Sunday, March 22, 2015

PIAA State Basketball Championship Wrap Up

The PIAA state basketball championships were held this weekend in Hershey, PA. The results from the boys and girls championship games are listed below. 

Class A Boys Final - Constitution 85, Farrell 53. Constitution also won the Class AA boys title last year. Constitution's 85 points are the most in a Class A Boys championship game since Kennedy Christian scored 87 vs. Fairfield in 2001. 

Class AA Boys Final - Conwell-Egan 62, Aliquippa 51. This win gives Conwell-Egan its first PIAA Boys Basketball Championship.

Class AAA Boys Final - Neumann-Goretti 69, Archbishop Carroll 67. Neumann-Goretti wins its fifth PIAA Class AAA Boys Basketball Championship in the last six years - 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. NG's average margin of victory in its five championships is just 4.8 points. 

Class AAAA Boys Final - Roman Catholic 62, Martin Luther King 45. This win gives Roman Catholic its first PIAA Boys Basketball Championship. Roman Catholic also defeated Martin Luther King 58-57 in the District 12 Class AAAA championship game three weeks ago. Roman Carholic's win gives District 12 a sweep of all 4 boys basketball titles. The last time a district won all boys' championships in a single year was 1945 when District 11's Allentown won AAA and McAdoo won AA. And 1945 was the first year for two classifications in PIAA boys basketball. No PIAA district has swept all championships during the three-class and four-class eras that date back to 1951.

Class A Girls Final - Vincentian Academy 86, Old Forge 38. Vincentian's 86 points are the most scored in a PIAA Class A Girls Basketball Championship game. Their 48-point margin is the widest in a PIAA Girls' Basketball Championship game. The previous high was 47 (Penn Hills 86-39 over McCaskey, 1990 AAAA). 

Class AA Girls Final - Neumann-Goretti 79, Seton-La Salle 34. Neumann-Goretti finishes the season 30-0. Neumann-Goretti is currently the number 1 ranked HS girls team in the country according to USA Today. 

Class AAA Girls Final - Blackhawk 46, Archbishop Wood 40. Blackhawk won its second straight PIAA Class AAA Girls Basketball Championship. 

Class AAAA Girls Final - Cumberland Valley 40, Central Bucks West 35. Cumberland Valley wins its second straight PIAA Class AAAA Girls Basketball Championship and third overall. The combined 75 points is the lowest scoring Class AAAA Girls championship total since PIAA went to four classifications in 1984.

The total weekend attendance for the PIAA Basketball Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA was 17,930.  

Sunday, March 08, 2015

A Response From the Commissioner of MLB

On February 6 we posted a letter that our student reporter, Matthew Hall, wrote to MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. about his suggestions to improve the state of baseball for kids.

This past week Commissioner Manfred replied to Matthew.  His quick response to Matthew's letter can be found below.

In his first year as commissioner and without much to judge how he will improve the game of baseball, I can say that I'm impressed with his start by responding to our young fans that will ensure the success of the game for years to come.  Hopefully with Commissioner Manfred's leadership we will see the game of baseball improve for both our younger and more veteran fans that appreciate the nostalgia that the game holds.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

MLB Manager 2015 Features Official License and More

Game to be Released on Android and iOS in March 2015

Out of the Park Developments today announced that MLB Manager 2015 will feature an official license when it's released for Android and iOS at the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, respectively, in March 2015. Like Out of the Park Baseball 16, which was unveiled on January 23, 2015, MLB Manager 2015 will feature the official Major League Baseball logo, as well as official logos for all 30 MLB teams and historical MLB logos. (OOTP 16 will also include over 150 Minor League Baseball team logos as well as MLB and MiLB player jerseys with team logos.)

MLB Manager 2015 will also feature Opening Day rosters, a Shop a Player function, and other new additions detailed below. The game will offer the most immersive experience for armchair baseball GMs who want to guide their favorite teams to glory on mobile devices. It will sell for $4.99, with historical seasons available as in-app purchases.

"We're thrilled that MLB Manager 2015 will follow in OOTP 16's footsteps with a feature that will help it stand out among other mobile baseball games," said MLB Manager lead developer Sebastian Palkowski. "Between the license and all the other great new features, MLB Manager remains the perfect way to get in a little baseball managing while on the go."

