Blue Mountain’s Colin Phipps places third in the Class AA boys’ race. 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. 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. Joining them on the Class A team is Mahanoy Area offensive athlete Ben Terry. As of Wednesday, Schuylkill County has seen 6,856 positive COVID-19 cases and 229 deaths since the start of the pandemic. 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. COVID-19 recreated unbalanced Colonial League, Schuylkill League football schedules. 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. 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. Former Mount Carmel great Brett Veach is the Chiefs’ general manager. 6 — After 10 years at the helm, Blue Mountain girls’ volleyball coach Nick Marrongelle steps down. 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. 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. grad honored by Susquehanna, Schuylkill County gets Growing Greener grants for waterway cleanups, BOYS' BASKETBALL: Teams begin sprint in brief season. 5 — Twelve area players are named to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association All-State Team. On the boys’ side, Nativity’s Dylan Schreffler (50 freestyle) and Pottsville’s Zaidian Van Orden (200 freestyle) earn gold medals. 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. One response to Recovering North Schuylkill Football Player Jaden Leiby Joins Team for Year-end Banquet. ... 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. An email has been sent to with a link to confirm list signup. 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. 2 — After a three-week delay, Tri-Valley opens its football season with a 57-0 romp over Shenandoah Valley. The league recognized the girls as champions of the league for finishing atop the table. 12 — Tom Scheeler steps down after six seasons as Mahanoy Area’s girls’ basketball head coach. Scheeler’s teams went 132-34, won nine championships and made three trips to the state semifinals. Low near 25F. 28 — Mahanoy Area’s Danny Lawrence receives the 2020 Schuylkill County Football Scholar-Athlete Award presented by the Schuylkill Chapter No. Tom Wolf declares the county green as part of his COVID-19 recovery program. 7 — Cars crowd the track for a long-awaited practice session opening Big Diamond Speedway. 4 — Steidle Field in Pottsville is illuminated to honor the Class of 2020. In 4A, Kuczynski makes the second team and Searfoss the third team. Eventually, 118 race teams and drivers participate in the practice. 26 — Jordan Karmonick scores 17 points to power Mahanoy Area past Marian 43-32 in a District 11 Class AA girls’ basketball semifinal. The Spartans' season was anything but typically while working through an altered schedule because of COVID-19 and also going through two quarantines because of Coranavirus tracing. 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. 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. 29 — Pottsville graduate Travis Blankenhorn is placed on the Minnesota Twins’ 60-man player pool for the upcoming Major League Baseball season. 19 — After 282 wins, nine overall Schuylkill League crowns and four District 11 championships, Dave Mullaney steps down as head coach of the Pottsville High boys’ basketball program. 11 — Before the new restrictions go into effect, Pottsville and Nativity basketball teams play their season openers wearing masks and social distancing. 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. 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. Winds light and variable.. Clear skies. While schools remained fully remote in the spring, students returned in the fall for a combination of virtual and in-person learning. It … 30 — District 11 opts out of the state football playoffs to hold an expanded playoff tournament for member teams instead. ... 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. Hegins won the best-of-3 series 2-0 to earn its third straight league championship. 6 — A four-run fourth inning lifts Hegins over Branch 5-4, clinching the Schuylkill County Teener League Junior Division title. In the other semifinal, Skyler Searfoss nets 19 points as Jim Thorpe tops Minersville 64-47. 21 — Nicko Bolletino scores 17 points to spark Tamaqua past Pine Grove 79-45 in a District 11 Class 4A boys’ basketball quarterfinal. Meanwhile, the PIAA suspended the state basketball tournament and the Class AA state swim meet for at least two weeks. 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. 409 talking about this. ... And with a 4-0 shutout, Blue Mountain defeats Jim Thorpe to capture the program’s 17th league title in boys’ soccer. In wrestling, Tamaqua’s Bronson Strouse wins the 285-pound championship at the Southeast Regional Class AA Wrestling Championships. There was an error processing your request. 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. 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. Skip to content. 2 — The Kansas City Chiefs rally past the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 to win the Super Bowl. Low near 25F. 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. 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. ... Ava Goodman’s goal with five seconds left in regulation lifts Pottsville over Minersville 3-2 in the girls’ soccer final. 3 — Albe Evans scores 28 points to lead Schuylkill Haven past Tri-Valley 81-47 in a Schuylkill League Division II boys’ basketball game. Clear skies. Lengel Middle School in Pottsville on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. 