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November 28, 2013

Harold Raker's column on high school football: Valley teams fall short

For Valley athletes, as well as the local media who cover them, it is time to move indoors.

The final two football teams standing after week 12 -- Danville in Class AA and Southern Columbia in A -- saw their seasons end in the cold and drizzle Friday night.

Many of the players will remain in the news in the coming weeks as they garner post-season honors and select a destination to play at the next level.

Those who put away their equipment for the final time should take comfort in the fact that they gave all of us a lot of great memories, which will be shared with future generations.

As we look back at the start of the season, and see the predictions we made for how the league standings would look after week 10, as always there were some hits and some misses.

In the Heartland Athletic Conference Division I, Danville made us look good by winning the title.

In HAC-II, Montoursville was picked to edge out Loyalsock, but the order was reversed when the Lancers beat the Warriors on the final night of the regular season.

It is hardly noteworthy that our choice to win the HAC-III was Southern Columbia, but the second-place team turned out to be our pick for fourth -- South Williamsport.

In the Tri-Valley League, we badly missed on Pine Grove. The Cardinals bounced back from a 1-9 season to run the table in the TVL, but we tabbed them to finish ninth. Our pick to win it, Williams Valley, finished second.

ANOTHER LOOK: We have all at one time or another regretted something we said or did in the heat of an emotional moment.

This past week, it happened to one of the Valley's best and most-respected coaches: Danville's Jim Keiser.

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