Former local athlete, teacher and coach Fred Dangel passed from this life last month.
As a student and then colleague during a large number of his 37 years as a teacher and coach at Central High School, I can't let this occasion slip by without noting the absolutely huge positive impact he had on those of us privileged to be taught by him and to be around him.
Always as low key and personable as he was effective as an educator, "Mr. Dangel" became a student favorite through his demeanor and his practical approach to "real road" driver's education.
His ability included making impressed students think his own high-level athletic accomplishments were possible for them through persistence and hard work.
We can only hope through his request that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to CHS athletics illustrates that Central High School meant a fraction to him of what he meant to us.
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Writer grateful for support
I want to acknowledge Altoona Greater City Baseball League President Brian Farabaugh and all of the players and coaches for naming an award after me.
My time covering the league, past and present, was so enjoyable for so many years. It has been a pleasure and privilege watching these athletes play.
I am also grateful to my bosses, Neil Rudel and Buck Frank, for being so understanding and kind during my time working at the Mirror.
PSU faces many concerns
Much like many others, I thought Bill O'Brien would be at Penn State for at least another year or two.
However, after reading the Mirror's extensive reporting from Penn State's media day, I think I understand better now why O'Brien is preparing for his first NFL head coaching experience with the Houston Texans.
Much was written about a very questionable offensive line and the fact that this year might be the year that the NCAA penalties have their most negative impact on the Nittany Lions. And then there were descriptions defining a new defensive alignment with an extra defensive "star" back along with depth at the linebacker spot.
Questions about the linebacker position at Linebacker U. would scare anyone off.
Now what really confused me were comments attributed to James Franklin about the running game. He was quoted as saying, "We are going to have to commit to the running game and sticking with the running game, no matter what."
Hmm, I always thought you had to have a pretty good offensive line to commit and have success with a running game.
Perhaps there is more to be concerned about with this Penn State team than I originally thought, and it certainly helps, at least to me, to better understand why O'Brien is in Houston getting ready for his first NFL season as a head coach.
I like Neil Rudel's 7-5 prediction, but Cory Giger might be on to something with his 6-6 prediction.