March and Reale to be inducted Friday into the Roy-Hart Rams Wall of Fame

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 1 October 2018 at 2:16 pm

Contributed Photos – Dave March, left, and Louis Reale, shown during his days playing for the University at Buffalo, will be inducted into Roy-Hart’s Wall of Fame on Friday.

Highlighting Roy-Hart’s Homecoming celebration this coming Friday will be the induction of two new members into the Rams Wall of Fame.

Long time Roy-Hart coach and Athletic Director Dave March and four sport athlete Louis Reale will be inducted in ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. prior to the Rams 7 p.m. football game against JFK.

March, a 1941 graduate of Middleport High, played basketball and baseball during his scholastic days.

He returned to coach at his alma mater guiding Rams teams in basketball, cross-country, baseball, track and golf.

March’s 1968-69 Rams basketball team compiled a 19-3 record (the best in school history) and captured both the Niagara-Orleans League and Section VI Class A championships. The Rams won a three-way playoff to claim the league crown and then bested N-O foe Starpoint 51-46 to capture the school’s first sectional title since 1948.

March’s 1957 cross-country team also captured a sectional title.

In his role as Athletic Drector March established the school’s girls interscholastic sports program during the mid 1970’s.

A four sport star, Reale played football, basketball, baseball and track for four years during his scholastic days at Roy-Hart.

A 1954 Roy-Hart graduate, he helped the Rams win N-O football titles during the 1953 and 1954 seasons and the N-O basketball championship during the 1951-52 season.

He went on to star at the University at Buffalo and was co-captain of the Bulls 1958 team which went 8-1 and captured the Lambert Cup symbolic of eastern college football supremacy.  That Bulls team is best remembered for turning down a bid to the Tangerine Bowel which would not allow UB’s African-American players to play.

A 1959 U.B. graduate, he was inducted into the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1983.

Friday’s Homecoming activities will begin with a parade at 4:30 p.m. and a Rams Fan Fest at 5 p.m.