Dave Jentsch, Class of 1983, was a three sport athlete who earned a total of 7 Varsity letters: 3 in Football, and 2 each in Bowling and Baseball.
During the fall season you could find Dave ably performing as a tailback/linebacker on the football field where he was a member of the 1981 Colonial Conference Championship squad which went 8 and 1 for Coach Bob Barikian. He has a special memory of beating Audubon 7-6 that year when, down 6-0 late in the 3rd quarter, quarterback Bill Hunt pitched Dave the ball allowing him to score from the 5 yard line to win the game.
During the winter months, Dave was a member of the Boys’ Bowling team where he consistently racked up good scores to help his team earn victories. This experience helped Dave to become a 210 average Bowler who bowled a perfect game and two 800 series games.
Springtime found Dave on the Baseball diamond where he excelled as an Outfielder/ Pitcher. During the 1982 season, his junior year, the team won the Colonial Conference and finished with an overall record of 18 wins and 4 losses.
Highlights of his senior season include pitching a no-hitter for the first 7 innings. The game went into extra innings (11) with Dave pitching all 11---striking out 18 batters along the way while setting a school record for strike-outs.
Following his 1983 senior season where he primarily pitched, Dave earned 1st Team Colonial Conference Honors as a pitcher, 1st team Group III honors as a pitcher, and 1st Team All-South Jersey as a pitcher. His record was 8 wins and 1 loss with an ERA of 1.57. The team went 16-2, with a combined record of 19-4, and were repeat Colonial Conference Champs.
Dave notes that from 1982-1983, the team combined for a 33-3 Colonial Conference record. With his five All-South Jersey teammates, Bill Hunt and Ron Aron (1982) and Mark Leise, Bill Narleski, and himself who were coached by Hall of Fame Coach, Ron Ross, they were a very formidable foe.
A retired butcher, Dave is married to Susan DiNofa and is the father of Abigail and David, Jr. and is the step-father of Dominick and Nicholas DiNofa. He resides in Richboro, Pennsylvania where he has been actively involved in his community for the past 11 years. Dave is currently the Vice-President of the Lower Bucks Senior Babe Ruth and Classic League and an active Board member on the Northampton Township Baseball Association where he is the Director of Senior Babe Ruth. In addition, Dave has been managing in-house for travel baseball teams for a number of years.
Donna Clark, CHS Class of 1996, was a 3 sport standout starring in Soccer, Basketball, and Lacrosse. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, participated in Student Government, and was a member of the cast of the Senior Play.
During the fall, she was a 4 year Varsity performer and served as captain for the Girls’ Soccer Team. She earned 2nd Team Group II honors her senior season and 1st team All-Conference honors following both her junior and senior seasons. She finished her career with 37 goals.
During the winter, she was a 4 year Varsity performer on the Girls’ Basketball Team where she served as captain both her junior and senior seasons. She earned post-season honors all four years and following her senior season, she was named Honorable Mention All-South Jersey and 1st Team Group II. Her team went on to defeat Haddonfield in the semi-finals of the SJ Group II Championship and eventually lost to Point Pleasant Boro in the the SJ Group II Championship final. Donna ended her career as the All-time scoring leader in Girls’ Basketball with 1357 points scored.
Her spring sport of choice was Lacrosse where she earned 3 varsity letters and served as team captain.
Donna went on to Rowan University where she earned a BA in Health and Physical Education and played on the Women’s Basketball Team for four years serving as Team Captain for her junior and senior seasons. The team participated in the Division III Women’s Collegiate Basketball team all 4 years and made it as far as the Final 4 her sophomore year.
Donna is employed as a Health and Physical Education Teacher at Glen Landing Middle School in Gloucester Township, New Jersey. She is the very successful Girls’ Basketball Coach at Timber Creek High School where she took the team to the Group III State Finals in 2015. She was named the Courier-Post’s 2014-2015 Girls’ Basketball Coach of the year in 2015.
Gary Williams’ journey started in the Collingswood Biddy Basketball League in the old gym (now the Sam Coursen Wrestling Center). His fundamental skills, intensity, and passion for the game won him the point guard position as a sophomore for Coach John Smith. For the next three years, the basketball team had winning seasons. In his junior year, CHS upset both Woodrow Wilson and Camden High Schools. In his senior year (1962-63), Collingswood joined the Colonial Conference. That team, with Gary’s on-court leadership, won Collingswood’s first Colonial Conference Championship.
