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The first week of playoffs are here and both local high schools are involved!
The weather hasn’t been very cooperative for the last month of Friday and Saturday nights. Let’s hope for the sake of the athletes on the field, the best of conditions enables them to prove themselves without interference from Mother Nature. She always gets her way, but doesn’t belong on the football field when young men get an opportunity that may never come again all their lives.
Thanks to our guest picker for last week, Harry Sickler. Harry outfoxed us all to win the weekly poll for Week 9. Harry’s only miss was the Penn State-Ohio State game where he went with PSU.
Bob Miller, John Harlow, and Chris Lash were 8-2 and Kerry Naylor went from first to last picking seven of 10 this week. For the season, the guests lead with a 72-18 record followed by Bob Miller with 69-21, Kerry Naylor and Chris Lash are tied at 66-24 and John Harlow (I’m getting ready to make a big move) is 61-29.
Our guest picker this week is Tyrone grad Merle “Bud” Noel. Bud was a senior left halfback and leading scorer on the Eagles 1940 squad that finished the regular season 12-0 and played the memorable 0-0 tie in the ice and mud with Shenandoah to share the mythical state championship. Good luck Bud.
Ligonier Valley at Tyrone: First round Class AA Playoff game. Tyrone and coach John Franco are back in the playoffs and have to be taken very seriously if weather and field conditions allow the Golden Eagles to use all their weapons. Ligonier Valley can not be expected to roll over. The Mounties lost their first two games of the year to always tough Laurel Valley and undefeated Blairsville then ran the table to win their last seven games going into the playoffs. Ligonier Valley handed Tyrone a loss in 1985, in the first District playoff game the Eagles ever played in. The gates at Gray Veterans Memorial Field will open at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday for the 7 p.m. game
The Picks: Miller Tyrone 26-12, John Harlow Tyrone 35-20, Kerry Naylor Tyrone 35-7, Chris Lash Tyrone 28-14, Bud Noel Tyrone 20-13.
Bellwood-Antis at Windber: First round Class A Playoff game. Two schools with a ton of recent success meet at Windber on Saturday night. The Ramblers have won 38 straight regular season games, a steak that carries back to the eighth game of the 1998 season for their last loss during the regular season. Bellwood-Antis, going back to the third game of the 1999 season has gone 33-1 during the regular season. These two small school powerhouses met in the semifinal round of the 1999 playoffs, the last time Bellwood-Antis was in Class A. The Blue Devils walked off the field at Windber Stadium that day with a 36-20 victory. B-A must perform on all cylinders for all four quarters if they want to advance and get a possible rematch with Bishop Guilfoyle in the semifinals next week.
The Picks: Miller Bellwood-Antis 27-21, John Harlow Bellwood-Antis 17-10, Kerry Naylor 28-14, Chris Lash Bellwood-Antis 17-14, Bud Noel Windber 24-20.
Moshannon Valley at Blairsville: First round Class A Playoff game. Moshannon Valley ran through the first eight dates on their schedule undefeated before getting bumped off by Bellwood-Antis 21-16 last week. Blairsville was undefeated (9-0) in the Heritage Conference. Whether Blairsville is for real or just the most recent Heritage Conference lightweight will be determined on Friday night at Blairsville.
The Picks: Miller Blairsville, John Harlow Moshannon Valley, Kerry Naylor Blairsville, Chris Lash Blairsville, Bud Noel Blairsville.
Hollidaysburg at Central Mountain: With just a total of four Class AAAA schools in District Six, the big schools have another week of the regular season to play before starting their playoffs. Hollidaysburg is fresh from their triumph over archrival Huntingdon last week. Central Mountain has played some tough schools along the way to a 3-6 record.
The Picks: Miller Hollidaysburg, John Harlow Hollidaysburg, Kerry Naylor Central Mountain, Chris Lash Hollidaysburg, Bud Noel Hollidaysburg.
