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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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Jun 21, 2022
Chuckbit
  Sixty-eight years ago, in June of 1954, Gene Orowitz (pictured here, more commonly listed as Horowitz), an athlete at Collingswood High School in Southern New Jersey, uncorked a javelin throw of 193 feet, 4-inches to set a state-record at the New Jersey Track and Field championships. In 1954, Gene's throw was the longest by a high schooler in the entire United States. Orowitz's athletic prowess earned him a track and field scholarship to the University of Southern California, but he tore his shoulder ligaments, putting an end to his days as a college athlete and student. Gene then took a job as a gas station attendant opposite Warner Bros. Studios where he was noticed by a local talent agent. The agent convinced him to give show-business a try. Following the agent's advice, Gene selected a new name from the phone book and became known as Michael Landon (pictured here).  And as they say, "The rest is history!!" Landon is best known for his acting roles as little Joe Cartwright in "Bonanza" (1959-1973), Charles Ingalls in "Little House on the Prairie" (1974-1982), and Jonathan Smith in "Highway to Heaven" (1984-1989). Michael Landon appeared on the cover of "TV Guide" 22 times, second only to Lucille Ball,

June 10, 2022
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"A Rising Star"

  It's always very difficult to predict the manifest destiny of one so young, but 5-9, 170-pound Millville High School 
freshman wide receiver Lotzeir Brooks (pictured here) appears to have the right stuff. In his inaugural season, the speedy ninth-grader caught 36 passes for 957 yards, breaking the Philadelphia-area (southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey) freshman receiving mark of 861 yards set by Pennsauken High's Ejani Shakir in 2019. Brooks caught 14 touchdown passes last season in addition to rushing for three TDs and returning one kickoff for a score. The 14-year-old led his Millville football team to the South Jersy Group 4 Regional Championship, while securing a spot on the All-State team as a freshman.  The best is yet to come!!!

May 18, 2022
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  Reggie Jackson, Cheltenham High School's most well-known alumnus, celebrates his 76th birthday today (May 18). The 1964 CHS graduate ,who grew up at 149 Greenwood Ave. in Wyncote across from the Jenkintown Train Station, is pictured
here talking to members of the Cheltenham High football team. Reggie Jackson is an intelligent, outspoken, and often controversial figure who was highly recognizable, whether it be for his famous left-handed swing or from his candy bar. He is an inspiration that a baseball player can be respected, successful, and clout 563 home runs without the aid of anabolic steroids or other performance enhancing drugs. The legacy of the Major League Baseball and Cheltenham High School Alumni Association Hall of Famer is that of a winner. Reggie played 21 seasons in the Big Leagues and reached the post-season in 11 of them, winning six divisional pennants and five World Series. Happy Birthday Reggie!!!! 

May 16, 2022
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  Pictured
here in this 2014 photo at a Serbia market is Denver Nuggets Director of Scouting
 Jim Clibanoff with then unheralded European basketball player Nikola Jokic (left) and his brother Nemanja. For the second consecutive year, Nikola, the Denver Nuggets 6-11 center, was named the 2022 NBA MVP last week. With vision like Magic Johnson, offensive tricks like Larry Bird, and a humble confidence like Tim Duncan, Jokic has morphed into one of the most complete players in the game. As the Director of Scouting for the Nuggets, Jim Clibanoff, a 1985 Cheltenham High School graduate, was instrumental in bringing Jokic to the United States and Denver. "Clib," a lifelong hardcore basketball junkie, ran a private college hoop scouting service for 17 years, evaluating future NBA players, before joining the Denver Nuggets front office in 2013. Jokic and New York Knicks living legend Willis Reed are the only second-round draft choices ever to win the NBA MVP. The last Philadelphia 76er to win the coveted award was Allen Iverson in 2001, while Overbrook High product Wilt Chamberlain won it four times in 1960, 1966, 1967, and 1968. The record for most NBA MVP awards is six by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who was known as Lew Alcindor when he attended elementary school at the now defunct Holy Providence Boarding School in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. 

