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TWENTY SECOND ANNUAL ROMAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI’S SPORTS HALL OF FAME

Induction Awards Dinner

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012 Williamson’s Restaurant Horsham, Pennsylvania


2012 Special Congrats to Joe McCourt & Scott Paxson and Tom Shirley

-Dave Falcione’77


ROMAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT/RECTOR

† 301 N. Broad Street † Phila., PA 19107-1094 † 215-627-1270 † Fax: 215-627-4979 † jflanagan@romancatholichs.com †

April 2012 April 13,13,2012 Dear Roman Family,

Dear Roman Family, It is my pleasure to greet you at this 2012 Roman Catholic High School Alumni Association

Sports Hall of Fame. I appreciate your attendance at this prestigious gathering of Cahillites, as It is we myhonor pleasure to greet you at this 2012 Roman Catholic High School Alumni Roman alumni and distinguished guests who have achieved admirably in their Association Sports of service Fame.to IGod, appreciate your attendance at this prestigious respective sports andHall by their community, and Roman Catholic. gathering of Cahillites, as we honor Roman alumni and distinguished guests We love to talk about the individual and team accomplishments of Roman Catholic. We enjoy whoconversations have achieved admirably in their respective and by service about legendary players, coaches and teams. sports This evening, we their reminisce from to God,thecommunity, and Roman Catholic. class of 1937, Larry Larthey, to our current football coach Joe McCourt ’01, to this year’s scholar-athlete Stephen Paul ’12. I congratulate all of the Sports Hall of Fame recipients. In 1904, Roman won its first championship with football. The championship banners in the

We love to talk about thefrom individual andsince team accomplishments Roman gymnasium include a team every decade then. We are proud of our of continued athletic heritage at Roman. Catholic. We enjoy conversations about legendary players, coaches and teams. ThisStriving evening, we reminisce from the class of 1937, Larry Larthey, to our current for excellence in all that we do is important. The way we practice and perform are football coach Joe McCourt ’01, to forming this year’s Stephen indicators of coaches, players and teams a bondscholar-athlete to be the best that they can be.Paul I hope’12. that Roman Catholic to doHall well of in all that we do: athletics,In academics, activities won and its I congratulate all of continues the Sports Fame recipients. 1904, Roman alumni involvement. Please help us keep the traditions and championship spirit alive at Broad first and championship with football. The championship banners in the gymnasium Vine. include a team from every decade since then. We are proud of our continued Essentially, we strive to love and serve our God with all our heart and strength. This is at the athletic heritage at Roman. center and soul of a true champion of Roman Catholic! God bless you and God bless the Roman Family!

Striving for excellence in all that we do is important. The way we practice and Peace,are indicators of coaches, players and teams forming a bond to be the perform best that they can be. I hope that Roman Catholic continues to do well in all that we do: athletics, academics, activities and alumni involvement. Please help us John B. Flanagan keepFr.the traditions and championship spirit alive at Broad and Vine. Essentially, we strive to love and serve our God with all our heart and strength. This is at the center and soul of a true champion of Roman Catholic! God bless you and God bless the Roman Family! Peace,

Fr. John B. Flanagan


ROMAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL

† 301 N. Broad Street † Phila., PA 19107-1094 † 215-627-1270 † Fax: 215-627-4979 † roneill@romancatholichs.com †

April 13, 2012

April 13, 2012

Dear Friends of Catholic High,

Dear Friends of Catholic High,

I extend to you the warmest of welcomes this evening. This is a very special event for us at Roman I extend to you the warmest of welcomes this evening. This is a very special event for us at Roman Catholic, and we do look forward to it each year. Today we put the present on hold and rewind back Catholic, do look forward to it each year.constantly Today we put the present holdbright and rewind back to to our glorious pastand andweour legion of heroes who remind us ofonour and promising our glorious past and our legion of heroes who constantly remind us of our bright and promising future. future.

Congratulations to our new inductees and their veryproud proud families. families. WeWe have a richa history, and youand are you Congratulations to our new inductees and their very have rich history, now an integral are now an integral part part of it.of it. Tonight as we eavesdrop the countless stories thatwill will fill fill this about this this gamegame or thator meet or meet Tonight as we eavesdrop on the on countless stories that thisroom room about that match, we all vicariously share yourglory glory and glory that that you have to CatholictoHigh. You or match, we all vicariously share in in your andthethe glory youbrought have brought Catholic took your challenge for excellence seriously, seriously, you worked you hard worked and gave ithard yourand verygave best, and High. You took yourcoach’s coach’s challenge for excellence it your youyou succeeded. very best, and succeeded. Romanhas Catholic has put always put the forthmaximum the maximumeffort efforttoto fulfill fulfill our of education - the total Roman Catholic always forth ourmission mission of education - the The legacy Thomas Cahill’s Cahill’s dream is indelibly imprinted in the mind, and spirit of each total person.person. The legacy of of Thomas dream is indelibly imprinted in body, the mind, body, and andand every one ofone our of students. Our sports Our programs haveprograms always beenhave the great equalizer any great obvious spirit of each every our students. sports always beenofthe of race, creed, or color. The team is theorgreat melting whereisyoung men meet, bond,pot and where equalizer ofdifferences any obvious differences of race, creed, color. Thepotteam the great melting form lifelong friendships. The strength of our Cahillite tradition has always been our diversity, and that is young men meet, bond, and form lifelong friendships. The strength of our Cahillite tradition has today 122 and yearsthat later.is still true today 122 years later. always beenstill ourtrue diversity, Theofpresence of God the strong of spirituality that that are by thebycoaching staff to their The presence God and theand strong sensesense of spirituality arementioned mentioned the coaching staff to are paramountininpromoting promoting ourour mission of Spirituality through our sports program. I take a great I their playersplayers are paramount mission of Spirituality through our sports program. pride as Principal of Roman Catholic to be able totooffer everyto Varsity League Sport to take a great deal dealofof pride as Principal of Roman Catholic be able offerCatholic every Varsity Catholic ourtoyoung and men their families. There is truly anThere opportunity for an every student to excel the sport of to League Sport our men young and their families. is truly opportunity forinevery student choice onechoice of the most respected leagues the nation. leagues in the nation. excel in the his sport of inhis in one of the mostinrespected I thank ourDepartment, Athletic Department, Mr. Dennis DiGiovanni’02, ’02, and Pensabene for anfor excellent I thank our Athletic Mr. Dennis DiGiovanni andMr. Mr.John John Pensabene an program. I thank our coaches, assistant coaches, managers, and moderators for the quality time excellent program. I thank our coaches, assistant coaches, managers, and moderators forthat thethey quality spend with our students. time that they spend with our students. again, Congratulations our new inductees;this this is is truly day.day. I hope that you areyou as proud of Once again,Once Congratulations to ourtonew inductees; trulyyour your I hope that are as wonderful honor areare proud of you accomplishments in the name ofinthe proud of thisthiswonderful honorasaswewe proud of and youyour andfantastic your fantastic accomplishments the andand Gold. Tonight Roman Roman honors itshonors heroes, and it shouldand be. so it should be. name of thePurple Purple Gold. Tonight its so heroes, Gratefully,