Johnstown at Indian Valley: First round Class AAA playoff game. Johnstown is back in the District Six picture after many years as part of the WPIAL and then had falling enrollment and weak teams before re-emerging in 2002 as the No. Three Seed in Class AAA. Indian Valley finished as the No. Two Seed, but must regroup after losing two of the their final three games (Huntingdon and Tyrone) Saturday at Huntingdon’s War Vets Field.
The Picks: Miller Indian Valley, John Harlow Indian Valley, Kerry Naylor Indian Valley, Chris Lash Indian Valley, Bud Noel Indian Valley.
Northern Bedford at Bishop Guilfoyle: First round Class A playoff game. BG has rambled over nine straight opponents for the Marauders’ best start since 1987 and have secured home field advantage for as long as they keep winning. Northern Bedford was undefeated for the first six weeks of the season before getting edged by then undefeated Mo Valley 12-6 and upset the next week by Claysburg-Kimmel 26-21. The top seed in Class AA, BG would usually get the prime time Friday night outing, but Altoona is booked into Mansion Park on Friday, so the BG-Northern Bedford game will be played on Saturday night.
The Picks: Miller Bishop Guilfoyle, John Harlow Bishop Guilfoyle, Kerry Naylor Bishop Guilfoyle, Chris Lash Bishop Guilfoyle, Bud Noel Bishop Guilfoyle.
Bishop Carroll at Portage: First round Class A Playoff game. Third seed BC still has nine seniors back, including quarterback Nate Crookshank from last years District champion who advanced to the Western Regional title game. Portage, the sixth seed, has lost just two regular season games in the last two years and both those defeats came at the hands of Windber. This is a Saturday night game that will be played at Penn Cambria’s field in Cresson.
The Picks: Miller Bishop Carroll, John Harlow Bishop Carroll, Kerry Naylor Bishop Carroll, Chris Lash Portage, Bud Noel Bishop Carroll.
Pitt at Virginia Tech: The Hokies (what is a Hokie?) have two big running backs, arguably the nation’s best running back tandem, that nobody really has been able to stop. Pitt has been effective against the run, but hasn’t faced anyone with the ability of Lee Suggs and Kevin Jones. In addition, Pitt is 0-4 in games at Blacksburg and will face the top run defense in the nation that has allowed just 40 yards per game through eight games. Rod Rutherford and the Panthers receiving corps will have to stand tall and open up the Tech defense.
The Picks: Miller Virginia Tech 28-17, John Harlow Pitt 17-10, Kerry Naylor Virginia Tech 31-20, Chris Lash Virginia Tech 24-17, Bud Noel Virginia Tech 27-20.
Illinois at Penn State: Penn State and Joe Paterno has turned the program around after two straight losing campaigns into a team that with decent officiating and one or two breaks could easily be undefeated. The defense has performed above and beyond the call of duty. The offense has been very closely tied to the pluses and minuses of sophomore quarterback Zach Mills. Mills has sputtered at times and shined at others. Larry Johnson is an important cog, but when Mills sputters, so does the entire offense.
The Picks: Miller Penn State 35-20, John Harlow Illinois 27-20, Kerry Naylor Penn State 42-0, Chris Lash Penn State 30-10, Bud Noel Penn State 34-10.
Steelers at Cleveland: Pittsburgh has been on a roll behind the efforts of quarterback Tommy Maddox and a re-envigorated defense. Steeler-Cleveland games are always a good excuse for a fight or at least several skirmishes, and that’s just in the stands. The Steelers (4-3) own just a half-game lead over the Browns (4-4) in the AFC North Division so this game could go a long way toward determining the champion, even though the season is still less than half over. It would give the Steelers two wins over Cleveland, the first one a 16-13 OT win was the game whern Maddox replaced Kordell Stewart and has never relinquished the job whle Pittsburgh has gone 4-1.