May 2, 2022
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"A NATURAL RIVALRY"

  On Thursday, September 1, 2022, the Cheltenham High School football team will play at Northeast High in Philadelphia. Even though Northeast High is located on Cottman Avenue, less than two miles from the Cheltenham Township border, the Panthers and the Vikings have not met on the gridiron in 64 years. In 1958, Northeast defeated Cheltenham, 40-14. The last and only time the Panthers have beaten the Vikings was in 1936 when they won, 7-6. Back then, Northeast High was located in North Philadelphia at 8th Street and Lehigh Avenue. Northeast High, which has been playing interscholastic football since 1892, leads all high schools in the Philadelphia area (southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey) with 15 graduates who have gone on to play in the NFL.

April 27, 2022
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  The greatest football player in Paulsboro High School history is replacing the greatest coach in program history. Kevin Harvey (pic here), considered by many to be the most accomplished player ever in South Jersey gridiron history, will succeed Glenn Howard, his former head coach at Paulsboro. Howard, a Paulsboro graduate himself, who played in the USFL, compiled a career record of 316-70 (81.9 %) with 14 sectional titles in his 35-year career. At Paulsboro, Harvey started at quarterback and defensive back all four years. His record in those four years was (43-1), only losing to Sterling, 14-13, during his freshman season in 1992. Kevin, a former Temple University quarterback, netted 101 touchdowns and 656 career points at Paulsboro, including 4,016 yards rushing and 3,844 yards passing. For the past 14 years, he has been an assistant at Paulsboro to his mentor Glenn Howard.


April 12, 2022
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  H
ow many high school football players can say they played for their mother in high school? Such is the case of Cheltenham High School junior defensive end Kion Wright who is coached by his mother and Panther defensive line coach Star Wright (pic here). The 6-3, 230-pound Kion, who played for Northeast High last season, is one of the top edge rushers in the state and is being recruited nationally with already close to 20 Division 1 scholarship offers. His mother, Star, was hired last season by head coach Troy Gore after he was selected to head the Panther football program. Star is the first female football coach at CHS since the inception of the program in 1901. Star lettered in swimming, basketball, and track at Simon Gratz High and competed in track and swimming at the Ohio State University. She currently owns and plays defensive end for the Philadelphia Phantomz, a professional women's tackle football team. Star also founded the Star Wright Foundation whose mission is to offer sustainable programs that impact socio-economic advancement, human rights, education and gun violence protection. Star has travelled to Africa and taught American football to both men and women.

April 3, 2022
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  On March 25, it was reported on Ted's website that Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, a small Catholic school from suburban Pittsburgh, defeated Constitution, 92-71, in the Class 2A final, tying West Philadelphia High's state record of 68 consecutive wins from 1976-1978. The Speedboys were coached by former West Philadelphia High and Temple University guard Joe Goldenberg (pictured here). Here are the 12 longest win streaks in Pennsylvania high school boys' basketball history:

 
Longest Pennsylvania Win Streaks
68---West Philadelphia from 1976-78
68---Our Lady of the Sacred Heart from 2020-2022 (active)
66---West End St. James from 1950-52, school closed in 1991
61---Allentown High from 1946-47, now William Allen
61---Chester High from 2010-12
59---Carbondale Area from 1993-94
57---York Catholic from 1989-91
56---Glen Mills School from 1923-1926
54---Darby-Colwyn from 1961-63, now Penn Wood
53---Montrose High from 1963-65
52---Uniontown from 1964-65
52---Washington High from 1983-85 (western part of state, not Philly's Washington)

