|J.P. Antosh, |
JP had stellar seasons for the NEPA Miners leading the ball club to their first eight win season and into the playoffs in 2008 while becoming the first NEPA Miners Quarterback to throw for over 2,000 yards and over 20 TD's. On top of his Quarterback play J.P. helped the Miners on defense and special teams earning him league All-Star honors and an Iron Man Award with the NEPA Miners. JP took his experience with the Miners to the Collegiate level starting at Quarterback for Lackawanna College in Scranton, PA and Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky.
|Marty Evans, |
Coach Marty Evans helped lay the foundation for a higher standard of football with the NEPA Miners in the organizations first three seasons from 2007-2009 as Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator. Coach brought leadership and led a dominating defense on the field. Coach Evans has had a Hall of Fame career and the NEPA Miners are proud to have enjoyed three of those great seasons! American Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013 2010 GEFA Undefeated League Champions: Back Mountain Mayhem 2010 GEFA Coach of the Year: Back Mountain Mayhem 12 Time Career Playoffs 2 National East Coast Championships 1 League Championship – Garden State League 2 Bowl Game Wins – Anthracite Bowl – CFL and EFL 2 time named in Minor League Football News: top 25 Defenses in the nation
|Donnie Jackson-Bey, |
Donnie Jackson-Bey broke the semi-professional football national record with 15,650 yards as a member of the NEPA Miners. Donnie spent one season as Head Coach of the Miners before accepting a job as an Assistant Coach/Offensive Coordinator position at West Scranton High School. It is an honor to have Donnie inducted into the first class of NEPA Miners Hall of Fame members in 2010. CAREER SUMMARY: Pro Tryouts: Carolina Panthers 1998, Dallas Cowboys 1999, Philadelphia Eagles 2001 SEMI-PRO: Scranton Eagles 1997-2002 Rushing Yards: 8,917 Touchdowns: 107 Northern Tier Bruins 2003-2004 2003 Rushing Yards: 1,570 Touchdowns: 13 2004 Rushing Yards 1,942 Touchdowns 20 Southern Tier Green Machine 2005 Rushing Yards 1,200 Touchdowns: 8 Hudson Valley Saints 2006 Rushing Yards: 1,337 Touchdowns: 6 North East PA Miners 2007 – 2008 Rushing Yards 686 Touchdowns 10 Total Rushing Yards: 15,650 Total Touchdowns: (Rushing): 164 COLLEGE: Lackawanna College 1994-95,Delaware State University 1996-97 HIGH SCHOOL: Recently inducted into the Arthur P. Schalick sports Hall of Fame where he ran for 2,768 yards and scored 30 touchdowns.
|Willie Mims, |
Inducted into the NEPA Miners Hall of Fame Saturday 7/28/12 in memory of Willie and his outstanding career that spanned three decades including two seasons with the Miners. Mims remembered as friend, mentor BY MARTY MYERS (STAFF WRITER)Published: June 30, 2012 Willie Mims wanted to play one more season. The former University of Florida football player and longtime, local semi-pro standout never got the chance. He collapsed and died on the football field at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday evening, leaving a void greater than just that of a superb athlete. "He was just a solid, good person," said former Scranton Eagles teammate Donnie Jackson-Bey. "He just had so much spirit. Whenever he came into practice or a game, he always had a smile on his face. You could tell he was happy to be there. "He truly loved football and his teammates." That's why the 43-year-old from Paterson, N.J. was on the practice field with other members of his latest team, the Electric City Chargers. "I had talked to him a couple times and he said he wanted to play just one more year," Jackson-Bey said. "He was just doing some drills and he fell over. The guys thought maybe the heat had gotten to him. "Never in world would you think this would happen to someone like him. He was one of the best-conditioned athletes I ever saw." Jackson-Bey said family members told him that doctors attributed his death to a pre-existing heart condition. While he was well-known as a standout defensive back for the Scranton Eagles, his playing career in the semi-pro ranks of the Empire Football League actually began with another team, the Newburgh Raiders, who beat the Eagles in the 1993 title game. It wasn't long before Mims was suiting up for the Eagles. "He loved Scranton and the brothers he had on the team," Jackson-Bey, who first played with Mims in 1997, said. "He thought of it as his second home." And his teammates were more than just men in the same uniform. "As a young player with Eagles, he took me under his wing as a mentor," said Dan Lamagna, who played in the secondary with Mims. "From 1996, my first year as Eagle, to right now, he always took people and helped guide them. "If I knew I had a talented guy who need a little guidance, Willie would take him and show him the way." Mims had experiences few of his teammates could match. Lamagna related stories of Mims' tryouts