Gary was recruited by the University of Maryland and was a three year starter for Coach Bud Milliken. In 1968, he returned to South Jersey and taught and coached at Woodrow Wilson High School. Along with his lifetime friend and Collingswood teammate, Stan Pawlak, he coached Wilson to an undefeated season and the State Group IV Championship. He then joined his Maryland Freshman coach, Tom Davis, as his assistant at Lafayette and Boston College.
In 1979, Gary became the youngest Division I coach when he was hired by American University. Despite their lack of a home gym, he turned A.U. into a winning program. Tom Davis was hired by Stanford University in 1982, and Gary succeeded his mentor as head coach at Boston College in the highly competitive Big East Conference. His next move on the coaching carousel took him to Ohio State in 1986. Then, in 1989, he returned to his alma mater to resurrect the Maryland basketball program after the Len Bias tragedy.
Charles “Lefty” Driesell, the University of Maryland basketball coach in the 1970’s had boasted that he was going to turn Maryland into the UCLA of the East, but could never get it done. It would take three decades and a humble guy from Sharp School on the west side of Collingswood to fulfill that dream. In 2002, Gary Williams coached and willed his team to the NCAA Basketball Championship over Indiana University. Then, in 2014, Gary received the highest honor for a player or coach—he was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts—the home of basketball.
Gary’s other honors include: NJ Basketball Coach of the Year-1970, Eastern Basketball Coach of the Year-1981-82, South Jersey HOF, Collingswood HS Athletic HOF, Washington, D.C. Sports HOF, University of Maryland HOF, National Basketball Coaches HOF.
For his fantastic career as a player and coach, we are pleased to welcome him home and to bestow on Gary Williams the Collingswood Athletic Hall of Fame’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Glenn, CHS Class of 1966, who earned Varsity letters in both Baseball and Basketball, was named the Outstanding Senior Boy Athlete upon his graduation. He was also a member of the Varsity Club and the Latin Club.
An outstanding shortstop, following his senior season, Glenn was named to the All-Colonial Conference team as well as to the 1st team All-State Group III team and to the 2nd team All-State All Groups team.
His final baseball season at CHS was an exciting one with the team winning its last five games, ending its regular season play with a 10-6 record. They went on to compete for the SJ Group III title defeating Kennedy HS of Willingboro as well as Triton Blue and Haddonfield to win the Group III title. Glenn refers to this defeat of Haddonfield in this championship game as “the most memorable moment in his high school career”.
Glenn went on to earn a BS degree from the University of Maine and also served stateside as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army while stationed in Aberdeen, Maryland and Huntsville, Alabama.
Now retired, Glenn taught science at the Voorhees Middle School for 33 years where he also coached Boys’ Soccer and Girls’ Softball.
Glenn is married to Stephanie and they are the parents of Sunday, Erin, Brett, and Jared. He is the grandfather of Zachary, Hunter, and Wesley.
Harold “Hal” Thomas
Hal, a true scholar-athlete, had made his mark in both the classroom and on the Basketball and Tennis courts by the time he had graduated from CHS in June of 1970.
Hal was only one of two underclassmen to earn a letter on the storied 1968 Colonial Conference and SJ Group III Championship Boys’ Basketball Team which featured two All-South Jersey selections. During his senior season, Hal served as co-captain, and his team, the 1970 Boys’ Basketball Team, repeated the feat. An excellent defensive player, Hal was named to the 1st Team SJ Group III as well as to the 2nd team Colonial Conference, and was named Honorable Mention All-Suburban.
On the tennis court, Hal was also a standout. As a member of the 1969 Boys’ Tennis team where he played 2nd doubles, the team became Colonial Conference Champs. During his senior season, Hal served as team captain and competed at the 1st singles position. He was named team MVP.
Hal was a member of the Varsity Club for 3 years and earned the 1970 Silver Medal Varsity Club Award.
Hal, voted “Most Studious” by the Class of 1970, was a 3 year member of the National Honor Society where he served in the capacity of treasurer. He also served on the Student Cabinet, was a Boys’ State Representative, and was briefly a member of the Glee Club.
Graduating with highest honors, Hal was awarded the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, the Collingswood Women’s Club Award, and the Board of Education Knight Award.
He went on to play 3 years of college basketball at Bucknell University where, in his junior year, he was coached by the late Jim Valvano. Hal earned a BSME and is a Professional Engineer/Certified Functional Safety Engineer. He is currently employed by the consulting firm, Exida.LLC.
