Sunday, December 30, 2007
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Friday, December 28, 2007
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Friday, December 21, 2007
I will be taking a few days off for the Christmas Holiday. I hope to return before the end of on the year.
I will wrap up the 2007 football season and give a wish list for 2008.
For all the readers and video viewers who enjoyed the Coal Region Voice Blog, Merry Christmas to all!!!!!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
In a letter to the editor published in the Daily-Item on December 17th, the writer wants Shikellamy to return to the Braves pre-1984. Here is the letter:
Once a upon a time, great teams froms schools like Carlisle, Governor Mifflin, Hazleton, Berwick Pottsville and Mount Carmel would come into our area to play an SHS team with a bruising running game and slick quarterbacks who had the Wing-T offense down to a science. More often than not, the games were played before crowds that were packed 10 deep in the end zone. SHS was victorious or at least competitive against all of them. Believe it or not, the SHS was not Selinsgrove.
Suddenly in 1984, a curse descended upon the Shikellamy football program. For over two decades now, Friday nights during football season have become 48 minutes of anguish and dashed hopes for the players and fans alike. Every season begins with guarded optimism only to culminate on a November night with tears of frustration and longing for that breakout season, which never comes.
There are many talented and eager young men in the Shikellamy football program who do have the desire and dedication to win. Please, Jim Roth, return home to your alma mater and start these young men on that magic carpet ride that Southern Columbia has enjoyed for so many seasons. Shikellamy players and fans have been waiting patiently for a very long time.
Look for Joe Klebon to get his 500th win as a basketball coach for an additional Christmas present during the annual Shamokin K of C tournament.
Villanova gets credit for Eagles' win
Bush loves Breaker Boys
I know what your thinking but author Dave Fleming has received a hand-written note from the White House. Read the Republican's account below.
‘Breaker Boys’ author surprised by hand-written note from White House
BY STEPHEN J. PYTAKSTAFF WRITERspytak@republicanherald.com
President Bush called David Fleming’s book on the 1925 Pottsville Maroons “illuminating” in a surprise hand-written letter to the author dated Dec. 12 and delivered Tuesday.
“I just finished ‘Breaker Boys.’ You were correct. I did enjoy the book. You are a fine writer. And your history of the Maroons was illuminating,” Bush said in the letter sent to Fleming’s Davidson, N.C., home.
After opening it Tuesday morning, the author said he found the “rather thoughtful” letter in blue pen on White House letterhead.“The way this book has gone so far, nothing surprises me anymore,” said Fleming, a writer for ESPN: The Magazine who was greeted by long lines and signed thousands of copies of “Breaker Boys: The NFL’s Greatest Team and the Stolen 1925 Championship,” while promoting the book in Pottsville in October and earlier this month.
Fleming started an online petition Oct. 16 to encourage the NFL owners to return the 1925 championship to the legendary team. It’s received a total of 10,275 signatures as of 11 p.m. Tuesday.
He said the president’s comments will become “more ammunition for supporters. If people run across a skeptic, or somebody who just wants to say ‘it’s 82 years ago, let’s let it go,’ it’s pretty nice to say to the commissioner of the NFL ‘the president of the United States begs to differ.”
The president’s letter impressed Mayor John D.W. Reiley.
“How about that. It shows that the book’s getting around, from the streets of little ol’ Pottsville all the way up to the White House. And I think the president’s comments are pretty consistent with what other people are saying about the book. All the comments are favorable,” Reiley said.
Alex Conant, a White House spokesman, said Bush is a “voracious reader.”“He reads a lot of books. And typically the White House doesn’t do book and movie reviews, but I will check out to see if I can find out anything more about this letter,” Conant said.
No further comment was made by late Tuesday.
“Somebody from the White House had contacted ESPN looking for my address. So I felt something was going on, but I was expecting like a stamped photo, not expecting a hand-written note that he had actually read it and enjoyed it,” Fleming said.
