The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 29, 2012

2012: The Valley in Review


Shik grid coach on the ropes

March 9. Sunbury. Revelations of the varsity football coach’s decision to allow a player to leave the team bus en route to a 2010 game had nothing to do with the Shikellamy school board’s decision Thursday night to accept applications for the grid coach’s job, a director said.

An automatic contract renewal for fourth-year coach Sam Stroh, whose teams have won consecutive games against arch-rival Selinsgrove after a 14-year losing streak to the Seals — was rejected by the board’s 5-1 vote.

Wendy Wiest, Lori Garman, Tom Michaels, Jim Garman and Jim Hartman voted to open the $5,225 position. Kim Markunas opposed the move. Mike Kerstetter abstained, and board president Linda Van Der Pool and Terry Marshall were absent.

3 nabbed in 15-year-old slaying

March 10. Middleburg. It took nearly 15 years to crack through the “wall of silence” regarding the 1997 beating death of Donald E. Seebold III but on Friday five people, including three Snyder County men, were arrested and charged with homicide.

District Attorney Michael Piecuch said a mild flirtation led to the killing in a case that went cold because suspects engaged in a cover-up and witnesses stonewalled state police for years.

Arraigned Friday on charges they beat the 21-year-old Seebold to death on July 13, 1997, and later lied about their involvement to a statewide grand jury last year are Robert L. Reich, 36, of 5325 Troxelville Road, Beavertown; Christopher Aucker, 37, of 5335 Troxelville Road, Beavertown; and Ryan C. Sprenkel, 36, of 249 Longer Road, Middleburg.

2 grapplers golden

March 11. Hershey. Eighteen Class AA wrestlers from the Valley left for Hershey on Wednesday, all hoping for, if not a state championship, at least a chance to stand on the Giant Center medals podium on Saturday afternoon.

With a live television audience and more than 6,000 fans looking on, a pair of underclassmen made it to the top of that podium.

Milton junior Ryan Solomon, making his third trip to the PIAA tournament, won the gold medal at 195 pounds with a 3-0 win over senior Derek Wolford of Hanover (District 3).

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