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"Heels" Gelet - Norristown Softball League President
It was a year of tragic losses for ASA of PA, but none more so than that of our own beloved Tom Schadt.
Tom Schadt - December 28, 1946 - November 7, 2014
Thomas K. Schadt, 67, beloved husband of Faye (Houp) Schadt, lost his brave battle with cancer on Friday, November 7, 2014, at Genesis Health Care’s Mifflin Center, in Shillington, PA. His passing was peaceful, with the love of his life, Faye, at his side. Tom was born on December 28, 1946, in Lancaster, PA. He was the son of the late John H. and Evelyn (Vogt) Schadt. In addition to his wife, Tom is survived by one cousin, Ruth Rarick, wife of John, of Poulsbo, Washington; and Joanne wife of William Bailes of Lancaster, PA. He is also survived by many special friends, including: Robert and Sonya Nagle, son Luke and Goddaughter Mia of Copley, Ohio; Ken and Marianne Moyer and children Kenneth Moyer, and wife Danielle and son Tyler, and Kathy Moyer Muhlenberg and husband, Kai, of Chesapeake, Virginia; and lifelong friend, Ken Strine, of Lancaster. Tom attended J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster, class of 1964. He was graduated from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA in 1968. Tom also earned his Master’s Degree from Millersville University. Tom was a mathematics teacher for the Phoenixville Area School District for 36 years. He retired in 2004. Tom and Faye celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary on June 22, 2014. The couple resided in Birdsboro. He was a resident at Reading Hospital and Mifflin Center, in Shillington, since August 18, 2014. He was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, in Millersville, PA, all of his life. He taught confirmation classes at St. Paul for more than 25 years. He served as President of the church softball league. Tom was very proud to be associated with the church’s Christmas Cheer Basket project, started by his grandmother almost 92 years ago and carried on by his mother for more than 40 years. The church is still involved with assembling and delivering baskets of fruit, candy and homemade cookies for shut-ins, the sick and the bereaved. Tom was a lifelong member of the Phoenixville Area Education Association, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the National Education Association and after his retirement was active in the Chester County PSEA-Retired. For many years Tom served as a building representative, officer, negotiator and chief negotiator for the Phoenixville Area Education Association. He served as President of the local association for many years. Tom had a lifelong love for slow-pitch softball. He played slow-pitch softball for 47 consecutive years. He served as a player, coach, manager, sponsor, administrator and groundskeeper for the Linfield Softball League. He took great pride in his record-keeping and being statistician for the league. He organized teams for all age groups and last year was even fielding a seventy-year-old team. In 2012 Tom was inducted into the Pennsylvania State Softball Hall of Fame. In 2013 the softball field in Limerick Township was renamed “The Thomas K. Schadt Field.” The naming ceremony was a surprise for Tom; he thought he was attending a birthday party for a fellow softball player. The entire Limerick Board of Supervisors, as well as numerous league and state softball officials were in attendance.
What he did for the Senior Softball Program here in Pennsylvania can not be put into words. He started it and built it up to the point that our State Senior Program has more participation than the National Senior Tournament. Thats all that needs to be said. Rest in Peace, my friend.
