- Post by: mcalibrary
- December 18, 2023
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Jack Buchinski was Jack Armstrong come to life. In the late 30’s and early 40’s, Jack Armstrong was a storybook sports hero who made all the big plays under pressure- an all-round athlete who quietly led his team to victory in all sports.
Mike Terry used to say great athletes come in cycles. And in that period, 1948 to 1952, Kulpmont High had many of its greatest all playing at the same time. Jack starred in basketball, football and baseball at Kulpmont High. He and Joey Hanlon led the Wildcats to Championships in all three sports.
But it was in basketball that he found his special place. During the 1950-51 season, Jack averaged 21.5 points per game over the 23-game season, as he led Kulpmont to the Keystone League Championship. He topped off his terrific season by being named Honorable Mention All-State. At that point, it was the most points ever scored by a Kulpmont Basketball Player, and you can put his All-State Mention is perspective by realizing that his All-State Teammates included Julius McCoy, Joe Hollip, Tom Gola and Ed Fleming.
Jack also starred as an end and halfback in football and a pitcher and second baseman in baseball. He became the highest scoring end in Kulpmont High School history, and averaged 9.9 yards per carry as a running back.