Friday marked the official induction of the first class of Boiling Springs’ athletics Hall of Fame.
Headlining the five-person class are legendary coaches and athletic directors Pat Dieter and Percell “Bud” Ecker. Both were posthumously inducted Friday night during the Bubblers’ home football game against Milton Hershey.
Dieter, the boys basketball head coach of 36 years, died in March. He was 477-390 in his career with multiple District 3 and PIAA playoff appearances. He also served as AD from 1990-99 and 2012-18.
The basketball court he prowled for nearly 40 years was recently renamed “Coach Dieter Court.”
There likely isn’t a Boiling Springs graduate who passed through one of Pat Dieter’s classes…
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Ecker was the AD at Boiling Springs from 1948-77 and coached football, basketball and baseball. In total, he won 538 games. He’s a member of the South Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Pa. Sports Hall of Fame. He also served in numerous roles for the PIAA, Blue Mountain League and elsewhere.
The football field is named after him.
Joining those two are Kourtney Ehly Joyce, a field hockey, basketball and soccer player named Sentinel’s Girls Basketball Player of the Year. She’s the program’s all-time leading scorer, is ninth in points in field hockey (147) and played on Messiah College’s NCAA runner-up field hockey team in 2010 and 2011.
Former wrestler and football player Larry Karper and current diving coach Scott Houser, who won multiple District 3 and PIAA medals during his athletic career before attending Shippensburg University, are also inducted.