The ASA of PA loses one of it's most well loved people
Dean Amick - August 31, 1935 - January 26, 2014
ASA of PA President Dean Amick passed away 1/26/2014. He was elected President by the State General Council Meetings every single year since in 1998. He was the very first District Commissioner for District-8, when it was split away from District-4 in 1974 and remained in that capacity until 2012. He was an At-Large Player Rep for ASA of PA at the ASA National Council Meetings for many, many years. He was a tremendous Fast Pitch player credited with hitting over 200 home runs in his ASA of PA Hall of Fame career. He became a player manager and led the Honeybrook Comets to consecutive ASA of PA Class-A Fast Pitch State Championships in 1968 and 1969. He started the ASA of PA Men's Masters Program with the very first 35 & Over State Championship in 1981. He then started the 40 & Over and 45 & Over in 1993, the 50 & Over in 2000, 55 & Over in 2004, 60 & Over in 2005, 65 & Over in 2007 and the 70 & Over State Championship Programs in 2010. Dean, along with Tom Schadt (who was very instrumental in starting the Senior Program) have made ASA of PA one of the, if not, the top Masters and Seniors Programs in the Country. He was a big supporter of the Women's Slow Pitch State Program and has run the Class-D Women's States (along with his deputy Jann Duck) forever in his beloved hometown of State College. He also ran the 35+ and 45+ in State College since they started. He was there when me and Roger Kummerer won our first state title with Little Brown Jug/TNT Sports Club in 2002 for Class-A 35 & Over States. I think he was a happy as we were. He was also there when we celebrated and one of the guys cars broke down later that night. I called him at home, he drove back and of course, he "knew a guy", got the car towed to a garage and fixed the next morning. Told us if we didn't have a place to stay, we were welcomed to stay with him. He always made sure he bought me the one of the "world famous" Hess Field Sausage Sandwiches every single year. And if the team I was on got eliminated early, invited me up to the "Private Pressbox" overlooking the whole complex with the portable Air Conditioner. We would sit there and talk and laugh for hours along with his dear friends Jann Duck (Now District-8 District Commissioner) and Roy Harpster (Former District-8 UIC). He was a kind and gentle man who made fair decisions and would do anything for you. He will be missed by ALL who knew him well. I know I will- - Rest in Peace my Friend - Steve Dimitry - (NOTE- District-15 District Commissioner Jeff Sell was elected as the new ASA of PA President at the 2014 Meeting). Here is his Obituary ; Dean D. Amick, 78, of State College, died Sunday, January 26, 2014, at his residence surrounded by his family. Born August 31, 1935, in New Enterprise, he was the son of the late Luther and Lavina Eweis Amick. On March 6, 2009, in Hawaii, he married Grayce W. Rote, who survives. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Julene A. Yearick and her husband, David A., of State College and Dean D. Amick of Bethlehem; one grandson, David A. Yearick, Jr. of State College; five step-children, Vicki Witherite of PA Furnace, Russell Witherite and his wife, Sharon, of Lanse, David Witherite and his wife, Eleanor, of PA Furnace, Wendall Witherite and his wife, Lisa, of Centre Hall and Curt Witherite of Colorado Springs, CO; twenty two step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. He was a 1953 graduate of Replogie High School in New Enterprise. Dean served in the United States Army as a military policeman from 1955 until 1957. Dean retired on December 31, 2009 as the Director of Field Operations for the Dairy Herd Improvement Association. He attended Calvary Baptist Church in State College. Dean was inducted into the Pennsylvania Softball Hall of Fame in 1980 as a player and a manager. He was president of the Pennsylvania Amateur Softball Association from 1999 until his death.
The ASA of PA suffers another tragic loss
Ron Bohner - August 17, 1949 - March 20, 2014
Ron Bohner, long time ASA District-3 Commissioner and ASA Northeast Area Vice President passed away last week. He was at an umpire's Meeting in Reading, went out with the guys afterward, seemed to be fine, went home. He was found dead in his place of residence sometime the nest day. Very Sad. Here is his obituary: Ronald Lee Bohner, 64, passed away March 20, 2014 in his Spring Township residence. He was the former husband of Linda Sterner, Reading. Born August 17, 1949 in Reading, he was a son of Mabel Jeannette (Snyder) Weinhold, Reading, and the late William "Red" Bohner. He was a graduate of Reading High School. Ron was an electrician for the Reading Railroad and then worked as a service technician for over 25 years for Goodman Vending, where he was due to retire from next week. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve. Ron was very active in the Amateur Softball Association of PA as well as the Reading Softball Association. He served as their commissioner, assignor and umpire for over 30 years. He was also an avid golfer and a member of The Manor Golf Club, Sinking Spring. He is survived by two children: Kelly A., wife of Brandon D. Brown, West Lawn; and Andrew M. Bohner, Sinking Spring; Also surviving is his brother, Robert W., husband of Cathy Bohner, Bernville, and a grandson, Andrew J. Bohner, West Lawn. Personally, I thought the world of Ron, we had a relationship where he would bust my shoes one second and then come grab me the next. Never, ever had a disagreement with him. We always figured out some way to reach an agreement on anything. He personally invited me to his Area Meeting each and every year. I last saw him just a few weeks ago at the state meeting. He looked good as always. He was a good man.