Currently a resident of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Hal is married to Mary and they are the parents of Jason & Joel and the grandparents of Avery & Aubrey.
Darlene Maguire Sorensen
Darlene, Class of 1988, participated in Field Hockey, Cheerleading, and Lacrosse during her high school years at CHS.
While she earned 2nd team conference in Field Hockey, her best sport was Lacrosse. While many girls start out young, Darlene didn’t begin to play until her Sophomore year. When she wanted to quit after her first week, Coach Stephanie LaMaina urged her to stick with it! She went on to play for the next three years as a Defender, was a starter her Junior and Senior seasons, served as Team Captain her senior year, earned two Varsity letters, and was named First Team All-South Jersey, First Team All-Mohawk, and was featured in the Courier-Post Sports Spotlight. In addition, her Lacrosse team won the Mohawk title that season by soundly defeating Rancocas Valley by the score of 21-2!! What a fitting ending for a wonderful season and Lacrosse career for Darlene!!
Following graduation, Darlene earned a B.S. from Shippensburg University, where she continued her Lacrosse career as a four-year starter for Coach Debbie Tweed, also a Collingswood Alum, and an Early Education Certificate K-8 from Rowan University. She is currently employed by the Haddon Township School District.
Darlene, who currently resides in Haddon Township, is married to Stephen Sorensen and is the mother of Zachary and Samantha.
She states that Lacrosse is still her favorite sport and she was even instrumental in starting a Lacrosse program in Haddon Township. She has taught her daughter to play and she is also in love with the sport!!
Carol Weber Shields
Carol joins her sister, JoAnn, Class of 1977, as an Inductee into the CHS Athletic Hall of Fame.
A three-sport athlete, Carol participated in Field Hockey, Basketball, and Lacrosse earning post-season honors in Field Hockey and Lacrosse. Carol served as Captain of the Field Hockey team and was named to the All-South Jersey team as well as the 1st teams Group III and Colonial Conference. Following her senior Lacrosse season, Carol was named Honorable Mention All-South Jersey.
Carol’s teammates recall her as a true team player—a speedy, hard-working, tenacious athlete.
Carol attended LaSalle University and later earned an Associate’s Degree from Camden County College.
She is currently employed by the Bellmawr School District and is the mother of sons, Michael and Steven.
Bob Barikian is a man well-suited to his chosen profession as teacher and coach--he truly loves kids and dedicated his professional career to teaching and coaching them. Many of his former players have gone on to coaching positions in their own right, including current CHS Head Football Coach, Jack McConnell.
A 1969 graduate of Sterling High School where he was a member of the football team, Bob went on to earn a BA degree as Teacher of the Handicapped in 1974 from Glassboro State (now Rowan University).
He arrived at Collingswood High School as Assistant to then head coach, Frank DeBeradinis, to coach and teach in the Special Education Department. When Frank’s career took him in another direction, Bob was named Head Football Coach—a position held from 1984-2010. During his time at CHS, Bob also served as Head Track Coach and Assistant Wrestling Coach.
His winningest team was the 1991 team which went a perfect 9-0 in conference play and was named Colonial Conference Champs. The team later sustained its only loss in post-season play against Hammonton in a Group II semi-final game.
A member of the South Jersey Coaches’ Century Club which recognizes those coaches who have earned at least 100 wins while coaching South Jersey High School Football teams, Bob was also named the Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club Coach of the Year in 1991 as well as the Touchdown Club Coach of the Year that same year.
Bob has previously been inducted into the NJ Football Coaches’ Hall of Fame (1995) and the SJ Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2006).
Married to Louise, they are the parents of Michael and Stephen and are the proud grandparents of Michael and Lisa’s sons—Isaac, Luke, and Nathan.
For the past 7 years, Bob has been Race Director for the 9/11 Heroes Run held at Cooper River Park. The Collingswood Fire Department and Police Department have participated with him all 7 years. The proceeds benefit the Travis Manion Foundation and the Camden County Hero Scholarship Foundation. Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) empowers veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations. In 2007, 1st Lt. Travis Manion (USMC) was killed in Iraq while saving his wounded teammates. Today, Travis’ legacy lives on in the words he spoke before leaving for his first deployment, “If not me, then who…”
Guided by this mantra, volunteers activate communities across the country through programs including the 9/11 Heroes Run 5K series to ensure the character of our nation’s heroes live on in the next generation. The Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund provides college educations for the children of first responders in Camden County killed in the line of duty. These are the charities that are especially important to Bob because Travis Manion was a close friend, classmate, and teammate of his
son Michael at the United States Naval Academy. We hope you will also join us this year on September 10th.
