Tamaqua has three new inductees
The Carbon County Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 2013 class on Sunday, May 26 at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.
The doors will open at 12:45 with cocktail hour from 1-2 p.m. Dinner will be at 2 p.m. 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; 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 the follow members:
TAMAQUA - Mike Hromyak Sr., Robert "Bob" Clemson, Sean Love.
JIM THORPE - Peggy Sue O'Donnell, Joe Morgan, Jack Morgan.
NESQUEHONING - Joe Ligenza, Bill Morgan, Charles Zabroski, Tom Pilla.
LEHIGHTON - Jim Tkach, Larry Mertz, Jennifer (Harleman) Lopata.
SUMMIT HILL - Joe Leonzi, Ed Kusko, Frank Santo.
PALMERTON - Billy Heydt, Bruce Kocher, Steve Kocher, Steve Barilla.
LANSFORD - Caszy Kosciolek, Roberta (Spezialetti) Porambo, Bill Maynard.
COALDALE - Pete Radocha, Diana Demianenko, Joseph Ozefovich, John Posta.
Over the next several Saturdays, the TIMES NEWS will run brief biographies of this year's class.
Following are the inductees from Tamaqua:
Michael Hromyak Sr.
Michael Hromyak Sr. graduated from Tamaqua Area High School in 1967 and was a two-sport athlete for the Raiders. Hromyak lettered in football and track in 1964, '65, '66, and '67. He served as the co-captain of the football team in 1966.
After graduating from Tamaqua Hromyak attended Lafayette College where he was a member of the football team from 1967-70.
He earned a varsity letter in his sophomore campaign and became a starter on the defensive line in his junior year and remained a starter until he graduated.
At the conclusion of his senior year he was named to the ECAC Division 2 All East Team. He was also named to the Pennsylvania All-State Collegiate second team in the same year.
Hromyak received an AB Degree in Economics from Lafayette College in 1971 and worked 34 years for the Prudential Insurance Company in Schuylkill County as an agent and sales manager.
Hromyak retired in 2004 and currently resides in Walker Township, Tamaqua, PA with his wife of 42 years the former Mary Lou Henne.
They have two children, Michael Hromyak Jr. and Michele Hromyak. They also have three grandchildren.
Robert "Bob" Clemson is a 1977 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and earned eight varsity letters in football, baseball, and basketball.
Clemson had quite an impressive senior season for the Raiders.
He was named a Schuylkill County All Star in football, basketball, and baseball. Clemson also won the area batting title in his senior season along with being named Tamaqua's Scholar Athlete. He also received coaches awards in basketball and baseball in his senior campaign.
Clemson attended East Stroudsburg University after graduating from Tamaqua and earned a B.S. Degree in Physical Education. He currently holds a Masters Equivelancy Degree and teaches in the Hamburg School District.
After graduating from ESU in 1981, Clemson got into coaching under Charles "Chink" Connely in at Marian Catholic High School as an assistant baseball coach. He coached there for seven years and during his tenure the Colts won a District 11 title. Clemson also began coaching football as a varsity assistant under Stan Dakosty in 1981 and was part of the staff that and Eastern Conference title, district title, and state championship in 1990. Clemson coached with the Colts for 10 seasons, with Hamburg High School for five season, and just finished up his sixth season as an assistant at Tamaqua. While at Tamaqua the Raiders have been the Eastern Conference runner-up twice, qualified for district playoffs twice. The Raiders finished last season with a 10-0 regular season record and also won an Anthracite League Championship.
Clemson is married to the former Carol Umbriac and they have two children, Jamie Lynn and Steven.
The 1987 Marian graduate hails from Tamaqua and had significant high school, college, and professional football careers.
Love was a three-year starter for the Colts on the offensive and defensive line. Marian won a District 11 Championship and Eastern Conference Championship in his tenure with the Colts.
As a senior, he was named to the Pennsylvania all-state first team on defense and played in the Big 33 Classic, where he was named Defensive Most Valuable Player.
Love then continued his playing career at Penn State University and played all four seasons under head coach Joe Paterno.
After his career with the Nittany Lions, he was drafted in the 10th round by the Dallas Cowboys, but sat out the season with a shoulder injury. Between 1992 and 1998 Love played for Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Carolina, and Philadelphia.
Love retired from professional football in 1998 and became a personal trainer and since 2004 has been the offensive and defensive line coach for the Plant Panthers in Tampa Bay, Florida. The Panthers won the Florida AAAA State Championship in 2006 with a record of 15-0. Love continues to coach for the Plant Panthers presently.
Love currently resides in Tampa with his wife Renee and their two sons Bryce and Ty.