Keegan Brennan scores four touchdowns for the Green Wave in the victory. LINDSEY SHUEY / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Class AA boys’ swimming team champs The Blue Mountain boys’ swim team poses after winning it second straight team title at the District 11 Class AA Swimming Championships at Parkland High School. Success! grad honored by Susquehanna, Schuylkill County gets Growing Greener grants for waterway cleanups, BOYS' BASKETBALL: Teams begin sprint in brief season. 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. Contact the writer: firstname.lastname@example.org. Pottsville junior Victoria Fuss shoots a 95 to repeat as the girls’ individual champion. College basketball’s March Madness led a long list of canceled or suspended seasons. Nativity BVM High School postponed its spring performance of “The Addams Family” to November for a masked, outdoor performance. In foreground is a car decorated for graduate Hannah Gilbert. While schools remained fully remote in the spring, students returned in the fall for a combination of virtual and in-person learning. It took more than seven months for Schuylkill County to record its first 100 deaths from COVID-19. 25 of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame at Mahanoy Area High School in Mahanoy City on Sunday, June 28, 2020. 16 — Schuylkill Haven baseball coach and athletic director Scott Buffington, Marian football coach and former athletic director Stan Dakosty, former North Schuylkill girls’ basketball and track coach Lafay Hope and former Tamaqua basketball standout Cindy Miller are among 12 inductees selected to the District 11 Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Jake Hall passes for 232 yards and four touchdowns and rushes for a score in the Spartans’ win. Missing from photo are Michael Levkulic and Jackson Mabry. ... 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. 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. Gov. Pottsville head coach Jake Wartella, center, and assistant coaches Tom McGeoy, left, and John Toomey, right, slap their players’ hands as they make their way to the bench during a timeout in Friday’s non-league boys’ basketball game against Wilson West Lawn at Martz Hall. Late Wednesday, it was announced that two District XI High School Football Championships would be postponed due to COVID-19. While schools continued fall sports with regulations in place, confirmed cases and exposure caused some problems. 9 — The Blue Mountain School District renames its middle school pool the Glen Belmont Natatorium in honor of the long-time youth swimming instructor, coach and PIAA official, who passed away in August 2019 at the age of 86. Haas won the Class AA gold medal with a time of 18:56. LINDSEY SHUEY / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Class AA girls’ swimming team champs The Blue Mountain girls’ swim won its second straight team title at the District 11 Class AA Swimming Championships at Parkland High School. ... Emily Lawrence tallies 16 points as Mahanoy Area downs Sacred Heart Academy 54-37 in Class AA girls. 28 — Tri-Valley’s Samantha Masser (22:23, Class A) and North Schuylkill’s Cori McCormick (19:41, Class AA) capture gold at the District 11 Girls’ Cross Country Championships at Blue Mountain Ski Resort. Williams Valley’s Bryce Herb (quarterback), Colin Rafferty (kicker) and Ezi Hite (defensive end) were named to the second team. No softball. 11 — Better late than never, the high school football season opens with a stunner as Nativity knocks off Pottsville 31-21. Many schools had to make temporary moves to online instruction as cases increased and put large numbers of students and staff in quarantine. Nonetheless, all Schuylkill County districts maintained some degree of in-person instruction throughout the fall, as the Departments of Health and Education allowed districts to make their own decisions about staying open. COVID-19 made this a year like no other. 9 — The PIAA changes formats for its state winter championships but announces it will press forward with the start of the winter sports season. 25 — A touchdown on a fake field goal lifts North Schuylkill over Blue Mountain 20-14 in overtime in Schuylkill League Division I football. ASHLAND - Two weeks off didn’t seem to bother North Schuylkill. 8 — Josh Chowansky rushes for 253 yards and two touchdowns to lead North Schuylkill past Tamaqua 56-21 in a District 11 Class 3A football semifinal. Each day's obituaries, delivered to your inbox. 