Date for John Donmoyer floor dedication has been set

The area's winningest boys basketball coach will be honored at Sewards Gym between games of a doubleheader.

John Donmoyer, the winningest boys basketball coach in Lehigh Valley history, will be honored by having the court at Allen High School's Sewards Gym named in his honor on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Donmoyer's current Moravian Academy team will play Pen Argyl, coached this year by Kyle Hutnik, in a 1 p.m. nonleague game.

The floor dedication ceremony will take place after the Moravian Academy game at approximately 2:45 and then Allen, Donmoyer's former team, will play Emmaus in a Lehigh Valley Conference game at 3:30.

Donmoyer, a 1957 Allentown High graduate, coached at Allen for 23 seasons from 1974-1997, going 423-226 and winning five East Penn Conference and six District 11 championships. He also guided the Canaries to back-to-back PIAA 3A East titles in 1979 and 1980.

He also worked closely for many years with the legendary Milo Sewards, who died in 2003.

Sewards coached for 24 seasons and went 408-167 with nine East Penn League and four District 11 crowns. His Canaries won the 1950 state championship in his first season in charge.

After retiring as a teacher and coach at Allen, Donmoyer went to Moravian Academy and has coached there for 16 seasons.

He has posted a record of 189-186 at Moravian, bringing his overall win total to 612.

MEILINGER BACK IN BETHLEHEM

Steve Meilinger, who was born in Bethlehem and played at Liberty High School for John Butler from 1945 to 1948, will return to his alma mater today and participate in the opening coin toss for Saturday's Liberty-Freedom game at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.

Meilinger, who will be inducted in the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame on Dec. 10 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, will be attending the Liberty football team's annual senior breakfast at the school. He will participate in the pregame ceremony on Saturday.

After graduating from Liberty, Meilinger first attended Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. He then played at the University of Kentucky for the legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant and was a NEA All-American at three different positions — end, quarterback and halfback — in three different seasons.

As a senior, he was a consensus All-American.

He was drafted by the Washington Redskins as a first-round pick in 1954, but went into the military and didn't return to Washington until 1956. He played for the Redskins for two seasons and then was traded to Green Bay and played for the Packers and finished his career in Pittsburgh. In six seasons, he had 60 receptions for 863 yards and eight touchdowns.

NCC NETS SUCCESS

The Northampton Community College women's volleyball team will host Sandhills Community College of Pinehurst, N.C., on Saturday at the Arthur L. Scott Spartan Center in the NJCAA District H championship match.

NCC won its second consecutive Region XIX title with a 3-0 win over Montgomery County Community College last week. The Spartans, 32-0 on the season, lost to Davidson Community College last season in the district playoff, falling in five sets.

The winner of the District H championship match will advance to the NJCAA national tournament in Rochester, Minn., Nov. 14-16.

Team members from the Lehigh Valley include Lindsey Kizer (Nazareth), Ashley McCauley and Anna Domyan (Bethlehem Catholic), Sawyer Hoyak (Notre Dame), Emily Koehler (Northampton) and Samantha Schnabel (Catasauqua).

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