SEMINOLE HEIGHTS – Three former Hillsborough High School football players were inducted recently into the school’s Football Hall of Fame. They are:
• Dan Beltram, Class of 1969: A winner of the prestigious Guy Toph Award, Beltram played both defensive back and running back for the Terriers. He was the leading scorer and tackler during a 10-0 season, and was named All-Conference, All-City and All-Academic. He was the Student Council president, and a member of National Honor Society and Key Club. He graduated from the University of South Florida and established Beltram Food Service Group.
• Jeremy Earle, Class of 1997: Earle played quarterback for the Terriers from 1994-1996, amassing a 32-5 record. His biggest accomplishment was leading Hillsborough to the 1996 state championship game. He threw for more than 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in his high school career, and was an All-State selection in 1996. He played football and baseball at USF and is a teacher and head football coach for the Jefferson Dragons.
• Joe Sipp, Class of 1996: Sipp was a three-year starter for the Terriers, playing offensive guard and defensive tackle. He garnered many awards during his high school football career, including: All-State, All-Conference, District, All-County and All-Suncoast. He played 33 of 33 games at Hillsborough and in the North-South Shrine Bowl. A member of National Honor Society, Sipp was named to Who’s Who in American High School his senior year. On the USF team, he started every game and was captain for two years. He is at teacher and coach at Hillsborough.
The Oct. 10 ceremony in the school’s auditorium included a slideshow with music provided by string orchestra, and speeches from principal Johan von Ancken and longtime coach Earl Garcia, who spoke about the history behind the school’s hall of fame.