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GCHS 1964

The 1964 Gloucester Catholic High School Parochial B State Champs.  Coach Dick Talley, back row behind Coach Ray Ford, will be honored at a luncheon this coming Thursday at O'Donnell's Restaurant, 401 N. Broadway, Gloucester City.

photo submitted by John Hayes

The Gloucester Catholic High school Alumni Association is honoring former basketball Coach Dick Talley at a luncheon, April 23rd at  Donnell’s Restaurant, 401 N. Broadway 11:30 AM. Talley helped to guide the 1964 Rams team to the Parochial B State Championship.

All are invited; you need not be a graduate of Gloucester Catholic to attend. Please call Rams Alumni Tom O’Donnell 1-609-287-6106 if you plan to attend.

Gloucester Catholic's first ever state championship was delivered by the 1964 basketball team who won the Group B title in Atlantic City Convention Hall.

As South Jersey's number one ranked team, the Rams were led by co-captains Jack Fink, Haddon Heights, NJ and John Murphy, Gloucester, NJ. Team members included future division one college players Bill Somerset, Audubon, NJ who played for Seton Hall University, Carmine Calzonetti, Audubon, NJ who played for and later was assistant basketball coach at St. John's University in New York, and Drew Nolan, Gloucester City, NJ who played for Temple University. Other key players that year included Mike Baker, Audubon Park, NJ, Bud Shodder, Gloucester City, NJ, Rich Cosentino, Barrington, NJ, John Hayes, Audubon, NJ, Paul Heitman, Gloucester City, NJ, Lou Pirotta, Camden, NJ and Ernest Hodur, Gloucester City, NJ.

Coach Ray Ford's team posted a 22-1 record during "that championship season." Coach Ford, who's a legend in Gloucester City youth sports, was assisted by Dick Talley and future New Jersey Hall of Fame coach Art DiPatri.

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