Gratefully,

Mr. Robert P. O’Neill

Mr. Robert P. O’Neill


April 13, 2012 Greetings Fellow Alumni and Friends of Roman Catholic High School: As your Alumni Association, I welcome you to the twenty-second annual Sports Hall of Fame Banquet. Roman is a school of history and tradition and no matter how many years it has been since we walked the halls of Broad and Vine, Cahillites form a bond which lasts through the generations. Each of us takes pride in the accomplishments of one another. I am proud to represent the Alumni Association this evening as we gather to induct the Class of 2012. The youngest member of the Sports Hall of Fame is Stephen Paul as he received the Senior Scholar Athlete Award. To Stephen, all the inductees and special award recipients – Congratulations and thank you for all you have done to make Catholic High such a special place! Your accomplishments speak well not only of your personal performance and abilities, but also for our beloved Alma Mater. Catholic High relishes the achievements of the loyal Sons of Cahill. The competitions you entered, the victories you won, the records you have broken, have all become a part of the great legacy of our school. Without a doubt, you represent the best in Philadelphia athletics. Warmest regards,

Lawrence J. Elliott ’66 President Roman Catholic High School Alumni Association


ROMAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

SPORTS HALL OF FAME 301 NORTH BROAD STREET PHILADELPHIA, PA 19107 P. (215) 627 5487 – F. (215) 627 2179 Alumni@Romancatholichs.com www.romancatholichs.com

April 13, 2012 April 13, 2012

Dear Fellow Alumni and friends of Roman Catholic High School, Dear Fellow Alumni and friends ofHigh RomanSchool, Catholic High On behalf of Roman Catholic the School, Alumni Association, and my fellow SHOF Committee members, I welcome you to the twenty-second annual On behalf of Roman Catholic High School, the Alumni Association, and my fellow SHOF SportsCommittee Hall of members, Fame Awards year weannual welcome theof221st through I welcomedinner. you to theThis twenty-second Sports Hall Fame Awards st th 230thdinner. inductees to be placed on Broad & Vine’s 1st floor “Sports Wall of Fame.” This year we welcome the 221 through 230 inductees to be placed on Broad & Vine’s 1st floor “Sports Wall of Fame.”

As Chairman, I have the pleasure of working with the most dedicated committee As Chairman, the pleasure working with the dedicated committee members. I wishI have to thank themoffor all they do most throughout the year.members. I also I wish to thank them for all they do throughout the year. I also wish to thank every person at wish to thank every person at Roman’s Development Office, led by Denise Roman’s Development Office, led by Denise LePera. Without the Development staff and LePera. Without Development stafftasks and numerous Alumni volunteers many numerous Alumnithe volunteers many important would not be completed for this event. important tasks would not be completed for this event. We welcome the “new class” back to Broad & Vine and look forward to hearing your stories of

yore. The the inductees year exemplify sportand and have notoriety to We welcome “newthisclass” back toachievement Broad & inVine lookbrought forward to hearing Catholic High. The committee is happy tothis scrollyear your names on the roll of inductees. in sport and your stories of yore. The inductees exemplify achievement have brought notoriety to Catholic High. The committee is happy to scroll your We welcome our special award recipients. Their love, dedication, and time to others, whether on namestheon the field of roll play orofininductees. life, is hard to measure. We are so pleased that you have joined us.

We welcome our Paul special award recipients. love, dedication, time Finally, Steven ’12, our “Patrick E. Ward ’66”Their award recipient, continues the and long line of to “scholar-athletes” at Catholic High. or in life, is hard to measure. We are so others,great whether on the field of play pleased that you have joined us. Again, congratulations to you and your families. May God continue to bless Roman Catholic High School, its faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Finally, Stephen Paul ’12, our “Patrick E. Ward ’66” award recipient, continues the long line of great “scholar-athletes” at Catholic High. Sincerely, Again, congratulations to you and your families. May God continue to bless Roman Catholic High School, its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. John G. Livewell, ‘91 Sincerely,

Chairman, RCHS Sports Hall of Fame

John G. Livewell, ‘91 Chairman, RCHS Sports Hall of Fame A STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION


ROMAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

ALUMNI SPORTS HALL OF FAME Twenty Second Induction Awards Ceremony OPENING REMARKS John Livewell ’91 - Chairman

GRACE INTRODUCTION Dan Hoban ’92 Toastmaster

WELCOME

Rev. John B. Flanagan - President/Rector, R.C.H.S

PRESENTATION OF INDUCTEES AND SPECIAL AWARD RECIPIENTS PURPLE AND GOLD


the sports hall of fame’s loyal sons of cahill

john spino – class of 1964 john was a friend to many in the roman community and loyal to all. he held the hall of fame’s ministry sacred and in high esteem and was a charter member of the sports hall of fame committee. john also served shof as chairman for awards and co-chair for the induction ceremony. he served roman in many other ways – mostly behind the scenes - including spearheading the group that made huge improvements to cahill field in the 80s….and his coaching feats are legendary – both at roman, the catholic league and in his east falls community. the hall of fame committee congratulates one of our own for achieving this high honor of recognition.

gene murray – class of 1946 over the many years that roman has produced young men for the world, one of the more prominent was gene. successful in everything he did – whether it be academics, athletics or business acumen – gene gave back to roman tenfold. he was a constant presence at roman functions from the annual memorial mass & communion breakfasts to the annual cahill field fairs to the committee formed to help overcome the archdiocese’s wish to shut roman’s doors in 1985 to president of the alumni association in 1994. gene was also a charter member of the sports hall of fame committee and served diligently in the committee’s formative years.

joe rogers - class of 1943 joe excelled at two sports while at roman – football & basketball - and was nationally ranked while playing football at villanova in the mid 40s. he never allowed the roman spirit to leave his being and cherished supporting roman any time, any where. a charter member of the sports hall of fame committee, he, along with other dedicated alumni, helped to form the centennial sports committee that evolved into shof and eventually became a stand alone committee of the alumni association. joe was inducted into the hall in our inaugural year - 1991

thank you, john

thank you, gene + rest in peace +

thank you, joe


LARRY LARTHEY CLASS OF 1937

Larry Larthey was one of those special Cahillites whose incredible accomplishments on the playing field were exceeded by the exemplary life he led following graduation. Larry Larthey, the son of Irish immigrants, hailed from Gesu parish in North Philadelphia. A stellar athlete, Larry excelled at both football and track. In football, he was the recipient of numerous honors and distinctions. In track, Larry was the captain of his team, and was also the Catholic League Sprint Champion. In addition, Larry was also an outstanding boxer for his local Philadelphia boxing team. For his exceptional play in football and track, Larry was offered a scholarship to Fordham University, but instead chose to serve his country, and enlisted in the U.S. Armed Services. During World War II, Larry was deployed overseas, but was sent back to the States by the army after his youngest brother, Frank ’40, was killed during battle in France. Larry’s other brother, John, was also deployed overseas, and Larry served as a drill sergeant for the duration of the war. Larry’s motto was: “Always give more of yourself than expected to improve the lives of others.” That was never more apparent than the day Larry happened to be passing by a burning building and ran in to save a toddler from the flames. The newspaper featured a photo of Larry holding the child with the headline “Sprint Champ Saves Child From Burning Building,” and Larry was hailed as a hero by the local media. Roman alumni from across the region beamed with pride. Larry and his wife Ann raised 6 children (Francis, Lawrence ’68, Dolores, Clare, Henry, and Carol), and he retired as a Prudential Life Insurance Agent. The SHOF committee is proud to posthumously induct Larry Larthey into the RCHS Sports Hall of Fame.


