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Jason Mifsud ’13

Drew Tompkins ’13

Court to be named after Burch

For 32 years, Clarence “Dutch” Burch

worked the Lycoming College basketball

court sidelines, beginning his career in the

tiny Hilltop Gymnasium. When he was

promoted to athletic director in 1976, he

helped make Lamade Gymnasium, the

3,700-seat home of the Warrior basketball

program, a reality, and he coached in the

banner-laden gym for 14 years.

Now, the court on which he helped

create so many memories as a basketball

coach will be named in his memory.

During the season-opening Tip-Off

Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 16, the

Warriors will name the Lamade Gym floor

“Dutch Burch Court” in a ceremony at

3:15 p.m. with the team tipping off right

after the ceremony.

Burch, who passed away in 2012 at

age 80, amassed a school-record 318 wins

during his time on the sidelines from

1962-94. Burch led Lycoming to its first

Middle Atlantic Conference regular-season

championship in 1965-66 and added

two more titles in 1983-84 and 1984-85.

Lycoming made 11 appearances in the

postseason during his tenure.

Two Warriors earn

scholar-athlete award

Lycoming’s Jason Mifsud ’13

and Drew Tompkins ’13 have

earned the Middle Atlantic Con-

ference’s Scholar-Athlete Award

for men’s tennis and men’s golf,

respectively. Mifsud also was

voted the Commonwealth Con-

ference’s Player of the Year.

After winning a school-record

15 singles matches and rewriting

the school’s record book, Mifsud

joins Robert Brown ’11 as the

only men’s tennis players to earn

the award.

On the court, Mifsud, the

Warriors’ all-time wins leader,

finished his career with a 45-11

singles record and added a 28-26

mark in doubles. His combined

mark of 73-37 is also the best

in school history. He saved his

best season for last, posting a

15-1 singles record as a senior

and becoming the first player in

school history to win the Middle

Atlantic Conference Individual

Championship, doing so at the

top flight.

Mifsud is also one of two

players in school history to

earn three all-conference accolades. He

reached three MAC Individual Champi-

onship finals. He also led the Warriors

to the 2010 Commonwealth Conference

Championship, the program’s first-ever

conference title.

Off the court, the mathematics

major was just as impressive, earning

two MAC Academic Honor Roll nods,

three Intercollegiate Tennis Association

Scholar Athlete awards and seven dean’s

list awards. He was vice president of the

Kappa Mu Epsi-

lon Mathematical

Science Honor

Society and was

awarded with the


Science Award,

the Frances K.

Skeath Award

in Mathematics

and the Benjamin

C. Connor Prize

in Mathematics

at the college’s



Tompkins was a four-year

letterwinner for the Warriors, playing

in 15 career rounds and participating

as one of the team’s top five players

at the Commonwealth Conference

Championship during all four seasons. As

a freshman, he finished a personal-best

28th at the conference championship, as he

fired a career-best 86 in the second round.

As a senior, he finished in the top 25 once,

posting an 88 at the Susquehanna Spring


In the classroom, the political science

and economics major was a two-time

MAC Academic Honor Roll selection and

earned eight dean’s list accolades. He was

inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi National

Honor Society, the Omicron Delta Epsilon

Economics Honor Society and the Pi

Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor


A Lycoming Scholar, he also was the

recipient of the 2013 Roger W. Opdahl

Economics Excellence Award and won the

Lycoming College Class of 1907 Prize,

which is given to a senior in the upper half

of his class who has contributed to campus

life through participation in athletics and

other student activities.

The new athletic marks were designed

by the Joe Bosack Graphic Design

Co., which has also created logos for

several collegiate (Akron, Bucknell,

Manhattanville and Mississippi State) and

professional (NHL’s Colorado Avalanche

and AHL’s Hershey Bears) teams.

The new set of marks will replace the

“Block L” logo, which has been in use

since 2005. Prior to that, the College used

an “Indian Head” mark for nearly 50

years, but chose to change the logo due to

NCAA legislation that banned the use of

American Indian mascots by sports teams

during its postseason tournaments.


The court in Lamade Gym will be named after “Dutch” Burch, who won a

school-record 318 games as Lycoming’s men’s basketball coach.