The Picks: Miller Steelers 31-27, John Harlow Steelers 30-17, Kerry Naylor Steelers 25-17, Chris Lash Steelers 28-21, Bud Noel Steelers 27-19.
AREA SPORTS NOTES: The Bellwood-Antis eighth grade football team finished the season undefeated (8-0) for the first time in school history.
The Tyrone Girls volleyball team will play Ligonier Valley at Richland High School at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

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The guest picker rides again at the Daily Herald. Tyrone basketball coach Mike Harris proved he’s also pretty good at football as well, at least in recognizing winners. Harris went nine-for-10 last week to lead Chris Lash and Bob Miller who also missed on just one pick. John Harlow went 8-2 and Kerry Naylor was 7-3 bringing up the rear.
For the season, the guests continue to hold a three-game advantage over the Daily Herald staffers with a combined 57-13. Bob Miller continues to trail by three with a 54-16 mark, followed by Chris Lash at 52-18, Kerry Naylor at 50-20 and John Harlow at 47-23.
Our guest picker this week is Tyrone sports fan and great sports enthusiast of all sports and all schools in the northern part of Blair County, Eleanor Feltenberger. We wish to thank Eleanor for her time and effort.
Tyrone at Indian Valley: Indian Valley is coming off their first loss, an overtime effort at Huntingdon and should be ready to prove that last week against the Bearcats was just a speedbump on the way to getting things started again. Tyrone was forced to go almost totally to the run because of the weather in last week’s game at P-O. That wasn’t all bad with two hard-running sophomore running backs in Ben Gummo and Brice Mertiff, who proved to be the best “mudder” on either team.
The Picks: Miller Tyrone 21-20 (the upset of the week), John Harlow Tyrone 35-14, Kerry Naylor Tyrone 21-14, Chris Lash Indian Valley 21-10, Eleanor Feltenberger Tyrone 14-7.
Northern Bedford at Claysburg-Kimmel: Another team that was handed its first loss last week, Northern Bedford, who plays all home games at Everett while the Panthers are finally building a football field at their own school, lost to undefeated Moshannon Valley. Claysburg is second in ICC Section II while Northern is in the top spot of the same division. A win here can sew up the division for Northern Bedford and go along way toward solidifying a spot in the District 5/6 playoffs. Claysburg is 5-2 overall and almost certainly will be out of playoff consideration with a third loss.
The Picks: Miller Northern Bedford, John Harlow Northern Bedford, Kerry Naylor Northern Bedford, Chris Lash Northern Bedford, Eleanor Feltenberger Northern Bedford.
Everett at Glendale: Glendale (2-5) was shut out by West Branch last week, while Everett (3-4) was defeating Tussey. This is a battle between Everett from the ICC Section II and Glendale from the ICC Section III.
The Picks: Miller Everett, John Harlow Everett, Kerry Naylor Everett, Chris Lash Everett, Eleanor Feltenberger Everett.
Bald Eagle Area at Philipsburg-Osceola: The last two teams to taste defeat at the hands of Tyrone, BEA in Week Five 55-20 in good weather and Philipsburg 14-7 in terrible weather last week. This is a battle for one of the combatants to escape last place in the Big 8.
The Picks: Miller Bald Eagle Area, John Harlow Bald Eagle Area, Kerry Naylor Bald Eagle Area, Chris Lash Bald Eagle Area, Eleanor Feltenberger Philipsburg-Osceola.
Moshannon Valley at Juniata Valley: Mo Valley just keeps plugging along, still undefeated at 7-0. In a battle of the valleys, Moshannon Valley is at the top of ICC Section III, while Juniata Valley is at the bottom and is just 1-6 overall. Mo Valley can’t afford to look ahead to a monumental battle with Bellwood-Antis in Week Nine.
The Picks: Miller Moshannon Valley, John Harlow Moshannon Valley, Kerry Naylor Moshannon Valley, Chris Lash Moshannon Valley, Eleanor Feltenberger Moshannon Valley.
