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2005 Inductees 

 

Tom Gomillion 1961

Track

 

   Tom Gomillion does not fit the stereotypical image of the hurdles champion. At 5'3" the State Champion hurdler left a large shadow on the track and Field records of his time. Gomillion participated in the long jump and the pole vault and he also won a State Championship medal in the mile relay.

   Although Tom participated in various track events, his especially was the low and high hurdles. In his senior year, he was the Ches-Mont Champion in both events and placed second in the District 1 Championships in both events. At the State Championship, Tom captured first place in the low hurdles and was runner-up in the high hurdles. He capped off his State Championship experience are running the third leg one the gold medal winning mile relay team.

   The wide array of events that Tom excelled in speaks well for his athletic abilities, not only did he participate in highly technical events with many preliminary heats, but also he followed them up with an outstanding performance in the mile relay (traditionally the last event of the track meet). That is true the Mark of the courageous and highly talented athlete.

Tom went on to Winston-Salem College where he was a four-year member of the track team. He taught at the University of the District of Columbia and was the track and field coach in Woodson high school in Washington, D. C.

   Tom is a nationally known artist in the field of African American art.

 

Charles "Derry" Baker 1943

Football

 

   Charles “Derry” Baker was a three sport standout who earned nine varsity letters at Coatesville Senior High School.

   A ninth grader, Baker began his varsity football career as an end. By his junior year he was moved to the fullback slot and reached his full fullback potential as a running back. He was the fifth leading scorer in the Philadelphia area in 1941, his junior year, with 52 points. This feat earned him a place on the first team All-Philadelphia squad.

   As co-captain in his senior year, Derry Baker led his team to the 1942 suburban III championship. He scored 91 points that season and was named not only the first-team All-Philadelphia team, but he also was recognized as a member of the All-State team.

   Although Baker's high school prominence was recognized on the football field, he was also an outstanding basketball and baseball player. He earned two varsity letters in basketball and three in baseball, which he captained.

   Derry Baker's Prowess attracted the attention of West Point Military Academy. Before his senior year he was offered an appointment to the Academy contingent upon finishing his senior year of high school at New York military Academy (the prep school for West Point). If he accepted the appointment it would mean an automatic deferment from duty in World War II.

   Derry chose to remain in Coatesville. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Sea-bees. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, he played professional baseball for the Boston Braves organization as a catcher in 1946.

   Derry died on November 1, 2011 and is survived by three daughters.

 

Arthur H. Tooles, Jr. 1982

Basketball

 

 

 In the history of boy’s basketball in Coatesville prior to 1982, there were only three players to score more than 1000 career points.  In his senior year, Arthur “Stretch” Tooles became the fourth.

   Looking back at his previous seasons, it was obvious that Art was a talented player.  As a sophomore varsity player, the team won the Ches-Mont Championship as Art scored 194 points.

   By his junior year, basketball aficionados had their eyes on him as he averaged 14.4  points per game enroot to a season total of 534.  The team reflected his contributions with an undefeated Ches-Mont season.  In post season play, Art led his team to a District 1 championship and second place finish in the Eastern Finals.  At the end of his junior year, Art was nominated to several honorary teams: Ches-Mont first team, Del-Val honorable mention, and AP all State honorable mention.

 Art’s senior year was marked with yet another undefeated Ches-Mont season.  Art scored his 1000th point in January and then on to finish his high school career with 1187 points.  His single game high score was 27 points.  He repeated as a Ches-Mont and Daily News first team pick and was named as his team’s MVP.

   A three year starter at Sienna College, Art was co-captain during his senior year.  In his last two years, his points averaged in double figures.  He was considered to be the Metro league’s best defensive player and was consistently assigned to guard the opposition’s leading scorer.

   After graduation, he became a basketball official in New Jersey. He coached for three years as an assistant at Princeton high school. Art is currently the head coach of the girl’s basketball at Somerset, New Jersey high school. 

 

Jeanne Jarmoska (Burns)

Coach 1970 – 1985

 

   For 15 years Jeanne Jarmoska coached girls sports the Coatesville Area School District. In that time, she built a solid and lasting reputation as a coach and a friend.

   Jeanne Jarmoska’s athletic career began in the Pennsbury School District, where she participated a year in varsity basketball and varsity field hockey for three years. She was the captain of her hockey team in her senior year. During this time she was also the Yardley golf women's champion for six years.

