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Catching Up With ...
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

Carol Greiss

            Carol Greiss started playing competitive softball at the age of 14. One weekend,

Carol Greiss

she rode her bicycle with a friend to the softball field on 8th Street to try out for the Pennsburg Shamrocks. After being allowed to take a few swings and make a few throws, she left with a uniform.

            Greiss, a Hereford resident, made her mark on softball fields up and down the East Coast for the next 18 years. She excelled for her high school squad and three local ASA teams.

            "I was always good at the game," said Greiss, a 1964 graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School. "Softball always came really easy for me. I love it."

            Before retiring in 2012, Greiss worked in the district for 40 years as an adaptive physical education instructor, teaching driver's education and as a special education aid. Seeing the appreciative faces of students provided satisfaction. For 10 years, she served as a captain of Marlborough Elementary's team in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event.

            Greiss also served as an assistant coach for the varsity field hockey, basketball and softball teams. She was part of three championship teams at the high school.

            "My life couldn't have turned out better," said Greiss, who still lives in the Seisholtzville section of the township. "I felt like I was doing something. I never felt like I was working."

            Greiss – who grew up hanging around a softball field waiting for the opportunity to play with the boys – remembers hitting a home run at the age of 12 or 13. She said a much older male pitcher lobbed in the pitch.

            "I knew I could do it," said Greiss, who spent hours each day throwing a rubber ball against a barn.

            She excelled for the Tribe's softball team, winning the team's most valuable player award four consecutive years. Greiss emerged as a potent hitter and an effective pitcher. As a senior, she struck out all 21 hitters she faced in road victory over Emmaus.

            "I was pretty good at hitting spots," said Greiss, who also recorded an unassisted triple play as a senior to help the Indians capture the Bux-Mont League title.

            Greiss also played field hockey and basketball, earning 12 varsity letters, overall. She earned MVP honors for the field hockey team as a junior and senior.

            Even as a 14-year-old, Greiss said she held her own with the Shamrocks. After high school, she collected numerous awards playing for the Shamrocks, the Perkasie Gwynettes and the Allentown Patriots, helping her teams win six state tournaments and five regional tournaments. Greiss was named the state tourney MVP twice.


Brad Rozanski

            Brad Rozanski relied on a combination of strength, technique and determination

Brad Rozanski

to win Upper Perkiomen's first PIAA individual gold medal. In 1990, he earned a state championship at 125 pounds.

            "I was a buzz saw," said Rozanski, a two-time state medal winner who grew up in Pennsburg. "I never ran into anybody who could keep up."

            The 1990 graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School relied on the same incredibly competitive nature to earn All-American honors at Bloomsburg University.

            Rozanski has maintained his internal drive off the mat. For 13 years, he has worked as the lead structural designer at TAI Engineering, located 25 miles northwest of Baltimore, MD.

            "I'm glad I fell into it," said Rozanski, who lives in Glenville, PA, located in southern York County, near the Mason-Dixon Line. "It's something I really enjoy."

            At TAI, Rozanski leads a team of four designers who draw up blueprints and work with architects. He has worked on projects across the nation for clients that include the Stroh's Brewing Company and Exelon.

            "I'm fortunate to work with some really great engineers and smart men and women," Rozanski said.

            A three-time state qualifier for the Indians, Rozanski said he started his senior season knowing he would finish first in Hershey. He said a disappointing third-place finish at states, created by a disqualification due to an illegal slam in the semifinals during his junior season, provided all the necessary motivation.

            Rozanski posted a 37-1 record during his final season with the Tribe, losing only to Mike Krafchik, a senior from West Chester, in the Class 3A regional final. At states, his four-victory run for the gold included two major decisions and one pin.

            "No one in my weight class was going to beat me," said Rozanski, who finished his high school career with a record of 134-11. "I was that determined. I wasn't going to lose. Winning the state title means exactly the same thing it did the day I won it: a sense of accomplishment, extreme pride and gratitude to everyone that helped me get there."

            At Bloomsburg University, Rozanski posted a career record of 76-25-1. He won two Eastern Wrestling League Championships in 1993 and 1995 at 126 pounds and qualified for the NCAA Championships on three occasions. As a freshman in 1992, he earned All-American status with an eighth-place finish at 134 pounds at nationals.

            Rozanski remembers feeling upset standing on the podium at nationals feeling like he didn't meet his own goals. In retrospect, he says, undershooting his goal provided additional motivation.

            "Looking back, it was a great accomplishment," Rozanski said. "How many people get to do that?"






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