In addition to the license and iOS and Android support, MLB Manager 2015 will also include these features:

• 2015 Opening Day rosters: Each team will have its projected 40-man Opening Day roster, as well as 20-25 top prospects, for a total of 60-65 players. A subsequent free update will include the official Opening Day rosters.

• Shop a Player: This option was brought over from OOTP to allow GMs to suggest a player for a possible trade and field offers from other teams.

• Simulate to Date X: GMs can now simulate to a specific date, and a new Don't Disturb feature allows uninterrupted long-term sims.

• Player Shortlist: GMs can now add players to their shortlists so they can quickly return to their profiles any time. It's a useful feature for tracking players' careers after they leave a team.

• Career Stats Leader Boards: Retired players with 10 or more years of experience automatically join the career leader boards for home runs, strikeouts, and other stats.

• Improved In-Game Subs: When a GM makes a substitution during a game, they can easily see the current game situation.

• Better Trading AI: AI-controlled GMs make better trade offers.

MLB Manager's predecessor, iOOTP Baseball 2014, is now available for free at the Apple App Store.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

1954 Dan-Dee Potato Chips

1954 Dan-Dee Potato Chips Pittsburgh Pirates

Issued in bags of potato chips, the cards in this 29-card set are commonly found with grease stains despite their waxed surface.  The unnumbered cards, measuring 2-1/2" x 3-5/8" feature colored pictures.  Backs have player statistical and biographical information.  The set consists of mostly players from the Pirates and Indians.

See the 1954 Dan-Dee Potato Chips Pittsburgh Pirates

Baseball Reference

Baseball Almanac

Team Set Checklist

1954 Dan Dee - PIRATES
Walker Cooper 
Bob Friend 
Sid Gordon 
Paul LaPalme 
Curt Roberts 
Paul Smith 
Max Surkont 
Frank Thomas 

Friday, February 20, 2015

American Athletic Conference Announces 2015 Football Schedule

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Commissioner Mike Aresco has announced the complete 96-game American Athletic Conference football schedule for the 2015 season, which will be The American’s first in its new 12-team, two-division format.

The highlight of the 2015 schedule will be the first American Athletic Conference Football Championship, which will be played at the home site of one of the two division winners Saturday, Dec. 5. The American Athletic Conference East Division will be comprised of UCF, Cincinnati, UConn, East Carolina, USF and Temple. The West Division will consist of Houston, Memphis, Navy, SMU, Tulane and Tulsa.

Each of the 12 teams in The American will play eight conference games this season, facing the other five teams in its own division, as well as three teams from the other division. Such a format allows each school to play every conference opponent both at home and on the road at least once in a four-year cycle.

“I am pleased to announce our 2015 football schedule, the first step in what promises to be an exciting season,” said Aresco. “We know that our new two-division format will produce a compelling and extremely competitive regular season, which will prepare our division winners well for our first football championship game and for our challenging postseason bowl lineup. I am pleased that our teams are continuing to assemble the most formidable nonconference schedules in the country. I am also proud and excited to welcome Navy into our football conference.”

The American Athletic Conference has enjoyed tremendous success since its inaugural season in 2013. The conference produced two 12-win teams in 2013, including UCF, which won the Fiesta Bowl, and saw nine-win UCF, Cincinnati and Memphis tie for the conference title in 2014. Memphis and Houston went on to register thrilling bowl victories against Brigham Young and Pittsburgh, respectively. Six of the 12 American Athletic Conference teams in 2015 – UCF, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis and Navy – played in the 2014 postseason, while Memphis finished the season ranked No. 25 in the final national polls.

The 2015 American Athletic Conference schedule begins Thursday, Sept. 3, as all 12 teams open at home during the first week of the season. The 48-game conference schedule kicks off Sept. 12, when Temple visits Cincinnati.

Navy, which has competed as a football independent for 134 years, joins the American Athletic Conference July 1 and plays its first intraconference game Sept. 19, when the Midshipmen host East Carolina at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. All of Navy’s home games in the 2015 season will be televised on CBS Sports Network, while the Dec. 12 Army-Navy game will be televised on CBS.