with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, the latter a trip Lamagna will never forget. "He picked me up at my home," Lamagna said. "From Main Street in Archbald to Hamilton, Ontario, we didn't miss one turn." No maps, no directions. And Mims came home with a contract offer. "They offered him a deal but it wasn't guaranteed," Lamagna said. "He thought it was too risky to move his family." Hamilton's loss was Scranton's gain, and the always upbeat Mims was never at a loss for words. "Willie was a talker," longtime Eagles quarterback John Kennedy recalled. "He always talked trash, but not in a bad way. He did it more to pump up his teammates. He was very much a leader by example and a very positive person. "He had a saying, any big game or rivalry game: 'Special players make special plays on special days.' He'd say it over and over, and he was smiling the whole time." Teammates called him a teacher and leader on the field, and a man who expected everyone to match his intensity. "One story I think about most is the 1999 championship game," Jackson-Bey said. He came in, we're playing Kingston (N.Y.) for the (EFL) championship. He said, 'Bey, what you gonna do today?' "I told him, 'Whatever it takes.' He said, 'No, I need everything you've got.' "He gave everything he had. He was such an unselfish player. When someone else scored, he scored. He took pride in his teammates. He was one of our better players, but you never heard that from him. That was his demeanor." It was contagious, and it didn't matter if the team was up or down 20 points. "He was that guy that always, no matter the situation, played one way," Jackson-Bey said. Constantly challenging himself, Kennedy noted, he never had a negative criticism of a teammate, and there was always a bounce in his step. "The sacrifice that he made to play, he passed many, many teams to come play for the Eagles," Kennedy said. "He definitely was a major part of the reason we won a couple of championships." He is survived by four children, daughters Shatia, 25, and Dara, 23; sons Daraye, 18, Dek'yri 15; grandchildren Davion, Ka'Mya and Corey Mason Jr.; brothers Devin and Deron; parents Willie and Teresa Mims; son-in-law Corey Mason Sr.; and companion Kimberly Fergueson. Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized, but Mims' teammates, past and present, are ready for one final road trip. "I'm sure the whole Scranton family will be making trip to Paterson to see him off," Jackson-Bey said. Contact the writer: email@example.com
|Ziggy Wisniewski, |
4th Member of the NEPA Miners Hall of Fame and first linemen. Career begin in 1991 in York PA for the York Lions; Played DE and TE for them for four years playing both ways and kicking off. Followed by the Arbutus big red out of Arbutus MD playing DE before moving north and playing for the Columbia Colts out of Berwick PA, playing DE and DT. 1999-2001 Wilkes-Barre Blaze, he played DE, DT and O-line. Scranton Eagles playing mainly Center then the Schuylkill County Coal Crackers out of St Clair, as a center. In his words, Last but By far not least he played for the Miners from 2007 until his retirement in 2009. He had an impressive career in which he played every position on D-line, the Offensive line plus TE and every linebacker position, Special teams including kickoffs and field goals. Made numerous plays for a career primarily as a lineman including an interception and a TD his share of sacks and tackles. Numerous All-Star teams including player of the game with the Coal Crackers in Orlando, FL in the Wide World of Sports Complex in Disney for the NAFL and was voted one of the players of the game. He played every year since 1991, sometimes semi pro Saturday night and flag football on Sunday morning. We are proud to have shared a part of his 19 year semi-professional career. "A True Miner who understands what our organization is trying to accomplish as he drives in from Berwick just to help in any way he can, one of the toughest football players I have ever been a teammate with or have had the honor to coach as he has played with limbs hanging off. A great person, a leader and a warrior". - Former Miners Head Coach Dan LaMagna
|Charlie Wysocki, |
Charlie Wysocki has been an assistant coach for the NEPA Miners since 2007 and the Miners have hold youth football camps named after Charlie to teach the kids the fundamentals of football and share Charlie's story. Charlie is Wilkes-Barre Myers All-Time leading rusher, is the second All-Time leading rusher at the University of Maryland and was in the Dallas Cowboys camp before becoming stricken with Bi-Polar Disorder. Visit www.charliewysocki.com and www.theuntouchables.us for more information on the amazing football career and life of Charlie Wysocki. Most recently Charlie's amazing story can be read in his new book Saddle Up Charlie which can be purchased online http://www.amazon.com/Saddle-Up-Charlie-Wysockis-Gridiron/dp/098332851X
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