Sports

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

Photo of Coal Cracker Advisor Ray Cavenas and family.

Remembering Ray Cavenas

Family, Community Service and Bear Pride Photo captions by Joei Shaller Photos courtesy Keri Cavenas   Coal Cracker Advisor Raymond Anthony Cavenas, of Mahanoy City, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 7 at Hershey Medical Center surrounded by family and friends. Born on June 5, 1966, Ray was the son...   Read More

Get Out and Workout

By Meredith Rhoades         Being outside doesn’t just make you feel happy and free; it can also motivate you. Working out in the great outdoors is one of my favorite things to do. The refreshing air and bright sun make me feel like I can do anything....   Read More

Photo of Boys 9-10 year old 4x100 meter relay winners: Peyton Sendatch, Kadin Styka, AJ Levy, Jace Yedsena.

Rhoades Foundation Track and Field Results

Photos by Jack Rhoades         The seventh Annual Senator Rhoades Youth Track and Field Games were held at Mahanoy Area Alumni Stadium on May 16. Well over 120 children from kindergarten to eighth grade participated. The games are sponsored by the James J. and Mary Edith Rhoades...   Read More

A chart showing that 42 of the 47 athletes coach Urban Meyer recruited to Ohio State played multiple sports in high school. What does this say about being a multi-sport athete?

Are You a Multi-Sport Athlete?

Coal Cracker Kids Speak Out By Meredith Rhoades       A big topic in sports circles today is multi-sport athletes. From the professional level to college, all the way down to middle school, it’s a hot button item. Should middle and high school student athletes specialize in one sport...   Read More

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