Ring of Honor 2008 Inductees

  • Ring of Honor Group Photo
    From left: Karl "Butch" Andreas II, Robert "Bob" Chandler, Rebecca Blose-Smolenski, Cory DeBias, Derek Lilly, Robert Morgan (Accepting for brother Thomas Morgan), and Athletic Director Bryan Geist.
    Photography compliments of Joe Seremula

    Karl "Butch" Andreas II

    Class of 1970

    InducteeKarl Andreas participated in three sports during his years at Slatington High School. He played football from 1967-1969; Basketball from 1968 to 1970; and Track from 1968 to 1970 earning 9 Varsity Letters. He received the following honors and awards for his athletic endeavors: The L.V.L. Gold Medal Mile Relay in 1969; All State Second Team in Football in 1969; participated on the Big 33 Team in 1969; was the All L.V.L. End and Defensive Back in 1968 and 1969; was a member of the All L.V.L. Basketball Team in 1970; and was the Slatington Male Athlete of the Year in 1970. In 1970 Karl also was the single game high scorer with 44 points in basketball. In addition to his participation in sports, Karl was also a member of the National Honor Society and won a four year Scholarship to Clemson University. He graduated from Clemson as a Scholar - Athlete in football with a Masters Degree. Congratulations Karl "Butch" Andreas!

    Rebecca Blose-Smolenski

    Class of 1992

    InducteeDuring her years at Northern Lehigh High School Rebecca Blose Smolenski participated in Field Hockey, Softball, and Basketball where she earned 11 varsity letters and received the Outstanding Female Athlete Award in her junior and senior years. Before graduating in 1992 she was a member of the 1st Team Centennial League Field Hockey Team in her junior and senior years and was nominated as the Outstanding Field Hockey Player. In softball, Rebecca received 1st Team Centennial League Outfield honors in her junior year. Her athletic awards extend to basketball where she was the All Time Leading Scorer with 1639 points, 1168 rebounds, and 342 blocks. Other awards in her senior year include Northern Lehigh Outstanding Player, TV 13 Player of the Year (1991-1992), and Times News Player of the Year (1991-1992). Athletics continued to play an important role in college at Kutztown University where she also scored 1102 points and 737 rebounds. She graduated with a degree in Elementary and Special Education and then received her Masters degree from McDaniel College. Congratulations to Rebecca Blose Smolenski!

    Robert "Bob" Chandler

    Class of 1993

    InducteeRobert Chandler earned eleven varsity letters at Northern Lehigh High School in Cross Country, Track and Wrestling as a member of the Class of 1993. Robert was named Northern Lehigh Athlete of the Year both in his Junior and Senior Year. His Cross Country accolades include the most points in a season with 252 and most points in a career with 985. In 1992 Robert had a course record of 15:48. He won championships at the Centaur Invitational (1991 & 1992), the Centennial League (1990, 1991, & 1992), District XI Meets (1990, 1991, & 1992); and the PIAA State AA Meet where he was 27th in 1989, third in 1990, third in 1991, and first in 1992. His excellence in running continued to be evident in his participation in Track where he held school records in the 800 meters (1:57.6) and the 3200 (9:22.34). Robert also earned Meet records and championships at the CIAA in the 1600 (1993-4:21.4) and the 3200 (1993 - 9:47.6) as well as the District XI Meet in the 3200 (1993 - 9:36.4). Robert graduated from Bucknell University in 1997 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering where he participated in Cross Country, and Winter and Summer Track. Congratulations Robert Chandler!

    Cory DeBias

    Class of 1998

    InducteeCory DeBias was a member of the Class of 1998 at Northern Lehigh High School where he wrestled for four years as a varsity starter and played baseball for three years as a varsity starter and All-League second basemen. For his dedication to the sport of wrestling, Cory was nominated to the District II Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Roger Williams University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. During his tenure at Northern Lehigh, Cory was a four time District Finalist and a three time District Champion, was a four time Regional Finalist and a three time Regional Champion. Cory also qualified for States four times including being a State Runner Up in 1997 and was the State Champion in 1998. His passion for wrestling is evident in the following awards: two time Christmas City Champion; three time Brandywine Champion; four time Colonial League First Team Honors; Channel 13 Male Athlete of the Year in 1997 and 1998; Lions Club Classic Most Outstanding Wrestler (1998); District 11 Wrestling Most Outstanding Wrestler (1998); District 11 Officials Sportsmanship Scholarship Award ($1,000); and Northern Lehigh Scholar Athlete in 1998. Cory will be remembered for earning 391 career team points and his career record of 137-12. His outstanding athletic performance continued at the collegiate level where he obtained a scholarship to wrestle at Rider University for 4 years, earning 3 varsity letters and a red shirt season. He completed his college career with a 32-2 season at Roger Williams University, where he earned NCAA Division III All-American Honors by finishing 3rd in the country at 165 lbs and was named Roger Williams University Male Athlete of the Year in 2003. Congratulations Cory DeBias!

    Derek Lilly

    Class of 1969

    InducteeDerek Lilly was a four sport Varsity Athlete during his years at Slatington High School earning 10 varsity letters in football, baseball, basketball, and Track before graduating in 1969. In recognition of his talents and dedication as an athlete, Derek was the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete in 1969. In 1968 and 1969 he was nominated as Outstanding Back, Outstanding Trackman; and Outstanding Basketball Player. He was the leading scorer in the state with 30 touchdowns in his senior year which is still a school record. He also holds the school record with 856 yards receiving in football (1968); thirty touchdowns in a season (1968); and a second place record with 47 pass receptions in a season (1968). During his junior year he was undefeated in the 100 and 220 yard dashes in track. Derek was named Outstanding Teenagers from the Outstanding Americans Foundation. Derek graduated in 1973 from Princeton where he played football. Congratulations Derek Lilly!

    Thomas Morgan

    Class of 1948 (Accepted by brother Robert Morgan, pictured)

    InducteeThomas Morgan graduated from Slatington High School in 1948 where he earned seven varsity letters in baseball, football and basketball where he was the team captain in his junior and senior years. In addition to his dedication in athletics, Thomas was Junior and Senior Class President, was a member of the National Honor Society, and was voted most likely to succeed by his peers. Thomas received collegiate scholarships to Colgate University where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree then continued to University of Virginia where he received a Masters Degree. His military career includes 37 years as a professional Marine Corps Officer including 2000 flying hours and attaining the rank of General as Assistant Commandant of Marine Corps. Congratulations Thomas Morgan!