Ring of Honor 2010 Inductees
From Left: Athletic Director Bryan Geist, Barry Eckhart, Bill Jones, Richard Jones, Robert Morgan, Tricia Treskot, and Franklin "Ted" Wieand.
Photography compliments of Joe Seremula
Class of 1979
Barry Eckhart Graduated from Northern Lehigh High School in 1979. He was the Cross Country MVP in 1977 and 1978. He earned 3 varsity letters in Cross Country from 1976 to1978. He set 4 course and school records in cross country, was undefeated in dual meets for 2 years, and was the Centennial League Meet Champion in 1977 and 1978. In 1977, Barry finished first out of 248 runners at the Tri-County Invitational Meet at Lehigh University. Barry earned 4 varsity letters in Track and Field and was undefeated in Dual Meets in 1978 and 1979. He was the Track & Field MVP in 1978 & 1979. In 1978, Barry was the Centennial League Meet Champion in the 1600 meter and 3200 meter runs and the 3200 meter relay. Barry was the District XI 1600 meter champion, as well as a member of the winning District XI 3200 meter relay team. In 1979, Barry was a 4 event winner at the Centennial League Meet (800 meter, 1600 meter, 3200 meter, and 3200 meter relay). In the 1979 PIAA State Championships, he placed 5th in the 1600 meter race setting a new school record; which still stands after thirty-one years. Barry also is a member of the school record Sprint Medley Relay team. Barry received the Slatington High School Outstanding Male Athlete Award in 1978 and 1979. In 1980 Barry was the Freshman Indoor Mile Champion at ESU.
Class of 1961
Bill Jones graduated from Slatington High School in 1961 where he excelled in both sports and academics. He received 4 letters in basketball, is the 2nd high scorer in men's basketball with 1491 points, team captain in 1960-1961; Lehigh Valley All Star in 1959, '60, and '61; and earned 3 letters in baseball. He was a member of the Varsity 5 Club from 1957 to 1961. Bill was Class President, and a member of the National Honor Society. He graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1965 where he scored 1058 points and at the time of graduation he was ranked 7th in all time scoring and was captain of the team his senior year. Bill and his son Brett were the first Father & Son 1,000 point scorers in Slatington/ Northern Lehigh basketball.
Class of 1951
Richard "Dick" Jones graduated from Slatington High School in 1951 and from Kutztown University in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. He began his coaching career in Basketball at Slatington High School in 1963 serving as Junior Varsity and Assistant Varsity coach. In 1968 he became Varsity Basketball Head Coach and served in that capacity until 1971. His 1968 - 69 team set a scoring record for a single game which still stands today - it rang up 104 points in a pre-league game. For the next four years he served as scout for Coach Glenn Rissmiller. From 1976 to 1984 he coached girl's basketball; His 1983-1984 team won the Centennial League Championship, finishing with a record of 21 and 5. At the time, it was a record for most wins in a season. Dick also served as Assistant Track Coach for 17 years. Over the 1977-78-79 seasons, his 3200 yard relay teams went undefeated in 28 consecutive meets. Included in the streak were two Centennial League Championships. The anchor of those teams was Barry Eckhart, a fellow honoree. He also managed to squeeze in one season as Assistant Baseball Coach. Dick is proud of the fact that he is in his 47th year as clock operator for Bulldog Football. He retired in 1986 after serving the district for 39 seasons in coaching and 30 years as an English Teacher. As Dick puts it: "I was a Good English Teacher, but I probably could have been Gooder!" Dick spends most of his leisure time golfing and recently took up knitting. He plans to get some steelwool and knit his wife a stove!
Class of 1951
In addition to coaching little league teams in the Northern Lehigh area, Robert Morgan has been taking photographs from the sidelines of the Slatington Slaters and the Northern Lehigh Bulldogs football games since 1960. He then distributes the photographs to the players at no charge. A strong supporter of athletics, Robert continues to attend various football, basketball, baseball, and softball games and banquets. Robert graduated from Slatington High School in 1951 where he participated in Student Council, National Honor Society, and the Photography Club. After high school, Robert became the manager of the Slatington Acme where he employed many Northern Lehigh teenagers. He has coached little league baseball and softball and has been actively involved in the local Home Run Derby. He currently resides in Walnutport with his wife Margaret.
Class of 1993
Tricia Treskot graduated from Northern Lehigh High School in 1993. As a member of the girls varsity basketball team from 1990 to 1993 she received numerous awards including The Times News Female Athlete of the Year, Eyewatch News 13 Female Player of the Week, Times News Player of the Week, Morning Call Player of the Year, MVP of the Girls Basketball Christmas Tournament, and Centennial League 1st Team. She was a basketball 3 point field goal record holder in 1992 - 1993 with a Season high 77 three pointers and a career high of 183 three pointers. Tricia also played varsity softball from 1990-1993 and was named to the Centennial League 1st Team at Short Stop. In 1993 she was named NLHS Female Athlete of the Year. Tricia was awarded a four year partial scholarship at Saint Josephs' University to play Girls Softball where she was the rookie of the year and the University's Scholar Athlete in 1996-1997. She was co-captain of the softball team in 1997. Currently, Tricia is living in Philadelphia and has started her own company called Trish's Tasks. Tricia is entering her second year as an NCAA umpire.
Franklin "Ted" Wieand
Class of 1951
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Wieand graduated from Slatington High School in 1951 where he earned four letters in baseball. In his senior year he had a pitching record with 9 wins and one loss. He averaged 17 strikeouts a game and pitched four one-hit games. In his last eight victories he allowed only four runs. At times he batted clean-up. Ted was named "outstanding player" by major league scouts at the junior American Legion All-Star game and qualified to play in the All-East game. After high school Ted signed a contract with a bonus to play professional baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals. He played 10 seasons in the minors and parts of five seasons in the majors with the Cardinals, Cincinnati, and New York Yankees. Ted was 1958 minor league pitcher of the year for the Havana Cuba Sugar Kings of the International League. After retiring from baseball because of a shoulder injury, Ted worked as a plumber learning the job from the bottom up and he eventually became a licensed plumber. He married Joan Chandler Wieand and he and his wife have five children.