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Spring 2007 Newsletter

Dear Collingswood Athletes and Friends:

March 3, 2007, was another highly successful evening for a celebration of Collingswood athletic history. Over 400 attended the induction, and our thanks are extended to them and those that supported the program with congratulatory or business ads. The highlight of the night was the dedication of the Sam Coursen Wrestling Center to honor the man known by his wrestlers as “The Boss” for his coaching career and continued support of Collingswood student-athletes.

Through 2005, the Hall of Fame has aided 63 students, and contributed $353,000 to offset their college expenses. The program continues to expand with a $100,000 endowment from Florence Bell Mitchell, and he late husband, Hall of Famer Bill Mitchell. Thanks also to Paul Carmody, who joined the Gold Page with a $1,000 contribution on the night before the banquet. Recently we received another $1,000 check from Paul, who was an honoree that evening with the 1959-60 Undefeated Wrestling Team. That team is also “paying it forward” with a pledge to raise $20,000 for the scholarship fund by the 2008 banquet. Thanks go to Hall of Famer and State Champion Jim Robertson for organizing this fund raising drive. Thanks also to John Hannigan, Hall of Famer, and Gold Page donor for an additional $1,000 contribution.

You can become a permanent part of Collingswood High School history through the Buy-A-Brick Program. For the cost of $100 you can have your name inscribed along the walkway to the new addition of the school. You are helping the P.T.A. with this fundraiser, and should contact Trish O’Donnell at (856) 854-4934 for additional information.

The football team, coached by Bob Barikian, rebounded in the second half of the season to record 4 wins and 6 losses. Senior Jesse Hamrick (LB) and senior Derrick Scott (DB) were selected to the All Group II, 1st team defense. Hamrick and Scott were chosen for the 1st team defense in the Colonial Liberty along with senior Pierre Robinson (DE). Junior Seth Payne (OT) was a 1st team choice on offense in the conference.
Coach Valrie Dayton’s young hockey team finished with a 10-8-2 record for the season. Sophomore Gabrielle Burgo was honored on the 1st team for All Group II, while senior Samantha Williams made 2nd team. Burgo, Williams and senior Nicole Valianti also were picked for 2nd team in the Colonial Liberty.
Coach Marie Rossell Kolynych’s tennis team again qualified for the Group II state tournament. Senior Melissa Hogan and junior Anna Gulyamova, 1st and 2nd singles’ players, were chosen for the All Group II, and 2nd team Colonial Conference honors.
Boys and girls soccer teams struggled this year, but some players received post-season laurels. Seniors Pat Walsh and Kyle Roof (midfielders) and Chris Rodriguez (goalie) were recognized in the conference, as was Avery Roof from the girls team.

In February, Hall of Famer R.C. Bucky Waters, was inducted into the South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame. Bucky is still active as a college basketball analyst, but squeezed a couple of days into his busy schedule to return to his roots. From Al Uliston, a charter inductee into the S.J. Basketball Hall of Fame, through Bucky, Collingswood High School has now had 15 players or coaches honored by this group.

Ron Hamrick’s wrestling team finished with a 20-4 season, and ranked 9th in South Jersey by the Courier-Post. They were 2nd in the Conference to Paulsboro and 2nd in the district to Camden Catholic. Junior Rich Pennisi (125) was a district champ, and seven wrestlers were runners-up in the district. Pennisi and senior Eric Davidson (145) made 1st team All Group II, while sophomore Will Heinel (130) and Senior Jesse Hamrick (171) were 1st team Colonial Conference.
Both the boys and girls basketball teams had successful seasons. Joe McLoughlin’s boys had a record of 22-7 and were ranked 13th in South Jersey. They again reached the South Jersey Group II finals, but were defeated by Colonial Conference rival, Haddonfield. Junior Darnell McCargo eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career, and should finish next season as the career leader. McCargo, along with senior Jason Brogsdale were 1st team Colonial Conference picks. McCargo was then selected 1st team All Group II, while Brogsdale was a 2nd team selection.
Coach Nancy Warren O’Neill had a busy winter. She was one of our new inductees into the Hall of Fame for her hockey, basketball, and lacrosse career. Her Lady panthers had a 17-10 record this year under her leadership. The girls honorees were junior Lauren Gregg, 1st team, Colonial and 2nd team All Group II and senior Brazyl Richardson, 2nd team Colonial.

Sam Coursen wants to express his thanks to the Board of Education and the community for naming of the wrestling center in his honor. He was very proud to have so many of his wrestlers and family there to share in this dedication.


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