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Opinion

FROM THE PRESS BOX: NOTHING IS CERTAIN IN THESE TRYING TIMES (2020-12-02)
We are living in strange, odd, stressful (you pick the adjective, and it will likely apply) times, and it’s taking a toll on nearly everyone — from small businesses to elementary school students. ...more

BAKER'S SPORTS PEN: PUTTING A WRAP ON THE DISTRICT 4 FOOTBALL POSTSEASON (2020-11-11)
The local football season may have ended two weekends ago with Athens, Canton and Troy all dropping decisions in their respective playoff contests. However, District Four wrapped up its post-season tournaments this past weekend with plenty of outstanding games. ...more

BAKER'S SPORTS PEN: STATS DON'T ALWAYS TELL THE FULL STORY ... AND MORE (2020-11-05)
“Alex, I’ll have upside-down stats for 100 please.”

Team A outgains Team B, 272-261, in total yards.

Teams A runs more total plays than Team B by a margin of 68-42 with a 41-15 upper-hand in the opening two quarters. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: ATHENS VOLLEYBALL SHINING LIGHT OF VALLEY FOR FALL SEASON (2020-11-04)
I’ll be the first to admit, when the fall season began I didn’t expect the Athens volleyball team to be the last team standing, but here they are, and what a ride it’s been. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: POSTSEASON PROGNOSTICATION (2020-10-30)
Postseason football is upon us, and only three of the six Bradford County football teams — Athens, Canton, and Troy — qualified in a season that sees fewer teams in the playoffs because of concerns surrounding the on-going pandemic.
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BAKER'S SPORTS PEN: DISRTRICT 4 FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS SET — NEWS & NOTES (2020-10-29)
For the third consecutive postseason, the Canton Warriors will be hosting the Muncy Indians in a battle for the District Four, Class A championship. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. kickoff Saturday at Miller A. Moyer Field. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: WEEK 7 PICKS — A BUSY WEEKEND FOR NTL TEAMS (2020-10-23)
Football Friday has been a little lacking lately in the Valley with Sayre’s problems getting on the field. With Wellsboro canceling out on the Redskins tonight, and playing Canton instead, Athens is the only game on the docket. ...more

BAKER'S SPORTS PEN: DISRTRICT 4 PLAYOFF PICTURE COMING INTO FOCUS — AND NEWS AND NOTES (2020-10-22)
This weekend marks the final games teams can count toward qualification for the District 4 playoffs and the dust is beginning to settle on this season’s post-season match-ups. The playoffs will kick off the weekend of Oct. 30-31 with a championship contest in Class A. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: WEEK 6 PICKS — AN ALMOST FULL SLATE OF GAMES (2020-10-16)
The 2020 high school football season has been like any other we’ve ever witnessed.

Preparation for every game has also come with the apprehension it could be postponed at any moment, as evidenced by Sayre’s game against North Penn, scheduled for tonight, being postponed this morning.
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BAKER'S SPORTS PEN: TEAMS RETURN, BIG PERFORMANCES — NEWS & NOTES FROM NTL, D4 (2020-10-15)
Great to see area teams back in competition as Canton and Wellsboro returned to the gridiron this past week.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL AT ATHENS ONLY GAME IN TOWN IN WEEK 5 (2020-10-09)
There are no football games in the Valley this weekend, but Athens will host Monday Night Football at Alumni Stadium for the second straight week.
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BAKER'S SPORTS PEN: CAREER NIGHTS FOR WYALUSING'S CAMERON, ATHENS' REID; MORE FROM NTL, DISTRICT 4 (2020-10-08)
The local football schedule may have been small in numbers with just two games played this past weekend, but there were plenty of big-time highlights.
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NEW OCCUPANCY RATE FOR HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS IN PENNSYLVANIA (2020-10-06)
Valley Sports Report
The Pennsylvania Governor’s office has released new attendance guidelines for indoor and outdoor events, including high school sports. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: WEEK 4 PICKS — SAYRE, ATHENS GAMES HIGHLIGHTS SPARSE SCHEDULE (2020-10-02)
The Covid-19 situation has created a scarcity of games in Week 4 of the high school football season, with Troy and Canton sidelined for at least the next two weeks, and Cowanesque Valley on a bye.
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THE FINAL WORD: GOOD WINS FOR ATHENS, SAYRE FOOTBALL — ATHENS-SAYRE ROUND II ANYONE? (2020-10-01)
Athens posted a good road win at previously-unbeaten Wyalusing in Week 3, while Sayre evened its mak at 1-1 with a lopsided win over Cowanesque Valley. ...more

BAKER'S SPORTS PEN: ANOTHER CLOSE ATHENS-WYALUSING GAME; MORE FROM NTL, DISTRICT 4 (2020-09-30)
For the sixth consecutive season, the Athens-Wyalusing outcome was once again decided by a touchdown or less. The visiting Wildcats returning to the Valley with a 21-14 victory as they improved to 2-0, while the Rams dropped their first game in three contests. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: WEEK 3 PICKS — SAYRE, ATHENS RETURN TO THE FIELD (2020-09-25)
Week 3 of the craziest (and not in a good way) high school football season is upon us.
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BAKER'S SPORTS PEN: NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE NTL, DISTRICT 4 FOOTBALL (2020-10-23)
High school football is back and the Friday night lights are shining brightly. With this column and future writings, I hope to offer some weekly news and notes from around the Norther Tier League and District Four football. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: WEEK 2 PICKS — THOUGHTS ON WEEK 1, AND MORE (2020-09-18)
The high school football season rolls on, and in this crazy semblance of a season, Sayre has a bye, leaving Athens as the only Valley team in action in Week 2.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: WEEK 1 — RIVALRY GAMES KICK OFF SEASON (2020-09-11)
The 2020 season is upon us, and it’s nothing like we’ve seen before.

The NTL schedules are a mishmash in an abbreviated season, but it’s better than nothing, which is exactly what New York State is providing its student-athletes, having postponed the football season until March. ...more

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