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Franklin

Career Scoring

Boys

1,596 -- Easton Fulmer, 2022

1,519 -- Randy Lynch, 1984

1,352 -- Preston Morgan, 2018

1,295 -- Matt Koziara, 1995

1,176 -- Gary Shingledecker, 1986

1,170 -- Shaun Grill, 2002

1,164 -- Dave Ritchey, 1976

1,140 -- Nate Keith, 1996

1,087 -- Damon Curry, active

1,083 -- Dillon King, 2012

1,077 -- Jude Urda, 2006

1,053 -- Chuck Snell, 1957

1,031 -- Tim Carson, 1983

1,010 -- Jeff Loeffert, 1998

951 -- Tim Maleski, 2009

946 -- Nate Byham, 2006

944 -- Dave Miller, 1989

880 -- Hayden Adams, 2021

871 -- Isaac Drain, 2015

841 -- Lou Fogle, 1960

815 -- Scott Walters, 1990**

812 -- Kevin Blackhurst, 1989***

807 -- Larry Kozella, 1962

803 -- Noah Jones, 2013

802 -- Bob Witherup, 1970

799 -- Jim Guyton, 1971

797 -- Ted Marchibroda, 1949

764 -- Kyle Russell, 2016

757 -- Mike Koziara, 1991*

735 -- Ken Henson, 1956

720 -- Tyus Wood, 2019

Girls

2,299 -- Hillary Hager, 2000

1,598 -- Angelina Starr, 2014

1,564 -- Martha Williams, 1991

1,399 -- Saddie Gravatt, 2010

1,355 -- Rachel Reddick, 2002

1,248 -- Natalie Hager, 2012

1,232 -- Brittany Law, 2005

1,193 -- Valerie Hricsina, 1986

1,111 -- Jody Billingsley, 1990

1,047 -- Becca Gravatt, 2015

1,033 -- Mary Jane Long, 1983

1,012 -- Nikki Witherup, 2005

908-- Terri Brinker, 1977

899 -- Camdon Bashor, 2022

764 -- Becky Crum, 1993

719 -- Brittany Foust, 2008

708 -- Sondra Conway, 1983

* -- record probably incomplete

** -- record possibly incomplete but played jayvees as a sophomore

*** -- missing Jan. and Feb. of soph. year

Single Season

Boys

596 -- Shaun Grill, 2002

578 -- Easton Fulmer, 2022

572 -- Jude Urda, 2006

530 -- Easton Fulmer, 2021

519 -- Bob Witherup, 1970

519 -- Dave Miller, 1989

512 -- Dillon King, 2012

502 -- Chuck Snell, 1956

478 -- Dave Ritchey, 1975

468 -- Larry Kozella, 1962

467 -- Jim Guyton 1971

464 -- Damon Curry, 2023

462 -- Mike Anderson, 1979

457 -- Dave Ritchey, 1975

456 -- Preston Morgan, 2018

452 -- Kevin Blackhurst, 1989

446 -- Isaac Drain, 2015

441 -- Dave Ritchey, 1976

437 -- Mike Koziara, 1991

434 -- Gary Shingledecker, 1986

433 -- Greg Loeffert, 2001

431 -- Tyus Wood, 2019

430 -- Tim Carson, 1983

425 -- Randy Lynch, 1983

425 -- Dave Miller, 1988

421 -- Dick Shorts, 1918

411 -- Dillon King, 2011

411 -- Damon Curry, 2022

410 -- Dick Shorts, 1918

407 -- Scott Walters, 1990

403 -- Preston Morgan, 2016

Girls

756 -- Hillary Hager, 2000

621 -- Martha Williams, 1991

560 -- Becca Gravatt, 2015

515 -- Valerie Hrcisina, 1986

490 -- Angelina Starr, 2014

452 -- Mary Jane Long, 1983

450 -- Angelina Starr, 2013

448 -- Martha Williams, 1990

441 -- Terri Brinker, 1976 (fall)

403 -- Saddle Gravatt, 2010

36 or more

Boys

48 -- Dillon King, 2012

48 -- Preston Morgan, 2018

44 -- Mike Anderson, 1978

44 -- Shaun Gill, 2002

43 -- Dillon King, 2012

42 -- Chuck Snell, 1957

42 -- Jim Guyton, 1971

42 -- Kyle Russell, 2015

41 -- Jim Guyton, 1971

41 -- Easton Fulmer, 2021

38 -- Elgin Wood, 1919 (19 FGs)

