I’ve been meaning to post for weeks and always found something else to do with my District 3 work.  Today, I have no choice.

My good friend, Jim Butler of Clearfield, passed away earlier today, July 6, in Clearfield following complications from surgery.  Jim was in his mid-60s.

This is a crushing loss to Pennsylvania scholastic wrestling:  Jim had carved out his niche as one of the leading experts on statewide wrestling in the mid-1970s and carried through to the present.  His columns on wrestling the Clearfield Progress were among the most insightful in the commonwealth.

In addition, Jim was a huge dirt track racing fan and even developed some small businesses that revolved around racing.

But mostly, he was a friend who, along with former Clearfield Progress sports editor Fred Kavelak and for Progress sports writer Frank Roessner, had an enormous impact on my early career.  His unexpected passing is hurtful.

I apologize for some of the sketchy details; I’ll update when I receive more information.

But the Pennsylvania wrestling community has lost a true friend.  And so have I.


Follow this link to access live updates from the PIAA Baseball Championships from Penn State University.

Class AA – Riverside vs. Pine Grove, 10:30 a.m.

Class AAAA – La Salle College High School vs. Council Rock South, 1 p.m.

Class A – Montgomery vs. Bishop McCort, 3:30 p.m.

Class AAA – Lampeter-Strasburg vs. West York, 6 p.m.

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Follow this link to access live updates from the PIAA Softball Championships from Penn State University.

Class A – Southern Columbia vs. Fannett-Metal, 10 a.m.

Class AAA – Big Spring vs. Valley View, 12;30 p.m.

Class AA – Warrior Run vs. Nshannock, 3 p.m.

Class AAAA – Central Bucks South vs. Bishop Shanahan, 5:30 p.m.


It’s been a while since we’ve heard the raspy voice of George Curry.  Wait no longer:  Curry has been hired to coach Berwick for the 2012 season following the late-season resignation of his successor, Gary Campbell.

So it looks like that number of 413 wins will bump up a few more.  And it looks like the ill feelings that spilled out when Curry departed Berwick for Wyoming Valley west a few years ago have been pushed aside, if not forgotten.

If nothing else, some color has just been injected into Season 2012.

(Story courtesy of the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader)


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