Athletic Achievers For This Crew, Competition Doesn't End With Graduation

Posted: May 25, 1987

Not everybody had the luxury of a scholarship offer before they began their senior season, as Chichester basketball star Leslie McGhee did.

Nor could everybody choose between athletic and academic scholarships as Colleen McDonough of Upper Darby and Marty Perkins of Glen Mills did. Both are headed for Ivy League schools.

And not everybody can tell their grandchildren they put the skids on Joe Paterno when he dropped by the house and asked them to play quarterback at Penn State. Ridley quarterback Matt Blundin can.

Regardless, there are plenty of 1987 graduates who will pursue athletics they began in Delaware County as they move on to colleges and universities.

A survey of athletic directors has shown that many senior athletes from area high schools have earned full or partial scholarships to college for athletic or academic excellence or both. Additionally, many players who did not receive scholarships are expected to make contributions in their chosen sports when they get to school in September.

Here is a partial list of local athletes who are graduating and going on to



PENNCREST. The Lions, both boys and girls, won the Central League cross- country and spring track titles with the leadership of some of the top senior runners in the state. Three of the more successful middle-distance runners are expected to make similar contributions at local colleges.

Kate Fonshell and Steve Hefferan received full athletic scholarships to Villanova University and St. Joseph's University, respectively. Pete Vishton was honored for excellence in academics and athletics with the McCabe Achievement Award, a full four-year scholarship to Swarthmore College.

Among the other track and field athletes planning to compete at colleges are Tom Kennedy (Moravian College), and Becky Creed (University of Delaware).

From the football team, defensive back Dale Waters received a full scholarship to Towson (Md.) State and quarterback Rick Zimmerman got a partial ride to Central (Ohio) State. Lineman Seane Reitze will play at Mansfield University and linebacker Randy Park at East Stroudsburg University.

Also moving up are swimmer Corinda Horton (Lafayette University) and baseball pitcher Mike Boettcher (West Chester University).

RIDLEY. The Green Raiders' Central League champion football and basketball teams were led by the multi-talented Blundin, who went through quite a recruiting saga.

At 6 feet, 7 inches and 215 pounds, Blundin was a top quarterback prospect for Division I football schools like Stanford, Notre Dame and Penn State. In January, Blundin scheduled, then canceled, a press conference at which it appeared he would cast his lot with Penn State.

A month later, Blundin announced his intention to play basketball at

college. Playing center and forward, he led the Green Raiders to the Central League title and was named to The Inquirer's all-area team.

In April, Blundin accepted an offer to play basketball at University of Virginia. In a twist, the university athletic department was forced to give Blundin a football scholarship because the school had made its quota of basketball offers. The Atlantic Coast Conference ruled that Blundin at least must practice with the football team until another basketball scholarship is available.

Among other college-bound Green Raiders is Joe Valerio, a 6-5, 245-pound linebacker and top student, who will attend the University of Pennsylvania on a grant and aid package.

Rob Graf, a star in the high jump and long jump and a wide receiver in football, is expected to choose a school after track season.

SPRINGFIELD. Among the Springfield seniors heading on to college are swimmer Colleen Clendenin (Virginia), lacrosse player Amy Hoerman (Yale University), wrestler David Holdsworth (United States Naval Academy), runner John McGuigan (College of William and Mary), field hockey/lacrosse player Janet Kirkpatrick (Wittenburg University), and wrestler David Romesburg (Brown University).

STRATH HAVEN. The soccer and football teams at Strath Haven produced a wealth of college-level athletes.

Five soccer players from Strath Haven's state champion team plan to continue competing in college: sweeperback Dave Haas at Amherst College, goalkeeper Charlie McDonald at Ithaca College, midfielder Kerwin Clayton at Penn, midfielder Jamie Welte at Elizabethtown College, and forward Scott Hauser at Lock Haven University.

The Panthers' football team this season produced three Division I scholarship winners. Ken Hull, a 6-6 quarterback, will attend Duke University.

Monty Rice, a running back and defensive back, will report to University of Tulsa. And Patt Evansz, 6-7, a tight end, punter and kicker, will take his versatility to the University of Minnesota.

Gretchen Iverson, one of the top gymnasts on Strath Haven's state championship team, will go on to compete at Brown. Megan Smith, a lacrosse and field hockey player, will go to Penn State on a partial scholarship.

Wrestler Len Savioz, a 119-pounder, will take to the mats at University of Pittsburgh. Long-jumper Annie Grover plans to attend Messiah College. And Bill Fromholtzer, despite the fact that there is no golf team at Strath Haven,

plans to hit the links at Delaware.

UPPER DARBY. The Royals have athletes from almost every varsity sport who have made college commitments.

Among those receiving athletic scholarships are softball pitcher Julie Schiazza, who will attend West Chester University, and tennis player Julie Morrow, who's going to Seton Hall University.

Lacrosse and field hockey star Colleen McDonough, ranked second academically at Upper Darby, chose Dartmouth from among a host of Ivy League suitors.

Doug Lingo received a partial scholarship to play tight end or linebacker on the Mansfield football team. Lacrosse captain John Byrnes accepted a partial scholarship to Washington (Md.) College, a Division III power.

Lynne Burnes, the field hockey captain, is going to Penn State.

Mari Joe Dougherty, who lettered in volleyball and lacrosse, will attend Penn State University. Greg Triantafillou, a basketball point guard, received a partial scholarship from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.