38 -- Chuck Snell, 1956

38 -- Damon Curry, 2023

37 -- Mike Bowen, 1971

37 -- Dave Ritchey, 1975

37 -- Easton Fulmer, 2021

36 -- Steve Shingledecker, 1986

36 -- Easton Fulmer, 2022

Girls

46 -- Terri Brinker, 1976 (fall)

44 -- Terri Brinker, 1976 (fall)

42 -- Ruth McAlevy , 1927*

42 -- Gladys Nadig, 1927*

40 -- Valerie Hricsina, 1986 (2X)

39 -- Becca Gravatt, 2014

39 -- Becca Gravatt, 2015

38 -- Terri Brinker, 1976 (fall)

38 -- Becca Gravatt, 2015

37 -- Gladys Nadig, 1927*

36 -- Angelina Starr, 2014

35 -- Ruth McAlevy, 1927*

* -- in 1927, there were six players to a side in girls hoops

Rebounds

Career -- 500 or more

Boys

611 -- Dave Ritchey, 1979

595 -- Mike Bowen, 1971

516 -- Jim O'Toole, 1982*

* -- junior and senior years

Season -- 200 or more

Boys

298 -- Mike Bowen, 1971

297 -- Mike Bowen, 1970

250 -- Dave Ritchey, 1976

248 -- Bob Woods, 1974

238 -- Jack Ferringer, 1973 

234 -- Noah Jones, 2011

220 -- Dave Ritchey, 1975

208 -- Jay Davis, 1972

191 -- Lou Fogle, 1960

Girls

372 (est.) -- Hillary Hager, 2000

Game

Boys

25 -- Kerry Irons, 1977

Girls

34 -- Michelle Phipps, 1974 (fall  of 1973)

 

Blocks

Boys

Season

96 -- Johnathan Leccia, 2023

Career

215  -- Johnathan Leccia, 2023

3-pointers

Boys

Game

11 -- Shaun Grill, 2002
8 -- Easton Fulmer, 2022

Season 

111 -- Shaun Grill, 2002

224 -- Team, 2021 (school record)

Career

195 -- Easton Fulmer, 2021

182 -- Hayden Adams, 2021

160 -- Damon Curry, active

119 -- Tyus Wood, 2019

Girls

Season 

85 -- Becca Gravatt, 2015

81 -- Saddie Gravatt, 2009

75 -- Saddie Gravatt, 2010

Career

247 -- Saddie Gravatt, 2010

160 -- Becca Gravatt, 2015

154 -- Angelina Starr, 2014

134 -- Brooke Deal, 2012

126 -- Natalie Hager, 2012

91 -- Brittany Foust, 2007

Free throw shooting

Boys

Game

Chuck Snell -- 20/20 from the line during a 36-point game in 1956; 22/22, including 20 in one game, 1957

Preston Morgan -- 81% (80/99) in 2016

Girls

Season

Angelina Starr-- 82% (420/510), 2014

Assists

Boys

Career

375 -- Easton Fulmer, 2021

336 -- Steve Russell, 1976

322 -- Larry Turner, 1972

230 -- Dalton Buckley, 2020

Season

215 + -- Mike Snell, 1979

160 -- Jalen Wood, 2023

158 -- Steve Russell, 1976

138 -- Steve Russell, 1975

134 -- Easton Fulmer, 2022

125 -- Dalton Buckley, 2020

121 -- Easton Fulmer, 2021

120 -- Dave Ritchey, 1976

119 -- Steve Eakin, 

108 -- Dalton Buckley, 2019

Game

17 -- Randy Lynch, 1982 vs. Cranberry

Odds and Ends

Chuck Snell -- played in only 56 varsity games; scored 57 points in a junior high game, 1953

Terri Brinker -- scored all of Franklin's points in a 60-30 loss, 1976

The Franklin girls averaged 148.6 three-pointers per season from 2009-13. High was 176 in 2009.

