Photo of a cute fuzzy dog in winter.

Winter Adventure Awaits

By Meredith Rhoades         Whether you love or hate winter, no one can deny the fact that there are many fun opportunities here in Schuylkill County for wintertime fun! The Coal Region isn’t necessarily known for its outdoor recreational sports, but I believe it should be. With...   Read More

Photo of an ankle cast which out a damper on fall sports.

Ankle Injury ‘Casts’ a Shadow

By Oceana O’Boyle         On September 13th, I fractured my ankle playing in a seventh and eighth grade basketball game. This was my third game of the season. It was a home game, and I was super pumped. I was so upset when I couldn’t play. I...   Read More

Photo of the North Schuylkill Mahanoy Area soccer team.

Rivals to Teammates

Co-Op Soccer Team Takes the Field By Meredith Rhoades         SCHUYLKILL COUNTY–This soccer season, the North Schuylkill Spartans welcomed some Mahanoy Area Golden Bears to their roster. Mahanoy Area and North Schuylkill recently agreed to co-op play for the girls’ soccer program. This means girls from Mahanoy...   Read More

Members of the Mahanoy Area and Shenandoah Valley alumni football team 2017.

Football Flashback

Alumni Battle in a Classic Clash   By Meredith Rhoades         SHENANDOAH-On August 11th, alumni members of Mahanoy Area and Shenandoah Valley high school football teams suited up once again in the First Annual Alumni Game held at Shenandoah’s Veterans Memorial Stadium. As any graduate of the...   Read More

Photo by Meredith Rhoades of Dan Wowak of Coalcracker Bushcraft.

Coalcracker Bushcraft

By Meredith Rhoades         When you think of Schuylkill County, do awesome hiking trails or spectacular views come to mind? For Dan Wowak (above), a Mahanoy City native, the local woods sparked his passion for the outdoors and led to a career in wilderness survival skills, which...   Read More

Photo of Sharon Smith who channels her inner honey badger when running ultramarathons.

Channel Your Inner Honey Badger

By Meredith Rhoades         Living your life like a honey badger may sound bizarre, but to Sharon Smith, it means that she is doing exactly what she is meant to do. Sharon is a Mahanoy City native who has recently discovered a love for ultramarathons — which...   Read More

Photo of Mike Messerschmidt running in a marathon in Antarctica.

Running Across the Continents

Marathoner Michael Messerschmidt   By Meredith Rhoades         Michael Messerschmidt isn’t your typical eighth grade civics teacher; he’s an avid runner who has finished a total of 44 marathons. He has run a marathon on every continent and plans to run one in every US state (up...   Read More

Baseball Bonding: A Father and Son Story

By Slayden Wargo         Baseball season will soon be here, so I asked my dad why he liked to play baseball in Mahanoy City’s Little League. He said he loved to hit the ball. That’s why I like it, too. I asked my dad what position he...   Read More

Selfie photo of NBA's James Harden and Logan Rhoades.

James Harden Off the Court

By Meredith Rhoades Selfie by James Harden       At only 26, shooting guard James Harden of the Houston Rockets is already an elite basketball player. He grew up in Los Angeles and attended Arizona State University. He has been named NBA All-Star three times, All-NBA First Team two...   Read More

Whitewater Rafting: Have No Fear

By Meredith Rhoades         Fear is inevitable. But it’s up to you to either face your fear and overcome it or run and hide and wonder what could have been. As I was riding the bus toward a whitewater rafting trip during summer vacation — and what...   Read More

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