Darby-Colwyn state championship teams honored by HOF
When the Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame honors Darby-Colwyn High School’s 1962 and 1963 state championship basketball teams on Sunday, April 22, they will be recognized with special award titled the “Team of Excellence.” The event will take place at the Concordville Inn in Concordville at 5 p.m.
This is a fitting tribute to a team that won 50 consecutive games. Darby-Colwyn posted back to back 25-0 seasons and captured two PIAA Class B state crowns.
The Rams’ 1962 state title team featured some great players such as Charles “Pete” Coleman, Hal Booker, Adrian Harmon, David Kennard and Ronnie Baldino. The 1963 stars included Charles “Pete” Coleman, Sonny Realer, Hal Booker, Adrian Harmon and David Kennard.
Darby-Colwyn was coached by the late Hal Blitman, who also had a brilliant career with the Rams and then went on to coach five seasons at Cheyney State College where he guided the Wolves to several NCAA tournament appearances. After that, he became the head coach of the ABA’s Miami Floridians.
Speaking of Cheyney State, Booker, Realer and Kennard all played their college basketball for the Wolves. Coleman played his college basketball at Villanova.
D-C beat Mercer both years to win the state championships.
Donnie Carr to stay at La Salle as an assistant coach
La Salle University’s new head coach Ashley Howard recently announced that he has retained Donnie Carr as an assistant on his staff. Carr, who is one of the great scorers in Explorers’ history, returned to his alma mater as an assistant in July 2017.
“It is an honor to have La Salle and Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Famer as a member of our coaching staff,” Howard said in a statement.
“Donnie is a prominent figure in the Philadelphia basketball community, and has dedicated his life to being a great player, a great mentor and a great teacher of the game of basketball. Donnie’s knowledge of the game and life experience is going to help make him a valuable contributor to our coaching staff.”
Carr, a Roman Catholic product, scored 1,470 points in his high school career playing in the Catholic League. In a classic game against Lower Merion, Carr tallied 34 points against Lower Merion, which had former NBA star Kobe Bryant in a 67-61 victory. Carr also had a great college career at La Salle scoring 2,067 points.
“I’m blessed and thankful to have a chance to work with Coach Howard, who I think is one of the best young coaches in all of college basketball and is a rising star in this business,” Carr said in a statement. “There’s not a better person for me to learn from and grow with than Coach Howard. He’s been a mentor, a friend, and it’s a grand slam for La Salle to have someone bringing a championship culture and blueprint to our university.”
Carr, an active participant in the Sonny Hill League, played a big role in developing Philadelphia basketball standouts Dion Waiters from the Miami Heat and the late Explorer and NBA standout Rasual Butler.
The Philadelphia Soul, to hold Heart & Skills Challenge
Jahri Evans, a five-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion from Frankford High School, along with Simons Heart are partnering with the Philadelphia Soul to hold a Heart & Skills Challenge. The event will take place at Frankford High School on Sunday, April 22 at 9 a.m.
The challenge is free to the public, which will provide youngsters ages 6-13 to interact with professional athletes who will give them advice and suggestions on how to compete on and off the field.
All participants will complete One Pass, One Punt & One Kick for a shot at advancing to the finals. They will be held at the Wells Fargo Center on the Soul’s Field. Each participant will receive a free ticket to a Soul Game. Registration is free and recommend although you can register day of at the event.