Dieruff is ready to host Andre Reed Day on April 23

The school is planning a day-long celebration complete with a pep rally and jersey retirement ceremony.

Details are still being finalized, but April 23 promises to be one of the biggest days in Dieruff High School history.

That's the day that Andre Reed returns to Allentown's East Side for a day-long celebration.

Andre Reed Day will feature a tour of the building, Q-and-As with student leaders and class officers as well as a meeting with football coaches and team members.

The events are not open to the public, but everyone connected to Reed's life and career is expected to be in attendance.

From what I understand, almost the entire school will be decorated to welcome back the person who figures to go down as one of the school's most prominent graduates.

It will all cap off in the gym with a pep rally and ceremony that will feature the retirement of Reed's Dieruff football jersey, No. 11.

Talks are in motion for E. Washington Street on the school's southern border to be renamed Andre Reed Way between N. Irving Street and N. Jerome Street.

Even more is being discussed, but we'll save that for when the process is further along.

Reed, the former Dieruff and Kutztown University standout who went on to a stellar career with the Buffalo Bills, will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton on Aug. 2 and Dieruff's band and ROTC program will get to participate in the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Timken Grand Parade in Canton.

Not only will Reed, who lives in San Diego, return to Allentown for his big day at Dieruff, but he'll also return for his celebrity golf classic on June 21-23 with events at Sands Casino and Lehigh Country Club.

This year's golf tournament, which benefits the Andre Reed Foundation, figures to have more notable sports and entertainment celebrities than ever before.

For more info on the golf tournament, go to http://www.andrereedfoundation.org.

KU icons entering Berks HOF

Speaking of legendary Golden Bears, two Kutztown University coaches will be inducted into the Berks County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame at its 39th annual banquet on Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Reading in Wyomissing.

Betty Wesner, an Emmaus native who spent 33 seasons coaching the Kutztown University field hockey program, will be inducted along with highly successful softball coach Judy Lawes.

Wesner had a 344-257-15 record in field hockey and won PSAC coach of the year honors five times before retiring in 2012. Her 2007 team was the first KU women's program to be ranked No. 1 in the nation and her '97 team was the first to reach the NCAA Division II title game. Her teams won three PAIAW conference titles.

She also coached KU women's lacrosse from 1984-90 and won a Berks County title in field hockey as the coach at Twin Valley.

Lawes opened her 27th season as Kutztown's softball coach this year with an overall record of 811-435-2, one of only 19 NCAA Division II coaches to reach 800 wins.

Last year, she led KU to its first PSAC title, second straight regional championship and first appearance in the national title game. She has been named PSAC coach of the year six times.

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