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Raymond F. "Ray" Boetel

Sports Writer
Inducted 1995

Raymond F. “Ray” Boetel, 63, recently retired from the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale after 25 years of covering high school sports in Broward County.

Born in Newark, N.J., on November 18, 1931, Boetel is a 1949 graduate of Rumson High School. He attended the University of Georgia, graduating with a journalism degree in 1953.

Boetel began his career at a small daily newspaper in Long Branch, N.J. in 1955. Working first in news and then moving to sports, Boetel covered his first high school football game in September of that year.

Boetel moved to Florida in 1962 where he took a job with the Palm Bach Post-Times. He joined the Fort Lauderdale News, now the Sun-Sentinel, in 1970.

By his recollection, Boetel covered more than 700 football games, 2,000 basketball games and 700 baseball games, as well as countless track & field an swimming & diving meets during a career in which he also wrote about 1,100 columns on high school sports.

Boetel was known by both his peers, as well as principals and coaches, as being fair and positive in his coverage of high school athletics.

Boetel and Sally, his wife, will celebrate their 41st wedding anniversary on August 7. The have three children – Joy, Kyle and Rae Ellen – and three grandchildren. A fourth child, Clark, is deceased.