Monthly Archives: November 2008

Sports Digest by Bill Byham

Bill Byham (WOL File Photo)

Bill Byham (WOL File Photo)

CINDY’S STORY – I really didn’t know her very well. She grew up with her family. She was the middle of three children so she sort of had to scrap for her space. Her older sister was a touch prettier and her brother was the big jock in school.

I guess we could identify her as the tom boy in the family, She, as we said, was a scrapper. She liked her life and filled it by being active. In class, in the hallways at school and in the sport programs.

She followed the accepted life pattern of doing her thing. To the point she found her man, married him and went with him as his work took him away from the family. Between them they gave birth to a daughter and all seemed right with their world.

That is until Cindy became ill. Seriously ill.

After all kinds of medical examinations performed by all kinds of medical doctors a diagnosis was given. Multiple Sclerosis.

The terrible illness that can and does create a change of life. There is no cure. There is no timetable. The disease attacks the nerve system, eats at that system until it becomes a crippler.

It happened to Cindy. While it took its good old time she lived the MS life. It turned her from being an independent person to one who needed assistance to get around, to do a lot of the little things that any other person can easily do on their own. Combing her hair, cutting her nails, opening the mail, cooking and eating her meal, having a relationship with her husband or going shopping with her growing daughter.

The fight was on. It became a case whether Cindy would simply lie down and wait for the disease to take her. Or a case where she would fight to hang on to life as long as it could last. Maybe long enough for a cure. A miracle dose of something that would arrest the disease.

Cindy chose to fight. To meet the opponent head on, face to face just as she did in the sports she played,
The battle went from year to year, month to month, week to week and then it was day to day. From being able to handle this chore to having some one else handle the chore.

The disease was winning.

Then, one day, it won. It took Cindy to her new world. Exhausted but she left the pain behind. For the first time in many years she was at peace.

But what a life fight she fought. She is missed but she is remembered.

I want to tell you this. If I was still coaching my players would hear the Cindy story. I would want them to know this brave woman, wife and mother. I would want them to know that if they wanted to play they had to be good enough to play. I would want them to know that we only have the one time to play the game. That the game is to be played from beginning to the end. That we each have to compete in every play that comes our way. I would want them to know the game does not owe us one thing. That we owe the game the very best we can give it.

Cindy gave her game the best she had. When we last saw her she lived in a wheel chair, could hardly hold her head up, could not cut her food but she looked up from her pain and smiled. She fought knowing the game was close to being over. While the disease took her she was the real winner.

I would just hope that every player on every team would come to play with the same outlook Cindy did.

ONE OF MY CINDYS IS ON THE STAGE TONIGHT – Greg Sye, the senior scrapper for Lycoming hoops, is one of my Cindys. Hard working and gets all out of a game he can get, just posted a pair of great games in the Holiday Inn Airport tourney in Rochester, N.Y. Sye, often working against must taller opponents, scored 44 (22/ 22) points and had 16 boards as Lycoming split the pair of games. His effort placed him on the All Tourney team along with sophomore Will Kelly of Loyalsock Twp. who scored 32 (16-12) points in the two games.

Tonight (Wednesday) Sye will see if his Warriors (3-2) .can move ahead as they play at Elmira.

GOTTA A 30 STORY – I am a rare one. I like this time of year and going to the stores. This year I am not moving like in the past so I find a chair to do my waiting (people watching).

On this day we are in T.J. Max. I am in a chair right at the front of the store and two ladies come to join the growing number already in the store.

The one lady recognizes me for whatever reason. She tells me she reads this space (Great!) and that she has a friend who also reads this space (Another Great!).
“We work in the medical field and we both have reports to write and turn in. You will get a kick knowing that my friend, when she finishes writing her reports, signs them – That’s 30.” ( A 3rd Great!)

WATCH OUT BUCKS! – It is that time when the men, women and kids you know put on the warm outdoor clothing, dabbed in red, pick up their deer rifles and head for the deep woods in search of the buck.

It is a thrill to make the hit, to bring one home for all to see. We at-homers are asking the “army” to be careful. Make sure the target is what you are out there hunting for on this day.

THAT’S 30

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Late run falls short for Lycoming Men’s Basketball at Rochester

Lycoming Logo - Basketball

Lycoming Logo - Basketball

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Lycoming rallied back from a 16 point halftime deficit to pull within one point, but the University of Rochester was able to hit free throws down the stretch to seal a 63-59 win in the final game of the Holiday Inn Airport Classic.Lycoming led early, 11-8, before Rochester mounted a 23-4 run to pull away from the Warriors.

Trailing 31-15 at halftime and shooting just 33.3 percent from the field, Lycoming came out as a different team in the second half. The Warriors put together a 36-20 run to pull within one point at 52-51 with just over seven minutes to play.

Rochester advanced its lead to 58-51 with 3:06 to play, but Lycoming mounted another run, this time scoring six unanswered points to make the score 58-57 with 1:14 left on the clock. The Yellow Jackets converted free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

Greg Sye (Chantilly, Va.) led the Warriors with his second-straight 22-point performance. He also pulled down six rebounds. Sye finished the tournament with 44 points and 16 rebounds, earning him All-Tournament honors.

Will Kelly (Williamsport, Pa.) finished the game with 12 points, adding to his 16-point performance in the opening game of the tournament. For his efforts in the tournament, he was also named to the All-Tournament team.

Eric Anthony (Wheeling, W.V.) was the only other Lycoming player in double figures, scoring 11 points and handing out four assists in the game. Anthony Watson (Philadelphia, Pa.) added seven assists.

Lycoming finished with a shooting percentage of 44.9, including a 56.0 percent effort in the second half. The Warriors finished the game at 40 percent (8-of-20) from behind the 3-point line.

