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As provided by Chuck Langerman, noted South Jersey sports historian
and a graduate of Cheltenham High (Montgomery County, Pa.)

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APRIL 3
CHUCKBIT
 
"IN MEMORIAM"
(1953---2013)
  Pictured
here is the late Central Bucks East High teacher and football coach Larry Greene, a 1971 graduate of Cheltenham High School. Larry passed on this date seven years ago. Until he saw a horse in the hallway during his first year as a special-education teacher at rural CB East, Larry considered his most acute moment of culture shock to be his first day as a student at Cheltenham High in 1968. He had moved to Cheltenham from the town of Marshfield on Massachusetts's Irish-heavy South Shore after his father Dr. Lawrence Greene had taken the job as Cheltenham Township School District's new superintendent. From a small-town school, Larry felt overwhelmed at first by Cheltenham's size and diversity when compared to Marshfield. But Larry found his niche on coach Harry Hollihan's football team as a three-year starter at defensive back. High school football gave him an identity, a way to adjust to his new school and to form and sustain friendships. He never forgot that. Larry won 125 games as a football coach at CB East and Pennsbury High, but the wins were secondary to him. Larry believed that football taught many life lessons and his passion for coaching and teaching were evident in everything he did. Larry passed on April 3, 2013 after a valiant eight-year battle with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow. He touched a lot of people's lives in a very special way for many years. R.I.P. Larry!!
  
 

APRIL 2
CHUCKBIT
 

"THROWBACK THURSDAY"
  Forty-nine years ago on September 18, 1971, Cheltenham High School running back Calvin Christopher (pictured here) rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns in Cheltenham's 15-14 victory over Bensalem. Of historical significance, it was the first high school football game ever covered by Ted Silary who was working for Montgomery Newspapers back then. Calvin Christopher was the first football player Ted interviewed in his "storied career." Later that season, Calvin became the first running back in Cheltenham High history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season, breaking baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson's single season record of 953 yards set in 1963. In fact, "Mr. October" would have broken 1,000 yards in 1963, but he was stretchered out and taken in an ambulance to the hospital after he broke his collarbone in the first quarter of the season finale against archrival Abington High.

MARCH 27
CHUCKBIT

  Pictured here is Cheltenham High School senior point guard Zahree Harrison who is the first boys' basketball player in southeastern Pennsylvania history to be a member of both a PIAA District I and District 12 basketball team that reached the district championship game. The first game of this season, Zahree went down with a knee injury that required season-ending surgery, yet he still has  made a huge contribution to the District I runner-up Panthers this year, becoming a student-assistant coach for Cheltenham High head coach Pede Fleury. As a freshman in 2017, before transferring to his hometown Cheltenham High, Zahree played on the District 12 and state champion Archbishop Wood High basketball team that featured current Villanova University star guard Collin Gillespie. Even though he was unable to perform this season, Zahree's name is still entered in the official scorebook every game. In fact, the coaching staff honored him for all that he has done for the program by inserting him in the final regular-season home game against Hatboro-Horsham. The Panthers purposely took a 10-second violation to get him safely out of the game. The Division I St. Francis Loretto University signee only played two seasons for the Panthers, but he will go down as one of the best ever to put on a Cheltenham uniform.

MARCH 23
CHUCKBIT
 
Pictured here is Rancocas Valley grad Franco Harris, the most accomplished
NFL player from South Jersey.
 

Updated NFL Players List from South Jersey

 

Flipper Anderson – Paulsboro (LA Rams, Indianapolis WR)

Clifton Anderson-Cape May City (NY Giants, Chicago Cardinals, OE)

Ryquell Armstead – Millville (Jacksonville, RB)

Anthony Averett – Woodbury (Baltimore Ravens DB)

Eli Apple - Eastern (NY Giants CB)

John Aveni – Glassboro (Chicago K)

Rashad Baker – Woodrow Wilson (Buffalo DB)

Brandon Bell – Oakcrest (Cincinnati LB)

Bob Bell - Bordentown Military (Detroit, St. Louis Cardinals DL)

Randy Beverly – Wildwood (NY Jets DB)

Cory Bird – Oakcrest (Indianapolis DB)

Gary Brackett – Glassboro (Indianapolis LB)

A.B. Brown – Salem (NY Jets RB)

John Brown – Camden (Cleveland T)

George Burrell – Kingsway (Denver DB)

