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

Chuck's email . . . chucklang@hotmail.com

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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..