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Rebel Elite honors seven players as part of ‘Edward Coombs Memorial Scholarship’

Monday, 18th June 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, Club, Posted 6/18/12
Staff Report

Rebel Elite Lacrosse honored the first recipients of the club’s “Edward Coombs Memorial Scholarship” at Williamson’s banquet hall in Horsham on Thursday night.

Eddie Coombs Scholarship: Bottom left to right Colin Joka, Zach Fink, Gryphin Kelly; Top left to right- Eric Coombs, Coach Ryan Sankey, Joey Sankey, Shawn Kaplan, Coach Harry Sankey, Jack Morgenthaler, Tina Coombs; Missing from photo - Ben Sampson

The scholarship, awarded to one graduating senior and six former alumni of Rebel, gave $500 grants in honor of Edward (Eddie) Coombs, who was a member of the club and tragically passed away in an auto accident last August of 2011 after his freshman year at Marist.

The scholarship was set up by the Rebel coaching staff as a way of immortalizing Eddie’s spirit and his life achievements as an athlete, a student, and volunteer of community service. Monies donated from current and past Rebel Elite players and families was the sole funding for the grants.

The scholarship was initially set up to be a scholarship for one graduating high school senior who, as a Rebel Elite member, portrayed the attributes and successes of Eddie in the classroom, playing fields, and citizenship.

This year, for one year only, it was amended to include former teammates of Eddie’s that have continued their successes at the collegiate level.

The honorees this year are; Zach Fink, of Harriton High School (attending Franklin and Marshall in the fall) as the outgoing senior; Ben Sampson (Naval Academy, Emmaus), Shawn Kaplan (Ohio State, Plymouth Whitemarsh), Joey Sankey (North Carolina, Penn Charter), Colin Joka (Marist, Plymouth Whitemarsh), Jack Morgenthaler (Naval Prep, Malvern Prep), and Gryphin Kelly (Hobart, Plymouth Whitemarsh).

“When I mentioned to the nominees that they were going to be honored, they were all taken aback and couldn’t thank me enough for the honor of being named in the same sentence with Eddie Coombs,” said Coach Harry Sankey. “As a teammate, everybody loved him and everybody respected him.

“As a player, coaching him, he just made me smile. He gave hos all and he was an impressive athlete to watch.”

The ceremony included parents of the inductees, Rebel Elite coaches Harry Sankey, Ryan Sankey, and Harry Sankey Jr., and featured Edward’s parents, Tina and Eric Coombs as the scholarship administrators.

“It was a night of sadness and laughter, tears and joy, and remembering the happiness we all had together as a team,” Coach Harry Sankey said. “We were – and still are family”.


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