Dover High product, Phila. newscaster Ukee Washington to join Del. Afro-American Athletics Hall

Ukee Washington

Former Dover High standout Ukee Washington is among 12 honorees who will be inducted into the Delaware Afro-American Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday evening.

The Hall’s annual banquet will be held on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Dover’s Modern Maturity Center.

With the addition of this year’s class, the Delaware Afro-American Athletics Hall of Fame will have inducted 221 people since its first class in 1999.

Also in this year’s class are Bruce Barrett (football), Anthony Brinkley, Jr. (basketball, Larry Bryant (basketball coach), John Coveleski (football coach), Robert Dixon (baseball), Theodore Gregory (football, posthumously), Antoine Harrison (basketball), Wilbur Justice (baseball), George Kosanovich (football coach), Nathaniel Perry (track & field) and Courtland Thomas (basketball).

Washington, the well-known Philadelphia newscaster, was a record-setting hurdler and All-State basketball player at Dover who went on to captain the University of Richmond basketball team.

When he graduated, Washington was the seventh-leading scorer in state history with over 1,300 points. He also set longstanding state records in the high hurdles (14.28 seconds), 300 intermediate hurdles (37.85 seconds) and in the mile relay (3:17.49).

Washington is already a member of both the Delaware Museum Sports Hall of Fame and Delaware Track & Field Hall of Fame.

Known as a multi-sport coach at Caesar Rodney High, Coveleski has been a coach in the state for over 43 years.

Between 1983-2006, Covesleski led the Riders to a football record of 138-44-2 with nine Henlopen Conference Northern Division titles. In between, he was the offensive coordinator at Delaware State for six seasons where one of his players was future NFL standout John Taylor.

Bryant has been a youth basketball coach in Kent County for over 30 years. Most notably, he coached the Delaware Finest Stars (later known as Delaware Finest Stars/6th Man Warriors), winning two AAU age-group national championships and finishing in the top 10 nationally several times.

Barrett was a multi-sport standout at Cape Henlopen in the 1970s who was named the Lower Delaware Gridiron Club Athlete of the Year. He went on to be a receiver at the University of New Haven where he led the team during the 1979-80 season with 56 receptions for 1,073 yards and 11 touchdowns.

A basketball standout at Indian River High, Brinkley was selected to attend the prestigious Metro Index Basketball Camp. After joining the U.S. Army,
Brinkley played with the military’s team in international tournaments in the last 1990s, making the all-tourney team twice.

Dixon was a three-sport standout at Georgetown’s William C. Jason Comprehensive High School. He later played semi-pro baseball for the Bridgeville Comets where he hit .300 and was known for his speed.

A DeLaWarr High grad, Gregory was an honorable mention AP’s Little All-American defensive end on the University of Delaware football team (1970) where he later became the program’s first African-American assistant coach. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the eighth round in ‘71.

Harrison was a Wilmington High grad who starred in basketball at both Delaware Tech-North and Cheyney. He helped Cheyney reach the Division II Final Four who later was the head coach at Sanford.

Justice was another Jason High grad who went on to be a standout semi-pro baseball player. He was an all-star pitcher in the Eastern Shore League, leading his team to four championships.

A football coach at several high schools in the state, Kosanovich retired with a record of 255-159-11, with 13 state tournament appearances and four state titles. His 1971 Wilmington squad topped Middletown, 13-6, to capture the first official state crown in the sport.

Perry was a track standout at Wilmington’s Howard High, helping the Wildcats to a pair of top-five national relay finishes at the Penn Relays in 1960. He went to Grambling on a track scholarship, later returning to the school as a receivers coach in football and the head coach in track & field.

Thomas was a basketball standout at Seaford High in the early 1970s who was later an all-star player at Delaware Tech.

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