20 — Schuylkill Haven’s Albe Evans signs to attend Fordham University and play golf for the Division I Rams. Low near 25F. 9 — Due to COVID-19, the PIAA announces the cancellation of the winter sports playoffs in boys’ and girls’ basketball and Class AA swimming, as well as the entire spring sports season. The resurgence of the coronavirus in Schuylkill County has canceled a football game, closed a school for a week and prompted changes in courthouse policy that will last into 2021. ... Gov. 29 — Pottsville graduate Travis Blankenhorn is placed on the Minnesota Twins’ 60-man player pool for the upcoming Major League Baseball season. Tamaqua has two placewinners: Bronson Strouse (sixth at 285) and Nate Wickersham (eighth at 182). 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. 20 — In a rare Sunday high school football game, Pottsville rushes for 439 yards in a 52-18 rout of Minersville. Team members include, front row, from left: head coach Rob Marra and assistant coaches Jill Freeman and Pete Sarnes; back row, from left: Greg Rautzhan, Derrick Yuengling, Nate Powers, Cavan MacDonald, Eliot Keith, Adam Beam, Robbie Hudepohl, Mikolas Barbie, Sean Sopko, Lucas Nielson, Torin Perry, Logan Stein, Tabor Perry. ... At the District 11 Class AA Swimming Championships, Blue Mountain’s Olivia Haas takes gold in the 50-yard freestyle. ... Kiwanis defeats Schuylkill Valley 19-3 in four innings in the Pottsville Babe Ruth League championship game. POTTSVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Hundreds of people lined up in Schuylkill County today for a pop-up Covid-19 testing site. Tom Wolf. 17 — Alivia Karchner strikes the clinching shot as Marian outlasts Sacred Heart Academy 25-16, 25-22, 24-26, 16-25, 16-14 in the Class A semifinals of the PIAA Girls’ Volleyball Championships. Tom Wolf issued another round of restrictions, which shut down scholastic and youth sports until Jan. 4, 2021. Pine Grove’s volleyball season comes to an end with a loss to Trinity in the Class AA semifinals. ... 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. 16 — Major League Baseball and NASCAR suspend their seasons until at least mid-May. 409 talking about this. 1 — Long-time local and PIAA official Herb “Herbie’’ Welsh dies at age 82. JACQUELINE DORMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Pottsville's Raeff DiCello makes his way out on the floor during introductions before their game against Wilson during the non-league boys' basketball game at Martz Hall in Pottsville on Friday evening, December 11, 2020. With COVID-19 cases rising again around the state, the winter sports season lasted exactly one day — so far. 24 — The Schuylkill-Colonial cooperative is delayed until 2021, putting area football schedules up in the air. There was an error processing your request. 13 — Shea Morgan (receiving yards in a season) and Josh Leininger (passing yards in a season) set school records for Pine Grove in a 25-0 victory over Columbia. In the Class 3A girls’ final, North Schuylkill gets 18 points from Kamryn Mengel to beat Notre Dame-Green Pond 43-28. The North Schuylkill cheerleaders cheer to an empty stadium as North Schuylkill takes on Pine Grove in a Schuylkill League Division I football … 15 — Schuylkill Haven’s Albe Evans (golf, basketball) and Blue Mountain’s Olivia Haas (cross country, swimming) are named the first Republican Herald Athletes of the Year in voting by Republican Herald sports writers and an Internet fan vote. Chase Herb rushes for 145 yards, catches an 82-yard pass and scores three touchdowns in the win. COVID-19 roller coaster ride continues as Nazareth is back in District 11 6A football tourney Keith Groller, The Morning Call 11/8/2020 60K Americans could die in next 3 weeks According to the North Schuylkill School District Athletic Director Jim Gross, their Class 3A Championship game again Notre Dame Green Pond that was scheduled to take place at Northwestern Lehigh on Saturday will be postponed indefinitely due to contact tracing. 11 — Before the new restrictions go into effect, Pottsville and Nativity basketball teams play their season openers wearing masks and social distancing. 