The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 19, 2012

Harold Raker's column on high school football: Color them pink


If you can take in one of these games, please do your part for the cause.

At Mount Carmel tonight, Anne Barwicki, a Mount Carmel football mother, who is currently fighting a winning battle with breast cancer, will raise the American flag during the playing of the National Anthem in honor of all those battling the disease and in memory of those who passed away fighting against it, according to Mount Carmel athletic director Greg Sacavage.

If you happen to see one of the aforementioned games on TV, remember the old warning, "Do not adjust your sets."

And, if you have a problem with football players donned in pink, please adjust your attitude.

Some things are more important than the game.

NOWHERE TO HIDE: Last week, probably in the span of 15 minutes, two Valley high school football players each had one of those embarrassing moments that might make them think about running right out of the stadium.

You did not read about them in this newspaper and you will not read about them here today. These days, it's bad enough that, in addition to those who saw the game in person, their mistakes often show up on internet message boards. If you already know who they are, fine. If not, that's even better.

The two players helped their teams snatch defeat from the jaws of victory with dropped passes in the end zone. It has happened before, and it will happen again.

Milton coach George Goodwin, whose team was on the losing end of one of those games, refused to blame the loss on that play and said there was no finger pointing among the players.

That's the way it should be.

n Assistant sports editor Harold Raker covers high school football for The Daily Item. Email comments to

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