- Post by: mcalibrary
- December 18, 2023
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Jim Darrup received 15 varsity letters in a brilliant high school athletic career at Mount Carmel High School. He earned 4 letters Football, Baseball and Track; and 3 letters in Basketball.
In addition, he was Captain or Co-Captain of all 4 sports as a Senior. He ran in the Penn Relays for 4 successive years as a member of the Tornado Track Team.
He was an especially gifted running back. He led the team in scoring both as a Junior and Senior. In 1958 he was named to the Sporting News All American Team, one of 200 chosen from among the 300,000 who play High School Football each fall. After graduation he attended North Carolina State University on an Athletic Scholarship.
At NC State he continued his success. He was Team Captain of the Wolfpack Freshman Team…and led the team in scoring from his starting Tailback Position. He was voted to the Freshman All State Team in North Carolina, which included the “Big 4” Colleges : NC State, University of North Carolina, Duke, and Wake Forest.
He played one year Semi-pro Football with the Hazelton Mustangs before hanging up his football cleats. But he needed an outlet for his competitive juices, and he played for many years in the Inter City Fast Pitch Softball League. He led the league in every single hitting category in one year or another. He was recognized as the League’s Most Valuable Player in 3 different years.
Recently he coached Football and Basketball for the Holy Spirit Youth League Team. His athletic ability has shown up in his kids, all of whom are outstanding students and athletes at Mount Carmel High School.