April 1, 2022
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  According to Ted's stats, Overbrook High's 
Wilt Chamberlain scored 844 points during the 19-game, 1954-55 season for a scoring average of 44.4 points-per-game. Wilt had the highest scoring average per game in the city and in the state, but he didn't lead the country in scoring. He was second to Dr. Larry Huston (pictured here) of Savannah High School in Ohio. The 6-6 center scored 1,221 points in 27 games for an average of 45.2 points-per-game to lead the nation. Larry graduated from Savannah High in 1955 as valedictorian of his class and matriculated at Ohio State University. Larry was a four-year starter on the freshmen and varsity teams at Ohio State and served as team captain in 1959. At Ohio State he played with former Boston Celtics great Larry Siegfried and Frank Howard, who was an All-American in both college basketball and baseball before starting his Major League Baseball career. Dr. Larry Huston went on to become a pharmacist and earned his Ph.D. in pharmaceutical chemistry from Kansas University in 1974. He passed suddenly on July 30, 2007.

March 30, 2022
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  Pictured here is Cheltenham High School head boys' basketball coach Patrick Fleury. In just four years at the helm, the former Cheltenham High point-guard has taken the boys' program to new heights. This past season, the Panthers won the overall Suburban One championship, set a boys' school record of 30 wins, went unbeaten at home, and were the first boys' team in school history to advance to the Elite Eight of the PIAA tournament since the 1994 squad. In four seasons, Patrick has coached the Panthers to 87 wins. By comparison, the legendary Paul Westhead, who attended both West Catholic and Malvern Prep, coached for four years at Cheltenham, compiling 66 wins from 1964 to 1968. Fleury currently has a record of (87-17) which computes to an .837 winning percentage. He has the highest winning percentage of any active boys' coach in the Philadelphia area (southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey) who has coached at least 100 games.

March 28, 2022
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  This past scholastic football season, Woodrow Wilson senior quarterback Devin Kargman (pic here) threw for 2,800 yards to finish his career with 8,005 yards, the third best in South Jersey history. In 2018, Devin's big brother,Nick Kargman (pic here), finished his career at Pitman High and Woodrow Wilson with 8,136 yards which is second best in South Jersey history behind Timber Creek's Devin Leary who threw for 9,672 yards from 2014-17. The Kargman brothers are the first brother duo in Philadelphia area history (southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey) to both throw for over 8,000 yards. In fact, they are only the 11th brother combination in USA history to accomplish that feat. Devin has signed with Kent State, while Nick has just transferred from Western Kentucky to Wagner. Even the Manning brothers, Peyton and Eli, didn't each throw for over 8,000 yards. Peyton Manning threw for 7,190 career yards at Newman High School in New Orleans from 1991-93, while kid brother Eli threw for 7,268 yards at Newman from 1996-98. The national record for brothers is held by the Mauk brothers from Kenton High in Ohio. Ben Mauk threw for 17,364 career yards from 1999-2002, while younger brother Maty threw for 18,932 yards from 2008-11. They are number 1 and number 2 on the USA career passing yardage list.

Feb. 27, 2022
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  Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (21-0) defeated Sto-Rox High, 87-44, on Friday night to run its winning streak to 61 straight games. They have the longest active boys' win streak in the USA. The small Pittsburgh-area Catholic school has won back-to-back PIAA Class 2A championships (pic here).. The Chargers' 61 consecutive victories ranks third all-time in state history behind West Philadelphia and West End St. James High of Pittsburgh. West Philly holds the state record, winning 68 straight from 1976 to 1978 and West End St. James won 66 games in a row in the early 1950s.

February 10, 2022
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  Egg Harbor Township High pounded previously unbeaten St. Augustine, 76-51, last night. This means Cheltenham High (20-0) is the only unbeaten boys' basketball team in the Philadelphia area (southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey).  According to Max Preps, they are one of only six high school boys' teams in Pennsylvania with a perfect record. Cheltenham has two games remaining, against Springfield Montco tonight and Lower Moreland tomorrow. With victories in those two games, the Panthers will have their first undefeated regular season in 54 years. In 1968, Cheltenham went 21-0 during the regular season. That team starred Craig Littlepage and was coached by West Catholic and Malvern Prep graduate Paul Westhead.