1947 SWIM TEAM In 1947, two of the greatest athletic teams to ever represent the Purple and Gold made their mark in the annals of Philadelphia scholastic sports history. One, the 1947 Football team, is widely known, but the other team, while not widely known among the general public, is held in such high regard by competitive swimming enthusiasts, that in many ways, their accomplishments are just as incredible, and they will finally be properly recognized tonight as one of the greatest teams in Catholic High sports history. The 1947 Swimming Team was the first Catholic High swimming team to win the Catholic League title. In addition, the team also won the coveted City Title, as well as the prestigious National Catholic Championship title. Members of the team won an astonishing 13 individual titles, with Allan Rhodes ’47 winning 5 titles and Bill Dorsch ’48 winning 4. Dorsch’s backstroke time was so impressive that he gained national recognition. Remarkably, there are six current members of the R.C.H.S. Sports Hall of Fame that were on the 1947 Swimming Team (including Moderator – Father Paul Cahill ’26).

In addition, returning members of the 1947 team then went on to help the Cahillites win the 1948 Catholic League championship the following year! The members of the 1947 SwimmingTeam are: Manager – Sam Marshall, Coach – ‘Chap’ Rafferty, Moderator – Rev. Paul J. Cahill, Captain – Allan Rhodes, Jack Kennedy, George Lanning, Bud Rhodes, Bill Dorsch, Joe McCrossen, Jack Smith, Bill Hoctor, Jack Fagan, Ted Wolpert, Tom Kennedy, Joe Smith, Jack Claffey and Frank Lawlor. The SHOF committee is proud to induct the 1947 Swimming Team into the RCHS Sports Hall of Fame.


RAY DOVELL CLASS OF 1954

Ray Dovell arrived at Broad and Vine in 1950, hailing from St. Francis Xavier parish in Fairmount. Ray quickly established himself as a skilled basketball player at Roman, as well as a leader. By the time he was a senior, Ray had become one of the best players in the Catholic League and was chosen as the team captain. He helped lead the Cahillites to a respectable 8-6 record and Ray was the 2nd leading scorer in the Catholic League that year with 19.2 ppg. His outstanding play that year earned him an All-Catholic selection. Ray was also selected as one of six “Men of Distinction” in the 1954 RCHS Yearbook. Following graduation from Roman, Ray attended St. Joseph’s University and was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society. He received a B.S. in Accounting in 1958. Ray coached basketball and baseball for 10 years in the Juniata Park Boys Club and was also inducted into the Brewerytown Fairmount Hall of Fame. Ray retired as a Construction Engineer for the City of Philadelphia and was a Master Chief in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He is also a former member of the Professional Society of Civil Engineers. Ray and his wife Margaret raised 3 children (Grace, Raymond, and Joseph) and now have 7 grandchildren. The SHOF committee is proud to induct Ray Dovell into the RCHS Sports Hall of Fame.


JOHN SPINO CLASS OF 1964

John Spino arrived at Roman in 1960 from St. Bridget’s parish in East Falls. Known for his speed and agility, John was a star football player and track athlete for the Cahillites His 98 yard TD reception against Cardinal Dougherty is a Catholic League record that still stands today! He was chosen as one of Roman’s “Men of Distinction” in the RCHS 1964 Yearbook, and, not surprisingly, was voted “Most Popular Student”. After graduating from Roman, John founded and coached the East Falls Track Team (boys and girls), and two boys on that team went on to win gold medals at the prestigious Jesse Owens Meet in California (RCHS alums: John Connor ’84 and Pat DiCicco ’82.) John was also an assistant football coach at Roman (1988-1991), St. Joe’s Prep (1992), and St. John Neumann (1993). He also coached the East Falls Falcons in the Keystone State Football League for 15 years, winning 5 league championships. John continually gave back to his community. He engineered the remodeling of Cahill Field in 1988-89, was a Roman Alumni Trustee, and a founding member of the RCHS SHOF Committee. John was on the East Falls Development Corporation’s first Board of Directors, was elected as Committee Person and Ward Chairman for the 38th Ward, and was a Republican Party candidate for State Legislature. John worked as an Operating Engineer for the IUOE Local 542 from 1969 to 1994, and worked at City Hall in the Office of Marriage Licenses & Deeds. In 1995, he was presented with the “Knights Legion of Goodness” by the Italian American Press. John and his wife, Darlene, have 2 children, Michele and John ’90, and 3 grandchildren; Marie Elena, Olivia, and David. John passed away in 2007 and for all of his numerous accomplishments, perhaps the one for which he will always be remembered is the incredible number of lives that he touched and friends that he made during his life. The SHOF committee is proud to posthumously induct John Spino into the RCHS Sports Hall of Fame.


KEITH COADY CLASS OF 1968

Because of Roman’s unprecedented and sustained excellence on the basketball court over the last 40 years, it’s important to remember the players and the teams who laid the foundation for that success in the late 1960’s. Keith Coady was one of those special Cahillite players who helped set the stage for Roman’s emergence as a Philadelphia high school basketball powerhouse. Keith arrived at Broad and Vine in 1964, hailing from St. John the Baptist parish in Manayunk where he played in the extremely competitive CYO league. He quickly established himself as a player at Roman and was a starter during his four year career at Roman. As a senior, Keith played in one of the most memorable games in Cahillite basketball history. Facing heavy favorite, and eventual Catholic League champ, O’Hara, in a quarterfinal at the Palestra, the Cahillites lost at the buzzer in triple overtime. Despite the tough loss, the game marked the first playoff appearance for Roman since 1959, and it also served notice to the Catholic League that Roman was back as a basketball power. Keith was one of the leading scorers for the Cahillites in that playoff game with 13. For his senior year, Keith led the Cahillites in scoring and was named All-Catholic and All-City. He also received the monthly Markward

Award for basketball. Keith also played four years of baseball at Roman as a pitcher and first baseman. Following graduation, Keith continued his basketball career and played four years at Rider. He also played for the Whitemarsh Rugby Football Club from 1972 to 1985, served as captain for 2 years, and represented the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union’s “select side” over 30 times. Keith has also been rowing competitively since 1998. Keith and his wife, Marianne, live in Flourtown and have two children, Luke (also a Roman alum) and Anna. The SHOF committee is proud to induct Keith Coady into the RCHS Sports Hall of Fame.


FRANK SYKES CLASS OF 1972

The tiny, legendary basketball gym at Broad and Vine is still regarded as one of the most difficult to play in by visiting teams. In the early 1970’s, the raucous Roman students would fill the stands for Friday afternoon games, seated only several inches away from the players. The Cahillite players and coaches used the loud, intimidating gym’s small dimensions to their advantage, and would often employ a trapping, smothering defense to frustrate and overwhelm their opponents. One of the best defensive players in Roman basketball history fondly remembers those afternoons in the legendary gym. “I would give anything to play in Roman’s gym again on a Friday afternoon,” Frank Sykes said recently. “There was nothing better.” Frank Sykes grew up in Roxborough and was from Holy Family parish. Prior to entering Roman in 1968, he had already developed a reputation as a solid athlete in both basketball and baseball. He played three years of Varsity basketball under coach Speedy Morris. Frank was a tenacious defender and nearly always drew the tough assignment of guarding the opposing team’s best player, but Frank could score and rebound as well, and during his senior year he led the Cahillites in scoring (14.9 ppg) and rebounding. Also during his senior year, Roman won the prestigious Archbishop Ryan Christmas Tournament as Frank did a great job in defending future NBA player, Joe Bryant (Bartram) in the Championship game. He was selected All-Catholic in 1972 and was awarded the Markward Senior Award and the Thomas Cahill Award for basketball. Frank also played four years of varsity baseball for the Cahillites. Frank retired from the US Postal Service and now resides in Bucks County with his wife, Donna. They have two grown children, Frank and Melissa, and are the proud grandparents of 2 year old Camryn Marie. The SHOF committee is proud to induct Frank Sykes into the RCHS Sports Hall of Fame.


