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MIKE MASTOVICH | Berlin's Fochtman rushing into lead
Braden Fochtman always seems to be in a rush on the football field.
How else do you explain his area-best 1,042 rushing yards through five weeks of the scholastic season?
But the Berlin Brothersvalley sophomore back actually has been a much more patient runner this season, and that’s made a significant difference to the undefeated Mountaineers’ success.
CORY ISENBERG| Ferndale going week by week
Ferndale’s football game against Shade on Friday was halted at halftime when the Yellow Jacket ranks fell to just 11 available players.
According to Athletic Director Steve Clawson, the decision of whether to play Saturday’s game against Meyersdale will be determined today.
MIKE MASTOVICH| Experienced players valuable for Meyersdale
Gavin Berkley will make his 34th career start when undefeated Meyersdale hosts once-beaten Portage on Friday night.
The Red Raiders senior two-way standout has experienced plenty of highs and lows during the past three-plus seasons.
What became of proper attire?
In the early ’50s, we had an ugly, scratchy, green carpet in our living room. Mom proudly called it “sculptured.” Every Sunday night, I’d sprawl out on it to watch the “Arthur and Kathryn Murray Dance Party.”
CORY ISENBERG| Berlin's Fochtman rushes under the radar
Berlin Brothersvalley sophomore Braden Fochtman is not an imposing figure when you see him standing on the sideline, but he certainly gets a team’s attention when he is on the field.
Listed as 5-foot-8, 162 pounds on the Mountaineers preseason roster, the wiry No. 3 is following in the footsteps of some pretty impressive Berlin rushers, including Drew Glotfelty, Ian Sayler and Eric D’Carrion.
MICHELE M. BENDER | Geezer justice rules
My car, Bailey Bender (a PT Cruiser), will celebrate his 10th birthday on Sept. 13. I’ve named almost every car I’ve ever owned.
MIKE MASTOVICH| Rule waiver soothes concerns
Dean Albany felt a sense of baseball relief late Wednesday night.
For days, even weeks, the Youse’s Maryland Orioles of Baltimore GM had pondered the possibility of life without the the AAABA Tournament this summer and perhaps beyond.
MIKE MASTOVICH| Hot times for two AAABA League teams
Two AAABA League franchises have heated up as the temperatures soared this month.
The Berkley Hills Renegades beat First Commonwealth 11-1 on Wednesday, the defending champs’ seventh consecutive victory.
Manager Larry McCabe’s team has won 11 of its past 12 games and now has a 22-12 record, good for second place and 31⁄2 games behind league-leading Delweld.
MIKE MASTOVICH| Shirley lifting Renegades
Jason Shirley provides the Berkley Hills Renegades with offensive punch and speed on the base paths, a combination that will be important if the defending champions are to challenge for a spot atop the AAABA League standings.
Shirley is batting a league-high .458 (22-for-48) through 22 games. The Youngstown State University product also has eight stolen bases in nine attempts.
MIKE MASTOVICH| Martella's right-hander a zero specialist
Zero has been Mike Mulvey’s number throughout the AAABA League season.
Zero, as in runs scored against the big Martella’s Pharmacy right-hander.
Mulvey tossed his fourth shutout of the season and remained perfect in five decisions during a 1-0 victory over Altoona’s Johnston Realty on Tuesday night at Point Stadium. Johnston Realty had been undefeated in four previous interleague games prior to the rain-shortened, six-inning contest.
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