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. 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). 15 — Travis Blankenhorn gets his first major league start at second base for the Minnesota Twins against the Chicago White Sox. 25 of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. 12 — North Schuylkill’s wrestling team collects the 700th win in program history with a 54-24 decision over Pine Grove. 24 — The Schuylkill-Colonial cooperative is delayed until 2021, putting area football schedules up in the air. Chowansky broke tackles on nearly every run for 185 yards and two touchdowns, while Dietz caught five passes for 135 yards and two TDs. With COVID-19 cases rising again around the state, the winter sports season lasted exactly one day — so far. 25 — Kevin Schenk (23 points) and Mason Barnes (21 points) lead Pottsville past Bangor 58-41 in a District 11 Class 5A boys’ basketball semifinal. Then, on June 3, between 3pm and 6pm, the graduating class will parade through the entire North Schuylkill School District, tentatively. POTTSVILLE — Tonight's varsity football game featuring North Schuylkill at Pottsville Area has been cancelled. No softball. ... At the District 11 Class AA Swimming Championships, Blue Mountain’s Olivia Haas takes gold in the 50-yard freestyle. ... Koda Whalen and John Adams combine on a no-hitter as Branch defeats Schuylkill Valley 11-0 in a Schuylkill County Teener League Senior Division game. Late in the summer, the curve flattened enough to have some Teener and American Legion-age baseball. 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. 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 Nothing. 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. Wiley Kahler, Bryce Gonzalez, Shane Quick and Dalton Monger earn gold for the Crimson Tide. 19 — North Schuylkill’s Cori McCormick runs 17:49 at the Schuylkill Country Club to win her third straight gold at the Schuylkill League Cross Country Championships. Meanwhile, the PIAA suspends the state basketball tournament and the Class AA state swim meet for at least two weeks. North Schuylkill (4-0) dominated in every phase of the play in defeating the Olympians, 36-0, Friday night. 'Non-elite' football suspended following latest COVID-19 restrictions Find out more Read more on COVID-19 update: 4 January 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. 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. 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. 2 — With the weather cooperating, spring sports teams in baseball, softball, track and field and boys’ tennis officially open preseason practices with outdoor workouts. Pottsville High grad and current Minnesota Twins minor leaguer Travis Blankenhorn bats during a Pensacola Blue Wahoos game last May. No baseball. 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. Wilson out of District 11 Class 4A football tournament because of COVID-19 issue. 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. Despite COVID-19, many of the games were still played this past year with many memorable performances. Photo taken outside of the Ned Hampford Natatorium at the D.H.H. A state-wide decision was made April 9 to keep schools closed through the rest of the academic year. 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. 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. The Spartans’ Josh Chowansky and Dylan Dietz both had monster games. The sites, including football stadiums and racecourses, will begin operations next week. No boys’ tennis. 27 — Four area players make the Pennsylvania Football News Coaches Select Class 4A All-State Team. And after much wrangling, the fall season began just a few weeks late for most teams. 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. 27 — Local summer baseball returns as Schuylkill County Teener League and Schuylkill-Berks Independent Baseball League open their seasons. 26 — Nineteen area high school football players are named to the Pennsylvania Football News Coaches Select All-State Team in their respective classifications. 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. Nativity BVM High School postponed its spring performance of “The Addams Family” to November for a masked, outdoor performance. 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. At one point, Blue Mountain had 100 individuals in quarantine, and Tamaqua Area had 56. 27 — Marian’s Tyler Fritz makes the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class AA All-State Boys’ Basketball Team as a second-team selection. [More High School Sports] Colonial League all-star football team led … 16 — In Week 6 of high school football, Mahanoy Area’s Ben Terry rushes for 248 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-27 win over Nativity. 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. Tamaqua has two placewinners: Bronson Strouse (sixth at 285) and Nate Wickersham (eighth at 182). 13 — Mount Carmel cancels its football season as an investigation into an alleged hazing incident prompts school district action. 26 — The Indianapolis 500 auto race is postponed until Aug. 23. College basketball’s March Madness led a long list of canceled or suspended seasons. 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. POTTSVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Hundreds of people lined up in Schuylkill County today for a pop-up Covid-19 testing site. 