70th Anniversary Edition: Manganiello, Kelly, Maira Reported Considering Grid Scholarships

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(Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Feb. 9, 1947 edition of the Sunday Dispatch.)

Strong support of further developing interscholastic sports is materializing in the vicinity as a result of the 1947 season when three local gridders, all residents of Pittston City, gained sufficient fame on the gridiron to warrant several offers from some of the nation’s leading colleges.

The three lads in question, all seniors in high school, are Carmen Manganiello and Joe Kelly, both of St. John’s High School, and Charlie Maria of Pittston High School.

Manganiello, who paced the Johnnies attack for the past three seasons as regular halfback, gained additional recognition during his last two high school football games which were played at West Pittston on Thanksgiving Day and on December 7th in the Lion’s East West Dream Game. A fleet footed runner, Manganiello has shown plenty of college stuff both as a punter and as a broken field runner. In addition to football, he is a varsity man on the Blue and White basketball team.

The second man from the local parochial school to be mentioned for college scholarship is Joe Kelly from Pittston Junction.

Kelly, like his teammate Manganiello, also sparked the Johnnies drive during this past football season. He gained particular notice as a result of his outstanding passing ability which on several occasions last season meant the different between victory and defeat for St. John’s.

Charlie Maira, also of Pittston, a stellar running back for the Pittston High School eleven last year is another local boy who is likely to be picked up by some major colleges in the nation.

Chichy, as he is referred to by high schoolmates, held top billing on Pittston High School’s sports stories during the last two seasons by virtue of his spectacular all-around football ability. He proved to be the main gun in all of Pittston’s football attacks and was frequently compared with All American Charles Trippi when the latter played at Pittston during the 1935 and 1936 seasons. Maria is regarded as an especially good runner and punter.

Unconfirmed reports stated that Manganiello was invited to spend a week at Knoxville, Tenn. as a guest of the University of Tennessee and also a week at Athens, Ga. as guest of the University of Georgia. Maria has also been reported to have been invited to Georgia.

Another alleged offer for Manganiello comes to him to Olean, N.Y. where he is said to have been invited to spend the weekend. Kelly is said to be considered by Colgate University and also Franklin and Marshall at Lancaster, Pa.

However, the strongest rumors indicate that the two St. John’s gridders may attend the Portsmouth Priory Prep at Portsmouth, Va. For a year after they will attend Holy Cross College together.

It was discussed in reliable sources last week that Carmen Manganiello can expect a communication from Moore Krause, freshman coach at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., sometime next spring when the football calendar usually begins at the famous Fighting Irish school.

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