February 1, 2022
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The Bengals' Eli Apple, formerly known as Eli Woodard at Eastern High, becomes the second All-South Jersey defensive back from Eastern High to make the Super Bowl. Former defensive back Logan Ryan from Eastern played in Super Bowls XLIX and LI for the Patriots, winning both games. Logan was All-South Jersey first-team DB in 2008, while Eli was first-team DB in 2011. Both played for then-coach Dan Spittal.
  Pic taken in 2018, when they hosted a clinic at Eastern. Click
here.

January 10, 2022
CHUCKBIT
  Last March, Constitution High of Philadelphia lost to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart from Coraopolis, Pa., 62-49, in the PIAA Class 2 state final in Hershey. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart is a small Catholic school outside of Pittsburgh. They have won 47 straight games and currently have the longest active win streak in the USA. They might even challenge West Philadelphia's state record of 68 consecutive wins. In last year's state final, junior Jake DiMichele of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart was high scorer with 21 points. He recently went over 2,000 points this season. His name might sound familiar to Philadelphia sports fans. His cousin, Adam DiMichele was a former star quarterback at Temple University and captained the Owls in 2007 and 2008. Finally, the team with the second longest active win streak in the nation is a local team----Camden High with 43 straight victories. They should beat Eastern Regional for Number 44 on Tuesday, but will likely have a difficult time against national power Montverde Academy who they play Thursday night in Trenton.

JULY 29
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"WEDNESDAY REWIND"
  Fifty years ago, in September of 1970, rising junior pitcher Brad Tanner of Germantown Academy won the Blue Cross Pitchometer  championship at Connie Mack Stadium. Tanner, a 6-4, 180-pound righthander, bested six other finalists with his winning toss of 81.8 miles-per-hour and was presented the Herbert Pennock Memorial Trophy and a wrist watch by Philadelphia Phillies manager Frank Lucchesi. Brad Tanner and Tim Lewis (pictured herewere the star pitchers on the 1972 Germantown Academy baseball team, as coached by former Phillies star Robin Roberts, that went 22-1 overall (1-0 loss to North Catholic in late March) and 10-0 in the Inter-Ac League. Tanner and Lewis each had a 5-0 pitching record in 1972. The G.A. offense was led by "Jr. Whiz Kids" Tom Simmons (Curt's son) and Dan Roberts (Robin's son), who combined to hit over .500 in league play. Five players from the 1972 Inter-Ac champions went on to play at Division One baseball schools.

JULY 20
CHUCKBIT

  From 2008 to 2011, Allentown Central Catholic quarterback Brendan Nosovitch (pictured here) put up mirage-like passing and rushing statistics. For his record-breaking career, he passed for 9,249 yards and rushed for 3,628 yards, good for 12,877 yards of total offense. He threw for 106 touchdowns and rushed for 62 scores. In his sophomore and junior seasons, he threw for over 2,000 yards and ran for over 1,000 yards. In a 2010 PIAA Class AAA semifinal against Archbishop Wood which was covered by Ted, (Website report is here under Dec. 10). Nosovitch was a one-man wrecking crew in Allentown Central Catholic's 49-27 victory over Wood. Accounting for 602 yards of total offense, Brendan was 17-for-28 for 419 yards and five touchdowns through the air. On the ground he rushed 21 times for 183 yards and two touchdowns.
Brendan Nosovitch matriculated at the University of South Carolina in 2012, where he played sparingly at quarterback, before transferring to Boston College where he saw limited action as a tight-end. An excellent student, Brendan earned both his Bachelor of Science in Finance and MBA from Boston College. He is now a wealth management advisor based in the Allentown area.
  Bonus Nugget:
At last night's Phillies-Orioles exhibition game, the home plate umpire might have looked familiar to some people. He was 1995 Hatboro-Horsham graduate Alan Porter (pictured here), who was a first-team All-Area baseball player in 1995. He went on to play for former Upper Dublin High School history teacher Lou Lombardo at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell where he was the team MVP.

