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Williams, Arner, Krell represent Tamaqua

Published April 07. 2012 09:01AM

The Carbon County Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 2012 class on May 27 at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

The doors will open at 12:45 p.m., with cocktail hour from 1-2 p.m. Dinner will be at 2, with the induction ceremony to follow.

Anyone looking for tickets to the banquet can contact 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; or Bill Gardiner 570-669-6564.

The TIMES NEWS will run the inductees from all eight of the towns that are part of the Carbon County Hall of Fame on Saturdays during April and May.

This year's Tamaqua inductees are as follows:

Dave "Whitey" Williams

Dave "Whitey" Williams graduated from Tamaqua High School in 1974. He tallied a total of nine varsity letters as an athlete for the Raiders, recording three letters a piece in football, baseball, and basketball. Williams continued his education at Bloomsburg University where he attended to play basketball and baseball, but his career was ended due to an ACL injury. Williams received a bachelor of science in education from Bloomsburg and later attained a master's degree.

Williams has a total of 27 years of football coaching experience beginning as an assistant at Marian in 1978. He then coached as an assistant at Tamaqua from 1979-1987 and took the head coaching position at Shenandoah Valley High School in 1988. Williams then became the head man at Tamaqua in 1990 and then went on to his most successful stint as a head coach at Mt. Carmel High School in 1993. He stayed with the Red Tornadoes until 1999 before leaving to head to Nazareth High School where he finished up his career, coaching until 2004.

Williams has an overall coaching record of 132-53-1, a .714 winning percentage. He has won three PIAA Class-AA State Championships in '94, '96 and '98 and was a State Championship runner-up in '97 and '99. He received Coach of the Year honors in '94, '96 and '98 by the Pennsylvania Football Coaches Association and in '96 by the Pennsylvania Associated Press.

Williams is currently an educator at Nazareth High School and has been an educator since 1979. He is also a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua.

Williams' family consists of his wife of 30 years, Cindy Comisac Williams, and two sons, Wade, 21, and Lance, 18.

Howard Arner

Howard "Howie" Arner is a 1958 graduate of Tamaqua High School. He was a three-year starting tackle for the Blue Raiders football team and served as the anchor for the offensive line in that time period.

In his junior and senior seasons Tamaqua won the Panther Valley League trophies in back-to-back seasons with records of 8-2 and 8-1. In Howie's senior season he was selected to the all-county team and was selected to play in the Dream All Star game in 1957.

After his time as a Blue Raider he was recruited by Penn State to play football, where he played for one season on the freshman team. He departed State College after one season to serve his country in the United States Army.

After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, Arner received a scholarship to play football at Elon University, where he played for three seasons. He received a B.A. in mathematics and chemistry from Elon and then entered the computer business field, where he eventually became the CEO of three companies before retiring as president of Fiserv Insurance Company.

Arner was instrumental in the construction and building of the 20,000 seat football stadium at Elon, which helped them gain enough notoriety to be accepted into the Southern Conference in 2001. Arner is now a member of the Board of Trustees at Elon and is currently living in Jacksonville, Fla.

Arner spends his free time with his wife, Beverly, traveling and deep sea fishing in the Florida Keys.

George Krell

George Krell graduated from Tamaqua High School in 1966 and was a three-year starter on the Blue Raiders basketball team. He averaged 17.6 points per game in his high school career, including 24.9 points per game as a senior.

Krell's scoring accomplishments his senior season earned him an abundance of post-season awards. He won the East Penn League, Lehigh Valley, Carbon, and Schuylkill scoring championships. He was selected a first team East Penn League all star and was also a Second Team All State selection. He also competed in the B'nai B'rith all star tournament at Whitehall High School that featured such players as Calvin Murphy, Geoff Petrie, and Bob Lanier.

After graduation, Krell took his talents to Kutztown University where his successes on the hardwood continued.

As a sophomore Krell averaged 18 points per game gaining Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Second Team honors and in his junior campaign was selected to the All PSAC First Team with a scoring average of 23 points per game.

In his senior season Krell was the top vote getter of the PSAC coaches for first team recognition and averaged a stunning 28.2 points per contest. Krell amassed 1,476 points in his career at Kutztown and to this day is still the all-time leader in career scoring average with 24 points per game.

Krell's career accomplishments for the Golden Bears earned him the right in September of 1989 to be the first basketball player in school history to be inducted in the Kutztown University Athletic Hall of Fame.

After college Krell started his officiating career, which began in 1975. He was a PIAA official for 35 years in the sports of basketball and softball and officiated in multiple State Championship games in both sports. He was also a NCAA official for 26 years at the Division 1, 2, and 3 levels in basketball and was selected to officiate in the Division 3 Championship game in 2001 that was held in Salem, Va.

Krell is a retired educator from the Lehighton Area School District, where he taught for 34 years and currently resides in the Owl Creek section of Tamaqua.

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