It’s been more than 45 years since Don “Legs” Logan of Chester asked Delco Baseball League player Sylvester “Sonny” Pompilii if he would be interested in becoming a softball umpire.
Pompilii hesitated at first before agreeing to give it a try. The retired Chester-Upland School District principal is still at it, preparing for another spring of working Atlantic 10, Big East, Ivy League and Colonial Athletic Conference games as well as fulfilling his duties as Pennsylvania’s deputy umpire-in-chief. He will be hosting a clinic for NCAA umpires at the Airport Marriott Saturday.
Last week, Pompilii returned from The Netherlands, where he was the American coordinator of umpires for the Indoor Cup of Softball, a three-day event which included teams from the host country, Great Britain, Italy, Russia, Czech Republic and the United States.
“Most of the other countries send teams of adult players or even their national team,” Pompilii said. “The American players are mostly juniors and seniors in high school.
“The games are played with eight players because they have a short right field in each of the halls that they use, and we have a number of special rules. Each umpire works a minimum of six games, but they could work as many as nine during the tournament. The game is a lot faster, and each game has a 50-minute time limit, so there really aren’t a lot of high scoring games.”
After the tournament concluded, Pompilii and the American umpires spent some time in Paris before returning home.
“Every year, as the time for the tournament gets closer, I get excited about making another trip,” Pompilii said. “You meet some great people from all over the world, and you always have a good time.
“One of the girls I talked to from Texas said that when she went back home to school she would have to write a paper about all of her experiences.”
Susan Eds of Missouri, Tatem Stoelting fromTexas and Joel Petrie, Tom Fitzsimmons and Bob Allen of Michigan were the umpires from the United States who worked with Pompilii in the tournament.
“We get so many emails every year from people who want to go to the tournament,” said Pompilii, who worked the 16U national tournament at Delcastle Recretation Center in Delaware last summer. “I try to use the recommendations I get as well as going by what I’ve observed if I’ve seen someone umpire.
“It’s a great experience and a very competitive tournament, and we want to make sure we have the right people who are there umpiring.”
Gina Buggy, director of athletics and head field hockey coach at Episcopal Academy, was inducted into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame earlier this month in an awards ceremony in Naples, Florida.
A former Ursinus College player, she was a member of the 1984 United States field hockey team, which won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
She coached at Harvard University and Agnes Irwin School before becoming Episcopal Academy’s head field hockey coach in 1986. She was appointed athletics director at the school in 1993.
Buggy’s EA field hockey teams have won 12 Inter-Ac League championships and three Pennsylvania Independent Schools titles. Her coaching record at Episcopal Academy is 442-92-9.
The Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum is featuring one of the cards from its new collection depicting top county sports figures on the museum’s website at www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com each week.
The featured card this week is that of Marty Brill, a native of Norwood who helped the University of Notre Dame’s football team to a 19-0 record and national championships in the 1929 and 1930 seasons, earning All-American honors as a running back in 1930.
He played in the NFL for one year, then coached at Columbia University, La Salle College and Loyola-Marymount. He died in 1973 at the age of 67.
The Sports Legends Museum, which is located at 301 Iven Avenue in Wayne, has added Saturday hours, when it will be open from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Additional information about the card set and the museum’s hours of operation can be obtained from curator Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or by visiting www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com or by emailing email@example.com.
Pat Udovich, a senior at Archmere Academy, has been named co-winner of the 2016 Michael DeLucia Sportsmanship Award, which is presented annually to a senior football player at a Delaware Catholic high school.
Udovich is the son of Brookhaven native Pat Udovich, who was an all-state linebacker at Archmere, and the grandson of John Udovich, a former Pennsylvania Military College athlete who taught and coached at Chester High and was a guidance counselor at Ridley High School.
The younger Udovich, who will attend Drexel University, where he plans to play lacrosse, was named to the Delaware all-state football first team at fullback and the second team at linebacker. He shared the DeLucia Award with Dave Hazleton, a tight end and linebacker at St. Elizabeth’s High in Wilmington.
The Delaware High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for its 2017 induction class. The Hall, founded in 1994, honors coaches, managers, players, teams and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to baseball in Delaware.
Anyone wishing to submit a nomination may do so in writing or electronically. Nominations should include a letter of nomination, supporting accomplishments and achievements, and detail the candidate’s contribution to baseball in Delaware.
Nominations are due by Friday, Feb. 10. They may be sent to: Tom Lemon, 2702 Pecksniff Road, Wilmington, DE 19808, or may be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, call 302-998-0267. Inductees will be announced this spring, and the induction ceremony will be held in June at a Wilmington Blue Rocks game at Frawley Stadium.
Information on the Delaware High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, including a year by year list of inductees, can be found by going to: Google sites DelawareBCA.org.