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)

 

 

That didn’t take long.  A Council Rock school board member makes the public call to defund football at the scholastic level; the story from phillyburbs.com is here.

How long before this picks up steam and becomes a reality?  I give it 5 years before some school district cuts football for the stated injury reason (some will cut for financial reasons; I have no doubt about that).  But the the massive lawsuit filed by former NFL players against the league for its supposed ignorance of the concussion issue will give this matter legs at the scholastic level.  Has to happen.

No matter that equipment has improved, tackling technique has improved, education related to concussion and spinal cord injury has improved, etc. No, football players are “gladiators” now, not student-athletes, apparently more intent on maiming than competing.

Boy, if only chess had head injuries …

By the way, my favorite quote from the board member making the call for the end to scholastic football was “We wouldn’t dream of putting our kids in a vehicle without a seat belt …”   Um, has she seen the inside of a school bus recently?  Unless the Council Rock SD has outfitted all of its buses with lap belts and shoulder harnesses for its precious cargo, there is usually just one seat belt on a school bus … for the adult driver.

Unrelated, I will have updated PIAA track and field histories up on the website later today and will work on getting all sports updated throughout the summer.

 

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