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                                                               Basketball Ruled The Area In '54
                                         October 28, 1999 | by RUDY BEDNAR, The Morning Call
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- Also that season (1954), Ossie Maehrer's Mauch Chunk High Bruins captured their second Mountain League crown in three years while Coaldale seized the Class B title in the Black Diamond League.

- As the year closed with a new court campaign, it appeared that Palmerton would return to the top of the area standings in 1955-56 and Bernie Radocha of Coaldale High would replace Frank (no relation) as the top gun. We'll check that out the next time.

- During the year, gym shows gained in popularity. Aside from the sixth annual calisthenics and gymnastics exhibition display staged by the Group 18 Slovak Catholic Sokols at Lansford with 150 boys and girls participating under the direction of Ann Radocha of Lansford and Mary Ispecky of Coaldale, all of the other attractions took place indoors.

- Track enjoyed one of its best campaigns in the spring. Tops was a victory in the PIAA meet at Penn State as Coaldale's Bob Shubeck won the Class B shot put event with a 50-foot toss. Summit Hill High's Bobby Breslin, along with Percy Satoris of Tamaqua and Shubeck set all sort of records during the season.

- Joe Rilo, ex-Coaldale High and Villanova grid great, became the first coach at Marian High. And that's the way it was in 1954.

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Flashback - 1907 - Coadale Number 8 Breaker
 A Look Back: 1954 Basketball ruled the area.