Hazleton 1917-1918   North East Pennsylvania Champions (declared)

pahoops.org received the photo to the right and this email
From Diana Vickery in Illinois:
"As a retirement hobby, I rescue old photos from antique stores. I found a photo of a basketball team from "HHS." According to the photo, the team won the 1917-1918 NE Penna championship. Might you know where the high-school was located? I will try to locate someone whose ancestor is pictured in it to return it (without charge). The names are all pretty common, so I'd need a hometown to zero in on. The names are: Coach F (maybe T) Seager. Players were G. Wilmot, R Long, H. Roth,  J. Seidel, C. Powell, A Henry, C. Martin and O. Thomas, manager."
She found the photo at the Gurnee Antique Mall in Gurnee, Illinois.

pahoops researched at the State Library:
We verified that it was Hazleton High School after examining copies of the Hazleton Plains Speaker  for November and December of 1917.  Unfortunately, no microfilm was available for January to June of 1918 in the State Library in Harrisburg.  A (9/10/09) call to the Hazleton City Library found that they have a gap in their records from 1906 to 1931.found

 Diana Vickery then used that information to find the son of John Good Seidel, one of the teams leading scorers.  He is the player in the middle holding the ball in the photo.  His son George Seidel (now age 86 and born in Hazleton) now lives in California. I called George in California and he remembered that his dad went to the Penn State Hazleton campus after coming out of the army (World War I)and then being a florist in Hazleton.  His uncle, Fred Seidel went to Pitt, played football with "Doc" Sunderland and was thought to have been an All-American.

I called the Hazleton newspaper, the Standard Speaker trying to find out about the final record of the 1917-18 team, but they have been too busy to provide those records at this time. (9/26/09)

Nov 24, 1917
Hazleton 42  S. Bethlehem 16
Hazleton 42
Roth.......18
Seidel.....8
Long.......8
Wilmont ..2
Powell...2
Henry.....0
Burgess..2
South
Bethlehem 16
Redman.....0
Dish..........0
Wilson.....12
Heller.......0
Schreiber..4

Roth had a hard time at the foul line going 10 for 24.

Dec 1, 1917
Hazleton 31 Lansford 20
Hazleton 31
Roth.......27
Bleckley..0
Long.......2
Powell...2
Henry.....2
Lansford  20
Bolis.......5
Mulhearn.6
Hartranft..1
Jones.......8
Baker......0

Note: Lansford was in the 1920 State Playoffs, defeating Mansfield 22-8

Dec 8, 1917
Hazleton 65 East Mauch Chunk 19
Hazleton 65
Roth........16
Seidel.....16
Martin.....6
Bleckley..3
Long.......10
Powell...6
Henry.....8
E. M. Chunk 19 
Schrader...4
Person......3
Bilmer......3
Klein........4
Smith.......5

The reserves were all used in this game by Coach Freddie Sager


Other 1917 Stories

-Babe Ruth was still a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and a sportswriter made the observation: "Babe Ruth is a pretty good hitter for a pitcher"

-WW1, Germany announces they will use unrestricted submarine warfare

-Czar Nicholas abdicates in Russia

-First American troops land in France for WW1

Dec 12, 1917
Hazleton 40 Danville 24
Hazleton 40
Roth.......28
Seidel.....4
Long.......4
Henry.....2
Powell...2
Danville 24
Weiner....4
Main.......0
Hedden...18
Moore.....0
Richards.2

Danville was billed as the champion of the Tri-County Association


Dec 22, 1917
Hazleton 40 State College (Jewels) 24
Hazleton 31
Roth.......27
Seidel.....16
Bleckley..0
Long.......2
Powell...2
Henry.....2
State College 24
McFadden....17
Iles...............2
Muschlitz.....6
Boyle...........0
Garrett.........4

This State College team was not a high school team.

Dec 31, 1917
Hazleton 36 East Mauch Chunk  8
Hazleton 36
Roth........9
Martin.....4
Long........6
Powell...8
Henry.....9
E. M. Chunk 8
Schrader...3
Person......3
Bilmer......1
Klein........0
Smith.......1
Sweeney..0

The captain of the Hazleton team, J. Seidel was out with a bad leg.


 

    The 36-8 win over East Mauch Chunk was the ninth straight win for Hazleton.

Hazleton was the declared champions of the northeast region for the 1917-1918. The games above were all from November and December of 1917.  The microfilm on the January and February games of 1918 were not available at the State Library.  Statewide playoffs did not begin until 1920.

PIAA Championship Games started in 1920
1920, Harrisburg Tech 38 Bellevue  34, -box score and details HERE

Hazleton won state titles in 1828, 1929, and 1938.  They finished second in 1944.

1928, Hazleton 35  Lewistown 31, -box score and details HERE

1929, Hazleton 34  Sharon 22,  -box score and details HERE

1938, Hazleton 29  Altoona 27,  -box score and details HERE

1944, Duquesne 43  Hazleton 35, -box score and details HERE


Targeting Basketball in Your Area of Pennsylvania- Hazleton Area  http://www.pahoops.org/hazleton.htm


Credits:
Diana Vickery in Gurnee, Illinois
The Hazleton Plains Speaker
The State Library in Harrisburg