Solanco Hall of Fame inductees

| September 6, 2013

Four remarkably talented athletes and a successful coach will be inducted into the Solanco Athletic Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Zac Bauermaster, John Hess, Ken Howett, James Franklin Rash Jr., and Scott Michael Wert for their selection to the Hall of Fame! They will be recognized next Friday (Sept. 13) at the Solanco High School football field at 7:15 p.m., prior to the 7:30 p.m. kickoff for the Solanco vs. Oxford football game. A Hall of Fame induction luncheon will be held at the high school on Saturday (Sept. 14) at 12 noon.

Following is more information on the inductees and their outstanding careers at Solanco:

John Hess
Coach Hess’ long and distinguished 34-year coaching career at Solanco included serving as junior varsity softball coach, varsity assistant softball coach, and volunteer softball coach under coaches Bill Reiner, Diane Overly, Bill Groff and most recently Brett Miller. In addition, he sat courtside for 17 seasons as coach of the junior high varsity and junior varsity boys and girls basketball teams (10 seasons with the boys, seven seasons with the girls). He assisted former Hall of Fame recipients John Waggoner and Mona Steinhauer, along with Earle Hershey and Laura Carter.
Coach Hess graduated from PennManorHigh   School in 1958.  He earned a degree in secondary education at MillersvilleUniversity in 1962 and a Masters Degree in history at the University of Delaware in 1969. He began his teaching career at Solanco in 1966 where he spent 31 years in the classroom as a Social Studies teacher. He announced his retirement at the end of the 1996/97 school year.
Hess and his wife Sandy live in Colorado. They have a son Steve and a daughter Sue.

Zac Bauermaster
A 2005 alumnus of SolancoHigh School, Bauermaster earned seven letters, four in basketball, three in baseball.  He ended his stellar Solanco basketball career with 1,278 points. A three-time All-Section team member, he earned All-League first-team honors and averaged 21 points per game as a senior.
On the diamond he was named an All-Section second baseman and was a member of Solanco’s 2005 Section II championship team. He earned varsity letters during three seasons.
Following his high school graduation he enrolled at MillersvilleUniversity and was a member of the Marauders 2006/7 PSAC men’s basketball championship team. Millersville reached the Division II Sweet 16 following their championship run and Bauermaster was named captain of the squad his senior year.
Bauermaster is a seventh grade teacher at Swift Middle School. He married Carly Sheridan in 2010 and they have a 16-month old daughter Olivia.

James Franklin Rash, Jr.
A three-sport athlete, Rash participated in basketball, baseball and football, and during his senior year in 1966 he was recognized as Solanco’s “Most Athletic Student”.  While a force in hoops and baseball, he truly excelled in football.  In 1965 Rash became the first Solanco player to earn the Arthur E. Brown Most Valuable Player Award.  He was named to both the Intelligencer Journal and the New Era All-County football team in 1965; and that same year he earned the prestigious Bernie Rider Award as the Lancaster County League’s outstanding lineman. Rash was one of three Golden Mules selected to play in the sixth annual 1965 Lancaster County all-star football game. He received offers from the University of Miami, University of South Carolina, University of Maryland and GeorgeWashington University. He played two seasons at George Washington University.
Married to Roxanne, Rash was self-employed for 30 years. He loved to play golf, and following his  retirement he served as a ranger at Pilgrim’s Oak Golf Course. For 10 years he coached Little League football in Rising Sun, Maryland. In addition, his interests included boating, reading, traveling and the Philadelphia Flyers. Rash died prematurely in October of 2007.

Ken Howett
Howett graduated from Southern Lancaster County Joint High School in 1954 where he earned nine varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball.  A member of the original Solanco football team, which debuted in 1950, Howett received the Outstanding Athlete Award at his high school graduation.
Following high school he enrolled at West Chester State Teacher’s College and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1958.  While a student at West Chester, Howett participated in the Golden Ram football program.
Following his college graduation he was hired by the OxfordSchool District where he was a teacher for 32 years and the district’s Athletic Director for 31 years. In addition, he coached the boy’s varsity basketball team for 22 years and took them to the state semi-finals during the 1967/68 season.  He also owned and managed a silk screen printing business for 25 years.
Married to Doris Hess Howett for 55 years, they have three children, Victoria, Michael and Marjorie.

Scott Michael Wert
A 1978 Solanco graduate, Wert amassed seven varsity letters while competing in soccer and track. Indoor track was a club sport 35 years ago, but Wert recorded one of the top 10 fastest times while competing in the 60-yard high hurdles.
During the PIAA outdoor championships in 1977, Wert finished third in the long jump and fourth in the high hurdles. He was awarded the Ray Long Memorial Award his senior year.
Following high school graduation, Wert enrolled at Franklin & MarshallCollege where in 1982 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  He was involved in the Diplomats track and field program all four years and was the recipient of the William J. Ianicelli Leadership Award his senior year.
In 1983 Wert attended OfficerCandidateSchool at Fort Benning, Georgia and served four years in the U. S. Army.  He was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1987. Wert then traveled to Arizona where he achieved a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Arizona and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1993.
Wert is currently a Vice President in Pharmacy Services, Health Net Pharmaceutical Services, and an Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Arizona. He resides in Tucson, Arizona with his partner Emery Nicoletti. Scott joins his father Don Wert, sister Barb Wert and uncle Fred Wert in the Solanco Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Keith Kaufman is the Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District. 786-5617.

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