Watch Coach Mealy on WHBG-TV20 "Unfinished Work" Civil War Series

Mealy first appears at minute 33. Click here to view.

On Friday, April 11, Coach Mealy, who is working toward Ph.D from PSU, received the university's Patterson Award for academic excellence in American Studies.

Charles Bell is Penn Manor's first ever Lititz/Etown Lions Club Player of the Year.

The Lions Club award has been given out since 1969.

Coach Mealy, Op Ed Featured in 2 Local Papers

The Harrisburg Patriot Sunday News (2/26) and Lancaster Sunday News (2/19) ran an opinion piece by Coach Mealy, who made a plea to reconsider icons who are recognized during Black History Month [added Feb. 27, 2011].

Penn Manor's Chas Alexchi signs 1-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs

The PSFCA names Coach Mealy one of the asst. coaches for the East Squad in the PSFCA East / West All Star Game on May 4.

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Love History, Watch Coach Mealy on WHBG TV20

(courtesy of Angie Pfeiffer.)

Coach Mealy will appear on Comcast Cable WHBG TV20 "Unfinished Work" documentary this Thursday, November 21 at 7 p.m. The documentary is sponsored by the Dauphin County Civil War Sesquicentennial and released in unison with the 150th Anniversary of President Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address". Last July, HBG TV20's on air personality Bob Philbin and former-Pennsylvania Director of Tourism and Cultural Heritage Lenwood Sloan interviewed Mealy for the series, which will run four consecutive days (Nov. 21-24) and feature Civil War scholars Dr. Matthew Pinsker, Dr. Bradley Hoch, and Dr. Michael Barton.

Read here.

Promotional video here.

Coach Mealy has new book published

Head Coach Todd Mealy's new book "Legendary Locals of Harrisburg" is officially on bookshelves Monday, September 22.

Mealy's book is part of Arcadia Publishing's Legendary Locals series that celebrates people who have made a memorable impact on their community throughout its history. Individuals featured in the books run the gamut from politicians to high school coaches and athletes; from notorious personalities to local business owners and beloved entertainers. Their images and stories document the unique contributions residents have made throughout history that shape the community today.

Mealy, who has his team spend MLK holidays doing community service in the Millersville community and traditionally sends football players into the elementary schools to encourage leisure reading, writes, "these profiles of real lives and real heroes show us that we all have contributed to the development of our own communities."

For football fans, the book features a sports chapter that includes some of Central Pennsylvania's greatest coaches, players, and sportswriters.

This is the third book that Mealy has had published. Mealy will appear on abc27's "Good Day PA" at noon on October 2 to discuss the book.

(Added September 22, 2014)

Coach Stuart, Inducted into alma mater's Hall of Fame

Penn Manor assistant coach Streeter Stuart was recently inducted into the Southern Lehigh Athletics Hall of Fame. Stuart, who has the longest football coaching tenure at Penn Manor, played football and baseball at Southern Lehigh before he went on to the University of Virginia.

You can watch Coach Stuart's acceptance speech here.

Coach Stuart, Hall of Famer

On Friday, January 24, Streeter Stuart, Penn Manor's 9th grade head football coach, was inducted into the Southern Lehigh Valley Sports Hall of Fame. Stuart played football and baseball at Southern Lehigh High School. He attended the University of Virginia on an athletic scholarship to play baseball.

PM vs Cedar Cliff Highlights

Comets finish regular season with victory over Cedar Crest, attain 8-2 record, open Quad-A D-3 Playoffs at Cedar Cliff

(Logan Kinser shown scoring the opening touchdown. Courtesy of Angie Pfeiffer)


The Comets' offense set a program record of 63 points in a single game. The previous record was 56 points set against Cedar Crest in 2010.

Penn Manor scored on drives lasting 8 seconds, 13 seconds, 95 seconds, 17 seconds, and 43 seconds, respectively.

Penn Manor attained a program record 634 total yards (503 rushing, 131 passing).