JULY 11
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  Pictured here is former St. Joseph's Prep and Timber Creek High School record-breaking wide receiver Cameron Chambers. Cameron graduated from Michigan State University early in three years, and is now attending the Michigan State College of Law. In his scholastic football career, he accumulated 3,084 career receiving yards. Cameron is one of only five receivers in Philadelphia-area (southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey) to attain over 3,000 yards of career receiving yardage.  The 3,000-yard career receiving list is here:
1.Dapree Bryant, Coatesville, 2019,  3,579 yards
2.Justin Jaworski, Perkiomen Valley, 2016,  3,270 yards
3.Kennedy Poles, Penn Wood, 2018,  3,102 yards
4.Isaac Irby, Holy Cross, 1999,  3,088 yards
5.Cameron Chambers, S.J. Prep, Timber Creek, 2015,  3,084 yards

JULY 10
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"FRIDAY FLASHBACK"
  Thirty years ago, on October 6, 1990, senior quarterback Gabe Infante (pictured here) rushed for three touchdowns and returned an interception for another to help lead Memorial High School of West New York, New Jersey past Emerson, 28-8, in a Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic Association football game.  Infante scored on runs of 28 yards and 1 yard to give Memorial a 13-0 lead at halftime. Gabe added a 1-yard touchdown rush in the third quarter and capped his efforts with a 20-yard return of an interception for a score. Infante finished the game with 165 yards on 10 carries. Gabe was a three-sport athlete at Memorial High, playing football, basketball, and baseball. Even though he was the best quarterback in Hudson County his senior year, he was selected to the New Jersey All-State team as a defensive back, the position he played in college at Holy Cross. Gabe, the former head coach at St. Joseph's Prep is now the running backs coach at Temple University. He is also a graduate of New York Law School and is a licensed attorney in New Jersey. So was the Prep's previous coach, Gil Brooks. How many high schools can make that claim: Two straight lawyer/coaches?

JUNE 30
CHUCKBIT
 
Pictured here is former LaSalle High School, Syracuse University, and current Indianapolis Colts linebacker Zaire Franklin. Zaire, who graduated from LaSalle in 2014, was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the seventh round, 235th overall in the 2018 NFL draft. He made his first NFL start at linebacker for the Colts on September 23, 2018 against his hometown Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles won the game, 20-16, when Derek Barnett tripped up Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck in the red zone to secure the victory. In his rookie season, Zaire appeared in all 16 regular season games. At Syracuse University, Zaire was a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, and he was only the second three-time captain in Orange football history and the first since 1896.
 
Ted;s Note: Zaire began his high school years at  Franklin Learning Center. The Bobcats had no footbal; team. He was a sub on the baseball team. Click here for a page that includes FLC's team pic. Tenth team down that page.,


JUNE 26
CHUCKBIT

"IN REMEMBRANCE"
(April 19, 1935----November 19, 2019)
  Pictured here is 1952 Cheltenham High School graduate Lieutenant Colonel Tony Stremic. The Glenside native is one of the greatest two-sport athletes ever to come out of Cheltenham High. After graduating CHS in 1952, Tony prepped at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania, before matriculating at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Tony participated in both wrestling and football at the Academy. Wrestling at 191 pounds, Tony came within a whisker of winning an NCAA Division I wrestling championship in 1957. In the 191-pound final, he lost to the University of Pittsburgh's Ron Schirf by the slimmest of margins. Tony and Schirf wrestled to a draw through two overtime periods, and Schirf was declared the winner on a controversial 2-1 split referees' decision. On the gridiron, Tony was an Honorable Mention All-American at the guard position, leading the Midshipmen to a (8-1-1) record in 1957 and an invite to the January 1, 1958 Cotton Bowl game against Rice University. Before a crowd of 75,500, Navy defeated Rice, 20-7, on New Year's Day, and Tony was named Cotton Bowl MVP. Navy finished ranked fifth in the nation for the 1957 college football season. Tony graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering in the top 10% of his class.  At his graduation, Tony was selected as the top athlete in the Naval Academy's senior class. Mr. Stremic also attended the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1966. Upon retirement from the Marine Corps, Mr. Stremic was a program manager and professional services consultant in Weapons Systems Acquisition and Information Systems for several firms in the Northern Virginia area until full retirement in 2002. Military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Gallantry Cross. Lieutenant Colonel Tony Stremic was also inducted into the Naval Academy Athletic Hall of Fame for both football and wrestling. R.I.P. Lieutenant Colonel Tony Stremic!!!

