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Harold Raker

Harold Raker
  • Sounds of silence around Mifflinburg mats

    Anyone who knows Dave Murray knows he is not by nature a quiet guy, whether it is imploring his wrestlers to get the most out of their abilities, or speaking his mind on any number of issues.

    January 9, 2012

  • PIAA should end the hypocrisy

    Looking at the PIAA playoff brackets, I can't help but to paraphrase the late President Ronald Reagan: "Weahl, there you go again." In the semifinals this weekend, in Class AAA, Archbishop Wood takes on Allentown Central Catholic while Bishop McDevitt takes on, well, surprisingly, Montour.

    December 8, 2011

  • High school football: Southern, Pius X could be headed for another shootout

    NAZARETH -- Jim Roth on Friday night would like to see more of the Southern Columbia defense that played as tough as possible in mid-season against quarterback Blake Rankin and Bloomsburg, and less of the Tiger defense that gave up 31 in a come-from-behind win over Old Forge last week.

    December 1, 2011

  • Harold Raker's column on high school football: Revived Wildcats excited about 2012

    After giving the community more reason to attend its high school football games than it had for several years, can the 2011 Mifflinburg Wildcats deliver an oncore?

    November 18, 2011

  • CSS274.jpg Bloomsburg offense too tough for 'Cats to tame

    Blake Rankin admitted he thought about last year's District 4 Class AA first-round game, a disheartening one-point loss at Lewisburg.

    November 12, 2011 3 Photos

  • More tales of yesteryear

    Sometimes you just don't know how well a column went over, or if anyone was reading -- unless you make a mistake. I actually thought I made a mistake once -- but I was mistaken. Seriously, though, a column that appeared two weeks ago drew more positive reaction than any I have done in some time.

    November 4, 2011

  • For Red Tornadoes, 800 means 800

    When you declare that your football team has just won its 800th game in school history, you are bound to get a bit of attention.

    October 28, 2011

  • Harold Raker's column on high school football: The Owls nearly pulled it off

    On a clear night, some of the fans watching tonight's Mount Carmel versus Shikellamy game might be able to see, at least if they close their eyes, the maroon and white Northumberland Pineknotters battling the blue and white Sunbury Owls.

    October 21, 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.

    October 14, 2011

  • Coach Roy would have been proud

    Fans of Mifflinburg football have not seen a defense like this one in more years than they can remember.Sadly, one of their biggest fans as well as a connoisseur of great defense, is not going to see it. Former Mifflinburg head coach Roy Shifflet Jr. died this week at 73.

    October 7, 2011

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