Bridget and Katie DeSandis are used to being together. The twins looked at some of the same colleges before their freshmen years in 2009. But if it wasn't for their love of Columbia, one might have been swayed the other way.
The difficult recruiting process began when they sat down with their parents to talk about schools. The 2009 Emmaus graduates knew they didn't have to go to the same school, but it would have been convenient for their parents. It was their mother, Ann, who urged them to take a strong look at Columbia. The rest is history.
Emmaus' SYFL teams all earned victories over Hokendauqua in their season openers over the weekend.
The 80-pound Hornets started their season off on the right track by beating the Hokey Eagles 20-13. Outstanding play by offensive linemen Nick Davidson, Danny Ahne, Jake Fotta, Chase Fotta, Trevor Gitski, Andrew Harmon and David Iobst paved the way for a well-balanced backfield. Austin Schaffer sealed the victory for the Hornets by intercepting an Eagle pass in the closing seconds of the game.
Choosing a college for high school students is tough, especially if there are several Division I options that are offering scholarships for student-athletes. The choice for Zach Allinson, however, was fairly easy. Lehigh stuck out for a variety of reasons.
"I was looking very strongly at Lafayette," Allinson said. "But in the end, I wanted to come to a school that had a good business program. Lehigh has that over Lafayette. And both of my parents went here so its nice to try and follow in their footsteps and play for a solid Division I school."
Derrick Watkins chose Lock Haven because of it's academic history, not its football history. Last year's 0-10 football record, didn't take away from Watkins' success on the field. He played in all 10 games, recording 28 tackles.
Now the rising sophomore is ready to make a name for himself.
One thing is certain when the Bloomsburg football team takes the field in its August 31 opener at Stonehill College the Huskies will have a new signal caller under center.
With former quarterback Pat Carey and his 13 touchdowns graduating, a number of young players are competing to fill that void in the 2012 season.
One of those quarterbacks is sophomore Brady Knerr, a 2010 graduate of Emmaus High School who was listed as the team's third quarterback last season. He'll be competing against two redshirt freshman and a true freshman for the starting spot.
The tragedy that engulfed the Philadelphia Eagles organization Sunday morning was one of shock and sadness with the sudden death of Garrett Reid.
The 29-year-old son of head coach Andy Reid was found unresponsive in a Lehigh University dorm room at 7:20 am Sunday when he was found by an Eagles official.
The aftermath and questions that remain are now part of the puzzle that the Reid family, Eagles organization and fans seek in the wake of a family tragedy.