Nesquer inductees are Sweeney, Kurash, Roscoe
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 Nesquehoning inductees are as follows:
The Coal Region area produced one of the most talented lightweight boxers from 1916-1924 in the Eastern Pennsylvania area with fighter Jack "K.O." Sweeney.
John Clement Sweeney, better known in the boxing ranks as "K.O" Sweeney was born on April 28, 1899. He first resided in Lansford until he married the former Mary Mulligan and then moved to Nesquehoning.
Sweeney's storied, but unfortunately short career began at the age of 17 when he began fighting in 1916. During his career Sweeney won the Bantam Title of the Coal Fields of PA, as well as holding the Coal Region Lightweight Championship. Sweeney not only fought in the Coal Region area, fighting in arenas in Allentown, Bethlehem, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Detroit, and West Virginia. Sweeney had his last bout in 1924 when his right hand, which had been injured in a previous fight two weeks prior was broken in two places, in turn ending his career.
Sweeney spent much of his time training and developing young talent after his ring days were through and in 1935 was chosen by the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission to Deputy Boxing Commissioner of the Central PA District.
In 1937 Sweeney's life was cut short when he died from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Two of Sweeney's children, James Sweeney and Ann Kurash still reside in Nesquehoning. Jack and his wife leave a legacy of 15, grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and one great grandchild behind.
Mike Kurash is a 1946 graduate of Nesquehoning High School, where he played football and basketball.
Kurash played defensive and tight end for Nesquehoning High and as a result of a stellar senior season earned All-State Honorable Mention in 1945.
Kurash also served as the starting center on the basketball team for the Hurricanes from 1943-46. However, he was unable to play the second half of his senior season due to illness. Kurash finished with nearly 400 points career points.
On September 3, 1946 Kurash joined the Unites States Army and served as a Corpal in Korea for the 7th Division 17th Infantry.
After returning home from Korea Kurash attended Rider College where he played football in 1950 and 1951, earning a letter in each season. Kurash played both defensive and tight end for the Broncs, but decided to leave college where he worked a variety of jobs until being hired by Mack Trucks. He retired from Mack Trucks in 1990 after 28 1/2 years of service.
Mike is married to the former Ann Sweeney, a daughter of Jack "K.O." Sweeney, also a Carbon County Hall of Fame inductee. They have six children.
George Roscoe was born on May 6, 1906 in Nesquehoning and played football, basketball, and baseball for the Nesquehoning High Warriors.
After graduating from Nesquehoning he attended West Chester University under an athletic scholarship where he lettered in all three sports. He earned the nickname "Coal Cracker" while at West Chester University.
Roscoe graduated from West Chester with a degree in health and physical education. After college, he taught for three years in Connecticut and returned home after a teaching and coaching position opened up at his hometown Nesquehoning High School.
in 1943 he was drafted into the United States Army during World War 2. He turned down a commission and went into the Army as an enlisted man. He was assigned to the 28th special Service Company in the South Pacific, a support group where he used his teaching and coaching skills to help those returning from the front lines. He left the Army with a ran of Master Sergeant.
Through Roscoe's years of coaching high school basketball and football he attained a record of 282-155. His teams were runner up and Black Diamond Champions numerous times in the area. He also helped develop athletes who were chosen to the first 1959 UNICO All-Star football and basketball teams. Roscoe was also instrumental along with Kathryn Currey in organizing the Nesquehoning High School gymnastics team which competed in local and state competition.
In 1969 George Roscoe passed away at the age of 63. He was married to the late Juliana Fahey and they had four children and two grandsons.