   Jeanne attended West Chester University and in 1970 received her BS in health and physical education. Her collegiate sports activities included varsity field hockey for two years. She has the distinguished honor of participating in the first National Collegiate Women's Golf Championship in 1969.

   In 1970 Jeanne began her career as a teacher and coach at Scott Intermediate High School. While teaching health and physical education. She coached the ninth-grade girl’s hockey team for seven years in the ninth-grade girl’s basketball team for three years.

   In 1975, with Lyn Greenly and Bill Renfrew, Jeanne helped Institute the first varsity girls’ indoor/outdoor track teams in the Coatesville Area School District. Under Jeanne leadership as coach, the teams were unbeaten in dual-meet, competition, consistent medal winners in District and State Championship meets and for nine consecutive years the teams were Ches-Mont Champions.

   Jeanne took on the challenge of coaching the varsity field hockey team in 1983. In three years as head coach, the team rose from no wins to a position in the district one playoffs as a record of 9 – 1 – 1. During her coaching career, Jeanne played for the Philadelphia Field Hockey Association from 1971 to 1980.

   A passionate fighter for equality Jeanne was a pioneer advocate for the title IX movement, which fought for equal opportunity for women's coaches and female athletes.

   Since her retirement in 1985, Jeanne has been active in community organizations. She is a member of the Coatesville Hall of Fame committee, the Chester County Senior Games Planning Committee, and a Planned Parenthood of Chester County volunteer.

   In retirement, Jeanne continues stay athletically active. She is a five time 800 meter run champion in the Pennsylvania Senior Games a medal winner participant in the National Senior Games of 1999 and 2001. Jeanne has also participated in three marathons: the Chicago marathon in 2001 the Marine Corps Marathon in 2002 in the Boston Marathon in 2003. Tonight, Jeanne is being recognized and honored for many achievements as a high school coach. On November 5, 2005, GN will be inducted into the Pennsbury High School Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of her high school sports accomplishments. Each of these accolades is well-deserved.

 

 

Karen Polak Farnum 1980

Gymnastics

   Imagine a PIAA State Champion without a high school team, without a high school coach. Karen was a State Champion gymnast, winning accolades for Coatesville Area Schools from the time she was a freshman at Scott Intermediate High School, through her senior year at .A.S.H.

   As with most talented gymnast, Karen began her training as a little girl. She trained at private clubs, beginning with Louise Harrison Gymnastics and Dance in Downingtown. Eventually her innate talent and hard work led her to more advanced coaching. She trained with Bill coco, Temple University coach and Olympian who headed the Nanettes Gymnastic Club. Later, Olympic coaches Don peters and Tom McCarthy tutored her.

  As a ninth grader, Karen finished fourth in the District 1 all-around event. At the state meet She won the gold in balance beam competition and placed third in the vault. During her sophomore year, she swept first place and three district 1 events (all around, floor exercise, uneven bars) and placed second in both the all around and floor exercise in State Championship.

   Karen was just warming up, but her Junior year she again placed first in three District 1 events (all around floor exercise, balance beam), took the silver in vaulting and third in the uneven bars. She was State Champion that year in floor exercise vaulting and placed second in the all-around and balance beam.

   Karen toped off her high school gymnast career in 1980 with two gold medals and a silver at the State Championship meet. She placed first in the all-around and in the balance beam and took home a second floor exercise.

   Among Karen's achievements during this time also include competition in the Junior and Senior National tournaments. At the AAU Championships she placed second in the all-around event and won the gold medal in vaulting. At the United States Gymnastics Federation. She finished 13th among the top gymnast in the country. Karen went on to compete for Penn State University. Her teams finished third in the NCAA tournament in her freshman year and second in her sophomore year.

   After her passing, Karen's parents found this saying that she had In her wallet since her high school days:

                           Success is not final

                           Failure is not final.

                           It's courage that counts.

   In her parent’s words, “Karen had courage and failure was not fatal. Karen had a shining light wherever she went.”

 

Gene Forte 1935

Football, Basketball and Baseball

 

   Gene “Hutch” Forte earned seven letters as a multi-sport star for Coatesville high school.

   On the football field, “Hutch” was one of the best running backs in Chester County. During his senior year, was team captain of the squad and was the team's leading scorer. Gene also captained the basketball and baseball teams and was a standout on those teams as well.

