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In The Community: Lockwood, Dale, Emas Borbee honored in Penncrest’s ring

David Lockwood, Karen Emas Borbee and Ed Dale adopt a pose after the unveiling of their names on the Rose Tree Media Athletics Ring of Honor in Penncrest High School’s Kaufman Gymnasium.
David Lockwood, Karen Emas Borbee and Ed Dale adopt a pose after the unveiling of their names on the Rose Tree Media Athletics Ring of Honor in Penncrest High School’s Kaufman Gymnasium. SUBMITTED PHOTO — CHIP OLINGER

The Rose Tree Media Athletic Ring of Honor reception had concluded Friday, and the honorees and others who had attended headed to Kaufman Gymnasium to watch the Penncrest boys basketball team take on Garnet Valley.

 Pre-game warmups were about to conclude, and the Lions players were wearing white T-shirts with the inscription “Coach Dale Ring of Honor” in red letters on the back.
The Lions were paying tribute to Ed Dale, who was honored Friday along with David Lockwood and Karen Emas Borbee as the fifth class of Ring of Honor inductees. Among the previous honorees at the ceremony Friday were Gene Armstead and Kate Fonshell Taylor from the first class (2013), John Baker and Don Lambert (2014), Chris Benson (2015) and Susan Delaney-Scheetz (2016).

Dale coached a pair of Central League champion boys basketball teams at Penncrest. He also was an assistant boys and girls cross country coach as well as a girls track assistant.


During his coaching career, he helped 15 Penncrest teams win Central League titles. He was involved in a 56-meet winning streak in boys cross country as well as a 62-meet streak put together in girls track.


“He was a student of the game and taught the fundamentals,” John Lohn, head girls track coach when Dale was an assistant, said in his introductory remarks. “He taught and coached with great simplicity, and no one worked harder.”


Dale, who came to the Rose Tree-Media School District in 1973 after serving in the Navy, coached boys basketball at Springton Lake Middle School before becoming JV boys basketball coach under Jim Natale at Penncrest.


“I wasn’t thinking about being the varsity coach when Jim left a couple of years later,” Dale said. “But (former principal) Lou Scott said they would give me a shot. I was lucky enough to have men like Bill Kaufman and Jim Wilson as my assistants.  “Penncrest is just a great school to coach at.”


Dale’s first boys varsity team had a 17-1 league record and qualified for the state tournament. He worked with Lohn with the girls track program and Don Lambert in cross country.  “Track is great because of the team concept as well as the individual concept,” Dale said. “Don Lambert was one of the best motivators I’ve ever seen. After one of his speeches, I was ready to go out there and start running.”


Lockwood was an All-Delco running back and basketball player at Penncrest, then played defensive back at the University of West Virginia. He has been an assistant football coach at the University of Delaware, James Madison, Memphis, Notre Dame, the University of Wyoming, the University of Minnesota and Kentucky.


During the fall, he was an assistant at Middletown High, the Delaware Division I runner-up. Among the Cavaliers players was his son, Jeff, a junior running back and linebacker.


Tuesday, Lockwood leaves for Nevada to begin working as a football assistant at UNLV.


“It all started for me with the Rose Tree Colts and at the Media Boys Club,” Lockwood said. “I had great coaches at Springton Lake, and Penncrest was so influential in my success.  “I always worked hard to try to make the people of Media proud of me.”


Emas Borbee played for Central League field hockey, basketball and lacrosse championship teams at Penncrest then earned three national championship rings as a lacrosse player at the University of Delaware, where she still holds a number of scoring records and was a member of the first group of inductees into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame.


She was a member of Team USA in 1989, helping it earn the World Cup of Lacrosse championship. She is about to begin her 25th season as women’s lacrosse head coach at Swarthmore College.


“I was a tomboy who really loved sports,” Emas Borbee said. “My father, (former Temple basketball player) Jack Emas was always so supportive of whatever I was doing.   ”Being coached in school by such amazing people as Peggy Levesque, Josie Harper and Sue Delaney-Scheetz was very special. And I was fortunate that I was playing when the Daily Times really began covering girls sports and giving us recognition. I’m humbled by this very special honor tonight.”