Philadelphia High School Basketball
A Look at Paul Ward's 15-Year Coaching
Career at Overbrook High (1957-71)
This page includes stories, special lists, record breakdown, recaps of wins in championship games and (at the bottom) the
names of all varsity players during Coach Ward's 15 seasons. (He then coached for 10 more seasons at Pennsauken High,
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Paul Ward coached basketball at Overbrook for 15 seasons (1957-71), winning 257 games, six Public League championships and five City Titles. The '58 champs featured three future NBA players -- Wayne Hightower, Wally Jones and Walt Hazzard. Here is that story . . .
continued right below . . .
League / Overall
1957: 11-1 / 20-1
1958: 14-0 / 22-0
1959: 16-0 / 23-1
1960: 14-2 / 20-4
1961: 7-5 / 9-8
1962: 11-1 /13-14
1963: 9-3 11-7
1964: 5-8 / 6-12
1965: 13-1 / 19-5
1966: 10-4 / 13-9
1967: 14-0 / 21-2
1968: 14-0 / 19-4
1969: 13-1 / 15-6
1970: 13-1 / 22-2
1971: 10-2 / 20-4
15 Seasons, 1972-1989
League - 174-29
Overall - 257-71
(Note: Not all overall
records are confirmed)
Appearances Ended in . . .
1957, 1958, 1959, 1960,
1967, 1968, 1970, 1971
This story was written after Paul
steered Overbrook to its second consecutive City
Title in what turned out to be his final game . . .
Recaps of victories in
Public League finals . . .
At the Palestra
Overbrook 66, Lincoln 57
Wayne Hightower scored 24 points and Bobby Jones added 21 as 'Brook rolled. Fred Schmidt scored 24 points for Lincoln, but Bruce Fleming was limited to six by severe foul trouble.
At The Palestra
Overbrook 52, Germantown 44
Six-eight Wayne Hightower shot 10-for-16 and 8-for-13 for 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Wali Jones added 10 points. Heavy foul trouble helped limit Walt Hazzard to two points. 'Brook hit seven consecutive shots in the third quarter, but stubborn G-town remained in contention thanks mostly to Earl Proctor (15) and Obie Snyder (13). Proctor added 15 rebounds.
At the Palestra
Overbrook 56, Germantown 46
Wali Jones (14 points), Ralph Heyward (11) and Walt Hazzard (10) spurred 'Brook to its third consecutive title and 37th straight win against PL opposition. G-town star Obie Snyder scored 18 points, but did not post his first field goal until 1:52 remained in the third quarter.
Overbrook 49, Germantown 42
Eldred "Jay" Bagley scored six of his team-high 19 points in a 12-7 opening period as Overbrook established early control. Mike Gale shot 9-for-10 from the line en route to 17 points. For Germantown, which shot 13-for-58 and fell 30 points short of its scoring average, 6-7 Willie Sojourner had 25 points.
Overbrook 57, Gratz 56
Jerry Thomas (17) and Gary Garvin (16) led Overbrook in scoring, while Andre McCarter had 12 points and five assists. Joe Anderson had 16 points and 13 rebounds for coach John Chaney's Bulldogs, who stormed back from a 56-43 deficit before falling short.
Overbrook 69, West 48
Andre McCarter had 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists as Overbrook won its sixth title under coach Paul Ward. Jerry Thomas (16 points, nine rebounds), Rich Laurel (13, seven) and Kevin Washington (16 points) helped out. West's Tom Hooks had 18 points and 16 rebounds.
Recaps of victories in
City Titles . . .
Below are the players who helped
Paul Ward claim 257 wins, six Public League championships
and five City Titles in 15 seasons as the coach at Overbrook. The year indicates the player's final season.
Most were seniors. Some transferred and some were underclassmen who did not play in the following season.
PLEASE NOTE: Complete rosters currently not available for all seasons. Help would be appreciated.
|Henry Altschuler||1957||Lincoln Williams||1964|
|Jerry Borkon||1957||R. Williams||1964|
|Stan Shapiro||1958||George Stallings||1965|
|Jim Reese||1959||Jim Morgan||1965|
|Wally Jones||1959||Ron Coley||1966|
|Bobby Jones||1960||Ray King||1966|
|Craig Pearson||1960||Carlton Poole||1966|
|Len Borisoff||1960||Bill Ravernell||1966|
|Lou Parlow||1960||Bill Turner||1967|
|Mel Ginden||1960||Carlyle Corbin||1967|
|Rick Beckett||1960||Ken Stanton||1967|
|Walt Hazzard||1960||Mike Gale||1967|
|Al Bennett||1961||Doyt Jones||1968|
|Davis||1961||Eldred "Jay" Bagley||1968|
|Robert Cherry||1961||Ron Fultz||1968|
|Alan Massey||1962||Frank Binns||1969|
|Bob Ferguson||1962||George Hill||1969|
|L. Anderson||1962||Ron Eleby||1969|
|Nate Ware||1962||Roy Jones||1969|
|Al Shipon||1963||Steve Davis||1969|
|Willie Diggs||1963||Gregory Richie||1970|
|Drake Hightower||1963||Ronald Duckett||1970|
|Jim Weiner||1963||Vince Ellison||1970|
|Ken Gee||1963||Al Carey||1971|
|Steve Danowitz||1963||Michael Black||1971|
|Warren Anderson ?||1963||Chris Burrell||1971|