3 — Blue Mountain football recruit Gavin Bartholomew changes his commitment from Buffalo to Pittsburgh, where he will play Division I ball. 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. The schools having to postpone the game from its original date Meanwhile, the PIAA suspends the state basketball tournament and the Class AA state swim meet for at least two weeks. 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. Commencement ceremonies will take place over about a week and a half, beginning with diploma hand-outs May 22-24 at Spartan Field. ... COVID-19 hits professional sports as the NBA suspends its season until further notice. No track and field. New coronavirus restrictions shut down K-12 games until Jan. 4. It took more than seven months for Schuylkill County to record its first 100 deaths from COVID-19. 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. ... And with a 4-0 shutout, Blue Mountain defeats Jim Thorpe to capture the program’s 17th league title in boys’ soccer. grad honored by Susquehanna, Schuylkill County gets Growing Greener grants for waterway cleanups, BOYS' BASKETBALL: Teams begin sprint in brief season. In front of empty or near empty football stadiums and gymnasiums, fall sports went forward with fits and starts. 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. In District 3 wrestling, Hamburg’s Bailey Gimbor earns the 145-pound title. [More High School Sports] Colonial League all-star football team led … 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. Contact the writer: sports@republicanherald.com. ... Ava Goodman’s goal with five seconds left in regulation lifts Pottsville over Minersville 3-2 in the girls’ soccer final. pulled away with a 64-28 win over Jim Thorpe. 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 Class 3A girls’ final, North Schuylkill gets 18 points from Kamryn Mengel to beat Notre Dame-Green Pond 43-28. 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. 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. 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. ... At the District 11 Class AA Swimming Championships, Blue Mountain’s Olivia Haas takes gold in the 50-yard freestyle. 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. Headlining that return are eight boys’ and eight girls’ basketball games on Jan. 8. 5 — Upper Dauphin senior Macklin Ayers signs a letter of intent to attend and play football at Dartmouth College. 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). “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. 22 — A soccer coach at Pine Grove for 29 seasons and a pioneer for the sport in Schuylkill County, Mark Wyllie, 61, dies after a long, difficult battle with cancer. Success! The game will not take place this weekend as North Schuylkill is dealing with COVID … 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. 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. 22 — On Schuylkill League championship night, Blue Mountain repeats as girls’ volleyball champion as Myah Conway smacks 23 kills in a 24-26, 25-18, 25-23, 25-14 win over Pottsville. 2 — After a three-week delay, Tri-Valley opens its football season with a 57-0 romp over Shenandoah Valley. According to a release from the … 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. Editor’s note: This is the last of six stories looking back at the COVID-19 pandemic in Schuylkill County. 11 — Better late than never, the high school football season opens with a stunner as Nativity knocks off Pottsville 31-21. Northumberland County, with 3,141.1 cases per 100,000 residents, does not have the highest per capita rate of COVID-19 cases, which is currently highest in Mifflin County at 4,326.9 per 100,000 residents. Sections. grad honored by Susquehanna, Schuylkill County gets Growing Greener grants for waterway cleanups, BOYS' BASKETBALL: Teams begin sprint in brief season. 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. ... night’s District 11 Class 3A final against North Schuylkill. Individually, Tri-Valley’s Samantha Masser places 17th in Class A and Lehighton’s Kelsey Gaston takes 11th in Class AA to become state medalists. Scheeler’s teams went 132-34, won nine championships and made three trips to the state semifinals. 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. 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. Seven new mass Covid vaccination hubs across England have been announced by the government. 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. Tom Wolf allows golf courses to resume activity. Notre Dame-GP vs. North Schuylkill is postponed for same reason. 21 — Nicko Bolletino scores 17 points to spark Tamaqua past Pine Grove 79-45 in a District 11 Class 4A boys’ basketball quarterfinal. 21 — Tamaqua’s Emma Kuczynski, Jim Thorpe’s Skyler Searfoss and Mahanoy Area’s Erika Dubosky are named to the Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Girls’ Basketball Team. 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. 6 — Beginning with the 2022 season and extending through the 2025 campaign, the 13 football-playing members of the Berks County Interscholastic Athletic Association will become part of the Lancaster-Lebanon League on the gridiron. 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. Local courses follow a slew of cleaning and safety measures to minimize risk of COVID-19. At one point, Blue Mountain had 100 individuals in quarantine, and Tamaqua Area had 56. In the District 11 Class AA girls’ basketball quarterfinals, Abigail Adams scores 13 points as Minersville tops Tri-Valley 32-23 and Emily Shaud tallies 18 points as Marian eliminates Williams Valley 40-27. Blue Mountain’s girls and Weatherly’s boys win the team titles. On the boys’ side, Nativity’s Dylan Schreffler (50 freestyle) and Pottsville’s Zaidian Van Orden (200 freestyle) earn gold medals. 30 — In Week 8 of high school football, Pottsville defeats Blue Mountain 27-13 for its third straight victory in the Clash of 61 rivalry series. In Class AA boys, Chase Mazalusky scores 22 points as Mahanoy Area defeats Moravian Academy 57-50 in the quarterfinals. 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. 