Chuck Britton was a standout at Cathedral Prep, McDowell within the late 1960s, early 1970s
Charles D. Britton, one of the crucial gifted highschool athletes in Erie historical past, died Saturday on the age of 68.
Britton — often known as Chuckie or Chuck — was an excellent basketball and soccer participant for Cathedral Prep after which for McDowell within the late 1960s and early 1970s.
“Chuck was probably the most effective athlete of that period within the late 1960s and early 1970s in Erie,” stated Dan Brabender, who has written books about Prep soccer and basketball historical past. “He was solely 5-foot-10, however he had lengthy arms, mushy palms, nice pace, nice leaping potential and nice strikes. He did all of it.
“He was one of the crucial thrilling gamers in Erie ever — together with Eddie Woodard, Bob Sanders and Tim Colicchio. He was simply a whole lot of enjoyable to look at.”
Britton gained consideration in Erie as a youth athlete who starred in Little Gridders soccer. As a 13-year-old, he received the Jap Area Punt, Move and Kick competitors, topping a subject of 50,000 entrants. He went on to complete third nationally.
In 1967, he grew to become a uncommon freshman to begin for the Cathedral Prep soccer staff. He began within the defensive backfield, and he made a memorable play when he scooped up a fumble and ran 34 yards for a landing to assist Prep to a 13-6 upset of an excellent East Excessive staff. In one other recreation, Britton rushed 14 instances for 134 yards as he completed seventh within the Metropolis in speeding and scoring.
As a sophomore, Britton fashioned a gifted passing duo with quarterback Pat Steenberge. Britton completed with 40 receptions 744 yards and 11 touchdowns, which had been all Prep information on the time. Amongst his greatest performs was a 32-yard landing reception with eight seconds to go to present Prep a 21-16 comeback win over Rochester Aquinas.
In basketball, he starred on an excellent Prep freshman staff and was averaging 18.6 factors per recreation by way of seven video games in his sophomore season earlier than suffered a season-ending damaged leg.
Britton then briefly attended Sturdy Vincent earlier than transferring to McDowell for his closing two years. He starred for the Trojans as a soccer, basketball participant and observe athlete.
He completed with 249 factors as a soccer participant and 1,049 factors as a basketball participant regardless of battling accidents.
He attended the College of Cincinnati on soccer and basketball scholarships, however his faculty profession ended early due partially to authorized difficulties.
In 2000, the Erie Occasions-Information named Britton to the Metropolis of Erie All-Century Soccer Group.
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