Penn Manor had 5 ball carriers with at least 62 yards rushing:
RB Charlie Bell 170 yards (2 TDs)
RB Levonta Jones 113 yards (3 TDs)
FB Logan Kinser 83 yards (1 TD)
QB Grant Gale 63 yards (1 TD)
RB Tyler Spangler 62 yards (1 TD)

Penn Manor had 4 players with over 100 combined yards:
RB Charlie Bell 196 yards (170 rush, 26 rec)
RB Levonta Jones 113 yards (113 rush)
RB Tyler Spangler 112 yards (62 rush, 43 KOR, 7 rec)
FB Logan Kinser 101 yards (83 rush, 18 rec)

The Comets' starting defense shut out Cedar Crest (49-0) and yeilded just 130 total yards before being replaced after half time.

Penn Manor's Garage Sale to benefit the Ireland Trip

A big THANK YOU to Trudy Eby, Debbie De Vitry, Jean Ressler, and Peg Ault for organizing the Football team's indoor yard sale. More than 40 tables were selling items from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

FYI, the indoor yard sale replaced this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Read our history by clicking here. The football coaches, players, alumni, and parents have dedicated MLK Day serving Homes of Hope. This annual event will resume in 2015.

Mealy To Represent Penn Manor In Ireland, UK

Penn Manor's Todd Mealy will represent the school district at University-College Cork, in Ireland, United Kingdom on April 27-28.

The football team's head coach has been selected to speak at the Irish Association for American Studies Conference (IAAS). The conference's theme is "American Alternatives, Alternative Americas."

During the two-day event, several educators representing the University of Limerick, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, University of London, Penn State University, and our very own Penn Manor High School will present their thoughts about unconventional social reform movements in American history. Mealy's lecture is entitled "A Political Alternative: William Howard Day's Underground Railroad."

Comets win second game of 2013 season, 28-14 over Lampeter-Strasburg

(photo courtesy of Angie Pfeiffer, 9/7/13)

Notes from Penn Manor's game against Lampeter Strasburg:

1. Charlie Bell 248 combined yards (130 rush, 110 rec, 8 PR), 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec), 9 tackles
2. Levonta Jones had 135 combined yards (115 rush, 20 rec)
3. The Comets had two 100-yard rushers (Bell and Jones) and one 100-yard receiver (Bell)
4. QB Tanner Erisman was 14-20, 164 yards and 1 TD, having connected with five different receivers.
5. Penn Manor's line led the offense on scoring drives of 10 plays 80 yards, 9 plays 85 yards, 8 plays 72 yards, and 8 plays 65 yards.

Coach Mealy to appear on Comcast Cable Series about the Civil War

(photo courtesy of Jared Shearer)

Penn Manor head football coach Todd Mealy will appear on Comcast Cable WHBG TV20's "Unfinished Work", a documentary sponsored by the Dauphin County Civil War 150th / Sesquicentennial. On Tuesday, July 30, Mealy was interviewed by the City of Harrisburg's Communication Director and HGB TV20 on air personality Bob Philbin and the Commonwealth's former-Director of Tourism and Cultural Heritage Lenwood Sloan. Coach Mealy also joined Civil War scholars in a round table about Central Pennsylvania's connection to issues related to the Civil War. The documentary "Unfinished Work" will air in November as part of the 150th anniversary of Pres. Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address".

Coach Mealy, hired in 2007 to lead the Comets, has had two books published since joining the faculty at Penn Manor. His book "Aliened American: A Biography of William Howard Day" was nominated for two book awards in 2010. Mealy has more books in the pipeline, including "On the Bethel Trail" (co-author, Spring 2014), "Legendary Locals of Harrisburg, Pa" (Fall 2014), and an untitled book about the reaction to Martin Luther King's assassination in the city of Lancaster (Fall 2017).

(Photo courtesy of Angie Pfeiffer, 10/13/12)

Two milestones met in Penn Manor's 30-6 win over Manheim Township

With Penn Manor's victory over section rival Manheim Township, Coach Mealy has become Penn Manor's all-time win leader. The record (37 wins) was held by Penn Manor's first head coach and Mealy's good friend, Bill Beck, who coached the Comets 1969-79. Mealy, hired in 2007, reaches the milestone (38 wins) two-thirds into his sixth season at Penn Manor.

