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Archive for November 8, 2006

Nov. 8, 2006 — Aren’t you glad you voted?

My pen-pal Jennifer, who is running a half-marathon for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in December, wrote me today with this message:

“Let this be a lesson to all of the people out there who think that their votes don’t really matter.  I am so very thankful that I left the office to vote today.  Without my one vote, perhaps Mr. Nemecek would have only won by one vote!  I know he’ll serve our district well!”

RESULTS: OKLAHOMA HOUSE, DISTRICT 25                                

DARRELL E. NEMECEK          4,796        50.01%          
TODD THOMSEN                   4,794        49.99%  

Friends, TWO VOTES made the difference. If you’re of voting age, I hope you were able to exercise your right yesterday. 

Nov. 7, 2006 — Waiting up late for the results

No, I wasn’t up last night awaiting the returns of the mid-term elections. Instead, I was waiting for the results of the first round of the Pennylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association field hockey championships.

I applaud the PIAA for having a number of its first-round matches in the evening rather than the customary 3 p.m. start time, even though this might frazzle reporters on early deadline, especially when writing two stories.

Regardless, it wasn’t until 2 a.m. when the full breadth of the first round matches could be appreciated. If you look at the Class AAA bracket, only representatives from Districts 1, 3, and 11 remain. Those are the three districts with girls’ spring soccer (although there are some schools in those three areas whose girls play fall soccer).

In Class AA, there were a couple of really good games and some which were complete mismatches.

The quarterfinal round this Saturday usually produces some pretty good matches, but the most appetizing one to me is in the AA bracket when Pennsburg Upper Perkiomen (Pa.) meets Lehighton (Pa.).

Let me close by reiterating what I said in a previous post. Next week’s semifinal round may have the best matchups of all, seeing as Emmaus (Pa.) and Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.) are in the same half of the AAA draw, and Selinsgrove (Pa.) and Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) are in the same half of the AA draw.

Stay tuned. This is gonna get good.