Four who dedicated much of their life to high school sports will be honored Friday with induction into the Lancaster-Lebanon League Hall of Fame. The group will be enshrined during a ceremony at Manheim Township High School during halftime of the L-L League boys championship basketball game.
E. Jerry Brooks, Gordie Kraft, Ed Ludwig and Elmer Kreiser will all be part of the fifth class of inductees into the L-L League Hall.
Here's a look at their accomplishments.
E. Jerry Brooks
Brooks is best known for his executive roles as President of the PIAA, a member of the PIAA Board of Control and District Three Chairman.
A 1942 McCaskey grad, Brooks, who died in 2013, was co-captain of the football team, participated in track and wrestled for the Red Tornado.
After graduating from Millersville, he coached wrestling, cross country and track at McCaskey.
His wrestling teams, which he coached from 1949-54, won three league championships and two District Three team titles.
He also served as the Penn Manor High School principal.
"He was just a great man," Penn Manor athletic director Jeff Roth said of Brooks, who was also an official at L-L League track meets. "He just had the greatest interaction with kids. He was gentle, caring, sincere and kids feed off of that. He was truly concerned with student-athletes."
In addition to the L-L Hall, Brooks is a member of the District Three and state wrestling Halls of Fame and the McCaskey Hall of Fame.
In 1980, Brooks was voted the George W. Kirchner Memorial Award.
The District Three student-athlete award is named in his honor.
Kraft compiled a record of 272-14, including 63 straight dual-meet wins from 1980-86, as the coach of the McCaskey boys track team from 1969-1997.
His boys teams won 19 L-L League section titles, 20 L-L League championships and 11 District Three crowns.
His boys track teams compiled 19 undefeated seasons and five times his boys teams finished second at the PIAA meet.
During his tenure, he coached seven state champs (five individual and two relay teams).
He coached the McCaskey girls track team from 1981-1997. Those teams, compiled a 104-68 record, won two state championships, four District Three titles, three L-L League titles and four L-L section crowns.
He coached six state girls champions, four individual and two relays.
Four times his girls team finished the season undefeated.
"I'm proud of the athletes and coaches and support people I worked with," Kraft said. "The sacrifices they made and the pride they took in what we did. I say we because we all accomplished it together. And my family, they were always supportive."
Before taking over as head coach, he was the assistant track coach for the boys team from 1967-68. He was also an assistant football coach from 1962-97 and the head swimming coach for the 1965-66 season.
A 1958 graduate of McCaskey, he participated in football and track and was a member of a state winning 200 freestyle relay swim team.
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After graduating from Franklin and Marshall -- where he played football, ran track and swam for the Diplomats -- he taught math at McCaskey from 1962-1997.
He is a member of the McCaskey Athletic Hall of Fame, the Susquehanna Valley branch of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and was honored with the George W. Kirchner Memorial Award in 1999.
He was also inducted into the Lancaster Oldtimers Sports Hall of Fame, now named the Lancaster County Sports Hall of Fame.
Kreiser compiled a record of 205-37 as the Columbia boys basketball coach from the 1952-53 season through 1962-63. During that time, his teams won seven league championships, six Lancaster County championships, three District Three championships and one Eastern Regional title.
Ten of his players earned all-state honors.
His team reached the state championship game in 1958.
"He was most proud of what they (his players) turned into after they graduated," Karl Kreiser said of his dad who died in 1992. "He was very proud of his players that turned into ... He had doctors and lawyers he had college professors and then he had people who owned businesses. And in the labor industry were general managers of different companies
"That was his biggest thing he enjoyed. That they turned into successful people. That they learned things from him through a sport and applied it to the work force."
A star athlete at Columbia High School, Kreiser was the named Lancaster County's Most Outstanding Player in both football and basketball for the 1944-45 school year.
He was named the top Lancaster County football player and the top Lancaster County basketball player from 1900-1950 by Lancaster Newspapers.
After high school, he was all-conference, all-state and a Little All-American in football at Bloomsburg, where he also started on the basketball team for three seasons.
In addition to coaching, he was also an English teacher at Columbia for 13 years and the principal for 22 years.
He has been inducted into the Susquehanna Valley Sports Hall of Fame, the Bloomsburg University Sports Hall of Fame, the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and the Columbia High School Athletic Hall of Fame, where the gym is named in his honor.
He received the George W. Kirchner Memorial Award.in 1974.
Ludwig spent 33 years (1970-2003) at Northern Lebanon as a teacher, coach and, his last 17 years, athletic director.
He was also a member of the Board of Control for the L-L League for 11 years. "I'm proud of what we accomplished while I was a member of the Board of Control," Ludwig said.
He was the Vikings baseball coach for 25 years winning L-L League titles in 1986 and '87 and also winning six section championships.
"I'm proud of those back-to-back championships," Ludwig said, whose oldest son played on the first title team and youngest son was on the second.
He coached basketball for 15 seasons, 11 as the head coach. And he was an assistant soccer coach for 14 years and the head coach for a season.
Before his career at Northern Lebanon, he played four seasons of baseball and soccer at East Stroudsburg where he was a captain in both sports as a senior.
He was a member of two PSAC champion soccer teams and a baseball conference title team.
He was elected to the Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. He served two terms as chapter president and is currently the Pennsylvania Sports Hall president.