15 — Travis Blankenhorn gets his first major league start at second base for the Minnesota Twins against the Chicago White Sox. 21 — Pottsville hires former Crimson Tide standout player and assistant Jake Wartella as its boys’ basketball head coach. JACQUELINE DORMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Nativity's Dylan Schreffler, left, and Pottsville's Zaidian Van Orden pose for a photo wearing their PIAA swimming medals for being seeded in the top 8. ... Brayden Knoblauch scores 24 points and Lucas Gregoire nets 20 as Tamaqua belts Susquehanna Township 72-58 in Class 4A boys. Winds light and variable. The Schuylkill League also plans to start the winter season on time. 17 — Tri-County Youth Football League cancels its season due to COVID-19 concerns. The baseball field is lit at 8:20 p.m., 20:20 in military time, for 20 minutes, and players’ jerseys are laid on the field in a show of support for the seniors, whose spring season was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic. North Schuylkill’s Dylan Dietz (19), Kody Schell (44), Dustin Wallace (64) and Jake Hall (5) hold up the District 11 Class 3A championship trophy after defeating Notre Dame-Green Pond 49-35 on Nov. 25. 11 — Kamryn Mengel and Katelynn Himes score 19 points apiece to lead North Schuylkill past Mahanoy Area 64-61 in a Schuylkill League girls’ basketball semifinal at Martz Hall. In Class AA, Schuylkill Haven senior Mason Reber is named to the first team at outside linebacker, while three players from Minersville — Gabe Davis (wide receiver), Jared Graeff (offensive athlete) and Brock Polinsky (safety) — are picked for the second team. Sections. 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. 8 — North Schuylkill hires former Penn State Schuylkill player Will Bracey as its boys’ basketball head coach. Commencement ceremonies will take place over about a week and a half, beginning with diploma hand-outs May 22-24 at Spartan Field. Lucas Gregoire nets 28 points and Brayden Knoblauch adds 22 to power Tamaqua past Schuylkill Haven 77-71 in the opening semifinal. Each day's obituaries, delivered to your inbox. 28 — Blue Mountain senior Derrick Yuengling cards a 77 for the individual boys’ title at the Schuylkill League Golf Championships. Many schools began on a hybrid schedule, with students alternating in-person days to reduce the amount of people in buildings at one time. Hall ran for an 11-yard touchdown with 6:12 left in the third quarter to make it 35-28. 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. Wiley Kahler, Bryce Gonzalez, Shane Quick and Dalton Monger earn gold for the Crimson Tide. 17 — The Kentucky Derby is moved to Sept. 5 and the French Open tennis tournament to Sept. 20. Great reporting about a tremendous young man and his teammates.This transcends football.Please remind people that contributions are still needed to help in his long recovery. 11 — A fall without football: Big Ten Conference shuts down autumn schedule, explores playing in the spring. No track and field. ... Pottsville’s Greta Snukis and Blue Mountain’s Michael Levkulic capture gold at the Schuylkill League Diving Championships. Success! Editor’s note: This is the last of six stories looking back at the COVID-19 pandemic in Schuylkill County. Skip to content. And after much wrangling, the fall season began just a few weeks late for most teams. 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. 14 — Marian senior Maddie Dando commits to continuing her academic and swimming careers at NCAA Division I St. Francis (Pa.). Of Northumberland County's neighbors, Schuylkill County has the next highest death rate, totaling 129.5 per 100,000 residents. Later, as COVID-19 cases spiked around the state, the remainder of those winter seasons were canceled. 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. The game was postponed Wednesday after it was learned a Tamaqua football player tested positive for COVID-19 this week. 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. 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. In fact, the missed time might actually have helped the Spartans. Notre Dame Green Pond, North Schuylkill, and Northern Lehigh won their District 11 playoff football games on Saturday night. Error! 