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Black, Hellmund, Vermillion selected

  • Black, Hellmund, Vermillion selected
    Copyright 2011
Published April 02. 2011 09:00AM

The Carbon County Area Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 2011 class at a banquet on Sunday, May 29 at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

This will be the 18th class to be inducted by the Carbon County Chapter.

Doors open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children between the ages of 6-12.

Tickets can be purchased from any of the following people: Art George 610-826-2830; Jake Boyer 610-751-6634; Danny McGinley 570-325-3550; Tom Wehr 570-366-2694; Trevor Lawrence 570-645-4722; Ted Bortnick 570-645-9575; Emmett McCall 570-645-2093; Bob Gelatko 570-645-8652; John Harkins 570-645-2627; Tom McGrath 570-668-2237; Gary Clemson 570-668-1066; Tom Pilla 570-669-6666; Bill Gardiner 570-669-6564.

This year's class includes:

Palmerton: Ernest Kun, Clarence Albert Heffelfinger, Dennis Lentz, Steve Kun.

Lehighton: Alison Semanoff, Dennis Semmel, Carl Wolter.

Jim Thorpe: Joseph Thear, Randolph 'Randy' Rabenold.

Nesquehoning: Joe Yatsko, Donald 'Tonto' Macenka, Joseph C. Dietz.

Lansford: George V. Sniscak, Michael J. Karnish, John P. Zuzu.

Summit Hill: Dr. Kenneth Vermillion, Fred Hellmund, William 'Bill' Edward Black, Jr.

Tamaqua: Ed Titus, Pat Davison, Cindy Miller.

Coaldale: Dr Richard Miller, Robert Scutta, Frank DeFebo.

The TIMES NEWS will run brief biographies of all the inductees during the next several Saturdays. Today's featured class is from Summit Hill.


Black was a lifelong resident of Summit Hill as he was born in 1896. He was known for his tenacious defense when he played at the guard position as a member of Summit Hill High School Hilltoppers. Following high school, Black played for the POS of a semi-pro basketball team at the guard position. The team won the league championship in 1916 and the like other Panther Valley town semi-pro teams competed against visiting teams like the professional New York Knickerbockers.

Black will be mostly remembered by many for his long tenure as coach of Summit Hill's semi-pro baseball team in the late 1940s and 1950s as member of the Panther Valley semi-pro league. His Hiller teams were some of the best to play in the Panther Valley area.

Black was a lifelong supporter of Hilltop sports. As a member of the Panther Valley Recreation Commission for many years, he was always looking to help the children of the Valley. The Lansford pool was built during his tenure.

Black was an active beagler and was a member of the Carbon County Beagle Club. His dogs won numerous beagle class championships. His 13 "female beagle Black's Polly" was a nationally accredited field trial champion.

Black was recognized by the borough of Summit Hill for his promotions of Community Youth activities by having a playground built and named in his honor.


Hellmund is a 1960 graduate of Summit Hill High School. His career athletics started on the ball fields in Summit Hill and St. Stan's as an outstanding basketball player in the CYO basketball league.

Hellmund came over to Summit Hill High School and enjoyed a stellar career participating in football, basketball and baseball. He lettered eight times while playing for the Hillers.

In football, he started his senior year at quarterback and was co-captain of the football team that went on to post a 5-2-1 record. He was selected First Team All-Valley in football and was selected to play in the Unico All-Star Football game. The highlight of his football accomplishments was being a part of a team that defeated Coaldale for the first time in 23 years at Coaldale. Hellmund was also an outstanding basketball player. He was a starting guard his senior year. He was also the starting catcher his senior year on the baseball team. He was named First Team All-Valley in baseball his senior year.

Following graduation, Hellmund went into the Air Force serving mainly in Spain for four years. While in Spain, he played basketball, softball and flag football.

Upon returning home to Summit Hill, Hellmund became employed by Mack Trucks in Allentown where he also played basketball and softball in the Mack Industrial League.

Hellmund spent a great deal of his spare time coaching nine years for St. Joe's CYO basketball team in Summit Hill and 11 years coaching freshmen football for Panther Valley. he also played in the Panther Valley Softball League and the Panther Valley Civic Basketball League, as well as the Panther Valley/Hazleton flag football team.

Hellmund is married to Josephine Bolish Hellmund, of Mahanoy City. He has three daughters and seven grandchildren.


Ken Vermillion had an outstanding athletic career going all the way back to 1964 when he was the starting quarterback on the undefeated Panther Valley Junior Varsity football team going 7-0. It was Panther Valley's first undefeated team.

While at Panther Valley, Vermillion participated in three sports football, basketball and track and field. In 1966, he became the starting quarterback on arguably one of Panther Valley's best football teams. He set five passing records in helping to guide the team to a 9-1 record. In the same year following the football season, he was the starting guard and defensive specialist on Panther Valley's basketball team. The team was undefeated in the regular season (22-0) and won the District II Class B Championship (PV's first) and eventually lost in the state quarterfinal. Vermillion was named North Schuylkill League team Honorable Mention. In the spring of 1967, Vermillion was a middle distance runner for Panther Valley's 7-2 track team. He won ribbons in both the 440 and the mile relay at the Southern Division Track and Field Championships.

Following graduation from Panther Valley, Vermillion went on to Susquehanna University where he had an outstanding career in football. He was a free safety while leading the team in interceptions in 1968. In 1969 and 1970, he again led the team in interceptions and was also named the MAC Conference All-Conference Honorable Mention two years in a row. In 1970, he was also named to Honorable Mention list of the All-Lutheran College football team. He was named a recipient of the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award for the player typifying the ideals of legendary football coach Amos Alonzo Stagg.

Following graduation from Susquehanna in 1971, Vermillion enrolled in the School of Dentistry at Temple University receiving his DDS degree in 1975. He is married to his wife Roxanne and has two children.

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