John “Herman” Horoschak was an outstanding work-horse running back for Coaldale in the late 50’s. He was a three-year starter and four-year letterman, known for running off tackle and turning the play into an end sweep; he was a combination of power and speed for Bob Wear and Tom Leonard’s Tigers. A true forty-eight- minute man, John was a defensive stalwart playing safety. In addition, he excelled as the punter.
As a sophomore, with fewer than five minutes left in the game, he closed out the win for the Tigers with a thirty-nine yard touchdown gallop to seal the win over Lansford by a score of 13-0. His junior year began with wide acclaim as he scored four touchdowns which included an eighty-yard punt return in the opening game. Later in the year, against rival Tamaqua, he tallied the only Tiger score on a sixty-eight yard run. Scoring the winning touchdown over a heavily favored Schuylkill Haven team chalked up another win for the Tigers in mid-season. On Thanksgiving, once again he was a thorn in the side of Lansford in the traditional Turkey Day clash, intercepting a pass and racing down the sideline for a sixty-eight yard score to seal the win.
In his senior year, “Herman” continued to do the bulk of the ball-carrying. He scored two touchdowns against Nesquehoning leading to the first Coaldale victory over the Warriors in eight years. This resulted in a school holiday the following Monday. In his final game against Lansford, one writer described his game as “brilliant” as he scored two touchdowns and played a fine game on defense.
At the conclusion of the season, John was named All Panther Valley and selected to play in the prestigious Schuylkill County Dream Game. In addition, he was an AP All-State honorable mention.
John had several scholarship offers but decided to join the Army and was stationed in Germany. After his service to our country, he attended Bloomsburg University. Always driven by the entrepreneurial spirit, John owned and operated a real estate business in Palmerton and, later, in Oklahoma City. John passed away in 1997 in Oklahoma..
If you looked up the word "rugged" in the dictionary, you might find the name of Jake Flyzik. Jake was a top notch performer for the Coaldale Tigers football team earing four varsity letters in the mid 50's. The first three years, he was a powerful Fullback in the T-formation offense. His ability to block was widely known throughout the coal region. When given the opportunity to carry the ball, his power was such that it took several opponents to bring him to a halt.
During his junior year, he sustained a serious knee injury. After surgery and a lot of hard work, he returned and played offensive guard. In his new role he gained the respect of his teammate and was selected as team captain. He was also a hard-nosed guard on defense during his entire varsity career.
Tom Raymer, coach and AD, spoke at the team banquet and said '"Jake Flyzik is the ultimate team-player" along with other glowing remarks.
At the conclusion of the year, he was named to the All Panther Valley Team, selected to play in the prestigious Schuylkill County Dream Game and was named All State. In addition to his athletic abilities, he was good in academics and received offers from Army, Duke, University of Pennsylvania, Wake Forrest and Bucknell.
At Bucknell he joined the team as a guard but because of his knowledge of the game, he was switched to center where he had the responsibility to call the line blocking. In 1960 as a sophomore, for the first time in its history, Bucknell won the Lambert Cup as the best team in the East. In 2010 for the 50 th Anniversary, the team was invited back to campus for a weekend at which time the team was honored at halftime and presented with individual awards.
After graduation, Jake held upper management positons with AT&T and McMillan Publishing in the DC area. Upon returning to the Valley, he started teaching at LCCC and was awarded the College Adjunct Professor of the year in 2000 and continues to teach courses in Computer Science. Jake is married to the former Georgine Schneider, has one daughter and 3 grandchildren. He enjoys hunting, fishing and judging Brittany Bird Dogs for the AKC.