The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Harold Raker

November 1, 2012

Harold Raker's column on high school football: Eagles honor a leader of young men


He also singled out the Eagles' D4 AA championship win over Mount Carmel in 2003 under Stroh and a win over powerhouse Southern Columbia in the D4 A semifinals in 2007 under Rothermel.

Like he did as a player, Marquette coached just about every position during his career, currently working with running backs and defensive ends.

"I've enjoyed every bit of it," he said.

Most Eagles fans would tell him the feeling is mutual.

PAGING DADDY WARBUCKS: Earlier this week as he discussed his team's scheduled game tonight with visiting Milton, and noting that, no matter when it was played, field conditions would be less than desirable, first-year Shikellamy coach Todd Tilford was asking for help. Not only were the fields going to be ugly for the games, but practices as well, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

"We need to find some turf," he said. "Anyone out there who would like to donate $600,000 to put turf on the field, we will name the field after them. Tell them to call me. I'm serious," said the former coach at Lewisburg, where, with no field of their own, the Green Dragons play on turf at Bucknell University's Christy Mathewson-Memorial Field.

So, there you go. It will mean much more, and be more appreciated, than having a star named after you.

Plus, like pro wrestling, Daddy Warbucks, from the musical "Annie" was a fake.



Selinsgrove at Danville —
If momentum means anything, the Seals will win their first Heartland Athletic Conference Division I crown since their state title run in 2009. The Ironmen are seeking their first since 2010. Selinsgrove 21, Danville 20.

Shamokin at Mount Carmel — Will the 17th year be the charm for the Indians in the annual Coal Bucket Trophy game? Perhaps, but ... Mount Carmel 34, Shamokin 31.

Milton at Shikellamy — Familiarity is the name of the game here as these two teams play for home-field advantage in next week’s District 4 Class AAA semifinals. Shikellamy 28, Milton 21.

Line Mountain at Tri-Valley — A long-time rivalry, two teams playing for a playoff home game, and the best teams in the Tri-Valley League not named Williams Valley. Should be a great one. Line Mountain 30, Tri-Valley 28.

East Juniata at Williams Valley — Looking for their first league title and unbeaten regular season since 2008 (under former coach and Southern Columbia grad Scott Cecco), the Vikings are preparing for another playoff run. Williams Valley 49, East Juniata 14.

Southern Columbia at Warrior Run — It was great to see the Defenders pick up back-to-back wins in what has been a discouraging season fraught with injuries. Unfortunately for them, going out with a win is highly unlikely. Southern 42, Warrior Run 13.

Mifflinburg at Lewisburg — This was going to be an uphill battle regardless, but the injuries keep piling on for the Wildcats. Lewisburg 34, Mifflinburg 14.

Central Columbia at Bloomsburg — Talk about a rivalry! This is an intense battle even when the teams are having down years. Imagine what could happen this time. Can the Blue Jays’ outstanding defense slow the law firm, er, offensive juggernaut of Klingerman, Klingerman and Klingerman? Central 19, Bloomsburg 14.


Upper Dauphin at Millersburg —
In one of the many Week 10 backyard rivalries being played across the state, the Trojans will try to go out strong against the District 4 Class A playoff hopeful Indians. Millersburg 27, Upper Dauphin 20.

Elsewhere: Athens over Sayre, Bucktail over Carson Long, Troy over Canton, Pius X over Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech, Otto-Eldred over Cowanesque Valley, Muncy over Hughesville, Central Mountain over Jersey Shore, Montoursville over Loyalsock, South Williamsport over Montgomery, North Penn-Blossburg over Wellsboro, Towanda over Wyalusing, Wyoming Valley West over Williamsport, Halifax over Newport, Berwick over Hazleton, North Schuylkill over ELCO, and Juniata over Pine Grove.

Last week; season: 22-3; 174-46, .790.

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

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