4 Brooke alumni inducted to wall of fame

WELLSBURG – The four inducted this year to Brooke High School’s Wall of Fame said their athletic experiences at the school provided not only cherished memories but also valuable life lessons.

Honored during halftime ceremonies of Friday’s football game and with a dinner held at the school beforehand were: Greg Walker, a 1970 graduate; Michael Potts, a 1993 graduate; Amy Stefan Bergin, a 1995 graduate; and Dana Walker,a 1997 graduate.

The Walkers are the first father and daughter to be inducted to the wall of fame. The four are among 76 Brooke alumni recognized through the wall of fame over the last 25 years for athletic accomplishments both at the high school and collegiate levels.

Greg Walker said, “I was on the first football team Brooke High School had and lucky to be on it.”

“The coaches had a much bigger task than putting together a football team because they also had to bring together three archrivals,” he said, alluding to the merging of student bodies from Follansbee, Wellsburg and Bethany high schools.

“There were a lot of skeptics. They’d say the school was too big. It was an amazing task, and I was glad to be a part of it,” he said.

Walker, who also participated in basketball and track, earned on the gridiron such honors as the Dapper Dan Club Award, Lineman of the Year, All OVAC, All State honors and All Mountaineer League. While playing for Youngstown State University, he was named Defensive Lineman of the Week and had 19 solo tackles, two quarterback sacks, two fumble recoveries, a pass interception and a deflected pass.

A retired R.G. Steel employee with 38 years of service, he lives in Wellsburg with his wife, Nancy.

Like her father, Dana Walker also was part of a first for the school. She was a member of its first girls soccer team and as captain in 1996, led it to the OVAC Championship and a runner-up spot in the state finals.

Also a four-year letterer in track and member of the state championship-winning 4×400 relay team, she said she remembers most about Brooke “the unconditional support we had from coaches, teachers and the entire community. Growing up, I always thought everyone had what we had but I’ve learned that’s not always true.”

Walker said competing for Brooke taught her “Always give it your all. You get out of it what you put into it. And everywhere you go in life, to develop strong ties with others.

The daughter of Tim and Linda Stefan of Weirton, Bergin was a four-year letterer in softball, basketball and volleyball. She said she will always remember that “everybody I played with, no matter what team, had fun because we played hard.”

Stefan said she and her teammates truly received satisfaction from doing a job well and formed long-lasting friendships.

While at Brooke, she was known for her agility as a softball player, stealing at least one base per game. She went on to compete at Bethany College, where she was a three-time All-PAC honorable mention in volleyball and led the softball team to two PAC championships, the school’s only NCAA Tournament appearance, was named First Team All-PAC among other honors and holds school records for runs, walks and stolen bases. She was named to Bethany’s Hall of Fame in 2009.

After graduating from Bethany, she earned a master’s degree from Marietta College and works as an executive administrator for MLA Claims in Lafayette, Pa., where she lives with her two daughters, Suzie and Megan.

A three-year letterer in golf who led the team in scoring his senior year, Potts said he’ll always remember “the comaraderie of the guys (on the team) and building friendships that have lasted my entire life.”

While at Davis & Elkins College, Potts was named to the WVIAC Scholar Athlete Academic All-Conference and as captain of the golf team, led the team in scoring average that helped it to reach two back-to-back top five conference finishes.

The son of Mike and Mary Ann Potts of Follansbee, he said competing in golf has prepared him well for life because it’s taught him to face and adapt to various challenges and move forward.

He and his wife Jenny live in Wheeling, where he is director of operations for the Wheeling Park Commission.

(Scott can be contacted at wscott@heraldstaronline.com.)