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 BY JEFF FALK  PHOTOS SUBMITTED  Charlie Middleton didn’t seek the spotlight. But that doesn’t...


 BY JEFF FALK  PHOTOS SUBMITTED  Sometimes we pick a path in life, and sometimes...

  •  BY JEFF FALK  SHIPPENSBURG – Seeds.  It’s a system for ranking competitors at major sporting competitions, based on past performances. It’s not a perfect system, but it’s the best we’ve got.  On a brilliant Saturday, the final day of the 95th annual District Three Track and Field Championships, Lebanon County student-athletes made a mockery of […]

  •  BY JEFF FALK  SHIPPENSBURG – In the grand scheme of time, it is a simple moment. But it is a very special moment.  During that moment, we don’t leave our bodies. In fact, just the opposite. At that moment, our minds and spirits and bodies become one.  It is during that time that we cause […]

  •  BY JEFF FALK  NEWVILLE – The Palmyra softball team has reached this point by constantly seeking to improve. But the way the Cougars have it figured, the only way to keep improving is to play teams better than themselves.  There are no moral victories in the playoffs, but there are plenty of opportunities to get […]

  •  BY JEFF FALK  LANDISVILLE – A hurdler with something to prove.   A thrower who generates power from his legs.  A multi-talented multi-sport athlete.  A quartet carrying on a program tradition.  So what do Alex Miller, Dylan Lambrecht, Ryelle Shuey and the foursome of Ryan Scicchitano, William Sheffield, Jake Barrett and Nate Shutter have in […]


Between The Lines ››

  • “She’s been around, but she’s also a gymnast. And that helps her out. It’s my first year working with her. Last year, she didn’t have a coach. For me, it’s important to have someone to bounce things off  of. There’s more support involved too. It helps. I’m just proud of her. “

    – Annville-Cleona Pole Vault Coach Erin Winters, on Kayla Long
  •  “When my name is called, I think of everything I’ve had to work on since my last throw. Then, I clear my mind. If I think too much, I’ll mess it up. I kind of come back to reality when I see the discus in the air.”

    – Annville-Cleona Silver Medalist Mackenzie Drane
  • “We don’t play to keep it close. It’s not like, ‘Hey, we only lost by three runs’ is acceptable. We wanted to make sure we improved over the last game. Hopefully, if we played them tomorrow there’d be more incremental improvement. No one gets better by playing lesser opponents.”

    – Palmyra Softball Coach Tod Whitman

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  •  BY JEFF FALK  PHOTOS COURTESY OF INDIANAPOLIS COLTS  Before he was hired for his current job, he was a football player, a minister and a public speaker.   While it might be difficult to identify his true calling, each one...

  • Cedars Take a Timeout

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    Cedars Take a Timeout

     BY JEFF FALK  LEBANON – They’re a great many things, to a great many people.  At their most fundamental, timeouts are breaks in the action, chances to reset the play. For us spectators, they’re an opportunity to seek liquid...

  •  BY JEFF FALK  MOST PHOTOS COURTESY OF WALT MIDDLETON, WM PHOTOGRAPHY  They’re not like you and me. Place-kickers are a special breed, a different breed.  Imagine Chad Ryland’s surprise when one day he woke up to discover that he...

  •  BY JEFF FALK  SOUTH LEBANON – There are certain things in this life that we don’t get to choose. There are some things we can’t control.  But there are other things we do have control over. We all get...

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