Posted by on November 17, 2019 2:50 am

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U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser (PA-9) honored two local athletic teams on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday.

Meuser dedicated some of his speaking time during regular business on Friday to pay tribute to the Tamaqua Area High School football team. And he also tipped his cap to the Penn State-Schuylkill Women’s Cross Country team.

Meuser Honors Tamaqua Area Football Team’s District 11 Championship

Members of the House are given time to address issues important to them or their constituents. These comments are recorded in the Congressional Record.

On Friday, Meuser decided to use some of this time to honor two local sports championship teams.

The first time he recognized were the District 11 Class 3A football champions, Tamaqua.

“Last Friday night, Tamaqua football made history as they secured their first-ever district championship,” Meuser said from the House floor. “After coming close to winning the championship for the past several seasons, I applaud the team’s resilience and grit.”

Tamaqua defeated North Schuylkill last week to take the District championship. The night of Meuser’s speech honoring that win, the Blue Raiders topped Pope John Paul II High School in the first round of the PIAA football championships.

And before you think that he somehow snubbed Pottsville, they hadn’t yet won the District 11 title in Class 4A. That happened on Saturday night, before Meuser’s speech.

Meuser Honors PSU-Schuylkill Womens Cross Country Three-peat

Tamaqua wasn’t the only champion getting Meuser’s attention. The Congressman representing Schuylkill County also recognized a budding local “dynasty” in cross-country.

Last month, PSU-Schuylkill’s Women’s Cross Country team clinched its third consecutive PSUAC championship. The team is coached by former Pottsville Mayor and longtime running enthusiast Joe Muldowney.

PSU-Schuylkill says it got standout performances in its 2019 championship run from locals Joahlana Najunas (Freshman/Shenandoah), Brin DeAngelo (Junior/Ringtown), and Melissa Ramirez (Senior/Lost Creek).

“They are truly a sports dynasty,” Meuser says.

“Congratulations to both Sam Bonner, head football coach at Tamaqua High School, and Joe Muldowney, head cross-country coach at Penn State Schuylkill, for leading their teams to victory,” Meuser adds. “Perseverance and dedication are defining characteristics of Pennsylvanians. I am incredibly proud of the Tamaqua football and Penn State Schuylkill women’s cross-country teams for these accomplishments.”

Watch the video of Meuser’s speech on the House floor:

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