Hall of Fame Member Bios 2001
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1940 BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM
The Basketball team of 1940 enjoyed the honor of bringing Collingwood
its first sectional basketball title. Group 4 had for years been
dominated by Trenton.
And it was Trenton that fell to coach Ben Mark’s Panther team,
33-32, in the Group 4 semi-finals. The decisive basket was scored
on a long set shot by Ray Beck, and the team of Blue and Gold thwarted
a last-ditched Trenton attack. In the sectional finals, Woodrow
Wilson was dominated, 30-11. The team played well in the state semi-finals,
but lost to East Orange, the eventual state champions, 35-27.
The powerful unit had already won the Camden Suburban League crown
with a perfect record. It was a big team for the era. Inside men
Urban Ross and Walt Motson were both over six feet tall. Captain
Ken Crane was an outstanding shot and Beck, Walt Mezger and George
Talarico were tough and aggressive performers.
A huge crowd gathered to see the bus take off for the Elizabeth
Armory, where the Colls played their first intersectional tournament
1944 BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM
Coach Ben Marks always had high praise for his 1944 unit. The strong
1943 squad was composed entirely of senior starters, so a complete
rebuilding job was needed. The reserves of the previous year responded
with an 18-6 record, which included a 14-0 mark as it swept through
the Camden Suburban League.
In the Group 4 tourney, the team downed Trenton, still a state power,
in the semi-finals. But dreams of going upstate ended with a loss
to Camden in the sectional finals.
There were other high points. The team traveled to National Farm
School and gave that team its first loss in three years. The Colls
were invited to face South Catholic of Philadelphia in a wartime
charity contest. A large crowd in the Philadelphia Convention Hall
observed a great game, but Coach Ben’s boys lost, 36-34.
Captain Hank Rossell was the key inside man, as he scored consistently
and rebounded with authority. The rest of the starting lineup were
polished players, none of whom could be left unguarded. Seniors
Herb Schwartz, Ralph Helms and Walter Johnson, and junior Sonny
Carson joined with Rossell to make the 1944 squad a team in the
finest sense of the word.
Mark Ritter likes to say he’s the third-best Collingswood
coach in his family. And that would be none too shabby, since his
wife Sandy is having tremendous success as current coach of the
Panther field hockey powerhouse and his dad, Astor T., is a highly
respected Hall of Famer for his efforts as a boys’ basketball,
football and track coach in the 1940’s and 50’s.
But Mark himself had quite a coaching run at Collingswood after
an outstanding basketball career at neighboring Haddon Township
High and the College of William and Mary. As a young Colls High
biology teacher, he took over the varsity reins of the Panther basketball
team in 1976 and produced top-notch teams during a highly-competitive
era in the Colonial Conference. His teams won some 170 games in
14 seasons at the helm, including a conference title, making him
the “winningest” boys’ hoops coach in the school’s
long history. He also coached freshmen soccer for six years.
Mark bowed out of coaching while still a young man to pursue a career
as a school business administrator. He has held business administrator
positions in Barrington, Haddon Heights and presently Haddon Township,
and is considered one of the best in that field.
HARRY “ROSY” YOUNG
Celebrated Colls High football coach Skeets Irvine always considered
Rosy Young as one of his greatest players. He was named All-south
Jersey in 1926 and 1927. Besides his great talent, he was noted
for his inspirational qualities and just plain toughness. He played
the second half of the Atlantic City game with a separated shoulder
and, after missing one game, returned to complete the season. He
also lettered in basketball, baseball and track. All these time-consuming
activities did not prevent him from taking part in music, debating
and drama. His classmates selected him the most popular boy in the
class of 1928.
Ed Malsberger ’35 starred at end on the Collingswood High
gridiron squad which achieved an unbeaten, untied regular season
before losing to Bloomfield, 14-7 in a post-season unofficial state
His biggest thrill came in the Bloomfield game, when he caught a
pass from Ted Laux to set up the only Panther score. He was a three
year baseball infielder for Coach Sam Byham. In his post-high school
days, Ed played independent baseballland softball. He not only loved
participating, but had a great interest in history and statistics.
His record-keeping has proved invaluable to writers and historians.
HILDRED MALSBERGER RUPERTUS
A superlative three-sport athlete in high school, Hildred Malsberger
Rupertus of the class of 1935 will join her brother, Ed, in the
2001 class of the Collingswood High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Hildred earned a total of nine letters in swimming, field hockey
and basketball. She served as captain of the swim team as a senior
and played on championship teams in all three sports. She has fond
memories of her teammates and the many friends she made at Colls
High. One of her fond memories is being selected to play in a post-season
field hockey all-star game at Abington, PA., in 1934. The game was
played in a blinding rainstorm with three inches of mud on the field.
One of the great basketball players of his era, Ed Moffitt served
as captain and was considered the top player on the 1934-35 units
which went 17-2 under Coach Ben Mark. The only losses were to perennial
powers Atlantic City and Trenton. That senior year climaxed three
brilliant basketball seasons.
Moffitt also was an excellent end on that powerful 1934 championship
football team. During his busy high school years, he lettered in
baseball and track before graduating 1935. He married Ethel Woolston
of the Collingswood family of noted female athletes. The couple
are survived by son Edward and daughter Janet.
NATALIE WOOD JOHNSON
When the class of 1942 named its top athlete, Joe Jones was selected
the top male, Natalie Wood the best female. She played and starred,
on the strong field hockey, basketball, swimming and tennis squads
of her era. She was not only admired for her athletic talent, but
respected for her role as an ideal teammate. Natalie Wood always
had time for people. She married the late James Johnson and the
union produced Nancy, Barbara, Theresa and Christine.