  He led the basketball team to a 10 – two record, scoring under three points in that season. In baseball, he was the catcher and leading hitter on a championship team.

   At Kutztown State Teachers College, Gene continued to Excel. He was recognized as one the best punters in the nation.

   Upon graduation, Gene returned to Coatesville and began a teaching and coaching career that was interrupted briefly with a stint in the Army in 1942.

   During Gene’s tenure, his coaching assignments included assistant football coach, assistant baseball coach and head basketball coach.

 

Alfred (Fred) Pitcherella 1939

Football, Basketball, Baseball

 

   There was a "golden era" in the annals of Coatesville football when the likes of Leo Ackerson, Bob McNelly, and Ted Dailey building their reputations as coaching icons. Fred Pitcherella was a product that legendary time.

   A triple threat on the field, Fred was known to be the best quick kicker of his time. He was also an excellent running back and passing. In addition, Fred played both offense and defense, often playing an entire game. His credentials as a running back, including touchdown runs of 70 and 80 yards. He was elected captain of the team during his senior year was nominated to the All-County team as a halfback.

   Fred also made a name for himself on the basketball court. He captained the team during his senior year. He was known to be an excellent shooter and ball handler.

   On the baseball diamond, Fred was a "natural.” He played center field for four years and as a senior, he was captain of the team. As you might imagine. He had a great arm and was very fast. His batting average was over .300 and he could hit the long ball.

   Fred served in World War II and when he returned he played sandlot baseball including the twilight league. He was also player/manager of the American Legion and LGM baseball teams.

   Fred died peacefully two days before his 92nd birthday in January 2012 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Coatesville.

 

John N. Entrekin Jr. 1934

Basketball and Baseball

 

   John entry can has been a sports enthusiast his whole life.

   While in high school, John participated in baseball and basketball from his sophomore through his senior year. He played two years of football and then switched to soccer in his senior year. Upon graduation, he continued active participation in the semi professional ranks. He played basketball for Star Printers also played baseball for Lukens and the Coatesville Athletic Association.

   In 1950, John retired from the court in the ball field and went on to promote athletic participation the Coatesville community. As a member and later president of the Coatesville Athletic Association, he helped form the first Little League and went on to manage teams for the next 20 years. John also aided in the development of the first Steel City Invitational Cross-Country Meet. He directed the event 30 years.

  John Entrekin has contributed to the Coatesville community on many other levels. He was a Coatesville school board member for 15 years, serving as vice president for five years and president for two. He helped to organize the Stadium committee in 1985 and is a charter member of the Coatesville High School Sports Hall of Fame committee.

 

A. Kenneth "Kenny" Hopton 1950

Baseball

 

   Born in Rock Run in 1932, Kenny Hopton grew up on the ball fields of Coatesville. As a tall and lanky right-handed pitcher, he played American Legion baseball and was a three-year starter for the Coatesville Red Raiders under coaches Leo Ackinson Burt Kucznski.

   Hopton was described as a "control pitcher," his best pitch was he devastating curveball. Compiling a record of 12 wins and 4 losses, the 6’3” hurler helped Coatesville win the Ches-Mont championship in 1949 and 1950. Kenny pitched the very first game ever broadcast on WCOJ by Art Douglas.

   The St. Louis Browns signed him to a contract and he played in their farm system in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. Hopton then returned Coatesville and married his high school sweetheart, Eloise Marshman. He was then offered a contract to pitch for the Chicago Cubs, but Kenny turned it down since they were expecting their first child. He continued to pitch in the Coatesville City league and was instrumental in winning four consecutive league championships while pitching for West End Fire Company. He also pitched semi-pro ball for five years.

   After his stint in the big leagues, Kenny started working in the open hearth Department at Lukens Steel Company, he progressed through many positions and retired as the supervisor of steelmaking in 1981 after 31 years of service. He then worked 22 years as a sales representative and consultant to the steel industry. Kenny is still active an active member and past president of the Electric Metal Makers Guild.

   Still active in the community, Kenny is a lifetime member of the Thorndale Fire Company, a member of the Masonic Lodge #564, a member of the Thorndale United Methodist Church (former president Board of Directors) and a former member of the Coatesville Country Club. Ken passed away at home on Jan. 20, 2015

 

Mike Hemlock

Coach

 

   Mike Hemlock was Coatesville high schools golf coach for more than 35 years. He amassed a startlingly successful record during his tenure, which included eight Ches- Mont championships and one state championship.