Meanwhile, senior wide receiver Daulton Parmer caught his 100th pass against Manheim Township. Parmer is already the program's all time leading receiver.

Caggiano, senior WR/OLB, invited to SVS Elite QB/WR Showcase

Brett Caggino has qualified for the SVS East Coast Elite QB/WR Showcase, scheduled for July 31 at LANCO Fieldhouse.

During his junior year, Caggiano was selected 1st Team Wide Receiver and 1st Team Outside Linebacker in Section-1 of the Lancaster-Lebanon League.

Musser, Sahd, Parmer, Viruet, and Timmins Selected to Tri-County All Star Game; Booth voted Manheim Touchdown Club Division-1 Player of the Year

On Tuesday, March 5, Lancaster-Lebanon League coaches selected teams for the Tri-County All Star Game. Five Comets were picked to play for the South Team. Adrian Viruet, second-team section-1 DB and kick returner, was selected to play corner. Daulton Parmer, second-team wide receiver, '11 defensive back of the year and Lycoming commit, was chosen to play wide receiver. L-L first team quarterback and Richmond bound Adam Sahd will play quarterback. Kyle Musser, Kutztown commit and L-L section-1 first team offensive and defensive lines, will play offensive tackle. Joe Timmins, section-1 second team center, will play center.

The 2013 Tri-County All Star footall game will be played May 25 at Manheim Central High School. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. The South team is coached by Evan Breisblatt of Pequea Valley. The South team is made up of Cocalico, Columbia, Conestoga Valley, Donegal, Garden Spot, Lampeter-Strasburg, McCaskey, Penn Manor, Pequea Valley, Solanco, Warwick, and Wilson. Manheim Central's Mike Williams will coach the North team, which includes Annville Cleona, Cedar Crest, ELCO, Ephrata, Elizabethtown, Hempfield, Lancaster Catholic, Lebanon, Manheim Township, Northern Lebanon, and Palmyra..

L-L League coaches also voted on Division 1/1AA player of the year, and D2/D3 player of the year.

Cody Booth was voted Manheim Touchdown Club Division 1/1AA Player of the Year. In January, Booth was selected one of Temple's three captains. He was a preferred walk-on in 2009. In 2010, he received a scholarship and earned significant playing time. In 2012, Booth was Temple's starting tight end. He had 17 receptions for 137 yards and 4 touchdowns. He is considered one of the best tight ends in the country heading in to the 2013 season. Booth will be recognized at a banquet on May 23.

Mitchell Sweigart selected as Big 33 Top 100 Underclassmen in PA

Mitch Sweigert, added April 30, 2012.

Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association (PSFCA) in conjunction with the Big 33 Football Classic has just announced its Hot 100 juniors and seniors for the classes of 2013 and 2014. Penn Manor lineman Mitchell Sweigart was voted on as a premier sophomore during the 2011 football season.

Sweigert, class 2014 and 6'5 215lbs offensive tackle, started all eleven games during his sophomore season, and was selected as an honorable mention lineman in Section 1 of the L-L League.

Read more here.

Alex Quinn receives West Point appointment

(added Feb. 22, 2013)

On Friday morning, February 22, Penn Manor's Alex Quinn was told that he has received an appointment to West Point and a future career in the U.S. Army.

Quinn is one of the most active student-athletes at Penn Manor. He's played football, basketball and baseball; has served as president of the junior and senior classes; has served as the treasurer for the school's student council; is a leader in the school's Do Something Club; and has done a fine job balancing academics with all of his activities while being a genuine young man.

Quinn departs for West Point in July.

Lancasteronline Video - Comet Chamelion: Penn Manor's Charlie Bell hits the ground running, passing and kicking

By Tim Gross, August 31, 2013.

In the video below, Comets coach Todd Mealy, Solanco's coach Joe Pearson, and Charles Bell discuss the senior's role and where he fits in the experienced Penn Manor lineup.


