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2nd Annual Banquet




Cheryl Kent and Joseph Schicatano have been chosen winners of the 1979 Scholar-Athlete Awards as presented by the Ed Romance Lower Anthracite Chapter of the of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Kent, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Kent, Atlas, put girls sports at Mount Carmel on the map. She holds the school scoring record for both boys and girls in basketball with 1,557 career points, She led the Schuylkill County League in scoring her junior and senior years and was names first team to all-star teams selected by the Pottsville Republican and Reading Eagle.

She led the team in rebounding the last two seasons and had 978 rebounds, 390 steals and 182 assists in 89 career games. She scored 36 points in one game, was selected to “High School All Americans” two consecutive years and to “Who’s Who” Among All American High School Students. Her basketball jersey- no. 23- was retired.

In track and field, she was undefeated four consecutive seasons in dual meets in the discus. She holds school records in the javelin, 120-3; discus, 127-8; shot put, 36-3; and was on the school record 80-yard hurdle relay team. She holds the District Four record in the discus (120-9) and the javelin (144-1) In addition, she holds records in several events established at various invitational meets during her career.

She was the District Four champion in the discus four consecutive years (1976-79) and placed in the top six in the discus at the state meet four years in a row.

She is a member of the National Athletic Honor Society, and the Pep Club and Glee Club at Mount Carmel Area High School in 1979 and was also the recipient of the Babe Ruth Award, which is voted on by the students.

She will attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah this fall, where she will major in Communications and Journalism and play basketball.




Joseph Schicatano, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schicatano, 105 S. Shamokin St., Shamokin, graduated fifth in a class of 255 students at Shamokin Area High School. He won the German Language Award, The Varsity Club Male Scholastic Award, the Bausch and Lomb Award, Highest Overall Science Award; Chemistry I award and Science Award.

He was a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council, president of the Interact Club, and member of the Varsity Club which he served as president.

He was a three-year member of the varsity basketball team, serving as co-captain his junior and senior years. He was first team All-Susquehanna Valley Conference Class AAA as a junior and second team as a senior. He played in the Whittey McCloskey Roundball Classic in 1979.

He was a four-ear member of the track and field team, serving as co-captain as a senior.

He will attend the University of Denver, majoring in Sports Science.




1926 graduate of Mount Carmel High. He is the 7th leading scorer in MCA history and the only person to score a TD in each of his 5 seasons. Went on to Villanova where he was a 3 year starter at halfback. Upon graduation, he signed with the Newark Bears of the NFL, for whom he played one year. Continued his active career upon returning home as a player coach for the Atlas Wolverines and Mt. Carmel Green Wave. He then coached at Mt. Carmel High for the next 35 years, producing the best basketball team ever at MCA, 19-4 in 1947, and leading the Red Tornado baseball teams to the District 4 playoffs 5 times.



1922 graduate of MCA where he starred in 3 sports. He is MCA’s 3rd ranked career scorer with 312 pts., olds the 2nd best single season mark with 173 pts., in addition to holding the single game record of 45 pts. Set in 1921 vs. Shamokin. Continued his athletic career at U. of P., where he was captain of the freshman team before transferring to Bucknell, where he starred as a pile-driving fullback for 3 yrs. and served as their captain in 1927 while being named an “All American”. He then played in the NFL for the Frankford Yellow Jackets, where h was the “Rookie of the Year” in 1928 while being names “All-Pro” at fullback. He went on to coach at the U. of Delaware for one year prior to his retirement in 1932.



1971 graduate of Mt. Carmel High. Never played in a losing regular season football game in a three year varsity career, while helping the Tornadoes to 3 Southern Division Titles and 1 Eastern Conf. Championship. Received AP “All-State+ and Big 33 honors his senior year and is 6th leading career scorer in MCA history. Also placed 3rd at PIAA state track meet in the low hurdles his senior year with a time of 19.4 seconds. Went on to Temple University where he was a 3 year starter at fullback and established a new career rushing mark with 2,218 yards. He was the second leading rusher in the East in 1974 and was named first team “All-Penna.”, “All East” and was given honorable mention “All American”. Was MVP of the American Bowl in 1975 and was drafted in the 6th round by the Cleveland Browns. He alternated with Greg Pruitt at halfback during the 1975 season, but a serious shoulder injury ended his professional playing career the following year.



Graduated from Mt. Carmel High in 1928, where he was a four year letterman and captain of the 1927 state championship football team. He also earned 3 letters in track and participated in Mt. Carmel’s first Penn Relays team. He then attended Beckly College in Harrisburg, where he served as football captain in 1930. Since 1934, Glenn has served as assistant coach in football, basketball, and track at both Kulpmont and MT. Carmel High School for 36 years until his retirement in 1973.



Graduated from Shamokin High where he starred in football and won Middle Atlantic States Championships in wrestling in 1935 and 1936. Went on to Muhlenberg College where he won two Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Championships. Returned to his alma mater and served as head wrestling coach from 1946 to 1965. During 19 years, he compiled the enviable record of 195 wins, 35 losses, and 2 ties. His teams won 14 District 4 Championships-ten consecutively from 1947 to 1956, establishing Shamokin as the dominant wrestling power in the region. Mal coached 82 individual District 4 Champions, 9 of them coming in one year-1950, 20 regional champions, eight state runners-up, and eight individual State Champions.



