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Athletic hall of fame considered at Karns City school district

The resignation of longtime teacher and former football player Brad Miller has led the Karns City Area School District School Board to consider starting a sports hall of fame.

School board president Josh Price said at Thursday’s meeting that Miller’s exit from the district after a long history in supporting athletics following his high school career deserves to be recognized.

Superintendent Eric Ritzert said the topic has come up in discussion at board meetings before.

“We have what I would consider very good athletes, currently and formerly, who have gone on and done quite well,” Ritzert said. “You want to recognize people who have done well.”

Miller played football for Karns City Area Jr./Sr. High School until he graduated in 1998. He was a starting offensive tackle on the Gremlins football team that completed an undefeated regular season and District 9 championship before taking on Wilmington — the top-ranked team in Pennsylvania — in the 1997 state playoffs.

He is leaving his position at the school to address his ALS diagnosis.

Price suggested that Miller’s jersey be retired in recognition of his playing and work in the school district. The other members of the board mulled possibilities of how the district could recognize athletes from the school district, current and former, because the geographical area encompassed by the district doesn’t have a formal method, according to Ritzert.

The talk of the hall of fame Thursday was only a discussion among the board members, and no action has yet been proposed regarding a possible facility. However, Ritzert said there likely will be more talk about a potential hall of fame in the coming months.

“I believe we are going to proceed to recognition facility,” he said.

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