1991-1992 Season

14 Wins - 15 Losses
9 Wins - 6 Losses - League Record

"Strong Rebound"

Despite a shaky beginning a determined squad used talent, experience and improvement to prove that Crimson Tide Basketball is back in a big way.

   "They're baack," was the familiar slogan plastered on tee shirts sold by the Varsity basketball team even before the season officially got underway. A glimpse down the halls of PAHS made it obvious that a countless number of people had invested in the garment in hopes that the club would improve on their dismal 1991 record of 7-17, and one month into the schedule, many were wondering if it had been money well spent. Fortunately, it didn't take long for the Tide cagemen to prove that they were, indeed, back.

   Although the 2-8 start for the Tide looked less than promising, the typically strong non-league schedule that the squad faced made the mark very deceiving. "The tough non-league games that Coach Steidle schedules for us don't do much for our confidence, but they make us play that much better when we get to games that count, like leagues and Districts," explained senior co-captain John Cantwell.

   The demanding early season took its toll on the team, as it took the cagers five games before they broke into the win column with a victory over Stroundsburg. "people don't understand," commented Junior Jim Scharadin. "They look at our record and think we're not doing good, but we played a lot of tough teams close," he continued.

   After an up and down first half of Schuylkill League play, the Tide began to make people understand how much they had improved. A 4-3 record in the first half was followed by a 5-1 second half mark and an impressive six wins in their last seven regular season games. It was good enough to earn the squad a spot in both the league and District XI playoffs.

   Highlights of the Schuylkill League campaign were a season sweep of the arch rival Eagles of Blue Mountain and an overtime win at the buzzer in West Hazleton. Juniors John Plachko and Kris Armson were the offensive leaders for the Tide, Cantwell was the team's defensive stopper, and sophomore Joe Opalenick ran the show from his point guard position.

   Although the cagemen bowed out of the league playoffs after a wildcard loss to Lourdes, they made a stronger showing in districts. Playing their best basketball of the season, the squad looked superb at times in wins over East Stroudsburg and second seeded Pocono Mountain. The wins earned the Tide a place in the semi-final game against Easton, where they fell to the Rovers by 16 points. A last second lost to Parkland in the consolation contest was the only thing that kept the much improved squad from a trip to the state tourney.

   Senior co-captain Adrian Portland credited the turnaround to an improved attitude. "This year's team was much closer and stronger than last year's, he concluded. Junior John Plachko led all Tide scorers with an average of over 16 points per game. Kris Armson, also a junior, scored just under 15 points per game. The Crimson Tide finished second in Division I of the Schuylkill League. The squad averaged over 57 points an outing. The Tide will have four starters returning next year.




Pottsville Crimson Tide   79

Northampton   81

Pottsville Crimson Tide   49

Hazleton   86

Pottsville Crimson Tide   56

Williamsport   66

Pottsville Crimson Tide   67

Lebanon   85

Pottsville Crimson Tide   83

Stroudsburg   65

Pottsville Crimson Tide   52

Governor Mifflin   69

Pottsville Crimson Tide   34

Wilson   56

Pottsville Crimson Tide   61

Tamaqua   66

Pottsville Crimson Tide   68

Mount Carmel   57

Pottsville Crimson Tide   61

Blue Mountain   46

Pottsville Crimson Tide   43

Pine Grove   58

Pottsville Crimson Tide   53

Shamokin   66

Pottsville Crimson Tide   75

West Hazleton   65

Pottsville Crimson Tide   63

North Schuylkill   48

Pottsville Crimson Tide   54

Easton   46

Pottsville Crimson Tide   57

Arlington Heights   55

Pottsville Crimson Tide   51

Dieruff   66

Pottsville Crimson Tide   59

Tamaqua   61

Pottsville Crimson Tide   62

Mount Carmel   60

Pottsville Crimson Tide   61

Blue Mountain   56

Pottsville Crimson Tide   67

Pine Grove   51

Pottsville Crimson Tide   53

Shamokin   82

Pottsville Crimson Tide   80

West Hazleton   79

Pottsville Crimson Tide   61

North Schuylkill   56

Pottsville Crimson Tide   34*

Lourdes   51

Pottsville Crimson Tide   65**

East Stroudsburg   61

Pottsville Crimson Tide   73**

Pocono Mountain   60

Pottsville Crimson Tide   47**

Easton   63

Pottsville Crimson Tide   51**

Parkland   53**


* Schuylkill League Playoffs

** District XI Playoffs

1991-1992 Season   14 Wins - 15 Losses