SoftballIt was pointed out to me that I never hesitate to make note of my success in hitting against Parkesburg's Gary Marsh, and so I should also be willing to make note of when he gets the best of me. I will also note that this was pointed out to me by none other than Gary Marsh.

Well, last week in the SECA Men's Over-35 League, Mr. Marsh got the better of me, as I darn near put up an o-fer on nothing but weak ground balls. I say almost, because I got credited with one very cheap hit by whomever was keeping our book at the time. Late in the game, I hit yet another weak ground ball up the middle that bounced off Marsh's ankle and rolled slowly toward shortstop. I beat the throw to first. Frankly, I'd have called it an error. But at least it brought in a run.


Former Braves' wrestler Mike Letts finished just short in his bid for a slot on the USA Junior World Team, losing in the finals of the Challenge Tournament last weekend at the Junior World Team Trials in Colorado Springs, CO.

Letts, who won the US Jr. Nationals last month at 174, was forced to bump up to 184 pounds for the trials because the 174-pound class doesn't exist internationally. Letts opened with a pair of wins. The first came 6-0, 2-0 over Dallas Hintz of Cowboy WC, then Letts won by injury default in the semi-finals over Sammy Yohn of the Minnesota Gophers.

In the finals against Kirk Smith of Bronco, Letts won the first period by a score of 3-0, but dropped the final two periods by scores of 3-0, 3-1.

Smith, who earned NCAA All-American honors at 184 as a freshman for Boisie State this past winter, will represent the USA in the Junior World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey in July.


Mandatory sign-ups have been scheduled for any student who wants to play football for Octorara middle or high school this fall. Interested athletes must come to the sign-up meeting on May 30.

Middle School sign-ups are at 2 p.m. in the OMS cafeteria, while high school sign-ups are after school in OHS room 203.

Coaching vacancy

Octorara High School is looking for a Varsity Girls Volleyball Coach. Interested candidates may contact Jim Weagley, Athletic Director, at 610-593-8261 or

Octorara Sports Hall of Fame

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2008 Octorara Sports Hall of Fame. If you would like to nominate someone, stop by the high school office to pick up a form or go to the sports website - and download a nomination form from the forms section.

Nominees must have graduated from the high school at least five years ago. Primary consideration will be given to their athletic achievements while at Octorara, although consideration will be given to accomplishments after high school. The honorees will be recognized before the boys' varsity soccer game on Homecoming Day, Saturday, Oct. 4.

To report area sports news, contact Bill Rudick by email at or by phone at 717-786-6095.

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