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Tyrone to celebrate winning team

TYRONE — Borough Council on Monday authorized a proclamation commemorating the state championship won by the 1999 Tyrone Area High School football team, to be read at a 20th anniversary celebration during halftime of Tyrone’s first home game this year — against Central Aug. 30.

Ten years ago, when alerted to that year’s anniversary celebration, many of the players asked whether they could bring their girlfriends, said retired assistant coach Chuck Banas, who requested the proclamation.

This time, they asked whether they could bring their wives, Banas said.

The team that Tyrone defeated for the championship is likely to have an anniversary celebration representative — Mandy Jones, wife of Jesse Jones, whose 92-yard touchdown run helped seal the championship, according to Banas.

She was the captain of the Mount Carmel High School cheerleaders then, Banas said.

It took a while for Jones to gain acceptance in his future in-laws’ family, according to Banas, who said her parents hated him at first.

The 1999 team, which finished 15-0, is the only public high school team from District 6 to have won a PIAA championship.

Players and coaches will be introduced, there will be four audio tributes and a 55-second burst of fireworks, Banas said.

Mayor Bill Latchford will read the proclamation at the ceremony.

Excitement for the new season is high, as the head coach of the championship team, John Franco, is in charge once again, after a hiatus that included stints at Altoona Area High School, St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy in State College and Penn Cambria High School.

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