December 1 brought a call for candidates for the basketball teams. The response was excellent and when Coach Raymer
called the first practice to order, thirty men were on the floor. This number was, however, soon cut to twenty, which number constituted the squad during the playing season.
The boys were confronted with a difficult schedule of eighteen games. This difficulty was increased by the fact that they were handicapped by their size. However, what they lacked in size they amply compensated for by their gameness and endurance.
After dropping two league games in the early part of the season, the team was thereafter undefeated in league competition during the regular season. Summit Hll seemed to have the pennant cinched with a two and one-half game lead over the local lads who were scarcely conceded a chance to win the flag. However, in a whirlwind finish, beating Mauch Chunk, Blythe, and Shen-andoah, the Orange and Black tied with the Hillers for first place.
On March 2, the entire student bodies of the two schools, as well as many townspeople, gathered at Liberty Hall, Tamaqua, to see the two league leaders face each other in a final struggle for victory. Unfortunately for us, Summit Hill was in top form and before our boys could start clicking had rolled up a formidable lead. This lead proved fatal to Coaldale's hopes as our basketeers could not overcome it.
At all events, the season was an excellent one of which we can well be proud. The l937-38 team will go down in the athletic history of Coaldale High School as one of the very best.
Next year's team will sorely miss the playing of Captain Pete Reyda, George Lutchkus, Harold Parfitt, Tony Sachon, and Michael Sidoriak.