Sports Columns

September means time for geese

The first day of September always has been circled on my calendar. That date ushers in the official start to my hunting season with the opening of resident goose and dove seasons. For years I counted on a great goose hunt during the opening morning. Farmers cut their fields earlier, geese ...

Shoulder replacement surgery an option when golf, tennis have you down

If your golf or tennis game is on hold due to chronic shoulder pain and stiffness, you might find yourself considering joint replacement surgery. First performed in the 1950s, shoulder replacement surgery was invented to treat serious breaks in the ball or socket of the shoulder joint that ...

Pitt’s failures masked PSU’s troubled spots

Through two weeks, I still have no idea if Penn State is a really good football team. And the next two weeks won’t tell us much, either. We’re all just going to have to wait until Ohio State visits on Sept. 29 to find out. The Nittany Lions barely won their opener in overtime against ...

Baseball history is rewritten by the Babe Ruth class of 2018

Mifflin County Babe Ruth’s class of 2018 is history. Here is a look back at the team and the supporting players from the past three years: ¯ Colby Bodtorf — A local fan at the Mid-Atlantic Regional said, “That Colby Bodtorf is the spark plug that makes Mifflin County run.” And so he ...

Lions bond despite poor fourth

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State opened its season with a wildly-entertaining 45-38 overtime victory Saturday over Appalachian State that anyone who witnessed had to enjoy. Well, almost anyone. “I started the game at 46 years old,” James Franklin said afterward. “I ended it at ...

Link to PSU past at home

There’s a familiar name on the Appalachian State coaching staff who will be marking a homecoming of sorts today when Penn State launches its 2018 season at Beaver Stadium. Greg Gasparato is in his first year as the Mountaineers’ safeties coach. His father, the late Nick Gasparato, was ...

Fair or not, criticism a way of life for offensive linemen

Blame the offensive line — nobody really knows what those guys do anyway, so it’s got to be their fault when something goes wrong. Isn’t that sort of how things go in football? No matter which team you root for at any level, from Penn State to the Steelers or anyone else, chances are ...

Notes from the 15-year-old Babe Ruth tournament trail

Mifflin County is the second league from Pennsylvania to send a team to a Babe Ruth World Series twice in three years. The other is West End (Williamsport), which sent 13- and 14-year-old teams in back to back years in 2009 and 2010. ¯¯¯ Two of the three junior Babe Ruth World Series ...

With clouds over Ohio, PSU is in a good place

Throughout his five-year tenure, James Franklin has regularly used examples of bad behavior to help educate his football team. That includes what’s currently going on in Columbus. In case you’ve been in a cave, Ohio State — the Big Ten’s flagship program — has been weighing ...

Athletes, that nagging pain one feels could be a sports hernia

If you play sports like hockey, soccer, wrestling or football, you probably know someone who has experienced a sports hernia — a painful, soft tissue injury that appears in the abdomen. “Though symptoms are similar to a traditional hernia, a sports hernia is not really a hernia at all, ...