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Three from Jim Thorpe to be honored

  • Three from Jim Thorpe to be honored
    Copyright 2013
Published March 16. 2013 09:02AM

The Carbon County Sports Hall of Fame will inducted it 2013 class on 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 Jim Thorpe:


Jack Morgan was a 1962 graduate of Jim Thorpe High School where he captained that year's Class "C" State Championship basketball team.

The high scorer of the team, he led the Olympians to a 21-3 record as the first and only state championship team in the annals of Jim Thorpe athletics. In the Class "C" Regional Championship win over Sharon Hill, Morgan tallied 27 points and hit for 20 points in the State Championship game. During the 1961-62 season, he scored 411 points in 23 games for a 17.8 points per game average, hitting for 25 or more points in 10 of the 23 games he played.

His numerous honors during his career include the follow: the 1958 American Legion Scholarship Medal Winner (Immaculate Conception); the 1958 Carbon County-Panther Valley Parochial Basketball League Scoring Champion; Most Valuable Player of the 1962 Class "C" State Championship team; selected to the 1962 Panther Valley All-Stars that played in the annual B'nai B'rith Scholastic Invitational Tournament; named as an "Alternate" on the All-State High School Basketball Team (A, B and C schools); and named to the Second Team of the Little All-State Basketball Team (B and C schools).

Jack is the son of Allen and Mae (O'Donnell) Morgan of Jim Thorpe.


Joe Morgan started his athletic career in the 1960 Jim Thorpe Little League. He was the first player to pitch a perfect game in Jim Thorpe Little League history and played on the first JT team to win a District 18 playoff game where he pitched a two-hitter to beat West Hazleton.

In 1965, as a member of the high school team, he pitched a one-hitter against Pocono Mountain and was among the county leaders in ERA. He was among the leaders again in 1966, the year he pitched a no-hitter against Freeland MMI.

His high school varsity basketball career began as a starting guard on Jim Thorpe's 1964-65 team that finished 12-8. Morgan was a co-captain the very next season, in which the Olympians finished 24-4 overall. Morgan was the team MVP on the Anthracite League, District 2 champion team that defeated Darby Township and won the Eastern Pennsylvania Class C Championship. In that victory, co-captains Bob Brown (33 points) and Morgan (29 points) combined for 62 points. The Olympians lost the Class C title game to Williamsburg.

In 1966-67, Morgan was the starting guard on the Mansfield State freshmen team. Following his freshman year, he transferred to Goldey-Beacom Junior College where he was the leading scorer, Conference MVP and Tournament MVP of the Greater Philadelphia Junior College Conference.

In 1967-68, Morgan was among the leading Junior College scorers in the nation with a 24.8 average. Morgan still holds the record for most points (719) in one season and in 1968-69 became the first Goldey-Beacom player to score a 1,000 points. He was also named All-Conference.

In 1969-70, Morgan was a reserve guard for Division II Hiram Scott College in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

From 1992 till present, Morgan was the clock operator for Big Five College Basketball. His picture hangs on the Wall at the Palestra. He currently works for Temple University. From 1994-2008, Morgan was the clock operator for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Morgan is semi-retired, living in Ridley Park, with his wife of 39 years, Diana, daughter Shannon and grand-daughter, Brenna.

Morgan is the son of Allen and Mae (O'Donnell) Morgan.


O'Donnell was a part of the Class of 1977 at Marian High School where she was the starting point guard for the Fillies for four years, having played in three league championship games (winning one) under the guidance of Elsie Tolan.

O'Donnell helped the Fillies compile an 86-20 record during those four years, and she finished her career with 786 points.

While assist totals weren't kept back then, players and coaches are convinced O'Donnell would be among the all-time leaders at Marian in that category. Besides her own points, she dished off to talented teammates who put up impressive numbers. Included among them were two 2,000 points scorers (Ann Marie Kosciolek and Sue Shimkus) and two 1,000 point scorers (Denise Burdick and Lenore Shimkus).

O'Donnell was the Most Valuable Player of the 1976-77 Schuylkill League Senior All-Star Game and received the Thaddeus Kosciolek Memorial Award as the school's most dedicated female basketball player.

She was a pitcher and shortstop for four years for the Fillies' softball team.

After graduation, O'Donnell played both sports at Kutztown University.

She resides in Jim Thorpe and is the mother of daughter Kerri, who is also a graduate of Marian.

Most recently, O'Donnell was the Grand Marshall of the 16th Annual Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade that was held on March 10th.

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