ACADEMY PARK. Running back Steven Williams, who gained more than 1,700 yards for the Knights last season, has received a full scholarship to Colgate University.

The sharpshooting skills of Nancy Carroll, the county's top scorer in girls' basketball, earned her a full scholarship to Rider College.

CHESTER. Del-Val League championships in football and basketball have earned several Chester Clippers athletic scholarships.

Quarterback Charles Cole, The Inquirer's football player of the year, chose Temple University. Wide receiver Wesley Carter will go to Penn.

Three football players - wide receiver Trent Clack, linebacker David McCullough and fullback Anthony McClain - will head en masse to Arizona Western Junior College.

Guard Keith Taylor, who led Chester's basketball team to the state quarterfinals, will attend Central (Ohio) State on a scholarship.

CHICHESTER. Leslie McGhee, an all-area choice of The Inquirer, signed on the dotted line with St. Bonaventure University even before the basketball season started. McGhee, a 6-2 senior forward, averaged 18 points a game this season.

Delaware Tech is the destination for Mike Ruditys, a three-sport star for the Eagles. Ruditys will receive a partial scholarship for basketball.

INTERBORO. The brothers Deveney, Tim and George, will part ways to play

college football. Tim Deveney, a 6-3, 210-pound receiver, will attend West Chester on a partial scholarship. George Deveney, who had 40 receptions for 600 yards and six touchdowns as tight end, is leaning toward Temple.

Another football player, lineman Anthony Klara, will take his 245 pounds to Shippensburg University on partial scholarship.

Basketball and field hockey standout Meg Hay, a 6-foot forward, will go on to play at Millersville University.

GLEN MILLS. Marty Perkins, a state-champion shot-putter and top student, won a full scholarship to Dartmouth College.

Dwayne Cheatum, the 6-8 center on the Bulls basketball team, will attend Coastal Carolina Community College on a scholarship.

PENN WOOD. The Mansfield football team has put its fortunes in the hands of four scholarship winners from Penn Wood.

They are: running back Rodney Blackwell, who gained 1,384 yards and scored 16 touchdowns; lineman Tony DiLuzio who stands 5 feet, 8 inches and weighs 221 pounds; running back-linebacker David Wood, who also carries a 3.46 grade- point average; wide receiver Van Copeland, who received a full academic and athletic scholarship.

Defensive back-quarterback Paul Koestar, who posted a school record 17 interceptions, is going on to Lycoming College. Lineman Anthony Paoletti has chosen East Stroudsburg University.

Jay Branche, a wide receiver in football and champion jumper and hurdler in track, is deciding between Mansfield and La Salle University.

SUN VALLEY. Sun Valley produced four athletes who are expected to play

college-level athletics.

Football lineman Steve Sorokanych took a partial scholarship to Millersville. Franny Blanchette may play hockey or lacrosse at Penn. Point guard Mike Carrafa, a 1,000-point scorer in basketball, is taking his game to Cabrini College. And Bridgette Gillespie, a letter-winner in track and basketball, will attend Lock Haven.

John Wesolowsky, a football linebacker, will spend a postgraduate year at Fork Union Prep on a scholarship.


CARDINAL O'HARA. Catholic League South Division softball MVP Dina Orpello has won a scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Brothers Bob and Terry Feehery, both swimmers, will attend La Salle University. Basketball guard Mike O'Hara is headed for Lehigh University.

Mark Colombo, a member of the soccer team, was appointed to the Naval Academy. Lisa Maximo is expected to swim at Penn State. Rita Gillespie will run track at La Salle. And Lycoming is the destination of basketball guard Margaret Dever.

MONSIGNOR BONNER. Among the football players moving on are all-Catholic fullback Jerry Coughlan (Ursinus College), quarterback Ed Tell (Fairleigh Dickinson College), linebacker Gerry Atchison (Lycoming), and fullback Larry Clarke (Norfolk State).

Third baseman Pete Klein hopes to play baseball at Drexel University. Swimmer Steve Stuhltrager is going to East Stroudsburg University. Jim Clark chose ice hockey at Villanova.

Brian Clifford will run track at La Salle. Soccer player Chris Boyle chose St. Joseph's, while teammate John Conner heads to Ursinus.

Pitcher Joe Boyle is expected to play baseball locally for Penn State. ST. JAMES. The Bulldogs football team is sending split end George Reed to West Chester, Patrick Clark to either the University of Dayton or Swarthmore, and flanker Michael Fucci to Widener University. David Harper, a member of the football team, won an academic scholarship to Drexel.

Baseball pitcher Jim Smith is headed for West Chester, and Joe DiMaio, a basketball guard and baseball outfielder, is choosing between Penn State and West Chester.

ARCHBISHOP PRENDERGAST. Among the Prendergast athletes who plan to participate at the collegiate level are swimmers Heather O'Neill (Delaware) and Holly Karol (James Madison), field hockey players Ellen Dabagian (Loyola

College) and Tara Logan (Mt. Saint Mary's College or La Salle), and basketball players Bernadette Mitchell (Lycoming) and Maureen Coyle (New York University).


SWARTHMORE ACADEMY. Matt Carpenter, the coaches' trophy winner on the tennis team and a soccer forward, will attend University of Pennsylvania. Basketball star Jim Roberts is headed for Springfield (Mass.) College. He may play soccer there as well.


THE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY. Allen Lester, a 1,000-point scorer for the Crusaders' basketball team, will move on to play point guard at Eastern


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