AROUND TOWN: Seamon Prepped Arena For Lady Bucks Arrival
Couldn’t blame Matt Seamon if he had a little more bounce in his step last week. The Dunmore High School Class of 2005 president has a part-time gig performing the changeover for various events at the Giant Center in Hershey, which meant as he prepared for Tuesday’s Hershey Bears American Hockey League game, he was following on his phone Monday night as the Lady Bucks locked up their spot in the PIAA Class 3A basketball championship game. And he let all his co-workers know it. “I told every single of one of them that this is awesome,” Seamon said. “They’re probably sick of me talking about it, but it’s pretty cool.” Immediately after the Bears game Tuesday, the switch began for the PIAA basketball championships, and his job took on added significance. “Absolutely it was a little more special,” Seamon said. “I would pause, we’d get a couple-minute break during the changeover, and I’d look around and I’m envisioning how many Dunmore people are going to pack this place. I was born and raised in Dunmore, I’ve gone to all the basketball and football every time they made it far. You see how Dunmore comes out in droves. It’s a little special. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it, especially when you know you have Dunmore coming in. “My mom and dad still live in the same house I was born and raised in. My sister’s there. I get up about once a month if I’m lucky. That’s why I said this is pretty cool. I work down here in Hershey and it’s not every day you get all of Dunmore to come to you.” Through a friend, Seamon, who enjoys the physical labor that his government job doesn’t afford him, got the job at the Giant Center. “This kind of landed in my lap,” Seamon said. “I knew somebody who worked there and I’ve been there for two years now.” He checks the local scene online every day, and started following the Lady Bucks in earnest at about the midpoint of the season, recognizing the special significance of one of those 29 wins. “I was happy they were able to beat Neumann-Goretti this year,” Seamon said. “Nine square miles. That’s where all their kids come from.” Birthday to remember As we come to the end of the scholastic basketball season, there’s one more thing to bring to your attention. Just about a month from now, on April 22, Helen Wallace is turning 100 years old. And that’s significant because she is the widow of Carbondale’s Mike “Red” Wallace, whose hardwood résumé is among the most impressive our area’s ever seen. And if you know anything about basketball coaches, often their spouse is a big part of the reason for their success. Red is in the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame as a player and coach. A standout at Fell Twp. in the 1950s and then at the University of Scranton, he went on to play for the Boston Celtics, and the Scranton Miners and Wilkes-Barre Barons in the Eastern League, as well as coaching Elk Lake High School to boys state championships in 1969 and 1977. Happy 100th a little early, Helen. And if you’d like to drop her a card or note, here’s the address: 33 Columbia Drive, Elysburg, PA 17824. Hall nominations Time to make a nomination for the Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame is running short. To be considered for the Class of 2019, information must be presented to president Bob Walsh or veep Jerry Valonis. Both can be reached by phone, Walsh at (570) 346-2228, and Valonis at (570) 489-1500 or shoot an e-mail to Gvalonisfamily@aol.com. Also, anyone interested in becoming an active member in the Northeast Chapter can call for information. MARTY MYERS is a Times-Tribune sports writer. His Around Town column appears on Sundays. To contact him, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 570-348-9100, ext. 5437 or follow him on Twitter @mmyersTT.