The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Harold Raker

November 30, 2012

Harold Raker's column on high school football: Showing their respect


Over the years, since Southern Columbia and Mount Carmel have been making regular trips deep into the state playoffs, including the championships in Hershey, many of their fans have been vocal in their support for the team which they loved to hate in the regular season.

I can recall often seeing Mount Carmel's red and black garb among the black and gold in HersheyPark Stadium, and vice versa.

It's kind of like how two brothers will fight each other when they are among family, but don't let an outsider try anything against one. The enemy siblings will quickly become brothers in arms.

RADIO LOVE AFFAIR: Valley fans who cannot make it to the games (even those who don't want to) and watch their favorite teams are fortunate that there is no shortage of radio stations committed to bringing the action into their homes, cars and work places.

While these guys can be a thorn in the side of us print media stiffs when press box space is at a premium, they do provide a valuable service free of charge.

One of those broadcast teams, from Sunbury Broadcasting Co.'s Eagle 107 FM, Pat O'Brien and Ryan Brandt, have seen their team, the Selinsgrove Seals, run the gamut, from state champions to almost going winless, and parts in between.

Their first season doing the Seals just happened to be 2009, when the Seals went 16-0 and won the PIAA Class AAA title in Hershey. The Seals fell off somewhat the next year, but reached another District 4 title game before losing to rival Shikellamy. The next year, fraught with disciplinary issues which cost the team most of its starters, the Seals limped home 1-9. Now this season the Seals are back in the state quarterfinals, facing Allentown Central Catholic on Friday night.

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