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Scrapbook of Carmen Palmiero, Outstanding GHS/Penn State Athlete Who Died Too Soon

BROOKLAWN NJ (July 2, 2021)(CNB SPORTS)—Carmen Palmiero formerly of Brooklawn was an outstanding all around athlete at Gloucester City High School in mid 1950’s. Palmiero was a  4 sport star playing Football, Basketball, Baseball and Track. Palmiero headed to Penn State after his graduation where he excelled in Basketball.

Tragically Palmiero and a friend died in an auto accident driving home for Christmas in his Sophomore year. We were recently provided with a copy of a scrapbook by Rose Van Eck, Carmen’s sister.

Today we see the beginning of the Brooklawn American Legion's Dynasty in the State of New Jersey. Brookers Coach Joe Barth assembled the locals into a team that for the next 50 years would capture 30 State Titles.

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Carmen provided the Brookers and the residents of the  Borough of Brooklawn with it's first All American athlete.

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Those early years of the “Brookers”  brought together a dynamic force of  natural born athletes who loved to compete no matter what sport it was.  Just look at the lineup that Barth assembled each one a star himself that in most cases just like Carmen played all four sports in high school. Besides Palmiero, there was Joe Murphy , who later in life was Rams Football Coach Murphy. Ron Trovillo, Danny Raube, Bill Patton, Carl Schoenborn, Bob Lonabaugh, Walt Miller, George Reider, Carl Fager, Len Lacavara, Fred Shindle, Kenny Lehberger, and Joe Ferry.

Five members of those mentioned  were Rams; Murphy, Patton, Schoenborn,  Reider, and Lacavara.. The others, Palmiero, Lonabaugh, Miller, Fager, Shindle, Ferry and Lehberger were Lions.. They might have been enemies when playing against each  other in those heated City Series competitions. But,  when this mix of players got together on the baseball diamond  you had a combined force that could complete against some professional minor league teams. They were that talented .  And, Coach Barth taught them to play, not as a super star, but  as a team. He continued that philosophy as the next generation of players replaced the others that stepped down because they were no longer eligible to play.

 

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Just look at the lineup that Barth assembled each one a star himself that in most cases just like Carmen played all four sports in high school. Joe Murphy , who later in life was Gloucester Catholic Football Coach Murphy. Ron Trovillo, Danny Raube, Bill Patton, Carl Schoenborn, Bob Lonabaugh, Walt Miller, George Reider, Carl Fager, Len Lacavara, Fred Shindle, Kenny Lehberger, and Joe Ferry. Most of the lineup was from Gloucester Catholic but with a mix of players from Gloucester High you had combined force that could put a good battle against some professional minor league teams. They were that talented 

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