The 2015 season is the second under The American’s current television contract, which provides for 80 percent of conference-controlled games on national television platforms, including ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews and CBS Sports Network and the remainder through ESPN3. The American Athletic Conference Football Championship will be televised either on ABC or ESPN.

Highlights of the 2015 schedule include an intriguing series of Thursday and Friday games, primarily on ESPN or ESPN2, as well as a number of exciting nonconference games that will match American Athletic Conference teams against the nation’s top programs. The nonconference ledger includes four games against the top eight teams from last year’s final Associated Press poll – SMU faces No. 3 TCU and No. 7 Baylor; USF visits No. 5 Florida State; and Tulane is at No. 8 Georgia Tech. The nonconference schedule includes games against 12 of the 38 teams that were ranked or received votes in the final AP poll, including games against No. 14 Missouri, No. 17 Mississippi, No. 24 Louisville as well as games against Notre Dame, Stanford, Penn State, Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Miami (Fla.), Virginia Tech, Kansas, Vanderbilt, Duke, Air Force and Army.

Additionally, The American has three teams slated to play Brigham Young University as Cincinnati, UConn and East Carolina take on the Cougars in Provo, Utah.

Kickoff times and television designations for the first three weeks of the season will be made final in June, while the rest of the schedule will fall under the customary 12-day and six-day selection processes.

2015 American Athletic Conference Composite Football Schedule

Thursday, September 3
Villanova at UConn
Duke at Tulane (CBSSN)

Friday, September 4
Baylor at SMU (ESPN/ESPNU)

Saturday, September 5
Florida International at UCF
Alabama A&M at Cincinnati
Towson at East Carolina
Tennessee Tech at Houston
Colgate at Navy (Noon, CBSSN)
Florida A&M at USF
Penn State at Temple
Florida Atlantic at Tulsa

Saturday, September 12
Temple at Cincinnati *
UCF at Stanford
Army at UConn
East Carolina at Florida
Houston at Louisville
Memphis at Kansas
USF at Florida State
North Texas at SMU
Tulane at Georgia Tech
Tulsa at New Mexico

Saturday, September 19
East Carolina at Navy * (3:30 p.m., CBSSN)
Furman at UCF
Cincinnati at Miami (Ohio)
UConn at Missouri
Memphis at Bowling Green
USF at Maryland
Temple at Massachusetts
Maine at Tulane
Tulsa at Oklahoma

Thursday, September 24
Cincinnati at Memphis * (ESPN)

Saturday, September 26
Navy at UConn *
UCF at South Carolina
Virginia Tech at East Carolina
Texas State at Houston

Thursday, October 1
Miami (Fla.) at Cincinnati (ESPN)

Friday, October 2
UConn at Brigham Young (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU)
Memphis at USF * (ESPN/ESPN2)

Saturday, October 3
UCF at Tulane *
East Carolina at SMU *
Houston at Tulsa *
Air Force at Navy (3:30 p.m., CBSSN)
Temple at Charlotte

Thursday, October 8
SMU at Houston * (ESPN2)

Saturday, October 10
UConn at UCF *
Tulane at Temple *
East Carolina at Brigham Young
Navy at Notre Dame (NBC)
Syracuse at USF
Louisiana-Monroe at Tulsa

Friday, October 16
Houston at Tulane * (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU)

Saturday, October 17
UCF at Temple *
USF at UConn *
Tulsa at East Carolina *
Cincinnati at Brigham Young
Mississippi at Memphis

Thursday, October 22
Temple at East Carolina * (ESPN/ESPN2)

Friday, October 23
Memphis at Tulsa * (ESPN)

Saturday, October 24
Houston at UCF *
UConn at Cincinnati *
SMU at USF *
Tulane at Navy * (1 p.m., CBSSN)

Friday, October 30
East Carolina at UConn * (ESPNU)

Saturday, October 31
UCF at Cincinnati *
USF at Navy * (Noon, CBSSN)
Tulane at Memphis *
Tulsa at SMU *
Vanderbilt at Houston
Notre Dame at Temple

Friday, November 6
Temple at SMU * (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Saturday, November 7
UCF at Tulsa *
Cincinnati at Houston *
UConn at Tulane *
USF at East Carolina *
Navy at Memphis *