Shippensburg University at Lock Haven University: This one is the annual “battle of the brothers.” My brother graduated from the Lock and I graduated from Shippensburg when it was still called Shippensburg State College. Back then in the ice ages, we didn’t win many games, but usually managed to beat Lock Haven. Shippensburg is 2-0 in conference play after edging Slippery Rock in overtime last week.
The Picks: Miller Shippensburg University (of course), John Harlow Shippensburg University (spent most of his time at SU getting educated? at Maxie’s), Kerry Naylor Lock Haven University (guess which school he graduated from?), Chris Lash Shippensburg University, Eleanor Feltenberger Shippensburg University.
Ohio State at Wisconsin: OSU is a future Penn State opponent against Wisconsin, a team the Nittany Lions edged 34-31 two weeks ago. Ohio State is in the early hunt for the Big 10 title along with Iowa (3-0) and Michigan (2-0) who represent the only two losses on the Nittany Lion’s card.
The Picks: Miller Ohio State, John Harlow Ohio State, Kerry Naylor Ohio State, Chris Lash Ohio State, Eleanor Feltenberger Ohio State.
Northwestern at Penn State: Penn State is back at home against the Badgers, who are 2-5 and were idle last week after absorbing a loss to Minnesota in a 45-42 offensive shootout. Zach Mills and Larry Johnson have had another week to rest injuries, although LJ may not see much playing time this week to rest a painful hamstring. Is JoePa serious about his grump with the referees or is that just a ploy to get the team going and stay up regardless of the quality of team they play this week.
The Picks: Miller Penn State 45-17, John Harlow Penn State 68-10, Kerry Naylor Penn State 42-3, Chris Lash Penn State 36-20, Eleanor Feltenberger Penn State 30-17.
Indianapolis at Steelers: This is a battle of “M” quarterbacks-Manning versus Maddox. Although many feel it’s not in question, don’t count Pittsburgh out in this one. Tommy Maddox has taken charge of the suddenly rejuvenated Steelers. He has been a leader, no question about that. Every professional team has the talent, often all a team needs is leadership to guide the talent and sometimes, all the talent needs is a leader they feel is in control of the situation.
The Picks: Miller Steelers 35-28, John Harlow Indianapolis 30-10, Kerry Naylor Steelers 24-10, Chris Lash Steelers 28-24, Eleanor Feltenberger Steelers 17-14.
Tampa Bay at Eagles: Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown in three straight games. With that defense, if Mike Alstott can run like he did last week against the Browns, take it to the bank for the Bucs. Philadelphia (3-2) is in first place in the NFC East Division, but is the only NFC division leader after six weeks with more than one loss team
The Picks: Miller Tampa Bay, John Harlow Tampa Bay, Kerry Naylor Philadelphia, Chris Lash Tampa Bay, Eleanor Feltenberger Tampa Bay.
AREA SPORTS NOTES: Tyrone grad Julie DelBaggio, a sophomore at Penn State Altoona was named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference women’s tennis player of the week. DelBaggio was 4-0 this past week in singles at the Number Six position. She is 3-1 in doubles and 7-0 in singles action overall.
Doug Hoover and Sonja Hinish representing the Pennsylvania Biathlon Club competed in the Summer Biathlon National Championship at Grand Rapids, Minnesota on October 5-6.
Hoover approached this race a bit differently from others he has competed in this year running less conservatively than usual and was in serious contention for the first time. Before Hoover had traded aggressiveness for solid finishing places at the end of the race, but had never been in contention before. The Tyrone grad ended up seventh in the men’s race with a time of 26:31 and five penalties.
“I learned that I can run with these guys at seas level,” said Hoover. “Now I have another year to learn to run that fast and still shot well.” This was Hoover’s eighth time competing at Nationals and his fifth top-10 finish.
Hinish, a high school junior from Williamsburg, who attends Bishop Guilfoyle High School was running just her second Nationals in just her first complete year of competition. She finished in 12th place in a time of 25:13 with eight penalties.
