• Michal Menet plans to stay at PSU

    Posted by Exeter Alumni on 12/5/2019


    The Exeter grad and center says he will return to the Nittany Lions for his senior season.


    Penn State center Michal Menet, the former Exeter standout, will return to the Nittany Lions in 2020.

    The 6-4, 313-pound Menet announced Tuesday on social media that he decided to come back for his senior season and not enter the NFL Draft.

    “I am not ready for my time with this football family to end yet,” he wrote on social media, “and (I) continue to enjoy every minute with my brothers. I feel I have unfinished business to take care of, including completing my Penn State degree (in psychology).”

    Menet has started 24 of the last 25 games at center and is a team captain this season for Penn State (10-2), which will learn its bowl destination Sunday.

    His announcement followed one Saturday by sophomore tight end Pat Freiermuth, who could have declared for the draft but decided he will return to the Lions in 2020.

    “Thank you, Nittany Nation, for your unwavering support,” Menet wrote. “We still have work left to do in the 2019 season in our bowl game. But I can’t wait to be back in front of our 107K strong in Beaver Stadium.”

    The return of Menet and Freiermuth boosts Penn State’s hopes for next season when the Lions could return as many as nine starters on offense and five on defense.

    “I have been very blessed during my football career to have the opportunity to play at the highest level,” Menet wrote, “and to be in this position.”

    Defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos announced later Monday that he is forgoing his final season and will enter the NFL draft.

    Wide receiver KJ Hamler, offensive tackle Will Fries, defensive end Shaka Toney, defensive tackle Antonio Shelton, cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields and safety Lamont Wade are in their third year in the Penn State program and are eligible to enter the draft. Contact Rich Scarcella: 610-371-5070 or rscarcella@readingeagle. com.

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  • Exeter Grad Michal Menet leader of the PSU offensive line

    Posted by Exeter Alumni on 8/25/2019


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  • Kantner elected to NC Sports Hall of Fame

    Posted by Exeter Alumni on 1/23/2019


    Kantner, 1978 Exeter grad, is one of the preeminent women's college basketball officials

    Dee Kantner, a 1978 Exeter grad, who is one of the preeminent women's college basketball officials, was elected to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame Tuesday.

    Kantner, a longtime resident of Charlotte, N.C., has officiated 22 Final Fours and 15 NCAA championship games.

    In 1997, she and Violet Palmer were the first women hired as NBA officials.

    Kantner has also served as supervisor of officials and director of referee development for the WNBA.

    Among those included in the 12-person class are two-time Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr., PGA Tour veteran Davis Love III and former ACC Commissioner Gene Corrigan.

    The induction ceremony will be held in May.

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  • Dee Kantner (1978) NBA referee

    Posted by Exeter Alumni on 5/30/2018

    Dee Kantner

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  • Jonathan Bieber (2014) has golden finish

    Posted by Exeter Alumni on 5/13/2018

    In memory of his mom, Bieber has golden finish




    Exeter grad Jonathan Bieber wins his third straight Middle Atlantic Conference 110 hurdles title earlier this month.

    Jonathan Bieber’s times had slowed and his body was breaking down. It didn’t look like he was ready to claim another gold medal.

    Something happened at the Middle Atlantic Conference Track and Field Championships earlier this month. Something clicked.

    “All of a sudden I wake up and I was feeling great and my mind was in the right place,” Bieber said. “I was ready to take on the meet.”

    Albright’s senior won the 110 hurdles in 15.36, his personal best, and captured his third consecutive conference title in that event.

    It was an out-of-nowhere triumph for the Exeter grad, who hadn’t broken 16 seconds all season.

    It was, more importantly, another tribute to his mom.

    Bieber dedicated his final two college seasons to Peri, who died of cancer in 2016 shortly after her son earned his first two MAC golds.

    Whenever Bieber’s results didn’t match his expectations and he felt like quitting, he thought about his mom. He knew she would want him to continue.

    “She was the kindest woman I’ve ever known,” Bieber said. “She always supported me in whatever I did. She did anything for me. If I forgot something at home, she’d run it over. Her and my dad would make almost every track meet.”

    Bieber arrived at his first practice at Exeter as a sophomore in search of an event. He ran cross country, like his father, Exeter Hall of Famer Roy Bieber, when he was younger.

