SUCCESS IN THE HOLE: For area high school golfers, winning a state championship is a 3-foot birdie putt to great things. In 1983 the Valley’s own Ted Tryba won the gold playing for Hanover Area. He went on to have a nice professional career, winning two PGA Tour events. In 2010, Pittston Area’s Brandon Matthews accomplished the feat, and used it as a springboard to a stellar career at Temple University and a run to the quarterfinals of the 2013 U.S. Amateur. Now, Holy Redeemer’s Mariano Medico gets his turn. His quest for the title started Monday and concludes today at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York .
TOUCH ‘EM ALL: It’s Game 6 of the World Series. You’re up by a run in the bottom of the ninth. Two on, one out and a 2-2 count. You want the hitter to chase the next pitch and you want it high and away. But when your nickname is “Wild Thing” pitches don’t always go where you want. It was 20 years ago tonight that Mitch Williams’ “high and away” became down and in, and Joe Carter sent the ball over the left field wall at Skydome. Toronto won the Series and the hearts of Phillies fans everywhere were broken. Who will this year’s hero be? This year’s goat? This year’s legend? The Cardinals and Red Sox will provide that answer beginning Wednesday on FOX.
FIESTA! Since joining the Big Ten in 1993, Penn State has had mixed success against Ohio State . If you count a 7-13 record as “mixed success.” But the teams met a few time before they were conference mates – the last of which was a little bit of bowl history. On Dec. 26, 1980, the teams faced off in the Fiesta Bowl, The Buckeyes held a 19-10 lead at half. But Lions dominated the second half, getting TDs from QB Todd Blackledge and RBs Jonathan Williams and Booker Moore, to win 31-19. And the history? It was the last time the Fiesta Bowl was played at Christmastime. The next year, the bowl moved into the New Year’s Day rotation and eventually became part of the BCS. The Lions and Buckeyes will meet again Saturday night. This time in Columbus. ABC has the game at 8 p.m.
A LOT OF ADMIRALS: It’s not often two teams in a professional sports league have the same nickname. But that’s exactly the case in the AHL. Both Norfolk and Milwaukee share the name “Admirals,” which might make for some confusing play-by-play when the teams meet up. But which team had the name first? Both. Sort of. When Norfolk joined the AHL in 2000, they were christened the Admirals in honor of the area rich naval history. Milwaukee joined a year later, when the International Hockey League folded. But Milwaukee had been called the Admirals for years even before the joined the IHL in 1977. So they were allowed to keep the name. It will be Norfolk-flavored Admirals sailing into W-B Township this Saturday at 7 p.m. to face the WBS Penguins.
BIG GAME: For fans unfamiliar with high school football, the state point system can be a little confusing. Take for instance Coughlin. The Crusaders are 7-1 but a locked in a five team rugby scrum for four Division 3A playoff spots. With Berwick and Scranton Prep looking strong, the Crusaders will need a signature win to help their playoff resume. And they’re about to get that chance this Friday night when the Berwick Bulldogs come to town. It won’t be an easy task, Berwick is 8-0 and coming off a 50-0 shellacking of Pittston Area, but Coughlin had a nice win over Pocono Mountain East to set up the showdown.