6TH ANNUAL BANQUET
JOHN "BUTCH" BOSLEGO
Butch Boslego was the stuff legends were made of. Always an adventurer he served in the Army in Mexico from 1915 to 1920. After his discharge he became a professional boxer. Although no records are available “old timers” speak of him as a crown pleaser and tough puncher. He played professionally with the Pottsville Maroons, whose exploits as pioneers in a league which is now the NFL, are documented in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Boslego was a member of the Maroon team which is recognized as League Champion in the Hall.
Dave Ficca was an outstanding athlete, who has become equally successful in the business world. As a standout in Football, Basketball, and Baseball he led the Mount Carmel Township Golden Bears during their most successful sports era. At Township, he was the second leading all-time season and career scoring leader.
Only Len Eshmont compiled greater statistics. He holds the record for the longest run from scrimmage; 71 yards against Steelton. The same year he compiled more than 400 yards total offense in a single game against Coal Township. He scored 3 TD’s and an extra point in a virtuoso performance.
As a three-year varsity halfback at Fordham University, he continued his winning ways. He as awarded the Madow Trophy for an outstanding game against NYU and also caught a pass that set up the winning score against Dan Francisco University. That team at San Francisco included more than a half dozen players who later starred in the NFM, most notably Olli Matson and Geno Marchetti.
He attended Law School at Georgetown University and George Washington University. He joined the Walter Kidde Company in 1967 as a staff counsel. In 1969 he was names a corporate secretary, in 1972 vice president, senior vice president in 1977 and executive vice president in 1982. He was named a director of the corporation in 1983.
BERNIE "SHORTY" RUMBERGER
Bernie started his football career playing for the Cardinal’s Little League, coached by Bob “Nanny” Miller in 1949 and was selected to the All Star Squad in 1950. He was also selected to play in the Piggy Back Bowl Game.
In 1951-52 he practiced with the freshman Football Squad which was coached by Walt Marshall.
In his freshman year at Coal Twp. He played varsity Football as a halfback. In his sophomore year he played varsity halfback.
In 1955 Bernie was a member of Southern Division Easter Conference Championship Team. He was selected to Associated Press First Team All-State, selected to United Press Second Team All-State selected Honorable Mention All-American, All United States Team, selected First Team All-Southern Division, All Keystone Conference.
In 1956 Bernie was selected United Press Honorable Mention All-State (Head coach, Jazz Diminick) and was co-captain of the football team.
He married the former Gayle Haddock and they have three children and two grandchildren. He is presently working as a foreman for Penn DOT.
INDUCTEE INTO THE HALL OF FAME
Simon Merriwell is a name you hear frequently when old-timers want to compare a contemporary sports hero to someone from the past. Not many records were kept in those days, but one thin is unanimously certain. People who say him play say he was Major League Calibre in both football and baseball. He started his baseball career in the early 20’s with the Mt. Carmel Senators in the East Penn League. He also played with the Ashland entry in the North Schuylkill League. As a football player he starred with the Atlas Wolves, the Kulpmont Bears and the MT. Carmel Green Wave. He got the name from another legendary hero in sports literature at that time, but the legend he built was his own.
STEPHEN P. ZARLINSKI
Steve Zarlinski attended Kulpmont High School and then graduated from Mount Carmel Area High School with the present jointure in 1965. During his high school years, Zarlinski lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He graduated with honors and was a member of the National Honor Society and the National Athletic Honor Society and upon graduation received a commendation from Governor William Scranton for his high school achievements.
Zarlinski attended Bucknell University on a full four-year scholarship. He started and lettered all three years on the varsity football team at the defensive tackle position under the coaching of Carroll Huntress. Steve was voted the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Game Award during each of his three years of competition. He was honored by the Lewisburg Touchdown Club and the Bucknell University Bison Club for his outstanding performance on the gridiron. Steve also excelled in academics and was on the Dean’s List the last three out of four semesters.
After graduation, he chose to return to Mount Carmel as a mathematics teacher and football coach under Joe “Jazz” Diminick. Zarlinski remained in that position until 1973, when he was appointed junior high principal in the same school district.
In 1972 he completed his Master’s of Education in Public School Administration and Principal’s Certification from Bucknell University.
In 1979 Steve received his Superintendent’s certification from Lehigh University. He was recently elected Superintendent of Schools with the Brockway Area School District in Pennsylvania.
A lot of people will argue that Harvey Boughner was the greatest all-around athlete who ever played at Trevorton High School. Backing up the argument are the undeniable statistics he compiled.
He earned 12 varsity letters at Trevorton from 1948 to 1952, meaning that he lettered in football, baseball and basketball from his freshman year on.