    Jonathan realized distance running didn’t suit him. He found his way to the hurdles.

    Progress was gradual. He was voted the team’s most improved athlete as a junior and named the MVP as a senior.

    “He didn’t have a niche,” Exeter coach Kevan Schaeffer said. “He didn’t really know what was going on in track. We got him into the hurdles and started working with him. He had a great work ethic and that took him where he needed to go.”

    Bieber’s college rise came as a surprise because his best high school result was a sixthplace finish in the Firing Meet as a senior.

    He kept working at it. He kept improving.

    “He’s super self-motivated,” Schaeffer said. “He really enjoys it. That definitely helps him out. I knew he was driven. I didn’t think it would go to this level. I’m just really proud of him.”

    Bieber’s breakthrough came at the MAC Championships when he was a sophomore. He swept the 110 and 400 hurdles.

    His mom was there.

    “She was in tears the whole time,” he said. “She couldn’t believe it herself how much I improved.”

    Bieber finished his Albright career as a four-time conference champ. He was voted the school’s outstanding track athlete three times and won the Eugene Shirk Award for high scholastic standards. He’ll graduate this week.

    After being seeded first in the 110 hurdles as a sophomore and junior, Bieber wasn’t in the top three this year. He fought nagging injuries all spring and feared a possible stress fracture.

    That made the victory even sweeter.

    “I had all the odds stacked against me,” he said. “I was kind of in shock. I started yelling. I couldn’t believe that I actually won again.”

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  • Taylor Bertolet signs with NY Jets

    Posted by Exeter Alumni on 5/8/2018


    Former Exeter placekicker Taylor Bertolet has signed with the New York Jets.

    The former Texas A&M kicker spent last offseason with the Los Angeles Rams after being undrafted.

    At A&M in 2015, he made 22-of-31 field goals and was a second-team all-league pick. He kicked for the Aggies for four seasons, hitting on 66 percent of his field-goal attempts. He had 13 career field goals at Exeter, including a school-record 48-yarder in 2010, and was a two-time All-Berks pick.

    Bertolet signed with the Denver Broncos March 23. He was signed by the Jets after taking part in a rookie minicamp last weekend.

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  • Austin DeSanto(2017) beats best to be best

    Posted by Exeter Alumni on 1/12/2018

    austin austin2 Austin DeSanto 

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  • Taylor Bertolet Texas A & M

    Posted by Exeter Alumni on 10/29/2015

    Bertolet turns ‘shock’ to success at Texas A&M


         Taylor Bertolet was riding a wave of success when he was upended.

       Bertolet, the former Exeter standout, accepted a scholarship to kick at Texas A&M and scored 106 points in 2012 when the Aggies   finished 11-2 behind Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. 

       After his s u c c e s s f u l freshman season, Bertolet remained the   A&M kicker until he missed two extra points in a 42-13 rout of SMU early the next season and lost his job.  

       “It happened quickly,” Bertolet said this week. “I missed two kicks, and I got pulled. I was having success. It was a pretty big shock to me. I thought I was in a good place.  

       “It made me even hungrier. It made me want to get back into that role. I didn’t take the easy way out, which is put my head down and walk around campus like: ‘This is crappy. I’m far away from home. This is bad.’ I refused to do that. I wasn’t going to let one game define who I am.”  

       Bertolet continued to handle kickoffs the rest of that   season and last season before regaining his job this year as a senior. He’s one of the reasons why the Aggies are 5-2 going into Saturday’s game against South Carolina.  

       He’s made 13-of-17 field goal tries, including three from 50 yards or longer, and all 22 of his extra points for 61 points. He credits his offseason work on his mental approach for his comeback this year.  

       “Being a placekicker and being under the pressure that we face, you have to be able to train the mental side of kicking,” Bertolet said. “That’s a huge part. You can have all the physical talent in the world, but when it comes time to perform in a high-pressure situation you have to be able to trust the work that you’ve put in. 

       “It’s a tough thing for younger kickers to do.”  

       Bertolet was rated the No. 1 high school kicker in the country by Rivals after he made 10-of-14 field goals at Exeter and was named to The Associated Press Class AAAA All-State first team.  

       He was redshirted in 2011 while playing behind Randy Bullock, who won the Lou Groza Award that year as the nation’s top kicker and who’s now with the Houston Texans.  

