Tiger Comeback Produces Title in Second Half
(Reading Eagle, February 21, 1960)
“If it’s a dream, don’t wake me up!” George Greiner chirped after his rags-to-riches Coaldale Tigers virtually clinched the second-half title in the Black Diamond League with a 62-51 victory over Tamaqua Tuesday.
The Tigers officially copped second-half honors on Friday night when Summit Hill lost to Lansford, 56-55. Lansford, Summit Hill and Jim Thorpe have each lost two games in the second half, while Coaldale is unbeaten in five starts. One night’s play remains in the seven team circuit.
Coaldale lost all its early-season exhibition games and its first two league encounters. But then the “dream” began to form, as the Tigers lost only one of their last four first-half games (to Tamaqua) to finish tied for third at 3-3.
The most recent conquest over arch-rival Tamaqua carried special significance to the Coaldale partisans. The reverse officially ended the Blue Raiders’ three-year reign as league monarchs.
Coaldale also gained revenge for a pair of losses to Tamaqua last winter, including a humiliating 116-79 drubbing that stands as the worst in the school’s history.
The Tigers’ triumphant march to the second-half championship also vindicates the faith Coaldale fans maintained in the youthful mentor since he assumed the coaching assignment last September. Greiner’s football forces failed to win a single game last autumn.
The stage is now set for the showdown between Lansford, the first-half titlist, and Coaldale for the seasonal championship. The two neighboring foes gained a split in regular season meetings.
Regardless of the outcome of the league championship playoff, both contenders will enter the District XI tournament, Lansford as the league’s Class A representative and Coaldale in the Class B bracket.
Entered into rest Wednesday, January 24, 2018, Mr. George Henry Greiner, 80, loving husband of Susan Bryner Greiner.
Mr. Greiner was a member of The Assembly at Augusta. He was a longtime Sunday school teacher, and church board member at various churches. He was a huddle leader with Fellowship of Christian Athletes in New Jersey. Mr. Greiner was a successful high school football coach for 38 years. He was known as a wonderful father, grandfather and great grandfather.
Family members, in addition to his wife include sons: Mike Greiner (Judi) of Grovetown, GA , Jeffrey Greiner (Marlesa) of Dothan, AL; daughter: Kelly Flores (David) of Sugar Hill, GA; grandchildren: Holli Ackley (Steve), Jay Greiner, Sandi Lever (Nathan), Jeffrey Greiner, Asher Greiner, Tyse Greiner, Morgan Darter (Todd), and Michael Flores (Meagan); seven great grandchildren; and brother: William Greiner.
The funeral service will be Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at The Assembly at Augusta (formerly Lifepoint Church), 4207 Wheeler Road, Augusta, GA 30909 with Pastor Baxter G. Stanley officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to The Assembly at Augusta Church, 4207 Wheeler Road, Augusta, GA 30909.
The family will receive friends one and a half hours before the service on Saturday beginning at 9:30 A.M. at the church.