Both PBC members were the only Pennsylvanians in the top 15 of their respective races.
Bellwood-Antis approved new wrestling coaches last Tuesday night at their school board meeting. Tim Andrekovich was approved as the new junior high wrestling coach. Jim Weyant was named an assistant junior high coach. Darrell Claar was named a volunteer junior high assistant and Josh Evans and Dave Ervine were also accepted as volunteer assistant coaches.
The next time you see her at a sports event, check in with Eleanor Feltenberger. Thanks again Eleanor!

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Good afternoon!
It’s time to put on our picking togs and select the high school, college and pro picks for Week Seven.
We thank Dave Brisbin, who was our guest last week and say Hello to this weeks special guest Mike Harris. Mike is a 1985 Tyrone grad and is presently coach of the Tyrone boys’ basketball program, teaches at Hollidaysburg and coaches the Golden Tigers girls softball program as well.
Last week, guest picker Dave Brisbin, Bob Miller and Chris Lash all shared top honors with eight of 10 right, while John Harlow and Kerry Naylor (Kerry was on jury duty, but was able to get his selections in after deadline for Thursday’s Daily Herald but just made the deadline established by the rules committee-before the paper was printed and back to Tyrone) each went 7-3.
Overall, the guests continue to lead with 48-12, Bob Miller is three back with a 45-15 card, followed by Kerry Naylor and Chris Lash at 43-17 and John Harlow with 39-21.
Tyrone at Philipsburg-Osceola: Tyrone was their own worst enemy last Saturday night committing seven turnovers in a four-point loss to Pius X, who was a very tough opponent, despite a 2-3 record coming into the contest. Tyler Mertiff and Aaron Jeffries are the most exciting duo to come along in quite a while, giving Tyrone a threat anywhere on the field. P-O has had trouble scoring for a new coach, unable to score more than seven points a game this year, except last week when they were snowed under by Clearfield 48-21.
The Picks: Miller Tyrone 45-0, John Harlow Tyrone 35-14, Kerry Naylor Tyrone 49-0, Chris Lash Tyrone 26-7, Mike Harris Tyrone 35-14,
Bellwood-Antis at Chestnut Ridge: Bellwood-Antis has been ripping through the schedule since getting their eyes opened against undefeated BG in week two, outscoring four opponents 194-35, using a two-edged attack rushing and passing practically at will. Ridge is 3-3 with a lot of underclassmen who need at least another year of learning before the Lions will be ready to challenge for much of anything.
The Picks: Miller Bellwood-Antis 47-7, John Harlow Bellwood-Antis 70-0, Kerry Naylor Bellwood-Antis 49-0, Chris Lash Bellwood-Antis 41-10, Mike Harris Bellwood-Antis 35-3.
Bishop Guilfoyle at Mount Union: Two programs a world apart right now. BG is 6-0 and is big, tough and aggressive and athletic enough to go a long way. Mount Union has just 18 healthy? players in uniform and a couple more who can’t play for non-athletic reasons. The kids left will give a fight, but BG has too much and too many.
The Picks: Miller Bishop Guilfoyle (by 50 if we were scoring this game) John Harlow Bishop Guilfoyle, Kerry Naylor Bishop Guilfoyle, Chris Lash Bishop Guilfoyle, Mike Harris Bishop Guilfoyle.
Bald Eagle Area at Clearfield: Bald Eagle Area has moved the ball around and scored points staying with just about everybody they have played. The problem hasn’t been staying close, it has been winning. Clearfield has scored more than 40 points for three straight weeks, after a loss to undefeated Indian Valley in week three,
The Picks: Miller Clearfield, John Harlow Clearfield, Kerry Naylor Clearfield, Chris Lash Clearfield, Mike Harris Clearfield.
