The Oxford Sports Wall of Fame returns09/20/2022 01:13AM ● By Steven Hoffman
Following a two-year hiatus prompted by the pandemic, the Oxford Area High School Sports Wall of Fame induction ceremony will return on Oct. 10. The event will take place at the high school with six outstanding sports athletes to be honored.
The Festivities will commence at 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria to give the public time to meet and greet these men and women. Light refreshments will be served. At 7 p.m., the awards ceremony will take place in the auditorium where the inductees will receive their awards, and afterwards, give appropriate remarks.
Among the candidates receiving the honors this year will be Robert “Puff” Moore (class of 1949), Bill Hostetter (1976), John Rozich (1995), Rebecca Ruggear (2009), Laura Beimfohr (2010), and Ryan Hubley (2015).
Bill Hostetter was a three-year letterman in football, serving as the team captain in his senior year. Bill was a four-year member of the wrestling team, and he served as the team captain in both his junior and senior years while helping to guide the team to the Southern Chester County Championships in 1974 and 1976. His 54-10 wrestling record placed him second in career wins as of 1976. Hostetter received the Outstanding Wrestler Award in the Sectional tournament in his senior year.
Laura Beimfohr was a champion pole vaulter during her high school days. Some of her accomplishments include placing seventh in the AAU Junior Olympic Games with an 11’6” vault and placing second at the PIAA District 1 Outdoor Championship with a school record 11’6” vault and earning the Team MVP. She is the current outdoor record holder at this height and the current indoor school record holder at 10’6”. Following high school, Beimfohr went to East Stroudsburg University where she was a five-time NCAA Provisional Qualifier. She set school and meet indoor records at 11’10” that are still current at the DeSchriver Invitational. She was twice named the ESU Warriors Athlete of the Week and, in 2014, was a PSAC Scholar Athlete.
Robert “Puff” Moore, as his nickname indicates, was small in stature but large in his commitment to participating in sports at Oxford. He was a four-year member of the soccer team which, in his senior year, won the Southern Chester County League, the first league championship for Oxford in twelve years. He earned letters in basketball three times and in baseball for all four years in high school. He was a member of the Rising Sun American Legion Baseball team in 1947, which won its league championship and moved forward before losing in the state championship. Following a four-year commitment to the U.S. Coast Guard, “Puff” returned to Oxford and played local baseball and softball for many years. He then became an avid golfer. He and his son Mark won a Maryland State Father and Son Championship. Sadly, “Puff” Moore passed away in 2010. He will be represented by his family at the award ceremony.
Sports biographies of the remaining members of this year’s inductees will be published in next week’s edition of the Chester County Press. The public is invited to attend this very popular event. There is no charge for admission.