No matter the sport or the situation Bellefonte and Bald Eagle Area are neighboring rivals. Each football season the two teams duel it out in the Curtin Bowl. To end both of their seasons they took to the field on this chilly and dark Halloween night.
Pomp and Circumstance seems to be on repeat in my brain this week as I covered four of our five county graduation ceremonies. Spread out over the week I covered Penns Valley, State College, Bellefonte and Bald Eagle Area and saw the popularity of “selfies” as someone on stage snapped one of themselves on stage with the class behind them.
After a rain delay and evacuation of the stadium fans ran through the gates and to their seats at Beard Field for the final game of the day, the class AA title game, featuring Bald Eagle Area and Central Columbia. After covering Bald Eagle all season I knew their of their strong fielding and big bats, but all that seemed to fall apart as the game progressed. Frustration and disappointment flashed across the girls faces as they got the state silver medal after a 13-5 loss.
Playoff games covered the county today as the spring sport season starts to wind down. I started out with a few innings at State College as they faced common foes Altoona.
I then jumped in the car and bolted to Bald Eagle Area as they took on Bellwood-Antis. I arrived in the knick of the time as the fast moving game was entering late innings and a close match up.
Bald Eagle pulled out the 6-5 win in the bottom of the 7th inning as Bryan Greene slammed a double that scored two runs.
Over the three years I’ve been at the CDT I’ve covered a lot of sporting events at Bald Eagle Area, with two names the stick out, Bryce and Bryan, the Greene brothers. The twins spent their senior year competing in four sports, football, basketball, baseball and track. Whatever I was covering, they were playing, running endless yards for touchdowns, going in for the baskets, and hitting home runs. This afternoon I met up with the boys in the garage at their families home where their Dad has hung up all their team photos through the years. Outside of their athletic ability they were a fun pair, joking around as we created some portraits. They both agreed, no smiles.