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08/22/08 09:30 PM #1    

Paula Kiley (Placko)

Welcome to the Abington Heights High School Class Of 1968 forums. Please press "Post Response" to participate in the discussion.

08/30/08 11:34 AM #2    

Richard Tower

As one of the co-chairs for the great 40th reunion I would also like to welcome you to this site. Please let us know if you plan to attend. The football game should be fun, can you believe it the game is with Tunkhannock. Shades of Thanksgiving day. Please contact any classmate you know of, even if we duplicate efforts. The more we reach out the better chance we have of contacting as many classmates as possible.

Rich

09/24/08 04:33 PM #3    

Richard Tower

OK Class Pay Attention:
We are in crunch time. So far we have about 30 commited to attend. We need 40 just to pay for the DJ. So if you plan on attending, contact PK, Dan Day or myself.

Hey how many 40th reunions are we going to get to attend?????

Rich Tower

10/27/08 09:22 AM #4    

Frank Priscaro

Paula Kiley and Rich Tower,
Thank you again for everything you did to pull together such a rowdy bunch. It was great fun, and I wouldn't have missed it for anything. See you at the next one!
Cheers,
Frank

10/28/08 09:10 PM #5    

Richard Tower

Frank:
Thank you for the kind words. It was a pleasure seeing you and get to talk. Although I was the pain in the A-- with all the e-mails it was PK that deserves most of the credit. But stay in touch and be good.

Rich

10/30/08 09:49 PM #6    

Paula Kiley (Placko)

Thanks, Frank. It really was a team effort, and things just fell into place at the end. It was an incredible night. My heart is still bursting from connecting with all the old friends. How I hated to say good-bye.

Keith and I have already been talking about an informal reunion - barbecue type thing - in a couple years, then another one like this one for the 45th. We are either very optimistic, or very masochistic!

Keep in touch.

PK

04/18/09 01:06 PM #7    

Richard Tower

It is with great sadness that I must mention the passing of Bud Young. Bud was a friend all through high school. In fact he and I met in the 4th grade. All through high school he was my locker mate, we played the same position on the football team and ran the same events in track. He will be missed by all.

06/13/09 03:44 PM #8    

Richard Tower

Yesterday June 12th 2009 the Abington Heights Boys Baseball team won the Class AAA State Championship. Way to go Comets! And they made it back in time for graduation.

11/22/09 04:55 PM #9    

Richard Tower

Goal-line stand keys Comets' District 2 title triumph
BY MARTY MYERS (STAFF WRITER)
Published: November 22, 2009

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Linda Morgan / Staff Photographer Abington Heights' James Fruehan gets past Dallas' Sam Van Horn to score a touchdown Saturday.
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Abington Heights' Paul Gallagher celebrates a touchdown against Dallas with his teammates, from left, Morgan Craig, Evan Craig and Matt Badamo on Saturday. Linda Morgan / Staff Photographer

Push came to shove early in the District 2 Class AAA championship game, and Abington Heights was up to the challenge.

Leading by a touchdown but with Dallas knocking at the door, the Comets got the defensive push they needed, shoving the Mountaineers back on three attempts at the 1-yard line.

The goal-line stand, led by the charge of defensive tackles Evan Craig and Josh Snyder, and linebacker John Snyder, changed the tenor of the game and the Comets rolled from there, advancing to the PIAA playoffs with a 35-6 win at Scranton Memorial Stadium.

Abington Heights will play Allentown Central Catholic on Friday at 7 p.m. at Bethlehem Liberty High School.

"It starts up front," linebacker John Snyder said. "They know they have to eat up blocks and they just do it very well and let others make tackles. They're not very selfish."

Craig and both Snyders stood up Dallas quarterback Adam Goeringer on a pair of sneaks from the 1 on second and third downs as the first quarter closed.

"The only thing I was really thinking about was blowing them off the ball, making sure they didn't cross the goal line," Craig said. "It was going to be the thing that set the tempo for the rest of the game.

"It was a big turning point when they weren't able to answer. If you can be scored on and then come back and answer, you're going to have a football game. For us to be able to stand them up on the goal line, it definitely did a lot for our confidence, and I'm sure it knocked them down a little bit."

Especially when Goeringer and running back Paul Brace collided on a miscommunication in the backfield on fourth down, making John Snyder's job a little easier.

