Chester County Sports Hall of Fame

CHESTER COUNTY SPORTS HALL OF FAMERS - 2011

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JERRY BANNAN: NBA and ABA Referee
Class of 2011

A pioneer in early professional basketball who spent 40 years as a referee, Bannan eventually officiated in both the NBA and ABA.
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GEORGE BRATCHER: Football / Basketball
Class of 2011

An All-State football player and basketball star at West Chester High, Bratcher went on to stardom at Delaware State and later played professionally in the Canadian Football League... LEARN MORE ABOUT GEORGE BRATCHER...


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CHARLES ‘CHIC’ CHICCINO: Football
Class of 2011

An All-Stater on the gridiron at Tredyffrin-Easttown High School, Chiccino was a standout at WCU and then a highly successful head football coach at Downingtown High..
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WALT DOWNING: Football
Class of 2011

A football, track and wrestling star at Coatesville High, Downing was an All-American offensive lineman at the University of Michigan, later spent six seasons in the NFL and was a member of the Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers in 1981.
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GERTIE DUNN: Baseball
Class of 2011

Also accomplished in basketball and golf, Dunn played in the All American Girls Professional League, starred in field hockey and lacrosse at WCU and was later named a national hall of famer in both.
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GREG GREENDAY: Sport Writer
Class of 2011

The co-founder of the CCSHOF, Greenday was a longtime sports writer at the Delaware County Daily Times and sports editor of the Daily Local News. Greenday passed away suddenly in 2010.
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RAY KEECH: Auto Racing
Class of 2011

A Coatesville native, Keech set the land speed record of 207.55 miles per hour in 1928 and won the 1929 Indy 500. He was killed 16 days later while racing in Altoona.
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NATE KENDIG: Coach / Athletic Director
Class of 2011

The longtime athletic director at Kennett High School, Kendig also helped guide the Blue Demons to three league basketball and baseball titles while serving as head coach from 1953-61.
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FRANK LEMASTER: Football
Class of 2011

The Birchrunville native enjoyed a nine-year career with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1974-82, was named to the NFL’s Pro Bowl and was a starter on Philadelphia’s NFC Champion team in 1981.
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MEL LORBACK: Coach
Class of 2011

The head men’s soccer coach at WCU for 33 years, Lorback’s teams won three conference championships, six NCAA regionals and the 1961 national crown.
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E. LEROY MERCER: Football
Class of 2011

A two-time All American in football at Penn, the Kennett Square native competed in the 1912 Olympic Games, placing fifth in the long jump and sixth in the decathlon.
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TINA NICHOLSON: Basketball
Class of 2011

With 2,709 career high school points, no Chester County player (male of female) has scored more. Nicholson led Downingtown to back-to-back state titles, was an All-American at Penn State and then played professionally with the WNBA.
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JAY SIGEL: Golf
Class of 2011

The longtime Berwyn resident won the U.S. Amateur, the British Amateur and the U.S. Mid-Amateur. He also competed in nine Walker Cup teams for the U.S. and won eight times on the PGA’s Champions (Senior) Tour, including the 1998 Bell Atlantic Classic at nearby Hartefeld National. LEARN MORE ABOUT JAY SIGEL...

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1961 WCU Men's Soccer Team: NCAA Division One National Champions
Class of 2011

West Chester University's men's soccer squad captured the NCAA championship in the fall season of 1961 by shutting out two-time defending national champ St. Louis University on its home field. The Golden Rams recorded six shutouts in all during the championship campaign. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 1961 WCU MEN'S SOCCER TEAM...

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HAROLD ZIMMERMAN: Coach / Teacher
Class of 2011

The successful football and track & field coach at West Chester High School, Zimmerman was also the athletic Director. He was the head coach of the school’s undefeated 1931 squad and coached current CCSHOF members Yoder, Al Bruno, Nick Bruno and Jon Matlack. LEARN MORE ABOUT HAROLD ZIMMERMAN...




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