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Barry D. "Bill" Buchalter

Sports Writer
Inducted 1998

The first week Bill Buchalter worked for the St. Petersburg Times, just two days following graduation from the University of Florida, he was asked to cover a high school track meet. That assignment set the tone for the next 42 years, the last 37 with The Orlando Sentinel.

No matter what Buchalter covered – six Olympic Games, a dozen NCAA Final Four basketball tournaments, Florida State University for a dozen years, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two years – he always kept a finger on the pulse of high school athletics.

Along the way, Buchalter initiated the Florida state track honor roll, chaired The Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern football and basketball teams, as well as helped start the Golden South Classic postseason high school track meet, the Florida-Georgia high school all-star football game and the Super Senior project for Florida Citrus Sports and the Florida Athletic Coaches Association.

Keeping that pulse has led to induction into the Florida Track Hall of Fame, the Golden South Classic Hall of Fame, the Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame, the Florida Citrus Sports Hall of Fame, and receiving distinguished service awards from the Florida Athletic Coaches Association and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association.

Buchalter, 64, brings a unique perspective since he has lived in Florida since 1941, grew up in St. Petersburg, graduated from the University of Florida, covered Florida State University for 12 years, and his sister graduated from the University of Miami.

He was a pioneer in supporting weekly high school sports pages and in following the football recruiting phenomena that we see today. He is considered a national recruiting expert and has been recognized by Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News and USA Today for his work.

Buchalter resides in Altamonte Springs.