       Bertolet burst onto the scene the following year, making three field goals 50 yards or longer and joining Manziel   as the first freshmen in school history to score at least 100 points. But even then, he had trouble with extra points.  

       When he missed three PATs in 2013, giving him 10 misses in his first 17 games, coach Kevin Sumlin replaced him with Josh Lambo, who held the job through last season and is now a rookie with the San Diego Chargers.  

       “When I was younger, I made the mistake of overthinking and overanalyzing the kick,” Bertolet said. “When you make kicking simpler, it makes things go a lot easier and smoother.  

       “If you stay confident when you line up for a kick, if you   stay relaxed and if you’re decisive, then you’re going to be way more successful than somebody who looks more at the technical side of it.”  

       After Bertolet lost the job, the first person he called was his older brother, Matt, a former kicker at Exeter who he said is his hero, role model and mentor 

       “He taught me everything I know about kicking” Bertolet said. “I told him how I felt. He was behind me 100 percent. My brother knew what I was going through. He was there to support me and keep me motivated. He wouldn’t let me drop my head.”  

       Even though he wasn’t the   A&M placekicker, Bertolet continued to kick off, which he said helped him a great deal. He had 65 touchbacks in 2012, which ranked third in the nation, and has had more than 55 percent of his kickoffs wind up as touchbacks.  

       “That was a big positive,” he said. “There was still hope. You’re still a part of the team. You’re still kicking. It’s an exciting part of the game. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do, but there are a lot of guys who would still wish to be in that position.”  

       Even though Lambo was off to the NFL, Bertolet still had to beat out heralded freshman Daniel LaCamera this year.   He worked on narrow Arena Football League uprights in the offseason, which helped him win the job.  

       He kicked a 55-yarder against Mississippi State this month, the longest at Kyle Field since 1999. The following week, he hit from 54 and 52 yards in a 41-23 loss to Alabama. His misses this year have come from 38, 49, 52 and 55 yards. 

       “I felt really good going into this season,” Bertolet said. “I worked hard and stayed confident. I got my chance to kick field goals again, and I think it’s gone pretty successful.”  

       Bertolet also is an outstanding student. He’s been named to the Southeastern Conference academic honor roll three times and received his bachelor’s degree in psychology in May. He wants to become a sports psychologist when his football career ends.  

       “I wouldn’t trade my time at Texas A&M for anything,” he said. “I think it’s been the biggest growing experience of my life. I wanted to be at a big-time school. I wanted to play in a big stadium. I wanted to be on that stage.  

       “I knew what I was signing up for. I know what the life of a kicker entails. You have to go through tough times, and you have to be able to withstand them.”         

        Texas A&M kicker and Exeter grad Taylor Bertolet celebrates a field goal against Alabama Saturday, Oct. 17.
    After losing his job as placekicker as a sophomore, he regained that role and has made 13-of-17 field goals this season.  
      Taylor Bertolet



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  • Winter Sports

    Posted by Exeter Alumni on 7/10/2011 2:10:00 PM

    Berks Players of the Year -- Winter Sports

    Basketball Congratulations

    All-Berks I Boys
    Marquis Blake

    Honorable mention to
    Konlan Krick and Matt Siefert

    All-Berks 1 Girls
    Honorable mention to 
    Gabby Pochron

    All-Berks 1 Alex Kramer, Justice Caban, Christian Howard, Gerry Giorgio, Joe Giorgio.

    Honorable Mention to Dale Dreiling, Mike Kern, Darion Einsig and Jake Buczewski



    All Berks Boys -  Brandin Zechman
    All Berks Girls  - Katie Eggert

    All-Berks 1 -  Keith Rohrbach, Colin Tevis and Mike Kazmierczak
    All-Berks 1 - Chelsee Overly and Kelly Wentzel

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  • Spring Sports

    Posted by Exeter Alumni on 7/10/2011 2:00:00 PM

    Berks Spring Sports Players of the Year 2011


    Boys volleyball

    Ryan Rimby

    He didn’t lead the team in any individual category, but Exeter’s Ryan Rimby ranked near the top in every one.

    The 6-2 outside hitter was a complete player for the Berks champion Eagles, a fact not lost on the league’s coaches, who voted him Berks Boys Volleyball League player of the year.