"I was just trying to get off a block at that point," said Snyder, who had 10 first-half tackles, including the fourth-down play for a loss of 7. "I saw the guard pull and then he was right there, and I was right there to tackle him."

It also was a big turning point because Abington Heights already had a 7-0 lead, thanks to running back Paul Gallagher, who scored three touchdowns and finished with 230 rushing yards and another 55 receiving.

"That's not me, that's the offensive line doing work," Gallagher said. "I just follow them the whole way. That's them putting up 300 yards rushing. Luckily, I have 230 of them. I credit them 100 percent."

Gallagher bolted 34 yards on the game's first play from scrimmage, setting up his 4-yard scoring dive for the pylon.

"We came out with a little fire this week," Gallagher said. "That's our game plan, to come out and set the tone real early. We came out firing on the first play of the game. Our line got down on the linebackers and we found a hole and I ran for it."

The Comets continued to set the tone, marching 92 yards in just nine plays after the defensive stand, a 38-yard strike from Mike Beamish to Mike Umerich the big play. Gallagher polished it off with a spinning 8-yard touchdown run with 7:42 left in the half.

"Our offensive line has done a great line getting a push for us all year and our backs have been able to run downhill," Abington Heights coach Joe Repshis said. "They're the reason why we're where we are today and coming out of here with a District 2 championship."

Gallagher popped a 52-yarder to set up a 4-yard scoring run by James Fruehan 3:56 before halftime, one of his two scores and part of a 100-yard rushing day for the Comets' other tailback.

But the final dagger for Dallas came just 31 seconds before halftime. With Beamish punting, Dallas went for a block and roughed the kicker, its only penalty of the game.

The Comets made them pay on the next play. Beamish dumped a screen pass to Gallagher, who dashed 45 yards for the score, thanks to downfield blocks from Umerich, Fruehan and Ian Kelly.

"Give credit to Abington up front," Dallas coach Ted Jackson said. "Forty-two (Gallagher) ran like a man."

Fruehan's 60-yard romp early in the fourth quarter and the fifth of Charlie Armetta's extra points made it 35-0 and put the mercy rule into effect.

"We fell short last year and this year we didn't want to let that happen," Gallagher said. "We came out and executed."

Contact the writer: mmyers@timesshamrock.com

11/29/09 08:32 PM #10    

Richard Tower

Friday night AHHS played Allentown Central Catholic at Liberty HS. We lost 28-14 in a hard fought game. The better team won and will now play Sellinsgrove for the Eastern 3A championship this coming Friday. Abington is the District 2 3A champ and it was a good season overall. For those of us the still bleed Comet Blue/White know how the team feels and also know that this will result in them being a better team in the future.

ps:
Today is December 20th. Last Friday night Sellingsgrove won the State 3A championship.

03/15/10 08:25 PM #11    

Richard Tower

Evan Craig won his second state wrestling championship over the past weekend. He wrestles at the 285 lbs class and is ranked the #1 high school wrestler in the nation. Way to go BLUE.

12/05/10 10:41 AM #12    

Richard Tower

Once again the Comets Football team has won the District 2 Class AAA championship. The team went 12-1 on the season. And once again they lost to Allentown Central Catholic in the playoffs. Abington has become a powerhouse in football and the future looks good.


01/15/12 11:47 AM #13    

Paula Kiley (Placko)

Hi Class of 1968!!

Reunion #45 is just around the corner.  Post your thoughts about what you might like for a reunion here: location, time of year, casual or not... I've suggested an informal July (2013) reunion at my summer home at Crystal Lake...BBQ, swimming and maybe a live band.  What are your thoughts???


05/12/13 09:37 PM #14    

Dorothy Ware (Keslosky)

I am trying to solicit help from the class of 1968.  My Dad is turning 90 this year and I am trying to put together something for him to celebrate.  As many of you may remember, Dad coached the F Smith and Son Little League team for over 25 years.  It was a very big part of his life.  I am trying to locate former players who might send a card or post a little note to him (I have a facebook group started Papa Joe Ware you can join).  If you can help by passing this along to anyone who might know something or if you have something you would like to share yourself,  I would be most appreciative.

I hope all is well with everyone and would like to hear from you.

Snooki Ware Keslosky (Dorothy)


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