He went on to Bloomsburg State University, where he continued his excellent sports career. He lettered for three years in all three sports while with the Huskies. As an All-State Teachers College fullback he led the Huskies to their Division Championship in 1954. That spring he was an All State Teachers College First Team Catcher on the team that won the Division Championship,
After leaving Bloomsburg he played for the Trevorton A.A. and was a catcher for “Red” Barnhart, whom the club honored last year. He coached a year at Columbia Jr. High, Columbia, Pa.; then returned to Trevorton for eight years. While there he won three Tewin Valley Championships; and in 1960 led the Trevorton team to its only undefeated season…
From 1968 to 1974 he coached at Line Mountain. His seven year record was 42-19-1. In 1971 they were 9-0.
Harvey presently teaches science at Line Mountain High School.
Matt Raymond dominated collegiate boxing during its golden years. He was successful right from the start, having won a Pennsylvania AAU Championship while still in high school. He was given a boxing scholarship to Duke University in 1933, and immediately continued the long string of successes he started earlier. In his first match as a collegian, he defeated a returning champion who had lost only one match in his previous 30 starts.
Imaginative southern sports writer dubbed him the “Handsome Pole” and considered his talents a combination of Dempsey and Tunney.
While at Duke he captured two NCAA Championships, and was the first to win at two separate weight classes. He was also a member of the 1936 U.S. Olympic team.
He remains the only two-time NCA Champion in Duke University history and has been enshrined the Duke University Athletic Hall of Fame.
After graduation he turned professional for a short period and became the sixth-ranked heavyweight in the world before retiring to pursue a highly successful business career.
ANTHONY A. MASCIANTONIO
Anthony Masciantonio died at the age of 60 years and was a resident of Shamokin. He married the former Catherine Mirarck. Anthony was born in Atlas and served in the Navy in World War II.
After the service Masciantonio went to Cosmetology school in New York and Philadelphia. Upon finishing his training he went on to work in a salon in Atlas, Pa He moved to Shamokin to open his own salon, which he operated for 34 years. He was one of the first male hairstylists in the area, and the first to employ a licensed stylist other than himself. He was associated with the National Hairdressers and Cosmetologists Association for 35 years, ten of which he served as president of this area.
He was involved in the area’s Midget Football Program where he belonged to the Bears Booster Association for 17 years, 13 of those years were pent as president of the Bears organization. He also served as assistant coach for four years. Anthony was also involved in the Juvenile Sports Association for 17 years of which 13 were served as president of the organization.
Mr. Masciantonio was affiliated with the Maine Fire Co., for 23 years. He was president of the Coal Township Fire Dept., for five years, secretary of the Fireman’s Relief Association for five years, treasurer of the Fire Dept. for three years, and captain of the Fire Police for three years.
ROBERT B. SACAVAGE
Attorney Bob Sacavage, now Northumberland County District Attorney, was a winner all his life. He excelled both as a wrestler and football player at Mt. Carmel High School. In 1969 he accomplished a rare athletic “double” when he was named First Team All State as a guard and linebacker for the Tornado football team; and also was the PIAA 165 lb. wrestling champion,. Along the way to his championship he defeated two other great champions who went on to become well known. They were “Shorty” Hitchcock, and Ed Ott. Ott later played as a catcher. He was also an outstanding student, and was a member of the National Honor Society and President of the National Athletic Scholastic Society.
He went on to Columbia University where he won three varsity letters in wrestling. He capped his career in 1973, when as captain of the Columbia Squad, he was an All-Ivy First Team, and an Honorable Mention All American. He graduated from Columbia in 1973 and enrolled in Villanova Law School where he graduated in 1976.
Bob still remains Mt. Carmel High School’s all-time winner. He also holds the National record for the fastest fall for his weight category, 0:04 seconds. In his Senior Year he allowed only one point by his opponents during the entire dual meet season.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
FRANK SHEPTOCK (Bloomsburg State College Linebacker)
When Frank Sheptock finished his career at Mt. Carmel High School, the Kulpmont native had obliterated many of the Tornadoes defensive records. He set new standards for tackled in one game, 24; for tackles in one season, 155; and for tackles in a career 304. He was All-Anthracite on both the Patriot News and Reading Eagle Teams, and All Susquehanna Valley as both linebacker and tight end. Little did people realize that he was really a late bloomer, just beginning to find himself.
Upon the recommendation of Coach Joe Diminick, he opted for Bloomsburg State College, where new Coach Geroge Landis had been hired to rejuvenate the Huskie football program. As a frosh, Sheptock was the team defensive leader with 159 total points. He had 93 tackles in nine games, and included 17 tackles in one game against Millersville State. He was the Huskies defensive leader in 5 of the 9 games, was named to the ECAC Honor Roll on three occasions, and capped the season by being the only freshman named to the Pennsylvania Conference First Team.
