After winning 229 games, 15 Del Val League championships and legendary status as the football coach at Interboro High, Steve Lennox has retired.
His success is easily measured by the numbers. It is best measured by this: He was 12-11 in Thanksgiving games against Ridley.
After 23 tries, or roughly six full cycles of players, that parity was proven to be real. But before Lennox arrived at the Prospect Park school, Interboro had been victimized 19 consecutive times by the Green Raiders.
It was important for him to end that trend, because it was important to Interboro’s fans and alumni. He so deeply accepted that challenge that one year, and to high criticism, he declined a postseason tournament bid rather than miss the Ridley game.
By Edward Sutelan
Two of the 2019 PIAA football state champions are going to be moved up to a higher class for the 2020 season.
Archbishop Wood’s appeal to remain at Class 5A was denied, and the Vikings will be moved up to Class 6A. Farrell’s appeal to stay in Class 1A was also denied, and the Steelers will advance to Class 2A. Archbishop Wood won the 5A title and Farrell won the 1A title in 2019.
The Vikings have been voluntarily playing up to Class 5A despite being a 4A school based on enrollment, though principal Mary Harkins said during the appeal that she believes it is closer to a 3A classification based on enrollment.
Both schools were moved up in classification based on a new rule in the PIAA that says if teams exceed six success points and three transfers to the football team, they will be forced to move up a class in football.
Vikings’ principal Mary Harkins said two of the transfer students should be considered unique cases: one had been at Archbishop Wood as a freshman, left due to family’s reasons, and then returned; the other had to come to the school from another to receive specialized education.
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By Matt Smith
Steve Lennox, a member of the Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame who coached his football teams to more than 300 victories, has retired after 27 years as Interboro’s head coach.
Lennox made the announcement at the Bucs’ season-ending awards and dinner banquet Monday night.
One of the most respected sports figures in Delaware County, Lennox compiled a 313-115-2 record in 38 years as a high school football head coach. He registered 229 wins at Interboro, making him the fourth-winningest football coaches in county history, behind Kevin Clancy of Strath Haven, Ridley’s Joe McNicholas and Garnet Valley’s Mike Ricci.
“It’s tough to walk away,” Lennox said Tuesday night. “If I didn’t enjoy what I was doing, I wouldn’t have been doing it for as long as I have. I always said I have the best job in Delaware County. Our kids … they’re not big, they’re not fast, but they work hard and they’re tough, physical kids, and I loved coaching them.
“My job was made easier because of the support of the parents and the community. And all of my coaches, they do such a great job and they always go above and beyond.”
By Landon Stolar
A new PIAA rule may affect as many as eight successful football programs. It’s called the “Success Factor” and over a two-year cycle, schools are now ranked on a points system, based on state tournament success.
All schools will have their success in post-regular season rated by the following scale: one point for participation in an entry level inter-district championship contest, two points for participation in a quarter-final inter-district contest, three points for participation in a semi-final inter-district contest, and four points for participation in a final inter-district contest.
Schools will have to reclassify up a class if they reach six points in two years. The PIAA identified the following eight schools as teams that have met the points requirement (potential new class in parentheses): Farrell (2A), Lackawanna Trail (2A), Southern Columbia (3A), Wilmington (3A), Aliquippa (4A), Cathedral Prep (5A), Imhotep Charter (5A), and Archbishop Wood (6A).
The other requirement for reclassification is “Transfers.” In football, schools must have what the PIAA considers to be be three transfer athletes to be eligible to reclassify. The PIAA reduced that number from five to three in October. These eight schools met the “Success Factor” requirement and have been identified as potentially reaching the “Transfers” requirement as well, according to the PIAA, though many plan to appeal based on the arbitrary transfer policy.
Final decisions will be made at the PIAA’s board meeting in January.
To read and learn more about the PIAA’s new “Success Factor” and “Transfers” policies, see the PIAA’s Competition Classification Formula.
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