History with Chuck: Cheltenham grads and future U.S. Justice Department figures Glenn Fine and David Weiss helped upset to-be state basketball champ Abington in 1973

According to local historian Chuck Langerman, the Cheltenham High School boys basketball team pulled off a huge upset against Abington Senior High School in December 1973.

That season, Abington was the top-ranked boys basketball team in southeastern Pennsylvania. The game ended with a score of 61-59 and was played in Abington’s gym.

It featured future public figures David Weiss and Glenn Fine as well as future ophthalmologist Steve Kanoff. Fine scored a game-high 24 points and All-Suburban One swingman Kanoff added 18 points.

Fine went on to Harvard University to continue his basketball career and is the only Cheltenham High School basketball player to be drafted by an NBA franchise. The former Rhodes Scholar was appointed by then-President Bill Clinton to serve as the Inspector General of the Justice Department from 2000 to 2011.

Today Weiss is serving as special counsel in the Justice Department’s prosecution of Hunter Biden.

The Panthers’ defense held Abington’s high-scoring all-state junior guard Richard “Razzle-Dazzle” Wright to only eight points. Abington went to win their first and only PIAA AAAA state title later that season with a victory over Peabody High of Pittsburgh.

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Photo courtesy of El Delator yearbook via Chuck Langerman