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Sports Digest

by Bill Byham
The Backyard Brawl

The backyard brawl was a great show despite the changing weather, the four local teams came to play and each one gave all of themselves. 
  I want to thank Tracey and Karen Horn for being able to come and get me and bring me to Bowmen Field but I was able to watch two games while seeing many friends.
  I was handed a program that carried the names and other information about the other teams and it was obvious that this was a sophomore day at Bowman and each team had a lack of juniors and seniors.
  It would appear that the next couple of years there ought to see some outstanding players. The 2016 Brawl showed me that I don't have to wait to get turned on about the future.
  This year’s one-day tournament was fashioned by the players from Williamsport, Loyalsock, Montoursville and South Williamsport. They came to play, despite the unreasonable weather. 
  Williamsport won the championship and it was not a surprise, mainly because of the new Millionaire system of dedicated coaches working with dedicated players.
  I also know, going in that Loyalsock and Montoursville would challenge, but this has not been a South Williamsport year.
  Williamsport was my favorite going in, mainly because of the coaching plus outstanding pitching headed up by Evan Steele and Rookie Tanner Esposito. If there is a "down" light support of a brawl. We always look for a "bigger house" 
  Lycoming College football received some great news this week, when it was learned that Ed (Doc) Dougherty will be inducted into the MAC Hall Of Fame.
  Dougherty quarterbacked the Warriors to four consecutive conference championships and four consecutive league championships; he also was the quarterback for the Warriors when they went to the NCAA D3 National championships in 1990. Dougherty said. "This is a real honor as I came to Lycoming and was the first freshman to ever start as a quarterback in uniform." It’s interesting to note that Lycoming’s Coach Frank Girardi and current coach Mike Clark were with Lycoming football during Dougherty's career.
  Girardi was his coach and Clark played on the same team, Dougherty becomes the sixth Warrior in the MAC Hall of Fame. The others are wrestling coach, Bud Whitehall, Girardi, Bill Bacardi, Denise (Zimmerman) Null and Rick Bealer. 

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