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Opinion

#sports: BEST OF LUCK TO CANTON FROM THE '90 WARRIORS (2021-11-12)
As the Canton football team prepares to play for a District IV title, which will be their first since 1990 and third ever, I’ve been compelled to touch on a few misconceptions that people may have about how those of us who were on that 1990 team truly feel about this team matching, or exceeding, our accomplishments.  ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS WORLD LOSES A FRIEND, ADVOCATE IN BOB BAKER (2021-09-01)
Longtime Daily Review sports editor Bob Baker, 64, passed away Wednesday after a long battle with cancer.

I toss around the expression “he’s a good guy,” or "he’s a great guy,” a lot — probably too much. When it comes to Bob Baker, I could say “he’s a great guy,” and it wouldn’t come close to measuring the goodness in the man’s heart. ...more

THE FINAL WORD: AN INTERESTING OPENING WEEKEND OF NTL FOOTBALL (2021-08-29)
There were some impressive performances in the first weekend of the NTL football season.

Sayre and Canton easily disposed of NTL foes, while Athens and Wyalusing rolled over non-league opponents. ...more

BAKER'S SPORTS PEN: TROY, ATHENS SEASONS COME TO END; BOTH LIKELY TO BATTLE FOR NTL CROWN NEXT SEASON (2021-03-13)
Prior to Monday night’s District Four, Class AAA semi-final round playoff matchup against the Central Columbia, Troy basketball fans had grown accustom to that one clutch span during a ballgame when their squad produced a special run — the run that lifted their team to an outstanding record of 17 wins and just three losses. ...more

# SPORTS: 'GOOD COACH ONLY AS GOOD AS HIS / HER ASSISTANT' (2021-03-03)
“A head coach is only as good as his / her assistant.”

Pretty straightforward statement. It’s one I agree with 100 percent. The only question I would have nowadays would be: which one? ...more

BAKER'S SPORTS PEN: ROLE PLAYERS STEPPING UP BIG IN NTL PLAY (2021-02-09)
Most area basketball teams are privileged to have that one special player to count on night after night or game after game – that one player a coach can depend on at crunch time who’s not afraid to take the “big sh ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: THE GOAT, OR THE BEST? ... AND THE NFL DRAFT (2021-02-07)
We’re just hours away from the kick-off of the 55th Super Bowl. All I want to see is a good game, and there’s no reason we shouldn’t get one.
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#SPORTS: DAILY FANTASY 'WAY BETTER' THAN TRADITIONAL FANTASY FOOTBALL (2021-02-07)
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING OPINION SHOULD IN NO WAY BE TAKEN AS AN ENDORSEMENT FOR ANYTHING, NOR AS ADVICE AND, JUST TO BE CLEAR ... SHOULD DEFINITELY NOT BE TAKEN AS ADVICE!
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#SPORTS: REDISCOVERING A LOVE OF WRESTLING (2021-02-03)
To be clear, the wrestling I’m going to be referring to in this column is high school wrestling. ...more

BAKER'S SPORTS PEN: LADY WILDCATS ADD TO EXCITEMENT IN ATHENS ... AND MORE ON NTL BASKETBALL (2021-02-01)
Nothing comes easy in Athens, but the games sure are exciting.
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#SPORTS: ON TOM BRADY, AND A STEELERS FAN'S PERSPECTIVE ON SUPER BOWL LV (2021-01-29)
As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs prepare to meet in Super Bowl LV, there are dozens of early storylines trending on Twitter and other social media sites. ...more

#SPORTS: THE RECRUITING LANDSCAPE IN THE COVID ERA, AND CANTON'S BEN KNAPP (2021-01-27)
To say that the landscape of college athletic recruiting has changed in the past year is a huge understatement.  A worldwide pandemic will do that.
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BAKER'S SPORTS PEN: 'CARDIAC 'CATS' HIGHLIGHT WEEK OF HOOP ACTION (2021-01-25)
The “Cardiac Cats,” whoops, make that the Wildcats are setting a Friday-night precedent that Athens coach Jim Lister would probably like to avoid the rest of the season. ...more

#SPORTS: COACHING IN THE COVID ERA (2021-01-24)
Just a brief background to demonstrate my expertise on all things coaching. (You’ll get used to the self-deprecation / sarcasm, I promise.)
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: TROY TEAM TO BEAT IN LARGE SCHOOL BOYS TITLE CHASE ... MORE ON NTL HOOPS, WRESTLING (2021-01-18)
If I took anything out of the first full week of the NTL season, it’s that Troy is definitely the team to beat in the Large School Division boys title chase.
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BAKER'S SPORTS PEN: THOUGHTS ON WEEK 1 OF THE NTL BASKETBALL SEASON (2021-01-18)
The first big Northern Tier League match-up of 2021 went the way of the Troy Trojans as Steve Renzi’s squad flexed its muscles in a big, 70-53, win over Athens. ...more

BAKER'S SPORTS PEN: NEW WILLIAMSPORT BASEBALL TEAM IS EXCITING NEWS FOR AREA FANS (2020-12-05)
Area baseball fans received some exciting news recently with the announcement of the new Major League Baseball Draft (wood bat) League coming to a minor league stadium near you – say like -- Williamsport. ...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: 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

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 championship contests in Class A and AAA. ...more

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