Fleming said he isn’t sure how the president received a copy of the book, but believes it was sent by someone who attended a book signing in Pottsville.“I remember the first time I was in Pottsville, somebody in one of the long lines had me sign a copy for him. And they explained that either they worked in D.C. or knew somebody who worked in D.C., I don’t remember exactly who it was. But my guess is that’s how it got to him,” Fleming said.
Reiley said he does not know who sent the book to the president, though City Administrator Thomas A. Palamar thought it could be U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III, a Pottsville native.
But when contacted in Harrisburg Tuesday, Jones said it wasn’t him.
The president ended his letter to Fleming stating: “I appreciate having an inscribed copy of the book. With best wishes, George Bush.”
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
I read in today's entertainment section of the News-Item, more commonly known as Soundoff about a woman's Christmas Wish. The woman in her 60's suffers from colon cancer and here is her wish:
All I want ...
"This is about Christmas. My family all asked me what I want for Christmas. I am a 60-some-year-old woman diagnosed with colon cancer and liver cancer who is going through chemotherapy and going through radiation treatments. All I have is a neighbor who picks on me and my family constantly and makes false reports to the police. All I want for Christmas is for this man to leave us alone and that everybody would find out that Christmas is about Christ, loving one another and getting along, and families loving one another. This might be my last Christmas. Frog’s take: God bless you and your family, caller."
Click here for the whole link.
If you need to find true meaning the holiday season, read some of Kathy's Story.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Rod Frisco of the Patriot-News in his preview for the AAAA knocks the wing-T offense calling it nauseating in referring to the offense of choice by Parkland's Jim Morgans. Hello!!!!!!! Morgans won a AAA title using the wing-T with Allentown Central Catholic.
See the results for Southern Columbia. On high school level, the wing-T has given some programs that are down to get something going. With a handful of running plays and without confusing formations teams could learn the blocking schemes against different fronts and be successful. It is called precision.
Was Frisco awake on the Fridays of championship weekend the last five years?
Posted by Coal Region Voice at 7:24 PM
Back in 1992 heading into the PIAA finals' weekend was the hype of former Berwick and Notre Dame star Ron Powlus. In 1992, Powlus was the number one recruit in the nation. At the time, Powlus was speculated to go to Miami who at the time was coached by Dennis Erickson. Powlus surprised the football world in 1993 when he eventually picked the Irish. Kind of forgotten in all the mix were injuries, Beano's comments, and not much of a pro career.
Flash foward 15 years and the number one recruit in the nation is a player from Pennsylvania playing the quarterback position. Terrelle Pryor is coming to Hershey not to hype himself, but avenge last year's loss to Wilson in the AA title game. Much has changed in 15 years since the Powlus days.(NOTE: People like me could start a blog and do so.) Powlus didn't have to deal with cell phone calls, email, text messaging, and everything else that goes with being number one in the national recruiting. Pryor's autograph is now listed on eBay. (I chose not to provide a link. An autograph is a sign you got close to someone. Keep it for you collection and cherish it.)
Pryor is also a top basketball recruit and has expressed his interest to play in college. Just to throw this out there. Could Pryor be thinking of trying to rescue the Nittany Lion cagers from the depths of the Big Ten while leading JoePa to a title? Right now the recruiting game is Pryor's oyster to enjoy and the process will end in early February. After Saturday, Pryor will be on the hardwoods trying to bring the Jayhawks a title.
Powlus still wears the "can't miss" tag of college recruiting very well. When Powlus left Notre Dame, he owned 20 passing records. After a short-lived pro career, Powlus came back to Berwick, married his high school sweetheart and is now the quarterback coach at Notre Dame. Ron Powlus became a man. Would life have turned out different if Randy Moss made it to South Bend? Moss who intended on wearing the Golden Dome, signed with Florida State on the advice of Lou Holtz. Moss didn't play a down for the Seminoles and found his way to Marshall.
