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Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

Sue Moser Sampson

            Sue Moser Sampson says she relied on a work ethic instilled by her father to

Sue Moser Sampson

graduate from Upper Perkiomen as its top-scoring basketball player, win a track and field gold medal and play Division I college basketball. It's just the way she was brought up. 

            "I learned very early that if you're going to do something, do it right," she said.

            According to Sampson, her children complain about her competitive nature. She said no one wants to play board games with her.

            Sampson, a 5-foot-11 post player, graduated in 1988 with 1,263 points. She said she earned her points the hard way: two at a time. 

"I could rebound and score," said Sampson, who lives in Avondale, a rural community in northern New Jersey. "I couldn't do anything else."

            The Hereford native accepted a scholarship to Fordham University. She played all four seasons for the Division I school, located in the Bronx, New York City.

            "I felt immediately comfortable there," said Sampson, who chose Fordham over Boston University after visiting four schools. "I had 25 new friends who took me under their wing. They showed me around and told me what I could and could not do."

            Despite chronic back injuries, she posted a career field goal percentage of 53.1, third-best in school history. As a senior, Sampson helped lead the Rams to the 1992 Patriot League post-season title. She was named to the all-tournament team.

            "They were the best four years of my life," said Sampson, who graduated with a degree in psychology and sociology. "You get to play basketball and your parents are still supporting you. It was wonderful. I played the game four hours every day."

            After graduation, Sampson went into teaching. She spent two years teaching physical education at an elementary school in New York City, then moved home for a year.

            After getting married in the summer of 1995, Sampson moved to North Carolina. She taught in an elementary school for two years until giving birth to her first child.

            Two years ago, Sampson came back to the Valley to congratulate the player, Ryan Kendra, who passed her on Upper Perk's all-time scoring list.

            She related she went to elementary school with Kendra's father. Sampson said she learned of the news in a phone call from her brother Dave. 

"You'll never believe whose son broke your record," Dave told her.

            Sampson excelled on the track as well for the Indians. As a junior, she won a gold medal in the 300 hurdles and finished third in the 100 hurdles. The following year, she added a silver in the 300 hurdles and collected another bronze medal in the 100 hurdles.

            "I loved running track, too," said Sampson, who also competed in the 400 relay at the state tournament.


Kristofer Henry

            After fulfilling a childhood dream of following in the footsteps of his father

Kristofer Henry

and grandfather, Kristofer Henry rejected multiple offers to play football in college. He said he didn't believe the experience could match the joy of playing for Upper Perkiomen with lifelong friends.

            "Something deep down told me I did not want to ruin something very special, maybe even a little on the perfect side," Henry said. "I didn't want to go further."

            Since 2012, the 1994 graduate has built and sold custom mountain bikes through his company in Lyndeborough, N.H. At 44 Bikes, Henry claims to specialize in anything with knobs that touches dirt. 

"Bikes have always been my passion," he said.

            Growing up in East Greenville, Henry said all the stories he heard motivated him to play football. He also wanted to wear No. 44, the same one worn by his dad and grandfather.  "I just wanted to do it justice," said Henry, who wore the number as a junior and as a senior.

            The running back and linebacker rarely came off the field. Carrying the ball, he relied equally on speed and ability to lower his shoulder. Henry developed the reputation of being willing to run "through a brick wall" to make a play. By the end of his junior season, he said the game became more natural.

            Henry said he probably could have played Division II football.  Instead, he enrolled at Penn State University as a traditional student with a jewel and light metals major. 

"I remember walking off the field after my final high school game and thinking, 'What's next? '" Henry said. "It was like I flipped a switch."

            At the Rhode Island School of Design, he discovered industrial design and reignited his love for bicycles. After spending time as a designer at Reebok and Converse, Henry started his own custom shop. 

Growing up, Kris had taken long rides after games as a way to relax.

            Henry saved up for months to purchase his first mountain bike, dripping with 90s neon and anodized in a multitude of colors, from a bike shop in Trexlertown. The neon yellow with black paint splattered Trek 830 Antelope took him everywhere. 

"The hook was firmly set," Henry wrote on the 44 Bikes website.

            At his shop, Henry builds each bike from scratch. He averages approximately four a month with prices ranging between $3,000 and $10,000. Many of his clients are experienced riders looking to acquire their dream bikes.

            "Many view it like a yacht," said Henry, who identified the average cost of the bicycles he produces at $4,800.

            "Things are very busy right now. Many people, who are at home due to the pandemic, are getting back into cycling. I've been getting a lot of inquiries."






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