EAST NOTTINGHAM >> After 14 years of seeking out some of its finest athletes from the past, Oxford High School hasn’t run out of champions.
At the annual Sports Wall of Fame Induction, six graduates who achieved amazing feats during and after high school were honored with a ceremony and cake reception on Monday at the school cafeteria and auditorium.
Those who were honored were George “Buddy” Cochran, Julie Orner Donell, Dave Hons, Sherri Jackson Griffith, Lisa Rozich Stoltzfus and Dayna Baily.
Cochran, 83, graduated in the class of 1949. He played baseball, soccer and basketball and was captain of the basketball team. He was voted the Best Male Athlete of his class and played both slow and fast pitch softball for many years.
He said his favorite sport in high school was basketball “because it didn’t get rained out,” but as an adult he played a lot of baseball.
“I played PennMar League that included Lewisville, Andrews Bridge and New London,” he said. But later he played in the Rising Sun Legion that he said played “some of the vest teams in the East.”
Cochran recalled a day back in 1956 when he attended a Major League Dodger-Yankee game. He had been there the day before and offered to take his friends the following day for the next game. No one went with him, but he went alone and to his delight he witnesses Don Larson’s perfect game.
Another time, he said, Phillies great Robin Roberts, along with Jack Sanford, Stan Lopata and seven others from the team came out to Oxford for an exhibition basketball game. “You know Robin Roberts was good at basketball, too,” he said.
He remembered that Robin and the gang remained afterwards to play a few rounds of poker with the Oxford boys.
Donell earned seven varsity letters whiel she was at Oxford, graduating in the class of 1999. She was especially good at field hockey, where she was a member of the championship SCCL team and went on to play at Bloomsburg University. She played on Bloomsburg’s national championship team in 2002. She coached high school tack and field hockey and continues to play competitive hockey.
Stoltzfus, class of 2000, played basketball, softball, volleyball and field hockey at Oxford. She earned 11 varsity letters and was SCCL and was named first team SCCL and SCC all area athlete of the week in softball. While at Oxford she scored 1,161 points and averaged 20 points for game in basketball.
Dave Hons, class of 1980, played football, baseball and basketball, earning seven varsity letters. He was co-captain of the 1980 SCCL championship team and MVP and first team league selection. After high school he played football and baseball in college. He went on to become a professional baseball executive for the Phillies farm team that later became the Blue Rocks and the White Sox farm team.
Baily, class of 1987, participate in track and cross-country, and, in fact, was the first girl to compete in cross country at Oxford. In 1986 she was the MVP for SCCL in cross country. Her career continued at Swarthmore College, where she set records in track and cross country.
Griffith, class of 1983, earned 10 varsity letters at Oxford. She was singles champion in 1982 and participated in district in 1982 and 1983. In softball, she was co-captain in 1982 and 1983 and pitched a no hitter against Avon Grove in 1983. She now lives in King of Prussia and attends many boot camps, she said.