12 — The new coronavirus shuts down the sports world as college basketball’s March Madness leads a long list of canceled or suspended seasons. Then, on June 3, between 3pm and 6pm, the graduating class will parade through the entire North Schuylkill School District, tentatively. 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 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. 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. 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. 28 — Mahanoy Area’s Danny Lawrence receives the 2020 Schuylkill County Football Scholar-Athlete Award presented by the Schuylkill Chapter No. As part of the project, rolls of turf which were removed from Rotary Field are loaded onto a tractor trailer to be hauled away. Wiley Kahler, Bryce Gonzalez, Shane Quick and Dalton Monger earn gold for the Crimson Tide. 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. 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. We are confident that our schools are safe environments for students, faculty and staff. Gov. Pottsville junior Victoria Fuss shoots a 95 to repeat as the girls’ individual champion. Pennsylvania schools shut down March 16 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, requiring districts to adopt a virtual learning instructional model. 22 — Ten local players are named to the Pennsylvania Football Writers’ All-State Team in the small-school divisions. 12 — North Schuylkill’s wrestling team collects the 700th win in program history with a 54-24 decision over Pine Grove. The Schuylkill League also plans to start the winter season on time. 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. The District XI-AAA football title was finally decided on Wednesday night between Notre Dame Green Pond and North Schuylkill. 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. 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 Many schools had to make temporary moves to online instruction as cases increased and put large numbers of students and staff in quarantine. In the other semifinal, Skyler Searfoss nets 19 points as Jim Thorpe tops Minersville 64-47. ... At the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships, Mahanoy Area’s Danny Lawrence (195) and Tamaqua teammates Bronson Strouse (285) and Nate Wickersham (182) clinch spots on the medals podium on Day 2 of the three-day tournament. Pottsville High grad and current Minnesota Twins minor leaguer Travis Blankenhorn bats during a Pensacola Blue Wahoos game last May. Notre Dame football D-11 final off this weekend as North Schuylkill has COVID-19 issues. Winds light and variable. Error! 7 — Cars crowd the track for a long-awaited practice session opening Big Diamond Speedway. 26 — Nativity teammates Marquis Ratcliff and Kegan Hertz are third-team selections to the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class A All-State Boys’ Basketball Team. 31 — In its return from a two-week COVID-19 layoff, North Schuylkill’s football team routs Lehighton 48-14. Williams Valley’s Bryce Herb (quarterback), Colin Rafferty (kicker) and Ezi Hite (defensive end) were named to the second team. 1 — Nick James and Jacob Phillips notch falls as Hamburg defeats Bermudian Springs 38-29 to win its second straight title at the District 3 Class AA Team Wrestling Championships. Former Mount Carmel great Brett Veach is the Chiefs’ general manager. 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. While schools continued fall sports with regulations in place, confirmed cases and exposure caused some problems. Jake Hall passes for 232 yards and four touchdowns and rushes for a score in the Spartans’ win. 7 — PIAA presses pause as board of directors votes to delay the start of the fall sports season by two weeks. In wrestling, Tamaqua’s Bronson Strouse wins the 285-pound championship at the Southeast Regional Class AA Wrestling Championships. 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. The next night he started at second base and clubbed a double for his first big-league hit. 14 — Former Pottsville Area standout Travis Blankenhorn gets the call to the major leagues with the Minnesota Twins. ... 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. Lehighton wins the team title. Clear skies. 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 the Senior Division, Dennis Campbell, of Orwigsburg, takes the title with an even-par 144. ... 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. The Spartans’ Josh Chowansky and Dylan Dietz both had monster games. In foreground is a car decorated for graduate Hannah Gilbert. According to North Schuylkill Superintendent Dr. Robert Ackell, "A student athlete tested positive at the varsity level which prompted the district to cease operations for two weeks of that program. 7 — Blue Mountain’s Myah Conway and Grace Woll, and Pottsville’s Payton Kleckner and Jules Plachko earn spots on the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association All-State Team in Class 3A. 2 — After canceling the Little League World Series, Little League International cancels state and sectional tournaments for Little League All-Stars. With COVID-19 cases rising again around the state, the winter sports season lasted exactly one day — so far. Empty — or nearly empty — bleachers became the norm as high school and youth sports navigated through a once-in-a-century pandemic in 2020. The Crimson Tide’s Bobby Walchak rushes for 132 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Success! 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. If you follow the North Schuylkill COVID Tracker on our website https://linktr.ee/NSSD, you will see active cases within the most recent 14-day period. 5 — Pottsville’s Wiley Kahler, Mahanoy Area’s Danny Lawrence and Tamaqua’s Bronson Strouse advance to the quarterfinals at the PIAA Wrestling Championships. 20 — In a rare Sunday high school football game, Pottsville rushes for 439 yards in a 52-18 rout of Minersville. Raeff DiCello leads the Tide with 27 points. Each day's obituaries, delivered to your inbox. Lisa would have been a sophomore at Marian and was a member of the cross country team. 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