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B-A title fuels community pride

The shrill of the volunteer fire whistle cut through the cold and rainy night air like a knife.

Normally, a call to duty for the local firefighters is a concern, but on this night the blast was a call of celebration.

Twice in as many years, the Bellwood-Antis High School girls basketball team has returned victorious from the PIAA finals in Hershey, and as the team members and their families traveled close to Bellwood, an array of police and fire personnel with their lights flashing and sirens blaring welcomed the victors and guided them home.

As my wife and I stood on our front porch, we were in awe of the outpouring of this little community.

It was truly a genuine show of support for the returning team — proud of their accomplishments and proud of their small town.

Then as the sirens fell silent, fireworks filled the sky.

We celebrate with them and the community we have come to embrace.

Robert Megahan, Bellwood

PSU should stick with Chambers

Cory Giger is gutsy and right on (“Chambers not PSU hoops’ big problem,” March 14) for placing blame for the very embarrassing history for Penn State’s men’s basketball program on the administration, prior and present.

Penn State’s current AD and school president can do something to change that: Stay the course with coach Patrick Chambers.

From 0-10 to a solid 7-14 finish in Big Ten play did not get the basketball team into the NIT or CBI. But it gave us hope for the 2019-20 hoops season based on players like Lamar Stevens, Jamari Wheeler and Mike Watkins staying with the team.

This season’s young promising, talented freshmen had a lot of growing up to do and did it. Chambers has some good recruits from the 2019 class to bolster the current program

Firing Chambers will really send this program down south. Replacing him is not the answer.

To hire a future Coach “K” will never happen as the administration is too cheap and has no interest in spending the big bucks anyway.

The program is currently not broken.

Let Chambers continue to make it stronger.

Les Hart

Duncansville

Pearl, Sampson could turn around PSU

Cory Giger asked in a column last week what coach could get the Penn State basketball team to the NCAA Tournament.

I’d take my chances with Bruce Pearl. Of course, that would take the athletic director and administration getting onboard.

Another thought to support what Giger said: I’m not sure if you have followed the success of the University of Houston’s basketball team and program.

The five-year turnaround under Kelvin Sampson has been nothing short of phenomenal. Sampson recently said that coaches and players win games, but school administrations wins championships.

Everything about the Houston program had gone downhill since the Phi Slamma Jamma days.

The facilities were horrible. Sampson told the school what they needed to do, and they did it. The new practice facility and the newly redesigned Hoffeinz Pavilion are awesome.

In return the team is now in back-to-back NCAA tournaments, recently winning their regular season conference championship, and Sampson is one of four finalists for the NCAA coach of the year award.

Houston missed a Sweet 16 last year on a one-point buzzer-beater loss to Michigan and advanced to the Sweet 16 again this year.

The Cougars are fun to watch.

Will Walk

Spring, Texas

Game Commission threatens tradition

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is presently contemplating changing the opening day of buck season from the Monday following Thanksgiving to the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

What happened to tradition?

Penn State traditionally plays its last regular season football game the Saturday following Thanksgiving. There are many thousands of Penn State football fans who are very passionate about their team. There are also many thousands of passionate deer hunters who are also PSU football fans.

Does the PGC realize it will force the Penn State fan/hunter to make a decision between the opening day of buck season or the football game?

It is doubtful that PSU will change its traditions.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission would be wrong to change hunting traditions.

Ken “Jake” Watkins

Indiana