“Pep” Celli -
Attended Newton Elementary School.
Graduated from Newton High School in 1928. Founder and first
President of Newton Little League in 1951. Helped organize the Babe
Ruth League in 1953. Played football for Newton Moose Lodge,
baseball with Cochran House, Texaco, Nash Motors, Moose Lodge and
Twilight team in Dover League.
Managed softball for Sussex Drug teAm
in Milford, Pa League. Day named after him by the Town of Newton.
Member of Newton Steamer Co. and Exempt Fireman
FORMER NEWTON HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE,
WINNING LETTERS IN FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, BASEBALL AND WRESTLING FROM
1927 T 1929. AT NEWTON ACADEMY HE WON FOOTBALL LETTER IN 1930.
ENGAGED IN LOCAL BASEBALL LEAGUES FROM 1930 TO 1941.
UMPIRED BASEBALL FROM 1945 TO 1960.
PLAYED FOR NEWTON MOOSE FOOTBALL TEAM IN 1930’S. BOXED IN HAMBURG
IN EARLY 1930’S. BASKETBALL, NEWTON SEMI-PRO IN THE 1930’S.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR 1973 BY NEWTON
VFW. MANY LETTERS OF COMMENDATION FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE FROM NEWTON
TOWN MANAGER AND BABE RUTH BASEBALL DISTRICT #7. NEWTON LITTLE
LEAGUE ASSOCIATION 1950-1960. FIRST PLAYER AGENT. MEMBER NEWTON
FIRE DEPARTMENT 49 YEARS. SERVED AS CHIEF FROM 1962-1963.
GRADUATE OF FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL IN
1951 EARNING LETTERS IN FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL AND BASEBALL. ALL
STATE FOOTBALL 1948 AND 1951. AT FRANKLIN HIS TOTAL OF VARSITY
LETTERS WAS 11.
A 1952 GRADUATE OF BLAIR ACADEMY
ACHIEVING LETTERS IN FOOTBALL, BASEBALL AND BASKETBALL. TOOK ALL
GROUP ALL STATE HONORS AS A FULLBACK IN 1952.
GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF
VIRGINIA 1956. LETTERS IN BASKETBALL 2 YEARS, FOOTBALL 3 YEARS,
WINNING NATIONAL ACCLAIM IN FOOTBALL AS A FULLBACK AND LINEMAN.
PLAYED FOR THE FRANKLIN MINERS IN THE NORTH JERSEY PROFESSIONAL
LEAGUE 1956-1958, WINNING FIRST TEAM HONORS IN 1956, 1957 AND 1958.
PRESENTLY TEACHER IN DOVER SCHOOL SYSTEM WHERE HE COACHED FOOTBALL
FROM 1956–1966. HAS BEEN DIRECTOR OF FRANKLIN RECREATION
ASSOCIATION SINCE 1972.
Graduated Newton High School in 1929
with letters in Football and Wrestling. Wrestled on the first high
school team in New Jersey.
Graduated Penn State in 1933,
wrestled in every dual meet from 1929 to 1933 and was captain of the
1933 team. Took 2nd place in the Eastern Intercollegiate
Wrestling Association Championships in 1931 and 1932. Champion of
New Jersey AAU Championships, 1934-165 lb. class, 1935-155 lb.
class, 1936-174 lb. class; Invitational AAU Tournament Champion in
1936 at the 158 lb. class.
Refereed Olympic Wrestling Tryouts in
1939. Served on many New Jersey Agricultural Associations as an
outstanding member. In 1961 won the highest honor given by Rotary
International-Paul Harris Fellow. In 1981, Professor Emeritus,
Graduated Newton High School in 1934,
earning letters in Wrestling in 1931-1932-1933 and 1934. New Jersey
Interscholastic Association Tournament Champion 1934, 145 lbs.
class. New Jersey Amateur Athletic Union Champion 1933-145 lb.,
1934 145 lb. class, 1936 151 lb. class. Wrestled for Newton Boys
Club. Won first place 1932 and 1933 Interscholastic Meet at
Bethlehem, Pa. Bowled for Newton Elks Club Team. He bowled in
American Bowling Congress, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1961 and 1963, Elks
National Tournament 1961.
ONE OF THE GREATEST AEROBATIC PILOTS
OF ALL TIME. HE WON THE U.S. AEROBATIC CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1975. HE
RETAINED THE NATIONAL TITLE AGAIN IN 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 AND
1981. HE WON THE WORLD AEROBATIC CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1980 AND 1981, ALL
THIS IS IN HIS OWN DESIGNED AIRCRAFT.
HE WAS TEAM CAPTAIN AT THE WORLD
CHAMPIONSHIP IN RUSSIA, 1976 AND CZECHOSLOVAKIA IN 1978. THIS YEAR
AT OSHKOSH, WISCONSIN, THE U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM WON AND LEO WAS CROWNED
WORLD CHAMPION, WINNING FOUR GOLD AND TWO SILVER MEDALS DURING THE
COMPETITION. HE WON THE VICTOR AWARD FOR AVIATION IN 1981, WHICH IS
GIVEN TO THE YEAR’S TOP ATHLETES IN SPORTS. HE IS FIRST U.S. PILOT
TO WIN THIS HONOR.
George L. Phillips -
Attended schools in Dover where he
graduated. Played 6 years at 2nd base in the Lackawanna
League. Business manager and assistant coach to playground Dodgers
and Blue Jays in Newton 9 years. These teams turned out some of the
best athletes to come out of Newton High School.
Served in same capacity for the
Newton A.A. Semi-Pro Baseball team-6 years. Member of Newton Town
Council where he earned “Citizen of Distinction” Appreciation Award
in April 22, 1964. George also earned the North Jersey Baseball
Certificate of Merit Award.
Newton High School graduate, 1949,
earning letters in baseball and bowling. Member of Sussex County MAJor
League, Dover Major League, Newton “A” League, Sparta “A” League and
Sussex “A” League. One of Sussex County’s leading bowlers in the
1950’s and 1960’s. This earned him the New Jersey HerAld’s Sportsman
of the Month award.
He was the founder of the Sussex
County Major League and was a member of the first place team in
1962, 1965, 1966 and 1977. Was a member of an All*star local team
to bowl against a well known professional team in 1959, 1960 and
1961. Highest scorer in Sussex “A” League, 1960, Dover Major-1959,
Newton “A” League 1960 and Sparta Summer Doubles League, 1973.