Greg Buttle – Mainland (NY Jets LB)

Damiere Byrd – Timber Creek (Carolina WR)

Joe Callahan – Holy Spirit (Green Bay QB)

Chris Canty – Eastern (New England, Seattle, New Orleans DB)

Sean Chandler – Camden (NY Giants DB)

Deron Cherry – Palmyra (K.C. DB)

Stan Clayton – Cherry Hill East (Atlanta OL)

Corey Clement – Glassboro (Eagles RB)

Avon Cobourne – Holy Cross (Detroit RB)

Andre Collins – Cinnaminson (Washington, Cincinnati LB)

Doug Colman – Ocean City (NY Giants, Tennessee LB)

Wayne Colman – Atlantic City (Saints, Eagles DB)

Bill Conaty – Camden Catholic – Buffalo C)

Paul Costa – Bordentown Military (Buffalo TE-T)

Phil Costa – Holy Cross (Dallas OL)

Brad Costello – Holy Cross (Cincinnati P)

Damien Covington – Overbrook (Buffalo LB)

Jack Crawford – St. Augustine (Oakland, Dallas, Atlanta DL)

Dave Crossan – Collingswood (Washington C)

Mike Curcio – Oakcrest (Eagles LB)

Mike Daniels – Highland (Green Bay DL)

Donovin Darius – Woodrow Wilson (Jacksonville S)

Jul’ien Davenport – Paulsboro (Houston OL)

Ron Davis- Deptford (St. Louis Cardinals DE)

Ron Dayne - Overbrook (NJ Giants, Denver RB)

Jamil Demby – Vineland (LA Rams OL)

Lee DeRamus – Edgewood (New Orleans WR)

Mike Devlin – Cherokee (Buffalo, Arizona C)

Ryan D’Imperio – Washington Township (Minnesota FB)

Darren Drozdov – Oakcrest (Denver DL)

Willie Drewrey – N.Burlington (Houston, T.Bay WR)

Joe Duckworth- Bordentown Military (Washington O-end)

Bill Duff – Delran (Cleveland DL)

Doug Easlick – Cherokee (Miami FB)

Chuck Faucette – Willingboro (San Diego LB)

Joe Fields – Glo. Catholic (NY Jets C)

Joe Flacco – Audubon (Baltimore QB)

Glenn Foley – C.H. East (NY Jets, Seattle QB)

Gene Foster – Pennsville (San Diego RB)

Lorenzo Freeman – Woodrow Wilson (Steelers DL)

Walter French-Moorestown (Pottsville, Rochester, RB)

Irving Fryar – Ran. Valley (N. England, Miami, Eagles, Wash. WR)

Ka’Lial Glaud – Winslow Township (Tampa Bay LB)

Matt Gono – Cinnaminson (Atlanta OL)

Bubba Green – Millville (Baltimore DL)

Ron Gassert – Rancocas Valley, Bordentown Military Institute (Green Bay T)

Jamaal Green – Woodrow Wilson (Eagles, DE)

William Green – Holy Spirit (Cleveland RB)

Shonn Greene – Winslow Township (NY Jets RB)

Anthony Griggs – Kennedy (Eagles, Browns LB)

Billy Griggs – Pennsauken (NY Jets TE)

David Griggs – Pennsauken (Miami, S. Diego LB)

Jonathan Grimes – Paul VI (NY Jets, Houston RB)

Chris Hall – Pemberton (Dallas S)

Dino Hall – Pleasantville (Cleveland RB)

Roscoe Hansen – Holy Spirit (Eagles T)

Kelvin Harmon – Palmyra (Washington WR)

Marvin Hargrove – Willingboro (Eagles WR)

Al Harris – Rancocas Valley (Chicago, Eagles DL)**

Franco Harris – Rancocas Valley (Pittsburgh RB)

Mike Haynes – Northern Burlington (Chicago DL)

George Hegamin – Camden (Dallas, Eagles, Tampa Bay OL)

Nate Hemsley – Delran (Dallas, Carolina LB)

Dwayne Hendricks – Millville (N.Y. Giants DL)

Kevin Hickman – Holy Cross (Detroit TE)

Dwight Hicks – Pennsauken (San Francisco DB)

Wesley Hills – Wildwood (Detroit RB)

Gerald Hodges – Paulsboro (Minnesota LB)

Ka'Dar Hollman, Burlington Township (Green Bay Packers DB)

Derek Holloway – Palmyra (Wash, T. Bay WR)

Bill Hunter – Delaware Twp. (Wash, Miami DB)

Pete Hunter – Atlantic City (Dallas DB)

Ron Israel – Haddon Heights (Minnesota DB)

Steve Israel – Haddon Hts (LA Rams, N. England, N. Orleans DB)

Ben Ijalana – Rancocas Valley (Indianapolis OL)

Austin Johnson - St. Augustine (Tennessee LB)

Mike Jarmoluk – Bordentown Military Institute (Chicago Bears, Eagles, Boston Yanks, and NY Bulldogs OT-DL).

