Ring of Honor 2018 Inductees
Photography compliments of Bob Ford, The Times News.
Coach Frank Carazo graduated from arch-rival Palmerton High School and immediately became a Slatington Bulldog. Frank taught English and Reading at Slatington Junior High School and Slatington /Northern Lehigh High School from 1971 until his retirement in 2003. Frank was an assistant football coach for 16 years from 1971 to 1986. During this time Slatington/Northern Lehigh won two league football championships - one in 1974, winning the Lehigh Valley League Championship and one in 1981, winning the Centennial League Football Championship. Coach Carazo was the JV baseball coach for three years and in 1976 he became the head baseball coach. Frank held that position, along with his assistant, Erv Prutzman, leading the Bulldogs until 2006. During his tenure the baseball team had 13 winning seasons and 14 league winning seasons compiling 273 total wins. They appeared in the league playoffs in 8 different seasons, winning three times (1984, 1985, 1986) and finishing second twice. They also played in the district playoffs in 12 different years, finishing second to Whitehall and Pottsville in 84 and 85. The 1985 team missed going to the final four of the state playoffs losing to Coughlin High School 11-6 after their bus broke down on the way to the game. Over the course of those 31 years Carazo and Prutzman coached 24 first team all-league players and 31 second teamers. In 2003 Coach Carazo was selected Centennial League Coach of the Year. In addition to his other duties, Coach Carazo operated the scoreboard and clock for 7 years at all home wrestling meets and for 38 years at all home boys’ and girls’ basketball games.
Class of 1966
Larry Parry graduated from Slatington High School in 1966. He was the Class Vice President and was a member of the Varsity S Club for 3 years. He participated in football for 4 years earning 4 letters, was co-Captain of the Football team in 1966, was first team running back in the Lehigh Valley League, and was on the LVL All League Football Team in 1966. Larry was named the most valuable player for Slatington High School during his Junior and Senior seasons. He played basketball for 4 years earning 2 letters and baseball for 4 years earning 4 letters.
He was a physical education teacher at Northern Lehigh for 35 years. During this time he was an assistant football coach for 7 years. He coached basketball for 22 years including 10 years as a head girls’ basketball coach with an overall record of 162-92 and had five different 1,000 point scorers. Larry coached JV baseball for 16 years with an overall winning percentage of .725. He also coached 6 years of varsity softball winning the Colonial League Championship in 1995 and was the assistant coach of the 1996 State Championship softball team. Larry is also a PIAA Official.
Slatington High School Football Team of 1968
Tonight Northern Lehigh High School is pleased to welcome the Slatington High School Football Team of 1968. The success of the season was due to the devotion and determination of both the players and the coaches. The record for the year in the Old Lehigh Valley Interscholastic League when they played Parkland, Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg, Emmaus, Northampton, Whitehall, Lehighton, and Jim Thorpe in addition to today's schools Palmerton and Catasauqua was 9 wins 1 loss. This team averaged over 38 points per game and gave up less than 4 points per game. The combination of winning spirit, hard work, and dedication was the foundation of a record breaking season and we congratulate them on their accomplishment. At this time we would like to recognize the members of the Football team of 1968 which was the first team our school's history to win a championship.
#10 Robert Jones #34 Rod Moreira #74 Kim Edwards #12 Don Rubright #40 Rick Roberts #75 Charles Wasilkowski #21 Gary Papay #50 Donald Evans #76 Austin Messinger #22 Don Reifinger #51 Carl Yenser #77 Ivan Weiss #23 Ron Kuntz #52 Robert Hankee #78 James DeLong #24 Gary Van Norman #54 Dave DeSousa #79 Rodney Lobach #25 Robert Kemmerer #60 Glenn Rowlands #80 Mike Trainer #26 Glenn Parry #61 James Snyder #81 Pete George #27 Derek Lilly #64 Dan Papay #82 Randy Frey #28 Bruce Lorrah #67 John Hough #86 Karl Andreas #29 James Schuler #70 Earl Snyder #88 Dennis Mosteller #30 Wayne Kern #72 Keith Lobach #31 Lewis Kern #73 David Kuhnsman
Team Managers: David Gogel, Keith Deppe, Jim Kratzer, Mike Breziak
Head Coach: John Cassebaum
Assistant Coaches: William Reese, Paul Turner, Gayne Deshler, Michael Bonner