The crowning glory came however when he was named First Team Little All-American as a linebacker. Knowing the pattern of improvement shown by the 6’1” Kulpmont linebacker, Huskie followers immediately began thinking of Bob Tucker, the last Bloomsburg player to make it to the NFL. Don’t bet against him.
GERALD "JERRY" CLEMENTS
Jerry Clements was another of those former athletes who couldn’t just get enough. After a successful athletic career at Coal Township High School ended in 1942 he played for two years with the Mitchell Field Air Force Base Eagles Beginning in 1972 he was extremely active in Kulpmont Junior Sports. He coached both the St. Casimirs CYO and the Kulpmont Cougars. He is still active, and is presently the equipment manager for the Our Lady of Lourdes sports teams. He lives at 1360 Poplar Street, Kulpmont.
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
WILLIAM "BIZ" THEW
Bernie is a graduate of Coal Township High School and Mansfield University. He was selected for All-State Football Squad in High School as a guard and played with the Anthracite Maroons pro football team.
His coaching career began in 1950 at Coal Township under Walt “Babe” Marshall as a line coach. In 1951 and 1956 they won the Eastern Conference Title and the Division Titles in 1961 and 1965. He has been a head coach in football, golf, and track; and an assistant coach in football, basketball, track a PIAA registered official for the last 28 years in football, basketball and baseball.
Bernie had a television sports program for six years with station WETV and presently has a weekly radio show on WISL featuring are coaches and athletes.
Bernie is associated with the following organizations:
Co-chairman Glenn Park’s Memorial Organization
Director of Purple & White Sportsmen Athletic Booster Group..
President, Eastern Susquehanna Basketball Officials
Secretary-Treasurer of I.A.A.B.O.
Past-President, Ferndale Sportsmen
Past-chairman, Coal Township Recreation Committee
President, Lower Anthracite Hall of Fame
Treasurer, Salvation Army
Member of Eastern Conference Football League Steering Committee.
At present, Bernie is an Administrative Assistant and the Athletic Director in Shamokin area School District where he has served in athletics as a player, coach and athletic director for 48 years.
ARNOLD RICHARD MINKER
Arnold graduated from Green Briar Military School and moved to Shamokin in 1947.
Arnold is active in community affairs including chairman of Shamokin-Coal Township Joint Sewer Authority; Member of the Glen Parks Field Committee; Chapter member and director of the Purple and White Sportsmen Association; President of B’Nai Brith Organization; was instrumental in organizing the Midget Football League member of the Kiwanis Club of Shamokin, member of the Optimist Club; member of the Northumberland Area Vo-Tech Craft Advisory Committee.
Arnold is married to the former Doris Yaffe and they are the parents of two children, Shirly Rosenzweig of Warrington, Pennsylvania and Stephen Minker of Shamokin.
John is the latest in the family who has done such an excellent job of combining excellence in sports with classroom success. Among his successes are Big 33 team, AP All-State Team; WNEP Sports Star of the Week; District 4 Champion in 82 and 83 for 100 meters; District 4 Champion in 82 for high hurdles; Harrisburg Patriot News and Reading Eagle All Anthracite teams, Len Eshmont Award; Brian Piccolo Award; National Honor Society; President, National Athletic Honor Society; Rotary Service Award; babe Ruth Award.
John is presently at Lafayette College majoring in Biology. A leg injury suffered in the Big 33 Game prevented his football participation this year; however, he will join the Lafayette varsity this fall.
RICHARD ANDREW TARR JR
Rich is one of five children born to Richard and Mary Tarr of 520 West Mulberry Street, Shamokin. Rich graduated in 1983 from Shamokin Area High School and is presently enrolled at Lasalle University, Philadelphia on a full 5-year NCAA Basketball Scholarship.
Tarr’s school activities included, Varsity Club, Student Council Representative and Photography Club.
His high school basketball career included, four years on the varsity team, Being picked for Honorable Mention by the Reading Eagle in his sophomore year, making the All0Anthractie First Team by the Reading Eagle and Keystone Big 9 All League First Team in his junior year.
Rich has the honor of being the only basketball player to have his jersey retired by the Shamokin High School Board after his senior year. His other honors included, Associated Press All-State First Team; All Anthracite Player of the Year; Keystone Big 9 Player of the Year; Keystone Big 9 All League First Team; Single Game Scoring Record (45 points); School Career Scoring (1,965) and Averaged 29.6 in 1982-83 to lead all area scorers.