For Pryor and his team, I would like to extend the best of luck this weekend in Hershey. This is the last football game that you will be with your friends and most of the people you grew up with. It is for fun of the game and the pride of Jennette. Remember one thing, among the cell calls, emails and test messages, you may want to take a closer look if one comes from Ron Powlus. It may be the one message in new media to take time to answer while hopefully not violating the bizarre NCAA recruiting rules.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
With some homecooking, I was able to watch the AA playoff games between Loyalsock vs. Delone and Loyalsock vs. Dunmore. Loyalsock was able to dominate Delone by cutting off the outside. Delone had beaten undefeated Trinity the week before. Dunmore was able to take away the vertical passing game of Loyalsock and limited the running of Austin Knighton. Do the Bucks have enough of a line to slow down Terrelle Pryor? The lines in this game will dictate if the west is all hype like Shady Side Academy in 1998 or will this be the coronation on the statewide stage.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
For those of you holding the MCA game as a barometer for the Panthers, they played without four starters that night. That game also was nearly three months ago. One thing the Panthers don't have like Southern brought to the table every year is AAA depth. One or two key people going down with injury could spell trouble for Bloomsburg.
My Pick - Steel High - running game and speed.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
- Massers - Route 61 and 487 in Paxinos - Seats many, 648-9695. Great Service.
- Charlie Chucks - 2nd and Water in Shamokin. 644-6643. Good Service, but limited seating.
- Nanias Gathering Place - 100 S Market St. Shamokin, PA 17872 (570) 644-2447. Plenty of seating and great food.
- Palmers Diner - Next to Burger King. Route 61Shamokin, PA 17872 (570) 644-0605. Quick service and breakfast and lunch menu.
- Snyder's Restaurant - breakfast only. 41 N 2nd StShamokin, PA 17872 (570) 648-3366. Great omlets.
- Mattucci's (actually in Mount Carmel) - 451 W. Fourth Street, 339-2310 or 339-9941. Great Italian American cuisine. Give yourself some time. Worth the wait and distance.
- Two Guys of Italy - Route 61 and 901 in the Anthra Plaza. Full menu and pizza for 5.99 for 16 inch large. Salad bar and chalk board special.
- James Pizza - 524 E. Pine Street Shamokin, 648-9311. Take Route 61 through Shamokin if traveling North make left at the Shamokin Exxon (do the opposite if traveling south). Go to the fourth stop sign and make a left onto Pine Street. James' is right there. Opens at 5. Better for after the game. Pizza, wings, stromboli and tenderloins are the fare. They also sell the pizza at Hillside Coaches' stand at Kemp Memorial.
- Wayside Inn - Route 61 between Shamokin and Paxinos, 648-9228. Full menu with steaks and wings being the specialty. Plenty of parking and seating and service is quick.
- Harry's Grill 14 N. Market Street Shamokin, 648-9977. Great food at Coal Region prices. Full menu. Just turn at Dunkin' Donuts on Route 61 on to Route 125 (Market Street). You will hit two lights. After the second light, Harry's in on the right. Plenty of seating. This is only a mile from the stadium.
- Coney Island Lunch - Independence Street Shamokin (No Phone) Hamburgers and Hot Dogs with onions and "secret hot sauce". Quick service. Seats about 40.Mac's Hoagies - 648-0282 - 1500 items on the menu all over the wall. I highly recommend the Chicago Steak. Take out only. Oak and Arch Street in Coal Township on the way to Kemp.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Here is some video of last night's Loyalsock-Delone Catholic game won by the Lancers 35-14. Delone after the big shutout against Trinity last week, were unable to get any consistency on offense. Plain and simple the Lancers did not allow the Squires to get outside. Loyalsock were also able to pressure Delone QB Noah Landi every time he dropped back to pass. Austin Knighton was a bull in the backfield for Loyalsock. Knighton rushed for 148 yards and three touchdowns, but more important it was the yard he gained after initial contact.
In a quote by Lancer lineman Pat Green courtesy of the Sun-Gazette:
“We worked so hard in the summer for this,” said two-way starting Loyalsock lineman Pat Green. “We were running, sweating and bleeding all summer-long, trying to get where we are and it’s paying off now.”
Loyalsock will square off against Dunmore next Saturday afternoon at Kemp Memorial Stadium in Shamokin.