James C. Lewis, a Washington native,
played end for the Washington High School WPIAL championship football
team in 1931 and was an All-WPIAL second team selection.
Lewis won the Washington County Golden Gloves title in 1935 and started
his college boxing career as a Penn State University freshman. He was a
varsity boxer three seasons and was Eastern Intercollegiate champion at
165 pounds in 1940. He won first place in the Navy Olympic championship
and coached a Navy and Marine boxing team in 1946 while on occupation
duty in Japan.