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. Notre Dame Green Pond, North Schuylkill, and Northern Lehigh won their District 11 playoff football games on Saturday night. Pine Grove’s Shea Morgan (wide receiver) and Brody Robinson (mid/inside linebacker) and Jim Thorpe’s Derek Hunter (defensive tackle) are selected to the Class 3A first team. ... After five years at the helm, Chuck Kutz announces he is stepping down as Hamburg’s head football coach. Seven new mass Covid vaccination hubs across England have been announced by the government. 17 — Tri-County Youth Football League cancels its season due to COVID-19 concerns. The Athletic Department would like to congratulate our students on another successful school year! Welcome to the North Schuylkill School District Athletics page! There was an error processing your request. Missing from photo are Michael Levkulic and Jackson Mabry. Williams Valley’s Bryce Herb (quarterback), Colin Rafferty (kicker) and Ezi Hite (defensive end) were named to the second team. 3 — An own goal lifts Blue Mountain over East Stroudsburg South 1-0 in the District 11 Class 3A boys’ soccer semifinals. The main goal for many was to have as much face-to-face instruction as possible, especially for the younger students. 11 — In playoff football, the District 11 Class 3A final between North Schuylkill and Notre Dame-Green Pond and the Class A final between Tri-Valley and Williams Valley are postponed due to COVID-19. 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. COVID-19 made 2020 year in sports like no other (copy), Longtime veterinarian to retire; Schuylkill County native to run animal hospital, Yablonsky remembered as a great person, musician, businessman, Barletta says he's 'not buying' that Twitter account shutdown was a mistake, Following objections, Pottsville city council to vote on garbage contract, Shenandoah job center may break ground in this year, Extra $300 in unemployment will start for some as soon as Tuesday, COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Blue Mtn. 20 — In a rare Sunday high school football game, Pottsville rushes for 439 yards in a 52-18 rout of Minersville. 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. Haas won the Class AA gold medal with a time of 18:56. ... Emily Lawrence tallies 16 points as Mahanoy Area downs Sacred Heart Academy 54-37 in Class AA girls. Success! 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. 4 — Distance running standout Cori McCormick of North Schuylkill signs to compete in cross country and track at Penn State University. Pine Grove’s volleyball season comes to an end with a loss to Trinity in the Class AA semifinals. ASHLAND - Two weeks off didn’t seem to bother North Schuylkill. ... Gov. But North Schuylkill then went on a 14-0 run in the shootout and got control of the game. Haas joins her father, Randy, as a state cross country champion for Blue Mountain. pulled away with a 64-28 win over Jim Thorpe. We are confident that our schools are safe environments for students, faculty and staff. The courses had to follow guidelines for extra cleanliness to prevent the spread of the disease. 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. In the Senior Division, Dennis Campbell, of Orwigsburg, takes the title with an even-par 144. 14 — Former Pottsville Area standout Travis Blankenhorn gets the call to the major leagues with the Minnesota Twins. Notre Dame football D-11 final off this weekend as North Schuylkill has COVID-19 issues. As part of the project, rolls of turf which were removed from Rotary Field are loaded onto a tractor trailer to be hauled away. Each day's obituaries, delivered to your inbox. While schools continued fall sports with regulations in place, confirmed cases and exposure caused some problems. Quarterback Jazce Carabello-Snowell leads the way with 114 yards and one touchdown on the ground for the Crimson Tide. 11 — Better late than never, the high school football season opens with a stunner as Nativity knocks off Pottsville 31-21. Keegan Brennan scores four touchdowns for the Green Wave in the victory. Provide information to student-athletes and their parents, live-stream events, post photos/videos of NS Athletics. 25 of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame at Mahanoy Area High School in Mahanoy City on Sunday, June 28, 2020. ... Pottsville’s Greta Snukis and Blue Mountain’s Michael Levkulic capture gold at the Schuylkill League Diving Championships. 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. Emily Graham is a reporter for the Republican Herald. Editor’s note: This is the fifth of six stories looking back at the COVID-19 pandemic in Schuylkill County. The schools having to postpone the game from its original date 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. 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. 20 — Schuylkill Haven’s Albe Evans signs to attend Fordham University and play golf for the Division I Rams. 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. 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. 17 — In anticipation of returning to action, the Schuylkill League approves revised schedules for boys’ and girls’ basketball, wrestling and swimming and diving. Lehighton wins the team title. Pottsville and Blue Mountain face off during the Schuylkill League Division I girls’ volleyball match at Blue Mountain High School in Orwigsburg. 