Chester "Chet" Coggeshall

Barnstable High School

Class of 1938

Varsity Letterman — 11 Times
Football, Basketball, Baseball, Track & Field
New Bedford Standard Times, All-Cape Team, 1st Team (1936)

New Bedford Standard Times, All-Cape Team, Hon. Mention (1937)

Silver Football Award (1937)

Scored 168 Points in 18 Games as Senior in Basketball, Including a School Record 24 pts. vs. Walpole in the South Shore Class A State Tournament on March 9, 1938

Record Later Broken by Peter Groop (28 pts.) on Jan. 24, 1944 vs. Harwich

Inducted Into the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010

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As the top high school quarterback on Cape Cod his junior year at BHS (1936-37) the eldest of the superb, athletic Coggeshall clan steered the Red Raiders to the Cape Cod Football Championship in what was to be Coach Billy Bangs' final season on the gridiron, but it was not only the three letters Coggeshall earned in football that made him stand out as one of the premier student-athletes of his time.

     As a four-time letterman in baseball, Coggeshall started in virtually every game in his four years on the BHS diamond, playing right-, left- and centerfield as well as pitching. His greatest performance still stands out as one of Barnstable's all-time greatest at the plate when he went 6-7 vs. Provincetown on May 19, 1938 in a 25-6 rout.

     In basketball, playing first for Coach Bangs as a sophomore sub, then as a starting forward for Coach Vernon B. Bearse in his junior and senior campaigns, Coggeshall teamed up with fellow future hall of famer Tom Maki to pace the Red & White to the finals of the South Shore Class A State Tournament and in the tournament semifinals, Coggeshall set the all-time school record in points scored with 24 versus Walpole, played at a jammed house at Brockton High.

     But in his senior season, as Coach Bangs tried to single-handedly establish track & field as a viable varsity sport along the South Shore, Coggeshall became one of the rarest of all-time great Red Raiders when he simultaneously earned a varsity letter throwing the javelin, while alternating game dates with the Red Raider nine.

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