Sport announcer and writer Bill Byham

Sport announcer and writer Bill Byham

POST SEASON MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL UNDERWAY – The big league baseball post season is underway. Probably the biggest shocker came when the New York Mets were eliminated. The biggest surprise has been there all summer as the Tampa Bay ball club made it an almost wire to wire run in the American League East. The Phillies are probably the prime favorite here in North Central Pa.HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS – Maybe hard to believe but the high school fall sport season is at or near the half way point. Every day there are young men and women out and about in some type of sporting event.

From cross country to Friday night football it becomes a very exciting period of time for all of these players. The high school football season, in District 4, is once again having a banner season. Several schools are standing at 5-0 coming into this weekend and they are assuring themselves post season spots by their play and their records.

The new Heartland Conference schedule has made the season a “scramble city” out of the way teams are playing this season. For example, Loyalsock Twp, 2007’s undefeated District 4 2A champion, has been battered by the way their schedule shaped up. This week they will host 5-0 Mt. Carmel in the third straight game where they have faced top ranked District 4 teams. They have lost to Southern and Bloomsburg, both road games, in back to back weeks. Now they have to play this Red Tornado team.

LOCAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL – Coach Mike Clark will have his 2-1 Lycoming College Warriors down in Chester, Pa, Saturday where the Widener Pride , also with a 2-1 record, will be waiting with a Homecoming crowd as the two very intense programs will open play in the Middle Atlantic Conference.

Widener is the defending champion and, in the pre season, were voted by the conference coaches to repeat. Lycoming, off a losing conference season, were voted to finish fifth this year.

Widener won its opener this season in non-conference play then lost big to Wesley College. Last week their defense and special teams led them to a 24-14 win over Frostburg State.

Lycoming dropped its opening game at Ithaca when the high ranked Bombers eked out a 17-16 win. Since then Lycoming has defeated Susquehanna and Bridgewater, Va, with the Wafrriors showing very good balance on both offvense and defense.

Clark, in his first year as Warrior coach, has set a goal of winning the MAC championship for this season.

PENN COLLEGE SPORTS – A ton of sports activity going on at Penn College. There are games and events schedule in all of their sports over this coming weekend.

The baseball team heads into the period with a 12-4 overall record (6-0/ PSUAC). Cross Country is doing well as the men are 15-4 overall (6-0/ PSUAC) while the women are 7-0 (6-0 PSUAC). The golf team is there with just one loss this season and still with a shot at the PSUAC state championship. They are the current defending champions and holders of five consecutive state crowns.

The men’s soccer team is also running undefeated with a 6-0 overall record (5-0 PSUAC). The women soccer team is 5-2. Next on the list is the Penn College Team Tennis program which has played to a 6-0 overall and a 6-0 record in PSUAC play. Coach Bambi Hawkins and her Wildcat Villeyball team finished September with a 5-6 record and and a 3-3 log in the PSUAC.

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