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Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

Nicole Thren Farris

            Nicole Thren Farris experienced the adulation of winning a national

Nicole Thren Farris

championship at Ursinus College. In November of 2006, the Bears defeated Messiah College in upstate New York to capture the Division III field hockey title.

            "When the final buzzer went off, the feeling was unreal," she said of a 3-2 victory over at William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y. "We were on a cloud because we worked so hard to reach our goal. It's not something I thought would ever happen."

            After graduating from Upper Perkiomen in 2005. Farris fielded college offers from schools at multiple levels, including St. Joseph's University, Bloomsburg and East Stroudsburg. However, she knew Ursinus was the place for her after visiting the campus in Collegeville.

            "I don't think I ever anticipated going to school there before that," said Farris, who lives in Collegeville.

            The defender played all four years for the Bears. She helped them reach the NCAA Final Four in 2005 and 2008. Farris -- who finished her career with 20 defensive saves, second-best in school history -- was twice named a National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American.

            "I certainly made the right decision," Farris said. "I wouldn't trade it for anything."

            The Hereford native also excelled in the classroom. She graduated magna cum laude in 2009 and earned a spot on the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III Academic Team all four years.

            In high school, Farris also competed in basketball, as a shooting guard, and lacrosse. She said she looked forward to the change of pace.

            "I loved playing different sports," Farris said. "Field hockey definitely opened up the most doors."

            Education remains an integral part of Farris' life. She teaches health and physical education at Guth Elementary in the Pennridge Area School District. Her parents, Vicki and Greg Thren, are retired Upper Perk teachers.

             "Younger kids have so much energy," said Farris. "They are looking to learn whether they know it or not. They are learning all the time, and I like being part of that puzzle. I like being able to share my passion with students to help them become their better selves."

            Her 11 years in the Pennridge district included a three-year stint as the varsity field hockey coach. However, a shift from the middle school to the elementary school in Perkasie forced her to resign. According to Farris, her players worked hard and made significant strides.

            "I enjoyed coaching," she wrote in a text message. "As with teaching, it was a way in which I could share my knowledge and passion for the sport with younger athletes, all in the hopes of improving their game."


Evan Moll

            Immediately after graduating from dental school in 1968, Evan Moll turned

Evan Moll

down an offer to join a Red Hill practice to join the U.S. Military. Rather than risk getting drafted, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

            Moll, who received the rank of captain, was assigned to the Fairchild Air Force Base in Germany. He served three years with the 92nd Medical Detachment, located in Aschaffenburg, a town in northwest Bavaria. 

            "It was fantastic," said Moll, who grew up in Red Hill. "I got to travel through Europe."  Two of my children were born there, and I learned to ski in Austria."

            After leaving the military, Moll returned home and took advantage of the same job offer from Dr. H. Russel Bernd. He worked for 45 years as a dentist in the office at 942 Main St. in Red Hill. 

"It was a great profession for me," said Moll, a 1961 graduate of Upper Perkiomen. "I enjoyed it. You have to be in your best frame of mind to get people to relax. I thought I was pretty good at that."

            Growing up in Red Hill, Moll always wanted to be a dentist. He says some childhood interactions with some quality practitioners helped steer his choice of vocation.

            As a senior with the Indians, Moll experienced the first season of head coach Bill Keeny. According to Moll, the new coach had the strong personality necessary to run a successful football program.

            "Bill was very good," said Moll, a running back. "We appreciated his contribution. Some players were intimidated by him."

            Moll, who started at point guard on the varsity basketball team as a junior and a senior, said baseball was his best sport. As a senior, the center fielder earned All Bux-Mont League honors and was named the team's most valuable player.

Keeny, also the Tribe's baseball coach, allowed Moll to run on the track and field team after a classmate told him the team needed sprinters.

            "I told Keeny the track meets were on opposite days of baseball games," said Moll, who competed in the 100 and 220 yard dashes as well as the hurdles events. "He said 'go for it.'"

            Moll recalled the camaraderie developed competing in high school with the friends he grew up with. He said those experiences helped him learn discipline and teamwork.

            At Albright College, Moll ran varsity track as a freshman. However, he quit the team to focus on his academics, which included a pre-med major. 

"I did not have a lot of extra time," said Moll, who currently lives in Upper Hanover and turns 77 on Oct. 26.






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