Moshannon Valley at Northern Bedford: The first of two games involving undefeated teams, this one is in Class A. The small school powers have two common opponents and the scores don’t really help in choosing between them. Mo Valley defeated Glendale 26-0 and Northern Bedford knocked off Glendale 28-13, while Mo Valley edged Southern Huntingdon 7-0 and Northern Bedford squeaked by Southern Huntingdon 14-9.
The Picks: Miller Moshannon Valley, John Harlow Moshannon Valley, Kerry Naylor Northern Bedford, Chris Lash Moshannon Valley, Mike Harris Moshannon Valley.
Indian Valley at Huntingdon: Undefeated matchup #2, this one is in Class AAA. This is the case of the immovable object versus the irresistible force. Which Big 8 power will remain undefeated, take the lead in District playoff points and gain a large measure of superiority with a win on Friday night. If you have to make a selection in this one go with the home team.
The Picks: Miller Huntingdon, John Harlow Indian Valley, Kerry Naylor Huntingdon, Chris Lash Huntingdon, Mike Harris Huntingdon.
IUP at Edinboro: IUP is undefeated (5-0) and once again nationally ranked in Division II (No. 13 before last Saturday’s 43-16 win over Millersville) behind quarterback Brian Eyerman and favorite receiver Carmen Ocasio. Ediboro is down this season, suffering a 41-7 loss at Shippensburg last week. If the game comes to down to punting, Sean McNicholas, a pro prospect for Edinboro, raised his punting average to 48.4 per kick for the year.
The Picks: Miller IUP, John Harlow IUP, Kerry Naylor IUP, Chris Lash IUP, Mike Harris IUP.
Pitt at Notre Dame: Pitt (5-1) is having one of their best years in quite a while. The offense was a big question at first, but QB Rod Rutherford has gotten better with each game and so have his receivers. The defense, which carried the Panthers early has continued to excel as the offense takes off. However, none of the Pitt players have been in the situation of Notre Dame Stadium with so many and so loud a crowd against a top-10 team. Is the rejuvenated Note Dame under new coach Tyrone (love the first name) Willingham the real thing?
The Picks: Miller Notre Dame 27-24, John Harlow Pitt 17-10, Kerry Naylor Pitt 24-8, Chris Lash Notre Dame 24-21, Mike Harris Notre Dame 14-10.
Penn State at Michigan: Penn State continues its road trip with a stop at Michigan. With eight home games at Beaver Stadium, road games are few and far between. This is a battle between No. 15 Penn State and No. 10 Michigan. Look for another close nip-and-tuck battle similar to last week’s contest with Wisconsin. Michigan has been more successful in recruiting PA prospects than any other Big 10 school since the Nittany Lions were admitted to the conference in 1993.
The Picks: Miller Penn State 27-25, John Harlow Michigan 21-17, Kerry Naylor Penn State 31-16, Chris Lash Penn State 16-14, Mike Harris Penn State 35-31.
Steelers at Cincinnati: Will the Steelers finally revert to the style of play everybody expects of them since last season, or will they continue to flounder as the have so far in 2002? Can the Bengals continue to operate at the level they performed last week with Jon Kitna at quarterback? Can we ask more questions about this matchup than any other in the column? One thing is certainly not subject to question. If the Steelers are to turn it around, the defense must stop playing like a pin cushion giving up yards and points like they are going out of style.
The Picks: Miller Steelers 30-21, John Harlow Steelers 4-3, Kerry Naylor Steelers 3-0, Chris Lash Steelers 31-17, Mike Harris Steelers 35-3.
AREA SPORTS NOTESs: Lauren Woodring skated off with a silver medal in figure skating with a second place finish at the Regionals in York. Lauren’s mom reports her coach will be getting 12-year old Lauren to attempt her first triple jump in competition by summer 2003.
TACO will be holding their annual Punt, Pass and Kick Competition this Saturday morning at Gray Veterans Memorial Field. Registration will be at 8:45 a.m. and competition will begin at 10 a.m