He’s at it again.  After setting a national high school record in the 200 IM at the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday, Hershey’s David Nolan set another PIAA record in the Class AA 100 freestyle with a 44.89 in Saturday morning’s preliminaries.

That broke an 11-year-record by Garnet Valley’s Eugene Botes of 45.03.  Nolan, a junior, has already won seven PIAA gold medals – four individual events, three relays – and tonight he’ll shoot for two more in the 100 free and the 400 free relay.  Should that happen, he will likely be the most-decoratedgold-medal male swimmer in PIAA history.

rodfrisco.com will be blogging Nolan’s events as well as all of the other finals on the fourth and final night of the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Bucknell.

The live PIAA results are here.

Also, the PIAA basketball semifinals are set in one-half of the brackets; the remaining quarterfinal games will be played today and tonight.

You can see the bracket updates here and follow the up-to-the-minute game scores here at piaa.org.

Speaking of basketball, rodfrisco.com will have an entirely different style of blogging for all eight PIAA basketball championship games next Friday and Saturday at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center.

The updates at wrestling and basketball were very simple, nuts-and-bolts affairs, just the raw information with limited commentary. There’s a reason for that. At both events, I was working for other entities other than myself.

At wrestling, I was still working on a part-time contract for The Patriot-News, and that agreement prevented me from using blog items that would appear in my stories for The Patriot-News. Thus, I limited my wrestling updates to just basic information.

At swimming, I am in the employ of The Associated Press, doing the AP’s results that run statewide and a nightly story. While I am not limited in what I can say in the blog via my AP agreement, the AP requires a very heavy volume of work, so I literally do no not have the time to do commentary.

But for basketball … I’m a free agent. No stories for other newspapers, no results for the AP. So the basketball updates will not be a continuous drone of “Wilson hits jumper from 12, St. Frisco up 22-12, 6:43 2nd.” There will be score and situation updates (lots of score updates), of course, but basketball will have much more ongoing commentary than wrestling and swimming.

In addition, I’ll be starting a daily rant (well, sometimes it will be a rant) once the winter championships have completed). That could cover any PIAA sports subject under the finally appearing sun. The point is, there will be something new and fresh on rodfrisco.com every day.

And I’ll finally get around to filling in The Record Book section on all PIAA sports. Yes, even gymnastics. That will take the entire month of April. But i think PIAA sports fans (and my very good friends in the media) will enjoy having a library of PIAA championship records at their fingertips

Most of all, I want to thank the folks who have checked out rodfrisco.com. In less than 40 days, the site has had more than 116,000 page views, not bad considering it’s been a bare-bones blog with little advertising. I have a lot of features planned for the future; we want this to be the most informative and comprehensive Pa. high school sports site on the Internet.

Thanks to you, we’re off to a rolling start.


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