JUNE 21
CHUCKBIT

"MORAL VICTORY FOR CHELTENHAM"
 Almost exactly 100 years ago on Saturday, September 25, 1920, the Cheltenham High School football team travelled to Harrisburg's City Island Park Field to play powerful Harrisburg Tech in the season opener for both teams. In 1919, Harrisburg Tech (pictured here) finished the season with a (12-0) record, outscoring their opponents an amazing 701 points to 0. Harrisburg Tech defeated Portland, Maine, 56-0, in a post-season game, and Tech was declared the national champions after the 1919 season. The last time Harrisburg Tech was scored upon was in 1918. They entered the Cheltenham game with a 24-game winning streak, outscoring their opponents, 1,378 points to 16. Cheltenham lost the game, 31-6, but ended up with a moral victory, scoring a touchdown on a passing play and becoming the first team to score on Harrisburg Tech in two years.

JUNE 15
CHUCKBIT
 
Congratulations to 1972 Cheltenham High School graduate and Montgomery County coaches Hall of Famer Virginia "Ginny" Hofmann (pictured here) on her retirement from Germantown Academy in Fort Washington. Ginny has been a teacher, coach, and athletic administrator at Germantown Academy for the last 44 years. She started there as a coach and teacher fresh out of West Chester University in 1976. Ginny, who played field hockey and lacrosse at Cheltenham High in addition to being a member of the swim team, coached field hockey and lacrosse at Germantown Academy. She coached field hockey for 36 years, winning 363 games and five Inter-Ac League championships. As the head lacrosse coach for 39 years, Ginny won 370 games and seven Inter-Ac titles in addition to producing 16 All-Americans. Her record as a two-sport coach, a rarity in today's world, remains unmatched. Happy Retirement Ginny!!!

MAY 26
CHUCKBIT
  Sixty years ago on Friday, November 11, 1960, Archmere Academy from Claymont, Delaware blanked  Friends Central, 28-0, in Wynnewood to record their first unbeaten-untied season (8-0-0) in 17 years. The Archmere Academy Archers were the only scholastic football team in the state in 1960 to finish the season with an unblemished record. Senior halfback Joe Biden (pictured here) was the standout star in the Archers' final game of the season. He tallied three touchdowns on runs of 4, 12, and 45 yards. Joe, who finished the season one of the leading scorers in the state with 60 points, matriculated at the University of Delaware in 1961 where he played freshman football.
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APRIL 19
CHUCKBIT

"SUNDAY FLASHBACK"
  Fifty-one years ago in 1969, Northeast High graduate and  former Cheltenham High School physical education, health, and driver's education teacher Steve Kolinsky (pictured here) led the Double-A level Eastern League with a .335 batting average, but because of a season-ending shoulder injury, Steve was 35 at-bats short of being eligible to win the batting title. In fact, if it had not been for the shoulder injury which required surgery, Steve Kolinsky, an outfielder/first baseman for the Reading Phillies, would have made it to the "Big Leagues." As it turned out, Major League Baseball's loss would enormously benefit the students of Cheltenham High School for over 30 years. The always affable Kolinsky coached the Panther baseball team for 14 years and was an assistant football coach at Cheltenham for many years. Steve played shortstop at Northeast High and centerfield for James "Skip" Wilson's Temple University Owls before playing in the minor leagues from 1964-1971.

