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Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2020-07-29

Sandy Fetterman

            Sandy Fetterman didn't pick up a field hockey stick until the start of her

Sandy Fetterman

freshman season at Upper Perkiomen High School. Her mother, a former hockey player, suggested trying the sport. The East Greenville native, who grew up playing soccer, feared playing time would be scarce on the co-ed team at the school.

            After some early struggles, Fetterman thrived in her new sport. She developed into a three-year starter for the Indians. At Ursinus College, she started all four seasons, eventually earning induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

            "No one was going to outwork me," said Fetterman, a 1999 Upper Perkiomen graduate.

Through sports, she learned the value of perseverance. According to Fetterman, the benefits of one's hard work may never materialize. She finds satisfaction in the fact that her efforts helped rebuild the programs at both schools.

            As a ninth-grader, Fetterman received minimal varsity playing time. But she remembers staying after practice to work with coaches Kelly Brenninger and Susan Flack on the fundamentals.

            "They saw my potential," said Fetterman, her high school's class valedictorian. "Having coaches who believe in you is very encouraging."

            She earned a spot on the field as a sophomore. Fetterman remained a mainstay at midfield for the Tribe over her final three years, leading the team in assists one year.  "I was a helper who was best known for my work ethic," said Fetterman, who currently lives in Green Lane.

            At Ursinus, she continued to excel on the field and in the classroom. Despite a raft of injuries, Fetterman received All-Patriot League Second Team honors as a freshman and started all four years for the Golden Bears. She was named to the conference's All-Academic Honor Roll as a freshman and a junior.

            "I love my time at Ursinus," said Fetterman, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in Communication. "Some of my teammates remain by best friends. I was very fortunate that I had coaches who stressed the importance of fundamentals and work ethic, which helped me be successful."

            Since February of 2016, Fetterman has been employed as an occupational health sales and marketing professional at Grand View Health in Sellersville. Her duties include setting up occupational health services, such as pre-employment physicals, for businesses.

            Prior to that, Fetterman worked as the communications manager at the Open Link in Pennsburg. During the same period, she served as an instructor and lecturer at her college alma mater in the Department of Media and Communication Studies.

 

Darin Henry

            Darin Henry says the success of Upper Perkiomen's football team during his

Darin Henry

junior year helped propel him to a playing career in college. Henry was a standout on the 1997 team that captured a share of the Pioneer Athletic Conference title.

            As a fullback, Henry helped pave the way for Craig Austin's historic season. His blocking helped Austin break the school record for rushing yards in a season, and the Indians qualify for the playoffs. They finished 10-2, won a post-season game over Lansdale Catholic and competed against Strath Haven in the District One Class 3A title game.

            "Playing on that team was a great experience," Henry said. "The offense was very efficient."

            According to Henry, the notoriety of that post-season run helped him earn a scholarship at Lehigh University. He started two seasons for the team.

            Playing mostly tight end and some H-back, he served mostly as a blocker. Henry caught 16 career passes for 194 yards. In 2001, he made 10 starts for the Mountain Hawks, collecting 10 receptions for 137 yards. He said the players are most proud of the team's 41-8 record during his four years.

            "All my memories of my time at Lehigh are great," said Henry, who grew up in East Greenville and still lives in the borough. "I made a lot of good friends."

            Henry received multiple offers to play college football, including from Kutztown University. He said the decision to attend Lehigh, due to its academic reputation was easy.

"I knew right away," said Henry, who graduated with a four-year degree in architecture in 2003.

            In high school, he earned 12 varsity letters in football, baseball and basketball. Henry described himself as one of the final three-sport athletes in the region.

            Sometimes, he said he wishes he would have worked as hard on football in high school as he did at Lehigh. However, Henry doesn't regret playing three sports in high school.  "I learned the importance of time management, holding yourself and others accountable," he said. "It helped keep me in shape all year round."

            According to Henry, his current job utilizes many of the same dynamics as athletics. In his role as an estimator and project manager with the H & K Group, Inc., he relies on teamwork to get the job done.

            "There are a lot of people involved in any one project," Henry said. "Everyone needs to be on the same page. It's a real team environment."


 

 

 

 

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