1993-1994 Season

12 Wins - 11 Losses
9 Wins - 3 Losses - League Record

"Hard to Swallow"

Pottsville earned respect in the league, but couldn't repeat

   Senior Kevin McFarland said, "In the beginning of the season we had all intentions of defending our Schuylkill League crown. We felt we had a solid nucleus and if we stayed healthy, we could be a competitive contender in the league."

   By the end of February, the Tide was not atop Division I in the Schuylkill League, and they did not win back to back championships. What they did do, however, was play tough. Possibly with a little bit of good fortune or maybe without some bad luck, the Tide boys' team could be bragging about a repeat.

   There's no question about it, the first thing that comes to mind about the '93-94' season is the game against that old bitter rival, Blue Mountain. It was the Tide's fourteenth game of the year and they just pulled out a hard fought win in overtime at the Eagles' nest. In the home encounter the Tide was ahead by two points with less than three seconds remaining. Pottsville looked to be in the driver's seat at this point, expected to win the Division outright, Then it happened. Swish! Pandemonium. The Eagles' did it, a half court prayer was answered. They had beaten the returning champs. "It was unbelievable, I can remember standing there after the buzzer thinking, no way, no way," said senior Alex Diamond.

    But in looking back, that loss should not be the only thing remembered. Pottsville put together two four game winning streaks. With the experienced leadership of senior starters Joe Opalenick, McFarland, Darnell Alexander, and Diamond, the Tide put together a formidable league record of 9-3. Juniors Kevin Corby, Jeff Yoder and senior Jon Wowak also played considerable roles in producing those victories.

   Going by the numbers, McFarland had an extremely productive offensive campaign. The power forward led the team in total points and points per game averaging 16. He also led the team in rebounding.

   The Tide did qualify for post season play, both in the league and District XI competition. Unfortunately they fell to Mahanoy Area in the league wild card game. Pottsville won their first district game against Nazareth, but lost to East Stroudsburg, in the district quarterfinal.

   "Overall, I think our season was respectable. I think as the year rolled on we got better. I also know we never let up and always played hard," concluded head coach Mr. Jim Steidle.


Pottsville Crimson Tide   63

Northampton   71

Pottsville Crimson Tide   39

Hazleton   47

Pottsville Crimson Tide   54

Northern Lebanon   51

Pottsville Crimson Tide   62

Lebanon   68

Pottsville Crimson Tide   70

Stroudsburg   63

Pottsville Crimson Tide   60

Governor Mifflin   65

Pottsville Crimson Tide   63

Tamaqua   49

Pottsville Crimson Tide   52

Mount Carmel   44

Pottsville Crimson Tide   42

Blue Mountain   39

Pottsville Crimson Tide   39

Shamokin   53

Pottsville Crimson Tide   56

Pine Grove   39

Pottsville Crimson Tide   57

North Schuylkill   53

Pottsville Crimson Tide   51

Wyomissing   57

Pottsville Crimson Tide   49

Boyertown   67

Pottsville Crimson Tide   64

Tamaqua   70

Pottsville Crimson Tide   67

Mount Carmel   62

Pottsville Crimson Tide   32

Blue Mountain   33

Pottsville Crimson Tide   66

Shamokin   58

Pottsville Crimson Tide   59

Pine Grove   51

Pottsville Crimson Tide   52

North Schuylkill   51

Pottsville Crimson Tide   49*

Mahanoy Area   56

Pottsville Crimson Tide   67**

Nazareth   51

Pottsville Crimson Tide   48**

East Stroudsburg   72


* Schuylkill League Playoffs

** District XI Playoffs

1993-1994 Season   12 Wins - 11 Losses