Now, for some Good News:
The ASA of PA welcomes Charles "Sonny" Termine into its Hall of Fame now and Forever!
March 1, 2014
March 1, 2014, Grantville, PA - Sonny Termine, long time player, manager, sponsor, umpire, administrator inducted into the ASA of PA Hall of Fame. Sonny's Induction Speech was perfect. He thanked Sully Gelet and Tom Schadt for what they have done for him over the years first as an opponent and then as a friend. He did not want to mention names, but I feel I have to mention one. When he Started TNT Sports Club in 1978, he said there was a couple loyal friends with him every step of the way. A couple are no longer with us, but one still is and he is still helping Sonny and the TNT Team out doing whatever he can. He is a valuable person on this team and after all these years, if I or the guys he knows so well have a couple bat swings, we can still go up to him and ask him what we are doing wrong, he will always, always say exactly what it is. He watches everything we do. Big Ernie Chintalan, you were the one Sonny was referring to when he started the TNT club as you have been there with him since the beginning. TNT Sports Club has amassed incredible amounts of championships at all levels and with a total operating budget of just what Sonny Termine can afford. He buys uniforms, pays for all entrance fees and also will help players struggling financially to make sure they have a ride, place to stay and food. He does this out of the kindness of his heart. Other teams on a National Level have corporate sponsors or Sports Equipment, mainly Bat manufactures endorsements and sponsorships, they show up with multiple sets of fancy uniforms. TNT for years has shown up with the simple white t-shirt with the famous TNT logo on the front, nothing fancy, but always well respected. TNT Sports Club has 1-man; Charles “Sonny” Termine of Norristown, PA. Congratulations to you Sonny. I personally thank you and I know countless do also for what you have done for the players that have worn the TNT Shirt. To just show what Sonny Termine and his TNT Sports Club have done over the years, here is a little rundown that sort of summarizes the "wins and losses" per say: As a Manager/Sponsor Sonny Termine and TNT have won 10 World/National Championships and finished runner-up 2 times. TNT has won 13 State Championships and finished runner-up 6 times. TNT has won 7 Senior National Qualifier Championships. TNT has won over 30 Local League Championships in at least 10 different leagues in this area. TNT has participated in over 60 (Non-Senior) ASA advanced play tournament events ranging from District Qualifiers to County Qualifiers to Area State Championships to State Championships to National Championships to World Championships. In addition to that, TNT has participated in over 50 Masters & Seniors Tournaments on a Local, State National and/or World level. They have played in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida and have won in many of these places. TNT also participated in over 60 (Non-Senior) Invitational Tournaments in areas such as: Norristown, Bridgeport, Lansdale, Bristol, Phoenixville, Bensalem, Levittown, Pottstown, Linfield, Collegeville, Quakertown, Radnor, Exeter, Reading, Allentown, Easton, Marcus Hook, Trenton (NJ), Cape May (NJ), Wilmington (DE) and Richmond (VA). Won over 20 of these events in such prestigious events as the Richmond (VA) Round Robin, Terrace Athletic Club (DE) Tournament, Cape May (NJ) Classic and The Trentonian (NJ) Classic, actually winning the entire tournament with 10 straight wins in 1 day. As just a sole sponsor, TNT Sports Club has also captured 2 ASA of PA 23U Girls Fastpitch State Championships. On a personal note, Sonny Termine has amassed these individual awards for playing, Sponsoring and Managing: He has been named ISSA Manager of the Year two times. He has been selected to 2 ISSA All-World teams as a Pitcher. He has been selected to 2 ASA of PA State Tournament Teams, including 1 Tournament MVP Award as a pitcher. He also has been awarded both a league playoff MVP and a league All-Star MVP in this area. He was honored by Norristown Borough Hall and presented the "Key to the City" in 2006. Last, but not least, he has helped out ASA when they needed him. Sonny Termine purchased and donated the Scoreboard at Heels Field in Norristown and also purchased and donated a Softball Pitching Machine for the ASA of PA Hall of Fame Facility in Sunbury. Sonny, congrats to you. This is a pretty impressive resume, and what is nice is that you can continue to add to it ...