Rochester posted a 50.0 percent shooting effort, led by tournament MVP Mike Chmielowiec’s 16 points. Marcus Roberson finished with 15 points and Mike Labanowski added 14 for the Yellow Jackets.

With the loss, Lycoming drops to 3-2 this season while Rochester improves to 4-1.

The Warriors will be back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 3, traveling to Elmira for a 7 p.m. tip.

Lycoming Makes Some Progress in Mike Clark’s First Year

Head Coach Mike Clark on the sidelines

Head Coach Mike Clark on the sidelines

Sun-Gazette – “I hope it will be a motivation that, hey look, getting there is nice, but let’s win,” said Clark. “I hope we’re not satisfied with just being there. We have to take the next step. We don’t want to be one of the best 32 teams, we want to be better than that.”

The Warriors’ 2008 season had several highlights.

Clark, a 1993 graduate of Lycoming, was hired in January after legendary head coach Frank Girardi retired in December.

After losing by a point at nationally-ranked Ithaca in the season opener, Lycoming rattled off four straight, including wins over Albright and Widener, the league’s defending champion.

The Warriors quest for a MAC title, a goal the team set in the preseason, finally became a reality in the week’s final season. Just prior to the conclusion of Lycoming’s 23-15 win over Lebanon Valley, word came to David Person Field that Delaware Valley had defeated Albright. That scenario ensured the Warriors a share of the MAC title and the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.  Full Article at http://tinyurl.com/sg0811

NCAA D3 Playoffs: Mount Union Dominates Hobart

Mount Union Raiders

Mount Union Raiders

ALLIANCE, OH – Nate Kmic became the NCAA Division III leader in career rushing yards with 235 yards on 37 carries along with four touchdowns to lead No. 1 ranked Mount Union College to a 42-7 win over No. 23 ranked Hobart (NY) College in the second round of the NCAA Football Playoffs.Kmic now stands at 7,449 yards passing the previous mark of 7,353 by R.J. Bowers (1997-2000) of Grove City (PA) College. The only player in college football history that has ran for more yards than Kmic is Danny Woodhead (2004-07) of Chadron State (CO) College, who has 7,962 yards.

Mount Union quarterback Greg Micheli completed 14-of-22 passes for 223 yards and two scores. His top target was Vince Petruziello (Mentor/Lake Catholic) who had a career-high seven catches for 109 yards and a touchdown.

Mount Union (12-0) advances to next week’s regional final where the Purple Raiders host Cortland State (NY), 42-0 winners over Curry (MA). The game next Saturday will kick off at noon at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance, Ohio.

Kmic started the scoring on the game’s opening possession as he capped a 10-play, 60-yard drive with four-yard run. After Hobart (9-2) was forced to punt on its first possession, it took just two plays for Kmic to strike again as he ran 41 yards for a score to make it 14-0.

Hobart’s defense would tighten as they held the Purple Raiders to 82 yards the remainder of the half, but the Statesmen managed only 110 yards of total offense to keep the score 14-0 at break.

Both teams traded possessions to start the second half and Hobart and the football on its own 15 yard line when quarterback Rich Doyle was intercepted by Mount Union safety Chaz Jordan on the Hobart 44-yard line. Kmic cashed in the for the Raiders seven plays later as he ran in from four yards out to extend the lead to 21-0.

Hobart answered with a 13-play, 71-yard scoring drive that was extended by the Statesmen converting a fake punt for the third time on the afternoon. Doyle capped the drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to PJ Overdorf that closed the gap to 21-14.

The Raiders went right back to Kmic on the next drive as he carried the ball for 33 yards including the final four yards for his fourth score of the day to put Mount Union up 28-14 with 2:24 left in the third quarter.

Micheli then got into the act as he hit wide receiver Cecil Shorts on his school-record 20th touchdown reception from eight yards and Petruziello on 13-yard touchdown pass both in the fourth quarter to finish the scoring.

Mount Union outgained Hobart 503-196 and forced a fumble and an interception. Yoder recovered the fumble and had a team-high nine tackles to lead the defense.

Doyle was 7-for-21 for 68 yards passing and a score, Andrew Marlier had 56 yards rushing and Tyler Vincent caught only three passes for 23 yards, but punted a 41.0 yard average and converted on three fake punts.

Hobart linebacker Justin Hager became the school’s single-season leader in tackles with 134 as he had 20 stops on the day.

Penn College Wildcat Weekly

Pennsylvania College of Technology Logo

Pennsylvania College of Technology Logo

Men’s basketball
Overall record: 3-3
PSUAC record: 1-0
Tuesday, Nov. 25 – at Lycoming College, L, 78-56
Tuesday, Dec. 2 – host Penn State Hazleton, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 4 – at Mansfield University, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6 – at Penn State Mont Alto, 3 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 14 – at Penn State Beaver, 5 p.m.

Women’s basketball
Overall record: 4-3
PSUAC record: 1-0
Tuesday, Nov. 25 – at Lock Haven University, L, 104-61
Monday, Dec. 1 – at Mansfield University, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 2 – host Penn State Hazleton, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6 – host Penn State Mont Alto, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 14 – at Penn State Beaver, 3 p.m.

Men’s basketball

The Wildcats fell behind cross-town NCAA Division III rival Lycoming College 19-2 at the onset, but battled back to within 33-26 at the half and got as close as two points in the second half before falling. Leroy Joiner (Williamsport) led Penn College in scoring with 15 points. He also grabbed nine rebounds.

Women’s basketball

Playing at NCAA Division II Lock Haven University, Penn College trailed 51-24 at the half and couldn’t recover. Chelsey Holmes (Hughesville) topped the Wildcats with 23 points.