JOEL RIVERS CLASS OF 1993

On their road to the Catholic League Football Championship game in 1992, the Cahillites featured one of the toughest defensive units in the Catholic League. Roman’s top defensive player that year was defensive tackle and nose guard, Joel Rivers. Heading into his senior season, Joel was already known throughout the league as one of the best defensive lineman as he was named a 2nd Team All-Catholic the previous year. Joel anchored Roman’s defense his senior year as he helped lead the Cahillites to an undefeated regular season record at 6-0-1. Roman defeated O’Hara and Bonner in the playoffs to advance to the CL Championship but came up short against an undefeated Archbishop Ryan. For his outstanding play that year, Joel was selected First Team All-City and First Team All-Catholic. He was also named to the All-Southeast Pennsylvania Team, as well as being named to the All-Decade (1990’s) Team. Joel was also an honor student at Roman with an outstanding average of 93. The SHOF committee is proud to induct Joel Rivers into the RCHS Sports Hall of Fame.


BILL MOWER CLASS OF 1994

Bill Mower was born and raised in Roxborough and hailed from IHM parish. As a young kid playing football for the Roxborough Eagles for 7 years, coaches recognized his potential, so it wasn’t a big surprise that shortly after he arrived at Broad and Vine, he helped lead Roman’s freshman football team to an undefeated record in 1990. Bill became a starting offensive lineman his sophomore year, and was a key member of the 1992 Southern Division Championship team as a junior. For his outstanding play during his junior year, Bill was named 2nd Team AllCatholic. Bill continued his stellar play as a senior, helping the Cahillites to a 5-2 record and another playoff berth. This time, Bill was named a 1st Team All-Catholic as well as being selected to play in the 1994 City All-Star game. He was also selected as the Most Outstanding Lineman of the annual Roman vs Roxborough Thanksgiving Day Game. Following graduation from Roman, Bill was a 3 year starter at Ursinus College. During his junior year, along with his fellow offensive linemen, he was named the Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Also during his junior year, Ursinus went undefeated in conference play, winning the title, and advancing to the NCAA Division III playoffs. During his senior year, Bill was named co-captain and 2nd Team All-Centennial Conference. Bill currently works for SEI Investments, and lives in Collegeville (St. Eleanor’s parish) with his wife Casey and sons, Jack and Shane. He’s also an RCHS Alumni Trustee. The SHOF committee is proud to induct Bill Mower into the RCHS Sports Hall of Fame.


JOE McCOURT CLASS OF 2001

Many that saw Joe McCourt play football claim that he was the greatest player to ever wear the Purple and Gold. Even older alums, who had seen many great players in their day, often acknowledged that “this kid could be the best ever.” His feats and accomplishments on the field were so extraordinary, that he is not only placed among the elite in Catholic League football history, but he’s considered one of the greatest players in Delaware Valley scholastic sports history. Joe arrived at Broad and Vine in 1997. He was a 4 year football player and he received the Bob Evans Award 3 times (1998-2000). Joe was selected a 1st team All-Catholic an astonishing 5 times, and he is the only player in Catholic League history to receive 1st Team All-Catholic honors for offense, defense, and special teams in the same year: RB, LB, and K. Joe was the Philadelphia Daily News Player of the Year in 1999 and 2000, the Inquirer Player of the Year in 2000, and he was 1st team All-City in 1999 and 2000. Joe was selected MVP of the Catholic League in 2000. He was selected as Player of the Decade for the 2000’s for all three leagues (Multi-Purpose player) as voted by Ted Silary – Daily News. He was 1st Team Multi-Purpose player on Silary’s 30 Year All-City team. He won the Maxwell Award (Jim Henry Award winner) for the top scholar athlete in the Tri-State Area. He was a key member of the 1999 CL Championship Football team, and holds the RCHS career rushing record with 3,316 yards.

Joe was also a 4 year baseball player at Roman. He played center field and was selected 1st Team All-City and 1st Team All-Catholic in 2000 and 2001. Joe was also Roman’s MVP in 2000 and 2001. He was selected for the prestigious Carpenter Cup in 2000 and 2001. Joe was also a 4 year basketball player at Roman, with 3 years on varsity. He played for 2 Catholic League Championship teams, and was also a Markward Award winner. Joe was also an excellent student at Roman and maintained a 4.0 average. After graduation, Joe went on to Lafayette College, was a 4 year football player, won 2 Patriot League Championships, and holds numerous Lafayette College football records. Joe is currently working at Harcom College and is the Head Football Coach at Roman. He’s led the Cahillites to the 2010 & 2011 CL Championship games. The SHOF committee is proud to induct Joe McCourt into the RCHS Sports Hall of Fame.


SCOTT PAXSON CLASS OF 2001

It is often said that football games are decided “in the trenches”, within the battles along the offensive and defensive lines. Control the line, and you control the game. In 1999, Roman’s Hall of Fame Championship Football Team was able to control both sides of the ball because of one of the best, and most physically imposing players in the history of the Catholic League - Scott Paxson. As a defensive lineman, Scott was nearly unstoppable. Despite the fact that he was often double and triple-teamed by opponents, Scott consistently got to the quarterback or dropped running backs for losses. As a tight end, Scott was deceptively quick and agile. When he wasn’t delivering crushing blocks, he was a favorite target of Roman quarterbacks, and his size and power often required more than one defensive player to bring him down. Scott was a 4 year football player at Roman. As a junior, he was one of the best players on the Catholic League Championship team, and he was selected 1st team All-Catholic as a tight end, and 2nd Team All-City as a defensive lineman. As a senior, Scott was one of the best two-way players in the entire Delaware Valley as he was selected 1st Team All-City for defense, and 1st Team All-Catholic for offense and defense! Scott was also chosen for the All-City and All-Catholic Decade Teams (2000’s) for defense and was also selected for The Big 33. Scott also played 3 years of varsity

basketball (2 Catholic League Champion teams) and 2 years of varsity baseball as a catcher for the Cahillites. Following graduation from Roman, Scott accepted a scholarship and went on to star at Penn State as a defensive lineman, and he was chosen 1st Team All Big-Ten Conference following his senior season. Scott is now a 5 year NFL veteran, won the Super Bowl while with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and is currently with the Cleveland Browns. The SHOF committee is proud to induct Scott Paxson into the RCHS Sports Hall of Fame.


Special Awards JOSEPH “GOLDIE” GRAHAM ’33 MEMORIAL AWARD FOR LOYALTY

Ed Palmer ’51 (Posthumously)

Distinguished Alumnus and Trustee Charter Member of the Sports Hall of Fame Committee Criteria: A member of the Roman family whose standing in the community is well documented, and legendary in nature;with good works on behalf of Catholic High teams, individual players, and sports programs

JOHN J. HOBAN SR. ’35 MEMORIAL AWARD FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE

Tom DeFelice

West Catholic High School*Class of 1964 Retired Head Football Coach*Edward W. Bok High School Criteria: For outstanding contributions to high school sports in the Delaware Valley area; an individual whose background is a mandate for youth and leadership through high school and sports


Special Awards WILLIAM “SPEEDY” MORRIS ’60 COMMUNITY SPORTS AWARD

Tom Shirley

Athletic Director*Philadelphia University Head Women’s Basketball Coach*Philadelphia University Criteria: An individual who in a special way has provided for the motivation, recognition, and encouragement of young people and the development of their lives as athletes, students and responsible citizens.

