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MIKE MASTOVICH| Shaffer revitalizes Richland's passing game
Two years ago, Brandon Bailey saw potential in a tall, strong-armed quarterback looking to establish himself in the Richland High program.
Matt Shaffer was a sophomore splitting the quarterback duties with classmate Nico Pecora back then.
Clear the aisles! I’m back in the saddle again
Study this face carefully. If you ever … EVER … see me in your checkout line (with my walker or an electric cart), RUN … do not walk … RUN the other way.
CORY ISENBERG | Fall sports coming to an end
The autumn leaves are cascading to the ground and the fall high school sports are moving right along.
Conference and district champions have already been crowned in golf, which heads to PIAA regional action this week.
The West Region Class AA championships are set for Wednesday at Tom’s Run Golf Course at Chestnut Ridge Resort in Blairsville.
ERIC KNOPSNYDER | Resilience resonates with Bucs
The key word in the Pirates’ locker room after their 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday was resiliency.
As in, the Pirates showed a lot of resiliency in getting the victory. They showed a lot of resiliency in coming back from a 9-1 drubbing in Game 1 of their National League division series to take the next two games over the National League Central Division champion Cardinals. And they showed a lot of resiliency during the regular season, when they won 94 games to snap the longest stretch of futility in North American professional sports history.
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.
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