
There were five additional people and two teams also receiving honors. Bruce Fisher also was honored by the hall Saturday night. The former Bedford football coach led the team to a perfect season in 1945 where the Bisons outscored all opponents 329-6.
Fisher would go on to become coach at Penn Hills and eventually the school’s athletic director. He was honored posthumously.
Replogle’s Floyd Robinette, a star for the school in football, was inducted after having served in the Navy following his freshman year of college at Shippensburg. He was team captain for the Naval Academy in Bainbridge, Md. in 1956.
Hyndman’s Vohn Lehman was referred to as the next Elroy Face, and drew interest by pro scouts for the New York Giants in 1961. During the 1963 season, he ended the season with a 1.29 ERA for the Lexington Giants of the Western Carolina League.
Bedford’s Dan Kerr played a pivotal role in the success of the basketball program. In his senior year he averaged 23.5 ppg. for the Bisons as they won the Bedford County Basketball League Title and its second District 5 championship.
Dick Mock from Chestnut Ridge was a linebacker, offensive guard and defensive end for the school during the 1967-68 seasons, a stretch where the team went 17-2. He eventually went to coach in the sport at the academy, high school, college, and indoor professional level.
Tussey Mountain’s Larry Wyles was the first 1,000 point scorer for the program, ending his career with 1,248, which stood as the school record for over 20 years.
The 1955 Chestnut Ridge baseball team was one of two teams inducted into the hall. The team went undefeated at 10-0 capturing the first team championship for the new school district. Northern Bedford’s 1977 District 5 championship wrestling team was the other team honored at the ceremony.
That season the Black Panthers went 12-1, and had five individual District 5 champions. Jan Clark won the state title in the 105-pound weight class.