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Franklin fielded girls teams all through the 1920s and down into the teens. The "Little Tractor" of 1927 raised more than $1,700 in 24 hours to make its trip to Wichita, Kansas, for a national tournament. Franklin lost to Thomas, Okla., in its first game. Lawton, Okla., won the event. Sharon, which twice in 1927 refused to play Franklin, was defending champion, but also lost its first game. Stationary forwards did most of the scoring in "sextet" hoops; in Franklin's case, it was Ruth McAlevy and Gladys Nadig that season.

Other Numbers of Note

Shaun Grill holds the school and maybe county record with 11 3-pointers in a game. And he probably holds both marks for most 3-pointers in a season with 111 in 2002.

The Knights set a season record for three-pointers with 244 in 2021 when Hayden Adams finished his career with 182. Easton Fulmer followed with 195 the next year...They broke the record of 213 set in 2020...

When Chuck Snell made 22 straight free throws in 1956, including 20 in one game, The News-Herald called his feat "undoubtedly another record." Snell, in only 56 varsity games, converted 285 of 396 free throws (72%) in his career...His 20 straight in one game came when he tallied a then school record 38...

Final point totals for Franklin's first state championship team in 2001: Greg Loeffert 433, Joe Grill 390, Jason Rockwell 387, Shaun Grill 345 and J.J. Horne 195. Pretty balanced.

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...Chuck Snell was 20/20 from the line on Feb. 25, 1956, the night he scored 38...

Franklin's 1949 team, led by Bill "Sleep" Richardson and Ted Marchibroda, finished 22-3 after losing to Sharpsville in the D-10 title game. That was the Nursery's best record since 1927 when the "Steam Rollers," as they were called, went 25-2. Franklin's "Pony Express" squad of 1938 also lost in the D-10 championship game. The Nursery's starting five averaged 5-8, and height-wise were no match for Farrell, whose center stood 6-4.

The Knights' 12-game winning streak to start the 1955-56 was was stopped by Warren...The game before that, they relied from 17 points down to beat Cranberry...The old record was nine straight set in 1949...

High-scoring trio -- The Knights just missed having three players score at least 400 points in a season. Dave Miller tallied 519, Kevin Blackhurst 452 and Scott Walters 396 in 1989, Ike Burnett's last season as coach. Those three hit 29 of 41 shots (71%) in a game against Titusville. Franklin scored 100 points three times that year...A few years earlier, in 1971, the Knights almost had a pair of 400-point scorers in Jim Guyton and Mike Bowen. Guyton finished with 470, but Bowen just missed with 395. Guyton also enjoyed a 41-point game, while Bowen later netted 37...Steve Russell was the career assists leader before 1976 with 336, including 158 his senior year...

Terri Brinker averaged 23.9 points (335 in 14 games) as a junior in the fall of 1975 and followed that up with a 29.6 average as a senior in the early days of girls basketball. She graduated in 1977 with every program record to be had at Franklin...In a fall 1976 game against Cranberry, she scored all of the Lady Knights' points in a 69-30 loss...Angelina Starr shot 82 percent from the foul line (420/510) and made 154 three-pointers during her career...Becca Gravatt drilled 85 three-pointers her senior year and nailed a 3 in every game that season...Gravatt ended her career by hitting from distance in 28 straight games....The 2010 and 2011 girls teams made 303 3-pointers, led by Saddie Gravatt's 75 in 2010. She had six in one game, as did Brooke Deal. In fact, all six of her field goals were from distance....

Before 1976, Dave Ritchey was the Knights' all-time rebounding leader with 611. Mike Bowen grabbed 298 and 297 rebounds in each of  his last two years...

A couple of side notes about Mike Anderson's 1978-79 season -- Bob Lynch's first as FHS coach -- in which he scored 44 points and led the Knights (462 in all) to a share of the Section 2 title. (1) The 44-point game came against Titusville, and he added a 37-point game Jan. 17 in a 101-77 romp over Warren. (2) He posted this unusual line Dec. 20 vs. Hickory: 4 21/24 29. 3. Tony Butler, who was second in scoring with 319, was a transfer from Meadville. 4. Mike Snell, son of Chuck, at one point late in the season had 215 assists, the News-Herald reported, including a couple of games with 13...

