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The County League Lives On, But Old Diamonds Hold Only Memories The County League Lives On, But Old Diamonds Hold Only Memories
128 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ron Bracken
Like the bones of a dinosaur, bleached and dried by the desert sun, the scoreboard behind the center field fence at Port Matilda’s Community Park was crumbling under the weight of years before it was recently torn down. Now, only the frame remains. [Read More]
The County League lives on, but old diamonds hold only memories The County League lives on, but old diamonds hold only memories
129 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
PORT MATILDA — Like the bones of a dinosaur, bleached and dried by the desert sun, the scoreboard behind the center field fence at Port Matilda’s Community Park was crumbling under the weight of years before it was recently torn down. Now, only the frame remains. Even though it [Read More]
My Town: Port Matilda My Town: Port Matilda
131 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ron Bracken
There are thousands of Port Matildas across this country, some of which suffered the same fate — too dependent on one economic engine to survive its collapse. Port Matilda is the one I know about. I grew up within three football fields of the brickyard, played there, knew every crack and crevice a [Read More]
My town: Port Matilda My town: Port Matilda
132 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Boom! Boom! Boom! Every afternoon, the quiet of Port Matilda was shattered by the dynamite blasts on the face of Bald Eagle Mountain above town, as McFeely Brick Company employees blasted ganister rock from the face of the mountain. The brickyard used the rock to make a particular type of silica br [Read More]
Former Penn State player Olsommer speaks at Hall of Fame banquet Former Penn State player Olsommer speaks at Hall of Fame banquet
136 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State fans of a certain age will remember the play well. It was in 1994 when undefeated Penn State was trailing underdog Illinois, 31-28, with just over six minutes left in the game. A nasty drizzle was falling, as was nightfall, the Lions had the ball on their own [Read More]
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