Hans Delannoy, approaching 500 career wins, coaching boys and girls in Palo Alto and San Ramon / Danville / Dublin, called and asked me to research the exact number of those came in 1973, at Cubberley. I went to Steve Staiger’s office the next day and consulted the Totem, the school yearbook, with limited success. For yucks, or hermetic reasons, or as a profound tribute, I squeezed into Kent’s game-worn jersey, #25, which he had sent me in 2007, when we were organizing a tribute to Danny McCallister.
I explained to Steve who Kent was, for the sake of history.
(I think I once argued, here there or in the aether, that 3137 Greer, with the rock garden built by Kent Lockhart and Marlinda Fitzgerald, should be an historic site).
On the way back from Cubberley / PAHA Guy Miller Archives, I popped in at the Ross Road Y, still wearing the Lockhart jersey, and climbed on the stair-master, elliptical trainer. I was wondering if anyone would notice the jersey, remember Kent, and ask me what was I doing. (Meanwhile, or previously, this blog, Plastic Alto, had become the best source of info on Kent’s amazing career in basketball and art). This was January. After a few minutes, yet before breaking a sweat, I felt silly and moved on.
Just yesterday, as in eight months later, I saw Katie Foy, of the famous Foy family, and she asked me if I was the guy in the Lockhart jersey she saw that day. Katie was a cheerleader at Gunn and Cubberley, while I was at the end of the bench for varsity in 25-3.
So thereby proving Chaos Theory. Not that nobody noticed but it’s hard to tell.
I knew Kent La Machine Lockhart at UTEP. I used to work out with Kent, Dave Feitl, Fred Reynolds. Neville Shed was an assistant coach for Coach Haskins and I was to be a walk on my first year then scholarship. Do you know where Kent is living?
Hi, Lee. That’s funny that you saw this post. Which is based on something weird I did to honor Kent six months ago. In 2006, around a 25-year reunion of our championship seasons, I reconnected by phone and mail with Kent, who is still based in Melbourne. I had lunch with our coach and Katie (a former cheerleader) said she saw me that day wearing the jersey, but I had slipped out before she could stop me. Kent had sent me four of his high school jersies which we were intending to try to raffle off to raise funds in honor of a then-recently deceased teammate.
So Kent is considered legendary around El Paso, Palo Alto and Melbourne and sometimes here in cyberspace (although as of 2006 he was not using email but his girlfriend allegedly was).
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Hi- I am emailing from Australia as I read articles about Kent Lockhart. Kent died on January 28th in Melbourne. He came to Australia in 1988 to play basketball and worked his way up to play in the National Basketball League. He was an All Star here and after playing in the NBL he continued to play in the CBA in Melbourne. He was actively involved in coaching young people and he had a great reputation for his tough no nonsense approach. He developed many players that went on to play at an elite level. RIP
Mark: Did you ever find out what Han’s 1973 JV team’s record was? Did he coach an other teams that year? I was on that 1973 JV team, I was a senior then. I still talk to Hans and see him every once in a while.Thank you for your good articles about the good old days.
Thank you, Gary – -I will have to double check to see if you are or are not in the arbitrary list of 200 Cubberley basketball players that I am enpowered by the sheer force of the internet and WordPress blog to enshrine and honorably mention. Yelton compiled and Hans saved a list of 187 players who scored at least 1 point (which is great for someone like me who scored 4 points total, I can track down my fellow single-digiters, although I’m from Gunn not Cub — we used to practice at Cub – -Hans stole the keys). The only JV guys who made the Hall are guys who were also my teammates at Gunn. You may also, if you are in touch with Mr. Ruff, know that Fowlkes, Baird and a couple others are deliberating a more official Hall of Fame for Cubberley Athletics, they have zoom meetings and everything. Yes, Hans is unique in that he talks up Cubberley to hundreds of people. I’d say I’ve met 500 Cubberley men, mostly men. I’m going to edit and update — I did, if you read the letter carefully, ask Tim Ruff to send me a photo — the photo that popped up is Dave George who was later a varsity baseballer, I’ve met thru Hans in recent years — he is into pickle ball tennis — but that photo is the C Team or maybe D. God bless.
I went and examined the yearbook and reported back that it did not have a good tally of the results of the teams he coached. So as Hans was approaching 400 wins all time there was a bit of guesswork and benefit of the doubt.
Do you know where Kent Lockhart is living ? I knew Kent at UTEP and worked out with guys on the Miners. Nevil Shed offered me a walk on my first year and then a 2 year scholarship after playing a pick up game on Sunday in Memorial Gym back in 1981 or 1982. I had played some college ball in my past. Guess where ? look at my Email address.
Ed- Are we sure you are not one of Arrillaga’s henchmen?