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2008 Inductees

Robert L. Urbine, Jr. 1971

Baseball

 

   Bob Urbine was once described by his University of Delaware coach, Bob Hanna, as his “classiest infielder”.  Today, as Urbine gives credit to his Little League and local Farm teams for instilling his love for the sport, he continues to show his class.  His talent and skills were developed through his dedication to the game and to the teams on which he played.

   One of the highlights of Bob’s childhood was playing for the Little League All Star Team in 1966.  Bob was starting pitcher/shortstop for the team as they played for the Pennsylvania State Championship.  He played for two years in the Coatesville Babe Ruth League.  His batting average was a remarkable .561in his second year of play.  He skipped his last year of Babe Ruth to play for the Coatesville American Legion Team.  Over the years, the Legion teams that he played on saw much success in State tournaments.

   While a student, Bob lettered in baseball and basketball.  He was an All Ches-Mont selection in both sorts.  During his senior year he was also elected co-captain of those teams.  He was the winner of the Spike Atkinson Award for outstanding senior baseball player.  Bob was also honored with the Ross Kershey Award for the outstanding senior basketball player.

   Bob was the first freshman at the University of Delaware to ever start as a member of the varsity baseball team.  He remained a starter for all four years.  In one outstanding experience in a double header during senior year, Bob went 6 for 7 with three intentional walks and a homerun.  That same year, he led the team in hitting with a .350 average.

   Today Bob is married with two children.  He still resides in the Coatesville community and is employed by Arcelor Mittal.

 

 

Lindsay Fraschilla 1998

Swimming

 

   By the time that Lindsay Fraschilla had graduated from high school, 13th in a class of 465, she owned most of the pool and team records.  Ten years later the mark that she set in the 100 meter backstroke still remains.

    As a freshman, Lindsay began turning heads with her second place finish in the 100 freestyle.  Qualifying for the State meet, she won her first state medal – a bronze – in that event.  She also took fifth in the 100 meter breast stroke.  She was named NISCA Honorable Mention All American in both events.

    Lindsay was District Champion in the 100 free the following year.  She was again selected as NISCA All American in the 100 meter breast stroke.  Lindsay continued to dominate the event over the next two years, finishing second each year in District I Championship competition.

    At the State Championships, Lindsay was a constant qualifier throughout her career and racked up three more medals by the end of her high school career.

    Among Lindsay’s post graduation honors include:

           USS Scholastic All American

          USS Senior National Qualifier

          YMCA State Champion and National Finalist

          Who’s Who in High School Sports

          Rotary Student of the Month

          Distinguished Honor Roll

          Daily Local News “Swimmer of the Year” for three years

    Lindsay earned an athletic scholarship to Penn State and swam for all four years on the travel team.  She competed on the first Penn State team to win the Big Ten Championship.  While carrying a double major in Management Information Systems and International Business and International Studies, Lindsay continued to rack up swimming honors.  She was named All Big Ten and Academic All Big Ten and swam the NCAA “B: time in the 100 meter breaststroke.  Upon graduation, Lindsay had Penn State’s All Time Topical 5 times in the 100 meter and 200 meter breaststroke.

   Lindsay is currently employed as a computer consultant with Accenture based in Philadelphia.

 

Lewis P. Anderson 1945

Football – Basketball – Baseball

 

   Lew Anderson was truly one of Coatesville’s most diversified and talented individuals.  He excelled in sports in all three seasons and was also well-known as an accomplished piano player.

    Lew lettered in varsity football and basketball during his sophomore, junior, and senior years.  During his senior year, his football squad under the tutelage of Ted Daily went undefeated.  The basketball team won the Section Three championship for the second year in a row.  The baseball team also was a force to be reckoned with as it defended its two season unbeaten streak and a Section Three championship.

    Upon graduation, Lew answered his country’s call and joined the Marines.  At the end of his four year hitch, he returned to Coatesville and raised his family.  He continued to pursue his love for sports and played baseball in the city league as well as basketball on company teams and in the YMCA league.  Often he was competing with athletes that were one third of his age.  In 1977, the year of his death, he was named as the Most Valuable Player in the YMCA league.