Saturday, November 14
Tulsa at Cincinnati *
USF at Temple *
Memphis at Houston *
SMU at Navy * (3:30 p.m., CBSSN)
Tulane at Army (CBSSN)

Thursday, November 19
East Carolina at UCF * (ESPN)

Friday, November 20
Cincinnati at USF * (CBSSN)

Saturday, November 21
Houston at UConn *
Memphis at Temple *
Navy at Tulsa *
Tulane at SMU *

Friday, November 27
USF at UCF *
Navy at Houston *

Saturday, November 28
Cincinnati at East Carolina *
UConn at Temple *
SMU at Memphis *
Tulsa at Tulane *

Saturday, December 5
American Athletic Conference Championship (ABC/ESPN)

Saturday, December 12
Navy vs. Army 1 (3 p.m., CBS)

* American Athletic Conference game
1 Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa.

All times Eastern; all dates and times subject to change

Additional television listings will be announced as they become available

2015 American Athletic Conference Team-By-Team Football Schedules

East Division

Sat., Sept. 5     Florida International
Sat., Sept. 12   at Stanford
Sat., Sept. 19   Furman
Sat., Sept. 26   at South Carolina
Sat., Oct. 3       at Tulane *
Sat., Oct. 10     UConn *
Sat., Oct. 17     at Temple *
Sat., Oct. 24     Houston *
Sat., Oct. 31     at Cincinnati *
Sat., Nov. 7      at Tulsa
Thu., Nov. 19   East Carolina (ESPN)
Fri., Nov. 27     USF

Sat., Sept. 5     Alabama A&M
Sat., Sept. 12   Temple *
Sat., Sept. 19   at Miami (Ohio)
Thu., Sept. 24  at Memphis * (ESPN)
Thu., Oct. 1      Miami (Fla.) (ESPN)
Sat., Oct. 17     at Brigham Young
Sat., Oct. 24     UConn *
Sat., Oct. 31     UCF *
Sat., Nov. 7      at Houston *
Sat., Nov. 14    Tulsa *
Fri., Nov. 20     at USF * (CBSSN)
Sat., Nov. 28    at East Carolina *
Thu., Sept. 3    Villanova
Sat., Sept. 12   Army
Sat., Sept. 19   at Missouri
Sat., Sept. 26   Navy *
Fri., Oct. 2        at Brigham Young (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU)
Sat., Oct. 10     at UCF *
Sat., Oct. 17     USF *
Sat., Oct. 24     at Cincinnati *
Fri., Oct. 30      East Carolina * (ESPNU)
Sat., Nov. 7      at Tulane *
Sat., Nov. 21    Houston *
Sat., Nov. 28    at Temple *

Sat., Sept. 5     Towson
Sat., Sept. 12   at Florida
Sat., Sept. 19   at Navy * (3:30 p.m., CBSSN)
Sat., Sept. 26   Virginia Tech
Sat., Oct. 3       at SMU *
Sat., Oct. 10     at Brigham Young
Sat., Oct. 17     Tulsa *
Thu., Oct. 22    Temple * (ESPN/ESPN2)
Fri., Oct. 30      at UConn * (ESPNU)
Sat., Nov. 7      USF *
Thu., Nov. 19   at UCF * (ESPN)
Sat., Nov. 28    Cincinnati *

Sat., Sept. 5     Florida A&M
Sat., Sept. 12   at Florida State
Sat., Sept. 19   at Maryland
Fri., Oct. 2        Memphis * (ESPN/ESPN2)
Sat., Oct. 10     Syracuse
Sat., Oct. 17     at UConn *
Sat., Oct. 24     SMU *
Sat., Oct. 31     at Navy * (Noon, CBSSN)
Sat., Nov. 7      at East Carolina *
Sat., Nov. 14    Temple *
Fri., Nov. 20     Cincinnati * (CBSSN)
Fri., Nov. 27     at UCF *

Sat., Sept. 5     Penn State
Sat., Sept. 12   at Cincinnati *
Sat., Sept. 19   at Massachusetts
Sat., Oct. 3       at Charlotte
Sat., Oct. 10     Tulane *
Sat., Oct. 17     UCF *
Thu., Oct. 24    at East Carolina * (ESPN/ESPN2)
Sat., Oct. 31     Notre Dame
Fri., Nov. 6       at SMU * (ESPN2/ESPNU)
Sat., Nov. 14    at USF *
Sat., Nov. 21    Memphis *
Sat., Nov. 28    UConn *

