He goes 1-for-3 with a booming double to right field for his first big league hit, then gets sent back down to the Twins’ taxi squad. No baseball. Marian’s Rebecca Dzuranin (25), Tatiana Zeleniak (2), Alivia Karchner (33) and Jamison Wheeler (15) pose with the PIAA Class A girls’ runner-up trophy after their loss to Clarion Area on Nov. 21 in the PIAA Girls’ Volleyball Championships at Cumberland Valley High School. “We are very proud of our students, our teachers and our staff for all of the effort they have put in working together for the first half of this year,” Gerace said. The Class 3A title tilt was put on hold Wednesday afternoon due to contact tracing as the result of a positive COVID-19 test this week by a Tamaqua football player. The new coronavirus shut down the sports world as we knew it. Nothing. New coronavirus restrictions shut down K-12 games until Jan. 4. ... At the District 11 Class AA Swimming Championships, Blue Mountain’s Olivia Haas takes gold in the 50-yard freestyle. In the other semifinal, Skyler Searfoss nets 19 points as Jim Thorpe tops Minersville 64-47. Clear skies. 26 — Nativity teammates Marquis Ratcliff and Kegan Hertz are third-team selections to the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class A All-State Boys’ Basketball Team. Wiley Kahler, Bryce Gonzalez, Shane Quick and Dalton Monger earn gold for the Crimson Tide. An email has been sent to with a link to confirm list signup. Error! 409 talking about this. ... Bryce Herb’s 1-yard TD run and Colin Rafferty’s conversion kick make the difference as Williams Valley rallies from a 21-point deficit to edge Nativity 35-34 in Schuylkill League Division II football. 27 — Four area players make the Pennsylvania Football News Coaches Select Class 4A All-State Team. ... Local golf courses like Hidden Valley, Mountain Valley, White Birch and the Schuylkill Country Club are excited to be back in business after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. 21 — A two-week project features resurfacing and relining the blue track and all of the field events at Tamaqua Area Sports Stadium, which has had an all-weather track since 2009. 30 — Pottsville’s Mason Barnes is a second-team selection on the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class 5A All-State Boys’ Basketball Team. 20 — In a rare Sunday high school football game, Pottsville rushes for 439 yards in a 52-18 rout of Minersville. 16 — Tyler Fritz pours in 30 points to become the school’s all-time leading scorer in boys’ basketball in Marian’s 75-63 Schuylkill League Division II-III victory over Schuylkill Haven. grad honored by Susquehanna, Schuylkill County gets Growing Greener grants for waterway cleanups, BOYS' BASKETBALL: Teams begin sprint in brief season. 23 — Jesse Engle and Bryce Herb lead a stunning second-half comeback as Williams Valley defeats rival Tri-Valley 35-28 in Week 7 of high school football. 10 — Tyler Fritz scores 18 points as Marian defeats Nativity 39-26 in a tiebreaker game to determine the Schuylkill League Division III boys’ basketball championship. COVID-19 made this a year like no other. In Class A, Williams Valley puts four players on the team: quarterback Bryce Herb, tight end Jesse Engle, linebacker Logan Williard and defensive back Jake Herman. Blue Mountain's Olivia Haas runs to victory Nov. 7 at the PIAA Cross Country Championships at the Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey. No boys’ tennis. Keegan Brennan scores four touchdowns for the Green Wave in the victory. 2 — After a three-week delay, Tri-Valley opens its football season with a 57-0 romp over Shenandoah Valley. 14 — Mason Barnes has 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as Pottsville’s boys beat Tamaqua 58-46 to win their third straight title at the Schuylkill League Basketball Championships. Mahanoy Area’s Danny Lawrence (195) places second, while Pottsville’s Wiley Kahler (126) and Shane Quick (195) are second at the Northeast Regional Class 3A Wrestling Championships. After being shut down due to COVID issues, Wally Hall’s team returned to the field Saturday and cruised to a 48-14 victory over visiting Lehighton. In the Senior Division, Dennis Campbell, of Orwigsburg, takes the title with an even-par 144. In the first round of the PIAA Basketball Championships, Nativity’s girls rout Sullivan County 56-29 in Class A and Panther Valley’s boys dump Dobbins Tech 61-40 in Class 3A. 7 — Mahanoy Area’s Danny Lawrence (195) finishes third at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships. It … 17 — The Kentucky Derby is moved to Sept. 5 and the French Open tennis tournament to Sept. 20. There was a problem saving your notification. Despite the challenges, Pottsville Area Acting Superintendent Jared Gerace, Ed.D., said Tuesday that the school community has worked together to get through the pandemic so far. Read More... Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. Mahanoy Area’s Ben Terry and six players from Williams Valley are named to the Class A squad, with Terry (offensive athlete) and the Vikings’ Jesse Engle (tight end), Jake Herman (cornerback) and Logan Williard (kick/punt returner) named to the first team. In all, the Spartans rush 72 times for 414 yards. 30 — District 11 opts out of the state football playoffs to hold an expanded playoff tournament for member teams instead. 11 — A fall without football: Big Ten Conference shuts down autumn schedule, explores playing in the spring. A state-wide decision was made April 9 to keep schools closed through the rest of the academic year. Provide information to student-athletes and their parents, live-stream events, post photos/videos of NS Athletics. Winds light and variable. JACQUELINE DORMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Pottsville's Zaidian Van Orden in the 100-yard butterfly during the Schuykill League Swimming Championships in the Ned Hampford Natatorium in Pottsville on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Hegins won the best-of-3 series 2-0 to earn its third straight league championship. College basketball’s March Madness led a long list of canceled or suspended seasons. Seven new mass Covid vaccination hubs across England have been announced by the government. Joining them on the Class A team is Mahanoy Area offensive athlete Ben Terry. Headlining that return are eight boys’ and eight girls’ basketball games on Jan. 8. North Schuylkill Athletics. Editor’s note: This is the fourth of six stories looking back at the COVID-19 pandemic in Schuylkill County. Low near 25F. 12 — The new coronavirus shuts down the sports world as college basketball’s March Madness leads a long list of canceled or suspended seasons. On the boys’ side, Nativity’s Dylan Schreffler (50 freestyle) and Pottsville’s Zaidian Van Orden (200 freestyle) earn gold medals. Williams Valley’s Michael Myers becomes a three-time league champ. 13 — Jared Umbenhauer (358 modifieds), Brad Brightbill (sportsmen), Jasen Geesaman (street stocks) and Kevin Holland (roadrunners) take checkered flags as Big Diamond Speedway opens its season in front of a huge crowd. 7 — Cars crowd the track for a long-awaited practice session opening Big Diamond Speedway. Blue Mountain’s girls and Weatherly’s boys win the team titles. “We’re looking forward to the possibility of things getting better in the spring.”. Schuylkill racked up 216 cases over the past week, with 33 of the cases in the Shenandoah zip code, 10 in Frackville and eight in Tamaqua. North Schuylkill (4-0) dominated in every phase of the play in defeating the Olympians, 36-0, Friday night. Each day's obituaries, delivered to your inbox. 21 — Marian settles for state silver after a 25-16, 25-14, 25-16 loss to Clarion Area in the Class A final at the PIAA Girls’ Volleyball Championships. Late in the summer, the curve flattened enough to have some Teener and American Legion-age baseball. 31 — Pottsville’s Mason Barnes pours in a career-high 43 points as the Crimson Tide clinch the Schuylkill League Division I boys’ basketball championship with a 69-52 win over Blue Mountain. 14 — Pine Grove sweeps Saint Basil Academy 25-18, 25-22, 25-23 and Marian ousts Canton 25-18, 25-15, 25-23 in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Girls’ Volleyball Championships. 29 — Pottsville graduate Travis Blankenhorn is placed on the Minnesota Twins’ 60-man player pool for the upcoming Major League Baseball season. Many schools began on a hybrid schedule, with students alternating in-person days to reduce the amount of people in buildings at one time. In one case, the North Schuylkill football season came to an end when the team had to quarantine after exposure to a Tamaqua Area player who tested positive after a game. David McKeown / Staff Photographer North Schuylkill cheerleaders cheer to an empty stadium as they take on Pine Grove at North Schuylkill's Ghosh Orthodontics Field Spartan Stadium Friday, September 18, 2020. 4 — Steidle Field in Pottsville is illuminated to honor the Class of 2020. Success! The game will not take place this weekend as North Schuylkill is dealing with COVID … One response to Recovering North Schuylkill Football Player Jaden Leiby Joins Team for Year-end Banquet. 12 — After eight seasons, Cory Mabry steps down as head coach of the Blue Mountain football program. 4 — Distance running standout Cori McCormick of North Schuylkill signs to compete in cross country and track at Penn State University. 