  Mike was born in Berwick, Pennsylvania in 1926. Upon graduation from high school he immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944. He was chosen to be a member of the counterintelligence corps and served in Germany. Returning home, he graduated from Bloomsburg University and then continued on to Penn State University where he earned his Master’s degree. He moved to Coatesville in 1953 began his teaching career. He taught a variety of subjects, but his favorite was history. He also began coaching the Coatesville High School golf team.

   The Coatesville community then and now sports only one country club venture. Many of the surrounding schools in district 1 and in the state of Pennsylvania have a much stronger tradition and golf due to the availability of facilities and a community that supports the game to a greater extent. Mike overcame those odds to produce season after season of winning teams.

   In 1974 one of Mike's players, Mark Curlett, became Coatesville's first and only State Champion. Mark then went on to a career as a professional golfer.

   Not surprisingly, Mike was an accomplished golfer himself and throughout his life was awarded many honors and trophies for his talents. His greatest joy came from helping students reach their full potential in the classroom and on the golf course.

   Mike and his wife Mildred had three sons and Mike had the pleasure and pride of coaching them all. In 1990, poor health forced Mike's retirement. He died in 1999, preceded in death by his son, Michael in 1985.

 

John Warihay 1951

Swimming

 

  

 At the time of his graduation, swimmer John Warihay, owned eight of a possible eleven school records. Quite an amazing feat considering that his chief competitor and teammate was Bill Clinton, a Coatesville Sports Hall of Fame inductee in 2000.

   John was a swimmer for Coatesville high school from 1948 through 1951. Legendary J. Malcolm Stuber, another 2000 inductee, coached him.

   It didn't take John long we began to leave his mark in the record books. As a sophomore, he swam in the State Finals of the 50 yard freestyle. Later that season at the Tri-State Finals, Warihay was a member of the winning 180 yard medley relay, setting his first school record.

   By his senior year, records are being broken and reset at will. John repeated as State Champion in the 50 yard freestyle, shattering his own record. At the Tri-State finals, he set new school records in the 40 yard freestyle and the 120 yard individual medley. His remarkable abilities of the individual medley garnered him a nomination to the High School All-American team.

   Upon graduation, John attended Augusta Military. At the Southern Prep School and Military School finals, he won the 150 yard individual medley.

 

Rosie DeSanctis 1982

Basketball

 

   In the dictionary, next to "student athlete" there is a picture of Rosie DeSanctis. She was a three-year starter in field hockey, basketball, and softball, not a small feat. In addition, Rosie balanced a rigorous academic schedule in which she received acclaim and also follow the passion of her life, acting.

   As point guard on the basketball team, Rosie led the team to its very first Ches-Mont title and an undefeated league season. The team finished with a 25 – 3 record, the best in the school's history. At one point in her senior year, Rosie became the school's all-time leading scorer. Her coach, Renée Talley calls her "the best point guard we've ever had at Coatesville." Her contemporaries also agreed, as she was named to the all Ches- Mont team.

   Rosie also garnered all Ches-Mont status in softball. As a centerfielder, she led the team in batting averaging and over .400 for her career. She was team batting champion in 1981 and 1982, while also a standout defensive player. As of 1982, Rosie was the only Coatesville player in history to clear C.A.S.H.’s fence the home run clout. As a senior, she led the team in batting, runs scored and RBIs.

   Although the field hockey team was not very successful during that time, Rosie was one of the few players named to the all Ches-Mont team.

   Rosie was voted the 1982 outstanding female athlete at Coatesville high school's All-Sports Banquet. She won the softball award for batting for two years in a row and basketball coaches award for top guard. She was nominated by Coatesville High School as his representative for the McDermott award, sponsored a the Daily Local News, for the top athlete student, male or female in the Ches-Mont league. She was the recipient of the1982 Jaycee’s Scholar Athlete Award.

   Rosie somehow found a way throughout her hectic sports schedules to star in the leading role of the prestigious Coatesville High School spring play. She also maintained her status as an Honor Society Member.

    Currently, Rosie is living in New York City, where she is pursuing a career in acting.