1970 SJ Group III Championship Boys’ Basketball Team
The Boys’ Basketball season opened with a 62-35 loss to the Gary Williams’ coached Woodrow Wilson team who would become the eventual Group IV Champions that year. They followed it up with a wins over Moorestown and Vineland before taking on their Colonial Conference foes. They split with Haddon Heights and lost twice to Audubon which would cost them the Colonial Conference title.
When team members, Jim Skedzielewski and Hal Thomas were sophomores, they were members of the team which won the SJ Group III Championship. Now as senior members of the 1970 Boys’ Basketball Team, they were again members of a team coached by Hall of Fame coach, Neil Thompson. Sterling HS was their opponent and they would soundly defeat them, 72-59, as Hal Thomas expertly shut down South Jersey’s leading scorer.
Following their win, they advanced to the State Semi-final game against Long Branch HS which was played before a large crowd at the Jadwin Gym in Princeton. Even though the team was able to close the scoring gap to 2 points with three minutes remaining, they would fall to the eventual State champs, 56-44.
As team member, Scott “Woody” Woodcock recollects, the team was lucky to be coached by Neil Thompson, “one of the best coaches Collingswood ever had”. He states that the team’s many long practices led to many close wins that season. He also remembers that in the era of the “jump ball”, the team would have the advantage of “always winning them”.
The late Jim “Skedz” Skedzielewski received many post -season honors including 1st team All-Conference, All Suburban, SJ Group III, and 2nd team All-South Jersey and became a top scorer, falling just short of 1000 points over his three year career. He was joined on the 1st team SJ Group III team by Hal Thomas who is among the individual Inductees this evening. In addition, Juniors Stan Caccia and Tom Deets, both HOF Inductees, received post-season honors following the season.
The team finished with an overall record of 15 wins and 6 losses and a Colonial Conference record of 11 wins and 3 losses.
1970 Colonial Conference Championship Field Hockey Team
Continuing in the tradition of CHS Field Hockey Teams coached by the late Bea Markwick, who was assisted by Barbara Friedrich, the 1970 Field Hockey Team were Colonial Conference champs. They finished their season with a record of 10 wins and 2 losses.
Captained by Ellen Jeckot, they were a high-scoring team scoring 33 goals that season compared to their opponents’ 6 goals.
Post-season, four team members were named to the 1st team Colonial Conference and two team members were named to the 2nd team.
1971 Colonial Conference Championship Girls’ Basketball Team
When the 1971 Girls’ Basketball team ended their season, they had defeated Cherry Hill East and Moorestown in early season play, had amassed a record of 17 wins and 1 loss, and had gone on to defeat all of their Colonial Conference rivals. With their 12 wins and 0 losses in Colonial Conference play, they were named Colonial Conference Champs.
Following their regular season play, the team went on to tournament play as 1971was also the first year in which a state tournament for girls’ basketball was held. The eventual winner would be named South Jersey Public School Champions and the Colls’ Team advanced to the finals by defeating Burlington, Lenape, and Cherry Hill West. They suffered a heart- breaking one point loss to Cherry Hill East in the final game, 48-47.
The high scorer for the team was Donna Heyn with 255 points followed by Ellen Jeckot with 212 points. Three team members went on to earn Colonial Conference recognition: Donna Heyn and Ellen Jeckot to the 1st team and Carol Filippone to the 2nd team.
As a result of their outstanding play, Coach Barbara Friedrich awarded the MVP trophy to the five starting players: Seniors -Donna Heyn, Ellen Jeckot, Carol Filippone, and Juniors-Joan Pisano and Florence Kuhlen.
Impressively, the JV squad went undefeated for a second straight season recording a record of 28 wins and 0 losses.
1971 Undefeated Delaware Valley Championship Lacrosse Team
Coached by the late Bea Markwick and co-captained by Arlene Stens and Carol Filippone, the 1971 Lacrosse team completed an undefeated season in the spring of 1971. It was a very high scoring team as they scored a total of 149 goals and only allowed 36 goals to be scored by their opponents.
Since the undefeated season was a total team effort, five girls were awarded MVP honors: Carol Filippone, Robin Donohue, Donna Heyn, Ellen Jeckot, and Debbie Robertson.