14 — Aidan Carr’s basket puts Blue Mountain ahead to stay as the Eagles outlast Pine Grove 51-44 in triple overtime in Schuylkill League Division I boys’ basketball action. Tom Wolf issued another round of restrictions, which shut down scholastic and youth sports until Jan. 4, 2021. Then the entire spring sports season was canceled, too. ... North Schuylkill’s Jake Green and Schuylkill Haven’s Kobe Brish are named to the Pennsylvania roster for the 63rd annual Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association Big 33 Football Classic. Chase Herb rushes for 145 yards, catches an 82-yard pass and scores three touchdowns in the win. Meanwhile, the PIAA suspends the state basketball tournament and the Class AA state swim meet for at least two weeks. 1 — Long-time local and PIAA official Herb “Herbie’’ Welsh dies at age 82. 6 — A four-run fourth inning lifts Hegins over Branch 5-4, clinching the Schuylkill County Teener League Junior Division title. An email has been sent to with a link to confirm list signup. 17 — Condensed to one day due to snow, Pottsville crowns four champions to win the team title at the Schuylkill League Wrestling Championships for the fourth straight season. ... COVID-19 hits professional sports as the NBA suspends its season until further notice. With COVID-19 cases rising again around the state, the winter sports season lasted exactly one day — so far. 28 — Mahanoy Area’s Danny Lawrence receives the 2020 Schuylkill County Football Scholar-Athlete Award presented by the Schuylkill Chapter No. ... Emily Lawrence tallies 16 points as Mahanoy Area downs Sacred Heart Academy 54-37 in Class AA girls. 30 — After a pep talk during intermission by former star Lindsay Guers Findura, Blue Mountain’s girls’ swimming team defeats Pottsville 99-81 to clinch its sixth straight league championship. Tom Wolf. 18 — Jake Hall passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns and Josh Chowansky rushes for 173 yards and another score as North Schuylkill rolls past Pine Grove 41-19 in a Schuylkill League Division I football game. ... Emily Titus nets 25 points, including the 1,000th of her career, to lift Tamaqua over Wilson Area 62-33 in a District 11 Class 4A girls’ basketball quarterfinal. Schreffler is Nativity’s first-ever boys’ District 11 champion and the school’s first district champ in 18 years. Other districts, such as Schuylkill Haven Area and Shenandoah Valley, had elementary and middle school students in person five days, keeping their high school students on a hybrid schedule. 25 of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame at Mahanoy Area High School in Mahanoy City on Sunday, June 28, 2020. pulled away with a 64-28 win over Jim Thorpe. POTTSVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Hundreds of people lined up in Schuylkill County today for a pop-up Covid-19 testing site. ... Mahanoy Area’s Jordan Karmonick makes the second team on the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class AA All-State Girls’ Basketball Team. JACQUELINE DORMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Mahanoy Area's Danny Lawrence was awarded the 2020 Schuylkill County Scholar-Athlete Award presented by the Schuylkill Chapter No. In Class 3A, offensive athlete Shea Morgan and linebacker Brody Robinson, both of Pine Grove; and quarterback Jake Hall, running back Josh Chowansky and offensive lineman Dustin Wallace, all of North Schuylkill, are honored. 8 — Blue Mountain’s Olivia Haas wins the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle and swims on the victorious 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay at the Schuylkill League Swimming Championships. Lindsey Shuey / Staff Photographer A "schools closed indefinitely" notice is displayed on Blue Mountain High School's sign along West Market Street in Schuylkill Haven on Thursday, April 9, 2020. The 400 free relay quartet of Morgan Yuengling, Maria Lopez, Hannah Magdeburg and Haas sets a league, meet and pool record of 3:44.88. 11 — Kaitlyn Zemantauski scores a team-high 21 points to lead Nativity past Greenwood 63-58 in the second round of the PIAA Class A Girls’ Basketball Championships. HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – The Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed a case of the new mutated strain of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. The next night he started at second base and clubbed a double for his first big-league hit. Chowansky broke tackles on nearly every run for 185 yards and two touchdowns, while Dietz caught five passes for 135 yards and two TDs. Other winners include Nativity’s boys, a 74-71 winner in overtime over The Christian Academy in Class A; Mahanoy Area’s girls, a 52-27 victor over Southern Columbia in Class AA; North Schuylkill’s girls, a 73-23 winner over Motivation in Class 3A; and Tamaqua’s boys, a 48-42 winner over Danville in Class 4A. ... Also clinching district titles on the hardwood are Mahanoy Area, 39-30 over Moravian Academy in Class AA girls; Nativity, 71-54 over Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg in Class A boys; and Panther Valley, 59-53 over Notre Dame-Green Pond in Class 3A boys. ... Brayden Knoblauch scores 24 points and Lucas Gregoire nets 20 as Tamaqua belts Susquehanna Township 72-58 in Class 4A boys. 28 — Samantha Heenan scores 16 points and Tori Hunyara adds 15 as Nativity tops Susquehanna 45-29 in the District 2/11 Class A girls’ basketball championship game. Pottsville’s Kevin Schenk reaches the 1,000-point mark for his career with a 26-point effort as the Crimson Tide oust Northern York in Class 5A boys. In foreground is a car decorated for graduate Hannah Gilbert. 