Philadelphia High School Sports

Don "Fris" Conaway's Top Moments/Memories
As Ted Silary's Stats/Interview/Rankings Sidekick
At The Philadelphia Bulletin and Daily News

  Don "Fris" Conaway, pictured to the left, served as an important quality/funny sidekick (mostly stats/interviews at other games not covered in person by Ted Silary), from the mid-1970s to mid-1980s.   He also helped to pick the weekly football/basketball rankings.
  Fris played varsity basketball for now-cloaed Cardinal Dougherty High in the late 1960s.
  Below you'll find Fris' top memories of players/coaches and his Top 10 list of favorite moments.
  Fris' wife, Cindy (Antoni) Conaway, retired in June 2020 after teaching for 45 years at Gwynedd Mercy Acadmy. Click here to read her career story.
  Thanks for putting this together, Fris! Wish we could do it all over again!

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By Don "Fris" Conaway

  Some thoughts and highlights of my time as a leg man for Ted Silary, Philadelphia sports writer for the Daily News and prior to that The Bulletin.

Top 5 people I got a chance to interview (nationally)
Danny Ainge
John Thompson
Ray Meyer (Basketball coach at DePaul)
Ed Pinckney
Mark McGuire (Basketball player at DePaul)

Best basketball interviews (coaches, locally)
Phil Martelli (When he coached at Bishop Kenrick)
Speedy Morris (When he coahed at Roman)
Eddie Burke, multiple schools
Buddy Gardler|, O'Hara
Ralph "Bones" Schneider, Mastbaum
Joey Goldenberg, West Philly
Rich Yankowitz, Dobbins
Vince Miller, Frankford

Best basketball interviews (players, locally)
Gene Banks, West Philly
Lewis Lloyd, Overbrook
Horace Owens, Dobbins
Jerome "Pooh" Richardson, Franklin
Fran McCaffery, La Salle
Greg "Bo" Kimble and Eric "Hank" Gathers , Dobbins
Chip Greenberg, La Salle (and his brothers at Wood)

Best football interviews (players, locally)
Rich Gannon, SJ Prep - His first story; coming off the bench as a soph and leading the Prep to a come-from-behind win!
Blair Thomas, Frankford
Lawrence Reid, Dougherty

Best football interviews (coaches, locally)
Al Angelo, Frankford
Whitey Sullivan, Judge

Top 10 fun/interesting moments while covering games:
  1. Giving a local , well-known sports fanatic a ride home from a Ridley football game. When I asked what he did for a living, he said, "I have the safest job in America. I work for the unemployment office." Two weeks later I gave him another ride home from the Palestra and he said I wouldn't see him for a while. The next day he was arrested for fraud.
  2. Game at Sayre Junior High between West Philly and Overbrook. At the end of the game, West's cheerleaders chanted, "Get your hats and coats and leave, (bleeper-bleepers).Ē
  3. West Catholic's football team getting soft pretzels made in the letters W and C.
  4. Someone stealing the tip we left at the Italian Restaurant in the Northeast. (The waitress told Ted when he went back there to eat a day or two later. Ted was pissed.)
  5. Making up my own Press pass. Never a doubt. Always worked.
  6. Filling in for Ted as a speaker at a Penn Charter banquet. He didn't want to get a suit..
  7. Ref Ralph McNally throwing Joe Conklin out of the Northeast announcer's booth after he said, "For the 50th time . . . backfield in motion." I tell people all the time that Ted got Conklin his start as a comedian.
  8. Covering an Edison Dobbins fooball game. When the ref went to measure a first down, two chain guys quit and dropped the markers right on the field.,
  9. Covering a West Philly game that was sold out, and waiting in a crowd outside and police on horses. When I got in, I got Pooh Richardson's mother into the game and out of harmís way.
  10th: Pittsburgh tournament when Sean and Archie Miller performed at halftime (dribbling exhibitions). Maybe 6 or 8 years old. And now both are successful college coaches.
  Tie 10th: Seeing Peaches and Herb perform in Washington DC, and sitting next to Sonny Hill and DeMatha coach John Wootten, the coach in the McDonald's game.

Warm regards. Life life in sports,
Fris

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