Bradford to host Athletic Hall of Fame Night


BRADFORD – Bradford will hold its 23rd Athletic Hall of Fame Night on Saturday.

The induction ceremony will take place between the junior varsity and varsity boys basketball games vs. Lehman Catholic. The junior varsity game will start at 6 p.m.

The 2016 Bradford Athletic Hall of Fame class inductees are Tracy Miller Barhorst, Bill Printz and the Bradford Fire and Rescue Department.

Barhorst is a 1993 graduate of Bradford High School. During her athletic career at Bradford High School she earned eight letters in volleyball, basketball and softball. She still holds records in softball with 20 career triples and 115 career RBI. She was Cross County Conference all-league her junior and senior years in basketball all four years in softball.

After high school Barhorst participated in softball and basketball at Bluffton College where she lettered and started four years at third base. While participating in softball, she set records for career triples (nine), top 20 for career doubles (16), top 20 career total bases (135), top 20 most runs batted in career (56), top five most sacrifice flies (12) and 12th most assists in fielding (205). She has been Bradford’s head softball coach, coaching the team to the Regionals in 2005. She went on to coach the district all-star game.

Printz is a 1957 graduate of Bradford High School. The class of 1957 is known for being undefeated in league play in basketball, track, baseball and football. During his athletic career at Bradford High School, Printz participated one year in football, four years in basketball and four years in track. He was part of the district championship basketball team that won 17 games in a row with a record of 19-6. He helped lead his track team to a league championship. During his sophomore year he participated in the state championship meet in the 880 and mile. After converting his best mile (4:39.6) to 1,600 meters, his name can still be found on Bradford’s record board at 4:39.71.

The Bradford Fire and Rescue Department was formed in 1881 and in 1885 purchased its first a hook and ladder wagon for $300. In 1937 the village built a new firehouse and in 1946 purchased a new truck for $5,033. The department has been in its current building since 1986 and has more than 100 fire runs and 300 squad runs per year. The Bradford Fire and Rescue Department continues to try and upgrade equipment and recruit volunteers. It has been a staunch supporter of Bradford Schools and athletics. Fans will regularly see the squad at athletic events. Traditionally the department has helped park cars for football games and enthusiastically support the Railroaders with the infamous train whistle after each touchdown.

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