* American Athletic Conference game

All times Eastern; all dates and times subject to change

Additional television listings will be announced as they become available

2015 American Athletic Conference Team-By-Team Football Schedules

West Division

Sat., Sept. 5     Tennessee Tech
Sat., Sept. 12   at Louisville
Sat., Sept. 26   Texas State
Sat., Oct. 3       at Tulsa *
Thu., Oct. 8      SMU * (ESPN2)
Fri., Oct. 16      at Tulane * (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU)
Sat., Oct. 24     at UCF *
Sat., Oct. 31     Vanderbilt
Sat., Nov. 7      Cincinnati *
Sat., Nov. 14    Memphis *
Sat., Nov. 21    at UConn *
Fri., Nov. 27     Navy *

Sat., Sept. 5     Missouri State
Sat., Sept. 12   at Kansas
Sat., Sept. 19   at Bowling Green
Thu., Sept. 24  Cincinnati * (ESPN)
Fri., Oct. 2        at USF * (ESPN/ESPN2)
Sat., Oct. 17     Mississippi
Fri., Oct. 23      at Tulsa * (ESPN)
Sat., Oct. 31     Tulane *
Sat., Nov. 7      Navy *
Sat., Nov. 14    at Houston *
Sat., Nov. 21    at Temple *
Sat., Nov. 28    SMU *

Sat., Sept. 5     Colgate (Noon, CBSSN)
Sat., Sept. 19   East Carolina * (3:30 p.m., CBSSN)
Sat., Sept. 26   at UConn *
Sat., Oct. 3       Air Force (3:30 p.m., CBSSN)
Sat., Oct. 10     at Notre Dame (NBC)
Sat., Oct. 24     Tulane * (1 p.m., CBSSN)
Sat., Oct. 31     USF * (Noon, CBSSN)
Sat., Nov. 7      at Memphis *
Sat., Nov. 14    SMU * (3:30 p.m., CBSSN)
Sat., Nov. 21    at Tulsa *
Fri., Nov. 28     at Houston *
Sat., Dec. 12     vs. Army 1 (3 p.m., CBS)

Fri., Sept. 4       Baylor (ESPN/ESPNU)
Sat., Sept. 12   North Texas
Sat., Sept. 19   at TCU
Sat., Sept. 26   TBA
Sat., Oct. 3       East Carolina *
Thu., Oct. 8      at Houston * (ESPN2)
Sat., Oct. 24     at USF *
Sat., Oct. 31     Tulsa *
Fri., Nov. 6       Temple * (ESPN2/ESPNU)
Sat., Nov. 14    at Navy * (3:30 p.m., CBSSN
Sat., Nov. 21    Tulane *
Sat., Nov. 28    at Memphis *

Thu., Sept. 3    Duke (CBSSN)
Sat., Sept. 12   at Georgia Tech
Sat., Sept. 19   Maine
Sat., Oct. 3       UCF *
Sat., Oct. 10     at Temple *
Fri., Oct. 16      Houston * (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU)
Sat., Oct. 24     at Navy * (1 p.m., CBSSN)
Sat., Oct. 31     at Memphis *
Sat., Nov. 7      UConn *
Sat., Nov. 14    at Army (CBSSN)
Sat., Nov. 21    at SMU *
Sat., Nov. 28    Tulsa *

Sat., Sept. 5     Florida Atlantic
Sat., Sept. 12   at New Mexico
Sat., Sept. 19   at Oklahoma
Sat., Oct. 3       Houston *
Sat., Oct. 10     Louisiana-Monroe
Sat., Oct. 17     at East Carolina *
Fri., Oct. 23      Memphis * (ESPN)
Sat., Oct. 31     at SMU *
Sat., Nov. 7      UCF *
Sat., Nov. 14    at Cincinnati *
Sat., Nov. 21    Navy *
Sat., Nov. 28    at Tulane *

* American Athletic Conference game
1 Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa.

All times Eastern; all dates and times subject to change