Father, Son In Maccabiah

Posted: July 02, 1989

When the 13th Maccabiah Games begin tomorrow in Israel, a father-and-son team from Ambler will be vying for top honors.

Marc Gordon, a junior at Germantown Academy, and Dr. Gary M. Gordon, the chief of podiatry at both Abington and Rolling Hill Hospitals, will join more than 4,000 world-class athletes from 41 countries at the games, which will last through July 13. The United States team has more than 500 members.

Marc Gordon, one of three youngsters chosen by the United States committee for the junior track and field team, will run in both the 800- and 1,600-meter events in the junior competition for athletes ages 16 and under.

Last summer, he represented the Greater Philadelphia area at the North American Games held in Chicago. He won the 3,200 and was the only area youth to bring home an individual gold medal. As a freshman at Germantown Academy, Marc Gordon won the Inter-Ac League championship in the mile run.

Gary Gordon will be competing in the Maccabiah's Masters Division (40 and older) half-marathon. The 13.1-mile race will feature competitors from more than half of the participating countries.

Gary Gordon recently took first place in his age division of the Bar Diabetes and Germantown Academy 10-kilometer race. He has competed in national and local races for more than 25 years.

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Tom Konchalski, the publisher and editor of the HSBI Report, projects Plymouth-Whitemarsh's Brad Bell as one of the top 200 rising seniors in the East.

Bell, a 6-foot, 1-inch guard, helped the Colonials to the Suburban One American Conference Liberty Division title, fifth place in the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA tournament and a 23-6 record last season.

Tracy Smoyer, a resident of Hatboro, was recently named as a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference scholar-athlete for the 1988-1989 academic year.

Smoyer, a member of the Millersville University women's tennis team, attained a cumulative grade-point average of 3.94 on a 4.0-point scale in elementary education/early childhood.

Last April, Smoyer was chosen as Millersville's 1988-1989 Scholar Athlete of the Year by the Faculty-Student Athletic Committee.

John Binswanger, a resident of Meadowbrook, was reelected chairman of the board of directors of the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia June 12. Binswanger will serve his second term as chairman.

Nicholas A. Giordano of Blue Bell was elected to the board, as was Oreland resident Robert I. Tuteur. Named as honorary chairmen were Warminster resident James F. McCabe, Edmund K. Schauseil of Hatboro, and Cheltenham resident Milton A. Eisenberg.

The Montgomery County Special Olympics team represented themselves and the county quite well at the State Summer Games held June 8-10 at Penn State. In all, the 28 athletes brought home 8 gold, 9 silver and 15 bronze medals in addition to several place ribbons.

In basketball individual skills, Hatboro's Chip McGlynn won a gold medal. Yolanda Herman of Lansdale and John Baus of Rockledge picked up bronze medals. Blue Bell's Justin Ciocari placed fourth and Peter Asplundh of Bryn Athyn placed fifth.

In swimming, Abington's Stephanie Wilson won a silver medal in the 25-meter backstroke, a bronze in the 50-backstroke, and placed fifth in the 25- freestyle. Michael Harrison of Lafayette Hill won bronze medals in the 25- and 50-backstroke and the 50-freestyle.

In track and field, Abington's Joanna Marawski won gold medals in the standing long jump and the softball throw. Jonathan Klein of Wyncote took a gold in the 50 and a silver in the softball throw.

Elizabeth Daft, a resident of Lafayette Hill, won a silver in the softball

throw and a bronze in the 50, Rodney Rhoads of Lansdale took a silver in the 50, and Lansdale's John Ortiz won a bronze in the 50. Dan Gallagher of Lansdale won a silver in the pentathlon.

Sports People items should be sent to Joe Fite at The Inquirer, Neighbors, 220 Lakeside Dr., Horsham, Pa. 19044.

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