Adam Hess up for High School Heisman

(added Oct. 31, 2012)

On Wednesday, October 31, Adam Hess was announced as one of 20 Pennsylvania Scholar-Athlete finalists for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award.

The State Finalists automatically move on to compete in the state portion of the program to be among the 102 State Winners. This coming Monday, November 5, the 102 State Winners will be announced on the 2012 Results page and to the press.

Since 1994, the Wendy's High School Heisman Program has honored more than 250,000 of the nation's most esteemed high school seniors in partnership with the Heisman Memorial Trophy® Committee. The leadership award-honorees are well-rounded young men and woman who excel in learning, performing, and leading in the class room, on the field and in the community.

Every year, the Wendy's High School Heisman Program and The Heisman Memorial Trophy team up to recognize our nation's most esteemed high school Seniors. The culmination of this process takes place in December in conjunction with the National Heisman Memorial Trophy presentation during Heisman Weekend in New York City. It's here where Wendy's selects its National High School Heisman Winners during a broadcast on ESPN networks. This partnership ensures that high school winners enjoy the prestige of national recognition for their tremendous achievements.

Parmer video on breaking reception record 10/21/2011

Video courtesy of Dave Kmiecik.

Mealy video on Parmer record 10/21/2011

Video Courtesy of Dave Kmiecik.

Comets unveil gold pants, honor vets, defeat Solanco 42-0 in opener

The Comets defeated Solanco 42-0 in game 1 of the 2013 season. There were several highlights, including interceptions by sophomore Carter Kinser and junior Seve Johnson. Kinser returned his interception for a touchdown. Also on defense, Gavin Freeman and Charlie Bell tallied 2 sacks each.

Led by the defensive front, Penn Manor's defense yielded just 26 total yards and 3 first downs. Solanco was 0-11 on 3rd down and was forced to punt 8 times.

On Offense, the Comets gained 359 total yards (119 passing, 240 rushing). Senior Levonta Jones had 10 carries for 138 yards and 2 TDs. Charlie Bell carried the ball 6 times for 72 yards and 2 TDs. Bell also had a 19 yard touchdown reception, threw one pass for 16 yards, and punted the ball 4 times for an average of 40.2 yards.

Look along the left margin for links to read about the game.

2011 Penn Manor Football Preview

Coach Mealy Honored by Kris Wilson Foundation, July 9, 2010, Lancaster, PA

Coach Mealy at Kris Wilson Foundation Gala

2010-11 SEASON

Demetrius Dixon and Coach Mealy pictured with Mary Pat Donnellon, VP Administration YWCA. (Dec. 22, 2010)

Comets Football Program Donates to Lancaster YWCA

The Penn Manor football team donated lecture materials to the YWCA Lancaster, including the podium pictured. The YW is committed to eliminating racism and empowering women in Lancaster County.

Video: 2010 Season Preview- Coach Mealy

2010 Media Day Season Preview

Penn Manor's Mealy: Coach, Teacher, Author

During the high school football season, you'll find Todd Mealy on the field as Penn Manor's head coach. During the summer, however, Mealy puts on his author hat. News 8's Mike Hostetler caught up with Mealy, who talks about how he is showing his players to be more than athletes.
Visit to access Coach Mealy's Interview with Mike Hostetler.

Interview by Mike Hostetler, WGAL News Channel 8, Friday, September 17, 2010

In Memory of Dave Neff, Former Penn Manor AD and Cofounder of the Football Program

Lancaster Online: Obituary, David H. Neff

Feature Article: Dave Neff and Bill Beck

"Pioneers of Penn Manor: Marking 40 Years of Comet Football" by Todd Mealy, Head Football Coach

As a tribute to the work and dedication of Dave Neff and Bill Beck, Coach Mealy has written a brief history of football at Penn Manor football. The fall 2009 season marked the 40th year of football in Penn Manor School District.

"Pioneers of Penn Manor: Marking 40 Years of Comet Football" by Todd Mealy, Head Football Coach

2009-10 SEASON

Nine Comets Represent Penn Manor In the Tri-County All Star Game
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