George Jamison – Bridgeton (Detroit LB)

George Johnson – Glassboro (Tampa Bay DL)

Harvey Johnson -Bridgeton (NY Yankees RB)

Antony Jordan – Washington Twp. (Indianapolis LB)

Tom Knight – Cherokee (Arizona DB)

Andy Kowalski – Gloucester (Brooklyn WR-DE)

Pete Kugler – C.H. East (San Francisco DL)

John Kuzman-Bordentown Military Institute (Chicago Cardinals OT)

Kevin Landolt - Holy Cross (Jacksonville DL)

Ted Laux – Collingswood (Eagles QB)

Reggie Lawrence-Camden (Eagles WR)

Alex Lewis – Delran (Detroit LB)

Floyd Little – Bordentown Military Institute (Denver RB)

Tom Longo – Bordentown Military (NY Giants, Cards, DB)

Wali Lundy – Florence/Holy Cross (Houston Texans RB)

Brison Manor – Bridgeton (Denver DL)

Greg Mark – Pennsauken – (Miami, Eagles DL)

Mike McBath – Woodbury (Buffalo LM)

Turk McBride – Woodrow Wilson (KC, Detroit, New Orleans DL)

Don McComb – Camden Catholic (Boston Patriots DE)

Todd McNair – Pennsauken (K.C. RB)

Kareem McKenzie – Willingboro (NJ Jets OL)

Bryant McKinnie – Woodbury (OL Minnesota, Baltimore)

Jeromy Miles – Winslow Township (DB Cincinnati)

Lydell Mitchell – Salem (Baltimore RB)

Dezman Moses, Willingboro (Green Bay, Kansas City LB)

Tony Munford – Overbrook (St. Louis Cardinals RB)

Calvin Murray – Millville (Eagles RB)

Rick Newbill – Clearview (Seattle LB)

Dennis Norman – Cherokee (Seattle OL)

Walt Nowak – Camden (Eagles, WR-DB)

Vic Obeck – Audubon (Chicago Cardinals OG)

Tom Palmer – Collingswood (Pittsburgh T)

Shaun Phillips – Willingboro (San Diego, Denver LB)

Lou Piccone – Vineland (NY Jets, Buffalo WR)

Milt Plum – Woodbury (LA Rams, Detroit QB)

Chris Pressley – Woodbury (Cincinnati FB)

Greg Rakoczy – Shawnee (Cleveland OL)

Derrick Ramsey – Camden (Oakland, New England TE)

Isaac Redman – Paulsboro (Pittsburgh RB)

Haason Reddick – Haddon Heights (Arizona LB)

Dave Robinson – Moorestown (Green Bay LB)

John Roman – Holy Spirit (NY Jets OL)

Steve Romanik – Millville (Chicago Cardinals QB)

Kevin Ross – Paulsboro (K.C, Atlanta DB)

Dave Rowe – Deptford (Oakland DL)

Mike Rozier – Woodrow Wilson (Houston, Atlanta RB)

Jim Ryan – Bishop Eustace (Denver LB)

Logan Ryan – Eastern (New England DB)

Tony Sacca – Delran (Phoenix QB)

George Savitsky-Camden (Eagles, OT)

Skip Singletary – Woodrow Wilson (NY Giants OL)

Alex Silvestro – Paulsboro (New England DL)

Ed Smith – Pemberton (Atlanta TE)

Irv Smith – Pemberton (N. Orleans, San Fran, Cleve. TE)

Alonzo Spellman – Rancocas Valley (Chicago, Dallas DL)

John Stone – Mainland (Oakland WR)

Art Still – Camden (KC, Buffalo DL)

Rod Streater – Burlington Township (Oakland WR)

John Taylor – Pennsauken (San Francisco WR)

