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Central Bucks East Hall of Fame to welcome 4 new members

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Four former standouts will be inducted into the Central Bucks East Hall of Fame.

Devon Passman (2009) represented CB East in three sports; wrestling, football and track, earning a total of nine varsity letters.

He was a four-year letter winner in wrestling and a two-year captain, earning All-Suburban One League first team honors three times at 160 pounds. He currently ranks second in career wins at CB East with a record of 141-36.

He reached the Southeast Regional qualifiers all four years of high school, was a three-time regional place winner, four-time District One place winner and a two-time state qualifier. He won three Section 2 championships and was a three-time district finalist. He capped his career with a sixth-place medal at the PIAA meet in 2009, ending a 27-year CB East medal drought at the state level.

He was a running back and defender on the football team, earning three letters and two team MVP honors. As a running back he was All-SOL first team twice and was second team all-league on defense. In his junior season he gained 992 all-purpose yards and had 1,279 in his final year. He was a team captain and played in the Bucks County All-Star game.

On the track team, he ran the 100- and 200-meters.

Joe Carlon (1994) was another three-sport standout for the Patriots, playing football, basketball and baseball, serving as captain on all three teams his senior year.

He was first team All-SOL in basketball and baseball his junior and senior years. He finished off his career by earning the Michael Wayne Grim Memorial Scholarship, awarded annually to a CB East athlete who participates in community service, maintains a minimum GPA of 3.85 and demonstrates leadership, maturity and sportsmanship.

He was the quarterback on the football team, earning league honorable mention his senior year. He threw for over 1,900 yards in two seasons.

In basketball, he scored 588 points his senior year to set a team single-season record. He holds the CB East record for foul shots attempted (288) and made (174) in a season. He received all-league honors and is one of the Patriots’ all-time leaders in steals.

Carlon truly excelled in baseball. Batting third as a sophomore, he hit .390. His success continued as CB East’s shortstop as a junior, hitting .363 with 16 RBIs, six doubles and three triples. His senior year he earned team MVP honors while hitting .434. He was also a four-year standout on the Doylestown Legion team, where he was the all-time leader in hits, runs, RBIs and walks. He also represented CB East on the Suburban One team that won the 1993 Carpenter Cup.

He went on to play baseball at the University of Pennsylvania, helping the Quakers to the 1995 Ivy League championship. He was a team captain in 1997 and 1998 and earned All-Ivy League in both of those seasons. He was named to the Penn baseball All-Decade team for the 1990s and was induced into the Penn Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.

The athletes will be introduced at halftime of CB East’s boys basketball game on Friday, Dec. 8 against Central Bucks South, where they will be presented with their Hall of Fame plaques.

There will be a celebratory lunch on Saturday, Dec. 9 where inductees will make their acceptance speeches.

Rachael Bloemker (2001) earned eight varsity letters, four each in field hockey, where she was CB East’s first four-year varsity letter winner, and track.

A defender on the hockey team, she was captain her senior year. In 1997, she helped the Patriots to the SOL title. She won the Coach’s award in 1998 and in 1999 she was the team MVP, Best Defensive Player, first team All-SOL and part of her second SOL championship team. As a senior she was team MVP, all-state first team and all-state academic. CB East won the league once again and its first-ever District One title. The Patriots fell just short of a state crown, losing in the title game to Warwick, 1-0. The team ended the season with a record of 23-2-1.

In track, she ran the hurdles and competed in the long jump and pole vault. She was co-captain on the 2001 spring track team.

She competed in winter track in 1999, setting a school record in the pole vault. In spring track that season she won the SOL championship and set a school record in the pole vault. She finished fifth at the District One meet and competed at the state championships. She was also third in the league in the long jump.

In 2000, she was second in the league in the pole vault and fifth at the district meet. In 2001 she set another school record of 10-0 in the pole vault and medaled at leagues and districts. She also tried a new event, the discus, placing fifth at the SOL meet.

After beginning her college field hockey career at Old Dominion, she transferred to Drexel for her sophomore year. She was team MVP on 2005 and 2006. In 2005 she was a first team regional All-American and third team NCAA All-American. She was named to the All-Philadelphia City-6 Team three years in a row. She was a three-time academic All-American and won both the Dean’s scholarship and the Goodwin College Academic scholarship.

After college she played for the Spirit Hockey Club, Rotterdam, Netherlands, and the Glasgow Western Senior Ladies First Team in Scotland, helping her team win the Scottish National Division Club Cup. From 2008-16 she was a member of the USA Women’s National Indoor Team, serving as captain from 2012-16. The team finished second and third at the Pan-American Indoor championships and won the Big Apple Indoor tournament in 2011 and 2014, finished second in 2012 and third in 2010.

Bradley Vierling (2005) was a standout in football, basketball and track. He was named CB East’s Outstanding Male Athlete in 2005.

He earned three varsity letters in football and was the captain in 2004 and 2005. He earned three all-SOL honors while anchoring the offensive line at tackle. He was also a defensive end for the Patriots. He played in both the Bucks County All-Star game and was named to Pennsylvania’s Big 33 Team in its annual clash with Ohio. He earned all-state honors on defense.

Vierling lettered twice in basketball and was the team captain in 2004.

He dominated the discus and shot put for three years in spring track, winning SOL titles in both events for three straight years. He won the District One title in the shot put and his discus throw of 180-3 is still a school record. He threw the discus at the Penn Relays, earned state medals in his events and was named all-state in both events. His 197 points led the team his senior year.

Vierling played football at Vanderbilt on a full scholarship, where he was team captain in 2008 and 2009. He helped the Commodores win the 2008 Music City Bowl, their first bowl victory in 53 years. He was on the Southeastern Conference honor roll for three years and made the All-SEC academic team his junior and senior years. He was on the Rimington Trophy Watch List in 2009 for top centers in America and was named the team’s MVP lineman in 2009.

He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers and signed in 2009. He played there for six months before spending two and a half years with the Jacksonville Jaguars where he played center, guard and tackle before a neck injury forced him into retirement.


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