    Throughout his life, Lew was known as a great piano player.  He played in many clubs from Lancaster to Cherry Hill, New Jersey as a part-time job.  Many of his peers remember him as a great athlete and a musician.

    Lew is survived by his wife, Rosemarie, two sons, Lew Jr. and William, and a daughter, Karen.

 

 

Eugene “Muff” DiObilda 1949

Football

   “Muff” DiObilda was born into a family of outstanding athletes.  His three brothers were standouts for the Coatesville Red Raiders football squad throughout the 1940’s.

   While “Muff” was winning football game with his quickness from the backfield, he was also named as his class president for three consecutive years (1947, 1948, 1949). He was coached by the legendary Ted Dailey during those years.  At 130 pounds, Muff’s speed garnered him mush praise as he was responsible for scouring winning touchdowns in many big games.  Daily called him the best little man he ever coached.

   “Muff” captained the 1948 team.  A highlight of that 1948 year was the 13-0 win over previously undefeated Bethlehem with “Muff” scoring both touchdowns.  He was named to the District All-Scholastic team in 1947 and 1948 and was also honored with selection to the All County First Team in 1947 and 1948.  In 1948, “Muff” earned an honorable mention berth on the Pennsylvania State team.

   He graduated from Villanova University and for many years was a supervisor at the Downingtown Paper Company.

   “Muff” passed away in November 1966 and is survived by his wife Betty and two children.

 

James Alderman 1960

Football

 

   Jim Alderman began playing football in 1950 for The Record, a team in the PeeWee Football League, coached by the legendary Earl Patton.  In 1955-56, as a student at Gordon Junior High, Jim played football on the team coached by Quentin Diederick.  These early gridiron experiences laid the foundation for Jim’s successful high school and collegiate football careers.

    At Scott Senior High, in his sophomore year, Jim played the fullback and linebacker positions.  Under the guidance of Bob Bowman, Jim’s second season as a tackle/linebacker was capped off by being selected to the First Team All Ches-Mont.  In his senior year at Scott High, Jim was again selected to the First Team All Ches-Mont.  He was also named to the All Scholastic Philadelphia Area and received an Honorable Mention Big 33.  Jim was also a shot and discus thrower while in high school. 

   Jim attended the University of North Carolina on a football scholarship in 1960.  His collegiate career highlights include twenty-three varsity starts, an ACC Championship and the 1963 Gator Bowl Championship.  Football captivated Jim even after college.  He played for the Philadelphia Eagles Pre-Season team in 1964.  Following that experience, Jim played for the Harrisburg Capitals and the Philadelphia Bulldogs. 

    In 1966, he returned to his college alma mater as an assistant coach.  Another assistant coaching job took Jim to the University of Virginia in 1967. 

    By 1969, Jim was back on the gridiron, playing for the semi-pro Pottstown Firebirds.  He helped h is team to the League Championship.  He played through the 1970-71 season and then joined former high school teammate Billy Joe at Cheyney University as an assistant football coach. 

    In the early 1970’s, as Head Football Coach at North Junior High School in West Chester, PA, his team went undefeated for two seasons. 

    Jim capped off his coaching career as Head Coach at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewis, DE from 1976 to 1984.  His teams won three Conference Championships, were runners up in two State Championships contests and won the State Championship title in 1979-80. 

    Now retired from education, Jim still resides in Lewes, DE and works for a conservation and restoration organization called The National Estuary Program.  He is married and the father of three children.

 

Dolly B Van Buskirk-Anderson 1974

Basketball

 

   Dolly Van Buskirk-Anderson’s stellar and storied career began when she was a ninth grader at Scott Intermediate School in 1970 and finished when she was a college student in 1978.  In high school she played the center/forward position and was a two-time MVP.  She was the team’s leading scorer in 1974 and was instrumental in her team’s two Ches-Mont Championship titles.

