1928-1929 Season

5 Wins - 12 Losses



  Basketball, in many instances, was not a success in Pottsville last season. There were many discouraging defeats, but the fellows stuck it out, and made a record better than last year's team.

   Excellant talent in the lower classes was discovered this year, which augurs well for future seasons. The team this year was exceptionally small, and this fact accounts for some of the setbacks received. Nineteen games were played of which seven were won and twelve were lost. Of these seven games won, four were league games.

   An interesting but discouraging fact is that the team did not win a league game on a foreign floor. We wish next year's coach and team a more successful season than that of this year and we here present a resume of the squad.

   Captain Decatur "Dick" Moore- Guard and Forward- Dick was the handy man on the team this year. He was constantly being shifted from guard to forward or vice versa. Dick played fine ball throughout the season, and this was, by far, his banner year. Dick recovered more loose balls than any other member of the team, and always played a sterling game for his school, but plays as one of five units. This accounts for his success.

   John "Johnnie" Niece-Center- Johnnie's regular position was forward, but because of his height, he was shifted to center this year. In the standing of the number of points scored, he comes second. He was only defeated by three points. The coach could always depend upon Johnnie to give all he had. This is his last year at Pottsville. We hope to hear from Johnnie at Penn.

   Clifton " Mike" Cockill-Forward- Mike, our diminutive forward, was high scorer for the entire schedule of nineteen games. He was one of the most accurate left-hand shots that we have seen in action, his specialty being one-hand stabs from the side. He is also a clever floorman and often fooled his opponents by quick thoughts, and actions. Mike played his best games at Coatsville and Pottstown, where he displayed his abbilty to delight of his teammates.

   Edward "Ski" Kunkel-Guard- "Ski" was the fighting guard on the team. If a man got a basket it was not because "Ski" had not tried to prevent it. Durning the last half of the season, he became accurate as a foul shooter and also proficient in dropping them in from the center of the floor. "Ski" will always be remembered for the great game he played against Bethlehem at home.

   Nathaniel "Nat" Cooper-Guard- This was "Nat's" first year of varsity basketball, and his last year at Pottsville, as he will graduate this year. "Nat" certainly did play great basketball in the game with Hazleton, which made up for his slumps during the season.

   Willard "Bill" Levan-Manager- We owe all the financial success that we had this year to Bill. As you all know, the receipts from this basketball season put the Athletic Association out of debt. This is something that the Athletic Association has very seldom been able to enjoy. We hope the future managers will follow in Bill's footsteps.

   George "Gussie" Serfass-Forward- "Gussie" was our other forward for the most part of the season, but due to a lack of self-confidence, did not play his best game. "Gussie" was the most rigid trainer and hardest worker on the squad, and whenever he played, one could feel assured that he would give his all for the team.

   William"Bill" Gray- Guard- This was Bill's first year for varsity basketball, although not his first year of basketball as he played on his class team last year. Bill is a sophomore, and if he improves in his next two years as he did this year, great things will be heard of him. We wish you luck Bill.

   Monogram Men- These men, because of an insufficient number of quarters participated in games during the season, did not receive varsity letters, but received monograms. They are as follows: Lundy, Saltzer, Dimmerling, G. Marsden, Sherry, Rummel and Pacenta.


Pottsville Crimson Tide   54

Port Carbon   34

Pottsville Crimson Tide   24

Allentown   51

Pottsville Crimson Tide   20

Reading   70

Pottsville Crimson Tide   24

Bethlehem   28

Pottsville Crimson Tide   26

Alumni   48

Pottsville Crimson Tide   37

Doylestown   30

Pottsville Crimson Tide   21

Hazleton   63

Pottsville Crimson Tide   38

Bethlehem   37

Pottsville Crimson Tide   22

Allentown   37

Pottsville Crimson Tide   27

Easton   17

Pottsville Crimson Tide   26

Doylestown   35

Pottsville Crimson Tide   28

Coatsville   34

Pottsville Crimson Tide   39

Pottstown   57

Pottsville Crimson Tide   32

Pottsville Catholic   27

Pottsville Crimson Tide   37

Hazleton   78

Pottsville Crimson Tide   21

Easton   58

Pottsville Crimson Tide   41

Pottstown   70


1928-1929 Season   5 Wins - 12 Losses