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Don Tharp is a “big man”! Tonight we honor Don for his athletic achievements at Reily High School, where he was the “big man” on the basketball court. A 1968 Reily graduate, Don Tharp played 4 years of basketball, 2 years of volleyball and ran cross country 1 season for the Blue Birds. It is basketball that Tharp really excelled! In 4 seasons at Reily HS, Tharp scored 1068 points, and won the team’s leading rebounder award his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Don averaged 18 rebounds/game as a junior and is thought to have averaged 20 rebounds a game his senior year! Statistically, Don’s basketball numbers stand tall with other area players, demonstrated by his 27.7 points/game scoring average his senior year. The #2 leading scorer in Butler County that season, Don was considered one of the top scorers in the state of Ohio in 1968! Don ranks #2 in the Reily record book for most points in a game with 45 points versus Trenton in ‘68. He scored 30 or more points 11 times in his career for the Blue Birds.

Don’s awards while at Reily High include:

• Top Rebounder (‘66, ‘67 & ‘68)
• Best Defensive Player (‘67)
• Most Valuable Player (‘67 & ‘68)
• All Sports Trophy (‘68)
• All League (SOC) (‘66,‘67 & ‘68)

For all his achievements, we know Don as a hard working member of the Reily community to this day, where he resides with his wife Tari, and their college age son Jesse. Tonight we welcome Don Tharp into the 6th class of the Talawanda Athletic Hall of Fame.