JOHN A. GILLEN ’33 MEMORIAL INTERLEAGUE AWARD

Kevin Clancy

Archbishop Carroll High School*Class of 1967 Head Football Coach*Strath Haven High School Criteria: Documented excellence as an athlete or coach in present or past competition with Roman teams, or superior achievement as an athlete or coach in the Philadelphia sports community.


Special Awards WILLIAM “BILLY” MARKWARD HUMANITARIAN AWARD

Dr. Richard W. Vassallo Class of 1959

Distinguished Alumnus & Trustee Member of the Board of Advisors & Executive Committe Co – Chairman of Annual Giving Campaign Sports Hall Of Fame Inductee 2001 Criteria: A distinguished Roman alumnus whose participation in Catholic High sports has significantly enhanced the competitive and championship history of the high school; and individual whose post-Roman years have visibly brought honor to Thomas Cahill’s dream; a major contributor in spirit and leadership in the advancement of the Roman community.

2012 SHOF PATRONS

Arabelle & Eileen Doyle Tim, Bea & Rebecca Daily John C. Howell Joe Hughes, St. Franny X ’50, RCHS ’54 Jim & Clare Quinn Joe, Ed & Pat Quinn Gregg, Heather, Cassie & Gregory Quinn John Livewell ’91 Tom Kearney ’58 Robert T. Heenan LU 542 Charles Priscopo LU 542 James Reilley LU 542 Mike Mazza LU 542 Thomas P. Danese LU 542 James Jones LU 542 Ted Janeka LU 542

Patrick Thornton LU 542 Janet McNesby LU 542 Eileen McLaughlin Joseph E. Smith ’48 Andy Quinn ’44 In Memory Of: Anna Mora Parducci Congratulations, Bill Mower - The Rowley Family Congratulations To My Hero! Love, Frankie Pop-Pop - Mommy told me you are getting an award. I am so proud of you! When I see you, “I’m gonna get you” and give you a big hug & kiss! Love, your Lefty Granddaughter, Camryn xoxo Dad - You have always mad a big deal about everything we do, I’m so glad we can do that for you today We could not be more proud of you! Love, Melissa & Mike


Special Awards Patrick E. Ward Scholar-Athlete Memorial Award

Patrick E. Ward was raised in St. Francis Xavier parish and then went onto RCHS where he graduated in 1966. During his years at Roman, “Patty” was a guard on the football team, ran track and sang in the glee club. He was voted most popular student in his senior year. “Patty” was killed in Vietnam in August 1968. There is a park named in his honor at 24th and Aspen St. in the Fairmount section.

Stephen Paul ’12

Roman Catholic High School’s choice for the 2012 Patrick Ward Scholar-Athlete Award is Stephen Paul. Although there were many outstanding scholar-athletes in this year’s senior class, very few excelled academically and athletically as well as Steve has. From the moment he entered Catholic High in the fall of 2008, Steve immediately began to set very lofty goals for himself. Now, four years later, Steve has surpassed all of them in a most impressive fashion. Born and raised in the Roxborough section of

Philadelphia, Steve is a member of St. John the Baptist Parish and graduated from St. Bridget’s elementary school. As an honors freshman, Steve quickly set himself apart as a hardworking, brilliant, and dedicated student. His efforts immediately began paying dividends for Steve, as he achieved first honors every year and a class rank in the top 10 percent of the senior class. This year, Steve has continued to challenge himself by taking Advanced Placement courses in United States History and Psychology as well as an advanced course in Art. Steve is much more than just a tremendous student. He is the epitome of a wellrounded individual. Freshman year also began Steve’s athletic career. As a threeyear member of the varsity golf team and a four-year member of the varsity swim team, Steve quickly demonstrated that he has many talents and that he uses them to the fullest. During his senior year, Steve earned the title of captain for the swim team where he helped lead the team to its best record since the team was reinstituted. Steve is also a member of the school’s mock trial team which made it to the semifinal round of the city championship. Recently, Steve was chosen as Rector for the school’s Kairos retreat program where he helped organize a four-day retreat for his fellow seniors. If that weren’t enough, Steve is also a member of the National Honor Society, the Junior AOH, Ambassadors, and the ASIST Program. As impressive as Steve is, his future is just as bright. Steve has already received college acceptances from Penn State University and West Chester University. He has also received both acceptances and scholarships from Catholic University of America and Temple University. For these reasons, Stephen Paul was the perfect choice among the faculty to receive the 2012 Scholar-Athlete Award.


1991

PAST INDUCTEES

1934 Basketball Team 1947 Football Team Mike Bantom ’69 Tom Conley’27 Ed “Dutch” Doyle ’39 Bob Evans’49 Billy Ferguson’16 Jack Glascott’16 Joseph “Goldie” Graham ’33 John J. Hoban, Sr. ’35 William “Billy” Markward John McMenamin ’34 Vince McNally ’23 William “Speedy” Morris ’60 Francis “Shorty” O’Donnell ’30 Jim Osborne ’28 Joe Rogers ’43 Eddie Schluth ’31 Les Tanseer ’28

1992

1926 Basketball Team 1958 Track & Field Team Mike Boyle ’46 Dick Crosson ’31 Bob Glascott ’53 Matt Guokas, Sr.’34 Reggie Jackson ’78 Dan Kenney ’34 Allan Rhodes ’47 “Chuck” Storm’63

1993

Frank “Gushie” Brill ’48 Larry Chiodetti’48 Bob Cubbin’62 Billy Dorsch’48 Ted Hoffman’57 Will Howlett’38 Bob Kahana’60 Joey Maxwell’23 Fran McMenamin ’48 Bob Schafer’51 1943 8-Oared Crew 1943 Basketball Team

1994

1974 Basketball Team Jim Katcavage’52 Ed Lawless’44 John Loughery’37 Lonnie McFarlan’80 Bill McNichol’48 William “Wes” Tanseer ’30 Joseph “Tubby” Walker ’26

1995

Jack Brewster’48 John Cason’80 Stan Hniedziejko’62 John J. Hoban, Jr.’59 Tom “Ace” McCann ’61 John P. McGeehan, Jr. ’81 James F.X. O’Brien ’70 James “Odie” O’Donnell ’54 John J. Shober ’25 Albert “Mike” Tucker ’47

1996

1969 Basketball Team Jim Bantum’59 Stan “Stosh” Bialous ’56 Tom Cosgrove’48 James Flynn 1895 Bill Kelley ’59 Kevin McCall ’80 Jim O’Neill ’46 Len Oniskey ’50 Joseph T. Owens ’48

1997

1948 Track Team 1978 Basketball Team Dallas Comegys’83 Tom Dolan’44 Larry Kieffer’43 Norman McMahon ’39 Pat Nicastro’58 Steve Pettit ’81 Joey Schaaf ’24 Bill “Dapper” Walsh ’51


