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- January 12, 2024
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Doyle Dietz is a 1964 graduate of Danville High, where he participated in basketball, baseball and track. His football career was ended prematurely following an injury in his freshman year. His other extra-curricular activities included working for the school yearbook and newspaper, which sparked an interest in journalism.
His plans to be a history teacher and baseball coach and attend Bloomsburg State were cut short by a military commitment. During active duty, he played for the military post softball team at Fort Jackson, S.C. While finishing his military obligation with the U.S. Army Reserve 814th Supply Company in Bloomsburg, he enrolled in the Triangle Shoe Company Management Training Program in Wilkes-Barre and became a roving store manager, working in Norwalk, CT., Long Branch and Hammonton, N.J. and Jersey Shore and Lansford.
Dietz began covering high school football games as a stringer for the Tamaqua Courier in 1968, becoming sports editor and general assignment reporter for the newspaper in 1969. In 1970, he accepted the position as Tamaqua bureau chief for the Pottsville Republican newspaper, and in 1971 was appointed assistant sports editor at the Republican. In 1976, he joined the sports staff of the Reading Eagle, where he covered various professional, college, and high school sports, including the Lower Anthracite Region sports editor and outdoors editor.
Upon retiring from the Eagle in 2005, Dietz accepted the position as outdoors editor of the Pottsville Republican Herald and Shamokin News-Item. In addition, he contributes to several state and national outdoors magazines and is host of the weekly radio program “Experience The Outdoors” on WMGH 105.5-FM and WLSH 1410-AM.
A proponent of high school football, Dietz continues to cover games for the Republican Herald and News-Item, as well as Bloomsburg University football. He is also the public relations director for the Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association. His affiliation with the 2 newspapers has allowed him to keep alive his streak of covering at least one Mount Carmel football game every year since 1978. he believes his career came full circle when the first championship game he covered had a fullback in the game named Henry Hynoski and the last championship he covered had a running back named Henry Hynoski.
Dietz and his wife of 43 years, Betty, a Danville High grad and retired school teacher, enjoy the New York Football Giants, the New York Yankees, hunting, fishing, attending plays and concerts. They especially like the Allman Brothers Band, Bob Dylan and the Flatlanders. They live in Deer Lake with their Labrador retrievers Coleman and Dingus.