27 — Four area players make the Pennsylvania Football News Coaches Select Class 4A All-State Team. Cases that are listed as “active” on the tracker were individuals who were present in a building with symptoms or were present within 48 hours prior to developing symptoms or receiving a positive test result. David McKeown / Staff Photographer North Schuylkill's home stands remained mostly empty with only the North Schuylkill's band taking up a small part of the stands at North Schuylkill's Ghosh Orthodontics Field Spartan Stadium Friday, September 18, 2020. The Crimson Tide’s Bobby Walchak rushes for 132 yards and two touchdowns in the win. 4 — Pottsville swimmer Zaidian Van Orden breaks meet records in the 200-yard freestyle (1:49.09) and 100 freestyle (48.88) at the Schuylkill Sprint Meet. The next night he started at second base and clubbed a double for his first big-league hit. 27 — Led by senior Scotty Zoscin’s third-place finish, Weatherly captures the Class A team title at the District 11 Boys’ Cross Country Championships at Blue Mountain Ski Resort. 3 — District 24 Little League cancels its all-star tournament, though local leagues can still hold regular-season games once county moves into the green phase. In the other semifinal, Skyler Searfoss nets 19 points as Jim Thorpe tops Minersville 64-47. 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. JACQUELINE DORMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Pottsville's Raeff DiCello and the players wear face masks during their game against Wilson during the non-league boys' basketball game at Martz Hall in Pottsville on Friday evening, December 11, 2020. Empty — or nearly empty — bleachers became the norm as high school and youth sports navigated through a once-in-a-century pandemic in 2020. In Class AA boys, Chase Mazalusky scores 22 points as Mahanoy Area defeats Moravian Academy 57-50 in the quarterfinals. 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. Notre Dame football D-11 final off this weekend as North Schuylkill has COVID-19 issues. 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. Raeff DiCello leads the Tide with 27 points. 28 — Mahanoy Area’s Danny Lawrence receives the 2020 Schuylkill County Football Scholar-Athlete Award presented by the Schuylkill Chapter No. North Schuylkill (4-0) dominated in every phase of the play in defeating the Olympians, 36-0, Friday night. Welcome to the North Schuylkill School District Athletics page! 6 — A four-run fourth inning lifts Hegins over Branch 5-4, clinching the Schuylkill County Teener League Junior Division title. One response to Recovering North Schuylkill Football Player Jaden Leiby Joins Team for Year-end Banquet. Notre Dame G.P. 2 — After a three-week delay, Tri-Valley opens its football season with a 57-0 romp over Shenandoah Valley. 19 — Blue Mountain’s Derrick Yuengling (Bucknell), Schuylkill Haven’s Mason Ulsh (Quinnipiac) and Pottsville’s John Holobetz (Radford) sign to play college baseball at Division I schools. 2 — The Kansas City Chiefs rally past the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 to win the Super Bowl. JACQUELINE DORMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER The visitor stands are empty for the Nativity and Pottsville High School football game at Veterans Stadium in Saint Clair on Friday, September 11 2020. The school board had informed Kovac he would not be rehired for next season. Napoletano passed away from injuries sustained in an ATV accident in March. Team members, from left: head coach Rob Marra, Andie Zeplin, Hannah Magdeburg, Olivia Haas, Raysa Kelly, Maria Lopez, Nevaeh Mitchell, Laura Laughlin, Sarah Magdeburg, Morgan Yuengling, Kayla March, Katherine Sarnes, assistant coach Pete Sarnes and assistant coach Jill Freeman. After ending production of “Beauty and the Beast” abruptly in the spring, Blue Mountain decided to stream footage of the final dress rehearsal in December as a way to acknowledge the work that had been done. There was an error processing your request. JACQUELINE DORMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Students are spaced 6 feet apart in Dan Blydenburgh’s 11th grade English class on the first day of school at Pine Grove Area High School in PIne Grove on Thursday morning, August 27, 2020. 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. No baseball. The main goal for many was to have as much face-to-face instruction as possible, especially for the younger students. Photo taken outside of the Ned Hampford Natatorium at the D.H.H. 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. 25 — Josh Chowansky carries 41 times for 267 yards and three touchdowns to lead North Schuylkill past Notre Dame-Green Pond 49-35 in the District 11 Class 3A championship game. pulled away with a 64-28 win over Jim Thorpe. 