Cochran and Hons among honorees at sports banquet
George “Buddy” Cochran and David Hons will be among the six Oxford Area High School graduates to be honored at the Oxford Sports Wall of Fame banquet on Monday, Oct. 20.
Cochran, a 1949 graduate excelled in all the seasonal sports offering at Oxford at that time, participating on the soccer, basketball, and baseball teams. At the end of his senior year he had earned nine varsity letters.
During Cochran's senior year, his teams won the League Championship in both soccer and baseball. As a senior, he was named captain of the basketball team and was voted Best Male Athlete by his classmates.
After graduation, Cochran participated in the Penn-Mar Baseball League for many years, was a charter member of the Oxford Athletic Association, and ended his athletic endeavors by playing fast pitch softball for the Oxford Athletic Association.
David Hons earned seven varsity letters at Oxford Area High School. He was the second baseman on the baseball team from 1978-1980 and co-captain of the 1980 Southern Chester County League (SCCL) champions, during which time he led the league with a .432 batting average. He was voted First Team All League and MVP of the SCCL in 1980.
Hons played three years of varsity football at Oxford and was voted MVP as a junior and best offensive player as a senior. It was during his junior year that he broke a school passing record with 253 yards in one game.
Following high school, he was the starting second baseman for Division 1 Towson University in 1983 and 1984. Upon graduation from Towson, Hons worked in professional baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies Class A Minor League Peninsula Pilots and was general manager of the Chicago White Sox organization's Class A Minor League team in 1986 and 1987.
The banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Oxford Area High School cafeteria, where the public can meet the honorees. At 7:30, the awards will be presented to the recipients in the high school auditorium. Admission is free.
The athletic accomplishments of two more of the honorees will be included in next week's issue of the Chester County Press.