Preseason Acclaim For Zain Shaw Of Chester

Posted: October 29, 1990

Chester High senior basketball player Wilbur "Zain" Shaw is gaining national recognition.

The 6-foot, 3-inch Chester star, a second-team Associated Press all-state selection last year, is a preseason high honorable mention all-American selection in the 1990 Street & Smith's College Basketball Magazine.

In addition, Shaw, who averaged 20.4 points per game for the Clippers last year, was listed as one of the top 160 seniors on the East Coast by recruiting expert Tom Konchalski. On a scale of 1 to 5 (one meaning small college, five meaning big-time Division I prospect), Konchalski has Shaw rated a "4" or a lesser Division I prospect.

"Zain is receiving interest from several Division I schools down South, some Big East schools and Texas A & M," Chester High coach Alonzo Lewis said. ''However, Zain has to get the required 700 SAT score before these schools will make concrete offers."

According to Lewis, Shaw is scheduled to take the SAT in the late fall or early winter and will not make a college decision until the spring.

Another area player, 6-7 senior Alonzo Goldston of Glen Mills, was rated a 4-minus by Konchalski. Goldston, the sixth man on last year's PIAA state championship team, has visited Morgan State and has received interest from Coppin State, but he may attend junior college, according to Glen Mills coach Tom Mann.

"Alonzo can certainly play," Mann said. "But he was pretty far behind in the classroom when we got him. He's working hard, but we'll have to wait and see where he is academically by the spring.

"Then (in the spring), we'll make a decision on whether he should go the

college or junior college route."

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Patt Evans, a 1987 Strath Haven graduate, after switching from defensive line as a freshman to offensive line as a sophomore, is making his mark as the starting tight end for the University of Minnesota.

The 6-foot-6, 255-pound Evans, a human relations major who will graduate this summer but still has a year of eligibilty as a result of redshirting his freshman year, has caught 11 passes for 95 yards this year for the Golden Gophers (4-3 overall, 3-1 Big Ten), who are one game behind Illinois and Iowa and in third place in the Big Ten.

"Everywhere you go, people are talking Rose Bowl," Evans said. "But we still have games against Michigan State, Michigan and Iowa, so a bowl bid of any kind would be great."

After playing defensive line and center, Evans is glad to be playing tight end.

"Last Christmas, the coaching staff was thinking about moving me from center to offensive tackle, so I put on 25 pounds," Evans said. "Then they decided to make me a tight end. Handling the ball is like a dream come true, so I gladly dropped the weight."

Evans, after considering Boston College, Louisville and Delaware, is pleased that he chose Minnesota.

"Playing against Big Ten competition could open the opportunity to play professional football," said Evans, who enjoys hunting and has been introduced to ice fishing since moving to Minnesota. "If that doesn't work out, I have a degree from a quality school to fall back on."

Former all-American swimmer Tom Johnson, a 1969 graduate, was inducted into the La Salle University Hall of Athletes on Oct. 12.

Johnson, who lives in Aston, established Middle Atlantic Conference records in the 200-yard individual medley in 1967, the 200-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle in 1968, and the 400-yard freestyle in 1969. He was named an all- American after the 1969 season.

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