Other Points to Ponder
Oil City's Burch drafted by Pistons
As far as I know, nobody from Venango County has ever played in the NBA, but the late Clarence "Dutch" Burch was drafted by the Ft. Wayne (now Detroit) Pistons after averaging 15.4 ppg his senior year at Pitt in 1954. Burch, instead, decided to attend grad school at Pitt, and spent his adult life quietly coaching hoops at Division III Lycoming in Williamsport.
Burch was also Pitt's MVP in 1952 and 1954 and was captain his senior year. (His NBA draft status in 2012 at the time of his death at age 80 was "unrestricted free agent.") He was
Burch played for Oil City around the same time as Ted Marchibroda played football at Franklin (1948-50). In fact, they played against each other in both sports. Burch didn't join the 1,000 point ranks in high school when scores were in the 32-18 range, but he did make first team all-state. Burch set a single-season scoring record his junior year in 1949 when he was second team all-state. He scored 230 points and dished 94 assists, believed to be a school record at the time.
His senior year, Burch scored 361 points and handed out 137 assists in 20 games. He finished his career as Oil City's all-time leading scorer with 682 points.
Both Bob Hartz (390 points) and Howdy Rose (366) broke Burch's single-season scoring record in 1956. No Oiler has ever scored 500 points in a season; Mike Emick apparently has come the closest with 488 in 1971.
1939 -- Oil City St. Joseph boys Catholic
1941 -- OIl City St. Joseph boys Catholic
1980 -- Venango Christian (now Catholic) girls Class A
1992 -- Cranberry girls Class AA
1993 -- Cranberry girls Class AA
1994 -- Cranberry girls Class AA
2001 -- Franklin boys Class AAA
2006 -- Franklin boys Class AAA
Boys 600-Point Seasons
Boys 500-Point Seasons
Boys 50-Point Games
Boys 40-Point Games
Girls 600-Point Seasons
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Girls 500-Point Seasons
Girls 40-Point Games
A Face in the Crowd
Feb. 7, 1977 issue of S.I.
Mike Emick sat out 5:30 of the game in which he scored 56 points against Rocky Grove.
Venango Catholic's Mark Garbacz was credited with a 55-rebound game during the 1969-70 season.
Anecdote about Bridget Hale's 46-point game for Oil City. Coach Peg McDougal took her out with three minutes left, and afterward contacted former OCHS coach Rick Fletcher only to be told the school record was Trish Erickson's 48!
Meadville's 62-game winning streak at the House of Thrills went down the drain at the hands of Franklin on Feb. 3, 1970. Bob Witherup scored 34 points, making all 14 of his free throws, in the 66-61 victory.