Bob Andres' 31-point game on Jan. 9, 1951,  came against Rocky Grove and broke Franklin's school record of 28 set on Feb. 14, 1939, by Larry Gent against Union City. Between Gent and Andres, the closest anyone came to breaking the record was Ralph Musser, who bucketed 27, also against the Grove in 1944. Musser also had a 25-point game against Titusville that season. Jim Woodburn had a 26-point game against Greenville in 1940 and Ted Marchibroda scored 26 twice in 1948 against Grove City and Meadville.

Nothing was said in The News-Herald about the 28-point game being a record. However, the 165 points Gent scored in Section 2 games was a record. Gent totaled a record 245 points for the season. Union City was a member of Section 2, at least for that season. Earlier, Cochranton was a member of Section 2...

In fact, there was a time that Section 2 an umbrella for two leagues: the Venango-Crawford League (Franklin, Oil City, Meadville and Titusville) and the Tri- or Bi-County circuit (Rocky Grove, Cranberry, Cochranton and later Mercer)...In the midst of all this (think 1930s, 1940s), Rocky Grove played out of Section 2, but Cranberry was a member of the Upper Allegheny Valley League, which the Berries dominated...

Andres finished the 1951 campaign with 320 points -- another school record. The old record was 306 set in 1944 by Musser. Until 1951, the only other Franklin player to score 300 points in a season was Ted Marchibroda with 301 in 1948.

Jayvee coach Ken Wolfe replaced the head man, Harry Sigel, midway through the 1948 season. Sigel, a former Penn State grid star, took a job in another school district. His record at Franklin was 115-64 with Section 2 titles in 1938, 1940 and 1941...Franklin's 1936 team was built around state champion golfer Barrett Melvin...

ROARING '20s -- After winning in the district title in 1922, the Nursery was 83-19 during a four-year span from 1926-29 under coach Ed Treadwell...Elgin Wood made 19 field goals and finished with 38 points in Frankln's 73-9 romp over Emlenton on Feb. 22, 1919.  The paper indicated the score could have been/should have been much worse. The Nursery missed 94 shots. "While quite a number of these would have been remarkable baskets had they landed, still fully three-quarters of them were easy opportunities with no opposition from the Emlenton boys," The News-Herald reported. The paper went on to say that Wood is a much improved shooter. "He is using both hands now, a la Jimmy Corrin, and can throw just as well as his left  as with his right..."

AND IN 1918 -- The Nursery played a 26-game regular season schedule, finishing 20-6, and then won a best-of-three from Kane for some sort of western Pa. title. Dick Shorts, who had played for the YMC A in 1917, led Franklin in scoring with 421 points, including 377 during the regular season. Shorts took a job with the state highway department, leaving for Clarion in the midst of the playoffs, and missed Game 2, but was back for the deciding game, which was played at Warren...

Franklin has apparently had three homes in its hoops history. The Knights currently play at the high school, which opened in the early 1960s. The old high school was located downtown at what is now Central Elementary. The Knights/Nursery had played on that spacious floor since the 1937-38 season. Before that, and since the inception of the program, Franklin played on a dinky little floor at the Armory...

BIG COMEBACK -- Franklin trailed Corry 50-30 at the end of the third quarter in a girls game in 1974, but scored 29 points in the fourth for a 59-57 victory. Michelle Phipps scored 16 of those 29 fourth-quarter points...

Evolution of Scoring Records
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From the Franklinite: Red Law doesn't have any basketball records at Franklin, but this is still a great photo. At 5-10, he could dunk and entertained  during warmups in 1966. One thing he did do is put up an 0 16-16 16 line in a 62-54 loss to Corry in early February 1964. He also made his only free throw the next game. In between time he was 0-for-3 against Oil City and 2-for-8 to end the streak at either 17, 18 or 19. Another  thing he did: outbound Meadvile culture all-stater (first team!) Chris Buchanan, 25-5, in one game. And in case you're wondering, Law scored 632 points as a three-year regular from 1964-66.

There was a time that winning basketball championships wasn't routine at Franklin. It had been 30 years since the Nursery claimed a league title in 1949 before they won another in 1979.

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The 1927-28 Nursery was 20-3 and won the Allegheny-Kiski Valley post-season tourney. Pictured are (front row, from left), Bill Bean, Ken Harwood, Ted Yeager, Bobby Smiley and Bob Fry and (back row) coach Ed Treadwell, Cham MacMaster, Ralph Hied and faculty manager Fred Deane.

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