The Reading High School Athletics Hall of Fame will welcome its 11th class of inductees during a halftime ceremony at the Reading High School football game against Penn Manor High School on Friday, Sept. 22. The game begins at 7 p.m. at Albright College’s Stadium.
In addition, the inductees will be celebrated during the Reading High School Athletic Hall of Fame Golf Tournament at Heidelberg Country Club on Friday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. Proceeds from the golf tournament provide scholarships to Reading High School graduates.
The following night, Saturday, Sept. 23, they will be formally inducted at the Reading High School Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet at 6 p.m. at Kraras Banquet Hall. Tickets are $75 for adults and $30 for students.
For more information about the planned events or to purchase banquet tickets, contact RHS Interim Athletic Director Danny Scott at [email protected] or 484-258-7436.
Meet the Reading High School Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees
1977 Reading High School Football Team
In 1975, Jim Clotz was hired as the new football coach for Reading High School. In 1977, the team was known for their undefeated mark in The Central Penn Conference. Winning with a record of 8-3, they won the first outright conference title in school history.
RHS Athletic Hall of Fame
Romarr Mayne is a 2009 graduate of Reading High School. While there, he excelled in sprints and was named All-County four times. Romarr’s success resulted in being named to the USATF Junior Olympics team. After high school, he attended and graduated from Shippensburg University. Romarr finished at Shippensburg with a stellar career, which included being named a four-time place winner, a four-time all-PSAC champion, and a three-time USTFCCCA all-region.
Jeff Kantner is a member of the Class of 1983. He was a member of the 1983 state-champion baseball team. He was a standout catcher drafted by the New York Mets as a senior in high school. Jeff later enrolled at Alvernia College and played four years for the Crusaders. During the time Jeff played for the team, the Crusaders went 55-44 and qualified for the NCAA District 19 playoff. He was a member of the first 20-win team in the college’s history.
Richard (Dick) Drexler
Richard (Dick) Drexler, a graduate of Reading High School’s Class of 1956, was recognized as an all-American high school athlete in football, wrestling, and track. Dick made the Big 33 football team his senior year. He and a teammate were the only Reading High School players to play in the Big 33 and wrestle in the District III wrestling championship. After high school, Dick was awarded a football scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina State. He also played football while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served six years during the Vietnam War.
Trenity Burdine, a member of the Class of 2010, was also a two-time District lll Basketball Champion with the Red Knights. Trenity was named Berks County Player of the Year in 2010 and named Second-Team All-State for the PIAA 4-A. He averaged 17.6 points per game in his senior year and 16 points in his junior year. He signed with Siena College during his senior year. Trenity ventured to play in Indiana and returned to Reading in 2022 to play for the Reading Rebels.
Lori (Pingitore) Sherman
Lori (Pingitore) Sherman was a recipient of the Reading High School Six Letter Award, having received a total of eight varsity letters in cross country, swimming, and track upon graduation in 1980. Forty-three years later, she still holds the 800m record! After high school, Lori went on to run cross country and track at Bloomsburg University, where she set the 1500m school record in her senior year. She is currently a coach for the Girls On the Run at Riverside Elementary School in the Reading School District.
Imani Brown graduated from Reading High School in 2011. He won both the District III triple jump with a 48’7” and the PIAA State Triple Jump with a 48’7.5”. Imani competed with the US National Team in 2011 in the Youth World Championship in Lille, France. He finished sixth in the triple jump at the NCAA Championship to earn All-American honors. Imani qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championship at the NCAA East Regional. In 2014-15, he posted an indoor best of 4.57m in the long jump and 15.42m in the triple jump. Imani graduated from the University of Pittsburgh.
Jared Sadlowski was a three-sport athlete playing football, wrestling, and baseball before graduating from Reading High School in 1993. He played football as part of the 1992 Lancaster Lebanon League Co-Champions. He was voted to the All-State Third team as a wide receiver. Jared wrestled for the Red Knights for two years, compiling a record of 50-5. In baseball, he was a four-year starter as the catcher and was captain of the 1993 Berks County Championship team. Jared received a full scholarship for baseball to Penn State University, was captain of the 1996 Big Ten Championship Team, and led the team in hits three out of four years.
Sam Bryant is a member of Reading High School’s Class of 2002. During his senior season, he was named to The Associated Press Big School All-State Team. As a standout football player, he could be found playing in safety, linebacker, and running back positions. Sam had eight receptions for 115 yards and three touchdowns. As a senior, he finished with 19 total touchdowns. Among Sam’s achievements, he was the 27th-ranked prospect in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep. Sam went on to play football at the University of Pittsburgh.