5 — Pine Grove’s Karson Felty captures the Schuylkill County Junior Golf Championships title by shooting a 78 at Hidden Valley Golf Course. Nativity’s boys dominate Mount Calvary Christian 77-59 in Class A. Marquis Ratcliff scores 24 points and Keegan Hertz adds 23 for the Hilltoppers. 22 — Pottsville’s Wiley Kahler (126) and Shane Quick (195) capture Class 3A gold while Mahanoy Area’s Danny Lawrence (195) and Tamaqua’s Bronson Strouse (285) take titles in Class AA at the District 11 Wrestling Championships. Then the entire spring sports season was canceled, too. 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. On the boys’ side, Nativity’s Dylan Schreffler (50 freestyle) and Pottsville’s Zaidian Van Orden (200 freestyle) earn gold medals. Pottsville High grad and current Minnesota Twins minor leaguer Travis Blankenhorn bats during a Pensacola Blue Wahoos game last May. Editor’s note: This is the fifth of six stories looking back at the COVID-19 pandemic in Schuylkill County. 31 — In its return from a two-week COVID-19 layoff, North Schuylkill’s football team routs Lehighton 48-14. The West Schuylkill FC Havoc U10G finished the Fall 2020 Central Pennsylvania Youth Soccer League season on Saturday, November 7. Winds light and variable.. Clear skies. 7 — Mahanoy Area’s Danny Lawrence (195) finishes third at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships. The league recognized the girls as champions of the league for finishing atop the table. 12 — The new coronavirus shuts down the sports world as college basketball’s March Madness leads a long list of canceled or suspended seasons. Elsewhere, Nativity knocks off Schuylkill Haven 35-7 for the Green Wave’s first win over the Hurricanes since 1989. Former Mount Carmel great Brett Veach is the Chiefs’ general manager. 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. 23 — A week-long tribute to senior athletes in the Class of 2020 begins by recognizing the names of those who play baseball, softball, boys’ tennis and track and field at 19 area schools. 20 — Not being able to play due to COVID-19 issues, Tri-Valley and Williams Valley are declared co-champions in District 11 Class A football. 26 — Nineteen area high school football players are named to the Pennsylvania Football News Coaches Select All-State Team in their respective classifications. In the Schuylkill League boys’ basketball semifinals, Pottsville rolls into its 11th straight final with a 72-50 win over Marian. School theater performances also faced changes. Winds light and variable.. Clear skies. 21 — PIAA gives the green light to begin practices to have a fall sports season. DANVILLE, MONTOUR COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Geisinger is announcing a milestone as officials say more than 10,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine has been received by their employees. In other semifinal action, Mason Carter scores 20 points as Schuylkill Haven defeats Mahanoy Area 65-40 in Class AA boys for its first playoff victory since 2006. 6 — Minersville Area High School upgrades its facilities with projects ranging from a new gym floor, to an all-weather track, to a backstop and dugouts at the baseball field and a new backstop at the softball field. So as we wait and wonder when or if the winter season will resume, let’s take a look back at what was still a very eventful 12 months in area sports. 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. Dubosky is a third-team selection in 3A. Blue Mountain's Olivia Haas runs to victory Nov. 7 at the PIAA Cross Country Championships at the Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey. Schreffler is Nativity’s first-ever boys’ District 11 champion and the school’s first district champ in 18 years. Blue Mountain’s girls and Weatherly’s boys win the team titles. POTTSVILLE — Tonight's varsity football game featuring North Schuylkill at Pottsville Area has been cancelled. Despite COVID-19, many of the games were still played this past year with many memorable performances. Nevertheless, District 11 completed most of its football playoffs and the PIAA contested state championships in football, boys’ and girls’ cross country, boys’ and girls’ soccer, girls’ volleyball and girls’ field hockey. 29 — Hamburg knocks off Bishop McDevitt 40-37 and Bermudian Springs 39-25 to advance to the District 3 Class AA Team Wrestling Championships finals for the second straight season. 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