LOIS MAXWELL STEWART
Lois Maxwell of the class 1946 was one of the most versatile athletes
of her era. She played three years varsity basketball and softball.
As a senior, she was basketball captain and co-captain, with Louise
Rossell, in softball. Athletics were not her only activities in
high school. Lois participated in the glee club, choir, student
government and was a drum majorette. Married to Charles Stewart,
of the class of 1943, the union produced Brian, Craig and Julie.
She passed away in 1974.
EDIE ROBINSON KLUGE
Edie Robinson was the most outstanding female athlete in the class
of 1952, winning the Athletic Award at graduation. She earned letters
in four sports, a total of nine in her three high school years.
Edie was a hockey standout, winning three letters and captaining
the team in her senior year. She also won letters as a basketball
stalwart, adding two letters in swimming and one in softball to
demonstrate her all-around athletic ability. A well-rounded student-athlete,
Edie was a member of the National Honor Society and vocalized with
the glee club, choir and ensemble.
JOYCE MCELVARR RAMAMURTHI
Joyce McElvarr Ramamurthi, class of 1962, has the distinction of
having lettered in five sports during her three-year Colls High
career. She lettered for three years each in hockey and basketball,
two years in swimming and tennis, and one year in softball. Joyce
was an All-Conference performer in hockey in both her junior and
senior years and All-Conference in basketball her senior year. She
captained the hockey team and was its high scorer. She captained
the basketball squad in her senior year and recorded the most steals
for a guard in the days when girls’ basketball was a six-player
sport. Joyce also received All-South Jersey honors in diving. At
the end of her career, Joyce received the 1962 Gold Medal as the
most outstanding female athlete.
John Smith produced some outstanding boy’s basketball teams
at Colls High in the early mid-1960’s, thanks to such stars
as Hall of Famers Stan Pawlak, Gary Williams and new inductee Rick
Wright. Rick was a consummate guard, a great passer as well as shooter.
He formed a dynamic backcourt with Williams in 1962-63, then average
20 p.p.g. as a senior after Williams had graduated. In his junior
year, Wright scored 26 points in a win over Audubon that clinched
the Colonial Conference title, .and in his senior year poured in
40 in a victory over Paulsboro. He was twice an All- Conference
and All-Suburban selection. A versatile and fine all-around athlete,
Rick also earned letters in cross-country, one in track and two
in tennis, giving him nine in all. He received one of the school’s
top awards given to senior athletes, and went on to play basketball
at the University of Delaware (where he also showed his athletic
virtuosity by winning the intramural badminton tournament). Rick
has taught and coached at Moorestown High for over 25 years, piloting
teams in basketball, soccer and tennis.
Burzis Kanga ’76 dominated the South Jersey scholastic tennis
scene during his undergraduate days at Collingswood. For three successive
years, he was named All-Conference and All-Group and he also gained
All-State honors. In each of those years he served as team captain.
He was South Jersey individual champion as a sophomore and junior
and reached the state finals as a senior. For three straight years
he was selected as the Most Valuable Player and is perhaps the only
Colls male tennis player to win the Skeets Irvine Athletic Award.
He went on to star in collegiate tennis at the University of New
Orleans, where his four-year record was 81-9.
LORI GLASER ARTHUR
Lori Glaser Arthur ’77 was a three-year letterman in lacrosse
and had the thrill of playing on state championship teams in 1976
and 1977. As a senior she was captain and leading scorer, earning
All-South Jersey first team honors.
Lori also played one year of basketball and enjoyed great success
in gymnastics in her junior and senior years, serving as captain
as a senior. In 1977 she was selected as the MVP in both lacrosse
and gymnastics and received the prestigious Skeets Irvine Award.
Lori went on to enjoy great collegiate success in field hockey and
lacrosse at Glassboro State.
In high school, Ken was basketball team manager/scorekeeper. Courier
sports stringer, sports editor and then editor-in-chief of the “Colls-High
News”. The ’59 grad was also a three-year letterman
in tennis who joined with classmates Barry Magee, Dennis Dobie and
Steve Phelan-Muller to form the nucleus of a team which won the
Group 4 championship and lost to only two South Jersey teams in
those three years.
Ken also played collegiate tennis, served as sports and news editor
of the college daily, and was an AP-UPI stringer for all campus
sports. He was assistant sports editor for the Suburban Newspaper
Group and editor of the Suburban Weekly, and in more recent years
has been editor and publisher of the Retrospect.
Ken has been an active member of the Collingswood Athletic Hall
of Fame Committee since the first year and has coordinated the program
book for the past seven years. He is being honored with the Hall
of Fame award for Meritorious Service.
Although his Christian name is William, he has traveled life’s
highway known as Mickey. And Mickey Mc Laughlin’s efforts
have made him an almost automatic choice for the Collingswood High
School Hall of Fame Award for Community Service.
His greatest contributions are sons Michael, Stephen, Bill Jr.,
Timmy and Richard, and daughter Mary, all multi-sports stars at
Collingswood. As a Hall of Famer he will join his wife, the former
Diana Onofri, and his son Bill. Jr. Mickey’s community service
activities are almost endless. For a quarter-century he was a Little
League coach and manager. For years he shared with Gibby Wilson
the operation of the Collingswood Biddy Basketball League. He has
been involved in midget football and has worked with youth at St
John’s and Holy Savior parishes. For the past 15 years he
has been a member of the Collingswood Planning Board.