Monday, August 1, 2011

Columbia announces sports hall of fame inductees

Columbia High School will hold its fourth annual Athletic Hall of Fame inductions on Friday, Sept. 9 when the Crimson Tide hosts Northeastern.
A reception will be held in the cafeteria prior to the game and the inductees willl be official enshrined at halftime of the game.
The lone team to be inducted is the 1970 football team, which went 10-0 and was known as the Big Red Machine.
Only only two teams came within a touchdown of defeating the Tide,
Jack Yohe, the coach, received Coach of the Year honors.
Scored 369 points while holding their opponents to 69 points.
Eighteen different played from the team received either first team, second team or honorable mention All-County status. Co-captain Steve Ward and Jessel Hollingsworth were also awarded All-State honors.
For the 16 seniors on the team, their three-year record was 26-3-1.
Aaron Anspach was six time letter winner in football and wrestling.
During his three years as a starter, the football team compiled a record of 19-4. The team was 11-1 in his senior year (he was team co-captain) and won the Section Three Championship and were District runners-up. Aaron was named to the All-League team in 2000 and 2001. He was second team All-State as a defensive end in 2001.Aaron spent five years wrestling for the Tide. As a Junior he had a record of 35-9 and he won the Sectional and League Championships as a heavyweight. He finished eighth in the State Tournament that year. As a Senior, Aaron was 39-1and won Sectional, League and Regional Championships. He was second in the State meet, losing in overtime in his final match. His wrestling prowess won him a scholarship to Penn State.
Lamar Kauffman won seven varsity letters at CHS for football, basketball and track.
In football, he was quarterback and safety on the 1954 and ’55 Conference of Roses championship teams. The team was 18-2 during those seasons. He was named to the all-county team in 1955.
He was a three-year starter for the basketball team. The team was 45-11 during those years. The ’54 team captured Section I and Lancaster County Championships. He wasteam captain in 1955 and was named first team all-county.
His 1954 and ’55 track squads won District titles. He threw javelin and competed in the pole vault.
After college, he returned to CHS as a teacher and coach of both football and basketball.
Donald Schoelkopf won eight varsity letters (2 basketball, 3 football, 3 track)
He was the Single season passing yardage record holder – 1803 yards – 1985. 1856 yards in 1986. and Single season TD record – 20 in 1986 and was first team all-section quarterback in 1986.
He is the current school record holder for javelin – 200’2” and in 1984 – 5th place District 3 AA javelin and in 1985 – 1st place District 3 AA javelin; 5th place in states and in 1986 – Lancaster-Lebanon League champ, 1st place District 3 AA javelin; 3rd place states
Glenn Von Stetten won three varsity letters in each of three sports – football, basketball and track.
He co-captained the 1943 and ’44 football teams. The team was the Lancaster County Champs in 1943. Glenn was All-County 1st team in 1942, ’43 and ’44. The 1941 team, of which he was a member, was undefeated.
His 1945 basketball team won the Lancaster County championship. He was named to the All-County team and was named to the 2nd team All-State that year.

Burke commits to Villanova

Columbia football standout Michael Burke IV has given a verbal commitment to Villanova University to continue his football career following graduation in June.
Villanova is a member of the Football Championship Sub Division, formerly Division 1-AA, is considering a move up the ladder to Division I and would play in the Big East.
Villanova was the FCS National Champion in 2009 and lost in the semifinals last year.
Notable  football alums are Howie Long and Brian Westbrook.
High School football practice in Pennsylvania opens in two weeks.

Is this laziness or too convenient?

Was minding my own business when I was downtown Saturday morning when I noticed this Locust Street trash can filled up with someone's personal trash. Probably wouldn't have noticed it, if the trash was down in the bottom of the can.
This is a continuing problem for Columbia and not only downtown. One, people don't have trash haulers and use the downtown cans as their own trash removal system. Two, most of the problem are in rental areas where there are dumpsters, but those renters don't use them because they are in the rear of their rental unit. I also know of some businesses, who have dumpsters, who lock the because of people using them to dump their trash.
I know when found, the Code Enforcement Office has gone through the trash seeking names and addresses.

Columbia falcons ready to launch

Columbia falcons ready to launch

Not real safe

Here's a surprise for everyone.
Last Wednesday, one of those big trucks that rumble through our downtown took out a wire and damaged a couple of lights at the intersection of Third and Locust streets.
Oh yeah, we don't need a truck route. More on that later.
In the aftermath of the cleanup, I was informed that this pole, pictured, is a nice safety factor. The larger pole was installed about two weeks ago and the old pole, the short one, was sawed off at the bottom and left hanging not real securely to the new pole.
I was told that borough officials notified the proper utility but not much was done,. I wouldn't recommend parking in the area, which is in front of the old flower shop, until its corrected.

No excuse for not updating more

If anyone is wondering why there haven't been more updates on this site, because, yes there is a lot happening in our town, there's no good reason I can give the good folks of Columbia, other than it being hot.
I was involved in a couple of research-type projects -- one to get nominations for the Columbia High School Athletic Hall of Fame and another researching the number of games played since 1898 by the Crimson Tide in football.
In my way of thinking, neither went the way I expected. More on that in the coming days/weeks.
I also catalogued the thousands of sports cards I have (MLB, NHL, NBA, NFL and the dreaded NASCAR) and I am looking to unload them. Most are from the mid to late 1980s into the high 1990s. More on that later as well.
Other than it being super hot, the words just weren't flowing like normal. I even sat outside the other night and put the words to paper, but not paper to computer.
Well, I got plenty of information to pass along, so stay tuned.

Police seek robber

West Hempfield Township Police are seeking help in finding the person who robbed the Sleep Inn in the 300 block of Primrose Lane, July 17.
Police said the tall, thinly built white male with a clean shaven head, was armed with a hand gun got away with an undetermined amount of cash.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 285-5191.

WHTM abc27 - Reward offered in case of missing mother

WHTM abc27 - Reward offered in case of missing mother