1998

PAST INDUCTEES

1948 Swimming Team Richard Bogle ’63 Kevin Boyle ’82 Joseph Driscoll’42 John Griffin ’74 John Kieffer ’37 John Kleinhans ’41 James Maloney ’52 Stephen Paul ’83 Thomas Tarpey ’57

1999

Edward J. Bialous ’65 Robert L. Donnelly ’51 Joseph S. Drygas’70 Joseph J. Dougherty ’82 Charles P. Hammock ’59 John L. Harbison ’46 Joseph P. McDermott ’65 Mark A. Melvin ’83 Louis M. Pannella ’57 Bernard T. (Bud) Rhodes ’49

2000

Philip DiWilliams ’73 James Harron ’33 Donald Kelly ’74 John Lyons ’67 Peter Mecznik ’64 Michael Popow ’40 John “Jack” Ryan ’54 James “Chico” Singleton ’73 Thomas M. Speranzo ’82 1959 Varsity Track Team

2001

Monsignor John Bonner 1908 Anthony J. Day ’49 Robert Drygas ’73 John Gallagher ’35 James F McGeehan ’90 Richard J. Oniskey ’49 John J. Rogers ’41 William W. Scott ’59 Richard W. Vassallo ’59 James R. White ’68

2002

John Angelini ’52 Tyree Blocker ’70 Maurice Cranney ’80 Tom Cubbin ’60 John J. Greer Marvin Harrison ’91 John “Jay” Kerrigan ’82 Hugh McGough ’57 Mark Stevenson ’85 1991 Basketball Team

2003

1993 Basketball Team William C. “Will” Hotz ’40 Gerry McGlinn ’43 1950 Bowling Team Jack Stanczak ’65 Eugene “Burt” Leahy ’78 Roger Moore ’79 Randy Monroe ’81 Pat DiCicco ’83 Bernard Jones ’91

ROMAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS HALL OF FAME


2004

PAST INDUCTEES

Edgar White ’30 Robert Berry ’46 Maurice Cannon ’58 Mike Moody ’69 John Conner ’84 Ernest Pollard ’86 Timothy Clark ’87 Michael Watson ’91 Harry Carr ’92 Marc Jackson ’93

2005

Rev. Joseph C. Dougherty Lou Nicastro Joe Smith ’48 Jim Hughes ’52 Jim Cranney ’74 Zane Major ’75 Paul Zehren ’78 Charles Kelly ’79 Kyle Locke ’92 Shawn McNesby ’94

2006

William H “Bones” Logan ’23 John Fagan ’48 Dick Wiess ’48 Brian Clark ’79 Craig Houck ’79 Charles “Chuck” Cohen ’80 Glen Welton ’81 Alan Watkins ’89 Bill Black ’93 Dennis Bohn ’93

2007

Bernie McGowan ’16 Chris McInerney ’70 John Beecroft ’71 Bill Cranney ’76 Paul Stewart ’78 Ed Keegan ’82 Dan Baback ’83 Dan Hoban Jr. ’92 Joe Tremoglie ’92 Donnie Carr ’96

2008

Charles McKinney ’25 Lenny Roberts ’64 Clayton Adams ’87 1992 Baseball Team Michael Livewell ’94 Stephen A. Pena ’94 Gene Small ’94 Mike Gondos ’95 Lari Ketner ’95

2009

Al Skavicus ’40 Paul Taylor ’56 Arnold Morris ‘62 Ed Hoban ’71 Dave Falcione ’77 Tim Dougherty ’80 Dave Melaragni ’94 Will McKnight ’95 1997 Soccer Team Dennis Seddon

2010

Dave Schafer ’39 John Taylor ’48 Tom Adams ’53 Mark Fittery ’74 1962 Rack Team Marc Cobbs ’91 Ryan Kearney ’95 1996 Basketball Team Luke NcKenna ’97 Rasual Butler ’98

2011

Martin Sculley ’19 John Dinan ’58 Al Little ’60 Mike Morrow ’76 Tim Gramlich ’78 Tarone Thornton ’84 Mike Carr ’92 Dasan Haire ’98 1999 Football Team Tim Schmidt ’00


ROMAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 2011 – 2012 SPORTS HALL OF FAME COMMITTEE JOHN LIVEWELL ’91 CHAIRMAN & INDUCTION CEREMONY CHAIR *PAT SMITH ’77 FALL MEMORIAL MASS CHAIR & AD BOOK CHAIR * TOM JOHNSTON ’72 SEATING CHAIR & DINNER CO CHAIR *TOM KEARNEY ’58 CORRESPONDING SECRETARY & AD BOOK CO CHAIR PAT MUNDY ’75 SPECIAL AWARDS CHAIR & AWARDS CHAIR CHRIS GIBBONS ’79 BIOGRAPHER & ARCHIVIST CHARLIE SCHOCK ’66 DINNER CHAIR DAN HOBAN ’92 TOASTMASTER JOHN WILT ’91 SELECTIONS CHAIR MIKE DAILY ’64 AWARDS CO CHAIR * STEVE PAUL ’83 BOB GLASCOTT ’53 TOM FINNEGAN ’48 DAN HOBAN ’64 JOE DOUGHERTY ’82 LENNY ROBERTS ‘64 HANK JOERG ’48 JIM ‘GATOR’ MCCOY ’63 JIM O’NEILL ’46 JIM McFARLANE ‘64 HUGH MOONEY ’48 KEVIN FLAHERTY ’84 AJ THOMSON ’94 DAVE FALCIONE ’77 JOE FLAHERTY ‘56 MIKE GIBBONS ’74 MIKE GALLAGHER ’91 JIM BRENNAN ’98 STEVE DUBENKO ’07 US Navy - Active Duty + Rest In Peace + * Richard T. Trotter Class of 1949 Eugene P. Murray Class of 1946 John ‘Ace’ Spino Class of 1964 David W. Schafer Class of 1939 Joseph P. Rogers Class of 1943 William ‘Billy’ Murphy Class of 1967 We are proud to carry on the legacy of The founders of the SPORTS HALL OF FAME Mr. John J. Gillen ’33 and *Mr. Robert A. (Bob) Evans ’49 *Past Chairmen A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE STAFF AT THE JAMES McSHERRY ALUMNI ANNEX FOR ALL OF THEIR HELP AND ASSISTANCE - DENISE LePERA - Coordination - TERRI EVANS - Mail & Ads- KATHLEEN KELLY - Tickets - ANN VASSALLO - Mailings & Updates - BETTY PENSABENE -Mailings - LOU JIMENIZ ’50 - Mailings - ED KEENAN ’54 - Mailings - MIKE SHARKEY ’60 -Mailings A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO STEVE ZIEGLER * CLASS OF 2004 FOR VALUABLE EFFORTS IN COMPOSING & EDITING OUR PROGRAM BOOK WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE WONDERFUL COOPERATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT WE RECEIVE FROM THE ADMINISTRATION OF ROMAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL FR. JOHN FLANAGAN MR. JOHN PENSABENE President/Rector Asst. Athletic Director MR. ROBERT O’NEILL FR. JAMES CASEY Principal School Minister MR. DOMENIC DiMARTINO MR. KEN EAVES Asst. Principal-Student Affairs Athletic Trainer MR. LANCE MOORE MR. DENNIS DiGIOVANNI ’02 Fine Arts Athletic Director RCHS Sports Hall of Fame………For all of those who champion the cause of positive influence through the heritage of athletics