    A three-year varsity player and starter the last two, Rimby was named to the All-Berks team for the second season in a row after collecting 283 kills, 99 digs, 39 blocks and 19 aces as the Eagles went 16-3, won their eighth league championship and advanced to the District 3-AAA quarterfinals. Rimby had just 34 hitting errors in 702 attempts.

    Rimby, the eighth Exeter player to earn a player of the year selection, finished his career with 775 kills, 347 dig and 85 blocks.

    Girls lacrosse

    Morgan Stump

    This year’s Player of the Year is just a sophomore, so the best might be yet to come.

    The midfielder obviously was outstanding, helping the Eagles improve from 5-5 in the league last season to 9-1 this year and capture the league championship.

    Stump ranked second in the league with 59 points to help carry Exeter to a 14-5 overall record. She was not selfish, leading her team with 16 assists.

    All Berks Baseball
    Max Dundore, Exeter, Senior, Outfielder/pitcher batted .457 with 2 home runs, 15 RBIs, 23 runs. Was 1-1 with 3 saves.

    All Berks 1 - Taylor Bertolet, Ben Bortz, Justin Kuhn, Collin McCann
    Honorable Mention -
    Mike Palacios, Drew Miskovitz, Derian Sarlat.

    All Berks Softball
    OF: Deanna Madison, Exeter, Senior, Batted .522 to help Eagles earn playoff berth
    All Berks 1 - Jess Fair, Erin Okoniewski, Morgan Sandritter, Sam Heydt, Ashley Klein
    Honorable Mention - Jenna Botley and Gabby Milian

    All Berks Boys Lacrosse
    Second Team -  Derek Stump, Angelo Scaffidi, Dan Crim
    Honorable Mention - Darion  Einsig, Ryan McGinley, Bryan Crim, Andy Eck

    All Berks Girls Lacrosse
    Alex Leddy, Exeter, Senior, Repeat selection; defender part of league’s top defense (8.7 goals per game)

    Madison Obritz, Exeter, Senior, Repeat selection; led team in goals (46) and was third in the league

    Samantha Phipps, Exeter, Senior, Goalie helped league champs hold opponents to a league-low 165 goals in 19 games

    Morgan Stump, Exeter, Sophomore, Named league player of the year; second in the league with 59 points

    Jill Rudy, Exeter, Coach, Led Eagles to league championship after third-place finish in 2010

    Second Team - Brittany Heimbach, Michele Abramson, Aliki Torrence, Hannah Zeiber and Sarah Fuller

    All Berks Boys Track


    Ricky Bruno, Exeter, Junior, 100, 200, County champ in both sprints; won four district and PIAA medals

    Khalid Guiden, Exeter, Senior, 110H, County, district champion; fifth in PIAA

    All Division - Zach Greth and Michael Kern

    All Berks Girls Track


    Maggie Wallner, Exeter, Sophomore, 800, County champion; fourth in district

    Kaila Balatgek, Exeter, Senior, Javelin, County champ; swept Berks invitationals

    Honorable Mention: Sarah Brzostek

    All Berks Boys Tennis


    Mitch Gettis, Exeter, Senior, Berks singles semifinalist; unbeaten in league play at No. 1; District 3 qualifier; Berks doubles champ

    Nolan Perugini, Exeter, Freshman, Berks singles semifinalist; doubles champion; District 3 qualifier; helped Exeter to 11-0 league record

    Rick Ullrich, Exeter, Coach, Unbeaten in league play; led Eagles to Berks runner-up finish and state team berth

    All Berks 1-11   Sam Timura

    All Berks Girls Soccer
    All Berks I  
    Emma Rossetti and Sara Weaver
    Honorable Mention 
    Alyssa Blood and Mary Hennessy

    All Berks Boys Volleyball


    Ryan Rimby, Senior, Two-time OH selection had 283 kills, 99 digs, 39 blocks

    Matt Seifert, Senior, 314 kills for 6-9 MH and Penn State recruit, a two-time pick

    Patrick Devine, Senior, 309 digs for 5-2 libero, who will play at Stevenson University.

    All Berks 1 - Shawn Bartman and Dan Hiltebeitel
    Honorable Mention - Tyler Kost

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