1990-1991 Season

7 Wins - 17 Losses
5 Wins - 9 Losses - League Record



  While battling youth and inexperience the Tide basketball squad tried to keep court order in the competitive Schuylkill League. With all the key players from last year's District XI championship squad lost to graduation, it was well known that the 1990 Boys basketball squad would be young and inexperience. As the season began, team members hoped lack of varsity experience would be overcome by hard work and team unity. After a dismal 0-5 start, however, it became obvious that youthfulness would hurt the Tide. "We lost many games we should have won, because our inexperience hurt us during crunch time," Confessed Sophomore John Plachko.

   Even after dropping the first five contests on their challenging non-league schedule, the Tide rebounded to defeat Owen J. Roberts and Boyertown to win the Boyertown Holiday Tournament and regain their confidence going into Schuylkill League play. "It was an exciting tournament both days and capturing the championship was rewarding," commented Senior Joe Lishman.

   Entering league play with renewed confidence the squad quickly compiled a 2-1 league mark. After a rare loss to Blue Mountain, victories came over Pine Grove and North Schuylkill. Disappointment followed, as t he Tide dropped three consecutive league games to Mount Carmel, Shamokin and West Hazleton. An 81-50 triumph over Tamaqua came between setbacks to non-league rivals Governor Mifflin and York Catholic to set the team's mark at 5-11 entering the second half of the Schuylkill League season.

   Despite showing signs of marked improvement in 72-47 victory over North Schuylkill, the squad continued to struggle for the remainder of the campaign. Following four consecutive defeats, including close losses to Mount Carmel and est Hazleton, the Tide closed out the season with a 92-81 win at Tamaqua. The victory gave the squad a final league mark of 5-9 and a season record of 7-17. Some teams members didn't think that the numbers told the whole story. "Our record doesn't show how much we improved throughout the season," argued John Cantwell.

   Keith Fetterolf led the club in scoring throughtout the season. The co-captain averaged over 13 points per game, while Plachko and Senior Sean McGowan each contributed nine per contest. Fetterolf also recorded the game-high total with a 32 point performance in the title game of the hoiday tournament. "It was a very exciting game. Actually, it was an emotional victory for the entire team," explained Fetterolf. Seniors Ty Steidle, Joe Lishman and Gary Yeager, as well as Cantwell, were looked upon as role players as starters or reserves.

   Even through the frustrating season, the reserves continued to support the starters while also gaining valuable varsity experience. Significant game time seen by the underclassmen ensured a more experienced squad for next year, and the improving play of sophomores starters Plachko and Kris Armson has led to high hopes for the future. "We struggled this year and lost most of the big games, but that will just provide extra incentive to win the big ones next year," stated Plachko.

   With the Tide capturing the Boyertown Hoilday Tournament, Senior Keith Fettrolf was named tournament Most Valuable Player. Fetterolf paced the team with a 13 point per game average. Sean McGowan and John Plachko led the squad in rebounding. The Tide averaged 55 points per game this season.



Pottsville Crimson Tide   51

Northampton   56

Pottsville Crimson Tide   43

Williamsport   59

Pottsville Crimson Tide   39

Hazleton   71

Pottsville Crimson Tide   46

Parkland   56

Pottsville Crimson Tide   44

Lebanon   87

Pottsville Crimson Tide   80

Owen J. Roberts   63

Pottsville Crimson Tide   64

Botertown   63

Pottsville Crimson Tide   43

Blue Mountain   60

Pottsville Crimson Tide   67

Pine Grove   63

Pottsville Crimson Tide   62

North Schuylkill   41

Pottsville Crimson Tide   52

Mount Carmel   58

Pottsville Crimson Tide   50

Shamokin   63

Pottsville Crimson Tide   41

West Hazleton   53

Pottsville Crimson Tide   45

Governor Mifflin   50

Pottsville Crimson Tide   81

Tamaqua   50

Pottsville Crimson Tide   47

York Catholic   73

Pottsville Crimson Tide   40

Easton   61

Pottsville Crimson Tide   52

Blue Mountain   74

Pottsville Crimson Tide   47

Pine Grove   63

Pottsville Crimson Tide   72

North Schuylkill   47

Pottsville Crimson Tide   53

Mount Carmel   58

Pottsville Crimson Tide   60

Shamokin   93

Pottsville Crimson Tide   60

West Hazleton   68

Pottsville Crimson Tide   92

Tamaqua   81




1990-1991 Season   7 Wins - 17 Losses