Monday, October 5, 2015

Basketball legend, mentor mourned

Tributes have been scheduled for Alonzo Lewis, the basketball legend who was killed last week in a car accident.

Basketball legend, mentor mourned


Tributes have been scheduled for Alonzo Lewis, the basketball legend who was killed last week in a car accident. The former La Salle University standout and beloved coach at Chester High and Cheyney University had been crossing the street to a Catholic League girls' playoff doubleheader at Philadelphia University.

Lewis, who guided Chester High to two PIAA Class AAAA state championships during his coaching tenure there, will be honored Saturday at 1 p.m. at the school, according to a notice from Unionville High School, where his daughter is a basketball star. Another tribute is scheduled for March 12 at 7 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 10 W. Pleasant Grove Rd., West Chester.

During a decade in Chester, Lewis, 77, of Chadds Ford, compiled a 237-67 record and won six league championships. His Clippers took home state gold in the 1988-89 and 1993-94 seasons. Lewis also coached at the old Darby Township and Academy Park. His overall high school record was 433-146.

Lewis was a familiar sight at Unionville High’s girls’ basketball games, where Alison, the youngest of his two daughters, has been earning acclaim as a sophomore.

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Aubrey Whelan covers Chester County for the Inquirer. A native of a Philadelphia suburb so small it doesn't have a zip code, she grew up reading the Inquirer and was thrilled to take a job there in fall 2012. Previously, she covered crime, courts and D.C.'s Occupy movement for the Washington Examiner. Aubrey graduated from Penn State in 2011, where she worked for the award-winning campus newspaper and majored in journalism and French. Contact her at 215-495-5855 or You can also follow her on Twitter at

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