Keith Taylor – Pennsauken (Ind. N. Orleans, Wash. DB)

Julian Taylor – Williamstown (San Francisco DE)

Phil Trautwein – Eastern (St. Louis Rams, Cleveland OL)

Johnnie Troutman – Pemberton (San Diego OL)

Stan Walters- Bordentown Military Institute (Eagles, OT)

Tex Warrington – Bordentown Military Institute (Brooklyn Dodgers football, C-LB)

Darrell Wilson – Pennsauken (N. England DB)

Earl Wilson-Atlantic City (SD Chargers, DE)

Bo Wood – Haddon Heights (Atlanta DE)

Albert Young – Moorestown (Minnesota RB)

Anthony Young – Pemberton (Indianapolis DB)

 

** - played his first two seasons at Rancocas Valley

MARCH 8
CHUCKBIT

"HISTORICAL FLASHBACK"
  Have you ever heard of a high school football game taking precedence over an NFL game and outdrawing it at the same time??? Such was the case eighty-six years ago on Tuesday, November 6, 1934 when the Philadelphia Eagles blasted the Cincinnati Reds, 64-0, in an NFL game played at Temple University Stadium (pictured here), which was located right off of Cheltenham Ave. in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. The game had major historical significance! The 64 points scored by the Eagles is still a team record for most points scored in a game, and the 64-0 score is the most lopsided regular-season game in NFL history. The 2:45 pm contest only drew an estimated 2,000 fans, because the Eagles and Reds were last-place teams, and it was Election Day. Transfer of the game from the Baker Bowl, home field of the Eagles, was made necessary when inclement weather on Sunday, the original date for the contest, forced a postponement, and the Baker Bowl was unavailable because of a high school game scheduled on Tuesday. The annual West Philadelphia-Central Public High School League game had already been booked for the Baker Bowl, giving the schoolboys preference, since the Eagles contract to play at the Baker Bowl only provided for Sunday dates. For the record, West Philly defeated, Central, 6-0, before an estimated crowd of 7,000 spectators.

MARCH 7
CHUCKBIT
 
Paul Wiedeman, the son of former Eastern High coach Dave Wiedeman won his 500th career game today when Haddonfield edged Haddon Heights, 35-33, in a South Jersey Group South Jersey Group 2 semifinal. He's only the 11th coach in South Jersey history to win 500 games, and from a historical perspective, he is the first coach in state history to win 500 games who played in the Tournament of Champions.  Paul played for Haddonfield in the first Tournament of Champions in 1989 when Eastern High with Michael Edwards and John Yezzi upset unbeaten Haddonfield, 56-54, in the first round of the T of C at Rutgers University.

FEB. 8
CHUCKBIT

"ON THE VERGE OF HISTORY"
  Longtime Camden Catholic High School junior varsity boys' basketball coach Joe Murtin (pictured here) is on the verge of New Jersey state history. With a career record of 496-232, Joe is four wins away from becoming the first boys' junior varsity coach in state history of winning 500 junior varsity games at the same high school. Joe started coaching during the 1984-1985 season and has 31 winning seasons in his 36 years on the bench at Camden Catholic. Joe, a 1979 graduate of Camden Catholic, captained his mentor, legendary coach Jim Crawford's first team during the 1978-1979 season. Joe's best season was in 1997 when the junior varsity went 22-0. Joe is a career postal worker.

FEB. 6
CHUCKBIT
 
Here are the Top 10 career scorers at high schools in the Philadelphia area (South Jersey, Southeastern Pennsylvania).

  1. Dajuan Wagner, Camden, 2001,  3,462 points
  2. Paul Gause, Schalick, 2005,  3,144 points
  3. Reggie Welch, Woodrow Wilson, 1992,  2,938 points
  4. Kobe Bryant, Lower Merion, 1996,  2,883 points
  5. Ernest Turner, Sterling, 2001,  2,806 points
  6. Kevin Walls, Camden, 1984,  2,775 points
  7. Steve Farquhar, Calvary Baptist (Voorhees, NJ), 1985,  2,701 points
  8. Bill Robinson, Atlantic County Christian (Ocean City), 1987,  2,695 points
  9. Maureece Rice, Straw. Mansion, 2003,  2,681 points
10. Matt Carroll, Hatboro-Horsham, 1999,  2,667 points

