Five welcomed into warwick’s hall – lititz record express

The induction ceremony will be held this Friday, Sept. 14 prior to the Warwick football team hosting Hempfield. A pre-game reception is open to the public, at a cost of $5, where food will be available. Doors will open shortly before 5 p.m. For anyone interested in attending the reception, please email Warwick Athletic Director Ryan Landis at rlandis@warwicksd.org. There will also be a ceremony at halftime of the football game.

“I was really excited,” said Becker, who coaches fourth-grade at Fulton Elementary in the Ephrata School District and serves as an assistant on the Mounts’ baseball team. “It’s hard to believe I’ve been out of high school as long as I have been. No matter how old I get, I always think about different things — big games and things like that when I can relate it to coaching or something else that’s going on.


It was real cool. It was very much appreciated.”

One of those big games in which Becker competed was the District Three Triple-A championship baseball game in his junior year, when the Warriors suffered an 8-7 loss in 12 innings to Chambersburg. In that game, the Warriors — who were coached by his father, Tom — overcame an early 6-0 deficit, and then in the bottom of the ninth with the score tied 6-all, Becker nearly stole home to win the game, but was tagged out on a close play.

From Warwick, Becker went on to play baseball on a scholarship at Millersville University. He played the majority of his games at second base for the Marauders, but he started at three different infield positions during his career there, helping MU advance to the NCAA Division-Two World Series as a freshman and then to the Regional championship game as a junior.

“One of the things I always remember is I knew I was probably never going to play football in college and I really wasn’t sure if I was going to play basketball or baseball,” he recalled. “But I would never give up any of the memories I have. I can’t even imagine sitting down and thinking to myself, ‘OK, I’m just going to pick one of these to do. Which one am I going to focus on?’ It’s hard to put into words how much I appreciated and how much I looked forward to the next sport.”

“Looking back, it’s the classic thing of, it takes a village,” Cameron said. “It wasn’t just me that put the work in. It was the early hours that my parents (Paul and Lisa) would drive me to swim practice from the ages of 8 to 16, and it’s the coaches that believed in me along the way. It’s (Warwick head swim coach) Mark (Daum), it’s (assistant) Ric (Joline), it’s (State medalist) Dain (Bomberger). It’s all those people that really help to make the experience what it was.”

“You have to understand that there were two leagues and the winner of each league played for the County Championship — that was it,” said Bowman, who averaged two goals per game and was named All-League as arguably the league’s best field hockey player. “No moving on, or anything like today with District and State Championships. All my friends played field hockey and quite a few of the same athletes played basketball as well. Winning the singles championship in tennis my senior year was also a proud moment.”

After graduating from Warwick, Bowman played at West Chester, where she was a three-time All-College player and was named to the USA Team, for whom she competed from 1970-74, including a trip to the World Championships in New Zealand in 1971. She went on to become the head field hockey coach at Cornell for 20 years, in addition to serving as an assistant for the lacrosse team.

Asked about her favorite memories, Bowman said, “Enjoying the camaraderie of my teammates. We had a lot of fun playing for Warwick. Mowing the field hockey field one Sunday was something I would never forget. They would never mow it short enough, so we did it ourselves. It did not go over very well with the administration, but it was nice and short.”

Not long after graduating from MU, he took over as the head coach for the Warwick girls basketball program, starting a 17-year tenure which lasted from 1978-95. During that time, his Lady Warriors went 22-3 in 1982-83 and won the Section title while setting the record for most wins in school history. That stood for eight years until Wagaman led the Warwick girls to a 24-2 record in 1990-91. Along the way, they won the Section and L-L titles.

“I don’t care which year, whether it was the L-L championship, the Section championship, or the year we went .500,” said Wagaman, who also worked as a teacher at Lititz El for 35 years, “I was very blessed and very fortunate that all the players, no matter what their talent level was, gave me 100 percent and played as hard as they could. Obviously, those teams that won the championships had a little more talent overall from top to bottom, But all those teams were special.”

“It was an enjoyable time, both as a student and an athlete at Warwick,” he said. “I was fortunate to play under excellent coaches who were not just concerned with winning, but developing the players because most of them were teachers. And I probably really enjoyed the coaching aspect more than as a player because coaching is an extension of teaching in the classroom. And again the players — whether they were the varsity girls or junior high boys — and the relationships you develop with the players and the coaches I worked with, there were just a lot of fun memories.”