Joe Lank

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Joe Lank was an outstanding athlete at Milford High School and the University of Delaware in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. A three year football letterman at Delaware, Joe played offensive end and defensive back as the Blue Hens’ lone 60-minute player his senior year. His pass reception and 50 yard touchdown run provided Delaware’s only points in a near upset of highly favored Temple in 1951. Joe was the team’s second highest scorer, an All-East defensive back nominee, and a recipient of the Taylor Trophy, the first native Delawarean to win the football team’s individual player award. Delaware’s three year starting shortstop, Joe led the team in home runs and RBI’s in 1951, batting .311 and stealing 14 bases. He was also a letterman in track competing in discus and javelin. The Varsity Club selected Lank for the University’s Outstanding Athlete Award of 1951-52.

At Milford High, Joe was the first athlete to letter in four sports. He was a standout end for Milford’s 1946 championship football team, captain of the 1947 squad, and one of the leading scorers in the state. Joe started at center for three basketball seasons, and then competed in baseball and track in the spring. He joined Milford’s first track team in 1946, and won the 1948 state meet championship in two events, the discus (state meet record) and javelin. Following a 28-year Army career, Joe commanded the Delaware National Guard, retiring a Major General. He now lives in Lewes.



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