The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Harold Raker

October 14, 2011

Pretty (tough) in Pink

Most fans know by now that Mifflinburg has one of the top, if not the best, defenses in District 4. The Wildcats proved it again last Friday night by shutting down a high-powered spread offense in Towanda for a 14-7 win.

Yet, perhaps there was another reason the Black Knights had so much trouble: They were distracted by all that pink.

Seriously, Mifflinburg became the first of what will be many Valley teams to support the cause of October for Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing lots of pink, including wristbands, socks and towels. The coaches wore pink shirts and even many of the home fans participated, wearing pink apparel and carrying pink balloons.

According to Sharon Stroh, wife of Shikellamy coach Sam Stroh, her employer, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, persuaded 16 Central Pennsylvania schools to hold a pink out game during October. Mifflinburg was the first to hold one, with Selinsgrove set to do it tonight versus Milton and the others all set for Friday, Oct. 28.

Sharon, a breast cancer survivor herself, said the goal was to get the entire Heartland Athletic Conference involved, but they ran out of time to get all of the pink items ordered and delivered by the first scheduled pink game.

She noted that the phrase being used for the campaign is "Get your pink on."

The other schools planning to hold a pink game on Oct. 28 are Berwick, Bloomsburg, Central Columbia, Danville, Hughesville, Lewisburg, Loyalsock, Mifflinburg, Milton, Mount Carmel, Muncy, Shamokin, Shikellamy, Southern Columbia and Warrior Run.

Incidentally, for the Shamokin-Shikellamy game, in addition to the pink, Geisinger arranged for the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders to take part in the event that night.

The coaches will wear pink hats, pink footballs will be thrown into the crowd and the players will also wear pink wristbands, tape and eye black (pink) along with having pink towels and pink decals on their helmets.

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