   Dolly’s outstanding high school basketball performances earned her a position on the renowned Cathy Rush’s Immaculata College Woman’s Basketball Team.  At that time Immaculata was among the top teams in the nation.  During her three years at Immucalata, Dolly’s teams placed second in the nation twice and fourth in the nation during her junior year.  As a collegiate athlete, Dolly played in such storied venues as Madison Square Garden (the first woman’s collegiate double-header basketball game), the Capital City Metrodome, The Palestra, the Houston Astrodome and various major universities.  Dolly and her “Bomb Squad” teammates, specially trained and organized for high pressure situations, had a very good record in creating havoc and turnovers in the final moments of play that led to many team victories.

   Upon Cathy Rush’s retirement from Immaculata, Dolly transferred to Old Dominion University in Virginia.  She was elected co-captain of the team that placed second in their region and won the National Woman’s Invitational Tournament that was held in Amarillo, TX.

   Dolly was fortunate in having the opportunity to work with NBA players and top collegiate athletes in basketball.

   Dolly and her husband reside in Orangeville, PA and are the grandparents of two.

 

Gerald McGibboney 1974

Wrestling

   Gerald McGibboney was a quiet wrestler who let his actions on the mat speak for him.  His opponents can attest to how powerful he spoke with what sports writers described as his cat-like moves and strength that enabled him to put opponents twenty pounds heavier on their backs.

   Gerald won all of his matches and received the City Championship in the eighth grade junior high division and went 9-0 in his freshman year.

   As a sophomore, Gerald wrestled his way to become the 145 lb. Section Champion with a 15-5 record.  Using his superior balance, this outstanding wrestler finished his junior year a 22-1 mark and placed fourth in the 155 lb. division at the Districts.

   Although Gerald wrestled mostly at 167 lbs. in his senior year he was called upon to wrestle at 155, 185 and heavyweight.  He finished with a 25-2 record his senior year, With a 62-8 career standing, Gerald broke the late Coatesville High School Sports Hall of famer Terry Williams’ career wins record by one win.

   Gerald’s wrestling honors include 4th place District 1973, Most Valuable Wrestler in the 1973 Lititz Christmas Tournament.  1974 Section and District Champion and MVP in both meets. He was upset in the 1974 Regionals, but earned a third place finish and thereby qualified for the State Championship, where he lost in the quarterfinal round.

   Natural athletic ability allowed Gerald to also stand out on the gridiron.  As a powerhouse running back, Gerald ran for nearly 1,300 yards.  He scored a total of 19 touchdowns, earning him the league scoring championship.  Fleet of foot, as a trackman, Gerald was a Ches-Mont champion in the 330 yard intermediate hurdles.

   One of Coatesville’s finest three-sport stars, Gerald was presented with the 1974 Hugh V. “Butch” McDevitt Award, in memory of the late Butch McDevitt, sports editor and managing editor of the Daily Local News.  This trophy is awarded to the outstanding senior athlete/school citizen in the Ches/Mont League.  Gerald's former coaches, Paul Swank, Ross Kershey and Al Black all agree that was deserving of that prestigious award, as well as his induction into the Coatesville High School Hall of fame.

   Gerald attended Morgan State University and in 1979 received a BA in Industrial Arts from Cheyney University.  He currently attends Lancaster Bible College pursuing an MA in Leadership Studies.  The father of two, Gerald and his wife reside in Coatesville. He is a reverend at the Second Baptist Church in Coatesville and also employed by the Coatesville Area School District.

 

Jesse Chalfant 1999

Cross Country and Track

  

 In Jesse Chalfant’s athletic career, he earned a total of nine varsity letters.  He was a three year standout on the track team, a four year veteran of the cross country squad and also played on the highly competitive boy’s basketball team for two years.  In these days of prolonged seasons and intense competition, that is a remarkable achievement in itself.

    However, Jesse Chalfant was more than just a participant in these sports.  He left his mark on the cross country and track teams and played a huge role in their successes.

    As a sophomore, Jesse caught the attention of cross country coaches and competitors with his seventh place finish in the Ches-Mont Championship.  A week later he followed that up with a fifteenth place in the District Championship.  He also qualified for the State Championship Meet in which he placed 35th.  That year, he was named to the Daily Local News All Area First Team.  He was to receive that honor for the next two years as well.

