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Opinion

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

FROM THE PRESS BOX: LIKE 2020, NTL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE IS UNIQUE (2020-09-07)
2020 has been the most unique year ever, so it only stands to reason the 2020 NTL football schedule would look much different than any other we’ve ever seen.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: A COACHING LEGEND PASSES, AND 'LET THEM PLAY' (2020-08-19)
The Valley lost a coaching legend earlier this week in Hall-of-Famer Jim McCloe.

A Waverly grad, McCloe went on wrestle at SUNY Delhi, where he won a NJCAA national championship. He finished off his collegiate career at East Carolina, where he won a conference title at 134 pounds as a senior. ...more

ROLFEMAN REMINISCES: COACH MCCLOE: A LEGACY IN WAVERLY WRESTLING AND BEYOND (2020-08-19)
I was a guest at several gatherings at the McCloe family's Victorian "mansion" on Old Route 17.

On many occasions, I visited the wrestling room at Waverly High School, a padded cell where boys became young men — and winning wrestlers — through instruction, work ethic, commitment, dedication and blood, sweat and tears. ...more

BAKER'S SPORTS PEN: HOW CAN A METS FAN FORGET A FORMER PLAYER?; BLAME IT ON AGE (2020-08-13)
I was either too young to have known, or too old to remember.

In my previous column, I took a look at four Bradford County baseball players who made it to the Major Leagues. However, I failed to mention a very famous Wyalusing player who established his mark with the 1963 Mets. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: VALLEY SPORTS REPORTS MARKS 11TH ANNIVERSARY OF LAUNCH (2020-08-10)
Today marks the 11th birthday of Valley Sports Report.

I must say the first 10 1/2 years were a blast. The last five months? … well, let’s just say it’s been a challenge. ...more

BAKER'S SPORTS PEN: BRADFORD COUNTY'S 'CORE FOUR' OF MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYERS (2020-07-30)
“Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
So let’s sing a song of cheer again
Happy days are here again.”


How sweet it is … Major League Baseball stepped up to the plate this past weekend and it was great to watch games on television. ...more

ROLFEMAN REMINISCES: NEXT TIME, THROW ME A CURVE! (2020-07-07)
He's back!

Sorry Valley Sports Report sports fans for the extended gap between reminiscing chats, but there's a lot of craziness down in here in Lower Slower Delaware right now, as one might imagine. ...more

BAKER'S SPORTS PEN: WHERE HAVE YOU GONE JOE DiMAGGIO? (2020-07-06)
I really enjoy sports memorabilia and trivia.

Looking back at sports history is one of those hobbies that presents an opportunity to delve into my past and travel back in time. ...more

THE FINAL WORD: PUTTING A BOW ON THE 2019-20 SEASON (2020-06-29)
The first two-thirds of the 2019-20 high school sports year provided more tremendous performances and accomplishments from our Valley athletes. The final one-third … well,  that’s a completely different story. ...more

BAKER'S SPORTS PEN: SIGHTS AND SOUNDS WE'VE ALL MISSED (2020-06-29)
With the cancelation of the latter part of the winter sports season and the entire spring campaign, we missed out on the many sights, sounds and happenings we have become so accustomed to over the past number of years. ...more

VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: THE "SUPER 7-PLUS ONE STORYLINES OF THE YEAR" (2020-06-27)
The 2019-20 school year, in particular the ending, was unlike anything we’ve ever experienced before.

I've talked about storylines in the past and how they normally come in one of four realms: the start of a storyline, the continuation of one, the likely culmination of one, or a storyline totally out of the blue. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: FIRST DECADE-PLUS OF VOLLEYBALL COVERAGE QUITE A RIDE (2020-06-17)
The first 11 years of of volleyball coverage on Valley Sports Report has featured a number of interesting storylines, and some tremendous talent.
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ROLFEMAN REMINISCES: THOSE DAMN YANKEES! (2020-06-15)
If only I had been a Yankee fan, I might be a millionaire. Or at the very least, a lot richer than I am today.

Pinstripes and Rolfey never quite hit it off. ...more

ROLFEMAN REMINISCES: THERE'S A MAN WHO LIVES A LIFE OF DANGER! (2020-06-06)
"Danger, Will Robinson ... Danger."

Ah, The Robot's famous words from "Lost in Space," the science fiction television series in the 1960s, forewarning Will Robinson, the rest of the Robinson family and Jupiter 2's other extraterrestrial castaways of evil alien presence. ...more

BAKER'S SPORTS PEN: TOWANDA TENNIS TOURNEY ALWAYS SERVED UP GREAT PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES (2020-06-01)
It began as a dream back in 1977 for a Towanda organization and its results can be seen throughout the area today.
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ROLFEMAN REMINISCES: MEMORIAL DAY MEMORIES (2020-05-25)
Memorial Day Weekend is upon us. With it comes many memories.
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ROLFEMAN REMINISCES: LIFE IN THE FAST LANE (2020-05-21)
Sunday, I did something I had not done in about a year.

I watched a stock car race. Almost every lap. The race at Darlington, the legendary speedway nicknamed the “Lady in Black” and “The Track Too Tough to Tame.”
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BAKER'S SPORTS PEN: IF YOU BUILD IT; HE WILL COME (2020-05-19)
When friends ask me what’s my favorite movie, it doesn’t take me long to answer.

Without thinking twice, I quickly reply “Field of Dreams.” ...more

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