14 — Marian senior Maddie Dando commits to continuing her academic and swimming careers at NCAA Division I St. Francis (Pa.). North Schuylkill has ceased practice for one of their varsity sports teams after one of their student athletes tests positive for COVID-19. 16 — Major League Baseball and NASCAR suspend their seasons until at least mid-May. Low near 25F. 22 — Ten local players are named to the Pennsylvania Football Writers’ All-State Team in the small-school divisions. 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. 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. Extracurriculars and sports also took a hit during the pandemic. In Class AA boys, Chase Mazalusky scores 22 points as Mahanoy Area defeats Moravian Academy 57-50 in the quarterfinals. It took more than seven months for Schuylkill County to record its first 100 deaths from COVID-19. 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. 30 — Pottsville’s Mason Barnes is a second-team selection on the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class 5A All-State Boys’ Basketball Team. 15 — Rob Kovac resigns as Jim Thorpe’s girls’ basketball coach after guiding the Olympians to a 49-7 record over the past two seasons. Late Wednesday, it was announced that two District XI High School Football Championships would be postponed due to COVID-19. 28 — Family members and friends of Lisa Napoletano walk in her memory near Marian Catholic High School. 26 — Nativity teammates Marquis Ratcliff and Kegan Hertz are third-team selections to the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class A All-State Boys’ Basketball Team. 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. Editor’s note: This is the fourth of six stories looking back at the COVID-19 pandemic in Schuylkill County. Winter sports were postponed until January due to tightened mask mandates and limitations on indoor gatherings. Pottsville High graduate Travis Blankenhorn got the call to the Major Leagues on Sept. 14. 7 — Mahanoy Area’s Danny Lawrence (195) finishes third at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships. 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. Individually in the pool, Marian’s Maddie Dando (100 backstroke) and Pottsville’s Zaidian Van Orden (100 freestyle) claim district gold. 9 — The PIAA changes formats for its state winter championships but announces it will press forward with the start of the winter sports season. 21 — PIAA gives the green light to begin practices to have a fall sports season. JACQUELINE DORMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Mahanoy Area's Danny Lawrence was awarded the 2020 Schuylkill County Scholar-Athlete Award presented by the Schuylkill Chapter No. Elsewhere, Nativity knocks off Schuylkill Haven 35-7 for the Green Wave’s first win over the Hurricanes since 1989. Lucas Gregoire nets 28 points and Brayden Knoblauch adds 22 to power Tamaqua past Schuylkill Haven 77-71 in the opening semifinal. 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. 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. 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. Sections. 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. Jared Tinari recovers two second-half fumbles and scores the winning TD for the Spartans on a 4-yard pass from kicker Dylan Dietz. 12 — A project is under way at Schuylkill Haven’s Rotary Field to improve the artificial surface and upgrade facilities at the school. Those honored are Marian’s Alivia Karchner, Rebecca Dzuranin, Ashlyn Klitsch and Tatiana Zeleniak; Nativity’s Samantha Heenan, Livia Lieberman and Kaitlyn Zemantauski; and Minersville’s Aramie Arroyo in Class A; and Pine Grove’s Megan Wolfe and Alera Aungst; and Panther Valley’s Erika Dubosky and Alexis Cooper in Class AA. Pennsylvania schools shut down March 16 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, requiring districts to adopt a virtual learning instructional model. 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. North Schuylkill Athletics. 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. ... night’s District 11 Class 3A final against North Schuylkill. 17 — The Kentucky Derby is moved to Sept. 5 and the French Open tennis tournament to Sept. 20. The game was postponed Wednesday after it was learned a Tamaqua football player tested positive for COVID-19 this week. New coronavirus restrictions shut down K-12 games until Jan. 4. Winds light and variable. The West Schuylkill FC Havoc U10G finished the Fall 2020 Central Pennsylvania Youth Soccer League season on Saturday, November 7. Error! 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. 7 — PIAA presses pause as board of directors votes to delay the start of the fall sports season by two weeks. Notre Dame-GP vs. North Schuylkill is postponed for same reason. The North Schuylkill cheerleaders cheer to an empty stadium as North Schuylkill takes on Pine Grove in a Schuylkill League Division I football … Winds light and variable.. Clear skies. 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. 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. The game will not take place this weekend as North Schuylkill is dealing with COVID … 10 — Three local teams advance to the quarterfinals of the PIAA Basketball Championships. S volleyball season comes to an end with a 54-24 decision over Pine Grove baseball returns as Schuylkill County League... 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