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Marvin Branche -
Inducted in 1984 ... 1950 Spring Valley H.S. graduate ... one of Rockland County’s all-time great weightmen in track and field ... dubbed “the greatest all-around trackman in two decades” in Rockland in a 1950 Journal-News article ... that year, he set a County discus record — 160 feet, 3 inches — that stood for 25 years ... was Rockland record-holder in the javelin for 31 years ... his County shot put mark of 51-6 1/2 wasn’t surpassed for 20 years ... a left-hander who won throwing righty on those occasions when his throwing elbow was sore ... also showed great speed as part of the Tigers’ 440- and 880-yard relay teams that competed in the 1949 state meet, and turned in some stellar 440-yard dash efforts ... a bruising fullback in football and top-notch heavyweight wrestler, he earned 11 letters in five sports (basketball and baseball were the others) ... at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pa., he routinely competed in four to six events per meet, frequently winning most of them ... against Valley Forge Military Academy, he won six events in one day (100, 120-yard high hurdles, shot put, long jump, discus, javelin) and tied for first in the high jump ... he also starred as a heavyweight wrestler and as an offensive and defensive end in football.

 


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