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Three from Central Bucks inducted into Hall of Fame


The Bucks County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame held its 11th induction on Thursday at Brookside Manor in Feasterville.

Fifteen people were inducted including three from Central Bucks County.

Central Bucks East’s Lisa Laskow Adams was inducted posthumously.

Adams competed on the field hockey, lacrosse and swim teams for the Patriots. She went on to become an All-American swimmer at Shippensburg.

She has been inducted into the CB East Hall of Fame.

Her daughter Kylie Adams accepted on her behalf as her brother Brian and father Bob looked on.

“Getting that call that my mom was being inducted was amazing,” she said. “Our family shouldn’t have been surprised but she never told us that she’d been nominated so we had no idea.

“She is very deserving but she was the sort of person who would downplay everything she did so she just would not have made a big deal out of it.

“It’s bittersweet because I wish she could have been here to accept this for herself.”

Tara Schmucker was also a three-sport athlete at CB East, competing in field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. She went on to a standout lacrosse career at Vanderbilt.

Following graduation she became the head lacrosse coach at CB East and then went on to coach for nine years at Central Bucks West. She has been inducted into the CB East Hall of Fame.

“I’m so humbled by the whole experience,” Schmucker said. “I’m just honored to be in a room full of amazing athletes and great people.

“Back at East we had great programs in all three sports that I played for. Lacrosse was a newer sport but we had a great team and we definitely were growing the program.

“At Vanderbilt everything just kind of came together for me. It was just good timing. I had an awesome coach and an awesome team and we were really successful my junior year.”

Central Bucks alumna Linda Nixon was inducted in the Legends category.

Nixon played field hockey, basketball and tennis at Central Bucks, which is now Central Bucks West. At Ursinus College she was a multiple letter winner in field hockey, basketball, tennis, softball and swimming.

She was named to the United States National field hockey touring team. She was the head field hockey coach at Springfield (Montco) for over 50 years, winning the PIAA Class 2A title in 1983 and the turf field at Springfield is named for her.

She has been inducted into the CB West and Ursinus Halls of Fame.

Other inductees included Lilyan Wright (deceased, women’s sports pioneer); Fred Lening (deceased, bowling); Mike DeBaise (Legend, field hockey, lacrosse); Cindy Daeche Curley (field hockey); Jack Dunn (wrestling); Marybeth Freeman (field hockey); Bob Grupp (baseball, football); Bobby Hill (wrestling); Shayne “Kip” Kiefer (soccer, wrestling); Karl Kremzer (track and field, soccer); Maureen Flynn Martin (field hockey) and Donna Runyon (softball).

Jerry Lepping, the president and COO of Visit Bucks County, received a service award for his contributions as an official and for his generosity to the Hall of Fame.