SENIOR ATHLETES Baseball

Tom Carroll Colin Cooke Eric Delone Luke Coyle William Dougherty Paolo Gambaro Sean Gibbons Kevin Konowal Steve Minuto Ryan Procknow Dan Sowisdral Chris Starrett

Basketball Jamil Taylor

Bowling

Thomas McGuinn Christopher DeMayo Vincenzo Juliano Anthony Varanas

Crew

Mario DiCarlo Matthew Weaver Joseph Horn William Arch Sean Kosma Michael Wellock Gary Wielgus

Cross Country Stephen Monaghan Peter Gill Patrick Paul James McShane Timothy Wittman Brian Andrews Martin McKenna Bryan Dougherty Charles Taylor Christopher Lyons William Suder Alfred Plewes Matthew Gasiewski Christopher Rzepa Rafael Utrera Dan Mantour

Football

Taishan Tucker Timothy Wall Richard Gatewood Michael Boccelli Marquis Hudson Marcus Kelly Darryl Mintz Brett Pellicciotti Jack Schanz Michael Bonds Kenneth English Shane Wiggins Nicholas Presel Gaetono Podagrosi Steven Noel Roberto Harris-Barron Tyrone Brown Nicholas Osmon Alfred Plewes William Bruno William Howell Jonathan Upchurch

Golf

Anthony Hoffman Rocco Sgrillo Bryan Missimer Mike Cartin Steve Paul Nicholas DiCicco Tyler Loftus JT Peyton

Ice Hockey

Michael Pagliarella Anthony Mauro Frank Gagliardi John Monaghan Corey Clauss Brandon Biddle Michael Quinn Fabrizio Cifelli Steven Mastero Michael Jereb

Indoor Track James McShane Stephen Monaghan Marcus Kelly Daryl Mintz Richard Gatewood

Lacrosse

Brian Andrews Nick Davies Ryan Martin Alfred Plewes Mark Amorosi Mike Quinn Chris Lyons Jon Erb William Suder Tom McNamee Mark Daulerio John Kradzinski

Soccer

Mark Casasanto Juan Cora Alex Hartzag Joe Franchine Charles Franchine Boomer Steigelman Kyle Guldner Alexander McKee Tom Kostick Matt Schwoerer

Swimming

Shane McParland Stephen Paul JT Peyton Nicholas Presel Patrick Brown

Tennis

Joseph Franchine

Outdoor Track Wrestling & Field Brandon Havens Richard Gatewood Peter Gill Marcus Kelly James McShane Darryl Mintz Steve Monaghan Donnell Morris Timothy Wittman Patrick Paul

Rugby

John Brown Paul Clarke Paul Danao Bryan Dougherty Matt Gasiewski Louis Witalec Justin Brown Joe Greeby

William Sweeney Tyrone Brown


IN MEMORY OF ED ‘DUTCHY’ DOYLE CLASS OF 1939 RCHS SPORTS HALL OF FAME - INAUGURAL YEAR INDUCTEE 1991 - WILLIAM ‘BILLY’ MARKWARD AWARD 1997 - CHARTER MEMBER OF THE SPORTS HALL OF FAME COMMITTEE 1990 DEVOTED HUSBAND, FATHER & GRANDFATHER LOYAL FRIEND TO MANY * TEACHER & COACH FROM HIS FAMILY WITH LOVE ARABELLE & EILEEN DOYLE THE DAILYS TIM, BEA & REBECCA THE QUINNS JIM & CLARE JOE - CLASS OF 1996 JOAN & KATHLEEN CLARE EDDIE - NORTH CATHOLIC CLASS OF 2003 Eddie PATRICK - NORTH CATHOLIC CLASS OF 2006 Patrick THE QUINNS GREGG - CLASS OF 1998 HEATHER, CASSIE GRACE & GREGORY JAMES


A TRIBUTE TO JIM CAMPBELL CLASS OF 1952 Jim passed away October 13, 2009. We both attended Our Lady of Mercy school, RCHS, and LaSalle University. We ran track together at OLM and Roman. We did a lot of things together growing up in North Philadelphia. He was a great friend and joy to be with at all times. He loved all sports especially tennis and he was well read and a good teacher. Jim was kind, gentle and understanding. He was a true gentleman. We miss him very much. He will live in our hears forever. His spirit will be with us always. Jim Hughes 1952


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Congratulations To The 2012 Inductees And Special Award Recipients From The Owens Family


CONGRATULATIONS

DAD

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CONGRATULATIONS Mr. John Spino

“ACE”

From the officers and members of

Engine 2 / Ladder 3 ‘A’ Platoon

Engine 2 Lt. Steve Paslawski FF Billy Albanese FF Joe Murray FF Kielbasa fingers

Ladder 3 Lt. John Spino FF Gabe Aponte FF Dave Del Rossi FF Mike Hannan FF Joe Seeger FF Scott Zintner

Asst’d Smokeaters, Gamblers & Derelicts Lt. Chris Fisher “Fish” FF John Bondiskey “Bondo” FF Chuck McCarthy “I’m from Mayfair” FF John Rogers “Johnny Rotten” FF Eric Siegfried “Ziggy” FF Fred Condron “Chin” FF Bill Dahl “Deep Pockets” FF Jimmy Welsh “Welshie”


Congratulations to the Real “Rocky of Philadelphia”

Tom Shirley Best Wishes, Bill & Beth Piszek


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BUSINESS AGENTS & EXECUTIVE BOARD


Class of ’64 ‘ROMEO’ Club

(Retired Old Men Eating Out) Salute John ‘Ace’ Spino ’64

Larry Larthey ’37

Dan Hoban Larry Ryan Bob Creedon Jim Carr Leo Lynch Jim McFarlane Dan Brooke Joe Russella Tom Kelly, Esq. Joe Montgomery Jack Clark John Gray Dave Reichert Mike Daily Kevin Coady Lenny Roberts Al Jara Tom Kearney ’58


ART Active Release Treatment


Congratulations Rich!!! You have always been a Hofer on Thompson St.

We Love You Keirans Family Jimmy & Denise, Honor & Stosh, Nicki & Pat


Roman Catholic HS Sports Hall of Fame John “Ace” Spino „64 (#36) Your family is so proud of your athletic achievements and the positive impact you made on so many young athletes. We were so lucky to have you as Husband, Dad, and Poppie. We love you and miss you everyday! Darlene Rodgers Spino John Spino ‘90 (#32) Michele Spino-Bolles MarieElena, Olivia, and David


Congratulations to Steve Paul ’12

Patrick Ward Memorial Scholar Athlete &

Congratulations to Stephen Paul, Jr. 2012 Parick Ward Memorial Scholar Athlete. Remember to always try your best & have fun. Love, Mom, Dad ’83, Patrick ’12 & Nana

To the 1947 Swim Team on your SHOF Induction We’re All Proud of You 2012 Swim Team Coaches & Parents


Congratulations to Joe McCourt ’01 & Scott Paxson ’01 2012 Inductees into Roman Catholic High School Sports Hall of Fame Along with all of the other inductees & Special Award Winners


The kearney roman alumni proudly applaud the inductions of

mr. larry larthey & Mr. john ace spino class of 1937 class of 1964

congratulations also to stephen paul - class of 2012 the 2012 recipient of the patrick e. ward * class of 1966

the family of ed palmer - class of 1951 ed is the posthumous recipient of the 2012 joseph ‘goldie’ graham ’33 memorial award for loyalty to catholic high

tom kearney ’58 seamus kearney ’60 mike kearney ’64

tim kearney ’91 matt kearney ’93 ryan kearney ’95

+ Rest In Peace + frank kearney 1943-2005 class of 1961 congratulations to all the inductees and award recipients