Norristown Area Informational Links:
Norristown Men's Softball League
The Brains behind this operation ... Commissioner Gelet and Deputy Dog Dimitry
Last Edited - 12/11/2014
Men's League FINAL Standings
Tie-Breakers - 1st place - Bridgeport Rib-House, won
head-to-head tie breaker with Bridgeport Beer; 2-0
OFFICIAL Tie-Breaker Scenarios for the B1 and B2
FYI- When a team dropped out of National Division, the season started over on May 5th with a new 4 team schedule.
These are the Records at the time the season
was restarted: (these are not included in the official standings)
MVP - Mike "Hoppy" Hopson, N&O
American B1 Division
MVP - The Legendary Wayne Stem, Bridgeport Beer - Pitcher
American B2 Division
MVP - John Bellis, Facenda-Whitaker
Men's League Home Run Leader Board
NOTE: Inside the Park Home Runs are not counted unless approved by League Commissioner
FYI- When a team dropped out of National Division, the season started over on May 5th with a new 4 team schedule.
These are the Home Run Leaders at the time the
season was restarted (these are not included in the official stats)
Men's League Awards and Accolades
Manager of the Year:
Silver Slugger Award (Home Run Champ)
Note (These are all Unofficial
Stats to see what people actually hit) -
A Little Trivia - Cybularz total of 36 on the year was still well short of Ken Shemonski's mark of 43 HRs hit in a 20 game season in 1988. 39 of those HRs were hit at Wierman Field and 4 more on Open fields. Teams played games at open fields back then like Logan Field (Eisenhower School) and Norristown High Field. His 39 HRs at Wierman were hit in 13 games - for an incredible average of 3 per game - Shemonski ended up with 88 total counting leagues, tournaments, etc on the season including15 in a single tournament up in Boyertown. That was the year he hit 5 HRs one night at Wierman Field with 12 RBIs in one of Al's Cold Cuts wins. What is amazing about Ken Shemonski is that after that incredible season in 1988, almost 25 years later, he hit 30 HRs at the new Heels Field. And at the age of 49, he hit 18 HRs in half a season this year. He is without question, the Greatest HR hitter in Norristown Softball History. When Steele's Sports came to town in 1987 or 88, They played Al's Cold Cuts at the old Latshaw Field which was 330 down the line, 385 in LC and 400 plus in center. At that time, there were only 3 players to ever hit a ball out of Latshaw Field. Charlie DiNolfi was the first as he hit the Big tree in LC, Lefthander Buddy Shank hit one up the hill in RF and Big Ernie Thomas hit one to dead center. Steele's beat Al's that day about 33-6 or so and hit 17 homers, but the talk of the towm was Ken Shemonski hitting one well over the 385 sign in LC. Charlie DiNolfi may have been the one most talked about, but Ken Shemonski out slugged them all.