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APRIL 16
CHUCKBIT

"THROWBACK THURSDAY"
 
  Forty-three years ago on Sunday, April 3, 1977, the Publics and Non-Publics played to an 8-8 tie in the Philadelphia High School Football City All-Star game at Northeast High before an announced crowd of 13,402. History will show that it's the only tie in the 45 games played in the series, but more importantly Mike Paulone (pictured here) of the Pennsylvania School of the Deaf became the first deaf athlete to quarterback a hearing team in USA high school football history. Paulone, the MVP of the Non-Publics, completed 5-of-10 passes for 46 yards including a 17-yard touchdown to Father Judge's Paul Lafferty for the touchdown that cut the Public League's lead to 8-6 with 8 minutes left to play in the game. Mike then calmly stood in the pocket and hit  Bishop Neumann's Jerry Smith for the two-point conversion that tied the score. Paulone completed a high school athletic career at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in which he won 16 varsity letters, was a third-team All-City Philadelphia "Daily News"quarterback, an outstanding hurdler, and a 2,000-point scorer in basketball. He was a Deaf High School All-American in football, basketball, baseball, and track and field. Paulone matriculated at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., for the hearing impaired, where he played both football and baseball. Mike chose to labor in the field of education, where he is a physical education teacher and coach for several sports at the Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis.

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APRIL 14
CHUCKBIT
 

"THEN AND NOW"
  Forty-nine years ago on Cinco de Mayo May 5, 1971, Eastern Regional High School pitcher Dave Wyche (pictured here) pitched the first perfect game in Eastern High history and only the fourth ever reported in the South Jersey area. Dave, a 1971 graduate of Eastern Regional, struck out five and aided his own cause with a double in Eastern's 16-0 victory over Pennsauken Tech. The game only went five innings, because Pennsauken Tech manager Pete Ehrmann requested that home plate umpire Larry Mauriello call the game. Wyche, a 1975 graduate of then Glassboro State, where he majored in Journalism/Communications, covered high school sports for many years in the South Jersey area. Dave was a scholastic sportswriter at the "Burlington County Times" and the "Camden Courier-Post" in addition to being Sports Editor at the "Gloucester County Times." Dave (pictured here) is now the Shared Services Coordinator and Economic Development Manager at the Burlington County Bridge Commissi
on.

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APRIL 10
CHUCKBIT
 
With the post on Tuesday, April 7 about the thoroughbred Secretariat (pictured here in the forefront) being an early adopter of social distancing, several readers inquired whether Secretariat ever raced in the Philadelphia area. The answer is yes!!  On November 18, 1972, Secretariat made his first and only Philadelphia-area appearance, winning the Garden State Futurity Stakes by almost four lengths at Garden State Park Racetrack in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Close to 20,000 horse racing fans braved the rain and cold on that day to see Secretariat do his thing. After the Cherry Hill victory, Secretariat was named the two-year old "Horse of the Year." After 58 years of thoroughbred and harness racing, Garden State Park closed on May 3, 2001. It is now the site of a high-end, mixed-used "town center" development of stores, restaurants, apartments, townhouses, and condominiums. Click here for a video from the 1973 Belmont Stakes.
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APRIL 8
CHUCKBIT

"QUITE A FEAT"
  Richard Zindel, a 1925 Cheltenham High School graduate, was captain of the school basketball team and a Panther baseball legend. In one game, Cheltenham was losing in the fifth inning when Mr. Zindel was sent in as a relief pitcher. He proceeded to record 21 consecutive strikeouts, setting not only a school and Pennsylvania state record, but also a national mark for consecutive strikeouts in a game. This amazing feat earned him the nickname "Smoke." His national standard lasted for 48 years until 1973 when Jim Peterson of Sonora High School in Orange County, California struck out 22 batters in a row.

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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..