Congratulations to all of this year’s inductees into the Roman Catholic Sports Hall of Fame, especially Frank Sykes, Keith Coady, and the family of John Spino! A special congratulations to this year’s recipient of the William “Speedy” Morris Community Service Award, Coach Tom “Rocky” Shirley on a well deserved honor. Keith Morris


Congratulations to All the Inductees Especially Our Friends Bill Mower Joe McCourt Keith Coady Tom Shirley


Congratulations to all 2012 Inductees especially John Spino ’64 Joe McCourt ’01 Scott Paxson ’01 and all 2012 Special Award Recipients especially Ed Palmer ’51 Rich Vassallo ’59 Tom Shirley Mary Hoban & Family


Congratulations to Ray Dovell Class of 1954 We are all proud of your accomplishments on the court! *All Catholic and 19.2 points per game We are also proud of all your accomplishments in life! We Love You “Swish� Ray & Sue Dovell Kristen, Thomas & Zach


Congratulations To Two Of My Favorite Players Keith Coady ’68 And Frank Sykes ’72 On Their Well-Deserved Induction Into The Prestigious Roman Catholic High School Hall Of Fame Thank You Keith and Frank For Your Dedication, Support And Hard Work To the Cahillite Basketball Program It Was An Honor to Coach You Speedy and Mimi Morris


Congratulations Tom Shirley For His Well-Deserved Roman Catholic High School Community Award Tom Has Made a Difference In the Lives of Numerous Young People As A Long Time Coach And Mentor And His Willingness to Help Others As Director of Athletics At Philadelphia University Has Not Gone Unnoticed Thank You Tom For All That You Do And Continue To Do Speedy and Mimi Morris


Coach Tom Shirley A leader, coach, mentor and teacher on and off the court Congratulations from the Philadelphia University Community on the Roman Catholic High School Sports Hall of Fame William ‘Speedy’ Morris ‘60 Community Award


THE BREWERYTOWN FAIRMOUNT CATHEDRAL & SCHUYLKILL navy sports ALL TIMERS & FRIENDS SALUTE THE RCHS SPORTS HALL OF FAME 2012 INDUCTEES & SPECIAL AWARD RECIPIENTS Especially OUR OWN

Ray dovell * class of 1954 St. Francis xavier PAROCHIAL SCHOOL ROMAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL St. joseph’s university Alpha sigma lambda-national honor society Professional society of civil engineers SPECIAL ACCOLADES TO

Stephen paul * class of 2012 THE 2012 RECIPIENT OF THE PATTY WARD ’66 MEMORIAL AWARD AS THE SENIOR SCHOLAR ATHLETE + Patrick e. Ward + born & raised in Fairmount killed in action august 22, 1968 – lam dong province vietnam


Congratulations to Tom DeFelice For receiving the Memorial Award for Meritorious Service

West Catholic High School, Class of 1964 Proud to be a Burr! Today! Tomorrow! Forever!

Edward W. Bok Technical High School Health and P.E. Teacher and Coach, 1969 2011 You are a true inspiration to all of us!

Congratulations! Love, Grace Chris, Nicole, and Christian Greg, Julie, Giovanni, and Adrianna Natalie, Jay, and Matthew


Congratulations

Bill, You have always been a source of Joy and Pride. Congratulations, Your Loving Family


CONGRATULATIONS TO FRANK SYKES FOR INDUCTION INTO THE ROMAN CATHOLIC SPORTS HALL OF FAME CONGRATULATIONS TO TOM SHIRLEY FOR RECEIVING THE MERITORIOUS WILLIAM “SPEEDY” MORRIS ’60 COMMUNITY AWARD

“The best friends are the ones who bring out the best in you”

SINCERE THANKS TO BOTH OF YOU FOR BEING THE BEST OF FRIENDS THAT BEGAN IN THE SPORTS WORLD AND CONTINUES TODAY AS BOTH OF YOU ARE RECOGNIZED AND HONORED FOR YOUR RESPECTIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS JOHN AND NANCY O’CONNOR


Dr. Richard Vassallo God Bless our wonderful Brother, Uncle, and Great Uncle. -The Morris Family


Congratulations to Frank Sykes ’72 Keith Coady ’68 Tom Shirley and All of the 2012 RCHS SHOF Inductees

from

Ed Hoban ’71, Chal Ramsey ’72, John Murphy ’72, Ed Jones ’72, Mike LaPera ’72


Congratulations to our brother-in-law TOM DE FELICE Recipient of the JOHN HOBAN MEMORIAL SERVICE AWARD

Our love and admiration to you on the recognition of your immense impact on the world of high school sports in Philadelphia. We are proud of your success and your outstanding accomplishments.

Joyce, Joe, Carol, John, Audrey and J.R.


We love you,

JOHN “ACE” SPINO! Sadly missed by Aunt Mary, Chick, Sonny and Weelou


Southwest Football Coaches Association Junior Tommy DeFelice the Burrs’ 5’5” field general and fourth consecutive All-Catholic Quarterback supplied the spark needed to ignite the Burr offense.

“Play Like a Champion Today!”


DAD YOU HAVE MADE ALL OF US SO PROUD FOR YOU TO BE RECOGNIZED BY THE HALL OF FAME COMMITTEE AND TO BE INDUCTED INTO ROMAN’S SPORTS HALL OF FAME IS EXEMPLARY

WITH MUCH LOVE AND APPRECIATION THE LARTHEY’S FRANCIS LARRY DOLORES CLARE HENRY CAROL


Congratulations to Joe McCourt ’01 and Scott Paxson ’01

Hoorah! Hoorah! Hoorah! Best wishes from the family of Dick Trotter ’49 and Joe & Suzanne (Trotter)McKeever


Congratulations to

Ed Palmer ’51 On his being awarded the Joseph “Goldie” Graham ’33 Award for Loyalty From his friend and Classmate John Jungers ’50 and Anna May Jungers April 13, 2012 Congratulations to All the Inductees & Special Award Recipients


Congratulations  Pop Pop – So proud of you

My Pop Pop – A great man with great love,  achieving great things!  Love Kieran + Jaime and Jeff


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BUSINESS AGENTS

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ORGANIZERS

BRYON A. BLUM WILLIAM C. DORWARD MICHAEL J. FORD MICHAEL P. GUINAN WILLIAM A. SMITH KENNETH R. WOODS

EXECUTIVE BOARD BRIAN CUMMISKEY JADE FLADGER ALLEN I. FRANKS JAMES HARDING, JR. JOSEPH HAZEWSKI JOHN KEARNEY RAYMOND L. MARKEY ROBERT H. PAUL WILLIAM J. PFEIFFER PETER POLLITT JOHN THRESS JOSHUA TURNER HOWARD VANBUREN

TRUSTEES

TODD P. FARALLY SEAN MCLAUGHLIN JOHN ROBERTS, JR.


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE HONOREES BUT ESPECIALLY TO

RICHARD “POP-POP” VASSALLO, M.D.!

WITH LOVE FROM THE MCDONALD FAMILY PATRICIA VASSALLO MCDONALD, M.D. & MARCUS MCDONALD CONOR MCDONALD NATALIE MCDONALD SARAH MCDONALD BERNIE & SUE MCDONALD


Sports Hall of Fame 2012