Some surnames in Carlisle history just stick out more than others ... Bream is one of them.
Sid, the former Herd baseball star, forged a long career in Major League Baseball. Sister, Theresa, and brother, Stan, were pretty good athletes as well as cousins Doug, Dwight and David, who each stood out on the hardwood and the diamond.
Doug and Dwight went on to play at Oral Roberts University, while Dave played at Liberty University. Sid, Sheldon and Theresa all played at Liberty, with Theresa eventually participating on the United States Olympic handball team.
Sheldon was even fortunate to play athletics at Carlisle after severing his arm in a bus accident returning home from a church camp in middle school. After several surgeries, he returned and played three sports at Carlisle, one of the several Breams to play football.
Sheldon’s role on the Herd basketball team was the sixth man, providing energy off the bench. If someone struggled, he got the call to come in and bring the intensity. He was one of the few big kids who could play any role on the basketball court, from handling the ball to rebounding and scoring when needed.
“The thing that stands out to me was how balanced this team was and everybody got along,” Sheldon Bream said. “We had the All-Americans, but we also played against All-Americans on other teams. The one thing I remember most was coach [Dave] Lebo and [Gary] Worley getting the supporting players to understand and accept their roles. Getting guys to accept a role is usually the toughest thing for coaches and players.”
“I was a defender and rebounder and I found myself open and people were yelling shoot, but I would have found myself on the bench if I started shooting too much.”
Today, Bream works for the Washington Speakers Bureau, but will be departing the agency at the end of March to open Bream Speaker Management, his own company. His wife, Shannon, works for Fox News as an anchor in Washington, D.C.
“One of the best kids we ever had coming off the bench,” Lebo said. “He was the first guy to come in and substitute for one of our big guys.”