Daniel “Booker” Zlockie

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  • January 11, 2024
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Jazz, Farmer, Hoosie, Sugar, Boogie – Just say the name and most folks know which Kulpmont athletic great your are talking about – Joe Diminick, Steve Filopowicz, Joe Pezelski, Michael Lashendock, FrankNicola. You can add “Booker” to that instantly recognizable list. Although his athletic exploits were at Lourdes Regional, Kulpmont’s Daniel Zlockie brings instant recognition to the name “Booker”.

Zlockie was three-sport standout in the mid 80’s at Lourdes in football, basketball, and baseball. Booker would have his coming out party as a sophomore against West Hazleton when coach Bob Chesney inserted him in as a defensive back. Dan would respond with 2 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries and 13 tackles. He would register 250 tackles over his career – 187 solo and 63 assisted. He may have been part of one of the most memorable games in Raider history in 1985 vs Southern Columbia. Despite being 4 touchdown underdogs, Daniel would go 19 for 31 and 303 yards and 2 TD’s in leading Lourdes to a 20-19 upset win over Jerry Marks’s Tigers. As he completed his career, Dan would own records for completions in a season – 99, completions in a game – 19, most passing yards in a season – 1499, and most rushing yards in a game by a QB – 125. He would eventually throw for 2,595 yards on 182 completions in 380 attempts – still good for second place on the all-time Raider list. He would also rush 229 times for 529 yards. He would also add 6 interceptions, 6 fumble recoveries, and 3 QB sacks to his defensive totals. He was given honorable mention all-state as a junior and Big 33 honorable mention as a senior.

Dan would eventually take his talents to Kutztown University and would graduate in 1992 with a degree in marketing.

Daniel was also a two-year letterman for Coach John McKay’s Red Raider basketball team and would help the Raiders to a District IV – A title with a 22-8 record in 1986 and a AA title in 1987 with a 22-7 mark. He was a three-year letterman as a catcher in baseball and was named to the Schuylkill League all-star team in 1987.

Booker now lives in Mountain Top with his wife Jeanine (Mirarchi) and three children, Braden, Marley, and Kennedy. He is employed in Wilkes-Barre as a Branch Manager for First NLC Financial Services

Categories: 2007 Hall of Fame