    His junior and senior years showed gradual improvement in his cross country career.  He was a State Championship qualifier and was named to the Philadelphia Inquirer All Area First Team for those years.  As a senior he notched a course record breaking win in the Conrad Weiser Invitational and was crowned the Ches-Mont Champion.

    Meanwhile, Jesse’s exploits in track had begun to soar.  He became the team’s premier 400 meter and 800 meter runner.  As a junior, his participation on 4x400, 4x800, and Distance Medley Relays garnered many silver and bronze medals at events held around the state.  The 4x400 relay was the Ches-Mont champion.  Jesse earned an individual silver medal in the 800 meter run and a silver in the 4x800 meter relay.

    Jesse was truly at the pinnacle of his high school track career during his senior year.  He anchored the 4x400 meter relay team which won a variety of local invitational meets.  The relay took the Ches-Mont title and went on to take fifth and sixth respectively at the District and State meets.  In the 4x800 meter relay, Jesse also anchored the team into a sixth place finish in the District Championship.

    Individually, Jesse was a dominant force in the 800 meter run.  He was the Ches-Mont Champion and then took fourth at the District Championship (his third medal in the meet).  At the State Championship, he ran the best time of his high school career (1:51:91) and brought home a bronze medal (his second state medal that day).  Jesse’s accomplishments at the state and district level are particularly admirable when one considers the number of events in which he participated.

    Among Jesse’s many honors as a senior are Daily Local News Track and Field Athlete of the Year (1999), All State Track and Field in 800 meter run, Coatesville High School Outstanding Male Athlete, Bill Boynes Memorial Track Award and finalist for the Hugh V. (Butch) McDevitt Award for the Outstanding Male Athlete.

    Jesse received a track scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh.  During his tenure at Pitt, Jesse owned the school’s topical times in the 800 meters and the 1000 meters.  He earned many IC4A and All Big East honors including:

           All IC4A 4x800 meters

          All IC4A 800 meters

          All Big East 4x800 meters

          All Big East 800 meters

          NCAA provisional berth 800 meters (1:50:01)

    Today Jesse is teaching elementary education in the Coatesville Area Schools.

 

William “Pop” Ransom

“Mac” Stuber Memorial Award

   William Henry Ransom Sr. graduated from William Penn High School, York PA in 1935.  An outstanding athlete, Pop was active in football, basketball, softball and swimming.

   Pop graduated from Lincoln University in1939.  Anxious to land a teaching job in York, He was disappointed to find all the positions filled.  While waiting for a teaching job, Pop went to work as playground Director at Moravian Playground and also worked at the Crispus Attucks Center.

   In 1942 Pop earned of a teaching position in Coatesville, He accepted the job and moved his family to Coatesville and became a teacher at James Adams School.

   It is significant to note that after desegregation, Pop became the first African American Athletic Director in the city of Coatesville.  He supervised the Physical Education Program in 13 different Coatesville system schools and taught science as well.

   In Coatesville he attended Tabernacle Baptist Church and was chairman of the Trustee Board.  Pop continued his community work as Playground and Director of the Coatesville Community Center, where he coached both boys’ and girls’ basketball and track teams.  He helped organize Coatesville’s Junior Olympics.

   In spite of his family, teaching and civic duties, still Pop managed to find the time to obtain a Masters Degree in Administration from Temple University, but teaching and coaching were always his pride and joy.

   After 39 years of service in the Coatesville Schools, Pop retired in 1979.  He was later inducted into the Coatesville Hall of Fame, an honor that let Pop know just how much the city appreciated all he had done to prepare Coatesville’s youth for a healthy, better and purpose driven future.

   Pop moved his family to Gloucester County, VA. Where he and his wife owned and operated the Ransom Home for Adults, a home for mentally challenged women.

   Now in his 94th year, and despite his loss of vision, Pop is the mentally alert repository of a lifetime of teaching, coaching and civic knowledge  He continues to teach others about life and what it takes to climb the ladder of success.

   Pop passed away on April 26, 2009 at the age of 95, he is survived by his wife Adla, two sons and two daughters.