JAN. 24
CHUCKBIT
 
After reading yesterday's Tedbit on first-team All-City football players that also scored 1,000 points I was reminded that there is one high school athlete in New Jersey history that scored 2,000 career points after making the All-State Football first-team. That would be 1996 Paulsboro High School graduate Kevin Harvey (pictured here).  The former Paulsboro quarterback, arguably the most accomplished high school football player in South Jersey history, scored 101 touchdowns and 25 two-point conversions for 656 career points. He rushed for 4,028 yards and threw for 42 touchdowns from 1992-1995. He propelled the Red Raiders to four straight South Jersey Group 1 titles and a 43-1 overall record as a four-year starter. On the basketball court, Kevin was equally impressive, scoring 2,161 points. Harvey played college football at Temple University and enjoyed a stint in the Arena football League.

JAN. 22
CHUCKBIT
"UNDEFEATED PANTHERS"
  During the 2019 Cheltenham High School historic football season, in which the state finalist Panthers went (14-2) coached by Father Judge graduate Ryan Nase, the following question has come up: Has Cheltenham High ever had an undefeated football team in the 118 years they have been playing football since 1901??? The answer to that question is a short, not-so-clear----"Yes, but maybe not really." In 1943, the Panther football team played an abbreviated four-game schedule for a variety of reasons, but primarily because World War II was going on. They defeated Academy of the New Church, 19-0, Friends Sel
ect, 25-12, the George School, 41-13, and Central High, 13-7, for a perfect 4-0 undefeated season. There was no Abington game that year. The victory over Central High of Philadelphia was a major upset with future Penn State and NFL star Wally Triplett (top row in picture) scoring both touchdowns. The bottom line is: The 1943 unbeaten, untied Cheltenham High School football team played four games and won them all, but It all comes down to what your "definition of a season" is???

JAN. 16
TRIVIA QUESTION

  Six-time NBA All-Star 
Kyrie Irving is the only player in the history of New Jersey high school boys' basketball to score 1,000 points at two different high schools. He scored 1,000 points and at both St. Patrick's and Montclair Kimberley Academy. Who is the only player in Southeastern Pennsylvania history to score 1,000 points at two different schools. For which schools did he do so?

JAN. 14
CHUCKBIT 
  Update: John bagged his 700th win on 1/22. Click here.

  With 697 career wins, veteran Holy Cross Academy boys' basketball coach John Valore (pictured here) is on the verge of becoming just the eighth boys' basketball coach in Philadelphia area (southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey) history to win 700 high school games. Valore, a graduate of South Philadelphia High School, previously coached at Cherry Hill East High School, Cumberland High, and Camden High. His overall career record is 697-433. In a great coincidence, Holy Ghost principal Kevin Burke played at St. Augustine for Paul Rodio.
The Top 8 in the Philly area are:
1. Paul Rodio, St. Augustine Prep,  937 wins
2.
Tony Chapman, Holy Ghost Prep, 859 wins  (perhaps 875; reports vary)
3. Paul Collins, Burlington City, Riverside, Willingboro  788 wins
4. Clarence Turner, Camden,  775 wins
5. *Speedy Morris, St. Joseph's Prep, Penn Charter, Roman,  750 wins
6. Tom Feraco, Middle Township,  722 wins
7. Jim Crawford, Camden Catholic, 713 wins
8. John Valore, Holy Cross, Camden, Cumberland, Cherry Hill East  697 wins
*-Yesterday vs. Father Judge

JAN, 13
CHUCKBIT

"A SCHOOL FIRST"
  It's January 13,and for the first time in Cheltenham High School sports history, neither the boys' basketball team or the football team have yet to lose a Suburban One League game. The football team coached by Father Judge grad Ryan Nase went (6-0) in conference play, while coach Pede Fleury's Panther basketball team is also currently (6-0) in the league and (12-1) overall. It's an incredible record when you consider star point-guard Zahree Harrison went down with a knee injury the first game of the season, requiring season-ending surgery. Harrison, a St. Francis University Loretto signee, played his freshman season at Archbishop Wood. On Saturday, Rider University signee Jaelen McGlone (pictured here) exploded for 29 points, and budding sophomore star Justin Moore added 13 points and dealt out 12 assists to lead the Chelts to a hard-earned 75-71 victory over host Downingtown West High. The Panthers play  Malvern Prep, with their high-scoring guard Deuce Turner, in a non-league match-up tonight in Malvern..