Speaking of the Legendary Charlie DiNolfi - Back in 1977, DiNolfi hit 55 HR's for Al's Cold Cuts during the entire League Season counting the Norristown and Conshohocken leagues together (I believe 30 plus were hit at the Old "A" Field in Conshy). Some other old stats back in the day have Richie Bellem hitting 32 HRs for Al's in 1974. DiNolfi hit 27 HRs in 1975 for Al's and then came back to hit another 20 in 1976. Charlie Kish and Mike Mazza hit 14 HRs each for Triple S Club in 1979. Clarke Farrell hit 14 and 11 respectively in 1983 & 1984 playing mostly Class-A and Major Open Tournament Competition. Farrell had 18 HRs in his first year in Norristown playing in the C-Division for Bake Meister in 1981, once again many at Wierman and all the other fields used at the time including Norristown High School, Stewart Middle School, Logan Field (Eisenhower School), McCann Field (The Cut) and Norristown State Hospital among the many.
Others having good numbers
playing in two Divisions were -
I want to say one more thing. This league has the honor of having 2 of the Elite players in this Country playing here.
Ryan Parfitt (Class-Major-USSSA) and (Class-A-ASA)
Dave Miller (Class-Major-USSSA) and (Class-A-ASA)
The Last Major Player from Pennsylvania was the legendary Mike Shenk of Ephrata. Mike is enshrined in the ASA of PA Hall of Fame, The National ASA Hall of Fame and the National USSSA Hall of Fame. He played 11 years of Super Major Softball, won 15 World Championships, including being part of one of the greatest teams of all time on 2001; Long Haul/TPS, which had a 70-6 record for the year and won the Grand Slam of Slow Pitch Softball, They won the USSSA, ASA, NSA and ISA world titles. He was a 9 time ASA All American selection. He is a 3 time USSSA All World selection, including MVP at the 1998 USSSA World Series. He is a 7 time NSA All World Selection, including MVP at the 1996 NSA World Series. He was also selected as the Defensive MVP in the 1997 NSA World Series. He also made an ISA All World team and was also the MVP of the ISA Winter World series in 1999. In 2003, he was selected to play in the WSL All Star game. He amassed over 20 All World selections. Even more impressive were his grand Slam totals from 1994-99. These were the stats just for the 4 association Super World series events. He was 340-512 (.664 average) with 124 Home Runs. He is credited with these stats by Supreme Softball Magazine from 1993-2002. 2492 Hits in 3530 at bats (.706 career batting average) with 1098 Home Runs. he was named to the Annual All World team by softball publications 6 consecutive years from 1996-2001. He also was named to the 2nd team all 1990s Decade team and is an Honorable mention on the All Century team, he actually is the 3rd third baseman listed, Behind Charles Wright and Paul Tomasovich, Oh, when he first started out playing softball, he played fastpitch, then switched to slow pitch and won two straight Class-A ASA of PA State Championships with Farrell's Maintenance (1987-88). He finished in the top-5 the next 3 years with Farrell's/Holiday Jacks, before going to the big time.
NOTE: Joe Povenski played in Norristown for years, he played Class-A with Florida Heat and he did play Major Tournaments. As a matter of fact, in 2003, he was the Cincinnati USSSA Major NIT MVP, going 19-20 (.950), with 7 Homers to lead the tournamentin both catagories. Florida Heat won a couple Class-A National Championships.
Norristown Women's Softball League
Click here for the 2014 Women's West Division Schedule
Women's League FINAL Standings
Women's League All-Star Game and Awards
All-Star Game - Stars vs
Stripes game ended in a tie after 9 innings
Home Run Derby Champion -
Candace Clark (Reed's HOPE WINS)
Norristown Men's Sunday Fall League
Commissioner Steve Dimitry (610) 539-9297
Sunday Fall League FINAL Standings
B-Flight (double elimination)
Men's Sunday Fall League Awards and Accolades
Others receiving a vote: Ivo Salvi, Brew Crew and Fred Angelo, Iron Pigs
Others receiving a vote: Matt Cybularz, Brew Crew and Roger Kummerer, Dr Foleys
Norristown Men's Weeknight Fall League
Commissioner Sully "Heels" Gelet (610) 277-9661
Weeknight Fall League FINAL Standings
Playoffs (Double Elimination)
Norristown Women's Sunday Fall League
Commissioner Sully "Heels" Gelet (610) 277-9661
Playoffs (Single Elimination)
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