1938 graduate of Kulpmont High, where he starred in football, baseball, basketball, and track. Scored at least one touchdown in every game in which he played both his junior and senior years, while leading the Eastern Conference in scoring both sessions. His 1938 total of 133 pts. earned him the State Scoring Title. Capped an illustrious High School career by scoring 6 Td’s in Kulpmont’s 50-19 romp over Ferndale in the 1938 State Championship Game. Went on to Villanova U. where he starred at halfback and safety for 3 years until his athletic career was interrupted by WW II. After Military Service in the Pacific Theater, Joe signed with the Buffalo Bisons of the All-American League but an early injury ended his professional career. Became head basketball, and baseball coach at Mt. Carmel Catholic High in 1950-1951. Moved on to Kulpmont High and later Coal Twp. High where he served as an assistant football coach until the mid 1960’s.



1928 graduate of Mt. Carmel High, having led the Red Tornadoes to the 1927 State Football Championship. Went on to Villanova where he lettered 3 yrs. in both football and baseball. Received honorable mention “All-American” honors for football in 1931. Began his football coaching career at Kulpmont High, where he coached from 1933 to 1946. He guided the Wildcats to the 1938 State Championship and an Eastern Conf. Championship in 1945. He then coached at Mt. Carmel High from 1947 to 1961, leading the Red Tornadoes to their first Eastern Conf. Championship in 1954. His 30 year coaching record stands at 196 winds, 94 losses, and 19 ties. A memorial in his name was established in 1962.




Wayne Woodrow “Woody” Hayes served 28 years as head football coach at The Ohio State University. Only Amos Alonzo Stagg, 41 years at Chicago, and Bob Zuppke, at Illinois for 29 years, coached longer in the Big Ten.

Under Hayes, Ohio State was a remarkable 205 wins, 61 losses and 10 ties, a winning percentage of .760. His Big Ten record was 152-37-7. While he coached at Ohio State, the Buckeyes led the nation in attendance per home game twenty-one times in twenty-eight and finished a close second the other seven seasons.

Numerous honors were won by Coach Hayes and by his Ohio State teams. He was names “College Coach of the Year” in 1957 and 1975, and was runnerup for this honor on two occasions. He coached three Heisman Award winners and 56 first team All-Americans. He is a past president of the National Football Coaches’ Association.

His Ohio State teams won three national championships; 13 big Ten championships; won a record 17 straight Big Ten victories two different times (1954-’56 and 1967-’69); and played in 11 bowl games, eight Rose Bowls, one Orange Bowl, one Sugar Bowl and one Gator Bowl. Ohio State is the only eastern team in the history of the Rose Bowl to make four consecutive appearances.

Hayes was born on February 14, 1913, in Clifton, Ohio, although he calls Newcomerstown his home. He is a 1935 graduate of Denison University, where he majored in English and history. He played tackle three years and was n outfielder in baseball. He has an A.M. degree from Ohio State in education administration.

His entire coaching career within the state of Ohio. His first coaching job was in 1935 as an assistant at Mingo Junction. His first head coaching job came in 1938 at New Philadelphia High, where in three seasons, his teams won 19, Lost 10 and tied one.

A five year stint in the Navy interrupted his coaching career but made a great impact upon his life.

After his discharge, Denison University, his alma mater, gave him his first opportunity to be a head coach in college. The year was 1946. Three years at Denison and two at Miami set the stage for his 1951 debut at Ohio State.




Each year, the Ed Romance Lower Anthracite Chapter of Pennsylvania Hall of Fame intends to present a special award for a noteworthy accomplishment in the field of athletics. Last year's recipient was Dan Ficca, upon his induction into the State Hall of Fame. This year's award goes to Joe Cesari, Jr. of Ashland.

Joe was crowned a world champion wrestler in San Diego, Calif., after beating four wrestlers from four countries in the World Schoolboy Wrestling Championship.

Joe is an eight grader in the North Schuylkill School District and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cesari, Sr., 2428 Spruce St., Ashland. Joe's father is wrestling coach at North Schuylkill High School.

In his first match of the tournament, Joe competed against Angel Noguera of Venezuala and pinned him in a short 23 seconds.

His second opponent was Osawa Koichi from Japan. He set up Koichi and took him down to his back and pinned him in a short 23 seconds.

His third opponent was Artemio Hernandez of Mexico. Joe piled up 19 points on combinations of take downs, leg wrestling, throws, cradles, and arm bars.

The fourth and final match Cesari wrestled was against a wrestler from India. Joe beat Naresh Kumar, 7-2. According to Cesari, the boy from India was strong, quick and a pure freestyle wrestler.

In the first period Cesari managed to get two takedowns while giving up one. In the second period, Joe scored two takedowns, worth two points each, because of back exposure and a stalling call for his seven points.

The tournament was run by the American Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and the International Amateur Wrestling Federation (FILA). The FILA headquarters is in Switzerland.

Next year the championships will be held in Sweden. Joe will be a defending world champion and may set out for a second title. Cesari advanced to the world championship after winning five free style tournaments.

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