6 — Area basketball teams go 5-for-5 on the first night of the PIAA Basketball Championships. 12 — A project is under way at Schuylkill Haven’s Rotary Field to improve the artificial surface and upgrade facilities at the school. Schreffler was seeded 8th and Van Orden 7th. Haas won the Class AA girls’ race with a time of 18:56. Many schools had to make temporary moves to online instruction as cases increased and put large numbers of students and staff in quarantine. JACQUELINE DORMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER North Schuylkill's offense, from left, Dylan Dietz, Tanner Walacavage, quarterback Jake Hall, Josh Chowansky, Joey Flail and Gavin Whalen, at Ghosh Orthodontics Field at Spartan Stadium in Fountain Springs on Tuesday afternoon, November 10, 2020. Of Northumberland County's neighbors, Schuylkill County has the next highest death rate, totaling 129.5 per 100,000 residents. Lehighton wins the team title. Four players from North Schuylkill — Jake Hall (quarterback), Josh Chowansky (fullback), Tanner Walacavage (wide receiver) and Dylan Dietz (safety) — and Hamburg’s Diohnny Ruiz (kick/punt returner) are named to the Class 3A second team. Nativity BVM High School postponed its spring performance of “The Addams Family” to November for a masked, outdoor performance. Late Wednesday, it was announced that two District XI High School Football Championships would be postponed due to COVID-19. grad honored by Susquehanna, Schuylkill County gets Growing Greener grants for waterway cleanups, BOYS' BASKETBALL: Teams begin sprint in brief season. In September, Pine Grove Area High School held a drive-in showing of its performance of “Grease.”. 29 — A banner day for Blue Mountain as the Eagles’ girls’ basketball team captures the District 11 Class 5A championship with a 44-36 win over Bangor and the boys’ and girls’ swimming squads repeat as team champions at the District 11 Class AA Swimming Championships. 6 — In the District 11 Class A football playoffs, defending champion Williams Valley holds off Mahanoy Area 27-22 and Tri-Valley downs Nativity 28-14. 9 — In Week 5 of the high school football season, Pottsville sacks Pine Grove six times in a 27-7 win; Tri-Valley’s Chase Herb rushes for 213 yards in a 40-7 victory over Mahanoy Area; and Cody Miller passes for three touchdowns and rushes for two more to lead Nativity over Minersville 42-7. 26 — Nineteen area high school football players are named to the Pennsylvania Football News Coaches Select All-State Team in their respective classifications. Despite COVID-19, many of the games were still played this past year with many memorable performances. Stars for the winners include Williams Valley’s Alex Achenbach (151 yards rushing) and Tri-Valley’s Chase Herb (102 yards rushing) and Layne Yoder (2 interceptions). Low near 25F. 26 — Jordan Karmonick scores 17 points to power Mahanoy Area past Marian 43-32 in a District 11 Class AA girls’ basketball semifinal. Blue Mountain’s Gavin Bartholomew (tight end), Pottsville’s Bobby Walchak (linebacker) and the Lehighton pair of Zach Hunsicker (wide receiver) and Michael Yeakel (offensive guard) are named to the second team. ... Pottsville’s Greta Snukis and Blue Mountain’s Michael Levkulic capture gold at the Schuylkill League Diving Championships. 1 — Schuylkill County Teener League officials and coaches meet and are unanimous in their approval of beginning play following a period of 7-to-9 days after Gov. 11 — Better late than never, the high school football season opens with a stunner as Nativity knocks off Pottsville 31-21. While schools remained fully remote in the spring, students returned in the fall for a combination of virtual and in-person learning. insider February 3rd, 2020 at 11:58 am . 17 — In anticipation of returning to action, the Schuylkill League approves revised schedules for boys’ and girls’ basketball, wrestling and swimming and diving. Winds light and variable.. Clear skies. Napoletano passed away from injuries sustained in an ATV accident in March. The game was postponed Wednesday after it was learned a Tamaqua football player tested positive for COVID-19 this week. 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