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Uncle Irvin: Don't forget Bob Morse

12/22/2015 01:32PM ● Published by Richard Gaw



While eighth grader R. Scott Steele was following the achievements of the Avon Grove High School men's basketball team, there was another basketball history maker from across the way at Kennett Area High School who in 1970 was playing NCAA Division 1 basketball at the University of Pennsylvania. His name was Bob Morse.

Morse was 6-foot-8 and a great shooter as well as all-around basketball player. Morse led the Penn Quakers to several Ivy League championships, and then on to the famed NCAA Basketball Tournament.

In 1972, Penn won the Eastern Regional Finals, advancing to the final four led by Morse's 14-point performance against North Carolina. Morse was a Penn leader in scoring and rebounding for three years.

Uncle Irvin went to Penn in the 1950s and had just taken over as publisher of the Chester County Press.

As we relive the great Avon Grove state championship through Scott Steele's book, we can remember outstanding athletic achievements by southern Chester County's four small high schools.

(Uncle Irvin's column is his opinion only, and is not a news story.)


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